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Color in Architecture

For almost 20 winters starting in 1999, Starbucks red cups became the announcement that winter had finally arrived. The red cups appeared in the hands of Christmas shoppers at the mall, on conference tables during Friday office meetings, and in the hands of those standing in line to ice skate at the seasonal rink. Their […]

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Weather’s Impact on Architecture

Architecture has always been more than just a roof over your head. Since the beginning of time, architecture can be counted upon to reflect the identity of a region as well as the needs of the people living there. Take, for example, the igloos of the Arctic. Its unique design and the use of packed […]

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10 Fascinating Uses of Glass in Modern Architecture

There’s no denying it, glass adds a certain elegance to buildings. You’ve probably found yourself marveling at an overwhelming structure of glass at least once in your life, right? Ever since London’s Crystal Palace in 1851, we’ve been obsessed with using glass in architecture. As one of the first large-scale glass construction projects not designed […]

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Portella Contributes to Monticello Project

Monticello is Thomas Jefferson’s estate, preserved now as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it serves as a museum, place of study and research, and a historical site. As part of an ongoing project to renovate and transform this historical site, Gensler architects have been working to update the 1950s era Griggs Building. As the home […]

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6 Mistakes People Make When Buying New/Replacement Windows

Buying new or replacement windows that are right for your home or business can be a daunting task with the multitude of window choices available. Avoiding false information and knowing what not to do is key to making a purchase that you feel comfortable with and will last for years to come. While purchasing windows […]

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10 Amazing Examples of Nature in Architecture

If you live in an urban area, it is easy to see nature as a distant phenomenon. This is due to design that keeps our environment separate from our living spaces. This isolation has caused ADHD, obesity, and a decline in creativity, according to Whitney Hopkins, a designer in architecture and product design. This has […]

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5 Design Ideas that Support Sustainable Architecture

The words ‘sustainable architecture’ are being heard more and more, as people’s enthusiasm for all things environmentally friendly continues to grow. But what exactly is meant by sustainable architecture? It is a way of designing and constructing that seeks to lessen the total environmental impact of a building. This can be done by conserving energy, […]

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Tour the World with Our Favorite Past and Present Architecture Exhibitions

United States   Snarkitecture’s Fun House – Washington DC   The National Building Museum in Washington DC recently hosted Snarkitecture’s debut comprehensive museum exhibition, Fun House. Attendees experienced an abstract rendering of a traditional home inside a freestanding structure. Visitors were welcome to wander the rooms of the monochrome, white home which was surrounded by […]

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Architect Renzo Piano is a Master of Light and Landscape

Renzo Piano is a Pritzker Prize winning architect well known for his futuristic public spaces. Piano has mastered the art of adapting to the need and context of any space and with work ranging from museums to sports stadiums to courthouses, he doesn’t limit himself to a certain type of project. He believes that light […]

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