The 2015 extension/addition project at France’s Charlie Chaplin School Complex (of course, named after the legendary classic film actor) involved not only getting a new cafeteria and rec center (while converting the old cafeteria into 4 classrooms), but also a new covered walkway and a courtyard renovation. The design firm SAM architecture, with Boris Schneider and Aurélien Clovis acting as the architects-in-charge, took a rational approach by using basic geometric forms that follow the existing site (in relation to the street, party wall and neighboring building facades) in visually “completing” the complex’s architectural design. Continue reading The Charlie Chaplin School Complex in La Courneuve, France gets an Extension
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!
The sloping roofs, the plain-yet-elegant exterior, the sharp and angular edges and corners; this reminds me of my first building-based architecture project in the freshman year at Texas A&M. The only difference is that this building by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos in Granada, Spain was professionally designed and expertly programmed in accordance to site and interior usage. Plus, it was done VERY WELL. What usage exactly? Well, some of the designated areas of the facility include (but are not limited to) an Auditorium, Library and Nursery, as well as restaurants and exhibition rooms.
In this month’s architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, design and legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West building. Continue reading Taliesin West – Doc’D #33
It’s true that learning is a thing that doesn’t HAVE TO take place in the formal (or informal, depending on the instructor) confines of the classroom; nor does it need to be expensive. To that we can say: “Thank you, internet,” and to its generous benefactors, including furthering your education for free from ANYWHERE IN THE ‘VORLD. Some of the nation’s top schools — like MIT and Harvard University — provide free online learning resources for some of that on-your-own-time, at-your-own-pace education, and some even provide self-educators with proof for having completed courses. If you want some info about some free architectural education courses, keep reading after the break! Continue reading Learn Yourself Some Architecture With These Free Courses!
Digging into his own personal experience, in this month’s edition of “Rant ‘N Resolve,” host Montez McCrary recounts his feelings on the term “Oreo” used negatively toward black people (meaning “black on the outside, white on the inside), why the term is downright dumb, and why it should fade away, never to return again. Continue reading The Great “Oreo” Lie – Rant ‘N Resolve #8
It’s time for Episode 88 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses well-prepared and well-ventilated prefabricated homes, a movie filmed for the Oculus Rift, and a DOUBLE SHOT of Black History with Joseph Saulter in Gaming and Ms. Jackie Moore in Pro Wrestling! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading Ventilated Prefabs Zero Points Double Shot of Black History – WIRed #88
It’s time for Episode 84 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses what that keyboard-looking facade is on that apartment building, how $600 can get you a 3D printed fetus replica, teaching the ethics of The Walking Dead to high schoolers, and LONG LIVE SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading Key-Facades/3D Babies/Walking Dead-Ethics/Smoky Mountain – WIRed #84
I love Telltale’s The Walking Dead series — which I am STILL playing through Season 1 because I am easily distracted and busy with work and THIS WEBSITE — a popular video game series famous for putting the player (i.e., YOU) in life-or-death ethical quandaries throughout the game, forcing you to make some pretty difficult decisions. Thankfully, creative teachers are STILL a thing, and a REALLY talented one could probably use the game to identify and explore those moral dilemmas as a discussion in class. YAY! Continue reading Using ‘The Walking Dead’ Game To Teach Ethics in Schools? YEAH!