Category: Inspiration

How the Parc de la Villette Launched a New Era of Urban Park Design

  The Parc de la Villette in Paris, France, dramatically expanded ideas of what an urban park could be. The 1982 competition to design the park, won by the Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, attracted more than 450 proposals from around the world seeking to envision “a park for the twenty-first century.”   Built on the…

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How the Milan Galleria influenced the architecture of shopping

  Opened in 1867, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II dramatically integrated modern shopping culture with urban public space. Consisting of an interior shopping street covered by a glass-and-iron roof, Milan’s magnificent shopping arcade connected two important public spaces, the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza della Scala. It was the epitome of a new building…

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How the Hajj Terminal welcomes pilgrims to Saudi Arabia

  The cable-stayed, fabric-roofed structure of the Hajj Terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia covers 40.5 hectares, making it one of the largest airport terminals in the world and a case study in climate-specific design.   The open-air structure, completed in 1981 to designs by architect Gordon Bunshaft and engineer Fazlur…

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EERO SAARINEN AND THE EXPRESSION OF STRUCTURE

  Transcending simple notions of style, Eero Saarinen was one of the most eclectic architects of his day.   Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen (1910 – 1961) brought form and function together in striking original ways. The son of architect Eliel Saarinen, the younger Saarinen made a name for himself in 1945 when he co-designed the…

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BOOK REVIEW — THE FUNCTION OF ORNAMENT

  The Function of Ornament became an instant classic by showing how modern architectural ornament reflects cultural values not by transmitting specific symbolic content, but by transmitting timeless perceptual experiences.   First published in 2006, The Function of Ornament collects work produced in a studio at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design led by…

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HOW GEOMETRY IS USED IN ISLAMIC DESIGN

 . The geometric techniques enabling complex patterns in Islamic design are revealed in a 5-minute TED-Ed animated lesson. . “In Islamic culture, geometry is everywhere.” These are the opening words of an animated lesson entitled “The Complex Geometry of Islamic Design” created by the Britain-based author and artist Eric Broug. In just five minutes, Broug…

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A SCHOOL MADE BY HAND, USING LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND MATERIALS

  The METI Handmade School exemplifies how architecture can improve lives and preserve cultural identity. Located in the rural village of Rudrapur, Bangladesh, the school was designed by architects Anna Heringer and Eike Roswag to be built with local knowledge, local skills, and local materials.   Rudrapur’s vernacular earth and straw buildings are often poorly…

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NEW MOSQUE ARCHITECTURE: BALANCING TRADITION AND MODERNITY

  The design of new mosques poses considerable challenges to contemporary architects, who must honor the past while leaving room for continuing evolution of a living building type.   By: Nihad Alamiri, Marketing Manager – August 2017   Today, most architects stand in awe before the grand edifices that were built in the past. The…

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Remembering Sinan, master builder and architect

  The great architect-engineer Sinan combined technical mastery and aesthetic vision to create an astounding series of buildings, monuments, and public works at the height of the Ottoman Empire.   Few architects or engineers in history cast a larger shadow that Sinan (1489–1588), whose majestic structures and engineering projects redefined the built environment of Istanbul…

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Book Review : The Arab City – Architecture and Representation

  There is perhaps no better place to examine the forging of identity through architecture — and the layering of old and new — than the cities of the Middle East and North Africa.   The Arab City: Architecture and Representation analyzes contemporary architectural and urban production in the Middle East, including both the rising cities of…

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Pier Luigi Nervi and the Marriage of Architecture and Engineering

  Operating at the intersection of architecture and engineering, Pier Luigi Nervi explored the formal and structural limitations of his concrete throughout his distinguished career.   Italian structural innovator Pier Luigi Nervi (June 21, 1891–January 9, 1979) was described by architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner as “the most brilliant artist in reinforced concrete of our time.”…

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The Great Mosque of Cordoba, a timeless masterpiece

. Unlike works of architecture conceived as a complete whole, the Great Mosque of Cordoba shows how modular design enables multiple expansions and adaptation over time.   An extraordinary achievement of medieval architecture, the Great Mosque of Cordoba, Spain was expanded three times after the original structure was completed in 787 CE. Each of the…

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