Category Archives: Architecture

Architecture Du Jour: The Wooden Churches of Chiloe

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The remote, heavily forested Isla de Chiloe [in Chile]…is home to a remarkable set of wood churches, sixteen of which have been recognized by UNESCO World Heritage as “outstanding examples of the successful fusion of European and indigenous … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour: The New Mexico Adobe House

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The history of adobe building in New Mexico has its roots in a period (AD 700-1500) when the Anasazi peoples, who had previously been living in semi underground pit houses, began building single-story houses on the ground, using … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour: The Caribbean Chattel House

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The chattel houses of Barbados and other parts of the British West Indies date back to the nineteenth century, and are possibly the world’s first mobile homes. The word “chattel” means “moveable property” and derives from “cattle” — … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour: The Fujian Tulou

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The mountainous areas of western Fujian province in southwest China are home to a unique form of rammed-earth building known as tulou — large defensive structures designed to contain and protect one family clan… …These enclosed fort like … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour: The Wooden Churches of Eastern and Central Europe

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The wood churches of Eastern and Central Europe are found across a vast region encompassing northern Russia and Finland, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, and the Balkans…Three distinctive forms of wood church, found in the Ukraine and adjacent areas … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour: The Italian Trulli Stone Houses

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Based on prehistoric building technique, dry-stone houses with conical roofs are found throughout the Mediterranean region and beyond. They follow similar construction principles, but each type has its own name and style. The trullo (pl. trulli) is the … Continue reading

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Village Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Pradelles, France. Click on the image to enlarge.

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