Six Interesting Facts about Architecture

One of the most reliable and convenient tools of modern day architecture is that of CAD conversion. Not only does it simplify the creative process, it also ensures that the final product is accurate and of the best quality. Although CAD services streamline our design processes today, architects of earlier years had to solely rely on their own skill and calculations. This was a predominantly successful process that was seldom met with any miscalculations. If an error did occur, the construction of a structure would continue, the builders merely adjusting and adapting to ensure that the miscalculation did not reap any danger or consequence.

Computer aided design lends itself to architectural masterpieces, ensuring that the final product is completed on time and in a perfect form. During 15 BC, Vitruvius wrote the De Architectura, which explained that the point of architecture was to achieve durability, utility, and beauty. While CAD takes care of the durability and utility of the structure, architects ensure that they are aesthetically pleasing. As technology assists us in creating perfectly designed infrastructure, let us not forget about how far we’ve come. Here are eight interesting facts about architecture:

  1. Although the history of architecture dates back to the start of civilization, the academically recognized origin of architecture was by Vitruvius in 15 BC. “Architecture” comes from the Greek word arkhitekton which means “chief builder.” In his recollection called the De Architectura, Vitruvius states that people began building their homes from resources that were immediately available. These included mud, stones, grass, and wood.
  1. The most recognized historical works of architecture include a variety of structures that were built over thousands of years. Notre Dame Cathedral is also included in this list, but it took almost 400 years to complete. The construction began in 1015 and was completed in 1439. Other remarkable works include:
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy
  • St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow
  • The Coliseum in Rome
  • Angkor Wat in Cambodia
  • Giza Pyramids in Egypt
  • Machu Picchu in Peru
  1. In comparison to the structures of past eras, the Empire State Building sways several feet to either side in severe wind or rainstorms. Constructed in 1929, and designed by William Lamb, the building is located in the center of Manhattan. It offers unforgettable 360 degree views of New York City from the observatories that are on the 86th and 102nd floors.
  1. With no tangible evidence of the civilization that raised the monument, England’s Stonehenge is one of the world’s historical anomalies. Carbon dating suggests that it is 1,500 years older than Rome’s Coliseum, making it the oldest prehistoric monument on record.
  1. In 1945, towards the end of the Second World War, a B-25 bomber lost control and crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building. The cost of the collision cost $1 million to repair and left 14 people dead.
  1. Nevada’s famous Hoover Dam was constructed to last for 2,000 years. The dam’s cavity yielded enough stone to rebuild the Great Wall of China. Due to the intensive construction and design of the dam, the concrete that was used in its construction will not be fully cured for another 500 years.

From stone monoliths to architectural masterpieces, the industry has come a long way. CAD has simplified the practice of architecture, making it more accurate and reliable. If you are looking to enhance and simplify your architectural drafting services, make the smart choice and give us a call on (800) 700-3305.

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