Can the Documentary “Starship Chicago” Save the Thompson Center from Demolition?

Opening in 1985, Helmut Jahn’s Thompson Center became home for various agencies of the State of Illinois, with its design playing off of the designs of more traditional American statehouse. For example, the glass walls symbolize government transparency and the large atrium space compared to that of most US statehouses. Additionally, the structure’s short, sloped glass curtain wall with a protruding truncated cylinder structure on top stands out from the rectilinear skyscrapers that make up downtown Chicago’s skyline. The design attracted controversy as its unusual form and immense atrium made the building a constant focus for negative press for the last 30+ years, however the city gradually became accustomed to the Thompson’s Center’s unique presence and see it as a symbol of pride and a celebration of Chicago being the architecture capital of the world (and, personal opinion, it is). Continue reading “Can the Documentary “Starship Chicago” Save the Thompson Center from Demolition?”

When Architecture and Halloween Come Together, Cool Things Happen…

OCAD University’s Sharp Centre for Design – Will Alsop by Rob Shostak

First off, HAPPY HALLOWEEN from The PractitioNERD! I hope that you have fun, stay safe, and enjoy the costume parties and trick-or-treating! Now, the common route people take when deciding a Halloween costume is selecting one that aligns with their interests.  Some people point toward their professions, so in the case of architects and those in the design-build profession, this often results in elaborate contructions of elaborate costume pieces resembling buildings and other structures. Thanks to a recent poll by the folks over at ArchDaily, their readers from around the world submitted their architecture-themed costumes. Continue reading “When Architecture and Halloween Come Together, Cool Things Happen…”

Some of The Diverse Contemporary Architecture of Africa…

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The diverse continent of Africa is also host to diverse architectural projects, but many people outside of the continent are unaware (save for probably Kere’s lovely structures based on the local vernacular). Thanks to a wonderful slideshow post by Victor Delaqua of ArchDaily, we can catch a glimpse of some of the varied contemporary design projects installed in Africa. Of the 18 selected buildings from Mr. Delaqua’s original post (from 14 countries), here are my 7 favorite architectural projects from that post. Continue reading “Some of The Diverse Contemporary Architecture of Africa…”

The Oficinas Nexans Chile; A Greatly Lit & Circulated Office Space…

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This commission by Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados and  Ignacio Correa involved the remodeling the offices of Nexans Chile SA, located on the 2nd floor of a 1950s building, located within the southern area of Santiago, Chile.  The offices older configuration, part of the longitudinal direction of the plant, consisted of a central corridor divided two areas of open workstations, including private offices, meeting rooms and bathrooms. The problem: other than the wear-and-tear of age, these spaces were organized against building facades, resulting in the limited illumination of natural light in the work spaces located towards the center area of the plant. Continue reading “The Oficinas Nexans Chile; A Greatly Lit & Circulated Office Space…”

The Parador Ariston, an Abandoned & Deteriorating Latin American Architectural Classic…

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…”

Time for some Architecture Funnies!

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!”

Neoclassical Architecture – Doc’D #65

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”

Google Earth’s Relaunch puts Architecture Front and Center

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”

The 10 Types of Architecture Professors (presented by

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 FacebookInstagram or visit their website. Continue reading “The 10 Types of Architecture Professors (presented by”