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Drawing showing bonus FAR on a real building.

In New York, and many other cities, developers can build bigger buildings than would otherwise be allowed, as long as they provide amenities such as parks, schools, affordable housing, etc. I want to show students how this works by providing a photo or drawing of a real building, annotated to show how much of the height is due to these bonuses. For example, a drawing of a 50 story building, where the first 30 floors are unannotated, but then 30-35 are labeled "plaza," 35-40 "affordable housing units," 40-45 "subway entrance" and so on. I want it to be from a real building, and clear enough to show via a projector. I'm surprised this doesn't already exist, but I've done plenty of searching and can't find it.
posted by lenore on Feb 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Window Pane Style

What do you call this style of window, broken up into panes by dividers? I read an NYT trend piece on its popularity in loft apartment architecture a few years ago, and they used a very specific term.
posted by phrontist on Feb 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Fighting a new neighbor who wants to tear down, rebuild, and flip

A couple recently purchased a beautiful Hacienda-style home on my street. They want to tear it down and replace it with a soulless, bland, aggressively imposing mini-McMansion. Luckily, I live in a really special city with an incredibly strict design review committee. What can I do to fight them? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jan 29, 2013 - 30 answers

Inspiration, Strike me!

I love to stop and draw when I take walks in New York. I'm inspired by architectural details and monumental perspective, contrasts of space and light. Usually I wander aimlessly until I find an interesting spot to sit with my sketchbook, but that's a bit tougher when it's 20 degrees outside. I'm in the process of setting up weekly sketching adventures with a novice artist friend, and I feel there should be some planning involved. Help me compile a list of potentially inspiring places we can sit and sketch in the city without our fingers freezing off. [more inside]
posted by alight on Jan 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Name that house

What architectural style is this house? Or what style was it originally? It's located in the Midwest and was built in 1941. I've tried this neat tool, but nothing seems to fit. Maybe the place is just a mutt.
posted by scottatdrake on Jan 25, 2013 - 19 answers

Whats the most famous example of Western architecture? In fiction?

I was reading an introduction to "The Tale of Genji," and I was struck by the claim that Genji's manor is the most well known example of the architecture of the time, even though it never existed. Are there any corollaries in the West? Elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by matkline on Jan 23, 2013 - 14 answers

Dense topographic data for a lot.

I've got Home Designer Architectural 2014 and a desire to buil a house on a steep hillside. I need topographic data for this. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jan 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Sagrada Familia symbolism

Is there a good resource for the symbolism in Gaudi's Sagrada Familia? I am especially curious as to what the skeletons mean, but I want to know what everything represents that he included in his plans. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jan 2, 2013 - 3 answers

salary advice for entry-level architect just graduating from Harvard

I am about to graduate from Harvard Architecture School (GSD) with an M.Arch. and am trying to think about what to do in terms of next career steps. I've worked in architectural offices over the summers (some prominent ones) and not been too thrilled with the work and am now trying to decide what to do about my career. A factor in my decision is earning potential and salary. [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta on Dec 29, 2012 - 14 answers

The Big blocks of technology & internet services

Twitter, Ticketmaster, Google, Facebook how do their architecture and infrastructure work. Looking for a book/site which explains how these tech services may be assembled. Obviously not looking for the secret sauce or anything. Just wanting to understand the bigger picture of how large scale technology work and come together. Not looking to understand the code aspect or nitty gritty details of how each component works. Just broad understanding is what I am looking for. I am a UI engineer looking to get more background on middleware and backend systems. Please recommend any sources/sites/blogs/books to help me gain decent insight.
posted by gadget_gal on Dec 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Critical Contexts for Writing : a reading list

I've been asked to put together a longish reading list for a BA Art/Literature module, and I'd love some ideas for texts outside my current knowledge. The list should cover a series of genres and contexts, with writing from, and about, the history and theory of art, journalism, academia, design, architecture and film. Writing on design and architecture are particularly outside my knowledge. What innovative and critically significant writings can you recommend across any of these subject areas? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Dec 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Architecture Copyright Expert Witness?

I'm looking for an expert witness in the area of architecture copyright in the US. The Northeast would be ideal. It seems like there are a million online, so any additional recommendations would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2012 - 1 answer

An urbanist (and friend) travel to Toronto

What urbanist/transit/maps/architecture/local history-related attractions should I hit up in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Sep 11, 2012 - 14 answers

how old are these bricks?

Looking for a book describing how to date a building using physical evidence in the building itself. [more inside]
posted by sepviva on Sep 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Starting a non-profit in architecture - where to start?

I am an architect and recently laid-off. I want to use this time as an opportunity to start an architecture non-profit that assists communities to create their own public spaces. Think community centers, playgrounds, libraries, farmer's markets, etc. I am relatively young, naive, and idealistic. Where do begin? Whom do I speak to? How do I start? Any words of advice will do. [more inside]
posted by spoons on Aug 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Good Masters Programs in Urban Planning?

What are some good MA programs in Urban planning in the US? With emphasis on working from the architectural side on large scale developments, particularly in relation to tourism. [more inside]
posted by pynchonesque on Aug 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Or I can just start slappin' 2x4s together.

I have designed a house (in Google Sketch Up) that I intend to build. I have not insignificant relevant experience, but I'm neither an engineer nor an architect. Can I just give my design to any old architect and have them turn it into a coherent blueprint for a house that won't collapse? How much should I expect a thing like that to cost? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Aug 18, 2012 - 18 answers

Buildings with ties to Xenakis

Please name some architects who are affiliated with (or who were directly/indirectly influenced by) Iannis Xenakis and/or his musical ideas (composition based on mathematical principles, stochastic methods, etc). [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Jul 28, 2012 - 1 answer

Architect turned ... ?

“Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul” [more inside]
posted by oink on Jul 1, 2012 - 6 answers

landscape architecture tumblr?

Please recommend blogs, tumblrs, pinterests, or whatever the kids are calling it, that collect beautiful renderings of speculative landscape, architecture, and urban design projects, especially utopian projects.
posted by moonmilk on Jun 5, 2012 - 9 answers

The seed is the cage is the seed

Writers I like: Johan Huizenga, A. S. Neill, Christopher Alexander, Philippe Gaulier, James Paul Gee. Thoughts I'm interested in: the systemic formation of culture; how we interact with and are shaped by said systems; how those systems emerge as part of a "playful" procedure; how play is often used as a release from cultural standards. Who else will I like? What ideas will fascinate me further? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on May 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me find this urban public spaces book.

Help me find this urban public spaces book. [more inside]
posted by Mercaptan on May 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Do other countries have an Oval Office?

Which other countries (if any) have a specific, famous office for their heads of government, comparable to the Oval Office for the President of the United States? [more inside]
posted by aurelian on May 2, 2012 - 8 answers

DIY architecture

What are good resources for seeing sample house plans and construction drawings? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Apr 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Shelter porn: it's not working for me any more.

Building nerds, can you help? I am finally biting the bullet and leaving interior design for a new life in architecture school. In preparation for my big step up, I'm keen to source databases and architecture websites that include plans, sections, elevations, site plans, 3D renderings, drawings etc of their featured buildings. [more inside]
posted by honey-barbara on Mar 1, 2012 - 9 answers

Where is this online post about a software architecture model?

For the sake of my dwindling sanity, can anyone point me towards the blog post I read about a "concentric" model for data-driven software architecture? I've googled like mad but haven't come anywhere close to it because the only search terms I can come up with are either vague or have additional meanings that pollute the results. [more inside]
posted by ElDiabloConQueso on Feb 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Pretty pictures of home extensions

Architectural digest: looking for great examples of home extensions for city houses. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Feb 11, 2012 - 4 answers

When did library stacks open?

My university has a relatively large number of libraries. The oldest ones were obviously designed to have closed stacks. In other words, a patron would submit a request for a particular book to the staff who would, in turn, retrieve it from the stacks and deliver it to the patron. The newest library with that design opened circa the 1930s. Then, at some point, library architecture philosophy changed and campus libraries built in the 1970s and later were obviously designed to have open stacks. The older libraries have been converted to open use. Library science and architecture types, I ask you: When did this change, which appears on my experience to be a nearly universal characteristic of library design, occur? And why?
posted by LastOfHisKind on Jan 20, 2012 - 19 answers

Hidden Rooms and 'Dead' Spaces: help me find more pictures of this sort of thing!

I've recently become fascinated by (a) long-forgotten "hidden" rooms in houses and other buildings and (b) "dead space" in houses, e.g., large unfinished areas behind walls that are only perhaps discovered years later. Help me find more examples of this sort of thing -- preferably examples with pictures! [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Jan 13, 2012 - 71 answers

Fie on phi!

Why are most buildings rectangular? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Dec 30, 2011 - 26 answers

Real name/location of the Arcadian

What is the real name/location of The Arcadian building in the TV show "How I met Your Mother"? [more inside]
posted by yticmic on Dec 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Late 1800s architecture terminology question

I'm looking for an architectural term. I'm sure it's one I should know, but I'm blanking on it. To make matters worse, I'm having a difficult time searching for a picture of the feature, because I can't come up with the right term. Let me try to describe what it is. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Dec 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Was the original Internet architecture designed largely by the Finns?

Did the Finns make a major contribution to the original Internet architecture? [more inside]
posted by Tarn on Dec 15, 2011 - 7 answers

Searching for dream houses

I keep having dreams about fantastic, labyrinthine houses. What video games have similar qualities? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Dec 14, 2011 - 25 answers

An urbanist travels to London

What urbanist/transit/maps/architecture/local history-related attractions should I hit up in London? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Dec 11, 2011 - 20 answers

Home Design Gallery

Home Design Gallery [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit on Nov 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Looking for an inventory of street design

Lost Website Filter: I have a vague memory of a website with an inventory of urban street design options. It had photos and commentary on T-intersections, streets with curves, streets with Big Fancy Buildings framed in arches or gates... an organized collection focused on the aesthetic feel of urban design from the street level. It talked about street design almost like interior design — using buildings to create 'rooms' on the street that could feel expansive or intimate. [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Nov 4, 2011 - 3 answers

Was there a 1950's tv show in the US that sold blueprints for houses?

Family legend states that my grandparents had their 1950's, smalltown Ohio house built from (adapted) blueprints they obtained by writing in to a television show. Is this possible? If so, which tv show, and is there any way I can get a copy of the blueprints? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Oct 4, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I learn more about Landscape/Architecture? Looking to switch majors

Looking to switch to a landscape/architecture major....advice? [more inside]
posted by enroute888 on Oct 2, 2011 - 5 answers

What architecture software should I learn

What architecture or rendering software should I learn in order to make myself more marketable to architecture firms? [more inside]
posted by daniel striped tiger on Oct 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Where to Find Pictures of World Cities Then and Now

I'm looking for photos on the web or books showing international cities evolving over the last 10, 20, or 50 years, particularly in the developing world: Mumbai, Dhaka, Guangzhou, et al.
posted by sswiller on Sep 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Your favourite websites for staying current with art, design, and culture?

Your favourite websites for staying current with art, design, and culture? [more inside]
posted by droolshark on Sep 28, 2011 - 20 answers

"Who is nibbling on my house?"

Recently, I've become a die-hard fan of the comic book series Locke & Key. This, for various reasons, has made me want to design my future house full of strange wonders and mysteries... [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Sep 25, 2011 - 17 answers

Why is my New York City apartment building vibrating?

Why is my New York City apartment building vibrating? [more inside]
posted by chasing on Sep 5, 2011 - 12 answers

how to respond to'what do you think of my house?'

Help me with a simple, polite, but to the point response. [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Sep 4, 2011 - 33 answers

Calling all architects!

In what architectural style was the Grand Palais in Paris designed/built? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Aug 18, 2011 - 4 answers

minimalist houses with maximum prices

Why are modern/minimalist homes so expensive to build? [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Aug 9, 2011 - 20 answers

What style house is this?

We're buying a house built in Boston in 1915 and are trying to find out the style (i.e. Folk Victorian) of the house. [more inside]
posted by jdl on Aug 1, 2011 - 17 answers

building-based webcomic?

What is the webcomic whose characters are depictions of buildings? Or ... something like that. I'm sure this exists. For some reason I'm convinced that Khrushchev is a character.
posted by kenko on Jul 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Playing Careers with an architecture degree

I'm a recent architecture graduate trying to decide if I should be following an academic or professional route, and I'm losing a lot of sleep over the uncertainty. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 - 3 answers

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