Texas Tech’s Timeless Spanish Architectural Masterpiece

When describing the cultural origins of the United States, the best way to sum it all up in a single sentence would be that “people brought what they knew with them”, there are countless examples littered all across the USA, all of which show the expansive diversity littered all throughout the region. You can find buildings from different cultural and regional backgrounds, all kinds of people and all kinds of belief systems, Texas’s renowned Texas Tech University is one of the most unique looking universities that one can find in America. This Spanish styled collection of academia buildings is listed as the top five most beautiful universities in America, and the reasons behind its particular design are something that will make anyone think of the building as not only a university, but also as a relic of a bygone era.

This building’s architecture dates back to the time when the Spanish conquistadors’ presence was in Latin America, the time they spent here resulted in a lot of their tastes, cultural aspects and their knowledge rubbing off on the locals. Texas used to be a part of New Spain, when the Spanish started building here, the came up with a new kind of architecture due to the fact that they had to make adaptations because of the environment. This led to the creation of buildings that looked unique, but at the same time, payed homage to traditional Spanish architecture.

At the time of its conception, the area in which this university stands today was isolated, far away from any sort of settlements, this factor also influenced the university’s design; the architects made the entire campus quite spread out over a large area. The architects, namely William Ward Watkin, Paul Horn and Wyatt C. Hedrick, also wanted to come up with a university that would be able to express itself through its physical shape, they wanted to create a campus that would integrate with the cultural climate in the area and all of this led to a campus that would look like it had been teleported straight out of the heart of Spain.

Its stone grey walls consist of materials sourced from local quarries, giving the structure a very Spanish Renaissance era feel, the bricks used in the construction were all specifically made or the campus so that the tan color of Spain could be fully captured. Even as the campus grew over the years, it is remarkable that just how similar and uniform ever building looks, a lot of effort has been put into preserving this heritage’s original look and atmosphere even after the many times it has been further worked on.

Many architects face a trade-off between either preserving a building’s looks or to mold it to fit in with modern structures, the architects behind this university campus chose to do the former, and because of that, this university is one of the very few campuses out there that leave one bedazzled every time they see it.

Adapting Climate Change to Counter The Effects of Incoming Climate Changes

Despite what some people like to say, global warming is real and its effects on our climate have already started to become obvious, in the past few years the entire world has been subject to the effects of our climate shifting, resulting in an increase of natural disasters that various regions have never experienced before. At the very core of building gigantic structures and more and more homes popping up everywhere is because humans needs shelter to live in, if you go around the world you will see that every region has its own kind of buildings that are designed to shield their occupants from the various elements that exist in the area.

For example, Japan has buildings that are more resilient to earthquakes, but one cannot expect buildings to last forever, when natural disasters come, even the strongest building will fall if it has not been constructed to specifically counter such events. Fortunately there has been a lot of advancement in our architectural capabilities over the centuries and various experiments are begin carried out to prevent natural disasters from being too taxing in the future. What architects should focus on the most right now is to come up with constructional designs that safeguard from the forces of nature.

America has recently been struck by two catastrophic hurricanes in a row and Mexico has had its hands full after its latest earthquakes, both nations have faced a lot of loss but fortunately there are many architects who have been working tirelessly in order to turn the tides and provide refugees with shelter. Cargo containers have been transformed into shelters, concert halls and gymnasiums have been repurposed into makeshift living areas and in some cases architects are even re-erecting half structures so that their owners can settle down once again. The amount of ingenuity is endless, and there are numerous other parties who are working on finding out ways in which they can avert crises like this in the future.

Architects have also fully accepted the fact that no amount of reinforcements can keep the forces of nature at bay, so instead of trying to oppose them, they have accepted them and integrated them into their design strategies, building in confined areas to avoid rising sea levels, finding ways to break strong coastal winds and more. However, the biggest obstacle that comes in the way is how to implement such strategies in already existing urban areas, unfortunately, there are not any solid answers available so far but hopefully we can expect them in the near future.

It is high time that the world accepts the fact that climate change is happening and at a really fast rate due to the effects of our modernisation, the longer we ignore this problem the more it will put our long term sustainability at risk. The best way an architect can do this is by erecting structures that are designed with the long term changes of their environment kept in mind.

Africa’s Heritage And Ancient Architecture Discredited

People mostly think of Africa is a barren wasteland that has done very little to contribute to civilisation’s history, but the truth is that Africa has an incredibly diverse and captivating history, with many great and advanced civilisations rising and falling there. This continent is home to some of the most bizarre and mysterious manmade objects of history, many of which are thought to have been impossible to erect without advanced tools and equipment. The pyramids of Giza are one such example of architectural masterpieces, even after decades of research these structures are still shrouded in mystery.

This confusion has led to the rise of many theories, some of which are so bizarre that they have led to aliens being responsible for erecting such structures, while not every certified research and archaeological society backs such claims, almost none of them seem to want to rule them out. This leads to many believing that the root cause of crediting aliens for building these monuments rather than humans leads to an ugly and age old problem; racism.

Throughout history, Europeans have taken every opportunity that they could to walk over other races, the reason why a large majority of Africa is in such a state today is due to the fact that the British pillaged Africa of its riches and resources and left it desecrated, just like they did to the subcontinent and many other places that they “colonized”. One might ask that what part racism has to play in uncovering the many mysteries of the ancient world. There is a lot of harm that racism can inflict on the heritage of a certain race, people believing bizarre claims of aliens being responsible for the many wonders of Africa rather than the people of Africa themselves shows that there is a general acceptance of the fact that Africans simply were never capable enough to carry out such feats.

The pyramids are just one example of ancient structures being related with extra-terrestrial life forms, the famous Nazca lines are also considered as sure signs of alien life, besides the obvious disrespect to African culture, such theories also lead to collateral damage caused to these sites by pseudo-scientists looking to unearth the truth by themselves. In 2014, a group of German scientists chiselled out a chunk of the pyramids of Giza without authorization so that they can study its nature, in 2017 it was reported that Nazca graves had been raided by pseudo-scientists, the list of such vandalism goes on and on.

Such activities lead to rising restoration and maintenance costs for preserving such heritage sites, the most recent overhauling of the pyramids costed a whopping $45 million back in 2008. There have been discussions going on to bring such acts of vandalism under control, but the fact still remains that there has been little effort done to curb out notions of aliens building advanced monuments and actually giving credit where it should be given; to the various civilisations that once existed in Africa.