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The Terrace

The Terrace
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Stacking dwellings will create a high-rise building with only one rooftop but only partially stacking them will create many partial rooftops known as terraces. The people of town of Masouleh probably think of theirs more as paths or roads. The ground floor can also have a terrace and many of Edwin Lutyens’ houses have paved […]

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The Uncompleted

The Uncompleted
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Some building owners managed to survive the 2008 GFC and their buildings completed and opened as if almost nothing had happened. Foster+Partners’ The Index is an example of this. Construction began in 2005 and the building was completed and opened in 2011, although without the fanfare that usually accompanied building openings in Dubai. The Incomplete […]

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Going Up and Down

Going Up and Down
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These are some of the major moments in the history of elevators. 30BC give or take: Vitruvius wrote that Archimedes built an elevator circa 236 BC. circa 1000: The Book of Secrets by al-Muradi in Islamic Spain described the use of an elevator-like lifting device used to raise a battering ram to destroy a fortress.17thC: English and French palaces had simple elevators as […]

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Detention

Detention
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Prison ships were usually decommissioned navy vessels that had been converted into prisons, perhaps because navy vessels were built more sturdily. Such ships were called prison hulks because their navigation or propulsion capabilities had been removed. Leaving them intact would have just been asking for trouble. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Britain had more […]

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Spiral Binding

Spiral Binding
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The problem was to provide between 144 and 150 apartments in a building of 25 stories max. To encourage repetition in typical floor layouts, I asked for equal numbers of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and two-bedroom duplex (i.e. two-level) apartments. The first thing to do was derive a typical floor plan that would allow that. Numbers divisible […]

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The Factory

The Factory
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There are many ways to configure a building. Some take climate givens or climate trends as a starting point. Others site factors such as access or connectivity. Still others begin by fitting the building program into some envelope you like in terms of tectonics or economics or aesthetics. I set the class the problem of […]

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The Oval

The Oval
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To an Australian, an “oval” is a playing field adjacent to a school or community hall and that’s used to play and/or train for Australian Rules Football. Aussie Rules is a winter sport but its characteristic four goalposts remain at each end of the oval throughout summer when it might be used for cricket. With […]