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How the Dutch Use Architecture

If you were to guess which country on earth had the highest agriculture exports, you’d probably pick the United States, and you’d be right. But if you were to pick second place? Would it be Canada, with its vast land area? China, with their bustling export business? It would have to be a big country, wouldn’t it? Known for cutting edge technology?

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What is Classical Architecture and Why Is There an Uproar?

In recent weeks, the architecture community has been in a tizzy over a document that was released from the Whitehouse entitled “Making Federal Buildings Great Again.” As can be guessed from the title alone, the proposal was presented by the Trump administration, and it was controversial. But what does it all mean and why is there a controversy at all?

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architecture School Closing After 88 Years

The school of Architecture at Taliesin will shut its doors in June after 88 years producing some of the greatest architects in America. The school was founded nearly 90 years ago by arguably the greatest architect in American history, the man behind Falling Water, the Guggenheim, and hundreds of other Prairie-Style homes and buildings around the world.

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Architecture Produces Reality, Says Danish Architect

"The Danish meaning of architecture is the art of building," Bjarke Ingels said. "I think, unlike the art that is displayed in a museum or in a gallery, is that architecture is more representational. What defines architecture is that it actually produces reality."

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The Case for “Dumb” Cities

High-tech “smart cities” are becoming all the rage over the last twenty years, but there is currently pushback on many fronts saying that what we need are “dumber” cities—ditching the data and embracing the lessons learned over the past millennia.

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Tragic Fire Reveals Secrets into Medieval Architecture

In April of 2019, an electrical fire in the roof of the Notre Dame de Paris, a cathedral that has stood as a national and international landmark for 850 years, sparked a blaze that tore through the ceiling beams and partially collapsed the roof. However much a tragedy, architects are turning lemons into lemonade by using the reconstruction process to determine just how, exactly, the magnificent cathedral was built and stood so solidly for so many centuries.

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Ringing In The New Year With New Designs

There are many shake ups in the world of architecture in the last year. Africa’s tallest building was completed. Europe’s first underwater restaurant launched. Architects and regular citizens alike watched in horror as the Notre Dame de Paris burned.

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Lord of the Rings Hobbit House Being Built for AirBnB

"In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." –J.R.R. Tolkien

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: More than Just a Slogan

A slogan that we heard as kids in school has entered a more professional lexicon: the world of architecture. Yes, architecture has long been about trying to be more sustainable and there have been some extreme cases of recycling products to build modern structure, but now it’s taking on a whole new meaning as modern architects increasingly look for ways to make their buildings environmentally friendly, cheaper, and even more beautiful.

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A New Generation of Stadium

Competitive video games are growing like crazy around the world, particularly in East Asia, but now the first ever free-standing esports arena is being built in the Western Hemisphere, set to house the Overwatch League of the Philadelphia Fusion, with a target start date of 2021.

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One World Trade Center Leading Sustainability Charge

The observatory of One World Trade Center, the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex, has a distinct smell to it. Aside from offering 360 degree views of New York City, the observatory has piped in the smell of trees and plants native to New York: beeches, mountain ashes, and red maples.

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Hostile Architecture: Keeping the Public Out of Public Spaces

We’ve all seen it, though we may not have realized what we’re looking at: there are fixtures all over a city that are designed to keep people from being comfortable. And there’s a movement underway to return these public spaces to the public.

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Some of the World’s Scariest Buildings

From museums to houses to office buildings, these structures are designed to not only serve their function but to surprise, intimidate, and even scare.

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Architects are Becoming the New Psychiatrists

It’s an old axiom in business that you must understand the minds of your employees, but that is being taken to the next level in architecture, where architects are being forced to envision a world of the future.

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Living Walls are Becoming More Prominent in Urban Areas

Gone are the days when a “green” building was merely covered in creeping vines. In a new trend that is part of both urban beautification and environmentalism, “living walls” are appearing all across downtown areas in the United States and abroad.

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House Built by Robots and Digital Fabrication Could Change Everything

A new house built in Switzerland, designed by the ETH Zurich University, could be one of the first steps in a construction revolution. The DFAB house (digital fabrication) was developed by the university and two dozen partners as part of the Next Evolution in Sustainable Technologies (NEST)project.

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Are Pre-Fab “Lego” Houses the Solution to the Housing Crisis?

Not much has changed in the home construction industry in the last fifty years. Workers show up to a site, dig, pour, frame, sheath, and finish a house, with a nationwide average cost of $428,000 a piece. And that’s when there’s proper space to find that jobsite and enough skilled laborers to do the work.

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Could “Tall Wood” Buildings Be the Future of High Rises?

In what may seem counter-intuitive to progress, there is a global resurgence of so-called “tall wood” buildings, which are defined as structures that are made primarily from timber framing and are more than fourteen stories or fifty meters tall.

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Uprooting Green Space Can Have Decades of Impact

We’ve all seen a construction project tear up existing grass, trees, shrubs and earth—temporarily, to be replanted and “restored” later. But what impact does the temporary disruption really have on the landscape, fauna, and human usage?

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Growing Up Instead of Out

As cities grow, it’s inevitable that they must begin to increase in density. Urban sprawl will always exist, but city centers grow, and there’s only one direction for a downtown to grow: up. As they grow up instead of out, they’re faced with many positives and negatives. This is healthy and positive. Growth in a city is good. But the question of whether you’re growing in the right ways is important for a building planner to consider. Here are a few pluses and minuses to increasing density:

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Universal Access to Parks and Plazas

Parks and plazas are designed as gathering places for communities, meant to enrich lives and cultural experience, but recent studies show that that is not the case. While the elderly make up 20% of the population, only 4% of park users are elderly. The problem, according to one study, is accessibility.

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Modular Construction Business Booming

According to the Commercial Construction Index, demand for modular construction is increasing, and industry insiders see it as a major growth area.

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Modern Architecture on the Cutting Edge

With all the talk of modernizing the industry, it’s also important to take a look at the amazing new innovations that are coming out of modern architecture. Here are some of the greatest new buildings that have flown under the radar. And many of these aren’t in grand operahouses or libraries, but are in quiet, utilitarian uses.

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Antarctic Construction Project Estimated to Cost $250 Million

In what is expected to be harsh conditions, a New Zealand construction company is undertaking a $250 million development on the Scott Base of Antarctica. The 10,000 square foot base, comprising three buildings, is expected to house 100 personnel against the freezing temperatures.

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How to Choose the Right Glass for Your Project

With such rapid advances in technology, the options for something as basic as glass are no longer simple. There are extensive selections to choose from when building your project, and your purpose, geography, and usage play an essential role.

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In Addition to Loss of Trade Workers, the Construction Industry Also Needs Architects

Ten years ago when the economy dropped, not only did many workers leave the industry, but many students fled the architecture and surveying programs in college. Now, when those students would normally be maturing in the job field, there is a stunning lack of experienced and new people to fill those roles.

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Architecture Firm Creates a Lush Oasis in Center of City

With a population of more than twelve million, the city of Sao Paolo, Brazil, is a thriving metropolis with a bustling economy and miles after miles of concrete, asphalt, and steel. But one architecture firm is doing its part to make an oasis deep in the heart of the city.

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Frank Gehry: Love Him or Hate Him

Despite being named “The Most Important Architect of Our Age,” by Vanity Fair, Frank Gehry got off to a shaky start. According to Gehry, “I was a truck driver in L.A.. . .I tried radio announcing, which I wasn’t..

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Australian High-Rise Made Entirely of Wood

The Green Movement is creating a bit of a time warp in Australia, as builders just revealed they’ll be constructing a nine-story building made entirely of wood. While it isn’t the tallest wooden building in the...

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A Basilica Built to be Completed in 144 Years

La Sagrada Familia, or the Church of the Holy Family, is one of the most long-running architectural projects in the world. The Sagrada Familia, a Catholic basilica in Barcelona, was begun in 1882 by the...

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Korean Highway Transformed into Park

It may seem as though there’s not a lot you can do to remodel a highway. Streets are for driving, and without cars, they’re just narrow strips of concrete in the center of town. Well, Netherlands-based...

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New House Designs Expand Definition of Buildable Space

My grandparents live on a hill overlooking the Salt Lake City valley. They have an amazing view: their second-floor balcony has always been the place to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July. I remember in 2002...

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The Glass House: by architect Philip Johnson

An icon of modern architecture, the Glass House stands out as both an example of minimalism and an art piece in and of itself. Made of steel, brick and glass—a lot of glass—the house is...

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House Iconic, Crumbling

Although best known for his iconic Prairie Style (flat or low-sloped roofs, long cantilevers and a strong sense of integration with the landscape), groundbreaking architect Frank Lloyd Wright was also the designer of...

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New Building Proposal Surpasses Technological Capabilities

Architects are always looking for new and wild ideas that, though completely impractical, will stretch the art of construction. The Great American Architect himself, Frank Lloyd Wright, famously proposed...

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I.M. Pei: Iconic Architect Despite Flaws and Challenges

Still working at age 99, Ieoh Ming Pei, better known as I. M. Pei, is the architect behind many iconic construction projects, ranging from the massive and corporate—the 72-story Bank of China masterpiece that...

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Paris Showcases Architectural Security

A new construction project is being unveiled in Paris: an eight-foot tall wall surrounding the base of the Eiffel Tower. It’s being done in response to recent terrorist attacks in the country, including the...

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The Greenest Building on Earth

Opening on Earth Day last year, Seattle’s Bullitt Center has been the greenest building on the planet. You wouldn’t know it to look at it. It appears to be nothing more than a six-story office building...

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Future Exists in “Circular Cities”

By now we’ve heard of the circular economy, a process for making the world more sustainable, creating a cycle that reuses and captures resources. Now, circular economies are turning to urban planning to make our cities into circular cities. Right now, more than half of the population lives in a city, and by 2050 that will rise to two thirds. If we’re going to continue to build up and out, we need to figure out how to better use resources.

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