Inspiration – What is it and How To Induce It?

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You are watching a pretty picture while listening to some music that moves you. Suddenly it is as if time stands still and you enter into a different state of mind. You are inspired! We all experience flashes of inspiration from time to time. Time stands still and somehow we enter a state of inspiration. But what exactly is inspiration? Inspiration is characterized by the urge to create! You are … Continue reading

The Definition of Architecture

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Architecture is… difficult to define, and even architects get confused when asked to come up with an unambiguous definition. If you are looking for an answer with two lines underneath, you might find it here (or not). Whether your first association is: “architecture is… fancy modern building-design”, or “… the collective human heritage of built environments throughout the world” you might reconsider. This is an attempt to explore the wealth … Continue reading

Back to Earth – The World´s Oldest Building Material

California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture (CalEarth) designs

Throughout the history of mankind earth has by far been the most commonly used building material. Anyone with a piece of land have it, and it requires no huge transportation costs. With a shovel and some manpower, people throughout the ages have dug out caves, made earthbricks, rammed earth walls, and developed other ways to build with this abundant material. The picture above shows the Fairy Chimney Hotel in Turkey. … Continue reading

Architecture & the Love of Imperfection

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The imperfect has a certain charm to it. A rugged brick wall, faded paint, buildings that have visible defects – not because no one cares, but because time has done its thing and left its mark. It stands as a testimony to the history of the building, as well as to the people who have shared their lives within its walls. It has not been discarded and demolished, but continues … Continue reading

Lovable Architecture

The playfulness of Justin Bieber and the Zaha Hadid pavillion

Why do you fall in love with some buildings, while you are indifferent, or even hate, others? With some buildings; its love at first sight, while others slowly grow on you. (And, BTW, – in this case monogomy is out of the question…) Some buildings you love regardless of time and they turn into icons, while others are shooting stars on the sky of architecture. The classic beauty of Audrey … Continue reading

What is Architecture?

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Architecture is… difficult to define, and even architects get confused when asked to come up with an unambiguous definition. If you are looking for an answer with two lines underneath, you might find it here (or not). Whether your first association is: “architecture is… fancy modern building-design”, or “… the collective human heritage of built environments throughout the world” you might reconsider. This is an attempt to explore the wealth … Continue reading

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