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Help, Hivemind!

Does this article about Zaha Hadid actually exist? [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Jan 25, 2010 - 2 answers

 

Help me fight perspective!

I want to make an optical illusion with wood. How can I fool the eye into thinking these pillars are all the same size? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Jan 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Where have all the porches gone?

Are we growing to be a porchless society? I am trying to settle a disagreement with my friend - she thinks that porches are still an important part of design, and I say that front porches have largely disappeared from modern architecture and are a social relic of the past. Who's right? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday on Jan 21, 2010 - 54 answers

Architecture destroyed in movies?

What movies feature the destruction of beautiful and iconic contemporary architecture buildings? [more inside]
posted by guictx on Jan 4, 2010 - 30 answers

"Straitjackets help me think"?

Is there a quote by an architect or designer about how the constraints make the project? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Dec 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me find this cartoon about Renaissance architecture!

Help me find this cartoon: Disappointed medieval guys standing in front of a half-built gothic building, reading a scroll that says: "Beginning tomorrow, the Renaissance will be mandatory." Ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Informed on Dec 3, 2009 - 9 answers

What is the technical term for these Pompeiian columns?

Can anyone tell me what the architectural or sculptural term is for these low, narrow columns with busts of deities or heroes on the tops of them? (Or tell me a good source for finding such a term when you have a picture, like this one, which was taken in Pompeii?)
posted by manos_frias on Dec 1, 2009 - 7 answers

In the round.

What's the story behind this strange circular building in the middle of nowhere in Scotland [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 24, 2009 - 9 answers

More Foucault, heterotopias

Does Foucault, or do any other another philosophers, expand upon what is said in "Des espaces autres" in any other publication? [more inside]
posted by bode well carapace on Nov 13, 2009 - 4 answers

The decline of architecture?

Why is it that I seem to instinctively prefer houses from the late-19th or early 20th century to post-war architecture? [more inside]
posted by dydecker on Oct 14, 2009 - 34 answers

A splinter for my mind's eye

Looking for some architecture/3D modelling tools to help visualise a home/internal renovation. [more inside]
posted by a non e mouse on Oct 14, 2009 - 8 answers

Want to take some online architecture courses. Where is a good place? Willing to pay.

Want to take some online architecture courses. Where is a good place? Willing to pay. [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly on Sep 27, 2009 - 4 answers

Model Building

First time building a landscape model on taskboard. Tips and advice? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers on Sep 24, 2009 - 3 answers

seeking books or articles on corruption in large building projects, ancient to modern

Seeking books or articles on corruption in large building projects, ancient to modern. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Sep 23, 2009 - 12 answers

It can't be an oil derrick, this is Seattle after all

What is the thing that looks like an oil derrick in this picture? [more inside]
posted by dw on Sep 7, 2009 - 5 answers

What have I spent my life on?

How do I apply to Master's programs when I don't have either real academic credentials or a particularly distinguished career reputation? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon on Aug 31, 2009 - 3 answers

Why are there no new Frank Lloyd Wright buildings?

We just came out of a real estate boom where a lot of ugly buildings were built and sold for a lot of money, some by celebrity architects. Why weren't any recent buildings built from or based on Frank Lloyd Wright designs? I'm sure the estate or the foundation or whatever would charge a lot of money for licensing, but the cachet surely would've done wonders for sale prices.
posted by moonmilk on Aug 3, 2009 - 20 answers

Websites for interior and exterior house design?

Best websites to help brainstorm on house architecture and interior design [more inside]
posted by lapsang on Jul 28, 2009 - 4 answers

E&O important to LA?

When hiring a landscape architect, how useful (or not) is it to apply 'must have professional liability' as a selection criteria? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman on Jul 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Personal Design Software?

Computer-aided design using Christopher Alexander's Notes on the Synthesis of Form? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jul 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me find interesting churches

I'm looking for significant, interesting, or unusual churches (for architectural, cultural and/or religious reasons) from around the world. More thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 6, 2009 - 48 answers

thinking man (and woman)'s paradise

What Caribbean islands have the best-preserved historical sites and architecture? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman on Jun 30, 2009 - 8 answers

New architecture in old Barcelona

Barcelona architecture: I'm looking for an image of a specific piece of modern architecture in the Barri Raval, Barcelona [more inside]
posted by Flashman on Jun 25, 2009 - 2 answers

web promotion for architecture?

How to promote my work online. I am an architect. NY and Mexico. I am trying to figure ways to build myself/my work. How to submit your work/name to design blogs, etc. w/out being a jerk? No name here; I'm not using this place for that purpose.
posted by ebesan on Jun 24, 2009 - 6 answers

Replacement porch steps for older home

Where can I find vintage photos of, or designs for simple turn of the century porch steps? [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Jun 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Sketchup alternative?

I'm looking for an easy-to-use, lightweight application that will allow me to visualize a wooden structure I want to build. I know about CAD software like AutoCAD and modelling apps like 3dsMax, but they seem way more complicated than what I'm looking for. Sketchup seems to fit the bill pretty well, but it's hideous to look at and I can't seem to get exact measurements out of it. Any alternatives to sketchup out there? (free preferably but not required) Thanks
posted by AltReality on Jun 15, 2009 - 16 answers

Seeking blueprint drawings of windows and doors for art project!

Is there an architect or graphic designer in the house? I need line/blue print style images of windows and doors for art pieces I am designing. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Ponderance on May 14, 2009 - 16 answers

I need to find this picture.

I need to find this architecture picture. [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on May 9, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me find journal articles for a paper about Santiago Calatrava's Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum

I'm writing an undergraduate paper (not to be published) on whether or not Santiago Calatrava's Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum is just a reworking of architectural history, or if it's a completely new take on architectural design, kinetics, and art. Help? [more inside]
posted by cmchap on Apr 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Urban Planning Remixed

Experimental and radical urban planning: Where are the interesting multidisciplinary graduate programs in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Apr 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Architect for SF Renovation

Looking for architects and other resources for home renovation project in San Francisco. Modern, green, yada yada. [more inside]
posted by squishy on Apr 14, 2009 - 10 answers

Learning how buildings learn

I want to have a skill and the skill is this: when examining a building casually, I'd like to be able to tell, within a span of about thirty years, when it was built (or altered). [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Mar 30, 2009 - 9 answers

New industrial architecture

Looking for examples of creative, modern industrial architecture. [more inside]
posted by lou on Mar 28, 2009 - 9 answers

Where can I find higher resolution images of famous architects' drawings?

I'm looking for some higher quality images of work by famous architects, e.g. Frank Lloyd Wright, to use for 3-D modeling reference. Any good resources out there? [more inside]
posted by GaGaLoc on Mar 18, 2009 - 2 answers

What do you call those giant numbers?

Is there a name for the design trend (I think associated with brutalism) in the 60s and 70s where buildings had enormous, sans-serif italic numbers on the walls indicating address, floor or room number? These were often shades of brown, orange or yellow. I have seen numbers so large that the tops and bottoms are clipped by the floor and ceiling.
posted by setanor on Mar 12, 2009 - 5 answers

Non-traditional building supply sources?

I'm planning a home addition but would like peruse building material sources beyond what's available in consumer hardware stores. What sources do architects and contractors use for non-standard windows and other items? Is there a McMaster-Carr-equivalent for building materials? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 30, 2009 - 4 answers

How to elevate my career to the next level?

I think i've peaked as a designer, help me find my next step. [more inside]
posted by AMP583 on Jan 28, 2009 - 5 answers

"Mad Men" house in Palm Springs?

In Mad men episode 11 (the jet set) in season 2...what house is that in Palm Springs? I'm an architecture geek and desperately need to know. The best I can figure is that its the Kaufman House...but it's not quite right. I'm resigned to the fact that its some backlot set.
posted by badkarmaboy on Jan 13, 2009 - 2 answers

How much for a unique house?

How much does it actually cost to commission an architect to design an "interesting" home? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Dec 31, 2008 - 10 answers

Armchair architect looking for book and video picks

Armchair architect looking for book / video recommendations. After having enjoyed: A place of My Own, How Buildings Learn and Christopher Alexander's work, I'm looking for other design / architecture titles. What can you recommend?
posted by zander on Dec 29, 2008 - 14 answers

What is the architectural style of this home??

what is the architectural style of this house? It's a fixer upper that we plan to gut and try to keep with the style of the home as much as we can on our beer money. ;) I haven't had much luck scouring the net. It's listed as a colonial but it doesn't seem to be a "true" colonial? I'm wondering if anyone here can break it down for me. Thanks!
posted by Jujee on Dec 26, 2008 - 15 answers

Help me identify this "cat house"

Help me identify the "cat house" in this picture. [more inside]
posted by ArchBr on Dec 18, 2008 - 4 answers

What's a good recipe for gingerbread construction materials?

I'm thinking about building a gingerbread house this year, and as usual for food topics that have yet to show up on Good Eats, I'm at a loss for where to find a good recipe. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Dec 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Campus Architecture

What Universities have great modern architecture projects on campus? [more inside]
posted by senorpuma on Dec 2, 2008 - 27 answers

Architectural Lighting Designers: how's the market?

How's the market for Architectural Lighting Designers? I am considering a year long MS in architectural lighting design, and I am an entertainment lighting designer. [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch on Dec 2, 2008 - 3 answers

this shouldn't take long

Got any advice for removing a gazillion layers of (probably lead) paint from a hundred-year-old banister, complete with an abundance of balusters? Oh, and a pocket door. [more inside]
posted by apostrophe on Nov 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Landscape architecture question

Landscape Architecture! I'm a student thinking about changing fields from IR to landscape architecture and I'm interested in all and any of your thoughts on the subject. [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers on Nov 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Please help me identify this architect

My dad wants to know the name of an architect he saw on television. Details are fuzzy except that he wears an eyepatch and that he designed a house overlooking the California coast. [more inside]
posted by drea on Nov 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Feng Shui software?

Looking for Feng Shui software to lay out a new house (not yet built). Has anybody used a product they'd recommend?
posted by jackround on Oct 27, 2008 - 1 answer

What great quotes should I use to describe plan, section and elevation drawings in architecture?

I'm writing a paper which deals with architectural representation. In doing so I'm providing very brief explanations of plans, sections & elevations intended to bring a non-design crowd up to speed on these conventions. I'm looking for informative and quasi-poetic quotes to describe, contextualize and problematize these drawing types. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign on Oct 26, 2008 - 3 answers

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