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,

Bergan houseWho Moved My House?

A few years ago, in Wilmette, a suburb of Chicago, lived a house that was designed by John Van Bergen, a colleague of Frank Lloyd Wright. The house in in the design of the Prairie School, a style that you can identify by an emphasis on horizontal lines, large overhanging eaves on the roof and

Pointed house detailPoint me to This Building

Artist Steve Messam enjoys making sculptures that live in buildings. Often, he takes structures that are falling down or in ruins and adds inflatable pieces to them to create quirky and unusual art/architecture works. This “Pointed House” is located in Mellerstain House, Gordon, Berwickshire. Scotland He describes this work with the pointed roof here: ”

Mural on Moroccan ChurchColor Geometry on Buildings

Sometimes you see a mural or painting on a building that makes the difference between a drab or uninteresting structure and something worth remembering. Spanish artist, Okuda San Miguel, uses geometric shapes and bright colors to create huge murals to bring buildings to life. Okuda is from Spain and has painted murals around the world,

Notre Dame Paris colorNotre Dame in Paris: Sadness in Flames and Hope in Spire Competition

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris suffered terrible damage in a fire this week. The entire roof, much of the interior, and the elegant spire were all lost. With over 13 million visitors per year, so many people around the world have memories of the building and were touched by the images of the flames

Newhouse CompetitionNewhouse Competition for High Schoolers!

The Chicago Architecture Center invites Chicago area high school students to participate in the 2019 Newhouse Architecture + Design Competition. The deadline for registration is Thursday, April 25th! Areas to apply to include graphic design, photography, model making, advanced architecture and fine arts. This is a well-known competition. It is an excellent opportunity to learn

Louis Sullivan decorative detail from the collection at the Art Institute of ChicagoWe Love Louis!

Louis Sullivan (1856 – 1924) was a genius. There is so much to say about him as an influential American architect, a father of the skyscraper and as an inspiration to the Prairie School of architecture – which included most notably, Frank Lloyd Wright. In fact, Wright started his career in the office of Louis Sullivan. Sullivan

Drawing an archDraw an Arch with a Piece of String

With some found-around-the-house tools and some patience, you can draw perfect archs – just like an architect! This architect, Reza Asgaripour, has some fantastic videos and instagram posts that show you how to draw. See how to draw an arch here on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BXxSCNTBbXF/?taken-by=architectdrw On this YouTube video, you can use string and pushpins to

geodesic dome in EvanstonPeople in Plastic Houses Should Not Throw Stones…

We just happened upon these portable Geodesic Dome structures on a plaza today, in Evanston Illinois. It looks like Springtime inside of the plastic domes, with summer furniture and a simple electric heater. All you need to do is to enter through the Velcro door and bask in the sun and warmth inside, while being

Bridge in Shanghai built with 3D printerA 3D Printed Bridge – WOW!

In Shanghai China, inventive designers and engineers created a bridge that was built by a 3D printer. Usually we think of 3D printers using plastic material as it makes layer upon layer to create the 3 dimensional object. In this case, CONCRETE was used to create the layers. A robotic arm moved back and forth

Rolling BridgeRolling Bridges Don’t Fall Down

Rather than design a single rigid element that fractures to allow river traffic through, Heatherwick Studio’s Rolling Bridge opens by slowly and smoothly curling until it transforms from a conventional pedestrian platform into a circular sculpture which sits on the bank of the canal. This bridge was part of a huge development at Paddington Basin

Tulip BuildingTulips and Pickles in London

For a number of years, one of the most interesting skyscrapers in London was the all-glass structure designed by Foster + Partners, which is lovingly called “The Gherkin” (which in American English, is simply translated as “The Pickle”. The same architecture firm now is proposing a new skyscraper that is being referred to as “The

Mural About Perspective in EvanstonAbout Perspective Mural is BIG

We installed a large mural in Evanston Illinois for the summer. It is a giant blackboard with some white geometric shapes on it and it is begging for YOU to come and draw on it. We want you to learn all ABOUT PERSPECTIVE. Two point perspective to be exact! How do you learn how to

New Rochelle ARCHforKIDS programSummer Architecture Workshops – ArchforKids in NY

Lucky kids who live in New Rochelle will be able to attend a workshop series about architecture called ArchforKids Programming will take place on July 16, 17, 19, and 20, 2018 and also on August 20, 21, 23 and 24, from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm for kids aged 7-12 years old. Two four-day “Draw It,

Pritzker PrizeBuilding up to the Pritzker Prize

In the world of architecture, the Pritzker Prize is a huge award. Architect and designer, Andrea Stinga, built these models and made this video. What we really like about the video is how the basic form of each structure is visible. This way we can see what makes these winners. Each one is so unique

hip hop camp icon2018 Hip Hop Architecture Camp in St. Louis

Summer is back! And so is Hip Hop Architecture camp. St. Louis County Library’s Natural Bridge Branch is hosting this summer camp from July 30 – August 3. Camp is free and lunch is included. Kids have to be 11-14 years old and they will have a great time learning about the built environment and meeting

zeyd MenkMaking a Model of the Big Apple

An artist, Zeyd Menk, made a scaled model of Manhattan (New York City) out of recycled computer parts and hot glue. The artist used Google Maps as a reference to see the location of buildings. Google also helped to determine the height and the shape of the buildings. The Empire State Building even lights up

hemp architecture at archKIDectureGrow this Building Material!

Hemp is a natural plant and a natural building material that has been around since ancient times. It is a strong plant with deep roots – so deep that it can’t be grown like a household plant in a pot inside of your living room. Instead, farmers are planting hemp all over the globe –

Family Day Build at The Branch Museum of Architecture and DesignKids Learn about Architecture in Richmond, VA

Wanted to let you know that there is an exciting architecture for kids event planned at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design for kids to learn a lot about various fields related to architecture and the built environment. FEBRUARY 3, 2018 in Richmond Virginia. Frankly, we had never heard of this museum before at

Paper Models at the National Building MuseumPeople Who Live in Paper Houses…

We still have not been able to get to Washington DC in a really long time and so we have never had the privilege of visiting the National Building Museum. (Hope to go in 2018!!) Anyway, one of the current exhibits is a series of eighty – YES 80!! – paper models of architecture from

Pioneering Women in ArchitectureBrave Women of Architecture!

Women have not always been welcome in the field of architecture. It is a sad truth. A new web project, Pioneering Women in Architecture, is a well-designed site that focuses on a handful of women who were brave and strong-willed enough to push through the boundaries created to keep women and others out of positions

Gordon Matta-ClarkA Sort of an Architect…

Sometimes someone trains as an architect and does not design any  structures at all. Sometimes he or she thinks about the built environment and writes about it and never builds anything. Big and small ideas can come from people trained in architecture. Some of the ideas are about building up and some are about unbuilding.

Crocheted Pink House in SwedemPink Houses in Sweden

Artist Olek wanted to create a work (or two) that would recognize the difficulty of so many displaced people in the world without housing. So she designed two projects in Kerava Sweden and another in Avesta Sweden Olek worked with a team of women to crochet large pink squares and then the team assembled the

The Works bookWhat Lies Underneath the City?

Author Kate Ascher shows us what runs our cities – literally, how the water travels through the pipes, the electricity through wires and cables, and streets and all of the other elements that make a city run…these are all called infrastructure. INFRASTRUCTURE is a LARGE WORD. The Wikipedia definition is “Infrastructure is the fundamental facilities and

FAllingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright Gingerbread houseGingerbread Fallingwater House

So you want to build a gingerbread house? Why not impress your  neighbors and friends, (or at least people who love architecture) and build a model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House? This one was built by some folks who wrote some directions on how to build it youerself. They said it took TEN hours

Coloring Architecture Coloring BookHoliday Gift Idea of Coloring Architecture Coloring Book!

We created a coloring book for kids and adults alike! Coloring Architecture, Interiors is our big fat coloring book with simple enough interior scenes that you won’t need glasses to complete it! Tear out pages and color them with patterns or solids, with bright colors or subdued hues. However you want to see each room

I.M. Pei 100 years oldA Century of I.M.Pei

Ready set go…blow out those birthday candles, Mr. Pei! This famous architect turned 100years old earlier this year. He was born in 1917 – and has been living as a famous architect for many of those years. Let’s look back at where the world was at in 1917… World War I is taking place and

Mini livingMini Homes in the Future

What do you think houses will look like in the future? Will you live in a pod? In an inflatable structure? In a box with furry sides and windows? Who knows!! Some architects are playing with ideas about small housing units for future living. Collaborations between designers have created “micro-dwellings” that include a variety of

John Hancock Building photo by archKIDectureSOMe Work by SOMe Firm Named SOM

SOM. What is that? In the heads of architects and architecture firms, SOM is SOMewhat of a big and familiar name. SOM stands for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, one of the biggest and busiest architecture firms in the entire world. They have completed over 10,o00 projects in over 50 countries, (according to Wikipedia.) The firm

Maud Lewis' houseMaudie’s House

We just saw a movie titled “Maudie,” about an artist who lived up in the far tippy northeast of Canada in Nova Scotia. Life was cold and harsh and Maudie was in ill health for most of her life. But that did not stop her from becoming a very well known painter. “What does this

Fallingwater animated gifFallingwater Colors

In Mill Run Pennsylvania, a house of stone, concrete, steel and glass straddles above a stunning waterfall. The house is named Fallingwater and it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright from 1936- 1939. The Kaufmann family hired Frank Lloyd Wright to design this National Historic Landmark building as a weekend getaway home. There is a whole palette

Frank Lloyd Wright portraitWhich One Does Not Belong?

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of America’s most famous architects. This year celebrates the 150th anniversary of his birth. Frank Lloyd Wright designed so many different things. Which thing did he NOT design? homes shops hotels religious structures skyscrapers civic structures amusement parks bridges museums art glass windows furniture fabrics eyeglasses lamps carpets china statuary urns

Hip Hop Architecture CampHip Hop Architecture for Kids

Hip Hop Architecture Camp is taking place this summer. What is it? These are free, weeklong summer camps to expose kids from underrepresented populations to the architecture and the affiliated fields. This camp was created by a Detroit architect, Michael Ford and developed by The Urban Arts Collective, an organization focused on increasing the number of underrepresented kids

Parallax Gap by Freeland BuckThings are Looking Up!

Los Angeles design firm, Freeland Buck, designed a fascinating installation for the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. It will open in July 2017. The architects took images of ceilings, ceilings with varied depth and features, and projected a selection of these different ceiling patterns on to a drop ceiling in the gallery in

150 Years of Frank Lloyd Wright

2017 will be a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth. There will be special tours, projects,events, and even dinners at various venues in Madison Wisconsin. For kids, there is an exciting new exhibit inspired by Wright’s ideas, at the Madison Children’s Museum. The exhibit’s title, “From Coops to Cathedrals: Nature, Childhood and the