The World We Have Built

Challenge series hosted by JimW-203. Challenges start on Fridays.
Throughout history humans have been builders - this series will explore not only the methods and materials man has chosen to build with but will include how humans relate to those methods and materials as well a the finished structures.
Finished (6 challenges)
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 29th January, 2016 GMT
Winner: St Marija Assunta Mosta Inner Dome
When humans define the spaces within structures that they occupy - either for living or working - they create smaller spaces typically called rooms. In doing this they use components such as walls, floors, and ceilings to delineate the space. In this, they are met with the challenge of how to create these components to suit various purposes - typically esthetic and functional. In the case of...
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 1st January, 2016 GMT
Winner: Remember...
In placing a building or other structure in the environment, a builder/designer often modifies the landscape to incorporate water features that provide softening and soothing elements. In a desert or arid environment they provide a sense of calm and well-being. In a tropical or otherwise verdant location the same features may be peaceful and cooling with the sound and movement of the water. In...
Entries: 17
Winners announced: 25th December, 2015 GMT
Winner: PC171750
Before a single line is drawn, a nail driven, or a shovel of earth turned, builders must measure first. From knowing where the building site is to be on earth to the pitch of the roof over our heads, we must measure. From the simple to the complicated, we need to know how long, deep, wide, and high things need to be in order to yield a structure that is functional, attractive and meaningful for...
Entries: 45
Winners announced: 18th December, 2015 GMT
Winner: Symmetrical Stairway
As cities grow and become more densely populated, space on earth becomes more costly and sought after. Consequently, we expand and capture space by building upwards - ever higher and higher. In this, we are met with the challenge of how to move people and goods efficiently and smoothly between levels in our buildings. For some structures it will be stairways; escalators will be the answer for...
Entries: 48
Winners announced: 11th December, 2015 GMT
Winner: Bricks and Mortar
A brick is one of the most common building material forms in the world. The characteristics found most commonly are: 1) manufactured - you don't pick them up from the ground or cut them down in the forest. Rather, they are formed from clay or mud (sometimes with other material as a binder) by hand or machine and baked in a oven, dried in the sun, or chemically hardened.This challenge is to...
Entries: 50
Winners announced: 4th December, 2015 GMT
Winner: Railing at Rockefeller Center
Throughout history humans have been builders - a place to live, a place to work, worship, or play. In doing that they have chosen many materials with which to build and in many styles. In this challenge, show a detail of a structure that illustrates the use of steel or other metal as a significant element. It can be anything: a construction detail of an iron or steel bridge, a hinge on a door,...