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Interesting Facts About Architecture That Will Surprise You About the Architecture and Design Industry

The architecture and design industry has a very interesting history and if you are only starting out on this exciting career path, there is a couple of things you probably don’t know. Little facts of things forgotten but not quite yet.

We’ve compiled this list of facts as a fun exercise to see if you know your arch facts and history, jog your memory and get that cerebral activity going.

#1 Gaming inspiration

Did you know that the PC game the Sims was originally designed and developed as an architectural simulator to design homes with and test it out on autonomous characters? Who knew such a classic game had its roots firmly placed in architecture.

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#2 More fun with toys

We’re pretty sure all of you had loads of fun spending hours playing with LEGO. But, did you know that this toy company used to manufacture building blocks especially for architectural purposes? Sounds bizarre we know, but when digging deeper one comes to understand why. The son of LEGO’s founder tried to build his own house with LEGOs but was unsuccessful due to the size of the popular blocks. They then continued producing a special sized block and coined it Modulex, but the range has since been discontinued.

#3 Medals for champs

Back in the day architecture used to be listed as an official Olympic sport, right next to literature, art, music,and sculpture.

#4 Tourist attractions beat the daily grind

Did you know that the famous Empire State Building in New York generates a bigger revenue from tourists coming to the viewing decks than by all the offices in the entire building? That does not sound possible even, but it does. Oh, and who could forget that unforgettable seen in Sleepless in Seattle where Meg Ryan waits for Tom Hanks?

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#5 Great Walls take a great long time to build

The Great Wall of China took extremely long to complete – to be exact, it took just about 2600 years to complete this mammoth project which was initiated by Qin Shi, the very first emperor of China. He decided to erect this wall as a means to protect China from any unwanted invaders.

#6 Only on Seinfeld

This is more of a tongue in cheek side note that you are most probably aware of. On the popular TV sitcom, Seinfeld, George Costanza boasts to an attractive woman that he is an architect when she asks him about his career. He responds by asking her if she has seen the latest addition to the Guggenheim, and continues to tell her that he was responsible for that.

And that’s a wrap! We hope you found this fun list interesting while learning some new facts about the field’s history.

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