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834 Years 

This is a photograph I took of Notre Dame in 1997, when the cathedral was 834 years old. I still love how sad the gargoyles look in this image and how they show the wear of many years in the elements. Watching this amazing work of art and architecture burn left me feeling sad and …

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Today in History: Guggenheim Museum Opens in NYC 

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to house the large contemporary art collection of mining tycoon Solomon Guggenheim, the Guggenheim Museum opened its doors to the awestruck public on October 21, 1959. It was itself considered a work of art, resembling in white concrete a sea shell with a long ramp spiraling up from a large rotunda. …

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Today in History: Building the Berlin Wall 

An East European book exchange trip, part of a federal government grant to build our mathematics' education collection, takes us Humboldt University, one of Berlin's oldest universities. It is two years after the Wall's collapse, and we are yet to visit libraries in Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Austria -- countries, like the former East Germany, …

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Today in History: St Petersburg Is Founded 

The city of St. Petersburg itself was dressed in an ermine robe of snow, its frozen river and canals glittering like the duchesses' diamonds. In the distance the sun shone on the brightly colored domes of the Church of the Resurrection. "Look, Misha, I said, "The domes look like a tumble of crown jewels." (Ch. 1, …

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On Space and the Education Program 

As we grow, our spaces need to evolve, and the way things evolve can be difficult to predict. Whether we need to fashion a third bedroom out of a Manhattan living room, or create more appealing space for an expanding Education Program, we anticipate that content is prime; aesthetics and functionality, key; light, tone, color, …

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Design Education and Sustainability 

Ideas to Think With: Marcel Vellinga and the Anthropology of Sustainable Architecture For design educators interested in the increasingly intersecting areas of sustainability, cultural politics, and the built environment, Marcel Verllinga’s article “Anthropology and the Challenges of sustainable architecture” provides a number of critical insights for challenging popular assumptions about architecture. In this article Vellinga …

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