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Technology in architecture

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Technology has always been present in architecture. Of course, we do not talk about electronics or computers.

For example, the pyramids of Giseh or the buildings built by the Incas: huge blocks of stone are sealed together without using mortar. We can think that it took a lot of know-how, and probably technology, to build these buildings.

Much research is being done to understand how the ancients could move such blocks of stone, how they carved them, and how they adjusted them.

Closer to home, we can only be amazed by Gustave Eiffel who built a huge tower with iron bars and bolts.

Nowadays, technology has taken a leading role in architecture.

For example, we can build houses with 3D printers. Thanks to this technique, it is possible to create forms impossible to achieve with bricks or blocks.

Drones can also bring a lot to the architecture, for example by making it possible to carry out controls on buildings already built, with software that allows to ensure quality monitoring.

Home automation has come a long way and makes it possible to have smart homes.

It is also possible to design fully mobile houses that orient themselves in relation to the sun.

In the future, we can imagine that the construction techniques by 3D printing will still progress, the machines will be less and less expensive. Thus, poorer people will be able to access homes at affordable prices.

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Architectural Schools in the United States

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We present in this article the best schools of architecture in the USA:

  • Yale, School of Architecture
  • Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • University of Pennsylvania, School of Design
  • University Cornell, College of Architecture, Art and Planning
  • University of Cincinnati, Design, Architecture, Art and Planning
  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, College of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • University of Michigan, Taubman College, Architecture and Urban Planning
  • University of Syracuse, Syracuse (New York), Syracuse University School of Architecture
  • University of Texas, Austin, School of Architecture
  • University of Kansas, College of Architecture, Planning and Design
  • Florida International University, Miami, FIU School of Architecture
  • University of Columbia, New York, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

But this ranking is necessarily arbitrary because it includes many criteria. Indeed, for a student living in New York, a nearby school but less prestigious will be preferable to a school in Los Angeles more prestigious. The criterion of employability can also be considered essential. Leaving a school with a degree is not enough. You have to be able to find an interesting and well paid job. But it also depends on the reputation of the school, for example internationally. To make a big project in Asia or Europe, we will rely on the reputation of the school in addition to the CV of the candidate.

Finally, the most important criterion is the following: whatever the level of school, it is the motivation of the student that is important. Being first in school, even if it’s average, will sometimes be better than being the last of a prestigious school.

We will return regularly to this post to modify it and take into account the evolution of the reputation of these schools.

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Draw floor plans

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The question is: Is it possible to draw house plans without being an architect?
I’m sorry, but the question is badly asked (I know, it’s me who asked this question …).
In reality, it depends on the use you want to make of these plans.

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If you want to make a house plan to give to workers who will build a bridge, or a building, or a dam, we can say that it is a little risky. This is not risky because of the plan that would be poorly done, because the house software is quite well done (you can test archiplain, very good product …). But it’s mostly a question of responsibility. If the workers hurt their work, if you have badly integrated some parts of the plan, the consequence can be disastrous.

Draw floor plan 2

On the other hand, if you want to make a house plan for yourself, to practice rooms, bathroom, dining room and all the furniture that is in these rooms, this kind of tool is very practical .

You have to choose a software tool that allows you to save plans. Like this, you can spend a few moments on a plan, then save it, and finally resume this plan later to complete it.
Let’s not forget the interest of putting colors in these plans. Architect’s plans are often black on a white background. The pieces in color are much more pleasant. we can put for example:

  • Blue in rooms like the bathroom and the toilet.
  • Warm red in the living rooms such as the dining room and the living room
  • Pastel yellow in the rooms

Take pleasure in making these plans, and if you make plans with lots of color, send them to the editor and we will be happy to publish them.

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Architecture and mental disorders

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Architecture and mental disorders

Do you know the archiatric? It is a neologism composed of the word architecture and all these words that end in tric, as pediatrics, psychatric, and so many others. It is also the name of a project by Federico Babina. Look at all these images, and you will quickly understand the explanation of this new word.

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Pool up and down

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Pool up and down

We had already presented the pool in the sky. Imagine swimming in a pool and diving into the water, you discover the ground several meters below. Apparently, the architects decided to make us swim in the sky. Here you will see a swimming pool in Y. The Y can be inhabited with water above the head. You did not think it could be possible, well then!

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Like a stone over troubled water

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Like a stone over troubled water

Stones, stones on the water or in the water, what more banal! And indeed, this may seem banal. But not with this artist we found. Manu Topic works at the foot of the Pyrenees, the wild mountain that marks the border between France and Spain. More than 8,000 people love what he does on Facebook. And he manages to create stable equilibria with unstable buildings. Watch and admire! Comments are in French.

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A prototype of droneport in Venice

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A prototype of droneport in Venice

When the Airbus A380 was built, he had to think also to enlarge the airport terminals to accommodate the giant aircraft. It’s the same for the drones. Every day a new drone is presented to the public, but little about infrastructure. That is why we must welcome with interest the presentation that was made at Venice Biennale 2016 Architecture: a prototype of droneport designed to transport medical supplies to Africa.

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House plan maker

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House plan maker

How to make a house plan? You can study architecture, it will take a few years and you will have all the tools to make your house plan. If you do not have time, you can use the services of an architect, but it is expensive: it’s normal, it is necessary that the architect, who has made extensive studies, may have a return on investment. Last chance: using a software online, but in this case understanding of the software may also require years of study … Not with http://archiplain.com/makeyourplan. In a minute you will be able to use this software and make your first shots. Try it and approve it in a minute!

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Architecture is a source of wisdom

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Architecture is a source of wisdom

There are talented architects who manage to marry their Japanese sensibility and training in the United States and England. Here we met with Takaharu and Yui Tezuka, the architects Tezuka Architects. Their approach to architecture comes from their childhood and here we understand better how a vocation is born. Their father was an architect. His children bathed in architecture atmosphere with architectural models instead of classic toys, architectural manuals, 2D drawings, so that the impregnation was already present before to study. A lesson to review how to teach children?

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Master’s programs in architecture in the United States

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Master’s programs in architecture in the United States

The master in architecture at universities and colleges in the United States are perfect to complement other training. The United States offer a wide choice of master throughout the territory, especially for those who want a career change or advancement within their company. These programs can be done in part time or full time, two to three years and end with a thesis project. Financial aid is available.

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How to study design and architecture in the USA

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How to study design and architecture in the USA

Your creativity will be put to use to build, develop and implement plans that will meet the approval of the people around you, especially your future customers. Choose a good school will not be enough, you will also need to work hard to learn the basics of this very demanding profession.

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The 10 best universities to study architecture in Germany

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The 10 best universities to study architecture in Germany

Germany is a very good place to study architecture because generally the costs are low. Students can choose from a large number of public universities. Several criteria have been defined to perform this ranking: masters, IT-infrastructure, housing, labor market assessment and e-learning. Here are the rankings that you will find by clicking on the link below.

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List of 20 major schools of architecture in France

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List of 20 major schools of architecture in France

This list is valuable because it allows you to connect to the websites of these schools. These sites are often in French but sometimes found an English version (Example: Versailles). One can find all the administrative information to access these schools and a number of information for non-French students. Pre-registration forms are online.

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The best places to discover the architecture in Europe

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E.1027, Tate Modern Switch House, Fondazione Prada, Vitra Museum Addition and Renberger-Weg, Casa Vicens, La Cité Du Vin, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Markthal Housing & Market Hall, ‘Observatory of Light’ at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Serpentine Pavilion by Bjarke Ingels, Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, Matrera Castle, Ragnarock, The Luchtsingel, Biesbosch Museum Island, Sky Garden at Walkie Talkie Tower, Cuyperspassage.

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