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Between 1727 and 1734 Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur, India, constructed five astronomical observatories in his native territory of west central India. The observatories called “Jantar Mantars” incorporate multiple buildings of unique form, each with a specialized function for astronomical measurement. These structures with their striking combinations of geometric forms at large scale, have captivated the attention of architects, artists, and art historians world wide, yet remain largely unknown to the general public
It looks pretty cool. How would you like this kind of paintings on the walls of your house?
They may look like they’re about to topple over, but these cube-shaped houses actually form a small village within the city center of Rotterdam, NL. A modern concept designed by the late architect Piet Blom, and constructed in 1984, this spectacular set of buildings represents an urban forest where around 40 traditional houses are tilted at 45-degrees to rest on a hexagonal pylon. The innovative design transforms the idea of the traditional structure by playing with angles and convention.
San Francisco in early 1906. Life was good for some, hard for others. The average life expectancy was 47 years old, less for black females. Women did not have the right to vote yet. The US flag only had 45 stars. Cars had been around a few years, but only the rich could afford them. There was no professional football; folks followed college ball or major league baseball. The average wage was .22 an hour, with the average yearly salary between $200-$400. The most interesting fact is that only about 6% of Americans graduated from high school. It seems to me that with education a low priority at that time, the future would be even farther down the list of what’s on everyone’s mind.