Eisenman’s Chilling Memorial

Berlin Holocaust Memorial

Who is Peter Eisenman? Is he a “Structuralist”? A “Deconstructionist”? A “Postmodern theorist”? The venerable architect may be difficult to classify, but his works demand attention.

Eisenman’s Berlin Holocaust Memorial (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe) is both abstract and chilling. Composed of 2,711 enormous stone slabs, the Berlin memorial opened in 2005 and continues to stir controversy.

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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 this Mississippi shotgun style house where Elvis was born.

 

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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.

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House Without Walls by Shigeru Ban >>

Inside the Houses 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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