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MvdR corners - One Charles Center (Baltimore - 1960-61) & the Chicago Federal Center (Chicago - 1959-64).
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Carl Fingerhuth, Pavillion Wehrhafte Schweiz.
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Florence Lipsky, “San Francisco: La grille sur les collines (The Grid meets the Hills)” (1999)
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WAÏF: Where architecture is colored volumes
Mummers Theater in Oklahoma City by John Johansen
Stage Center Theater has been lauded by some as a funky architectural centerpiece to OKC, but marauded by others as an embarrassing eyesore that hinders midtown development and reduces the values of surrounding features such as Bricktown, the Myriad Gardens, and the Cox Convention Center. When I heard that the building would likely be torn down soon to make way for a business center, I had to take the opportunity to get some photos. Whatever side of history this building lands on (stuck in the past or part of OKC’s future), there’s no denying that it makes a statement.
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Mummers Theater, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1966-70
(John M. Johansen)
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Turning Bridge-Building Sideways
In 1978, SOM architect Myron Goldsmith and engineer T.Y. Lin created a remarkable structure to span the challenging middle fork of California’s American River. Ruck-A-Chucky Bridge elegantly solves the problem of building a stable, economical structure across a wide, steep gorge by entirely rethinking the principles of bridge-building. A “hanging arc,” the bridge was to be suspended by 80 high-strength cables and balanced by tensile forces. Though unbuilt, Ruck-A-Chucky Bridge stands as a masterwork of innovative design and structural economy to this day. Learn more
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WAÏF: Where architecture ïs illustration
Rod Hunt, Russian Campaign for Ikea.
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The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken (Dutch: Koninklijke Serres van Laken, French: Serres Royales de Laeken), are a vast complex of monumental heated greenhouses in the park of the Royal Palace of Laeken in the north of Brussels. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the city.
The complex was commissioned by King Leopold II and designed by Alphonse Balat. Built between 1874 and 1895, the complex was finished with the completion of the so-called “Iron Church”, a domed greenhouse that would originally serve as the royal chapel. The total floor surface of this immense complex is 2.5 hectares (270,000 square feet). 800,000 liters (over 200,000 US gallons) of fuel oil are needed each year to heat the buildings.
The complex can only be visited during a two-week period in April–May each year, when most flowers are in full bloom.
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where’s my copyright infringement email? :(
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