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.
Best websites to help brainstorm on house architecture and interior design [more inside]
When hiring a landscape architect, how useful (or not) is it to apply 'must have professional liability' as a selection criteria? [more inside]
Computer-aided design using Christopher Alexander's Notes on the Synthesis of Form? [more inside]
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]
What Caribbean islands have the best-preserved historical sites and architecture? [more inside]
Barcelona architecture: I'm looking for an image of a specific piece of modern architecture in the Barri Raval, Barcelona [more inside]
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.
Where can I find vintage photos of, or designs for simple turn of the century porch steps? [more inside]
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
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]
I need to find this architecture picture. [more inside]
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]
Experimental and radical urban planning: Where are the interesting multidisciplinary graduate programs in the U.S.? [more inside]
Looking for architects and other resources for home renovation project in San Francisco. Modern, green, yada yada. [more inside]
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]
Looking for examples of creative, modern industrial architecture. [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
I think i've peaked as a designer, help me find my next step. [more inside]
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.
How much does it actually cost to commission an architect to design an "interesting" home? [more inside]
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?
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!
Help me identify the "cat house" in this picture. [more inside]
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]
What Universities have great modern architecture projects on campus? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Looking for Feng Shui software to lay out a new house (not yet built). Has anybody used a product they'd recommend?
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]
I'm trying to find posters of architectural elements of rooms... [more inside]