Architecture

Mercedes-Benz Stadium: The Most Eco-Friendly Stadium Ever | Things Explained

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This episode of Things Explained explores Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium and what makes it the most sustainable sports facility in the world. 

Notre Dame Fire and the Cathedral’s Significance | PBS NewsHour

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Directions: Read the summary, watch the videos and answer the discussion questions below. Read the Associated Press’s “Fire breaks out at Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral.”

Summary: Firefighters contained a major fire at Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday. Throngs of tourists and locals gathered nearby to watch and take images of a massive fire that engulfed parts of the 12th-century landmark cathedral as nearby residents were evacuated. Paris fire commander Jean-Claude Gallet said hundreds of firefighters were able to stop the flames from spreading to the north tower belfry, and the Paris police chief said the structure had been saved from total destruction. Major renovations were underway to address cracks in the foundation which inspectors think is the probable cause.

The many works of art inside the cathedral include three stained-glass rose windows and a Catholic relic, the crown of thorns, placed on display on special occasions like Lent, which begins this week. “Like all our countrymen, I’m sad tonight to see this part of us burn,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a tweet; however, he said that the cathedral will be rebuilt through a national fundraising campaign.

March 29, 2019 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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Introduction | Reimagining a Buffalo Landmark

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This segment introduces the Richardson Olmsted Campus, a national historic landmark created and influenced by Frederick Law Olmsted, Henry Hobson Richardson and Thomas Story Kirkbride. It took decades to build and served as the Buffalo State Asylum with a revolutionary model for treatment of people with mental illness. After decades of neglect, the campus is now being reimagined by a community dedicated to preserving it.

A Bird's Eye View | Reimagining a Buffalo Landmark

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Enjoy drone footage of the extensive Richardson Olmsted Campus in Buffalo, New York. The campus was developed by H.H. Richardson, Thomas Story Kirkbride, and Frederick Law Olmsted. Construction began in 1872, as the Buffalo State Asylum, and took decades to complete.

Thinkport | Finding Reflections in Landscape Architecture

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Learn about reflections through examples from landscape architecture in this video from MPT. In the accompanying classroom activity, students identify reflection lines in photographs of designed landscapes. Next, they draw a triangle and graph its reflections over the x-axis and y-axis. They then consider changes in coordinates that result from these reflections. To get the most from the lesson, students should be comfortable graphing in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane. For a longer self-paced student tutorial using this media, see "Transformations in Landscaping" on Thinkport from Maryland Public Television.

Thinkport | Solving Linear Equations

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Learn how an architect uses scale drawing and other mathematics to represent floor plans of buildings under construction in this video from MPT. In the accompanying classroom activity, students watch the video and then create a scale drawing of a rectangular area in or near the classroom, choosing an appropriate scale and explaining their strategies for calculating scaled measurements. In the process, they are exposed to an algebraic strategy for calculating dimensions to scale. To get the most from the lesson, students should have experience solving equations of the form ax = b. For a longer self-paced student tutorial using this media, see "Solving Linear Equations" on Thinkport from Maryland Public Television.

Thinkport | Congruence and Transformations in Landscape Architecture

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Explore congruence, transformations, and composition of transformations through examples involving landscape architecture in this video from MPT. In the accompanying classroom activity, students find examples of translations, rotations, reflections, and their composition in the classroom or on school grounds. They wrap up by considering whether any two congruent objects can be related by a sequence of transformations. To get the most from the lesson, students should be familiar with rotations, reflections, and translations. For a longer self-paced student tutorial using this media, see "Congruency and Transformations in Landscape Architecture" on Thinkport from Maryland Public Television.

Thinkport | Systems of Equations

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Learn about the role of math in architecture in this media gallery from MPT. In the accompanying classroom activity, students design a triangular roof and find equations for the lines that include the sides of the triangle. They verify that the point at which the two lines intersect satisfy both equations. To get the most from the lesson, students should be comfortable finding the equation of a line from two points and graphing linear equations, and they should be familiar with slope and y-intercept. For a longer self-paced student tutorial using this media, see "Systems of Equations" on Thinkport from Maryland Public Television.

Greening the Federal Government

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Observe efforts to elevate government architecture across the country through the hiring of the best architects "of the day".

Artistic Alchemy: Brandan Odums | The Art Assignment

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The Art Assignment continues its journey through New Orleans with Brandan "BMike" Odums, the mastermind behind "ExhibitBE," a collaborative street art exhibition that transformed an unoccupied apartment building and gave it new life. Now he's asking you to do something similar.

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