Monthly Archives: March 2013

Best Places to Study Architecture: Part Two

Posted on March 31st, 2013 by

The whirlwind tour continues of the best places in the world to see and study architecture. Asia, the United States, Europe and the Middle East are all represented so get your passport and take in these sites.

  • Tokyo. Modern marvels dominate this city. Of particular note are the headquarters of Fuji Tokyo TV on O’Daiba, the red and white Tokyo Tower and the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda. The suspension-designed roof of the Yoyogi National Gymnasium is a favorite of Kenzo Tange fans.
  • New York. So many displays of architecture are situated in the Big Apple. Along with the spiral structure of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright to the Empire State Building by Gregory Johnson, and newer developments such as the Freedom Tower; the city really is a portfolio of changing architecture.
  • Dehli. Traditional Indian architecture converges with modern styles.The Red Fort reminds visitors of Mughal creativity, while the Akshardham Hindu temple resembles the stupas of ancient times. Over at the Lotus Temple you’ll notice similarities to the Opera House in Sydney.  
  • Moscow. Eyes will open in the capital of Russia with the colorful Saint Basil’s Cathedral and Shukhov Tower, which UNESCO lists as one of the world’s most endangered buildings. The Seven Sisters provides a reminder of the Stalin years.
  • Dubai. In the United Arab Emirates is where you’ll see new architectural additions. Standouts include Tom Wright’s Burj Al Arab.

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Best Places to Study Architecture: Part One

Posted on March 29th, 2013 by

Striking structures captivate with their form, and aspiring architects looking to make their mark need to learn from the best. Whether you want to design skyscrapers or simple homes, you’ll need to study fundamentals at these iconic locations.

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  • Athens. The Greek contributions stand glorious to this day with the Parthenon at the top of the Acropolis for all to see. Built in the Classical style, the structure continues to serve as a reminder of solid building principles.
  • Rome. This Italian city is gorgeous. Along with landmarks like the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica, a scenic drive reveals all sorts of stunning architectural styles including Gothic and the most prominent Baroque with the 17th century palace Palazzo Madama.
  • Beijing. China remains at the forefront of Eastern architecture. The capital city offers a showcase of innovation with everything from the Great Wall to the Beijing National Stadium, aka the “Bird’s Nest,” which made its debut during the 2008 Summer Olympics.
  • London. A truly international destination, the British capital boasts fine architecture everywhere including UNESCO World Heritage sites as the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. You’ll also notice significant designs at the British Museum and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
  • Paris. The City of Light looks lovely day and night with its legendary Eiffel Tower attracting attention, as well as the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral, and the contemporary glass pyramid by I.M. Pei at the Louvre.

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The Design-Build Concept Works

Posted on March 26th, 2013 by

The Design-Build concept has a made a strong name for itself in recent years. The concept has grown to prominence from being banned in the early 20th century. In fact, several states still hold laws banning the use of design-build projects.  Why

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does design-build work now? The design-build method allows clients to benefit from a contractor that understands aspects of construction and design.

Traditionally, most residential and commercial building projects have included separate design and building teams. One team designs the building concept, subsequently another team receives the specifications to carry out the building’s construction. The benefits of having talented designers and builders working together are obvious. The team as a whole can take construction and installation costs into account while designing and ultimately save valuable time for the client.

Despite early restrictions, the Design-Build concept is becoming mainstream. An industry survey revealed that 20% of architectural firms have taken part in a design-build project at some point in time. The Lawrence campus of the University of Kansas has operated a collaborative design-build studio for their students since 1995, and this concept was illustrated in the recent remodeling of the U.S. Social Security Administration building.

Here at Design Build Team we pride ourselves in being experts in residential design-build projects. For more information on the Design-Build process for your project, contact DBT