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A collection of Traditional Building's popular blogs and opinion-pieces from top professionals in the fields of architecture, restoration, the trades, historic buildings, and more.
A Concrete Reality: Poured, formed and blocked.
Concrete is the most widely used building product in the world. Given the scale of this industry, it is not surprising that the APT Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL) contains many listings for concrete products, construction techniques, equipment and designs.
Histories of architecture present past buildings as deficient preludes to Modernism’s successes. This misstates the buildings’ most important role, which is to become architecture offering the beautiful as the counterpart to its service to the common good, roles that only traditional buildings can fulfill.
Old House Affordability and the Remodeling Opportunity
AIA and NAHB Forecast Remodeling Market Buoyancy.
APT Building Technology Heritage Library - Roofing
It’s all about the roof. The APT Building Technology Heritage Library contains more than 600 documents under the subject of roofing, which also includes accessories such as gutters, downspouts and flashing.
Building Technology Heritage Library: Classical Architecture – a capital idea
A view of classical architecture, from the perspective of the commercial fabricator rather than the architectural designer.
What I Learned at the American Institute of Architects Annual Convention in Chicago June 22-24, 2022
Walk down almost any street in the “Windy City” and you’ll see why Chicago has an architectural legacy as proud as any city in America, a fitting location for this year’s annual American Institute of Architects annual convention.
Building Technology Heritage Library: Architectural Terra Cotta
The most prominent use of architectural terra cotta was that of a decorative cladding system, particularly for urban commercial buildings.
Understanding Classicism—I know It When I Frieze It
While we frequently consider what comes under the definition of classicism, few have crystallized what it means.
Architectural History, the Common Good, and the Beautiful
The current history of architecture undermines architecture’s essential role in serving the common good and offering beauty. Here I will discuss this history’s deficiencies, and in my next opinion piece I will offer an alternative to it.
Stone: A Catalog History Using the APT Building Technology Heritage Library
Stone is one of the world’s most common and durable building material.
Progressivism and Progress
Ninety years ago European Modernism was introduced to America by a landmark exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. It challenged traditional architecture and soon replaced it with Modernism, an architecture that betrays architecture’s responsibility to contribute to the common good.