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Identify A Mystery Building Shaped Like Helmet?

Where is this building? Does it have a name? Who designed it? [more inside]
posted by hoople on Nov 14, 2010 - 2 answers

Nude descends staircase

For an essay I'm thinking about the ways that human bodies physically interact and respond to architectural spaces. Which writers, theorists, artists, psychologists, architects and historians have considered this subject?
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Nov 7, 2010 - 29 answers

What is this weathervane depicting?

My mother in Vancouver sent me this photo that she took while out on a stroll today. It's of a decorative weathervane on a building in Vancouver's west end (near Howe and Pacific I think she said), and shows a person reading (?) while seated backwards on a horse. Is there a story here? What is this referring to?
posted by woodblock100 on Sep 22, 2010 - 3 answers

What should I see at London Open House

I'm overwhelmed by the possibilities of Open House London, which sees hundreds of usually inaccessible buildings thrown open to the public. What are the can't-miss places that are worth queuing for? What are the little-known gems I might overlook? (Worth mentioning: I have a particular fondness for the exuberant, the quirky, and the eccentric.)
posted by yankeefog on Aug 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Besides a career as an architect, which careers are involved in city planning?

Besides a career as an architect, which careers are involved in city planning? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Jul 21, 2010 - 11 answers

Striking places to write in LA County

What places in Los Angeles County fit the following criteria: 1) striking indoor design or architecture, 2) open to the public, and 3) it wouldn't be unusual or prohibited for someone to go sit there and write for a few hours? [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Jul 21, 2010 - 12 answers

I would like a career, I just don't know which one.

College graduation crunch time is approaching, and I have no idea what I want to do, career-wise. My interests are all over the map. Art + writing + computer science + organization = what!? Advice appreciated! [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Jul 18, 2010 - 10 answers

Mexican Architecture Contract

Mexican Architecture Contracts As American Architect looking to do work in Mexico, I would like to be more familiar with standard contracts used. (Maybe the equilalent to AIA?) Can anyone share experience w/ either 1. A translated standard contract 2. A split/associated contract between a US Architect and a Mexican Architect? I realize that there is no one-fits-all form, but anything related will be helpful. Obviously personal information should be deleted. And anyone w/ personal experience who might have a story to share is welcome to add in.
posted by ebesan on Jul 13, 2010 - 0 answers

Bitgrid - brilliant or stupid?

I've had a computer architecture bouncing around in my head since I mis-understood what a bit slice meant in 1981. It turns out it might be just the ticket for doing really fast computing, but I need to be sure the idea really has merit. I've blogged about it. Is it a great idea, or stupid? [more inside]
posted by MikeWarot on Jul 7, 2010 - 17 answers

Camp a Little While in the Wilderness...

Where are all the camp meeting grounds in the United States? Is there a comprehensive directory anywhere? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 22, 2010 - 9 answers

Thinkin' 'bout buildin's

Recommend me stuff to read to help me learn how to think about architecture. [more inside]
posted by barnacles on Jun 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Need Help Finding a TV show location

Please help me identify a bridge as seen on Justified the TV show. In the first episode of the FX network show Justified, there is a large green suspension bridge featured quite prominently. According to Wikipedia the pilot episodes were shot in Pittsburgh and suburban Kittanning, Pennsylvania and Washington, Pennsylvania. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on May 31, 2010 - 9 answers

1970s modern outdoor furniture?

Recommendations for 1960s-1970s "California Modern"-compatible outdoor furniture? [more inside]
posted by SeƱor Pantalones on May 29, 2010 - 3 answers

Hallway with a View

Is there an architectural principle along the lines of "put your best window view in a hallway"? [more inside]
posted by typography on May 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Modern vs bygone home building techniques

Have US home construction techniques improved since the 1920s? [more inside]
posted by zippy on May 23, 2010 - 33 answers

Freelance job during full time masters program?

What freelance skills should I cultivate to support myself during graduate school? [more inside]
posted by emily37 on May 11, 2010 - 20 answers

How long must a driveway to a basement garage be?

How long does a driveway leading down to a basement garage need to be? You can assume that the path of the driveway starts at the edge of a level sidewalk/pavement, and that the vehicles entering the garage will be up to two metres high and four metres long. I'd appreciate any numbers you can provide that will help me calculate variations on your result.
posted by Joe in Australia on May 10, 2010 - 7 answers

Affordable summer archictural drafting courses in NYC?

Does anybody know of an entry level architectural drafting course or introduction to architecture course being given in New York City (or near NYC) during the summer for a reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by RobertFrost on May 4, 2010 - 8 answers

Should my friend pursue architecture as a second career?

Should I advise a friend to stay out of a grad program for architecture as a second career? [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Apr 30, 2010 - 18 answers

Is architecture a good fit for me?

Is architecture a good fit for me? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Apr 29, 2010 - 14 answers

Brooklyn architecture

Why does the Williamsburg/Grenpoint area of Brooklyn look so much different, architecturally, than Ft. Greene/Cobble Hill/Park Slope/etc.? [more inside]
posted by decoherence on Apr 27, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me make objects to scale for an architectural plan.

Help me make objects to scale for an architectural plan. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Apr 24, 2010 - 9 answers

Should I quit my Master's program in Architecture at one of the best schools in the country?

Should I quit my Master's program in Architecture? [more inside]
posted by peetle on Apr 20, 2010 - 16 answers

Seeking beautiful indoor reading spaces in NYC and Brooklyn

Seeking beautiful indoor reading spaces in NYC and Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Apr 16, 2010 - 11 answers

What physical restrictions on human activity have greatly shaped human history?

What are some restrictions in infrastructure and logistics that have greatly effected human history? A friend of mine was telling me about the history of Cyprus, and he launched into an intriguing explanation of the practical differences between a galley and a modern sailing ship. "The world at that time had to be designed around parking galleys. There are many cities and towns in Europe that used to just be galley parking lots. Cyprus changed hands a lot because it was a great parking lot." I want to have more ways to organize and make sense of history like this. Can you guys help me? If you have books about this to recommend (I've already read the Jared Diamond work btw) that would be amazing.
posted by voronoi on Apr 16, 2010 - 15 answers

Who needs architectural postcards and books?

My father has tremendous collections relating to architecture and music. He's also getting old enough that he's beginning to be willing to thin out the collection. What are some some resources that I can steer him towards? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling on Apr 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Good overall book on the PC?

I'm looking for a book, site or online course notes that explain PC architecture in a moderate amount of detail. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gadha on Mar 31, 2010 - 3 answers

Talking in public about a confidential building use

I am in a graduate college urban composition class, and I'm making a presentation, to about 45 people, about the history of a building over the years. I don't want to reveal what the building is currently used for. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2010 - 24 answers

Help me build a great brewery

Building a new garage. It will include a dedicated space for brewing fabulous beer. Technical design and planning questions inside. [more inside]
posted by BrooksCooper on Mar 21, 2010 - 7 answers

Church tours in Chicago

Do any churches or cathedrals in Chicago give behind the scenes or architectural tours? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Mar 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Is there a program out there that calculates a room dimension from a picture?

Is there a program out there that calculates a room dimension from a picture? [more inside]
posted by blahblah on Mar 2, 2010 - 4 answers

The proverbial "good" library

What are your top three beautiful, comfortable, useful, inviting libraries? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra on Feb 25, 2010 - 40 answers

Help me be a better residential architecture nerd!

Is there a specific name for the style of roof/eaves on these houses? Does this fit into a specific architectural style such as period revival? [more inside]
posted by thisjax on Feb 13, 2010 - 12 answers

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

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