John von Newmann was a child prodigy who could divide eight-digit numbers in his head by age six and learned calculus by age eight. He developed the computer architecture that virtually all computing devices use today. He became a US strategic adviser and his game theory led to the MAD doctrine. content.time.com/time/mag…
Today I learned about 33 Thomas Street, a 550-foot-tall skyscraper in Lower Manhattan, an example of Brutalist architecture. The exterior walls have no windows and are made from precast concrete panels. William H. Whyte claimed that it features the tallest blank wall in the world. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/33_…
In 2004 the Dave Matthews Band tour bus driver dumped approximately 800 lbs of human waste into the Chicago River from a bridge, only for it to land on an unsuspecting architecture tourist boat and about 80 of its 120 passengers (including infants, elderly, and disabled individuals). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
In Naval Architecture the roof of the stern's superstructure (in old naval sailing ships) is called the Poop Deck earning it's name from the French word for stern, la poupe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poo…
Namco, Sega, and Nintendo banded together to release a Triforce arcade motherboard based off of the Nintendo Gamecube architecture. segaretro.org/Triforce
Today I learned about Bishop's Castle, the largest one man architecture project in the world. Jim Bishop has been building, by hand, his very own castle in the mountains of Colorado. The stone castle is 16 stories high with cathedral windows, spiral staircases, iron walkways, and a fire breathing dragon. atlasobscura.com/places/b…
They used to give Olympic Medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, and music, alongside athletic medals. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The world’s oldest known intact wooden architecture, a timber box at the bottom of a well - 7,000 years old - was found near the eastern German city of Leipzig, buried more than 20 feet underground, and preserved for millennia by cold, wet, oxygen–free conditions. archaeology.org/issues/15…
Lincoln Logs was based on the architecture of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. The toy was invented in 1916-1917. The foundation of the hotel was designed with interlocking beams which made it "earthquake proof." It was one of the few buildings left standing after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
In naval architecture, a poop deck is a deck that forms the roof of a cabin built in the rear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poo…
"The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" was written to spread awareness of disappearing Gothic architecture. For this reason, the book contains unnecessarily elaborate passages describing the settings of various scenes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Since modern civilizations and languages likely won't exist 10,000 years from now, signs warning about nuclear waste (which will still be dangerous then) have to be designed to be understood by anyone, without the use of language. These tools include pictograms and hostile architecture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Today I learned about Norma Merrick Sklarek also known as β€œThe Rosa Parks of Architecture”. She was not only the first black woman to be licensed as an architect in New York, but was also the first in California. deasypennerpodley.com/blo…
-An undergraduate architecture student in '78 found a flaw in the Design of Citicorp Center '77: that Citicorp Center could blow over in the wind. Repair work was done throughout the night and quit at daybreak, just as the building occupants returned to work. The story remained a secret until '95 slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2…
The Vietnam Memorial was designed by a 21 year old architecture student for a class project. She got a B+ despite winning the national competition. history.com/news/the-21-y…
Victor Hugo wrote the Hunchback of Norte-Dame to inform people of the value of Gothic architecture, which was being neglected and destroyed at the time. This explains the large descriptive sections of the book, which far exceed the requirements of the story. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Buckminster Fuller was a renaissance man -- expert in architecture, design, engineering, science, cartography and education. Self-described 'comprehensive anticipatory design scientist ' generating ideas and artifacts that cross boundaries and defy normality pushfestival.ca/ten-surpr…
Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee, won an Olympic gold medal for himself in 1912 - with a poem. 'Ode to Sport' won in the category for literature. Previous Olympic events also included architecture, music, painting and sculpture, until 1948. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Wall, got a "B" in her architecture class for her design from her professor who also submitted a design for the wall - losing to his student. biography.com/news/maya-l…
Architecture undergraduate Maya Lin's design of the Vietnam Memorial only earned a B in her class at Yale. Competition officials came to her dorm room in May 1981 and informed the 21-year-old that she had won the design and the $20,000 first prize. biography.com/news/maya-l…
NASA is exploring the possibility of growing specially modified fungi that can be used for β€˜myco-architecture’ on Mars - making buildings out of mushrooms. vice.com/en_us/article/vv…
AMD named their processors Ryzen because they couldn't get a trademark for Zen which is the name of the architecture. pcworld.com/article/31730…
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame was written by Victor Hugo as part of a campaign to preserve Gothic Architecture around Paris. Prior to the novel, the cathedral was in bad shape and at risk of eventual demolition. As a result of tourism from the book, Paris started restoration work instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
After being denied access to one and with no public knowledge about its architecture, India built its first supercomputer in just 3 years which then became the second fastest supercomputer at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAR…
From 1912 to 1952, the Olympics awarded official medals for painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and music, alongside those for the athletic competitions. A total of 151 medals were awarded to original works in the fine arts inspired by athletic endeavors smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Today I learned of the Webb Institute, a college in New York with about 90 student that offers only one academic route, a double major in naval architecture and marine engineering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web…
Today I Learned: Gargoyles are fancy rain gutters. In architecture, a gargoyle is a carved or formed grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building, thereby preventing rainwater from running down masonry walls and eroding the mortar between. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
Despite its modern association with vampires, one of the key principles of gothic architecture is to allow in as much natural light as possible en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Got…
Today I learned about El Helicoide. A building in Venezuela that was originally meant to be a shopping mall with beautiful architecture but is now a prison for high-profile criminals and political prisoners. It is considered one of the harshest prisons in the country with torture being not uncommon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_…
From 1912-1948 the Olympics awarded medals for sports-inspired art, including categories in architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture. The organizers ended the contests because mostly professional artists entered and only amateurs were supposed to compete in the Olympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
In the 1960s, Boston Mayor John Collins reportedly gasped as the new City Hall design was first unveiled, and someone in the room blurted out, "What the hell is that?" Stylistically, City Hall is considered one of the leading examples of Brutalist architecture architectuul.com/architec…
The Olympics used to award medals for arts (literature, architecture, painting etc). Between 1912-1948 a total of 151 medals were awarded - the tradition was brought in because the Ancient Greeks used to hold art events alongside the games. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Forty years ago, a prominent designer received a call from an undergrad architecture student who told him that a design flaw in his 59-story Manhattan skyscraper could cause it to collapse during a storm. Initially he scoffed, then disturbingly, figured that she was right... theaiatrust.com/whitepape…
None of the architecture on Euro banknotes is real, as the EU prohibited displaying any national monuments, so to not give greater prominence to one country over another. Hence, for the €5 note, a computer was used to scan multiple European bridges and combine them into one neutral design. nytimes.com/2001/08/03/ne…
The early modern olympics used to feature an art competition, with sections dedicated to literature, graphic art, music and more. The Amsterdam Olympic stadium is actually a gold medal winner for architecture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oly…
A prank by a group of Architecture Students back in 1966 lead to a tradition of tying a large red bow and ribbon around the Planetarium in St. Louis, Missouri that has gone on every year since. (Except one while the building was undergoing renovations.) slsc.org/planetariumbow/?…
Today I learned of googie architecture, which is influenced by jets, space travel and the Atomic Age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
The Gonbad-e Qabus tower has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012 and can be seen from 30km away. Considered to be a masterpiece of Persian architecture, it achieves an "almost perfect balance between a purpose, a form, and a single material" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gon…
The VIA Rail Station at Ottawa is considered one of the finest examples of the International style in Canadian architecture. Built in 1966, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada named the station as one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada during the last millennium en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
Connaught Place, an example of Georgian architecture, was made to serve the elite living in Delhi and was inspired by the Royal Crescent in Bath. It also boasts of India’s first underground and air-conditioned market, Palika Bazaar proptiger.com/guide/post/…
The Chicago Columbian Exposition World Fair of 1893 played a huge role in American culture like the 'Pledge of Alligence'; introduced modern appliances like the dish washer; and common American Fair architecture like the Ferris Wheel and Midway. xroads.virginia.edu/~MA96…
Today I learned of Sweden Hills, a town in Japan named after when a swedish ambassador visited a town named Tobetsu and noticed how the landscape and architecture reminded him lf his home country. swedesinthestates.com/swe…
Today I learned of the Camden bench. Its design, a form of 'hostile architecture,' deters people from sleeping or skateboarding on it. Its makers call it "an inclusive seat encouraging social interaction." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
13th Dalai Lama predicted the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution of the People's Republic of China, destroying 6,000 monasteries and vast majority of historic Tibetan architecture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/13t…
"Bird shit architecture" is a trend in urban planning that originated in the 1950's and persists to the present day. This type of architecture is designed to look good from a plane, but not practical for the actual residents of a city, like Brasilia youtube.com/watch?v=hnq1S…
Today I learned of the useless architecture of the recurrent laryngeal nerve, especially in the extinct sauropod dinosaurs. The nerve has to travel from the brain to the chest back to the Larynx, making some neurons of said dinosaurs at least 28m (91ft) long. app.pan.pl/archive/publis…
For 53 years, Justo Gallego has been building a cathedral by hand on the outskirts of Madrid almost entirely by himself. Gallego has no formal architecture or construction training, but that hasn't stopped him from toiling on this herculean task. youtube.com/watch?v=pRy3S…
Lincoln Logs were invented by John Lloyd Wright - son of Frank Lloyd Wright. Those Lloyd Wrights sure loved their architecture! ancestralfindings.com/bir…
When an architecture student alerted engineers that an NYC skyscraper might collapse in an upcoming storm (Hurricane Ella), the city kept it secret then reinforced the building overnight (while police developed a ten-block evacuation plan). 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Poundbury's a "new town" built to look old, following the principles of Prince Charles, who hates modern architecture. It has many royal features, including a smaller Buckingham Palace. Although it's popular with some, it has been described as "fake, heartless, authoritarian and grimly cute." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pou…

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