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Career Case Study #12: Albert Speer

Career Case Study #12: Albert Speer
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A draft of this post lay in my drafts folder for almost four years. The problem was that I thought something could be said about the career of Albert Speer but what? The architect Albert Speer (1905–1981) of this post is the one you might expect, the one whose only client was Adolf Hitler, and […]

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Compliance

Compliance
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Beaches, ponds and zero-entry swimming pools are all bodies of water without inconvenient level differences at their edges. Zero-entry swimming pools are sometimes called “beach-entry” pools. When we arrive at a crowded beach, we begin to look for a spot long before we reach the water, especially if the beach is accessed by stairs or […]

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Showboating

Showboating
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Luxury motor launches (aka. motor “yachts”) are a new, rich and utterly predictable field of architect endeavour. Once again, Philippe Starck was there first. Honestly, the guy’s a genius. Here’s his M/Y “A” (Motor Yacht “A”). M/Y “A” is a luxury motor yacht designed by Philippe Starck and Martin Francis,[6][7][8] and constructed by Blohm + Voss at the HDW shipyard in Kiel, Germany.[5][9] It was commissioned in […]

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Architectural Myths #12: The Daring Cantilever

Architectural Myths #12: The Daring Cantilever
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Cantilevers have little practical use apart from facilitating the construction of bridges. or allowing a bit more floor space past the last row of columns. As a general rule, it’s easier and less expensive to use columns to support a structure rather than cantilever it over nothing like, for example, this. With cantilevers, we notice […]

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The Maximum Dwelling: RESPECT

The Maximum Dwelling: RESPECT
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The Maximum Dwelling showed some of the ways newly rich Victorian-era industrialists and entrepreneurs spent their new money on building supersized houses to announce their arrival in society. No surprise there. Architecture is often how rich people do this. The world’s moved on though. Today, big and expensive buildings are how newly-rich countries present themselves to […]

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The Money Shot

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“Originally, in general film-making usage, the “money shot” was simply the scene that cost the most money to produce. In general, a money shot is a provocative, sensational, or memorable sequence in a film, on which the film’s commercial performance is perceived to depend.” We arrive at a much the same truth if we substitute the […]