See the USA with Elvis

Shotgun house in Tupelo, Mississippi

You don’t have to be an Elvis Presley fan to enjoy visiting the rock star’s haunts. From Graceland Mansion in Memphis,Tennessee to his mid-century modern Honeymoon Hideaway in Palm Springs, California, an “Elvis tour” will take you to some grand (some might say ostentatious) homes, with stops at humble structures like the Mississippi shotgun style house where Elvis was born.

Elvis Presley’s Life in Architecture >>

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Discover the World of Shigeru Ban

Takatori Catholic Church

Eastern philosophies and a respect for nature inspire Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Some critics have called his work “barely architecture” because Shigeru Ban uses industrial materials like packing crates and cardboard tubes to create inexpensive, sustainable structures and emergency shelters.

Shigeru Ban received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2014. His work can be found throughout Japan, Europe, and other parts of the world. Read more for a listing of important buildings by Shigeru Ban. >>

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Architecture Gone Wild in Vienna

Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna

A favorite sight in Vienna is the colorful Hundertwasser-Haus apartment complex built in 1985. Created by visual artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the bold palette and wild foliage capture the Jugendstil spirit of Otto Wagner… and reject the modernist ideas of Adolf Loos.

Hundertwasser coined the term Transautomatism to describe his surrealistic works. The Hundertwasser-Haus in Vienna is just one of several eye-popping Hundertwasser designs in Europe.

 

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Going Postal Across the USA

U.S. Post Office, Lockport, NY

Every town has one, and even if you don’t need stamps, it’s worth a visit. From one-room cottages to magnificent Beaux-Arts edifices, America’s post office buildings reflect the history and culture of their communities. Sadly, many US Post Office buildings are endangered.

Join us as we tour America in search of these national treasures and the array of architecture they represent >> Post Office Buildings of the USA

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Discover the New World of Eduardo Souto de Moura

Paula Rego Museum, Cascais, Portugal

If ever an architect could capture the spirit of a nation, it’s the Pritzker-Prize-winning Eduardo Souto de Moura of Portugal. His works range from elegant, geometric modernist homes to the sleek engineering of the Burgo Tower in Porto.

Souto de Moura’s Paula Rêgo Museum in Cascais combines breathtaking pyramidal forms with earthy red concrete sheathing. The intense color contrasts with the surrounding green forest, and the startling shapes “prevent the project from being a neutral sum of boxes,” Souto de Moura said in his project description.

Learn about the architecture of Eduardo Souto de Moura >>

 

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