Berry Architecture Office Building Green Roof – Project of the Week 12/7/15

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Home to Berry Architecture + Associates and Downey Roth Hrywkiw Fidek LLP, the former Red Deer Bowladrome is now the award-winning Gold LEED-certified Fidek Office Building, the first privately-owned building to receive such in the City of Red Deer, Alberta. Key elements were energy and efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and modern comfort and functionality. The building’s crowning glory is the green roof which features a stream, native plantings, vegetable gardens, and bird, butterfly, and bee habitats.

Designed and installed by Living Lands Landscape & Design, the green roof boasts indigenous plant species of Alberta’s prairie and parkland ecosystems. Plants were selected so that one or more species are in bloom from early spring through to late autumn, providing an ongoing source of food in the form of nectar, pollen, and seeds. Water in the design takes the form of a flowing stream, providing a place for birds to bathe and drink, pollinators to access water, insects to lay eggs, and aquatic life to exist. Shelter has been created by both natural and man-made nesting structures in the form of standing and horizontal snags, a butterfly hibernaculum of stacked wood, bee blocks and bumble bee boxes, cavity-nesting bird boxes, and stone piles. Installation of webcams, habitat box cameras, and citizen science projects are all initiatives to gain an understanding of how the site is being used by wildlife and how its usage evolves. Exploring new methods of how to increase successful plant establishment, eliminate the need for irrigation, and reduce maintenance requirements has also been a goal. Careful consideration to design and installation techniques has made this green roof a viable habitat for Alberta’s indigenous pollinators and a showcase for many of its indigenous plant species.

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Ralph Rapson: A Legacy in Architecture and Design

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Ralph Rapson, former dean of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture (1954-1984), was the designer of iconic Twin Cities buildings — such as the original Guthrie Theater, Cedar Square West, and the Rarig Center for the Performing Arts.

Still a practicing architect when he died in 2008 at the age of 93, Rapson’s modernist style influenced generations of architects. This exhibit is a retrospective of his many building and furniture designs.

Greg Lynn: How calculus is changing architecture

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Greg Lynn talks about the mathematical roots of architecture — and how calculus and digital tools allow modern designers to move beyond the traditional building forms. A glorious church in Queens (and a titanium tea set) illustrate his theory.
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Architecture of the Mass: Early History of the Mass: Fr Lang

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A lecture on ‘The Early History of the Mass’, part of the Benedictus/Order of Malta/London Oratory collaboration ‘Architecture of the Mass’. Rev. Dr Uwe Michael Lang C.O., is a member of the Benedictus Academic Team and expert in Church History. Michael is a priest of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London, where he serves as Parish Priest, and a lecturer in Church History at Heythrop College, University of London. He is a consultor of the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, and a former official of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. He has published in the fields of Patristics and liturgical studies, including the books Turning Towards the Lord: Orientation in Liturgical Prayer and The Voice of the Church at Prayer: Reflections on Liturgy and Language.

St. Louis’ Mid-Century Modern Architecture: The Matter of Materials by Mary Reid Brunstrom

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In the immediate post-World War II years, architects and engineers in the St. Louis region produced a significant inventory of what are now characterized as Mid-century modern buildings. Formal experimentation was prompted by the availability of materials such as structural steel, in a climate in which architecture simultaneously led and responded to the era’s search for the expression of postwar confidence and optimism embodied in phenomena in such as air travel. At the same time, architecture helped mediate the anxieties inherent the atomic age. While new materials defined a leading edge of architecture, St. Louis’ signature material brick experienced a flowering in postwar architecture such as in Eric Mendelsohn’s B’nai Amoona synagogue, producing continuity in the fabric and texture of St. Louis’ built environment. Traditional decorative materials, in particular stained glass, which constitutes a major theme of the modernist narrative, were refreshed by the incorporation of more abstracted, dynamic and modern forms used mainly but not exclusively in church architecture.

I have undertaken extensive research in the context of a recently completed catalogue essay for a Fall 2015 exhibition at the St. Louis Art Museum on Modern Design, 1935-65. The advent and adoption of new materials for building emerged as a prominent and pervasive theme in this research. For the JNEM symposium, I propose a presentation based on this research. My paper will provide a broad overview of St. Louis’ modernist architecture of the period, a format which could serve as an introduction to the region’s rich inventory of modernist buildings. My talk would encompass typologies in both the public and private domain including public memorials, recreation facilities, public and private housing, transportation, religious architecture, buildings for education, public libraries and hospitals. The talk would focus on buildings in which materials were essential elements in the search for structures that would serve modern goals and uses. I would illustrate my argument with leading examples such as Gyo Obata’s use of thin shell concrete in the Priory Chapel and the McDonnell Planetarium, Murphy and Mackey’s use of expansive plate glass at Washington University’s Olin Library, and the same firm’s pioneering use of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome concept for the design of the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Executed with triangular Plexiglass panels hung from an aluminum frame by aluminum wire, the Climatron was hailed by the national AIA as “one of the most important buildings in American architectural history.” I would of course bring in Eero Saarinen’s use of the stainless steel and concrete skin for the Gateway Arch, but unless otherwise indicated, I would not dwell on that because I imagine the material of the Arch will be more than adequately covered over the course of the symposium.

I would also explain the use of prefab buildings for the phenomenon of the housing estate, ranging from modular houses constructed on site by developers to the Lustron house trucked in from the factory in Cleveland, Ohio and assembled on site. In further elaboration of the rich array of materials that characterize building in the region at midcentury, I will briefly touch on innovations such as Cemesto wall panels, a fire-resistant combination cement and asbestos product developed for mass production during World War II and used by Charles Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright and others.

Where materials where sourced, how they were promoted in the architecture and design media, and how they were understood to convey a modern message are threads that I will take up in my paper. I will elucidate the role that certain St. Louis buildings played in the promotion of specific building materials and methods. For example, House and Home promoted tract housing based on modular wall systems developed in St. Louis by Burton Duenke in collaboration with the architect, Ralph Fournier. This approach illuminates a further important theme, namely the way in which materials helped advance architectural goals of the period such as the integration of a building’s interior and exterior.

My life in Russia: William Brumfield, America’s authority on Russian architecture

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One of the most prominent US specialists in Russian architecture, Professor William Brumfield, dedicated almost 50 years to exploring and documenting Russian architecture and the changes that happened within our country for decades.

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In this documentary he recalls one of the most difficult times of his life, explains how he managed to illegally travel around the country during the Soviet times, when foreigners were being strictly observed, and even followed, and reveals his perception of Russia and Russians.

The result of this romance with our country – dozens of books and thousands of publications and pictures, faithful friends and colleagues, love of his life and the extreme passion for his work, that inspires him every day.

The author and director of the documentary is Yulia Shamporova.

Columbus Neighborhoods: Architecture in Central Ohio

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On this episode of Columbus Neighborhoods, we’re taking a look at historic architecture in Columbus and Newark. Discover a 1973 photo collection documenting High Street, a historic jewel-box bank in Newark and an 1850s church that’s now a fine-dining establishment on the North Side.

Historic photos: Courtesy of Ohio History Connection, Art Institute of Chicago, Emery Photography Inc., Licking County Foundation, Licking County Library, Photohio, Rogers Krajnak Architects

Roman Catholic Art and Architecture #1

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This is the first of hopefully many videos in a series. Once i get more knowledge and photos of such places i will make another video. I do not know how long that will take me.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception:

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Architecture: Most Beautiful Cathedrals/Churches-U.S./Canada

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Architecture: Most Beautiful Cathedrals/Churches-U.S./Canada

80. The First Church of Christ, Scientist
79. Our Savior Church
78. Blessed Virgin Catholic Church Nativity of Mary
77. Madonna Della Strada Chapel
76. St. Ambrose Cathedral
75. United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel
74. Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
73. Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, New Jersey
72. Notre-Dame Basilica-Cathedral
71. Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Pueblo
70. Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
69. St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
68. Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral
67. St. Cecilia Cathedral
66. Christ Church Cathedral
65. First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, Georgia
64. North Christian Church Columbus, Indiana
63. First Christian Church
62. Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
61. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
60. Congregation Mickve Israel
59. St. Stanislaus Kostka Church
58. Saint Ignatius Church
57. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation
56. Heinz Memorial Chapel
55. Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral
54. Cathedral of Saint Mary
53. Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, Ottawa
52. St. Nicholas Cathedral
51. St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral
50. Church of St. Mary the Virgin
49. Cathedral of the Incarnation
48. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
47. Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine
46. Fort Street Presbyterian Church
45. Sacred Heart Church
44. Saint Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe
43. Annunciation Church Houston
42. Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
41. San Fernando Cathedral
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Alaskan Architecture

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From The Alaska Experience Travel Guide : for stock footage and complete travel program availability
As the road from anchorage to fairbanks winds
through the heartland of alaska, many reminders
of her fascinating history, and unique lifestyles
Appear along the way.
Throughout the state many fine
Examples of alaskas indigenous form of
Architecture can be seen.
Even today,the classic log cabin has
Proven to be the most practical type of building,
and is used for everything…….. From doghouses
to churches.
Fitting perfectly into the alaskan landscape and
Built from readily available materials, these
Sturdy buildings are able to withstand huge
Snow loads and the stresses of thermal expansion.
natural burls which grow
On trees like this one are often seen incorporated
Into these rustic structures.

How to draw a gothic church – architecture speed drawing

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History of the Neighborhood Church

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Dana Graham presents the history of the Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. Produced by Betty and Jarel Wheaton for Peninsula Seniors