Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

After spending couple of hours in Milwaukee, we got ready to work on the evening plan…visiting Chicago was one of the options and as expected, everyone finalized it more than happily. So we headed to Chicago – all time charming city. As we have been to the city before, this time we decided to enjoy just night life. When we approached towards it, I felt that whole city was fully soaked in a festive mood…every individual soul was in a dazzling spirit and already got ready to welcome coming Christmas!!



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Place - Chicago,IL, Camera-Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT with 18-55 Canon lens

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Santiago Calatrava: Sculpture Into Architecture - III

And here is the internal hallway which leads you to the permanent collection of old masters and 19th and 20th century work and German expressionism. If you are big fan of‘Georgia Keefe’ this the place to visit...!




So now you know that Milwaukee's fame is not limited only as a brewing and manufacturing powerhouses but the city is reshaping its image by adding such wonderful bold expressions on its soil...:)
See Yahh Milwaukee..!!

What is next?

Place - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Camera-Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT with 18-55 Canon lens

Santiago Calatrava: Sculpture Into Architecture - II

His elegant and daring Montjuic Communications Tower in Barcelona , Spain (1991) in the heart of the 1992 Olympic site was a turning point in his career, leading to a wide range of commissions. The Quadracci Pavilion (2001) of the Milwaukee Art Museum was his first US building.




Calatrava's style has been heralded as bridging the division between structural engineering and architecture . He is also a prolific sculptor and painter, claiming that the practice of architecture combines all the arts into one.

Place - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Camera-Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT with 18-55 Canon lens

Santiago Calatrava: Sculpture Into Architecture - I

After enjoying St. Louis’ beauty we headed towards Milwaukee to explore one of the best architectonic expressions of modern age - Milwaukee Art Museum. I always wanted to see this marvelous work designed by one of my favorite legend, Santiago Calatrava! and yes, ...this visit paid me more than what I have expected, you will get to see few glimpses of it over here, ...n yaah, gorgeous weather made it more pleasant and boosted our enthusiasm for the rest of the day trip...:)






Santiago Calatrava Valls, is an internationally recognized and award-winning Spanish architect, sculptor and structural engineer. He was born in a rural part of Valencia, Spain , where he pursued undergraduate studies at the Architecture School and Arts and Crafts School.

Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santiago_Calatrava

Place - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Camera-Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT with 18-55 Canon lens

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Gateway to the West


Okay...by seeing these snaps, you know where I had been for this Thanksgiving...!Yes, St. Louis! We drove to the Midwest USA (St. Louis, Milwaukee and Chicago) from Baltimore. I know, this doesn’t sound good and few of our friends wondered why we are doing such crazy thing, driving so far, that too in these wintry days when this part started to turn white...!But still we drove there, as that was the only part we haven’t visited yet and then if not now, then when...;)?? Now tell me was it not a good excuse??...;o)



The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (also known as the Gateway Arch or simply The Arch) is located in St. Louis, Missouri. The Arch is known as the "Gateway to the West". Designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel, it stands 630 feet (192 m) tall, and is 630 feet (192 m) wide at its base. Construction began February 12, 1963 and the last section of the Arch was put into place on October 28, 1965. It is the tallest habitable structure in St. Louis, and the second tallest in Missouri, as well as the world's tallest monument.



Here are some interesting facts about arch:

Outer Width - Outside North Leg to Outer South Leg - 630' (192m)
Maximum Height - 630' (192m)
Shape of Arch Section - Equilateral Triangle
Dimension of Arch at Base - 54 ft. (16.46m)
Dimension of Arch at Top - 17 ft. (5.18m)
Size of Windows - Approx. 7" x 27" (180 mm x 690 mm)


Capacity of Observation Platform - 100 - 140 persons
Deflection of Arch - 18" in 150 MPH wind (0.46 m in 240 km/h wind)
Number of Sections in Arch - 142
Thickness of Plates for Outer Skin - 1/4" (6.3mm)
Type of Material Used in Arch Exterior - Stainless Steel; #3 Finish Type 304
Structural Capacity of Observation Area - 100 lb/sq. ft (488 kg/m)



Needless to say, being an architect, I absolutely love this monument and so the trip, as we visited few more interesting things in Milwaukee and Chicago.

More to come...So stay tuned ;)

Place - St. Louis, Missouri, Camera-Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT with 18-55 Canon lens