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Favela

What is a Favela?

Favela

Although the word sounds sort of glamorous, a favela is not that at all – it is a type of very dense slum, or housing for very poor people, typically found in Brazil’s urban areas. Strangely enough, the word favela comes from a sort of tree that makes people itch. In the late 19th century,

Golden Gate Bridge Chicago

Brick by Brick Exhibit

Golden Gate Bridge Chicago

Come to Chicago and see the Golden Gate Bridge. Wait, what? Ok, you are right. You are not going to see the REAL Golden Gate Bridge – however it is a really great model of that famous rust-colored bridge made out of Legos. It is 60 foot long bridge built by Lego building professionals. (Wouldn’t that

So is THAT how that building was built??

We wondered how buildings were built! This building must be built by GIANTS! They drop the parts of the buildings together and it is a miracle but they are instantly and perfectly built! Go here and see the animations. Ok, not true. These are interesting brief animations that take apart structures and then put them

interior crates

416 Creative CRATES for Immigrants

interior crates

Architecture students do some really wacky and innovative stuff. They stay up all night to get their work done and they build structures out of materials that are not normally used. Like plastic vegetable crates. And plastic ties. And nothing else. At Lebanese American University, in Byblos Lebanon, the architecture students were asked to solve

film and architecture

Architecture Films Galore

film and architecture

Who doesn’t like videos? Who doesn’t like architecture? Who doesn’t like videos about architecture? If you are one of those folks who are interested in learning about the built environment by watching short films, we have the site for you. Walk through a building designed by Shigeru Ban or Daniel Libeskind. In one video, architect Steven

Draw all of NYC buildings?

Can He Draw ALL the Buildings in New York?

Draw all of NYC buildings?

There is an artist who lives in New York City who believes he can draw all of the buildings in New York City! Wow. Now that is a goal in your life, right? It is a great book about architecture for kids and can be used for storytelling or for some simple math skills too

roll house

Got the Winter Blues? Build a Cardboard House!

roll house

You don’t need much to build a cardboard house and if you are stuck inside this winter, you might build something really interesting! (To see a world famous architect who uses cardboard/paper to make structures in the world, read about architect Shigeru Ban. A couple of the houses are from kits, but generally you can

Trump Tower

Dump The Trump Tower

Trump Tower

Donald Trump. A name that is in the news all of the time nowadays. Come to Chicago and cross the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River and see the Trump Tower,  a huge skyscraper, shaped like a bottle in reflective bluish glass with elegant and graceful curves. It WAS a beautiful building. And then Donald Trump decided to put