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Why are the facades of historic residential buildings in Paris tilted backwards?

In any major city that features an historical center, the list of attractions advertised by tourist guides seldom includes what, in my opinion, would constitute the destination's most important part: ...
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How feasible would it be to build the Champions League stadium? [closed]

In the promos that are shown before UEFA Champions League (UCL) soccer matches, a stadium mimicking the design of the UCL match ball is shown. The stadium features the connected stars pattern arranged ...
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Is the use of direct-expansion split systems to heat or cool exit enclosures permitted under the US model building Codes?

Most multistory buildings have enclosed exit stairways somewhere within them to provide safe egress from their non-discharge floors. In a building that relies on hydronic heating/cooling, steam ...
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What is the term for diagonal bars which are making rectangular frame more rigid?

For example in yellow: if all bars were rectangular, the entige frame would tend to skew. To prevent this, these diagonal bars are mounted. What is the term for them?
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Why did they move ancient Egyptian temples to prevent them from water damage instead of encircling them with a dam?

Specifically I'm talking about Abu Simbel temple and Philae temple. Which are close to a reservoir created by Aswan dam. It seems to me easier to build a dam than to move a temple.
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Natural ways for passively cooling/heating a home?

I always think about how there surely must be natural ways to cool/heat a house, rather than using electricity, like solar panels, heaters, and AC. Does anyone have any good examples of houses/...
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How is fire risk reduced in dense contemporary timber neighbourhoods?

In the Middle Ages most buildings were made from timber. After large fires timber was restricted or outlawed altogether and brick and stone became the preferred building materials, e.g. in London ...
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Which is stronger, a round sign post or a square-cross-section sign post?

Which is stronger, a round sign post or a square-cross-section sign post? I will be using one or the other to hold the top corner of a shade sail. I tried an aluminum pipe but a strong wind on the ...
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Converting multiview drawing to isometric drawing

Please help me answer this. There is more to this but I just need to know the trick so I can answer the rest please.
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What are the disadvantages of cylindrical residential buildings? [closed]

I've been spending an hour finding references for my research, but unfortunately I can't see useful information. So, I would really appreciate it if you could give me some references about the ...
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How to make an Idol always strictly face the rising Sun?

I recently came to know that the Sun rises on a different place in the horizon everyday : https://astronomy.stackexchange.com/q/39670/14624 To me the change in the direction of Sun rise seems ...
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Cheap material and construction to insulate balcony during the winter?

It's a long shot, but I was wondering whether there is any material I can wrap around my balcony to be able to use it like a sun room during the winter. A plastic-like material that I could span ...
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How draw sections of stairs in autocad?

I am trying to draw a section from the front look of the unit and I am struggling with the stairs. The stairs on the plan below are located on the right side and I wish to draw the view out of them ...
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Wood beam connection

Can someone please explain why the top left image is correct and the bottom left image is not? Both of these images have the bolts on the lower half of the wood beam (tension) side.
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Low slope roofing

I’m having trouble finding resources that explain/describe type of low slope roof for cold weather. Is single ply or metal standing seam or BUR better if we are considering all cold weather related ...
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How to calculate the clock cycle in relation to bytes per clock bus?

In wikipedia there is the following With the speed of instruction fetch reduced by 50% in the 8088 as compared to the 8086, a sequence of fast instructions can quickly drain the four-byte prefetch ...
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What are the type of Equations that can determine if parabolas are better shapes to support structure or hyperbolas?

So it is taught that arches are good to support structure and most bridges are build out of arches, so I am curious to know how we can determine the internal forces of such complex shapes. Is it only ...
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Do the floorboards in timber beam floors have a structural function?

Timber beam floors with perpendicular timber floorboards as indicated in the drawing below are common throughout northern Europe. The floorboards are nailed onto the beams and are quite substantial ...
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What does Leonardo da Vinci mean in his statement on arches?

I was recently reading some of Leonardo da Vinci's notes on architecture. One passage on arches states: An Experiment to show that a weight placed on an arch does not discharge itself entirely on ...
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Where can I find a list of building codes to put on a set of blueprints for a addition

Most architectural companies have a template of blueprints they reuse for every project. As an owner-builder, I need to make these blueprints from scratch On page 1, I have to list all applicable ...
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Huge gap between ceiling and floor above

I guess this question would belong on an architecture page if Stack had one. There is a 5 story building I was in recently that had fairly low ceilings (maybe about 8 feet) and a huge gap between ...
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How to calculate the dimensions of an ellipse in a multi-view projection

The following image is an example that will help to demonstrate what i am saying and this below is a blender image version of an object with a slant surface at the top. to draw the multi view ...
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Heat storage mass vs. AIR in an ICF house

If we would want to build a family house (ICF) regarding operational costs, should we leave the insulation on the inside, or should we remove it from the inside? If we would remove it, the walls ...
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what is the chance of sustaining load if beam is 20 feet long? [closed]

what is the chance of sustaining load if beam is 20 feet long as center pillar of house is removed in first floor and added 20 feet long beam with 20 mm rods in RCC beam? House details :: 30*40 sq ...
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From the viewpoint of a civil engineer, what was the purpose of this bridge?

I have been searching for historical structures in the province of Van, Turkey, by examining the publicly available satellite imagery like Bing Maps. There is a historic bridge near Kaçit, Çatak. Its ...
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Why would bathrooms have two layers of doors?

I work in a university building designed in the 1930s, located in western New York State (not in NYC). To enter classrooms, offices or labs one passes through a single door. However, the restrooms ALL ...
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Disguising tall exhaust stacks

While architectural features are oftentimes more aesthetic than they are technically complex, this still seemed like a suitable question for here. I am working on a project for an industrial type ...
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What are the limits on building very high buildings using certain materials and architectural style?

I played some video games with beautiful environments filled with buildings which can't be found in the real world. And so I'm wondering, would such buildings be even realistically possible to exist ...
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Why don't public transport networks have more routes to each terminal?

When using public transport, we often need to change routes in the middle of the journey. These changes have costs – I can think of the following, but there may be more. If we're reading, working, ...
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Is there a step by step guide to adding dimensions to a floorplan?

I'm learning AutoCAD and decided to make a floorplan as my first project. I know how to insert dimensions in AutoCAD but I don't know where to actually put them. E.g. in this image do I put the ...
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Light frame at tunnels and bridges

I actually don't know on which SE to ask this. Since there are quite often too low bridges/tunnels, or too high trucks or trailers, why isn't there 100m ahead of those bridges, some light frames (...
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Where to start when studying Architectural Engineering by myself? [closed]

I have this idea of creating my own curriculum for studying Architectural Engineering. I aim at talking with actual architectural engineers in my surroundings and ask them for advice on the topics I ...
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House / home external skin for heat shield materials [closed]

Concrete/brick homes in tropical areas are hot due to direct sunlight. Please suggest external siding materials or design to give heat shielding. Please give reasons (and if possible pros & cons). ...
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Are there standard terms that correspond to the anatomical axes, planes, and directions?

The field of human anatomy seems to have standardized on a number of useful terms to unambiguously describe the human body. For example the three planes and axes as well as various directions seem to ...
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Deep out-of-order buffers

I was reading about the new Intel Xeon Phi processor on Intel's site https://software.intel.com/xeon-phi/x200-processor/remote-access and ones of its features is: Highly-parallel performance: ...
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What's the definition of concept of inversion in architecture? Can you also give some example for this and explanation?

It's one of questions for my exam, and I couldn't find anything about inversion related with architecture on the internet. Thanks for help!
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What do they call that elegant triangular scaffolding often used in future-oriented architecture?

I'm a 3d artist and I'm trying to produce a type of scaffolding within a biodome. For lack of knowledge in technical terms, I'm having a hard time learning about the design pattern/structure that I ...
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Does the use of the catenary in an inverted weight model imply a more solid structure?

I am studying Gaudí and how does he created some of his work. I found that he used inverted weight models (as the shown in the picture below) to recreate the catenary. In many articles it is pointed ...
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How do I build a miniature concrete house?

Our teacher gave us a project before Christmas break, it was to build a miniature house, she didn't state what specific materials should be used, so I built a cardboard house. She didn't accept it ...
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Why did they build a sarcophagus over Chernobyl instead of pouring concrete over the building? [closed]

Wouldn't it be easier to just pump concrete over the reactor until it's all covered up with a solid concrete instead of hurting so many workers and putting so much effort and costs building a ...
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Selectively rotating (engaging/disengaging) one of 80 couplings on a small shaft?

I've been working on this problem for years (literally) and haven't yet found a workable, scalable, pragmatic, and cost-effective solution that would allow me to selectively rotate one or more of 80 ...
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Wood roof specs on engineering drawing

I am trying to decipher some as-built drawings for an old wood frame building. The purpose is to generate a preliminary load takeoff. I cannot figure out what the following is saying: It looks like "...
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Carpet for noise reduction (tests / studies)

Sorry if this is the wrong forum, I'm not an engineer but I'd need a pro to answer my question. Short version: Are there any tests or studies, if a carpet in an apartement can reduce noise from the ...
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What is a Tibetan Style Bridge?

The Tibetan Bridge Type I have a question regarding the bridge type called "Tibetan Bridge". Recently close by my home town a new tourist attraction was built, the Highline 179 bridge. It was ...
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Is the Louvre Pyramid oriented to the four cardinal points of the compass? [closed]

The four sides of the Great Pyramid of Giza are oriented to the four cardinal directions of the compass (north, west, east, south). Did I.M. Pei do the same with the Louvre Pyramid?
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What's the purpose of these small closet-like-rooms-without-a-door?

I was recently on the UCLA campus (University of California Los Angeles) and I saw the Bunche Hall. I love the design and the architecture of the building. However I saw a little (what I would call) a ...
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Foiling vortex traps around buildings

I have had three houses with right angles in the layout, and in each one that configuration causes vortices to form that suck in leaves, snow, and any debris blowing by and keep it in the nook of the ...
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How are passive houses made in very hot regions (like Saudi Arabia)?

I think, here is the main problem the difference between the internal and the external temperature. For example, in Saudi Arabia, in 50 C, a passive house needed probably much sophisticated planning ...