7 Architecture Facts pt.31 | Design, Brick, Lumber, NYC & Gotham



This video is about seven facts of architecture; Gotham is a nickname for New York City and the name of a fictional comic book city. The name was originally used by writer Washington Irving to poke fun at the people and culture of the city but the term eventually stuck, regardless; Not only was Thomas Jefferson the third President of the United States but he was also an architect. He designed his own residence on a 5000-acre estate called Monticello. The home is designed in the neoclassical style; Stone and brick are durable load-bearing materials. They’ve held buildings up for thousands of years—but less so in today’s practice. Today architects and builders use brick and stone veneer like makeup or wigs and hide the structure on the inside; The term dimensional lumber is used to describe typical framing boards used by contractors to build structures. Carpenters use the term nominal size to describe the approximate dimensions of boards like a 1 by 6 or a 2 by 10; An exterior door serves as the passage in and out of a building. And doors are also like a facial expression or a handshake. The size, materials, color, and age says a lot about a place; The architect deals with a wide array of fields and subject matter in his or her job. These include philosophy, sociology, psychology, material science, engineering, mathematics, history and construction; In the past a 2 by 4 piece of lumber was actually 2” by 4”. Today lumber is milled and planed for consistency and appearance. So a 2 by 4 actually measures 1 ½” x 3 ½.

This is a video series about facts in architecture. The 15 second videos featured in the series are created by Doug and posted every day on his Instagram account @dougpatt.

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