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Suburban Mansions To Life On Mars: 3D Printed Buildings

The future is here. You might not guess it from looking at these mediocre buildings, but the revolution has arrived. Imagine being able to construct a building from scratch in a matter of weeks, or as some claim, in a … Continue reading

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Pattern and Decoration: The Mud Structures of Tiébélé

Burkina Faso is a small landlocked country in West Africa. It was formerly known as the Republic of Upper Volta. Near the southern border of the country is the small village of Tiébélé. In Tiébélé is a compound of hand-built, … Continue reading

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Online Art and Design Resources

Back in March we posted a list of online resources – sites where you could find information about design, art, architecture, photography, crafts and culture. We promised that in the future we would post more resources. Well, the future is … Continue reading

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Nothing is Something: The Importance of Negative Space (Part 2)

A few posts back I talked about negative space as it appears in two-dimensional artwork. As I mentioned in that discussion, negative space is the “empty” space in an artwork. It’s the space between and around objects and shapes. It … Continue reading

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The Ideal Palace of the Postman Cheval

Where do ideas come from? Isn’t this the question all artists want answered? For the Postman Cheval inspiration appeared one day in 1877 when he tripped on a stone as he made his daily mail deliveries. “I was walking very … Continue reading

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Designing For Public Spaces

If you’ve ever considered designing for public spaces there are unique issues you will encounter. All public design projects involve red tape, but if a design project involves lots of public money and a high-profile location the entire creative process … Continue reading

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Color As Signature

Nearly every artist uses color in their work but for some artists color has special significance. Here are two artists whose use of this design element is so important that it is almost impossible to discuss their work without mentioning … Continue reading

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Art and Design Resources

Those of you new to design might be interested in some recommendations for additional online resources. Here are several websites that focus on design, art, architecture, photography and culture. In a future blog post we will add other sites to … Continue reading

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Site and Traffic: Two Issues for Architects

How a building fits into its environment and how people move through it are primary concerns of architects. Here are two articles describing both of those issues as seen in proposals for new public and private structures. The first example … Continue reading

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Using The Grid For Structure And Appearance

The grid can be used as both a design principle and a design element. When used as a principle of design the grid organizes all the other components of a composition. It is the underlying matrix that provides order, measurement … Continue reading

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