Oct
14
2010
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What is Greek Revival architecture?

greek revival architecture“Greek Revival” (sometimes known as Neoclassical) is an architectural style based on ancient Greek temples that spread throughout Europe and the U.S. in the early 19th century. The era was characterized by enthusiasm for classical antiquity and archaeological knowledge, fed by the excavations of Roman ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum and the commencement of archaeological [more...]

Aug
23
2010
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What is the Millennium Bridge at Gateshead?

millennium bridge at gateshead opening and closingThe Millennium Bridge at Gateshead is an impressive footbridge with a novel tilting design which crosses the River Tyne from Gateshead to Newcastle in the north-east of England. It is the first tilting bridge in the world. The quaysides of Gateshead and Newcastle has undergone redevelopment and regeneration since the decline of traditional industries in [more...]

May
21
2010
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Does Ivy damage walls?

ivy on a wallThis has been a subject of debate for many years and has particularly exercised the minds of those involved in the heritage industry who protect, conserve and restore our architectural heritage. Ivy may add character to walls, but it is commonly thought that it will damage walls where the existing mortar is already weakened or [more...]

Oct
08
2009
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Where are the world’s most endangered monuments?

Philippines: rice terraces under threat (Photo by anne jimenez CC-BY-2.0)The World Monuments Fund has issued its list of the most threatened world monuments for 2010. The WMF calls attention to “cultural heritage around the world that is threatened by neglect, vandalism, conflict, or disaster.” The list contains 93 monuments and buildings from across the world. From the richest nations to the poorest. Each of [more...]

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May
24
2009
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What is the CN Tower?

CN Tower - courtesy SanGatiche - CC-BYThe CN Tower in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a communications and observation tower standing 1,815.4 ft. It surpassed the height of the Ostankino Tower while still under construction in 1975. It then was the tallest free-standing structure ‘on land’ in the world. Because the Petronius Platform oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico is [more...]

May
24
2009
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What is the Sears Tower?

Sears Tower - courtesy David Paul Ohmer - CC-BYThe Sears Tower is a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. At the time it was finished in 1973 it was the tallest building in the world, surpassing the World Trade Center towers in New York City. It is the tallest building in the United States, and the fourth tallest freestanding structure in the world. In summer [more...]

May
24
2009
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What is the Empire State Building?

Empire State Building - courtesy Jim Linwood - CCc-BYThe Empire State Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City. The Empire State Building is legend. Built in the midst of the Great Depression, it was, and still is a testament to American fortitude and ingenuity. It was the world’s tallest building for more than forty years, from 1931 until the completion [more...]

May
23
2009
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What is the Chrysler Building?

Chrysler Building - courtesy tiseb - CC-BYThe Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City. Near the beginning of the 20th century, the race for the tallest building in the world got underway and the Chrysler Building was the first building to top the then tallest structure, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It was the world’s tallest building [more...]

May
23
2009
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What is the Shanghai World Financial Center?

Shanghai World Financial Center - courtesy Micah Sittig - CC-BYThe Shanghai World Financial Center skyscraper in Shanghai, China. It is the second tallest building in the world and the tallest in mainland China, including Hong Kong. It is currently the world’s tallest completed building by roof. It tops out at 1,614.2 ft. The most distinctive feature in the design of the building is an [more...]

May
23
2009
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What is Taipei 101?

Taipai 101 dominates the skyline - courtesy tylerdurden1 - CC-BYTaipei 101 is a skyscraper located in Taipei, Taiwan. The building is the world’s tallest “completed skyscraper” according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.  The Burj Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is not yet ‘completed.’  Since international architectural standards define a “building” as a structure capable of being fully occupied. The [more...]

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