Sunday, November 25, 2012

Architecture Legos

We love architecture Legos! Yeshee enjoys building the structures and I like them because I feel working on these puzzles helps him improve his fine motor skills and teaches him how to follow a set of instructions in order to make something. We have also learned a thing or two about famous architectural landmarks - historical as well as modern - all over the world,  just by doing these puzzles. The very first one we did was - a building very close to home and a puzzle that was very simple to do:


Empire State Building






A popular tourist attraction in New York City, The Empire State Building is a 102 - story skyscraper, located in midtown Manhattan. It stands a total of 1,454 ft high. Its name is derived fron the nickname for New York, The Empire State. It stood as the world's tallest building for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Centre's North Tower was completed in 1972. The Empire State Building is thought of as American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Deco style.


Seattle Space Needle 






The Seattle Space Needle was first built as a centerpiece for the 1962 world fair. The needle was designed to embrace the "Race into Space" now commonly referred to as the "Space Age"(hence the flying saucer like appearance at the top). The Needle is 518 feet tall, about 60 stories and can withstand  wind gusts of upto 200 miles per hour. The restaraunt "Skycity" is at the top (500 feet tall) of the Needle.


Guggenheim Museum






Another famous landmark very close to home, the Guggenheim (द गुगनहाईम), as it is commonly called, is a well- known art museum located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Designed by the reknowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the cylindrical museum building, wider at the top than at the bottom, was conceived (according to Wikipedia) as a "temple of the spirit" and is one of the 20th century's most important architectural landmarks.


Fallingwater





When hurricane Irene hit NewYork City in August, 2011, we were lucky we had this puzzle to do while waiting for the hurricane to pass. It is the most complex Lego that we have done so far. Involves a lot of pieces and a complicated set of instructions. Nonetheless, looks very beautiful when done. We had to do this one together. Unlike the other puzzles, he couldn't do it by himself.

Designed by the same architect who designed the Guggenheim - Frank Lloyd Wright - Fallingwater is a private residence built as a vacation home for the Kaufmann family in 1935.  Located in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 45 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, the home is partly built over a waterfall. Check out the online pictures and videos - it looks really beautiful! Who wouldn't like to live in a home like that!

In 1963, Edgar Kauffman Jr. gave Fallingwater to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to open it to the public for tours and viewing.


Brandenburg Gate





A friend of Yeshee's, who is half German, gave him The Brandenburg Gate last year for his birthday. It is one of Berlin's most important monuments- an architectural landmark and a historical symbol all in one. It has been at the heart of German and European history for more than 200 years. Commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace, it was built as the grandest of a series of 18 city gates through which Berlin was once entered.  


Big Ben






Another friend - this time a girl - gave Big Ben for his birthday that just passed. I was hoping it would keep him busy over the five- day- long Thanksgiving weekend that was coming up within days after the birthday. But, I should be so lucky! He finished it in a couple of evenings after coming home from school- before the break even started. Giving himself plenty of free time to watch TV and play with the Wii during the break.

Big Ben is the unofficial name for the Great Bell of the clock at the north-eastern corner of the Palace of Westminster in London and the name is often extended to refer to the clock and the Clock Tower. It was the largest Bell in Britain at the time and is named after either Sir Benjamin Hall, the first Works Commissioner, or Ben Caunt, a champion heavyweight boxer.

When the old Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire on the 16th of October 1834, a new palace was designed by the English architect Charles Barry. The new Parliament was built in the Neo - Gothic style. Although Barry was the chief architect of the Palace - as his own style was more classical than Gothic - he asked for assistance from one of the leading lights of the Neo - Gothic movement, Augustus Pugin. It is commonly believed that while Barry designed the Palace of Westminster, the Clock Tower  was designed by Pugin.

The tower was completed in 1858 and has become one of the most prominent symbols of London and England.


Next, we are working on the Sydney Opera House and Burj Khalifa.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Conversation with Hurricane Sandy

As a homework assignment Yeshee wrote the following conversation with Hurricane Sandy;





If Hurricane Sandy could talk and take away my power this is what I would do:

Yesh: Hello Sandy.
HS: Hi Yesh.
Yesh: So tell me why you are attacking the north-east?
HS: I think people need to know what nature can do. Everybody takes it for granted that we have water and electricity...
Yesh: And?
HS: I like doing it!
Yesh: But why do you do it to the Caribbean?
HS: Because that's where I am born.
Yesh: And power?
HS: Well people take power for granted too!
Yesh: Yes, but people below 40th street lost power....
HS: Well, next year the hurricane will get worse!
Yesh: So?
HS: So, above 40th street will lose power!
Yesh: UH-OH!
HS: Anyways, got ot go to Toronto!
Yesh: Bye.
HS: Bye.