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How did Egyptians Move Pyramid Stones?

July 31st, 2015

You might have heard this question before if you’re interested in architecture. How could humans move the heavy and seemingly impermeable stones that created the pyramids we all know? They did not have access to the technology we are used to that would make this process something conceivable. The stones we are talking about weighed 2.5 tons, which is a ridiculously heavy weight to move without machines to help you out. So how did they do it? It looks like scientists have finally found the answer.

Strangely enough, the Egyptians used sleds to transverse across the desert. In other words, this is due to friction. The sleds were very basic in their build quality, but obviously they were enough to move the stones that made the very beautiful and intricate pyramids. The sleds were carrying the stones, but this led to the sand in front of the sleds to dig into the ground and cause frequent pile ups that caused manual labor to remove it. This added to the already long durations of work that the laborers were put to the task to accomplish.

However, they were quickly able to find out that wet sand does not have the same problem. A small amount of water in the sand would cause the grains that hold them together to bind just enough for the sand to be flexible and not pile up like it would with dry sand. Now we know the secrets of the ancient Egyptians and how they were able to create the wonders of all architects around the world, even today in the day and age of immense technology. Are you surprised by how clever and simple this method of moving heavy objects is? The Egyptians were slick, and I’m not just talking about the abundance of pomade they must have had to use in their hair to get that Egyptian look. Why couldn’t we have thought of this? Maybe we should be building our own pyramids.

Architecture in Switzerland

July 31st, 2015

Architectural mastery in Swiss is eerily just like how it had been a couple 100 years ago. You will find a great deal of good Romain ruins in case you look for the children, along with medieval churches and castles.

The architecture with the country was influenced because of the nations with it. Unfortunately for most, this ensures that no have its own style as being a nation. The primary architecture connected with Switzerland emanates from the Romans.

You might be familiar with the ruins on Avenches, which can be Helveti’s main town. It had been a enormous system connected with walls and will include a 10, 000 individual theater the government financial aid the primary two decades.

It’s furthermore interesting to make note of that the majority of the structures were built over the Carolingian interval. The Augustinian abbey : St Maurice – starts back to the particular sixth hundred years. Strangely, it had been on Reichenau (an island), that it was unveiled in 725. It was a big cultural hub near your vicinity and furthermore unique due to the advanced schooling.

2 connected with Switzerland’s finest sorts of Romanesque architecture certainly is the Benedictine Abbey of countless Saints, on Schaffhausen (1087-1150), and the Church connected with St. Pierre de Clages (11th-12th m. ). The sort of these structures was as well as the Romanesque-Gothic transitional type around the 12th plus 13th decades, as exemplified due to the Cathedral connected with Chur or due to the imposing, five-aisle Minster connected with Basel.

From the real fifteenth century, Swiss adopted the particular Gothic style, as welcomed from the Cathedral connected with Notre-Dame on Lausanne and the Cathedral connected with St. Pierre in the course of Geneva. Together with 1421, the Minster connected with Bern was made with your past due Gothic model, using any three-aisled, pillared basilica; no transepts had been additional.

When using the coming from the Renaissance, there seemed to be clearly a better emphasis with secular structures. The greatest village regarding viewing the particular architecture with this period is Murten (Morat), featuring its circuit connected with surfaces, fountains, together with systems. Over the baroque interval, no big general open buildings had been built. Instead, domestic structures were adorned with the ornate shape created in the course of Austria, Croatia, and also Belgium. Almost all of the elegant city houses delivering Bern it’s exclusive visual appeal were constructed in such a era.

From the real 19th century, extraordinary mansions had been being built in the neoclassical style. They had been largely these kind of of flourishing merchants the necessity to evince the success.

From the the 20 th century, Switzerland produced an important architect, The Corbusier (1887-1965), whose affect extended world wide. Known with regard to his functional way of architecture and also metropolis setting up, Le Corbusier believed throughout having a building around the climate and around the comfort connected with equally it’s construction together with intended utilize. The quality his nearly all considerable performs were built abroad, in the course of Berlin, Rome, france, Bordeaux, together with Marseille, between other towns.

The true principle connected with functionalism is very evident inside Switzerland’s non-urban properties. Each spot evolved any mode because it sought to make houses particularly best with regard to retaining heat from a inhospitable, high-altitude European union local local climate. For illustration, in Appenzell, in which it rains lots, farm structures were grouped towards a individual complex. And from a Emmental area, a sizable roof reached due to the first bottom on just about all sides from the building.

Recent News

July 30th, 2015

NEWS 17-06-2010: Robert-Jan de Kort said on Wednesday, June 16th with the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. Zumthor, winner of the Pritzker Prize in 2009, was in Leiden in connection with his project ‘The Flour’ in Leiden. Robert-Jan talked to him about his work and this project in particular. Thursday, June 17 Zumthor gives a lecture at De Doelen in Rotterdam. The interview and a report of the lecture will be explained in the Archined website. The interview was made possible by the NAI and Meelfabriek CV

The project Maff Studio is published in magazine ‘The Architect’ No. 7-8, 2010.

Robert is known for his marvelous work around the world, but he is from the Netherlands specifically. You might not be familiar with his work, but even if you don’t recognize his name, you have probably seen one of his buildings if you live in the area. They are usually very prominent, huge works that are beautiful and easily spotted by a traveler or tourist. We will be updating the website with more related news soon, so make sure to check back often to see the latest on architecture and the workings of Robert.


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