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Archive of posts published in the category: learn about architecture

Living in a World Cup Stadium

Two French architects, Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux, came up with this nutty idea…

Wow that Bauhaus

In Germany, between 1919 and 1933, there was an art school called BAUHAUS. It had…

What is a Munafuda?

Our Japanese friend, Masako, sent us some great photos of a new buddhist temple under…

Lunarchitecture

Ever wonder about traveling to the moon? We think it is interesting that there are…

STOP the PLOP!

Blair Kamin has an interesting job. He is an architecture critic. That means that he…

Dare to Build a Dome

Building a geodesic dome is not simple. Ask Bucky Fuller. There is math involved and…

Boy, It’s Cold Out There!

When we think of ice houses and structures, we usually conjure up images of igloos,…

Summer Skyscraper Class for Teachers

Want to visit Chicago and learn about skyscrapers? If you are a teacher, come on…

A-Door-able Door

Sometimes an artist, designer or architect tries to rethink a common question. In this case…

Make it. See it. Read it.

Christy Hale wrote a book about architecture for kids that we admire greatly – titled…

Grampa and Granny Eames by Eames

This book was written about designers Ray and Charles Eames by their grandson, Eames Demetrios.…

Youtube? No the IITtube

At the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, a building sits underneath a giant tube,…

Don’t Throw Stones

People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, or so we hear. And it makes sense.…

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

Artist Dominique P├ętrin likes to install insanely colored and patterned silkscreens boldly on to architectural…

Factory to Fantastic School

We read this story about a new middle school and high school in Baltimore, the…

Birds have Good Taste

We love this idea of what a birdhouse really looks like inside. A beverage company…

AHA! for Zaha Hadid

A series of buildings of circles that are piled on top of each other and…

Taller by a Needle

Since 1974, Chicago was the home of the “Tallest Building in America.” The Sears Tower,…

Sticks and Stonehenge

If you look back in the farthest history of architecture, you might discover Stonehenge. What…

Bus Stop Beauty

Waiting for the bus in Krumbach is more interesting now than ever. This small town…

Why a Purple Hotel?

Outside of Chicago, a hotel was built in 1962. Everyone who ever saw it remembers…

PreFab-ulous

Prefab is fab-ulous, right? Why? Because it allows for buildings to be built more cheaply…

A Great Architecture Book

This book, titled “If you Lived Here: Houses of the World” has fantastic illustrations. They…

Architecture Video Candy

This video is so sweet, you may just want to eat it for a snack.…

Watch a City Grow

The folks at a company called Cube Cities have made some interesting videos that illustrate…

This One is Going Down.

Prentiss Women’s Hospital has been around since 1974, designed by a famous Chicago architect named…

Skyscraper Video Chicago-Style

This is a neat short animation showing five notable skyscrapers in Chicago. (Although we Chicagoans…

The First Woman of Place

You probably have not heard of her – Louise Blanchard Bethune – was the first…

Architect Barbie is Stylin’

Barbie has been changing over the years from a female doll with lots of clothes,…

The Incredible Rolling Bridge

Hey, have you ever seen a bridge like this? It is not like a drawbridge…

How Did You Come Up with That?

Architect Frank Gehry is known for his outrageously different structures, like Disney Concert Hall in…

Hey! I’m Taller than You

Chicago used to have the tallest building – the Sears Tower (now called the Willis…

Hurry to the Top

A gigantic building is rising in Shanghai China. It is called the Shanghai Tower and…

What is an ARCH?

Click on this picture and you will see an arch being built. When you want…

Bilbo Baggins Balloon Pad

Sometimes it is funny to think about how different people spend their time. In this…

Unlock those Doors!

A long time ago, at Northwestern University, a library was built. It was named the…

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archKIDecture was established in 1996 to encourage visual literacy and explain math, science and visual arts concepts through the medium of architecture. We have educational programs, a website and an exhibit.