Readers: Well, today is day two of my quick trip to Detroit, my hometown. As a young boy, my brother, friends and I would ride our bikes over to the Redford Theatre to see movies. For 50 cents, we would watch the old Batman serials on Saturday, the latest Billy Jack movie, or the latest […]

Readers: Well, after being stranded here in New York for the past few days, I am leaving tomorrow for Detroit, my hometown. Detroit has a lot of great architecture and I wanted to blog about something that is truly Detroit. One of my fondest memories as a kid was when my parents would take us […]

The Empire State Building is a 103-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet (381 meters), and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) high. Its name is derived from the nickname for […]

Readers: I am in New York City again this week on business. Last time I was here, I was not able to blog about some of the great sounds and sights of this great city. Today, I am blogging about one of my favorite building in New York; The Flatiron Building. I hope you enjoy […]

NOTE: Greetings from Paris. I continue my Paris week of data visualization blogging with these great images of the construction of the Eiffel Tower. I got an idea in my head today and I am going to create a MicroStrategy dashboard about the Eiffel Tower. Perhaps MicroStrategy will have another dashboard contest at MicroStrategy World in […]

Early Life Gustave Eiffel was born in France, in the Côte-d’Or, the first child of Catherine-Melanie (née Moneuse) and Alexandre Eiffel.  He was a descendant of Jean–Rene Bönickhausen, who emigrated from the German town of Marmagen and settled in Paris at the beginning of the eighteenth century.The family adopted the name Eiffel as a reference […]

It’s sometimes easy to take for granted the calculated, enormous complexity of the everyday things in the world that make our lives easier and more convenient. For most of us, traffic is a minor (or possibly major, depending on where you are) inconvenience that we have to deal with day in and day out. In […]

Structurally Sound Buildings That Look Like They’ve Been Smashed [SOURCE] There’s something super-comforting about living in a building with super straight lines — it looks sturdy and reliable. But what if you lived in a place that looked like the Hulk had attacked it? Or a tornado had hit it? Here are some livable buildings […]

Visionary architect Paolo Soleri, the Italian-born designer of the experimental city called Arcosanti in the high desert 60 miles north of Phoenix, died last Tuesday. He was 93. [SOURCE] Soleri, one of the few remaining direct disciples of Frank Lloyd Wright, actually saw few of his projects built. But his exalted manifestos on a revolutionary […]