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?
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?
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.)
Besides a career as an architect, which careers are involved in city planning? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
Where are all the camp meeting grounds in the United States? Is there a comprehensive directory anywhere? [more inside]
Recommend me stuff to read to help me learn how to think about architecture. [more inside]
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]
Recommendations for 1960s-1970s "California Modern"-compatible outdoor furniture? [more inside]
Is there an architectural principle along the lines of "put your best window view in a hallway"? [more inside]
Have US home construction techniques improved since the 1920s? [more inside]
What freelance skills should I cultivate to support myself during graduate school? [more inside]
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.
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]
Should I advise a friend to stay out of a grad program for architecture as a second career? [more inside]
Is architecture a good fit for me? [more inside]
Why does the Williamsburg/Grenpoint area of Brooklyn look so much different, architecturally, than Ft. Greene/Cobble Hill/Park Slope/etc.? [more inside]
Help me make objects to scale for an architectural plan. [more inside]
Should I quit my Master's program in Architecture? [more inside]
Seeking beautiful indoor reading spaces in NYC and Brooklyn. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
Building a new garage. It will include a dedicated space for brewing fabulous beer. Technical design and planning questions inside. [more inside]
Do any churches or cathedrals in Chicago give behind the scenes or architectural tours? [more inside]
Is there a program out there that calculates a room dimension from a picture? [more inside]
What are your top three beautiful, comfortable, useful, inviting libraries? [more inside]
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]
Does this article about Zaha Hadid actually exist? [more inside]
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]
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]
What movies feature the destruction of beautiful and iconic contemporary architecture buildings? [more inside]
Is there a quote by an architect or designer about how the constraints make the project? [more inside]
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]
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?)
What's the story behind this strange circular building in the middle of nowhere in Scotland [more inside]
Does Foucault, or do any other another philosophers, expand upon what is said in "Des espaces autres" in any other publication? [more inside]
Why is it that I seem to instinctively prefer houses from the late-19th or early 20th century to post-war architecture? [more inside]
Looking for some architecture/3D modelling tools to help visualise a home/internal renovation. [more inside]
Want to take some online architecture courses. Where is a good place? Willing to pay. [more inside]
First time building a landscape model on taskboard. Tips and advice? [more inside]
Seeking books or articles on corruption in large building projects, ancient to modern. [more inside]
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]
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.