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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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So You Want to Be an Architect?

This might be the right book for you! The Aspiring Architect is a workbook, well let’s not call it a WORK book…it is more like a FUN book where you can draw, color, and sketch and (meanwhile) learn something about architecture too. It is an exploration of architecture that is big and famous, like Jefferson’s Monticello, as…

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Jane Jacobs Day at Google!

See Jane stop that building from being demolished! What a great person – Jane Jacobs was an activist – who wrote a book in 1961 titled “”. She took on urban planners who thought that cities were unhealthy and nasty places and that they should be demolished. Her reaction to those ideas was “NO WAY!!” While…

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Anything is Architecture

Crumpled paper. A small empty box. Some tangled wire. An acorn. A roll of tape. Sou Fujimoto, a Japanese architect, thinks that any of these items might be considered architecture and he has placed these and MANY other items on small pedestals in the Chicago Cultural Center in an exhibit titled, “Architecture is Everywhere.” Putting…

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BOY versus GIRL TOYS

A long, long time ago, when we at archKIDecture were just young children, only boys got to build with toys. Girls did not. Girls got soft toys, like dolls and stuffed animals, and they could dress them up and carry them around. Boys got toys to build with, blocks and legos, and they got dolls too,…

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Pink Mangrove Tree Towers?

In China, a design firm might build the tallest pink buildings in the world. Well, the tallest buildings in the world. And they will be pink. And a kilometer tall. And they look like the roots of Mangrove trees. And they will filter water from a nearby lake, filter air, grow gardens along the vertical…

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Stamp City

Paper Neighborhood is a great stamping kit that comes in a can. You can build a typical apartment building with 21 stamps of windows, columns and doors in the Italianate style.  The set was designed by people named the Cincinnati Society of Rubber Architects. It might be fun to stamp on paper bags and place…

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Build a House in High School

In Evanston Illinois, two teachers have built an unusual and fantastic new high school course called “Geometry in Construction” (GiC). A hands-on course, GiC integrates Geometry and Construction topics where kids actually BUILD a structure – a real construction project. Kids will engage in their learning and be able to build something useful in the…

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Infinite Curves

When we looked up the meaning of the word “Asymptote” we found the following meaning at the Merriam Webster Site: : asymptote: a straight line associated with a curve such that as a point moves along an infinite branch of the curve the distance from the point to the line approaches zero and the slope…