In 1948, Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer designed and built — along with fellow architects Carlos Coire and Eduardo Catalano — the Parador Ariston in the La Serena neighborhood of Mar de Plata, Argentina. Formerly remembered as the well-known Ariston Restaurant, the building’s overall shape and form — designed to hold social gatherings, dances and cocktail parties — is inspired by a four-leafed clover to provide maximum glazing and natural sunlight, with its main space elevated a single level with curved walls. However, sadly the building today stands abandoned, deteriorated in ruins, neglected, and covered in graffiti. Continue reading The Parador Ariston, an Abandoned & Deteriorating Latin American Architectural Classic…
Let’s have some fun and laughs today. After the break, be sure to enjoy some interesting and funny comics related to the realm of architecture, ranging from the profession, design theories, relating the practice to other real-world situations, and even a FREAKING CUT-OUT ACTIVITY!! (I’m 7). Continue reading Time for some Architecture Funnies!
PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D,” is BACK in a new monthly format, and we’re kicking it off with a ‘somewhat fast-paced’ presentation of an architecture-themed episode, in which host Montez McCrary will be talking about the history, influence and lasting legacy of Neoclassical Architecture. Continue reading Neoclassical Architecture – Doc’D #65
However, maybe it is Jetsons ready…
Remember the long-unrivaled Google Earth program being a resource-intensive and clunky desktop or mobile application? Pepperidge Farm remembers, and apparently all of that is officially just a memory. Starting today, Google Earth has been relaunched as a more-widely accessible web application for Google Chrome. Now, ANYONE can access the full Google Earth product, at NO charge, without needing to download and install bulky software or a mobile application (however, a new mobile app for Android has just been released, with versions for iOS and mobile browsers coming at a later date). Continue reading Google Earth’s Relaunch puts Architecture Front and Center
Almost a month ago, I published a story on a series of comic strips about “The 10 Types of Architecture Students.” I mostly shared this because I, personally, have met fellow students that fit within those characterizations in my undergrad and graduate studies. The truth is, I’ve been waiting for a similar take on the various types of professors that I had in my years as a student, and thankfully the Leewardists are back with “The 10 Types of Architecture Professors,” and boy, it’s a doozy. For more about that comic series follow them on Facebook, Instagram or visit their website. Continue reading The 10 Types of Architecture Professors (presented by Leewardists.com)
In this architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the Art Deco architecture movement and style — and yeah, he might throw in a ‘Bioshock’ reference here-or-there… ;-).
Continue reading Art Deco – Doc’D #61
From the 4 years I’ve spent in undergrad at Texas A&M and the extra 2 years in the Master’s program at UT-San Antonio, I can definitely say that we Architecture majors have a lot in common. As part of the lifestyle, we all have the same long-term relationship with coffee (going on 14 years strong), share the urge to cardboard shards and boxes to make models, and our university studio facility became our ‘home away from home’. Along with that, you get to know your fellow students (as you do in ANY other school), but in the world of architecture majors, our studio culture tends to hosts micro-societies of different personalities (after the break). The Leewardists are rewriting the contemporary history of our civilization through the voice of this elusive being, The Architect. For more about that comic series follow them on Facebook, Instagram or visit their website. Continue reading The 10 Types of Architecture Students (presented by Leewardists.com)
Starting this Thursday, February 23rd 2017 (until March 10, 2017), the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) will celebrate the opening of its new building located at 22 Gordon Street with an exhibition commemorating the work by legendary architect Sir Peter Cook. Why, you ask? The school’s exhibition celebrates Sir Peter’s 80th year and will recognize 80 of his most inspiration and innovative design projects. Plus, he WAS the chair of the school from 1990 to 2005, so….there’s that; he DID put that institution on the map by making it a leader in creative design after bringing in staff and students from across the world… Continue reading The Architectural Career of Sir Peter Cook to be Celebrated with the “80 at 80” Exhibition
About two-and-a-half years ago, The PractitioNERD released a blog post about some free architecture courses offered by MIT, TU Delft, edX and the Open Online Academy. Basically, if you want to continue learning about the world of architecture without forking over the dough for a master’s or a doctorate, this is a good way to go. Essentially, taking short-term courses remotely have become popular worldwide as educational alternatives as they make it easier to dive into the varied topics these coursed cover, thanks to platforms like edX (offered by Harvard and MIT). Continue reading Here’s MORE Free Online Architecture Courses from World-Class Universitites!