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Dream Machine

Dream Machine
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This drawing of a design for a small cinema by Herbert Bayer is a popular drawing in Bauhaus exhibitions and publications. It’s still in good condition after 85 years, there’s something pleasing about the layout, and it has some pretty colours. Lovely. Now let’s see what the drawing tells us about the building. The dotted […]

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Architecture Misfit #1: Hannes Meyer

Architecture Misfit #1: Hannes Meyer
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If he is remembered at all, the architect Hannes Meyer is remembered inappropriately as the “third” director of the Bauhaus. He was actually the second director of the Bauhaus. Walter Gropius was first, from 1919 to 1927, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was third, from 1930 to 1933. Gropius and Mies van der Rohe […]

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The Twisted Education of Architects

The Twisted Education of Architects
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Let’s start by agreeing that, at the end of the day, architecture is supposed to make us good buildings and that architectural education should teach students how to make those good buildings? Sadly, as I experienced it, and I don’t think that architecture schools are much different, it almost succeeded in teaching me how to […]

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YES MAN

YES MAN
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This post started life as an Amazon book review but, with BIG, it’s not easy to write a book review without writing an architectural review since book and buildings are both exercises in brand-building. The “brilliance” of this book is how it reduces architecture to easily comprehensible images. The “brilliance” of their architecture is how […]

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The Process Behind A Better Architecture Building STACEY #2: Energy & Carbon

The Process Behind A Better Architecture Building STACEY #2: Energy & Carbon
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Previous post: Part I I thought now might be a good time to bring some technical stuff again to this blog, and thus, the second part of STACEY 1.0; Energy & Carbon. LEED gives a lot of attention and weight to credits related to “Energy & Atmosphere”. The reason behind that is its large contribution […]

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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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The Process Behind A Better Architecture Building STACEY #1: Site

The Process Behind A Better Architecture Building STACEY #1: Site
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A result of all these thoughts is till now one project. We gave it a code name of STACEY. It was basically for my graduation project, which was for 2 semesters; the 1st semester being for the theory bits, and the 2nd semester being for the practical bits. STACEY was submitted for 2 competitions so […]

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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. […]

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What’s the point of Architecture? – Part 2

What’s the point of Architecture? – Part 2
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To the credit of Mr. Sinclair, Architects for Humanity is making the first major challenge to the question “What is architecture supposed to be about?” since Walter Gropius taught us it’s all about the prestige, Le Corbusier taught us it’s all about the power, Mies van der Rohe taught us it’s all about the money […]