If you’ve ever wondered what architectural styles were preferred by the world’s most evil dictators, there’s now an answer! The same is true if you were wondering which buildings people are most likely to jump from, when famous buildings collapsed, and where you’re most likely to experience a building collapse. (Spoiler alert: Asia in the spring.) These grim facts are all colorfully presented in the new book Archi-Graphic: An Infographic Look at Architecture. It’s the work of Frank Jacobus, professor at the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, along with some of his students.
The world’s ten most popular suicide locations are a mix of natural and man-made structures. Natural wonders like Niagara Falls, Beachy Head in England, The Gap in Australia, and volcanic Mount Mihara in Japan are all popular final destinations, but so are architectural engineering projects like Toronto’s Prince Edward Viaduct, Prague’s Nusle Bridge, and the London Underground.
Suicide is no laughing matter, of course, and thankfully there are plenty of official resources out there to minimize these numbers all around. There are also unofficial saviors. In Sydney, for instance, one man alone patrolled The Gap and saved at least 160 people from suicide.
The book isn’t totally gloomy, though. Other infographics compiled by Jacobus and his students deal with the love affairs of famous architects, the color palettes of their most famous works, and even their facial structures. Archi-Graphic will be released in October by British design publisher Laurence King.
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