This is a long term interest & project of mine: how the way we build reflects the way we are.
I have spent many a weekend knocking up a quick BIM model of a building that has caught my interest. It might be a recognised piece of architectural history, or it could be a typical vernacular dwelling, or just a building that has some personal meaning to me.
Corb's box on stilts is one that I often use as the vehicle for Revit training sessions. Most architects know it, but not as well as they think they do. Few realise that there is a skylight serving the garage disguised in the terrace planter for example. It showcases most of Revit's toolkit (Ramps, Stairs, Railings, Curtain Walling, Custom Families, In-place modelling, Room Separation lines ... )
I could go on, but if instead you want to know how to lay bricks, this is the beginnings of my planned tutorials on that topic. Done in Revit of course.
Or back to another well known structure. Palladio wrapping new collonades around the old Town hall in a classic case of re-branding. The tendency for architects to turn their backs on the past and call for new, pure, modern forms can be traced back at least this far. But are architects the driving force ? or is the thirst for change something more deeply imbedded in the Western tradition ?