Joey the dog in perspective at a distance and close upDisney Castle is Pretend – No Surprise

If you have ever been to Disneyland in Anaheim California, you must have seen and entered the Sleeping Beauty Castle – you know the HUGE stone castle with the brightly colored flags waving from the parapet, (the extended short wall around the top of the castle that goes up and down and up and down

adobe bricksAdorable Adobe

Do you know what adobe is? It is a building material that is as old as the hills (not sure what the means) except that adobe has been around for many centuries and it is made of earth (like the hills). It starts out as earth. Earth that is not too wet and yet not

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camp swirly in denmark forestA Tower Named Camp

We love this Danish tower so much. And we hope to be able to visit it someday and climb, climb, climb up to the top and look out in the forest. I mean, who wouldn’t want to go there, to Haslev, Denmark, and visit a 900 meter boardwalk connected to a 45 meter tall observation

Cover Up image of a sackCover Up!

Ghanaian artist, Ibrahim Mahama covers up buildings in a most interesting way. The artist takes sacks made of jute, also called hessian sacks, that are commonplace in his native country, Ghana.  Artist Mahama has collected a zillion of the sacks and then proceeded to sew them together and completely cover up buildings with the material.

girih tiles sampleGirih Tiles and Strapwork

How the heck do people make those intricate designs on mosques and other Persian or Islamic structures? They are fascinating and gorgeous and so very complex. AHA! We found out how it is done and it is based on a surprisingly small number of shapes and lines. The shapes are called Girih tiles and the

an architecture school projectA Short Booklet about How to Become an Architect

If you want to briefly understand a definition of the word architecture or architect, and if you want to learn about going to architecture graduate school and working at an architecture firm, then this PDF is just perfect for you. Created by an architecture firm, HKS, for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in England,  it

Paul WilliamsRecovered History

We just heard some great news. All of the records of a prominent American architect, Paul Williams, have just been discovered after it was thought they were destroyed.  Mr. Williams designed over 3000 buildings, including the famous Los Angeles airport building, and the homes of many famous actors over a fifty year career. He won

homenmade kid's house in EvanstonSomething to Build While at Home

Walking down the street, minding my own business, and what did I see? This incredible homemade home made on the front lawn of this home. I don’t know much about it but I would guess that it was made of found materials and painted in a most elegant and extravagant fashion!  Who would not want

tentForts from Sweden

While you are stuck at home, perhaps you want to create a new space. You can build some kind of fort. All you need is a sheet or blanket and some chairs or tables and your BIG ideas. If you have some string lights, perhaps some clips or clothespins, the possibilities are endless. The huge

Toilet paper roll townTP and Towel Roll Town

During this time when we are all stuck inside, it’s time to be creative with the items we have in the house and stuff we might recycle…..like the cardboard rolls from toilet paper and paper towels. Useless items can become a secret city! Take the roll, wrap it with paper. Cut out windows and glue

Brette Haus - a folding houseKnow When to Fold A House

It is fascinating how many modular houses are available now. These are houses that are manufactured in a factory and then shipped to the location where they are assembled and built. Some of these houses are made out of shipping containers or other metal boxes that attach to each other. Some others that we just

select gameSELECT – A New DesignGame

SELECT is a fun design game where an artist or architect can click and select different pieces to make a drawing! Check it out. Put your cursor over any box and drag down to see dozens of different lines, shapes, letters, or numbers. Select any one per box. You can try to make something you’ve

Sharkee HouseHey Look! It’s a SHARK in Your Roof!

Back in 1986, a shark crashed into the roof of a house in England. And it is STILL there! It didn’t actually jump out of the ocean and into a house in Oxford England. (After all, Oxford is about 100 miles from the ocean.) Nope, this 400 pound fiberglass fish was created by an artist

Self Cleaning Kitchen woman with an umbrella in the kitchenWhat? This House Cleans Itself!

From the collection of wacky and brilliant ideas in the world, we present the Self Cleaning House! Yes, an inventor and artist, named Frances Gabe, came up with this idea because she wanted to be free from the mundane task of cleaning her home. She had this idea and she spent years building out her

zip it architectureZIPPY Architecture

This building might come as a surprise to you. You can ZIP it up. Literally zip it with a VERY LARGE zipper! It appears to be able to be zipped, however it is a visual play for us to think about architecture and the built environment differently and with some fun. Artist Alex Chinneck zips

Google sketch of frank lloyd wright buildingsGoogletecture

You know how Google always has a doodle on the home page for search? Fortunately someone collected all of the architecture, or built-environment doodles in one place for us to review and reminisce. See how many times Google focused our attention on architecture and smile a bit at each one for its distinct look and

Golden pyramid module at the BuildIT! exhibit about architecture for kidsBuildIT! Exhibit For YOU!

We have a wonderful exhibit for kids of all ages to introduce concepts about the built environment. It is the BuildIT! exhibit. With nine 2′ x 2′ modules, it can fit into any space in a library, museum, community center, or special event venue. Each module has a different activity associated with it and something

Book CoverSweet Book about “A Few Blocks” for Little Kids

Cybèle Young created this book about a sister and brother who help each other through their imaginations to travel around. The illustrations are lovely drawings that are colored and then cut out and used in collage with drop shadows. It is a playful and creative story. And it is a pleasure to see siblings who

Eileen Gray chair and profileGray Scale

Born in Ireland on August 9 1878, Eileen Gray lived in England and France most of her life. Gray started as a painter and lacquerist (a person who specializes in applying lacquer.) She made art, designed buildings and also furniture. Some of her furniture became iconic – meaning that if you see it you know

photo of new 3D houseMexican Houses in 3D!

Many people in the world are looking for solutions to the global housing crisis. What can be done to end homelessness for so many people all over the world? Some solutions include housing made of shipping containers, or housing made of pre-built parts, like a house made of Lego kit. In this case, three organizations

Givepower structuresA Clean Water Building

Clean water is a huge concern in the world. Many places do not have clean water that is accessible and available. There are places with access to salt water, but not clean drinking water. Fortunately, there are people all over the world looking into solutions to these problems and one group, called GivePower is using

Hiroshi_Sugimoto, architect and photographerSugimoto: Architecture Photos to Love

Hiroshi Sugimoto is an architect but archKIDecture learned of him from his beautiful photos of architecture. Always blurry, these large scale photos show off such beautiful buildings that you might know, and others that might be new to you. Either way, they make you feel sort of dreamy about the human built environment. Born in

Coloring LogoColor in the Chicago Cultural Center

archKIDecture will be doing a few weekend open workshops as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. As part of the fun, we will be coloring the floor plans of the Cultural Center itself. Come and hang out on the floor of the Chicago Cultural Center and color the picture of the floor  plan. We are

Morpheus Hotel photo by Ivan DupontA Building Like a Lobster

There is a new hotel in Macao, an autonomous region on the south coast of China across from Hong Kong. This Morpheus Hotel is lobster-like because it has a kind of exoskeleton wrapped around the towers. The basic shape of the towers was predetermined because the hotel is built on the foundation of an abandoned

evanston map making with children for archKIDectureTown Map Coloring

Draw a local map on canvas and join together to color it while talking about the built environment of your town. SUPPLIES! Large piece of canvas (any size will do but you want many people to color simultaneously, so make it at least 6′ x 6′ (although bigger is definitely more fun!) Purchase at an art

Kokohu House from ArchDailyKohoku House: Concrete and Light

A Japanese architecture firm designed a small house for a small family in a small town in Japan. The house looks like a kind of plant, but instead of green and soft, it is concrete grey and hard. It almost looks like a fortress, but there are a few windows and fortunately a few skylights

Chicago Architecture BiennialChicago Architecture Biennial is Coming Back!!

Last time was 2017, and since Biennial’s come around every two years, there will be another one in Chicago this fall. And exciting news for us is that archKIDecture will be involved! We will be doing some programs with young kids at the Chicago Cultural Center so you can have fun and your parents/grownups/adults too!

McMillan Round Reading Room in GlasgowReading all aROUND

For those of us who like books, who like to read, who like to look at pictures in books, well we have a place for you to go round. It is in Glasgow Scotland, and it is a round “Reading Room” (a kind of library space) that makes you feel good just to sit in.

arc de triompheWrapping up a Building

Artist Christo is going to wrap another huge structure in fabric. This time it will be the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. And it will take A LOT of fabric. And A LOT of rope. Specifically, it will take 270,000 square feet of a polypropylene fabric and 22,965 feet of red rope. It will be

galaxy phone1000 Phone Face

In the Galaxy phone headquarter store in Shibuya, Japan, Samsung used 1000 phones to create a lighted facade, or building face. Tokyujin Yoshioka is the designer of the facade and the idea was to program each phone so that it would blink and light up and create a kind of light show. The phones extend

Got Milk? Or a Milk Crate Shelter?

Wow. Someone sure must have liked drinking milk. A LOT of MILK! A few years ago, a group of LAU (Lebanese American University) students used ordinary milk crates and zip ties to build an emergency shelter. These milk cartons are the same ones you can find anywhere in the world. Why milk crates? Milk crates

teeny hamster house out of a candy tinA Minty Tiny House Project

Sometimes you might want to build a project about space that is small and simple. In this case, if you can get your hands on a bunch of mint tins or candy tins, you can create some sweet little spaces. For instructions on making a teeny tiny doll house out of a metal mint tin,