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Architecture vs. Building

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This post will deal only with Architecture and Building: Chapter VIII of “The International Style” by Hitch & Johnno. Back in 1932, people didn’t use the expression “vs.” other than to describe boxing matches. They should’ve, because H&J describe architecture and building as a type of confrontation that could go either way. You can sense […]

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The Things Historians Do

The Things Historians Do
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Philip Cortelyou Johnson (July 8, 1906 – January 25, 2005) … was descended from the Jansen (a.k.a. Johnson) family of New Amsterdam, and included among his ancestors the Huguenot Jacques Cortelyou, who laid out the first town plan of New Amsterdam for Peter Stuyvesant.* Impressive. Johnson was the son of a wealthy Cleveland attorney Homer M. Johnson, and an equally wealthy […]

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Awkward Moments

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This is misfits’ second gallery post. It’s slightly off-theme yes but the procedure is the same. Use the form below to send a link to any photo you’d like to nominate for inclusion. This time, nominations must: feature a well-known client or architect – ideally both! include an architectural model, and capture some awkward moment […]

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BURJ!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BURJ!!
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Twelve aready! Doesn’t time fly? etc. Born rich and in the Middle East, it’s never really had much to do apart from indicate a destination. It’s easy to criticise and it’s easy to disapprove but it’s actually quite an amazing building. This gets forgotten. I’ve seen many articles about the building as a hotel – its […]

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The Dark Side of the Villa Savoye

The Dark Side of the Villa Savoye
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A nice piece of land doesn’t automatically generate great architecture but it helps. Apart from the pleasures of bathing in a blue bathtub, lounging in the sun, and owning a meadow surrounded by orchards less than an hour’s drive from Paris, the Villa Savoye continues to evoke certain other values that have proved equally resistant […]

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Where Architecture Went Wrong

Where Architecture Went Wrong
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Mainly known for his writings, Vitruvius was himself an architect. In Roman times architecture was a broader subject than at present including the modern fields of architecture,construction management, construction engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, military engineering and urban planning. Vitruvius is the author of De architectura, known today as The Ten Books on Architecture, a treatise written of Latin and Greek on architecture, dedicated to the emperor Augustus. […]