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.
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.
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
What urbanist/transit/maps/architecture/local history-related attractions should I hit up in Toronto? [more inside]
Looking for a book describing how to date a building using physical evidence in the building itself. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
“Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul” [more inside]
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.
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]
Help me find this urban public spaces book. [more inside]
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]
What are good resources for seeing sample house plans and construction drawings? [more inside]
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]
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]
Architectural digest: looking for great examples of home extensions for city houses. [more inside]
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?
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]
Why are most buildings rectangular? [more inside]
What is the real name/location of The Arcadian building in the TV show "How I met Your Mother"? [more inside]
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]
Did the Finns make a major contribution to the original Internet architecture? [more inside]
I keep having dreams about fantastic, labyrinthine houses. What video games have similar qualities? [more inside]
What urbanist/transit/maps/architecture/local history-related attractions should I hit up in London? [more inside]
Home Design Gallery [more inside]
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]
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]
Looking to switch to a landscape/architecture major....advice? [more inside]
What architecture or rendering software should I learn in order to make myself more marketable to architecture firms? [more inside]
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.
Your favourite websites for staying current with art, design, and culture? [more inside]
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]
Why is my New York City apartment building vibrating? [more inside]
Help me with a simple, polite, but to the point response. [more inside]
In what architectural style was the Grand Palais in Paris designed/built? [more inside]
Why are modern/minimalist homes so expensive to build? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]