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What Lies Underneath the City?

Author Kate Ascher shows us what runs our cities – literally, how the water travels through the pipes, the electricity through wires and cables, and streets and all of the other elements that make a city run…these are all called infrastructure. INFRASTRUCTURE is a LARGE WORD. The Wikipedia definition is “Infrastructure is the fundamental facilities and…

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Fallingwater Colors

In Mill Run Pennsylvania, a house of stone, concrete, steel and glass straddles above a stunning waterfall. The house is named Fallingwater and it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright from 1936- 1939. The Kaufmann family hired Frank Lloyd Wright to design this National Historic Landmark building as a weekend getaway home. There is a whole palette…

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Which One Does Not Belong?

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of America’s most famous architects. This year celebrates the 150th anniversary of his birth. Frank Lloyd Wright designed so many different things. Which thing did he NOT design? homes shops hotels religious structures skyscrapers civic structures amusement parks bridges museums art glass windows furniture fabrics eyeglasses lamps carpets china statuary urns…

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Hip Hop Architecture for Kids

Hip Hop Architecture Camp is taking place this summer. What is it? These are free, weeklong summer camps to expose kids from underrepresented populations to the architecture and the affiliated fields. This camp was created by a Detroit architect, Michael Ford and developed by The Urban Arts Collective, an organization focused on increasing the number of underrepresented kids…

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Things are Looking Up!

Los Angeles design firm, Freeland Buck, designed a fascinating installation for the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. It will open in July 2017. The architects took images of ceilings, ceilings with varied depth and features, and projected a selection of these different ceiling patterns on to a drop ceiling in the gallery in…

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150 Years of Frank Lloyd Wright

2017 will be a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth. There will be special tours, projects,events, and even dinners at various venues in Madison Wisconsin. For kids, there is an exciting new exhibit inspired by Wright’s ideas, at the Madison Children’s Museum. The exhibit’s title, “From Coops to Cathedrals: Nature, Childhood and the…

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Free Architecture School? For Real?

In an old factory in Los Angeles, some people have gotten together and created an architecture school that costs nothing to attend. The Container Yard in downtown LA is a new concept for architecture education. The barriers created by costing too much for many students have been brought down. This is not a replacement for…

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Michelle Obama for Architecture!

Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently spoke at the American Institute of Architects’ 2017 annual meeting. She urged that people who design and build in cities must think about all parts of the city, not just the “important” buildings downtown, but also the communities where children live and play. She also suggested that we – teachers, parents, adults…

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Z is for ZIGGURAT

Ziggurat. What a goofy sounding word, right? What is a ziggurat and how does it relate to architecture? A ziggurat is a a stepped pyramid. Usually a four-sided structure. There were ziggurats in ancient Mesopotamia and also in ancient pre-Columbian Meso-America, Asia and Europe. Ziggurats are built out of stone and although they are found all…

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Modernism among Palm Trees

Modernism is a style of architecture built in the 1950’s. It is recognizable for straight lines, geometric shapes, lots of windows and light, and little decoration. Palm Springs, California is home for a great deal of modernist homes and structures. Architect William F. Cody designed many of these buildings. A film titled, “Desert Maverick,”  uncovers his prolific…