Mixing My Work With Pleasure (Design-Build, Modern House Using Legos)

My son Danny (age 5) loves my new project so much he decided to design and build his own “Modern House” using his gazillions of Legos blocks. He loves to watch me work on my Architecture projects everyday, so it was fun to take a break to see what he was up to today.

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Frank Cunha III
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What is the #EarthPyramid Project?

Project Mission

The aim of the Earth Pyramid project is to create a monument that every nation and an entire generation of the world’s children can contribute to. With the many issues the world is facing it is now more important than ever for us to start working together to educate and prepare our children for the challenges they will be facing in their lifetimes.

Aided by modern technology the world has never been more connected and it’s a great time in history to try and get the world working together and discussing these issues.

The Earth Pyramid’s mission is to act as a focal point for learning about other countries around the world and to look at how our actions and inactions today will affect the future our children will inherit. By connecting a generation of the world’s children we hope this shared bond will create a greater understanding of other cultures and encourage a generation to be united in tackling and supporting each other in future decision making and actions. If we combine our efforts as a planet it will be amazing to see what the power of a united generation can achieve.

This monument will be a celebration of our world with its many cultures and although it won’t bring about world peace or solve the many issues our planet is facing it will help to educate and give people a chance to connect on a global scale.

Contributors

Desmond Tutu  Bryan Bounds

Charline Evans  Jean Pierre Houdin

Vincent Brown  David Stone

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A Few Testimonials

I think your project is interesting and inspiring…………………..
Kaj Leo Johannesen (Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands)

We have found your project very interesting and will be very glad to be a part of it……………….
Rakotozafy Herizo (Political Adviser, Government of Madagascar)

H.E. the President found your idea to be very innovative and interesting and would like Timor Leste to be part of this creative experiment…………………….
Gregório de Sousa (Chief of Staff, Government of Timor Leste)

The aim of the project to strengthen bonds between different cultures and capture some of the history of participating countries is a laudable. We support this project and are happy for the Cayman Islands to participate.
Duncan Taylor (Governor of the Cayman Islands)

We would be delighted for the Isle of Man to be involved in this project……………..
Tony Brown (Chief Minister, Isle of Man)

Your project is a wonderful initiative and we would like to be a part of it………
Jean-Paul Adam (Secretary of State, Republic of Seychelles)

Click here for additional information about this project and click here if you would like to share your ideas.

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Frank Cunha III
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What would you say to young students thinking about a career in #Architecture? by @WJMArchitect (Part 2)

I was recently catching up with my buddy Billy Martin and I asked him to help me write about Architecture as a profession.

This is part two of what he had to say….

Question: What would you say to young students thinking about a career in Architecture?

by William J Martin

All of this is part of the plans or “blueprints” of a building to be built.

Architects need to be physically fit and mentally strong. While the building is being constructed, the architects are visiting, checking, walking on steel beams, crawling into foundations, climbing up on the roof. We do this to make sure everything fits together properly and safely.

Knowledge of sports and sports strategy is needed for the architects and workers to be acting as a coordinated team while assembling the building. Thinking ahead to the “next play” is part of the strategy of building a design from the plans. Very often millions of dollars are spent on buildings and architects are there to help get it done.

Schooling—-

Architecture is a licensed profession just like a doctor, a lawyer, or dentist, This means a person must go to and finish college, study, and pass tests given by the government,. Passing the tests shows the person has all the knowledge needed to provide architectural services safely and competently to the public. We don’t want our buildings to fall on people.

Studying hard and doing well in high school is a good start to becoming an architect. English, math, science, history, and especially art, drawing, and computer classes are courses in high school that will prepare you for architecture school. School plays and stage set building, playing sports, being physically fit is also good preparation.

After high school, apply to an accredited architecture college for admission to an architecture learning program. It takes a minimum of five years of college to complete the courses and receive a college degree in architecture.

After college, a 3 year, paid internship is required. You work in a real architect’s office and use the knowledge that was learned in college. You get paid for your valuable work as you learn more. The intern architect works with a licensed architect to learn how exactly to use the knowledge that was learned in the classroom. The internship involves doing everything an architect does, but the more experienced architect guides the intern architect to make sure things are done right.

After the internship is completed, passing the Architectural Registration Exam is the next step. Once you get a passing grade on that exam, the State you live in, will give you an official license to practice architecture and design buildings on your own. You can then start you own company and design buildings for people who need them.

Fallingwater or Kaufmann Residence designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallingwater

Fallingwater or Kaufmann Residence – 2nd Floor Plan

Green design—

Many architects are now using a design point system called LEED. L E E D stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a green building rating system by which buildings are designed, constructed and rated for energy efficiency and environmental sensitivity. Buildings are designed and built using environmentally responsible construction materials and methods.

The importance of architecture as a profession–

Architects are more important then ever to our country and our environment. Right now architects around the world are using math, science and computers to design new kinds of buildings that will save energy and reduce damage to the environment. Everyone needs a home or building in which to live or work. Having buildings that use less electricity, less heating in winter, less air conditioning in summer, will use much less energy. That means power plants will produce less power and reduce pollution of the air and water. This is important to preserve the environment now and in the future.

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Frank Cunha III
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What would you say to young students thinking about a career in #Architecture? by @WJMArchitect (Part 1)

I was recently catching up with my buddy Billy Martin and  I asked him to help me write about Architecture as a profession.

This is part one of what he had to say….

Question: What would you say to young students thinking about a career in Architecture? 

by William J Martin

I speak with students all the time about architecture as a profession.. ok …… 13-14 year olds………here goes…

Architecture as a profession–

The architectural profession has a long history. It goes back thousands of years to when the first humans put rocks and tree branches together and created shelter to protect and comfort themselves from nature’s cold, hot, snow, rain, earthquakes, etc.

Moving forward in time, ancient Egyptian architects created the Pyramids, Chinese architects created the Great Wall, Greek architects created the Acropolis and Parthenon, Roman architects created cities, aqueducts, coliseum, etc. and in the modern age, architects have created skyscrapers, sports stadiums, department stores, as well as homes.

Architecture is, first of all, an art. Artistic beauty, correct layout of the interior, heat and air conditioning, construction cost all need to be considered in designing buildings. In other words, It has to look “COOL” inside and out, not leak from the roof, not be too hot or cold, and not cost too much to build.

An architect has the knowledge and training to figure out how to blend all these things together.

Architects design buildings with all these things in mind. In many ways it is like solving a giant 3-dimensional puzzle. OR like playing a video game where the goal is to place and move objects and materials together to create a complicated machine that works for shelter and looks “COOLER” than anyone else’s.

Watercolor of Hagia Sophia by Unknown http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagia_Sophia

Architects use drawings, art, history, social studies, math, science, astronomy, sports, and computers to design and plan buildings.

Architects use art and drawings to plan out spaces and shapes that will look and feel “pleasing” to people. We use computers to help imagine what the building designs would look like and compare different shapes, colors, materials and ideas. We call this simply the “design process”.

Architects use mathematical calculations to determine safe beam and column sizes to build safe stable buildings. We use science and chemistry to design materials such as concrete, stone, wood. We use the science of water and pipes for plumbing. We use the science of electricity for wiring and lighting. We use astronomy to calculate the sun angles for window locations and daylighting inside buildings. We use the history of buildings that were built before, to design new buildings, like a bank with big columns in front. We also create completely new shapes and spaces to solve a new need for space that maybe did not exist before, like a golf driving range with 3 levels so more golfers can hit balls at the same time. We use writing, cameras, computers, video and other media to plan and explain ideas.

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Frank Cunha III
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P.O. Box 335, Hamburg, NJ 07419
e-mail: fcunha@fc3arch.com
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Top 10 Movies to Watch During Hurricane Irene – With Your Family

We all lead busy lives.  As Hurricane Irene and TD TEN get closer what better time to catch up watching some classic films?  While you are out buying water and batteries be sure to buy some popcorn as well.  Here is a list I compiled for you if you get stuck.  Many are available on Netflix or Hulu.

Best Films to watch during a storm with the Family
by @FrankCunhaIII

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Cars (2006) 

117 min  –  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  –  9 June 2006 (USA)

A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.

Directors: 

John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

Writers: 

John Lasseter (story), Joe Ranft (story), and 14 more credits »

Stars:

Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt and Paul Newman

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Shrek (2001) 

90 min  –  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  –  18 May 2001 (USA)

An ogre, in order to regain his swamp, travels along with an annoying donkey in order to bring a princess to a scheming lord, wishing himself King.

Directors: 

Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Writers: 

William Steig (book), Ted Elliott (screenplay), and 6 more credits »

Stars:

Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz

Toy Story Poster

Toy Story (1995) 

80 min  –  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  –  22 November 1995 (USA)

A cowboy toy is profoundly threatened and jealous when a fancy spaceman toy supplants him as top toy in a boy’s room.

Director: 

John Lasseter

Writers: 

John Lasseter (story), Pete Docter (story), and 6 more credits »

Stars:

Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Don Rickles

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The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) 

94 min  –  Comedy | Family | Musical   –  13 July 1984 (USA)

Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it’s a more difficult task than they anticipated.

Director: 

Frank Oz

Writers: 

Tom Patchett (story), Jay Tarses (story), and 3 more credits »

Stars:

Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Dave Goelz

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Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)

Star Wars (original title) 

121 min  –  Action | Adventure | Family   –  25 May 1977 (USA)

Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, teams up with other rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader.

Director: 

George Lucas

Writer: 

George Lucas

Stars:

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher

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Raiders of the Lost Ark(1981) 

115 min  –  Action | Adventure   –  12 June 1981 (USA)

Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Director: 

Steven Spielberg

Writers: 

Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay), George Lucas(story), and 1 more credit »

Stars:

Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Paul Freeman

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The Mummy (1999) 

125 min  –  Action | Adventure | Fantasy  –  7 May 1999 (USA)

An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a Mummy.

Director: 

Stephen Sommers

Writers: 

Stephen Sommers (screen story), Lloyd Fonvielle(screen story), and 5 more credits »

Stars:

Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah

Superman Poster

Superman (1978) 

143 min  –  Action | Adventure | Family   –  15 December 1978 (USA)

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest super-hero.

Director: 

Richard Donner

Writers: 

Jerry Siegel (creator: Superman), Joe Shuster (creator: Superman), and 6 more credits »

Stars:

Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Gene Hackman

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Oh, God! (1977) 

Users: (4,119 votes) 42 reviews | Critics: 13 reviews

When God appears to an assistant grocery manager as a good natured old man, the Almighty selects him as his messenger for the modern world.

Director: 

Carl Reiner

Writers: 

Avery Corman (novel), Larry Gelbart

Stars:

John Denver, George Burns and Teri Garr

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Ghost Busters (1984) 

105 min  –  Comedy | Fantasy   –  8 June 1984 (USA)

Three unemployed parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Director: 

Ivan Reitman

Writers: 

Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and 1 more credit »

Stars:

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver

A few more:

Willy Wonka
Alice in Wonderland
Wizard of Oz
Home Alone
Men in Black


The Wonderful World of Architecture

This “Career Day” slide show was presented to various 4th and 5th grade classes by Mr. Cunha.  The presentation gave a brief overview of the new seven wonders of the world.  He also touches on how Architecture is all around us (like when we go on vacation or when we go to the movies).  Architecture plays an important role in everyday life.  Finally, he informs the students about what it takes to be an Architect.  The brief presentation is made fun by inserting farm animals and sound effects to keep the students engaged.  Check out Frank’s website by clicking here and subscribe to Frank’s YouTube by clicking here.


Architecture in the Classroom

This presentation was made to K-12 teachers looking to instruct their students about how the world of Architecture and Engineering is all around them. Mr. Cunha offered the teachers practical knowledge about how they could turn their classroom, school, and community into an environment for students to learn about practical applications of mathematics and science (i.e., post and beams, how the body’s lungs acts like the HVAC of a building, the science or “magic” of turning on a light switch, etc).  Check out Frank’s website by clicking here and subscribe to Frank’s YouTube by clicking here.