Model T Square

Henry Ford is credited with saying “History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history that we make today.” I think Henry was wrong, I mean really ‘bunk?’ That’s a harsh word. I accept my own challenge and shall disprove Henry by providing images from Architectvral Graphic Standards, Third Edition, published 1946. These images clearly show history is indeed not bunk:


“Trust me; the trunk needs to be this high to stuff the remainder of the torso in.”



Proper clearances required to wave your arms up in the air like you just don’t care.



Vertical dimension required for a bar crawl. Also applies to dropping to knees with chest pains



“One permit please… seriously Mr. Plan Reviewer? You have no idea what the intent of the code is, do you?” This diagram is a good example of how if you piss off the plan reviewer he/she will stand up…and then walk away.



Sadly, the Macarena has been around much longer than anyone cares to admit.



Diagram indicating the rigidity of an Enginneer



Diagram indicating the initial client-architect meeting. White outline portrays clients retraction after architect discusses that he wants to actually be compensated. (client on L architect on R).



Excellent diagram of the Architect-AIA relationship.


See what I did there with the title? Pretty clever. Okay, maybe Henry was right.


Design On,

** Bar crawl graphic assumes an average male of average height with average beer tastes.

  1. Now I know what all of these pictograms are for after all of these years. We used them for information and dimensions, but they’re some type of ancient language to explain the architectural profession. Thanks Indiana Jones!

    • I do what I can… now if I can only get the time slot on the History Chanel following up Monster Quest, I’ll be set!

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