Archive for December, 2009


Who’s Next Design Competition

Today I registered for the Who’s Next Design Compeition. It is basically a competition to design a green and affordable home.


Augueste Perret

Auguste Perret (12 February 1874 – 25 February 1954) was a French architect and a world leader and specialist in reinforced concrete construction. In 2005 his post-WWII reconstruction of Le Havre was declared by UNESCO one of the World Heritage Sites.

He was born in Ixelles, Belgium. He was the brother of the architect Gustave Perret.

He worked on a new interpretation of the neo-classical style. He continued to carry the banner of nineteenth century rationalism after Viollet-le-Duc. His efforts to utilize historical typologies executed in new materials were largely eclipsed by the younger media-savvy architect Le Corbusier, Perret’s one-time employee, and his ilk.

From 1940 Perret taught at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He won the Royal Gold Medal in 1948 and the AIA Gold Medal in 1952.

Rue Franklin apartments, Paris, 1902-1904
Garage Ponthieu, Paris, 1905
the Art Nouveau landmark Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913
the Concert Hall of the École Normale de Musique de Paris
concrete cathedral in Le Raincy, France, Église Notre-Dame du Raincy, 1923, with stained-glass work by Marie-Alain Couturier
extensions to the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1945
the City Hall, St. Joseph’s Church and further reconstruction of the French city of Le Havre after more than 80,000 inhabitants of that city were left homeless following World War II, 1949-1956
the Gare d’Amiens, 1955
the villa Aghion, in Alexandria (destroyed 28 August 2009)

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I passed the Revit Professional Certification Exam today. I am signed up to take two A.R.E. Exams this month. Programming, Planning & Practice AND Building Construction & Systems.


John Wellborn Root

John Wellborn Root (January 10, 1850 – January 15, 1891) was a significant American architect who worked out of Chicago with Daniel Burnham. He was one of the founders of the Chicago School style. One of his buildings was designated a National Historic Landmark; others have been designated Chicago landmarks and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Early years and education
John Wellborn Root was born in 1850 in Lumpkin, Georgia, the son of Sidney Root and his wife. He was named after a maternal uncle, Marshall Johnson Wellborn. Root was raised in Atlanta, where he was homeschooled. When Atlanta fell to the Union during the American Civil War, Root’s family migrated to Liverpool, England.

While in Liverpool, Root studied at Clare Mount School. His later design work was said to have been influenced by the pioneering work of Liverpool architect Peter Ellis, who designed and built the world’s first two metal frames glass curtain walled buildings, Oriel Chambers, 1864, and 16 Cook Street, 1866.

After Root returned to the U.S., he earned an undergraduate degree from New York University in 1869. After graduation, he took a job with the architect James Renwick, Jr. of Renwick and Sands of New York as an unpaid apprentice. Later he took a position with [[John Butler Snook] in New York. While working for Snook, Root was a construction supervisor on New York City’s Grand Central Station.

Chicago and career
In 1871 Root moved to Chicago, where he was employed as a draftsman in an architectural firm. There he met Daniel Burnham. Two years later in 1873, they formed the firm of Burnham and Root; they worked together for 18 years. During the economic downturn in 1873, Root earned extra income on jobs with other firms and as the organist at the First Presbyterian Church.

Significant buildings
Grannis Block (1880)
Montauk Building (1882-1883)
Rookery Building (1885), National Historic Landmark (NHL)
Phenix Building (1887)
Lake View Presbyterian Church (1888) [1]
Monadnock Building (1889), National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)
Reliance Building (1889), ground floor only–featured large display windows which set a new standard, NHL

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I am considering learning Autodesk Navisworks. Does anyone know how it compares with Revit?


My Architect: A Son’s Jouney

My Architect: A Son’s Journey is a 2003 documentary film about the American architect Louis Kahn. Kahn led an extraordinary career and left three families behind when he died of a heart attack in a Penn Station bathroom.

One of his most memorable quotes is “When I went to high school, I had a teacher in the arts, who was head of the department of Central High, William Grey, and he gave me a course in Architecture, the only course in the high school I am sure, in Greek, Roman, Renaissance, Egyptian, and Gothic Architecture, and at that point two of my colleagues and I realized that only Architecture was to be my life, and how accidental our existences are, really, and how full of influence by circumstance.” Louis I. Kahn, quote from the documentary film “My Architect, A Son’s Journey” a film by his son Nathaniel Kahn.

The film was made by Louis Kahn’s illegitimate son Nathaniel Kahn, and features interviews with many giants of modern architecture, including I.M. Pei, Anne Tyng and Philip Johnson. Throughout the film, Kahn visits all of his father’s buildings including Yale Center for British Art, Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban and the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.


Christmas and Architecture

Old blueprints and drawings make good wrapping paper. Plus you’ll be unique and everyone will know who the present is from.