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Silk Screened Walls Make Me Dizzy. Ain’t it Great?

Artist Dominique Pétrin likes to install insanely colored and patterned silkscreens boldly on to architectural spaces. She explained that her main influences are “the Muppet Show, Liberace, Catholic churches where I grew up and Dario Argento’s movies.” These influences have turned her into a kind of sorcerer of color and shapes, dropping patterns that are…

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Watch a City Grow

The folks at a company called Cube Cities have made some interesting videos that illustrate the growth of some big cities – so you can watch a flat city without structures “grow” buildings and become a metropolis. With bold colored boxes representing the heights of buildings that sprang up over time, you can see the…

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Camp for Architecture

Oh it is so frustrating that we don’t live in Hong Kong, and that it is so far away. In Hong Kong, an architectural design firm, called James Cybertecture Firm offers a very interesting program for kids to learn about the built environment and buildings. No, we have not attended the class nor have our…

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Betts House in Cincinnati

A small museum, called the Betts House, in Cincinnati has a focus on buildings and construction. The museum hosts exhibits and programs on architecture, historic preservation, building trades and materials, and construction technologies, all in the oldest brick structure in that Ohio city. They have their own exhibits, including one about a huge earthquake in…

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Watch Out…the “L” Train is Coming

Sometimes we try to figure out how some architects dream up solutions to problem. Like this one. A college in Chicago, called IIT, Illinois Institute of Technology, hired an architect to design a new building. This building would house the student activity center, where college students might eat something and hang out. No problem, right?…

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Too Cool Schools

At the Center for Architecture in New York City, you can visit an exhibit about the architecture of schools – of the fantastic schools of Finland. They are fabulous because the Finnish school system churns out staggering students (with great educations in any case.) Maybe the schools in the US could learn a little from…

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Green and Proud

So there is an architect, well he is really called an “architectural botanist”, named Patick Blanc. He comes from France and works all of the world, to make architecture out of plants. Walls of buildings – both inside walls and outside walls – that are just covered in furry, luxurious greenery. There are buildings that…