Le Corbusier’s 5 Points & Villa Savoye – Doc’D #21

In this month’s architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the Five Points of Architecture from Le Corbusier, and the prime example of the practice, the Villa Savoye. Continue reading “Le Corbusier’s 5 Points & Villa Savoye – Doc’D #21”

Daaaaang Brutalist Architecture; Why They Be Hatin’ On You?

7 Endangered Examples of the Most Hated Architectural Style Ever
J. Edgar Hoover Building | Washington DC | Dave Pattern

Let me introduce you to Brutalism, the blocky unfinished concrete architectural style that was very common in cities around the world at one time, but is now buildings of this style are being demolished at an astounding rate.  From just looking at one of its buildings, one can easily assume that Brutalism got its name from its “brutal”-looking exteriors, it’s actually derived from the French term for béton brut, or “raw concrete” (still, the earlier assumption works).  That material was used by Swiss-French architect and Brutalism originator Le Corbusier in his genre-molding work during the 1950s, which served as a variant on the steel and glass of the Modernist era, but Brutalism’s windowless bunkers with chunky facades make them appears as impenetrable, permanent sand-castles. Continue reading “Daaaaang Brutalist Architecture; Why They Be Hatin’ On You?”

Awesomely Hilarious (but Fake) Architecture Selfies

IM Pei at the Louvre in 1981

Dear God, I love ArchDaily. Especially when it comes to cute April Fools gags (not jokes, but still funny)…

The architecture website recently published a post that stated that “in response to the recent popularity of ‘selfies’ in social media” that the so-called Society of Architecture Photography (SAP; get it?) searched all through their archives to find and release some rare images “architecture selfies.” The collection of photographs consist of images taken by architects themselves in front of their works. ArchDaily’s Vanessa Quirk reported that SAP’s Director, Chantelle Archambault, told stated that:

“We weren’t sure if we would find any at all, but we were pleasantly surprised to find seven – even one of Le Corbusier at Chandigarh in 1961. I suppose it’s only natural – architects consider travel an integral part of their creative process, and a pilgrimage to a built work is one of the most rewarding experiences an architect can claim.”

If you want to check out this awesome gallery of the newly released “architecture selfies” – including photographs of Mies van der Rohe, Zaha Hadid, Philip Johnson and more – check them out after the break! Continue reading “Awesomely Hilarious (but Fake) Architecture Selfies”

My 27th Year Celebrated Today

How do you celebrate your own birthday on a blog?  In the real world (or in real life, or IRL), there are cards, drinks, cakes, singing, laughing, and well-wishes from your friends and family (by the way, BIG THANKS to my friends and family for the birthday wishes).  I also realize that I have already covered much of my childhood, adolescence, teenage years, college days, and professional experience in the 110+ blog entries I’ve made.   I guess rather than find another way to wedge other personal stories and details into yet another blog entry, I’d do this:

PICTURES OF CAKES AND  A SONG!!

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