The Architecture Puzzler
Created by Dave Guadagni
Architecture Puzzler #241
Alfred Moser Butts, an out-of-work architect during the Great Depression, gained fame and some wealth by doing which of the following:
- Writing several influential books, published in the European press, criticizing the dominance of historicist architecture.
- Inventing the popular board game “Scrabble.”
- Through mutual friends, meeting the Rockefellers and winning the commission to design Rockefeller Center.
Question from Last Week:
Architecture Puzzler #240
True or False:
a. Stairs in the landscape are typically designed flatter than stairs in buildings.
b. In a flight of stairs, there is an equal number of treads and risers.
c. A circular stair with a 4-inch (10-centimeter) diameter center column typically has either 12 or 13 treads per circle (360-degree turn around stair).
Answer to Puzzler #240
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