The Architecture Puzzler
Created by Dave Guadagni
Architecture Puzzler #457
If the subcontractor on your job is installing #0000 (4/0) wiring, is he likely working on the security system wiring, main feed, telephone system, or on the building's data system?
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Architecture Puzzler #456
In 1937, the first Herbert Jacobs House was completed in Madison, Wisconsin. This was the first "Usonian" house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Usonian houses were designed to incorporate technical innovations, such as radiant floors. More importantly, they were intended to be low-cost, affordable housing. This was accomplished by eliminating unnecessary elements. Interior finishes were left out, where possible, as were major elements, such as garages and basements. In addition, the building's layout was based on material modules with the intention of minimizing construction waste.
In 1909, Wright's compact Robie House had cost $35,000 to build. How much did his first Usonian house cost to build: $5,500, $35,000, or $50,000?
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