Innovations that most changed architecture

Choose an adjective discuss which building is “the most…”/ “the … est” with your partner.

Do the same for the most radical/ revolutionary, influential and/ or innovative buildings.

What inventions have most changed architecture, do you think? What are the histories of those inventions?

Compare your ideas with the list below. Ask your teacher about any vocabulary you don’t understand.

3D modelling

Air conditioning

Arch/ Pointed arch

Automatic doors

Bricks

CAD CAM

Central heating

Chimney

Chisel

Column

Crane

Digital camera

Dome

Double glazing

Electric lights

Elevator

Escalator

Fireplace

Flushing toilet

Glass window

Hard hat

Hinge

Insulation

Iron

Iron bridge

Laser plotter

Lightening rod

Mortar

Mouse

Moving walkway

Nail gun

Nails

PC

Pen tablet

Plaster

Plastic

Pocket calculator

Reinforced concrete

Revolving doors

Rivets

Roof tiles

Skyscraper

Smoke detectors

Spiral stairs

Steel

Steel framed building

Suspension bridge

Tape measure

Use of marble

Wattle and daub

Window cleaning cradle

Work together to decide on a top ten list, then compare with another group.

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