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Analyzing its Geometry and Energy Efficiency | Treasures of New York: "Hearst Tower"

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Students solve a real-world mathematical problem involving the area of a triangle and learn about how energy conservation is applied to architectural design using video from Treasures of New York: Hearst Tower. Utilizing text-dependent discussion questions and classroom activities called “teaching tips,” students have an opportunity to take a deep dive into mathematics, STEM content and the arts.

Blossom and Snappy Build Scale Models | Count On It!

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Blossom and Snappy learn about scale models and how they are used in the design and construction of buildings. They visit an architectural firm, a construction site, Clark Atlanta University Art Gallery, and Clark Atlanta University Science Center. They learn how to build their own scale model of a house.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

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This video segment from Building Big highlights the Clifton Suspension Bridge, one of the earliest of its kind. Though it was completed in 1864, when pedestrians, animals, and horse-drawn carriages were its main forms of traffic, its iron chain-link cables and stone piers today carry four million cars and other vehicles a year.

How Architects Use Toy Blocks for Modeling

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In this video from SciTech Now, learn how one Seattle-based architect uses building blocks to unleash his creativity. Although Jeffrey Pelletier mainly plays with building blocks for fun, such as building a 7ft. long spaceship, he also uses building blocks as a modeling tool and source of inspiration for his architecture projects.

Spokane's 21st Century Fox | Local Landmark

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Spokane's Fox Theater has been "The Place to Go" since it opened in 1931. Lines formed around the block to view the latest feature and famous performers graced its stage. Even during its decline, the theater has retained its vestiges of elegance in its faded murals and dusty chandeliers. 

Threatened by demolition, the Fox survived the wrecking ball thanks to the efforts of the Spokane community. The KSPS documentary Spokane’s 21st Century Fox explores the history of the Fox Theater, from its grand opening in 1931 to the renovation process that led to the grand-reopening of the theater in 2007.

These video segments and accompanying learning guide will help students define and analyze “city” vocabulary words, research local historical landmarks, and examine the history of the Fox Theater, a significant cultural landmark in Spokane, Washington. Visit KSPS Education for additional educator resources.

Brennetta Harris - Architectural Estimator

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Brennetta has dreamed of becoming an architect since childhood and has designed her own blueprint for working towards her career goals.

This video is part of the series SciGirls Profiles: Women in STEM, which includes 12 role model videos of women who are passionate about their STEM work, hobbies, families and making the world a better place. These videos introduce students to women working in traditionally male STEM occupations, and inspire them around career exploration in fields like technology, engineering, manufacturing and trades.  Each video provides explicit strategies for overcoming barriers and finding success and joy in jobs where women are heavily underrepresented.

The Village Architect

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Observe how an architect incorporates all that the landscape has to offer while serving the practical purpose of the structure.

Adaptive Reuse in the Netherlands

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In this video, Dutch planners tap into their innate design sensibility and the industrial landscape to create a sustainable development in Amsterdam's abandoned dockyards, Borneo Sporenburg.

Architecture 2030

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Learn about efforts to protect the environment by changing the way buildings are planned, designed and constructed.

Digital Engineering: Planning the Leadenhall Building | Super Skyscrapers

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Learn about innovations in the building design process in this clip from Super Skyscrapers, as planners of London’s Leadenhall Building use a 3D computer model to support an innovative, “just in time” materials delivery system. Building in the heart of London comes with unique challenges, as old, narrow streets and a high building density means that there’s no room to store building components in the building’s footprint. To avoid a bottleneck in the “just in time” delivery system, Leadenhall’s engineers created a 3D computer model to virtually rehearse the build hundreds of times—a process known as “digital engineering.”

Architecture & Physics: Background for Educators

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Teachers will learn to help students make the connection between physics and architecture, and to make physics more interesting, with tips and lesson ideas that apply physics to real-life architecture applications.

 

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Architecture Careers

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Architecture careers can have many paths including engineering, interior design, and environmental design and sustainability. Students will learn from the professionals about architecture careers and coursework they should consider for pursuing this field.

Paul Goldberger Discusses the Beauty of the Bridge | Ken Burns: Brooklyn Bridge

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Architecture critic Paul Goldberger discusses how the beauty of the Brooklyn Bridge has moved poets, painters, sculptors, and architects to sing its praises in the hundred years it has stood.

Bogota: Building a Sustainable City

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In this video, students examine efforts to make one of the most chaotic cities in the world more sustainable.

Super Use

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View examples of buildings that are designed with reusable locally-obtained materials in mind.

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