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Hi all,
Thanks so very very much for all your very helpful information!  I  
was asked to post a hit, and I think some of you could store this  
away in the future idea file as a way to "break into" the math  
department if you haven't already done so.  Thanks again and have a  
wonderful weekend.

Here is a related comment I received:
> I  can understand why you would try to help encourage more  
> collaboration,
> but I think I'd be careful not to get in over my head with this  
> teacher.
> It sounds like she's getting you to do some work with this lesson that
> she  should have done first, then asked you to look for resources to
> support.  I don't really feel that you should have to provide the list
> of buildings, just resources that might contain info on them.

And then the list of buildings:

Sydney Opera House
> Colosseum or
> Stonehenge for a circle
> Capitol Records, maybe, shaped like a stack of records -- i.e.  
> cylindrical.
> For Pyramid --  there is also the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas.
> Louvre
> Chrysler Building has arcs at the top,
> First Interstate World Center in Los Angeles is a cylinder,  
> Transamerica
> Pyramid in San Francisco is a modern pyramid, there is the Royal
> Crescent in Bath, England.  Domes are quite abundant, from the  
> Pantheon
> to cathedrals, igloos and mosques.  Maybe The Egg, in Albany, NY,  
> could
> be considered ovoid--it's certainly unusual.

Guggenheim Museum
World's Fair Buidling
Disney Epcot Center
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Hyatt hotels -  cylindrical
Isn't the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland oddly shaped?
If you can, locate a copy of a book called Round Buildings, Square  
Buildings, and Buildings that wriggle like a fish by
Philip M. Isaacson, Alfred A. Knopf, 1988, to give you some ideas of  
buildings to research.
Look up stuff about Thomas Jefferson and the designs for Monticello.
Is the Flatiron Building in New York still there? - Good triangle.
Try the MOMA and MIT's Strata Center and new cognitive sciences  
Beautiful architectural use of a wide variety of shapes in the MIT
buildings.  MIT has photos of its buildings online!

And the list of websites:

> realworldgeometry/index.htm

> fargo-sky
> scrapers-1.html

> denver
> -2.html

  The dome first came to my mind -- This PBS site has many  
structures, and a shapes experiment testing strength of each.
Lessons with geometric shapes and building - some have examples
Geometry in Art and Architecture
Geometry in real world - ThinkQuest
Math Art - Geometric Figures

Cone:  the Dublin spire

Columns on a building:   the Parthenon
Prado Museum

Columnar building: Westin Peachtree Plaza:

Star: Fort McHenry

Sphere: In Mexico: 

In Paris:   or at

In Stockholm:

Domed buildings:

St. Peter's Basilica (Vatican City)'s_Basilica

Teardrop:  top of St. Basil's towers:

6-sided bulding:  Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal.  There's a picture

Other:  the Atomium in Brussels is shaped like a molecule; lots of
spheres connected by straight lines.   A great picture on
flickr here:

Seattle public library 

Air Force Academy is definitely one and the Bank of China.
The Octagon Museum: The Museum of The American Architectural
       The Museum of The American Architectural Foundation is the oldest
museum in the United States dedicated to architecture and design. The
building itself, a Federal Period style of architecture in America, is a
Historical Landmark. You can read more about its history here on this  
The Prints and Drawings Collection contains over "100,000 original
architectural drawings, 30,000 historic photographs, scrapbooks,
sketchbooks, manuscript material, and models." There is also a  
Arts Collection, Archaeological Collection, and Architectural Fragment
       Topic: Architectural museums; Architecture; Museums

             The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design
             "The Chicago Athenaeum is an International Museum of
Architecture and Design, appropriately based in the world's first  
city of
modern architecture and design - Chicago." The museum brags four
locations/exhibits. The museums spotlight many areas of design, such as
architectural design, industrial design, product, design, graphics, and
urban planning. Collections include architectural drawings, models and
building fragments. Graphics design includes brochures, corporate logos,
packaging, and more. Read more about this museum at this Web site.
             Topic: Architectural design; Architectural museums;
Architecture; Architecture--United States; Museums

             Architectural Structures
             Many different kinds of structures can be built. Three
activities at this site let you explore architecture. See how  
materials are
used and put together to create structures. One activity shows you  
how to
compare the strength of a yardstick and eggshells when they are used in
different ways. Take the bridge building challenge to try to make a  
bridge with just half a sheet of paper. See if you can solve the main
problem with building skyscrapers. After each experiment, there is
explanation about what went on, and additional ideas to think about.
             Topic: Architecture; Bridges--Design and construction

             Art Nouveau Architecture
             "" provides this Web site. Here you  
will find
approximately fifteen examples of art nouveau architecture. Some of  
examples include: Behrens House in Germany, Cassa Batllo in Spain, Hill
House in Scotland, Majolica House in Austria, and Hotel Guimard in  
Click onto any building on this list and you will be directed to a short
article on the building. The article includes the name of the  
architect, the
location, the date constructed, the construction design of the building,
many excellent photographs, and additional notes about the structure.
             Topic: Architecture; Art nouveau; Buildings

                   Skyscraper Museum
                   Did you know that there is a museum dedicated to the
architecture of skyscrapers? The Skyscraper Museum in New York City's
Battery Park is the place to learn all about the architecture of
skyscrapers. "Don't know squat about skyscrapers? Here are five  
projects to
elevate your I.Q.! "Check out Cool Stuff for Kids. Another great page  
Tallest Towers. Click onto this and see a Timeline of skyscrapers  
the title of Tallest Towers in the world from 1890 until now. You can  
onto each of these skyscrapers for a history and photos for more  
                   Topic: Architectural museums; Architecture;  

Have a look at the links at

Might also be worthwhile thinking about building paper models of  
buildings as a way to help
with the geometry concept  ... see
for free downloadable templates to cut out

Your colleague might also find the Math page on Shambles helpful

Spheres - Sydney Opera House (segments of),
Taj Mahal, many of the
cathedrals of the world.

Cylinders - Pagodas, towers, castles, lighthouses

My first thought was Frank Lloyd Wright.

I.M. Pei did the glass pyramid at the Lourve/Paris.
   Others by this architect are at the links that follow:

   IM Pei - Great Buildings Online         IM Pei, ieoh not ioeh ming  
pei, modern architect in the Great Buildings Online. - 17k - Cached -  
Similar pages    Pyramide du Louvre - IM Pei - Great Buildings  
Online           Pyramide du Louvre by IM Pei architect, at Paris,  
France, 1989, in the Great Buildings Online. buildings/Pyramide_du_Louvre.html - 25k -  
Cached - Similar pages
[ More results from ]

The Hirschorn (sp?) museum in DC which is part of the Smithsonian  
Institute is a donut shape--not sure what the correct geometric name  
is. :)  If you go to the Smithsonian websie (, you can  
pull it up from ther

The Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, geodesic (spelling??)  
constructed from triangle sections.  Try this website of world skylines.
There are some interesting buildings and other stuctures.

Sheri Haveman
Teacher Librarian
Pella Christian High School
604 Jefferson
Pella, IA 50219

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