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Trailblazing architect-politician Harvey B. Gantt inspired generations of minority students, including the young Barack Obama. http://architecture.about.com/od/architectsaz/fl/Harvey-B-Gantt.htm
Born in South Carolina, January 14, 1943, Harvey Gantt will be forever associated with making the City of Charlotte, North Carolina, a modern city of the South.
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On his birthday, let's celebrate the amazing Bernard Maybeck, born February 7, 1862.
http://architecture.about.com/od/architectsaz/p/maybeck.htm
Discover the eclectic work of California architect Bernard Maybeck, who inspired Julia Morgan and other important architects.
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Let's celebrate #architect Alvar Aalto, born on February 3 in 1898.  http://abt.cm/19eYwEs via @aboutdotcom
Alvar Aalto's passion for painting led to the development of his unique architectural style. Explore the life and works of this modern designer, born February 3, 1898 in Kuortane, Finland.
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Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia was built in 2002 with "new understandings of surface geometries." Some call it Smart Geometry. Others say it's just plain ugly. What do you say? View image at http://architecture.about.com/od/Blog/fl/Smart-Geometry.htm
The Smart Geometry group tackles algorithms as if they were pens and sketchpads. Learn more about how computer programs are changing the way some do design.
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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center) in Atlanta Georgia was dedicated on January 15, 1982.  A reflecting pool surrounds the tomb of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) and his wife Coretta Scott King (1927-2006). 
Learn about the Martin Luther King Memorial where Dr. King and his wife Coretta are buried.
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The world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa or Dubai Tower, opened on January 4, 2010. Five years later, the skyscraper still ranks #1... but for how long? http://architecture.about.com/od/skyscrapers/ig/World-s-Tallest-Buildings/Burj-Dubai-.htm
Burj Khalifa, also known as Burj Dubai or Dubai Tower, is now the tallest building in the world.
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So, how relevant is Ruskin for modern-day architects? You'd be amazed. http://architecture.about.com/od/greatarchitects/ss/John-Ruskin-Todays-19th-Century-Critic.htm
The themes in the writings of critic John Ruskin resonate as much today as they did in the 1800s. Explore some of Ruskin's philosophies, in his own words.
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"... I believe no cause to have been more active in the degradation of our natural feeling for beauty, than the constant use of cast iron ornaments," John Ruskin said in The Seven Lamps of Architecture. But gosh, some of those old cast iron buildings sure are beautiful.
Cast iron as a building material was a global phenomenon during the 19th century Industrial Revolution. Learn more about cast iron and wrought iron.
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Imagine Super Bowls with the top down -- 8 stadia, 0 Roofs. http://architecture.about.com/od/stadiumsandarenas/ss/8-Super-Bowls-0-Roofs.htm
The Orange Bowl is one of the few Super Bowls that have been torn down. Yet when it lived, it lived for football. Learn more about these open-air, outdoor stadia.
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The stadium built for the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games has been redesigned once and is scheduled for another by 2018. The original design was widely ridiculed, but I'm not sure they've gotten it right yet. What do you think?
Architects faced tough challenges when they designed Stadium Australia, the Sydney Olympic Stadium
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Let's celebrate Julia Morgan, born on this day, January 20, in 1872.
California-born Julia Morgan, designer of Hearst Castle, was the first woman to be awarded the AIA's Gold Medal. The architect's organization recognized her work in 2014, although Morgan was born January 20, 1872.
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Love Art Deco? The jazzy style really took off after archeologists uncovered King Tut's ancient Egyptian tomb and sarcophagus--in the 1920s. http://architecture.about.com/od/artdeco/ss/artdeco_2.htm#step-heading
Find out how the discovery of King Tut's tomb inspired a jazzy new approach to architecture and design.
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I write about architecture and travel destinations, and also enjoy experimental fiction and poetry.
  • Architecture Writer for About.com since 1999
  • Freelance journalist for newspapers and magazines covering travel, arts, and home design
  • Fiction and poetry for literary journals, including The Berkeley Fiction Review, Existere, The Fourth River, Pearl, Yuan Yang, Zahir, and many others
  • Two interior design books for Rockport Publishers
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Cocoa Beach, FL - Arlington, VA
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