Category: architecture

Stop Designing Architecture, Design Your Practice!

Abstract Contemporary practice has proven that design quality is not sufficient for success. Throughout architecture’s history, there has existed the naive percep­tion that best designs came from artists whose practice remained untouched by the...

Alternate Housing

In this discussion, alternate housing refers to homes that are con­structed differently from typical modern dwellings found in standard subdivisions across the country. Some dwellings, though, due to local building materials and climates, can...

House Types

House “type” denotes the number and arrangement of a dwelling’s living levels. The basic types of houses are the single-story ranch, the Cape Cod or one and one-half-story, the two-story, the split foyer, and...

House Styles

House Styles

Style is a broad concern that will ultimately affect your choice of house. It most commonly indicates the decorative features of the exte­rior and to some degree the interior. An overview of the various...

Kitchen design research

Creating functional kitchen storage and counter workspaces has been the focus of educators and designers for decades. As early as 1869, Catherine Beecher and her sister, Harriett Beecher Stowe, were making recommendations for homemaking,...

The history of Historicism architecture

In the nineteenth century the work of contemporary designers recapitu­lated in a disorderly way the entire history of architecture. This phenome­non, called ‘historicism’, is often seen as an uncreative dead end, the resort of...

The history of Baroque architecture

It seems fitting that the origins of the word baroque are in dispute. It isn’t entirely at home in any European language and has been derived from widely different sources: a philosophical term for...

The history of Mannerism architecture

There’s a version of the progress of art, and of culture in general, mod­elled on the life of creatures, which begins in childish clumsiness and goes through phases of youthful vigour, followed by healthy...