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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

how to turn a battleground into a park?

I'm looking for information on parks or playgrounds in areas of conflict, especially urban areas. [more inside]
posted by sepviva on Jul 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find this book on home building

Out of print architecture book with design principles for the home? [more inside]
posted by OctopusRex on Jul 2, 2011 - 3 answers

What is this called?

Is there a specific term for this architectural/design feature? [more inside]
posted by cp311 on Jun 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Turkey trot

IstanbulFilter: help me identify this building in Istanbul. [more inside]
posted by taramosalata on Jun 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Becoming an amateur architect?

How do I take my interest in architecture to the next level without going to architecture school or going pro? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jun 21, 2011 - 17 answers

Whitest collar you know

How can I learn to be handy? [more inside]
posted by Echobelly on Jun 19, 2011 - 20 answers

Project Managment Software for Architects (of the building-designing variety))

Good project management software for architects? [more inside]
posted by dmo on Jun 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Blueprints for St. Paul's

Please help me find blueprints or other architectural diagrams for St. Paul's Cathedral, circa 1940 or earlier. [more inside]
posted by cjets on Jun 8, 2011 - 6 answers

How to setup a file server for an architectural firm?

How to properly setup a file server for a small architectural office running Windows (Vista and Win7) and Autocad 2010? [more inside]
posted by lxh on Jun 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Hidden Gems of India

What are the hidden gems in India that I might not know about, but should do everything I can to see? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Jun 1, 2011 - 14 answers

Point A (architect) to point B (working for Autodesk): what will it take?

I'm considering changing careers. Help me figure out a plan. [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on May 25, 2011 - 7 answers

What is this tree? (botany/architecture)

Please help me identify this plant, or what is the meaning behind my potential tattoo? (yes, these two are the same question) [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on May 18, 2011 - 26 answers

Please help me find an article from an archaeological publication!

I'm trying to find an article about the excavation of the remains of a medieval noblewoman who was voluntarily sealed in a room in an abbey. The link was in a UK archaeological publication. It was posted to the blue some time in the last year or so.
posted by Graygorey on May 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for a complex and variable world design game or software tool

Looking for a complex and variable world/city design game/tool [more inside]
posted by heylight on May 13, 2011 - 9 answers

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