- some urban architectural history in a nice online format. [more inside]
Beautiful Buildings Club
is a comic about politics, the Cold War, and the eternal conflict between beautiful buildings and the evil Bauhaus empire.
is an award-winning British illustrator famous for his bestselling "Incredible" series of engineering art books: Incredible Cross-Sections
, Incredible Explosions
, Incredible Body
, and many more
. A master draftsman, Biesty does not use computers or even rulers
in composing his intricate and imaginative drawings, relying on nothing more than pen and ink, watercolor, and a steady hand. Over the years, he's adapted his work to many other mediums, including pop-up books
, educational games
), interactive history sites
, and animation
. You can view much of his work in the zoomable galleries
on his professional page, or click inside for a full listing of direct links to high-resolution, desktop-quality copies from his and other sites, including several with written commentary from collaborator Richard Platt [site, .mp3 chat]
. [more inside]
, pilot of the future, scourge of the Venusian Mekon
menace, and modernist architectural inspiration
Helix — a 1D skyscraper with a single corridor.
The principle is a cylindrical building with a helical shape for the floor. The slope of the floor is 1.5% (it rises by 1.5 cm every meter), thus hardly noticeable. The height of each ’storey’ is 3 meters, so that when you walk 200 meters along the corridor, you have walked a full circle, but you end up one ’storey’ above or below your starting point.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Beth Shalom Synagogue
- Cool photo essay about a beautiful building
I So Want This House It Hurts.
Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House
is up for sale. If price was no object and location wasn't a problem, where
would you choose to
? What architect
, living or dead; what building
, available or not, would you choose? [NYT reg. required for main link..