Your guide to architecture. Edited and curated by William Bartlett
THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE THIRD REICH
One reason for the construction of buildings that are feats of architecture and engineering is to display immense wealth and power. This is seen historically with structures like the Great Wall of China or the Arc de Triomphe...
THE ARCHITECTURAL METHOD OF RENZO PIANO
In the world of music, piano means ‘softly’. But in the case of architect Renzo Piano, this lies on the contrary to his bold and immersive works. From the New York Times Headquarters to The Shard itself, it is needless to say that Piano has reinvented the wheel with regards to what architecture can be, and certainly has the resumé to prove it.
AZKUNA ZENTROA: AN EXAMPLE OF INNOVATION AND REGENERATION
During the 1800s, Bilbao shared in much of its country’s political turmoil. The Basque country had come under siege during the Napoleonic wars, and many battles were fought in this region.
FORM / FUNCTION
One of the fundamental characteristics of Modernist architecture is its embrace of functionalism and rejection of ornamentation. However, to properly evaluate this debate, one must first understand the distinction between form and function.
THE SILVER RATIO: WHY JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE IS SO BEAUTIFUL
The Golden Ratio is widely known as the divine proportion that was applied to some of the most widely known architectures known today, such as the Pyramids of Giza and the Pantheon.
THE ART OF JAPANESE WOOD-JOINERY: REPAIRING BUILDINGS WITHOUT A SINGLE NAIL
“Japanese architecture is traditionally based on wooden structures that need renovating on a regular basis.” -Tadao Ando