Architecture’s Greatest Hits, From Prehistory to the Present, in a Single Poster

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By Kristin Hohenadel
September 29, 2014, Slate

Brooklyn-based Pop Chart Lab—makers of such visual compendia as the chart of 500 beers, pasta permutation map, and The Great Gatsby as an infographic—has turned its sights toward architecture.

“The Schematic of Structures” is a handily compiled 18-inch-by-24-inch poster that is a greatest hits of architectural monuments from prehistory to the present, including the Greek Parthenon, Buckingham Palace, and Freedom Tower. Each of the 90 chosen buildings are hand-illustrated to scale in a blueprint-inspired style, and include the location, year construction began, height, and primary architectural style. Read more…

Canadian Museum for Human Rights: An anticipated work of architecture, but not one of our best

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By Alex Bozikovic
Sep. 26 2014, The Globe and Mail

It’s rare that a new Canadian building appears on a postage stamp, but there it was on letters this month: the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, looking heroic in profile. The Winnipeg building is both the container and the physical face of this new national museum. It is one of the most anticipated works of architecture in Canada’s history.

It is not one of the best. When New Mexico architect Antoine Predock won the job a decade ago, the building was meant to embody the museum’s high aspirations. Instead, it is a monolith of mixed metaphors – a monument to the vagueness that defined the institution at the start.

The museum, designed by Predock with Winnipeg’s Architecture 49, opens some of its galleries on Saturday. It enacts a symbolic journey upward to light and hope. You enter at the base, between the Roots – great masses of Tyndall stone and concrete; move from a subterranean Great Hall up to the Mountain, a double stack of boxes that contain the galleries; and follow a Trail of Light up to the Tower of Hope. From there you go down an elevator to the Garden of Contemplation, which stands at the base of an atrium and a 23-storey-tall glass Cloud. You’ll pass the gift shop on your way out. Read more…

Interactive Infographic: How Much do Architecture Graduates Earn?

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By Rory Scott
September 30, 2014, Arch daily

Using information collected from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution has created a set of interactive infographics comparing the lifetime earning potential of graduates of 80 majors. With so much debate over the earning potential of architects, the tool provides us with an invaluable insight into the long-range outlook for members of our profession, charting the both the total lifetime earnings of architects and their average earnings per year over a 42-year career.

The good news is that, despite all the noise about low wages, the median lifetime earnings of architecture graduates is above average for undergraduate majors, although not by much. The space above the architecture degree is occupied largely by every single engineering major, as well as many of the business, finance and accounting majors.

The bad news: compared to other construction industry degrees such as Construction Services or Civil Engineering, Architecture graduates lag significantly behind in earning potential. Here we see that across the entire spectrum of lifetime earnings, from the 5th to the 95th percentile, architecture graduates earn roughly the median income for college graduates. Read more…