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15th Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class, Australia [ Sign Up Now ]

15th Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class, Australia [ Sign Up Now ]

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The fifteenth Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class will take place 05 – 19 July 2015. The first week will be held at the magnificent Boyd Education Centre ‘Riversdale’, on the banks of the Shoalhaven River, south of Sydney – the building designed by Glenn Murcutt (with his wife Wendy Lewin and Reg Lark) has […]

We Shape Our Buildings and Afterwards, Our Buildings Shape Us

We Shape Our Buildings and Afterwards, Our Buildings Shape Us

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What do you see? What is above the woman’s head? What element is the backdrop? Researchers showed this image to people from East Africa, almost all of those took part in the experiment said the lady was balancing a box on her head, in an African culture where there are few angular visual cues, the […]





2014 Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class

2014 Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class

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Group tutorial with Glenn Murcutt at ‘Riversdale’, the Boyd Education Centre, overlooking the Shoalhaven River, participants from Guatemala, Madagascar, Australia and Canada. Applications are now being received for the fourteenth annual Glenn Murcutt International Architecture Master Class that will take place 06 – 22 July at Glenn Murcutt’s ‘Master Work’, the Boyd Education Centre south […]

Architecture And The Six Senses

Architecture And The Six Senses

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Looks like a very good thesis topic. In a world were buildings are predominantly judged by what they look like, how does someone without sight measure whether a building is a good one or a bad one? Beyond Appearances – Architecture and the senses Julian Treasure: Why architects need to use their ears Watch the […]

Inspiration, Creativity and Architects

Inspiration, Creativity and Architects

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I guess each and everyone of us can relate to this Calvin and Hobbes comic. No amount of music, internet surfing, brain storming, smoking and etc are as effective as the ‘last minute mode’. There is a name for it – The Lizard Brain Note: Comic/Image Copyright & All Rights Reserved by Bill Watterson and […]

Shanghai and Dubai Now and Then

Shanghai and Dubai Now and Then

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My friend forwarded me a Microsoft Office PowerPoint slides on Dubai, within a span of 10 years UAE’s Dubai managed to transform itself from a desert to a big city, a semi-empty big city filled with foreigners to be exact. Shanghai on the other hand is still growing at a rapid pace, perhaps too fast […]

Money Shot In Architecture

Money Shot In Architecture

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During my university years, I heard students and lecturers mentioning the term ‘Money Shot’ during tutorials. I thought it was about capturing an idea that sells, or a perspective that wows the audience. Apparently I am wrong. Image source and more discussion at UVa Master in Architecture And Oxford Dictionary has this to say: Wikipedia […]

God And Architecture

God And Architecture

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Image Source: Wired New York “The roof (Guggenheim Museum) was made of glass so that the god could see the paintings from up in heaven.” – When In Rome (Movie) Image Source: Assabile This reminds me of Yusof Islam, also known as Cat Steven most notable for his song – “The First Cut is the […]

Blind Architect – Braille Blueprints

Blind Architect – Braille Blueprints

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Photo credit Don Fogg. Beethoven was deaf, yet he accomplished what was thought to be impossible. Now we have an architect who developed sudden blindness has carved out a successful career as a consultant to architectural firms. Two and a half years ago, Downey had just started running the architecture practice at a stylish green-design […]

The Lizard Brain – Excuses For Late Submission

The Lizard Brain – Excuses For Late Submission

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Can’t complete your assignment before the deadline? Blame it on the lizard brain. Can’t focus? Yes, it is the lizard brain’s fault. Confucius once said: “Journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step.” Stop staring at the blank sheet of paper, the first line will lead to the second line and thereafter. Bestselling […]

Architecture And Security

Architecture And Security

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Image Source: Neatorama Neatorama latest post – The Enemy at the Door is a must read for all architects. We have architecture and sustainability, architecture and music, architecture and this and that but never architecture and security. Architecture Dissertation is like Hollywood, the same old script with different actor and actress. Here’s some food for […]

Building Tomorrow’s Home Today

Building Tomorrow’s Home Today

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It has come to my attention that Google scanned decades upon decades of Popular Science magazines from the 1870s to the 2000s and offered them in full (every single page) online as part of the Google Books service (Life Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Ebony, Men’s Health and more) . Full copies of Popular Science magazine, dating […]

How To Set Up A Small And Financially Stable Architecture Firm

How To Set Up A Small And Financially Stable Architecture Firm

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How to set up an architecture firm? To be honest, I don’t own an architecture firm, probably never in the future, however, as I was once a draughtperson working in a small architecture firm, I was able to experience the in and out of and office. A creative architect does not translate into a successful […]

Time To Eat The Dog? The Real Guide To Sustainable Living

Time To Eat The Dog? The Real Guide To Sustainable Living

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Am not a fan of sustainable living, to be honest, I don’t believe in the green architecture. Don’t get me wrong, sustainable architecture is a good idea, the trouble is buildings are a minute part of the entire ‘Global Warming’ threat. By cladding buildings with solar panels is not a ‘sustainable solution’, it takes a […]