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  • Minimalist multifunctional transformer boxes hide bed, office & kitchen

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    Kimberley Mok
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    These mystery transformer units conceal everything and the kitchen sink in these renovated accommodations in Portugal.
  • How Many Lives Will Self-Driving Cars Save?

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    The Antiplanner
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Self-driving car advocates often note that more than 90 percent of serious accidents result from driver error, and thus estimate that autonomous cars will reduce fatalities by 90 percent. Indeed, in 2008 a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study of crashes between July 2005 and December 2007 found that 5,096 were caused by driver […]
  • Getting Energy and Clean Water From the Clouds

    Jetson Green
    Christine Walsh
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    A team of scientists is currently raising funds through a crowd funding campaign to develop Air HES (HydroElectric Station), which is basically an airship that can extract clean water and electricity from the clouds. More specifically, it does so by harvesting and condensing water vapor, and uses it to spin up an electric turbine generator to create power. The developers have already built a small prototype to test the device and have done feasibility studies, while the main aim of the funding campaign is scaling up the device to produce economically viable levels of water and power. The Air…
  • terraplnr joins The Clube!

    Cyburbia | Urban planning community
    Richmond Jake
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Well bless your heart. Congrats! Now start slacking on that next thousand. :wine:
  • Architecture in Flux: Reporting from ACADIA Conference, Day 1

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    Anthony Morey
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Proof of concept, experiments, process, a shot in the dark. The Acadia Conference of 2014 started off sounding more like a science conference than a forum for cutting edge architectural exploration. Topics such as walls, threshold, corner, access, and sketching were far from the main topics of exploration; instead something else had taken hold.Reality, our movements, our ideas, they were formulated and described with symbols, numbers and variables more at home in a calculus class. It presents a new lens to see architecture through, a way to view it from a place where the designer did not…
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  • terraplnr joins The Clube!

    Richmond Jake
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Well bless your heart. Congrats! Now start slacking on that next thousand. :wine:
  • Where to start!

    oneillpe
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Hi, everyone! I'm a 25 year-old DC area English Lit/Art graduate of James Madison University, trying to figure out what grad programs/profession would best suit my interest in building cities that enrich community while embracing their local ecology. City resilience, preserving biodiversity, cooperative businesses, sustainable food systems, local economic and community development are all things I like and want my work to contribute to. Looks like an MLA program is the foundation to start with to be able to implement my own ideas. But I also want to have an excellent understanding of ecology…
  • Used Clothing Drop Boxes

    Coragus
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Hey all. I have a question about those drop boxes that Goodwill and etc. use. You typically see them in commercial parking lots. The Humane Society here is asking about them (presumably for clothes, not for cats) and if they are allowed. I'm leaning toward calling them accessory uses and making them go through site plan review at my Planning Commission, but that seems a little harsh. How do you all regulate them? Do you all regulate them? I'm looking for creative ideas. Thanks.
  • Redraw America

    dvdneal
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Based on the random thought thread, let's all redraw America based on our limited knowledge of states we've never been to so we can offend those Cyburbs that live there. Oregon and Washington will now be combined into one big forest state with lots of rain. Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakota will just become on big blob of states no one cares about, but they are at least pretty (some of them) We can leave Utah alone, it's the Mormon state. I'd throw New Mexico in with Arizona or Texas, but I don't think anyone would want to claim it. Oklahoma can just become North Texas. Nebraska,…
  • Snapshot 10/24/14

    Maister
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    How much cash do you have on you at this very moment? - $1.47
 
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  • Architecture in Flux: Reporting from ACADIA Conference, Day 1

    Anthony Morey
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Proof of concept, experiments, process, a shot in the dark. The Acadia Conference of 2014 started off sounding more like a science conference than a forum for cutting edge architectural exploration. Topics such as walls, threshold, corner, access, and sketching were far from the main topics of exploration; instead something else had taken hold.Reality, our movements, our ideas, they were formulated and described with symbols, numbers and variables more at home in a calculus class. It presents a new lens to see architecture through, a way to view it from a place where the designer did not…
  • MPavillion is a kind of southern hemisphere Serpentine Pavilion

    Andrew Michler
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Conceived as a kind of southern hemisphere Serpentine Pavilion, the MPavilion has just opened its first work, a 12×12 meter kinetic box by the local architect Sean Godsell. Using the typically restrained massing of his homes as a template Godsell has then animated the space with a fully louvered skin. The pavilion is placed in the 18th century Queen Victoria Garden with Melbourne’s high rises serving as a backdrop.It's spring in Melbourne and there could not be a better place to spend an afternoon having a coffee than in a building that completely opens up.
  • Get Lectured: UCLA, 2014-15

    Justine Testado
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2014Say hello to another edition of Archinect's Get Lectured! As a refresher, we'll be featuring a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.Our next poster comes from University of California, Los Angeles Architect & Urban Design with their upcoming 2014-15 lecture series beginning Monday, October 27.Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and…
  • Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Color" Pinterest Board

    Archinect
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles.(Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board Color.↑ In Living Color in Washington, D.C. by Suzane Reatig Architecture↑ 15 Central Park West in New York, NY by D'Aquino Monaco Inc.↑ Lightwell - Greater Boston Orthodontics in Waltham, MA by Merge Architects; Photo: John…
  • Last chance to register for the Facades+ Dallas conference!

    Sponsor
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    This post is brought to you by Facades+ Dallas.The Facades+ conference series is only one week away from holding its first event in Dallas, Texas on October 30 and 31. If you haven't registered yet, now is the time!Presented by The Architect’s Newspaper and Enclos, Facades+ Dallas is the ninth event in the ongoing Facades+ conference series.With Resilience as this year's theme, the two-day event welcomes architects, engineers, developers, consultants, and all who are professionally involved in the design industry for a chance to form valuable professional connections, socialize with…
 
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    A Daily Dose of Architecture

  • Today's archidose #788

    John Hill
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Here are some photos of House in Jura (2012) near Zawiercie, Poland, by Kropka Studio, photographed by Maciek Lulko.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool To contribute your Instagram images for consideration, just::: Tag your photos #archidose
  • Cloning W57

    John Hill
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    It was just a matter of time before other architects started taking the leaning-pyramid form of Bjarke Ingels Group's W57 development under construction on Manhattan's west side...[W57 under construction | Photo by Rasmus Hjortshøj]...and creating inferior versions of it. First up appears to be Kutnicki Bernstein Architects' 500 Metropolitan Avenue, a hotel/residential building in the early stages of construction in Brooklyn, next to the L/G stop and across from the BQE:[Image from kba website]For more tasty construction shots of BIG's W57, be sure to check out Rasmus Hjortshøj's website.
  • Guggenheim Helsinki's 1,715 Submissions

    John Hill
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Stage One Gallery of the open, anonymous international, two-stage competition for the design of a proposed Guggenheim museum in the Finnish capital of Helsinki:
  • Book Review: Three Books for Kids

    John Hill
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Sunrise to High-Rise: A wallbook of architecture through the ages by Lucy DalzellCicada Books, 2014Hardcover, 24 pagesWho Built That? Modern Houses by Didier Cornille Princeton Architectural Press, 2014Paperback, 84 pagesWho Built That? Skyscrapers by Didier Cornille Princeton Architectural Press, 2014Hardcover, 84 pages I'm a big fan of architecture books geared toward children, mainly because knowledge of architecture in the years before college could use a boost. My background was an exception, with some classes in high school, but for kids in grade school and middle school, architecture…
  • Sinking Barge

    John Hill
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    One of the thousand-or-so photos I took on a recent trip to Chicago was of an empty barge on the Chicago River between Lake and Randolph Streets; I was actually crossing the Randolph Street bridge when I snapped the photo of the immense (about 15-20' deep) barge:[Photo by John Hill] The barge was serving 150 North Riverside, hauling away the excavation for building the foundation of a tower designed by Goettsch Partners:[Image via 150 North Riverside]Well, it turns out that the same barge is now sitting submerged in the river after it broke free from its mooring last week:[Photo via ABC7]This…
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  • Retractable Legs Let This 5-Gallon Cooler Go Anywhere

    Delana
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Every once in a while you see a product and it makes so much sense that you have to wonder why it didn't always exist. The Freestanding Beverage Cooler (fittingly sold by a company called Problem Solvers) makes it simple to tote along five gallons of a beverage wherever you go without having to worry about having a table nearby to put it on. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Automatic Steeping Mug Always Makes the Perfect Cuppa Chilly Outside? Clever Mug Keeps Hands Warm All-Around Sweet Dreaming Whale Swimming in the Deep Warm Tea Wonderful Wine…
  • Work Healthier: Mobile Standing Desk with Monitor Stand

    Stephanie
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Recent studies have linked sitting for long periods of time with all manner of health concerns, potentially shaving years off our lives. But for those of us who work at desks all day, these risks can seem impossible to avoid. One option is transitioning to a standing desk, which not only encourages more movement throughout the day, but also improves posture. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: StorkStand May Be the Simplest Standing Desk Ever Designed Design at Work: Sleek, Sophisticated Executive Office Desk Homework Desk Can be Customized to…
  • A Single Light Bulb Adorns an Entire Room with Lacy Shadows

    Delana
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    A single light bulb may not sound large enough or bright enough to decorate the entire interior of a large room, but artist Anila Quayyum Agha accomplished just that. Her installation, Intersections, was the winner of Artprize 2014 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan. The piece consists of a 6.5-foot laser cut wooden cube hanging from the ceiling. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Frozen Mid-Cut: Log Sculpture Shows How Trees Get Sliced Upcycled Art: Cardboard Craft from Empty Paper Rolls Fork Folk Art: 10 Silverware Sculptures & Cutlery…
  • Beautifully Clean Water: Stylish Countertop Water Filter

    Delana
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Refrigerator water filters have done a lot to get people to drink more water, but they definitely aren't pretty enough to put out on the dining table. KOR Water has created a filter that is not only effective at making your drinking water cleaner; it does it with an elegant carafe that you can actually put out on the table. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Hot Water to Go: Portable Battery-Powered Drink Heater Pages of Change: Revolutionary Book Provides Clean Water Do the Twist: Sleek Minimal Pen With Smart User Interaction Moving Objects…
  • Sleek Glass Containers Push Out the Air, Seal in the Fresh

    Delana
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Food storage options abound in any home supplies store, but some of them are true standouts. The EVAK Glass Food storage containers are a cleverly designed set of storage vessels with lids that squeeze every last bit of air out of the jars. Air is, of course, the enemy of fresh foods. That's why you furiously try to squeeze those zipper bags as flat as they can go when you're putting away the dinner leftovers. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Perfectly Engineered Ice Cream Scoop is a Dairy Dream Sweet Dreaming Whale Swimming in the Deep Warm Tea…
 
 
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  • Hoverboards are Here! Design Floats Above Metal Surfaces

    Steph
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    [ By Steph in Conceptual & Futuristic & Technology. ] Twenty-five years after ‘Back to the Future’ convinced an entire generation that we’d soon be able to zoom around the city on wheel-less floating skateboards, it looks like we might finally get our wish: a working hoverboard actually exists. The Hendo Hoverboard, currently blazing past its funding goals on Kickstarter, features four disc-shaped hover engines that create a magnetic field to levitate the board off the ground. Naturally, there’s a catch: it only works on certain metallic surfaces. The creators…
  • Chinese President Calls for End to “Weird Architecture” Trend

    Urbanist
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    [ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Public & Institutional. ] After years of both importing famous designers and copying strange structures from abroad, Xi Jinping, the leader of China’s Communist Party has declared an end to offbeat construction projects going forward. Translated from a two-hour speech on the subject, he was recently quoted as saying: “No more weird architecture.” As yet, it remains unclear whether this is a statement of official policy direction or a tacit warning to developers to play it safe stylistically and work within more conventional…
  • Banksy Not Arrested: How 1 Man’s Viral Hoax Duped Millions

    Urbanist
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    [ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] By now you may know that the world’s most famous street artist has indeed not been detained by police and his identity remains secret, but how much do you know about the prankster who perpetrated this scandalous subterfuge? For those who missed the start of this affair: a supposedly anonymous author claimed Banksy was unmasked and taken into custody by London police a few days ago during an elaborate sting operation – the story spread like wildfire despite being easy (for those so inclined) to debunk. Paul Horner, the man…
  • Set Sail on Rail: Quirky Vehicles Explore Abandoned Tracks

    Steph
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    [ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] Before the abandoned railroad tracks of Paris officially disappear – which is bound to happen, as cities realize the potential for reclamation as High Line-style parks – some intrepid locals are taking the opportunity to explore. “Train Project” by French design studio HeHe is a series of fun, quirky handmade vehicles that traverse the city on a line that most local residents never get to experience firsthand. The autonomous vehicles include ‘Metronome’ and ‘M-Blem,’ two transparent,…
  • Subtle Street Art: 27 Easy-to-Overlook Urban Enhancements

    Steph
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    [ By Steph in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Just knowing that these tiny urban art installations exist – ranging from tiny figures dangling from ATM machines to utility boxes painted to look like miniature skyscrapers – might just inspire you to look at the city around you in a new, more observant way. That’s the hope of the artists behind these 27 subtle works of street art, which are often so small and simple that they’re typically overlooked. Beautiful Trompe L’oeil Windows in Istanbul A tiny intriguing window framed by oversized shutters draws you in…
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  • Logorama - City of Brands.

    Christoph Wassmann
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    This is the academy award winning (2010) animated short "Logorama"  by the French animation collective H5. Branding, architecture and graphic design beautifully scary united. Logorama from Marc... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
  • Vienna / Wien - Skyline of Signature Towers

    Christoph Wassmann
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Marina City, ORBI Towers, TrIIIple, Danube Flats, Forum Donaustadt, City Gate, MySky, etc. Will we recognize the city of tomorrow? (see a larger version at https://flic.kr/p/pvBMDE) content by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
  • Ein ehemaliges Konzentrationslager als Theater-Party-Location.

    Ute Bauer-Wassmann
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
      Die seit 19 Jahren an unterschiedlichen off-Orten im In- und Ausland dargebrachte Theaterproduktion „Alma“ von Joshua Sobol hatte am 15. August 2014 in der „Serbenhalle“ in Wiener... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
  • Shopping Mall Venice.

    Christoph Wassmann
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    feat. Lotto, Adidas, Spar, McDonald's, a farmacia, and much more. content by anArchitecture [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
  • parkPlatz - Urban Garden.

    Christoph Wassmann
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:47 am
      It's paradox: the increasing density of Vienna's city center simultaneously leads to the desolation of its street space. Roof extensions demand more parking ground, consequently, garage doors... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
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  • Touchscreen Landscapes

    Geoff Manaugh
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    [Image: Screen grab via military.com]. This new, partly digital sand table interface developed for military planning would seem to have some pretty awesome uses in an architecture or landscape design studio. Using 3D terrain data—in the military's case, gathered in real-time from its planetary network of satellites—and a repurposed Kinect sensor, the system can adapt to hand-sculpted transformations in the sand by projecting new landforms and elevations down onto those newly molded forms. You can thus carve a river in real-time through the center of the sandbox, and watch as projected…
  • The Civic Minimum

    Geoff Manaugh
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    [Image: From Gravesend—The Death of Community by Chris Clarke]. Gravesend is a suburb east of London, hosting on its own eastern edge something of a secondary suburb: a mysterious town on the edge of town that turns out not to be a town at all. It is a simulated English village built in 2003 by the Metropolitan Police working with Equion Facilities Management and a firm called Advanced Interactive Systems (AIS). The barren streets and hollow buildings of this militarized non-place were designed for use as an immersive staging ground for police-training exercises, fighting staged riots,…
  • A Geography of Devices

    Geoff Manaugh
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    [Image: Tokyo subway map, via re:form]. "Just as postal systems remade geographic places into zones determined by politics and history," Amy Johnson writes for re:form, "social media technologies are remaking them today." "Historically," Johnson writes, "the categories of both who helps in natural disasters and who is helped have largely been organized around place, in this case mapped according to its political and geographic dimensions, by government agencies and relief organizations with parallel structures. Recently, social media has broadened the category of who helps—and in doing so,…
  • We Can Terraform It For You Wholesale

    Geoff Manaugh
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    [Image: Real estate development or avant-garde earthwork? The future streets of Ascaya; courtesy of Ascaya]. The website for the stalled Las Vegas development known as Ascaya—which we saw in the previous post through the aerial photographs of Michael Light—is itself quite remarkable and worth a quick visit. At first glance, the site could actually be mistaken for some kind of strange new media art project, a near-future ad for an interplanetary terraforming corporation dedicated to selling huge geometric shapes directly to consumers. Slow transitions drift from shot to shot as we peer out…
  • Landscape, Redacted

    Geoff Manaugh
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    [Image: "Looking east over unbuilt Ascaya lots, Black Mountain beyond, Henderson, Nevada," 2010; from Black Mountain by Michael Light]. Photographer Michael Light has a new book coming out this fall, published by Radius Books, with work documenting the construction and large-scale terrestrial formatting of two housing developments in the American southwest, one unfinished, one gaudily over the top. They are known as Ascaya and Lake Las Vegas. [Image: "Unbuilt Ascaya lots and cul-de-sac looking west, Henderson, Nevada," 2011; from Black Mountain by Michael Light]. Ascaya was meant to ascend…
 
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    Integrated Sustainable Design

  • What K-12 and Collegiate Athletic Facilities Can Learn from the Pros

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The LPA San Jose office recently attended the inaugural football game at Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. Even in the world of billion dollar stadiums — the official count for the stadium stands at $1.3 billion — Levi’s stadium continues to push the envelope on athletic facilities and certainly gives the other billion dollar stadium a run for its money. Regardless of how much money is spent, problems can arise. Many have seen the new natural grass at Levi’s Stadium torn out and replaced three times at last count. Was this a problem with…
  • Paris: A Study in the Value of Public Green Spaces

    Albert Lam
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Part 1 of 2 I really enjoy traveling because it allows a glimpse into different cultures and ways of life and broadens my view on how people and things function. I just returned from a trip to Europe for the first time since my vacation five years ago, and the journey has certainly been eye opening.
  • Healthcare Design: Five Steps to Stand Out in a Competitive Market

    Karen Thomas
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The healthcare industry is facing a pivotal moment in its history. It’s quickly becoming one of the most competitive in the nation, with each provider striving to attract and retain life-long clients with patient-centered facilities that provide cost-effective and efficient services. Combine this with the fact that the Affordable Care Act is challenging the entire industry to do more with less. In such a competitive landscape, providers need to address one of the top complaints by visitors of healthcare facilities: the frustration of getting lost.
  • A New Vision for West Hollywood Park

    Rick D'Amato
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the lively, creative city of West Hollywood, Calif., cultivating a strong community is a core value to its residents. The city’s active residents participate in everything from competitive swimming and other intramural sports, to political activism and civic participation, to art exhibition and patronage. A well-equipped community park is an essential space for facilitating these many activities.
  • LPA Healthcare: Integrated Design for Health Care Facilities

    Karen Thomas
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Friends and Colleagues, We are pleased to share more exciting news with you. In June, we announced our expansion to San Antonio, joining with OCO Architects to form OCO LPA. This is our first office outside of Calif. and we're looking forward to bringing more sustainable design work to this fabulous community. But the good news just keeps coming.
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    Interactive Architecture Lab

  • Eye Catcher

    Ruairi Glynn
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Using a combination of industrial robotics and high power magnets, a seemingly inconspicuous frame on a wall, magically comes to life. Through a series of experimental films, photography and physical prototypes, the primitive effects of eye (and eye-like) stimuli have been investigated. The Eye Catcher project in its conclusion has developed a novel expressive interface where emotion recognition algorithms read audience faces and in-turn trigger the animation of a face formed of ferrofluid. As people walk by, unaware of the interactive installation, out of the corner of their eye, they see an…
  • Cellular Reticulations

    Ruairi Glynn
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    How does space become complex? What are the aesthetic possibilities of generating complexity out of the seemingly un-complex? Cellular Reticulations is inspired by computational research into the emergent and unpredictable nature of interaction. Even very simple systems can produce extraordinary patterns of behaviour unimaginable regardless of a complete understanding of the individual parts. Gejin Gao and Yujiang Wang’s project has looked at how to spatialise “cellular automata” typically constrained to software environments to understand their potential as dynamic architectural…
  • Flock

    Ruairi Glynn
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Through a series of digital prototypes and spatial experiments, visual perception in virtual reality and gestural interaction between occupant and virtual space have been investigated. Early research explored 3D drawing into physical space interrogating the relationship between the physical and digital representational worlds. The second stage explored the possibilities of creating novel spatial experiences using an emerging virtual reality technology in combination with body motion tracking. Using Oculus Rift and Kinect, the occupant is provided with a sense of heightened immersion in…
  • CRAF

    Ruairi Glynn
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    CRAF is a mobile agency that promotes dialog through the performance of projectile catalysts. With the contemporary breakdown of cultural expectations and expressions of dissent, CRAF investigates the methods for constructing a communication platform to encourage social exchange. The project looks at how machines can be deployed to organize spectacles and engage people into performances. It proposes the use of social communication systems and ubiquitous computing as tools to collectively utilize online information and facilitate individual’s freedom of speech. Online information from social…
  • Furl: Soft Pneumatic Pavilion

    Ruairi Glynn
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    The domain of soft robotics is forming as a new frontier of kinetic designing. Not only creating many new possibilities for robotics but also in architecture. Challenging conventional design thinking about adaptive architecture the experiments outlined in this research suggest approaches to building soft responsive architecture. “Furl” combines Electroencephalography (EEG) with advances in soft silicone casting of “air muscles”. The introduction of soft robotics replaces the mechanical principles in interactive architecture through a biological paradigm. EEG allows sensing of human…
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    INHABITAT

  • Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

    Lori Zimmer
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Read the rest of Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cal-earth, earth architecture, earthbag construction, eco design, Green Building, green design, Jose Andres Vallejo, La Casa Vergara, Nader Khalili, natural building, Superadobe, Sustainable Building, sustainable design, sustainable earth bag solutions
  • Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day

    Ana Lisa
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Read the rest of Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BIO Architects, DublDom home, home in a day, Off-The-Shelf, prefab shelter, russia, russian tiny home, sweet design, tiny home, wooden home
  • Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England

    Lori Zimmer
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The blazing Sahara sun may power homes a world away by 2018. The people behind a new $13 million project called TuNur farm propose to build a massive 100-square-kilometer solar farm in Tunisia. The farm would then connect directly to the UK, pumping energy through a 280-mile-long underwater cable. Read the rest of Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: desert solar, eco design, from the sahara to england, green design, Nur Energie, sahara solar farm, solar farm, sustainable design, Tunisia, TuNur Farm, UK…
  • Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

    Lucy Wang
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Read the rest of Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "natural materials", double height windows, energy efficient, green roof, isle of skye, larch, patina, restrained materials palette, rural design architects, Scotland, scottish architecture, skye, turf house
  • Scientists Discover Oldest Human DNA Ever Found

    Colin Payne
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Scientists have uncovered what they believe is the oldest human DNA sample ever found, a discovery that could help unravel the mystery of how humans spread out over the planet. Phys.org reports that DNA came from a Homo Sapiens femur bone that was found accidentally on the bank of a west Siberian River in 2008; it is believed to have belonged to a man who died about 45,000 years ago. The DNA found in that bone holds traces of Neanderthals, a cousin of early humans who lived nearby in Eurasia before suddenly disappearing. Read the rest of Scientists Discover Oldest Human DNA Ever Found…
 
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    Strange Harvest

  • The Clockwork Jerusalem Roadshow: Milton Keynes, Folkestone Triennial, Architectural Association

    strangeharvest
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:31 pm
    A bit of info on three dates coming up for talks on and around A Clockwork Jerusalem. First up on Thursday 9th October at 7pm at the Milton Keynes Art Gallery I’ll be with co-curator Wouter Vanstiphout talking with Kieran Long.Details here Then on Sunday 12th at 12pm we’ll all be doing the same again as part of the Folkestone Triennial. Details etc … And finally, on Thursday 16th Oct at 6pm a talk and the UK launch of the Clockwork Jerusalem book at the AA.
  • Obscure Design Typologies: Hotel Art

    strangeharvest
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    The strange phenomenon of hotel abstract art illustrated here is key to Will Wiles’ new book The Way Inn. Without giving anything away plot-wise, the book makes us look closely at the strange interior worlds of chain hotels, their arrangements, protocols, furniture and the art that is hung on their walls. What are these things that are approximations of art filling space adding nondescript character to characterless environments, that are symbols referencing nothing at at all … Where do they come from? Are there, as Will asks, gigantic production facilities producing acre after…
  • The Exploding Edenic Inevitable

    strangeharvest
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    The following is the sketch brief for my forthcoming studio at UIC SoA that kicks off next week. The project is an extension of the research conducted as part of A Clockwork Jerusalem for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, extending the same ideas and trajectories into the utopian experiments of New World settlements and communities … Extract of Map Of The New World Samuel de Champlain, 1612 The European emigres who settled what they termed the New World bought with them ideas and dreams. They imagined America as a new Eden, a place within which they might construct new…
  • Dumb and Dumber: In Praise of Follies

    strangeharvest
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    A piece I wrote for the Gwangju Folly project, curated by Nikolaus Hirsch, Philipp Misselwitz and Eui Young Chun featuring Ai Weiwei, Do Ho Suh, Eyal Weizman, Raqs Media Collective, David Adjaye, Rem Koolhaas and more. The catalogue is available here Off-season, the Scheveningen boardwalk is a very lonely place. All of its seaside resort jollity is blasted by North Sea winds leaving desolate prospects. Even the blow-up gorilla sitting astride the roof of a fun pub seems to hum, “Come Armageddon, come,” and the giant neon parrot at the end of the pier looks like it would rather be blinking…
  • Lenin’s Urn

    strangeharvest
    8 Aug 2014 | 3:18 am
    On Tavistock Place there’s a stretch of Victorian terraced housing that is now (mostly) a string of hotels and B&B’s. You might wonder if any of those budget travellers, while trundling their suitcases up from Euston Station look up to see the blue plaque on no. 36. It reads “Vladimir Ilyich Lenin 1870-1921, Founder of the USSR, Lived here in 1908”. Lenin stayed here at the beginning of his second period of exile from Russia. Tavistock Place a convenient base for his research he at the British Museum while writing his seminal text ‘Materialism and Empirio-criticism’…
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  • After The Flash. Photography from the Atomic Archive

    Regine
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    After The Flash: Photography from the Atomic Archive explores the intertwined histories of photography and nuclear technologies, and the camera's role in constructing the public image of atomic energy and 'the bomb'. The exhibition contrasts the 'technological sublime' that dominates much nuclear-themed photography-from mushroom clouds to cooling towers-with representations of personal encounters and experiences, tracing the hazy lines between spectacle and humanitarian documentation continue
  • Cogito. Exploring the cosmos by means of radio waves

    Regine
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    On the opening day of the BIO50 biennial, visitors were invited to put on a light Brain-Computer Interface headset and as they walked and thought across the exhibition space, their brain waves was recorded. This collective performative thinking will later be converted into radio waves and transmitted as collective consciousness - and subconsciousness into space. The event will be streamed in real time as audio visual performance from the cabin of the Dwingeloo radio telescope in The Netherlands continue
  • How a decaying boat bought on eBay becomes a new underwater eco-system

    Regine
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Simon Faithfull's new commission, REEF, began in August 2014 off the Dorset coast, where a boat made a last voyage out to sea and was sunk to become an artificial reef - serving as an underwater sculpture and a lasting legacy for marine conservation and biodiversity continue
  • Invasive. "What if your tax money is used to kill animals?"

    Regine
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Every year in the city of Ghent, thousands of the Invasive Canada Goose need to be killed by the city government. At huge public expenses. What if we convinced citizens to eat the birds instead? And convince the vegetarian community to get involved in the process? continue
  • Book review: Imagine Architecture. Artistic Visions of the Urban Realm

    Regine
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    A young generation of creatives sees the urban landscape as the starting point for their work. When these illustrators, sculptors, or photographers engage with architecture, their art overrules conventional doctrines on the use of space. They use buildings as a medium for their ideas, breaking norms and triggering new tensions continue
 
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  • Modular Off-The-Grid Home

    Christine Walsh
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    The Eco Pod is a new modular home created by the UK-based company Echo. The tiny home measures 96.8 square feet and can lend itself well to a variety of living arrangements. A standalone Eco Pod can be used as a home office, or extra guest bedroom. The design of these units also allows them to be joined together to create an off-the-grid home, which can be as big or as small as the owners require. Each Eco Pod unit sits on adjustable legs, making it easy to place it even on uneven ground. The modular units are also well insulated, using either wood fiber or sheep’s wool. The pods also…
  • Getting Energy and Clean Water From the Clouds

    Christine Walsh
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    A team of scientists is currently raising funds through a crowd funding campaign to develop Air HES (HydroElectric Station), which is basically an airship that can extract clean water and electricity from the clouds. More specifically, it does so by harvesting and condensing water vapor, and uses it to spin up an electric turbine generator to create power. The developers have already built a small prototype to test the device and have done feasibility studies, while the main aim of the funding campaign is scaling up the device to produce economically viable levels of water and power. The Air…
  • Unique Shipping Container Office Space Built in Tokyo

    Christine Walsh
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    Shipping containers lend themselves to many architectural uses, and building office space out of them is perhaps the oldest of them all. The Japanese architectural firm led by Tomokazu Hayakawa recently completed the construction of a two story office built out of two used shipping containers. The structure is called CC4441, a name which nicely encompasses its futuristic and industrial form. The office space is located in the corner spot of a small alley in Torigoe, Tokyo, and the two standard-sized repurposed 40-foot shipping containers, out of which it was constructed, appear at first…
  • Gorgeous Off-The-Grid Modular Home

    Christine Walsh
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    UK-based Hivehaus, led by designer Barry Jackson recently unveiled their first modular home, also called Hivehaus, which is a modular home inspired by the hexagonal shape of the beehive. The basic unit becomes a simple, tiny home, but it can also be expanded on any of its six sides to form a unique and spacious family home. When ordered, the Hivehaus arrives as a flat package, and the house can be assembled by only two people. Each Hivehaus has an internal floor area of 9.3 square meters (100 square feet), and is 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) high. Each of these units can be customized as a kitchen,…
  • Truck Becomes a Comfortable Solar-Powered Home

    Christine Walsh
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    On the face of it, living in a truck does not sound very comfortable at all. But converting a truck into spacious and above all sustainable home is exactly what fifty-year-old animator Joseph Tayyar from Israel did. And very successfully too. His new home is also almost completely self-sufficient, due to a roof mounted solar power array. Joseph came up with the idea to build a home in a truck after watching a TV show about homes on wheels. He wanted a home that could easily be transported to anywhere in the world, and it took him a few years to finally turn his dream into reality. He…
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  • Addition and Subtraction

    Sally Stone
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Letterfrack concept sketch RIBA Gold Medal winner, Sheila O’Donnell made an inspiring address to the Manchester School of Architecture as her delayed contribution to the Sinister Dialogues Symposium. She admitted that the title was the wrong way round; the process of design employed by the practice... (more...)
  • Sinister Dialogues

    Sally Stone
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Sinister Dialogues: an international symposium held on 25th September 2014 at the Manchester School of Architecture.   This ongoing project is an examination of how an uncomfortable, terrible or destructive past of a structure can be negotiated though building reuse. Sinister Dialogues examines the... (more...)
  • Projects in Grange and Venice

    Sally Stone
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    We’ve finished another extraordinarily rewarding year with our fine thirty-plus students on the 2013-14 MArch course. Under the umbrella title of ‘Littoral Inspirations: Encounters with the Lagoon’, Year 5 studied Grange-over-Sands in the South Lakes, while Year 6 engaged with an... (more...)
  • Model Making

    Sally Stone
    23 Nov 2013 | 11:30 am
    It is good to see the CiA students making full use of the university facilities, here is a link to the workshop site which details their process of construction (more...)
  • Procession to Preston Bus Station

    Sally Stone
    10 Nov 2013 | 1:40 am
    Despite the wind and the rain, the procession through the centre of Preston, from the Corn Exchange, into the Flag Market and onto the Bus station was an unforgettable experience, and in what was an extraordinary piece of luck, the sun came out just as the procession reached the Bus Station itself,... (more...)
 
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  • How Many Lives Will Self-Driving Cars Save?

    The Antiplanner
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Self-driving car advocates often note that more than 90 percent of serious accidents result from driver error, and thus estimate that autonomous cars will reduce fatalities by 90 percent. Indeed, in 2008 a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study of crashes between July 2005 and December 2007 found that 5,096 were caused by driver […]
  • Not Much of a Comeback

    The Antiplanner
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    CNN breathlessly reports that, in a “surprising comeback” over the past 10 to 15 years, “passenger rail has seen a resurgence in ridership.” The article is accompanied by 14 beautiful photographs of passenger trains, nearly all either tourist trains or trains in other countries and none of Amtrak, the near-monopoly provider of intercity passenger rail […]
  • Frequent Buses Yes; Dedicated Lanes No

    The Antiplanner
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In an op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal, the Antiplanner argues that transit agencies in medium-sized cities such as Albuquerque should experiment with “bus-rapid transit lite”–meaning increasing bus frequencies, reducing the number of stops so as to speed schedules, and prepayment of fares to speed loading of passengers. But dedicating traffic lanes to buses and giving […]
  • Hal Salwasser R.I.P.

    The Antiplanner
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Forest Service has historically been dominated by foresters and engineers, so a wildlife biologist who joined the agency in 1978 wouldn’t expect to advance very far. But after getting a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from the University of California at Berkeley, Hal Salwasser went to work for the Forest Service and quickly moved up […]
  • How to Hoodwink the Public

    The Antiplanner
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Two years ago, Virginia Beach put a measure on the ballot to extend the Norfolk light rail (which stops at the border between the two cities) into Virginia Beach. All of the advertising for the measure said “Vote Yes to Study Light Rail.” But the actual measure read, “Should the City Council adopt an ordinance […]
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  • Do We Need More Mission Congregations?

    relieveddebtor
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    What I am about to ask is about as controversial a question as one can ask in the Church. But because I’ve rarely heard it asked, I’ll ask: Do we need more mission congregations? For those who aren’t familiar with all this language, a mission congregation is a new church plant, an upstart. They are organized to serve gatherings of underserved Christians, or to try to make new Christians in secular areas. Church denominations frequently have goals of planting new congregations in new housing developments or suburbs where a church with their “brand” is not yet present. …
  • On Thomas’ Theology of Usefulness

    relieveddebtor
    7 Jun 2014 | 9:04 am
    When my former church body issued a new hymnal (or “worship resource” as such things are now called), it contained an iconic image of people in the act of worship. This was not meant to be a literal depiction, but something intended to depict people in worship. Basically, it was stick figures of people with their arms held up, because people holding their arms up has become the ubiquitous image for worshiping God. Anyway, all of that was fine. But then I noticed that one of these iconic images was a person in a wheelchair. Now, I’m not against people in wheelchairs. Indeed, some of…
  • How Sister Act Skewed Real Urban Congregational Renewal

    relieveddebtor
    27 Feb 2014 | 11:01 am
    If you’ve never seen Sister Act, you probably should. It’s funny and charming and relatively innocent. If you haven’t, here’s a three sentence summary: a lounge singer enters a convent while in the witness protection program, only to bring new life into a moribund, lifeless and hopeless religious community. Her zany antics revive the church and the neighborhood. What would they have ever done without that crazy lady hiding from the mob?! The film pokes fun at the stodgy order or nuns, but it is never particularly hostile to them. It’s not the fault of the nuns that their…
  • Five Years Later: Being an Architect under the 'New Normal'

    corbusier
    29 Oct 2013 | 10:39 am
     Inside a corporate architectural office. Notice that everyoneworks on computers and there are no walls or partitions,supposedly to foster team collaboration. In a recession, halfof those desks would be empty.It was around the middle of summer when the wheels began to fall off.  Our team's final deadline for submitting construction drawings for a project in Utah was just a day away, and like usual everyone was scrambling to get every last detail finished and red-line picked up.  Then an email from the client's lead project manager came, ordering us to…
  • Paris and the Desert: Living in the City of Lights and the Provincial Alternative

    corbusier
    25 Jul 2013 | 9:57 am
    Living the Parisian lifestyle has been the stuff of dreams shared by people the world over.  The elegant streets, framed by the sumptous Haussman style apartment blocks, tree-lined alleys, and punctuated by small cafes and the occassional Art Nouveau subway entrances. As far as it comes aesthetic urban experiences, it really doesn't get any better.  And still, I could never see myself residing permanently in the city of my birth.  Compared to the things I would obviously gain, there would be many things that I take for granted that I would necessarily give up.  I was…
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  • SEI Gives Back

    SEI Design Group
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Thanks to Jen Kelley for continuing to organize giving activities for SEI’s Rochester office.  This past Saturday Jen, Justin, and Brian helped with yard work at the Ronald McDonald House. Last year the house supported more than 900 families and children.
  • Albany Office Steps Out!

    SEI Design Group
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Elegant Albany group enjoying a day at the races!
  • Webster CSD Approves Project

    SEI Design Group
    21 May 2014 | 6:20 am
    Congratulations to Webster Central School District. Their $12.9 million Capital Improvement project was approved by district voters last night.  The scope of the project includes roof replacement, wall reconstruction re-pointing, exterior and interior door replacement, carpet and floor replacement with  abatement at various school buildings.
  • Congrats Madrid-Waddington CSD!

    SEI Design Group
    21 May 2014 | 5:56 am
    Madrid-Waddington Central School District District voters approved a $3.9 million Capital Improvement Project to make renovations and upgrades to their main building and bus garage, as well as site improvements.
  • Congrats Sodus CSD!

    SEI Design Group
    30 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Congratulations to Sodus Central School District! Last night District voters approved a $16,960,485 capital improvement project. The major scope of work will include security entries, infrastructure upgrades (roof replacement, HVAC, electrical, technology, asbestos abatement), and site / athletic facility improvements including a new all-weather track.
 
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  • Collective Housing in Baró Tower / MiAS Architectes

    AD Editorial Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Architects: MiAS Architectes Location: Barcelona, Spain Project Area: 5000.0 m2 Project Year: 2012 Photographs: Adrià Goula Collaborators: Adriana Porta + Silvia Brandi (project leaders), Fausto Raposo, Bárbara Fachada, Mafalda Batista, Lluís A. Casanovas, Cristina Feijoo, Francesca Giovaninni, Anna Mallén, Anna Mañosa, Daniel Montes, Josep Puigdemont, Benedetta Slucca, Pablo Varesi, Enric Argemí, Mario Blanco, Horacio Arias, Stefania Carboni, Margherita Corbetta, Mannick Eigenheer, Isabelle Glenz, Diogo Henriques, Silvia Lai, Pier Francesco Lisci, Roberta Luna, Francisca Marzotto,…
  • The Courtyard House Plugin / People’s Architecture Office

    AD Editorial Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Architects: People’s Architecture Office Location: Chamber of Commerce of Dashilar Liulichang of Xicheng District, Beijing, Xicheng, Beijing, China, 100000 Area: 60.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office From the architect. The Courtyard House Plugin is essentially a house within a house. It is a prefabricated modular system designed to bring modern living standards and energy efficiency to buildings that are centuries old while keeping them fully intact. The Plugin at Courtyard 72 is part of Dashilar District’s Urban Regeneration Pilot. Located…
  • Bauhaus Architects And Associates’s Office / Bauhaus Architecs & Associates

    Fabian Cifuentes
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Architects: Bauhaus Architecs & Associates Location: Đối diện Sông Hồng building, Cầu Giấy, Hanoi, Vietnam Architect In Charge: Dung Trung Tran Design Team: Hoang Huy Nguyen, Thai Dinh Nguyen Area: 90.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Le Anh Duc – AIF STUDIO Engineering Team: Hieu Xuan Tran, Huan Dinh Tran 3 D Interior Rendering: Tayone From the architect. Located behind main hall of 20-storey office building, named Thanh Cong, the office is designed to be a highlight of the whole first floor space of the building in which interior designs is at nowhere near contemporary…
  • ODA Aims to Bring “Qualities of Private House” to Multi-Family Housing in Brooklyn

    Karissa Rosenfield
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    ODA Architecture has shared with us “510 Driggs,” a multi-family residential project that aims to provide residents with the “qualities of a private house” within Brooklyn’s dense urban landscape. Each of the six-story building’s 100 units will be equipped with a large, functional outdoor space and at least two exposures to maximize light and air. “What if we could live in cities where everyone could enjoy similar qualities of a private house,” asked ODA. “We then challenged the zoning rules and regulations and the very common fundamentals and typologies of typical…
  • Farmers Park / Hufft Projects

    AD Editorial Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Architects: Hufft Projects Location: Springfield, MO, USA Creative Director: Matthew Hufft Managing Director: Kimball Hales Area: 156400.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Mike Sinclair Project Manager & Commercial Director. : Jeffrey Kloch Graphic Designer: Andrew Fabin Structural Engineer: Meridian Structural Works Civil Engineer: Lee Engineering & Associates, LLC, M.E.P. Engineer: Colvin Jones Davis Consulting Engineers Code Consultant: FP&C Consultants Inc. Landscape Architect: Land 3 Studio General Contractor: Killian Construction Co. Client Matthew Hufft, Creative Director.
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  • 10 Things Every Buyer Should Know About Home Inspections

    Tara Mastroeni
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Home inspections give buyers an idea of their new home’s condition. Image Via: Period Architecture Ltd. Congratulations, your offer was accepted and you’re going to be a homeowner! After you’ve made all your phone calls to share the big news and sipped on a glass or two of celebratory campaign, it’s time to move on to the next step in the home buying process: the home inspection. At first glance, property inspections can seem daunting, especially if you’ve never been through the process. That’s where we come in. We’ve compiled a list of 10 Things Every Buyer Should Know…
  • Aerial Travel Memories Translated into Comfortable Rugs: LANDCARPET by Florian Pucher

    Lavinia
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    There are a lot of creative ways one can bring traveling inside a home. Designer Florian Pucher took memories of his journeys and transferred them into the design of these comfortable rugs. LANDCARPET is the name of a project consisting of 88 different carpet models, each inspired by an aerial view of a landscape. “I have always loved to travel and tried to always get window seats on planes,” explained Pucher. The items are customizable, Eco-friendly and suitable for children (as they are made from natural wool and use non-toxic glue). If you will have a look on the designer’s…
  • Intriguing Play of Volumes Exhibited by The Urbane House in Gujarat, India

    Lavinia
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Hiren Patel Architects completed the design and development of The Urbane House, a private contemporary home located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. According to the project developers, the project pays tribute to the concept “form follows function”, heavily reflected in the sharp lines that defines the language of the residence. An interesting play of volumes ensures diversity throughout, every interior offering a unique living experience. Nature was subtly blended in the design, resulting in a less rigid contemporary look. Here is a virtual tour of the house, as presented by the…
  • Industrial-Eclectic Restaurant and Events Venue in Craiova, Romania: Smart Pub

    Lavinia
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    Bucharest-based studio Yellow Office completed the design and development of a high quality restaurant and events venue near Preajba lake in Craiova, Romania. The place is filled with a vibrant personality and offers beautiful surrounding views. According to the architects, the design is based on a contemporary eclectic-industrial style. On this two storeys building the main theme was to create a major “object and material contrast”. Warm materials such as wood and recovered brick are highlighted by white metal and ceramics. Glossy elements are also contrasted by rough natural wood…
  • How Architects Minimize Urban Stress

    Shelley Little
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    Is urban stress real? If it is, how can architects minimize its effects with their designs? Image Source: Grossman Photo Experts are saying that we need to ready ourselves for a more urbanized, and therefore, a more depressed world. It seems that architects not only have to design homes that are modern, functional and green, but they now need to worry about the world’s mental health, as well. So how does urban living reflect upon ones mental health? Some may love living the big city life, while others may dream of escaping to a slower suburban pace.  With the world’s population…
 
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  • Touchscreen Landscapes

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    [Image: Screen grab via military.com]. This new, partly digital sand table interface developed for military planning would seem to have some pretty awesome uses in an architecture or landscape design studio. Using 3D terrain data—in the military's case, gathered in real-time from its planetary network of satellites—and a repurposed Kinect sensor, the system can adapt to hand-sculpted transformations in the sand by projecting new landforms and elevations down onto those newly molded forms. You can thus carve a river in real-time through the center of the sandbox, and watch as projected…
  • The Civic Minimum

    18 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    [Image: From Gravesend—The Death of Community by Chris Clarke]. Gravesend is a suburb east of London, hosting on its own eastern edge something of a secondary suburb: a mysterious town on the edge of town that turns out not to be a town at all. It is a simulated English village built in 2003 by the Metropolitan Police working with Equion Facilities Management and a firm called Advanced Interactive Systems (AIS). The barren streets and hollow buildings of this militarized non-place were designed for use as an immersive staging ground for police-training exercises, fighting staged riots,…
  • A Geography of Devices

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    [Image: Tokyo subway map, via re:form]. "Just as postal systems remade geographic places into zones determined by politics and history," Amy Johnson writes for re:form, "social media technologies are remaking them today." "Historically," Johnson writes, "the categories of both who helps in natural disasters and who is helped have largely been organized around place, in this case mapped according to its political and geographic dimensions, by government agencies and relief organizations with parallel structures. Recently, social media has broadened the category of who helps—and in doing so,…
  • We Can Terraform It For You Wholesale

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    [Image: Real estate development or avant-garde earthwork? The future streets of Ascaya; courtesy of Ascaya]. The website for the stalled Las Vegas development known as Ascaya—which we saw in the previous post through the aerial photographs of Michael Light—is itself quite remarkable and worth a quick visit. At first glance, the site could actually be mistaken for some kind of strange new media art project, a near-future ad for an interplanetary terraforming corporation dedicated to selling huge geometric shapes directly to consumers. Slow transitions drift from shot to shot as we peer out…
  • Landscape, Redacted

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:24 pm
    [Image: "Looking east over unbuilt Ascaya lots, Black Mountain beyond, Henderson, Nevada," 2010; from Black Mountain by Michael Light]. Photographer Michael Light has a new book coming out this fall, published by Radius Books, with work documenting the construction and large-scale terrestrial formatting of two housing developments in the American southwest, one unfinished, one gaudily over the top. They are known as Ascaya and Lake Las Vegas. [Image: "Unbuilt Ascaya lots and cul-de-sac looking west, Henderson, Nevada," 2011; from Black Mountain by Michael Light]. Ascaya was meant to ascend…
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  • DIY Replica Crayon Rings…A New Life for Broken Crayons!

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:33 pm
    The DIY Concrete Ring Kit is the gift that keeps on giving. You can reuse your high quality silicone mould to create replica rings. Broken Crayons? Don’t throw them away; my favourite trick is to create a replica crayon ring, providing a beautiful juxtaposition between the permanency of concrete and the temporality of wax. Creating these multi-coloured rings is the perfect way to involve your family (kids love this one!) or create gifts for other people. What you will need: 1. Oven  2. Broken Crayons  3. Scissors and/or kitchen knife  4. Silicone Mould/s (supplied with your DIY Concrete…
  • What is the meaning of home?

    admin
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Our homes represent more than our financial assets; they have a deep and unique emotional meaning. Our earliest memories of home are often connected to our childhood. For better or worse, they also represent the success of our parents: our homes are an outward expression of our family wealth, providing comfort, safety, and a sense of community. But as much as we define them, our homes also define us. For our ancestors, home was no more than a small fire and something to protect us from the elements of wind and rain. Somewhere between then and now, the notion of home has become far more…
  • Interview with Elena Orte Largo & Guillermo Sevillano, SUMA

    admin
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    SUMA was founded in 2005 by Elena Orte Largo and Guillermo Sevillano. SUMA is a young architecture office who also venture in construction, project management, furniture, product design and teaching. Located in Madrid, SUMA have gained some serious credibility for their socially and politically conscious design propositions and research. Their latest project was recently featured on ArchDaily. Below is an interview with SUMA who share their thoughts on everything from overrated architects to the future of our profession: Left: Elena Orte Largo and Guillermo Sevillano, Right: Play-time…
  • The Architact Collective collaborates with Kaitlin Beckett

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The Architact Collective are delighted to introduce their first collaboration with Kaitlin Beckett of A Curious Bestiary. Inspired by graffiti, Linda reached out for Kaitlin to consider using her Timber House Rings as a miniature canvas. Together Linda and Kaitlin have created a series of 6 limited edition hand-painted laser-cut wooden rings. The rings are available via the Architact Collective website where you can choose your favourite design and ring size before Kaitlin creates your ring to order. Left: ARMOURED BIRD GABLE ROOF, Middle: THE HEART GABLE ROOF, Right: SKULLFISH GABLE ROOF…
  • Smartphone Interior Design: 3 mobile apps for home decorators

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Redecorating your home is never as easy as anyone would anticipate. Our world is rapidly changing with advancements in technology. Mobile technology in particular has become an invaluable part of our daily lives and one way of transitioning your house into a dream home is with the use of mobile technology. Thousands of applications are available on the iPhone or smartphone. So where does one start? Mydecorative recently made a wonderful list of useful apps to help you with your home improvement ideas. Houzz, a visual community for homeowners and home professionals, has tapped into the…
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  • Artist And Sculptor, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our most recent artistic pick is Milan-based, London-educated artist and sculptor, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini. There is something strangely intriguing and mesmerizing about her chicken-wire sculptures. Trying to put our finger on it, we came up with more than a few explanations why we love these so much. One appealing aspect is that they look somehow unfinished and raw. The wire frame is usually the part of a sculpture we do not see. It is not the final product. And yet, these airy and lightweight pieces seem to lack nothing at all. They are very much finished and completed. And the lightness…
  • Kids Playground by Espace Libre

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Children deserve much more attention in urban planning than what they are getting currently. As small children and toddlers are not likely to raise their voices to demand the attention, it is up to us adults to do something about it. We need to support, demand and finance more initiatives that help children – and their parents – enjoy the outdoors, even in urban settings. French urban planning and architecture firm Espace Libre, has created a delightful multi-functional play area for toddlers in the commune of Alfortville, located 7.6 kilometres (4.7 miles) from the centre of…
  • Dune Villa in Utrechtse Heuvelrug, The Netherlands

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If we had only one word to describe this residence, we’d use harmony. If we’d have just two, we’d use harmony and elegance. Luckily, we can use many more, and timeless is a third word that comes to mind immediately. Architects Geert Bosch and Annemariken Hilberlink of Berlicum, Netherlands-based HILBERINKBOSCH architects designed this timeless gem for a couple whose children have already left the house. The villa is located in Utrechtse Heuvelrug, a municipality in the Dutch province of Utrecht. The key to the harmonious elegance of the house is the way it sits on its site.
  • Le Mistral Gift Shop in Tokyo

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Like its namesake, the Paris-Nice express train of the 1950s, Le Mistral gift shop in Tokyo is precise and orderly. With its navy blue base color and strict visual rules reminiscent of a dapper railway uniform, the interior is an effective vessel to display the tightly (strictly) edited selection of gift items from around the world. Designed by Jumpei Matsushima of JP architects, the 61 square-meter (656 sq.ft.) shop is also thoroughly Japanese in its sparse coloring and its neat and exact (precise)  division of space in ever-repeating rectangles. By giving clear rules (in both meanings…
  • Unisex Wrist Watch

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A simple take on the classic time-teller. Featuring a sandblasted, matte-black stainless steel case, with cool grey face and premium tan and black leather band. With Japanese Quartz Movement, Stainless Steel Bezel, Case & Caseback this watch is both beautiful and high quality. $129 - Purchase here
 
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  • The EVstudio Team Wins Two MAME Awards

    Bill Myhren
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    EVstudio won two Awards this weekend at the Marketing and Merchandising Excellence (MAME) Awards gala which honors the top achievers in the Denver area new home industry. The awards were presented by the Sales & Marketing Council and HBA of Metro Denver. Awards are comprised of marketing, sales, interior design, architectural, and builder awards. The competition this year drew over 250 entries and 500 home building professionals were in attendance. Jim Houlette, PE, won the “Rising Star of the Year” award and was highly praised for his leadership over the last five years as the…
  • Does IBC Allow Stairway Exception on Private Stairways

    Sean O'Hara
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    Does the IBC allow the old UBC 3306 (c) Exception of 8″ max rise & 9″ min run, for  “private stairways serving an occupancy load of less than 10?The design situation is a small retail store (Lubbock, Texas), owner access only, to a second story storage loft…Would appreciate your wisdom – Richard Richard, unfortunately, the answer is no. There are only 5 exceptions to the 7 inch maximum rise and 11 inch minimum tread depth: Alternating tread devices Spiral stairs Aisle stairs where the sightlines dictate steeper slope R-3 stairs in dwelling units can go to…
  • A Bump-Out for Traffic Calming and Storm Water Management

    John W. Olson
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    Bump-outs (also known as “curb extensions“) have become commonplace in many subdivisions across the country.  They are also common in the existing neighborhoods as a means of traffic-calming.  The purpose is to provide an additional element in protecting the vehicles parked on the street and enabling shorter, safer crossing for the pedestrian at the intersection.  The bump-out can be a costly add-on for a neighborhood considering the additional curb that is involved and additional measures that need to be taken to handle stormwater.  Careful consideration should be given…
  • Construction Cost per Square Foot for College Buildings: Dormitories

    Dean Dalvit
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    In a continued effort to keep our readers informed of the most current construction cost trends on projects that EVstudio has experience in, below is the 2013 cost data from RSMeans, the industry leader in construction cost estimating. These costs are for the completed, finished  building project and does not include land costs, entitlements costs, soft costs, financing costs, other site improvement costs or furnishings, trade fixtures or tenant equipment. This data is for College Dormitories. If you would like to discuss a Dormitory project with our design team, we would be happy to help…
  • Are you Smarter Than a 6th Grader…When it Comes to Flood Preparation?

    Dean Dalvit
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    We recently received a question from a local 6th Grader regarding flood preparation… Hello, My name is Molly and I am I sixth grader at a local middle school. I am participating in a program were we are researching a problem related to the Colorado 2013 flood. I have decided to research all about the infrastructure and architecture damage. I visited your website and I saw that you have great advice to help prepare your house for a flood. I was wondering if you could help me understand more about the damage to the houses and how to better prepare your house for a flood. -Molly…
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  • Intriguining Ideas in a House Shaped Like a Bridge

    Susan Kraemer
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    The Connecticut home designed by Joeb Moore+ Partners Architects is supported over a void like a bridge. The entry bridge echoes the Kent Falls setting – a series of cascades with many man-made wooden bridges across them. Entered on a second floor bridge from higher ground in the back, a living room below offers an inviting glimpse inside. This ground floor living room is actually an outdoor room with the comforts of a fire and movie screen “under the bridge.” The house spans the landscape with a central skylight bringing the tender northern light into its center. A…
  • The Contemporary Pearl of the Mediterranean

    Susan Kraemer
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Sculptured slabs of white stucco embrace the blue Mediterranean skies in La Perla Del Mediterraneo by Spainville. A dramatic architectural style perfectly reflects its elemental setting. Surely the Greek gods of ancient fables will ascend these lime-washed stairs to the crest of the craggy mountain. The structure is centered on a swimming pool jutting out on the second floor. The placement of the pool creates a view as if from an eagles nest. But actually, the house is set on a grassed plateau. Its magic is part of its setting, near the heights of the mythic mountain. The contemporary home is…
  • An Ageless Beauty in the Valle de Bravo Mexican Jungle

    Susan Kraemer
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Mexican firm CHK arquitectura have concocted a dwelling that is quietly absorbed into the surrounding forest like an ancient ruin. The Maza house is like an apparition in the forest of Valle de Bravo. Parts of the naturally weathered concrete exterior look as if the house has been long abandoned to weeds, like a ruin that has seen better times. But its cascades of terraced green roofs sprouting weedy growth top fully glazed interiors. It is a restrained and elegant house that is full of surprises and contrasts. Stained concrete gives way to the warmth of travertine floors and the civility of…
  • Design Dilemma: Stylish Home Offices

    preynolds
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Modern Home Office by Santa Monica Photographers Izumi Tanaka Photography Remember the days in which the home office was that barren little room off the garage that got very little love? There was the leatherbound encyclopedia set ensconced in a laminate bookcase, complete with a matching laminate desk and a battered office chair? Occasionally, you’d catch the scent of motor oil. Well, today’s home office has come a ways from those days. In part, that’s because technology today is light and lean, allowing us to transform any corner of our homes into an office with ease.
  • Playa Vida Residence by Casis Architects Meets Unusual Brief

    Susan Kraemer
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    In Panama, Casis Architects have built four residences in the Playa Vida Residences to meet an unusual requirement. They must have timeless beauty. So the architects work from the theory of “La Idea Construida” of the Spanish architect Alberto Camplo Baeza, who exemplifies eternal beauty in architecture by taking light seriously as a construction element. Luxury and elegance is explored throughout in the simplest of spaces, all beautifully lit. The architects paint with light. Direct unfiltered daylight is seen through a frame that itself diffuses light bathing it from the side. The…
 
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  • The Eurasian Prize 2015 now open for entries

    v2com newswire
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Yekaterinburg, RussiaThe Eurasian PrizeCompetition, Commercial Architecture, Commercial Interior Design, Industrial Design, Institutional Architecture, Institutional Interior Design, Residential Architecture, Residential Interior Design, Urban DesignTime to compete for the Eurasian Prize has come! Become recipient of the award defining universal recognition of your talent, skill and taste among top class professionals in architecture and design. The Eurasian Prize (rus. «Евразийская Премия») Organizing Committee announces start of works submission for competition program in…
  • AIA Chicago honors the worldwide presence of outstanding work from Chicago architecture firms

    v2com newswire
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Chicago, United StatesAIA ChicagoCompetition, Commercial Architecture, Event + Exhibition, Industrial Architecture, Institutional Architecture, Residential Architecture Perkins + Will, UrbanLab, and Wheeler Kearns Architects are among the winners at the 59th annual awards ceremony highlighting the best architecture from Chicago firms. * PRESS RELEASE AND IMAGES UNDER EMBARGO. Do not publish before Friday October 24, 2014 22:00 Time Zone: -05:00 (Chicago) *The Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Chicago) will honor the best architectural work of the year at Designight,…
  • Alcoa launches the 3rd edition of It's Design contest

    v2com newswire
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Montreal, CanadaAlcoa Canada Groupe Produits primairesCompetition, Architectural Products , Industrial Design, Object + Accessory, Product, Sustainable Development, TransportAluminium as a driver of mobility Following Aluminum innovates at home, in 2008, and Setting the table for aluminum, in 2012, Alcoa Canada proudly presents Aluminum as a driver of mobility, the third edition of the company's prized consumer product design contest. Focusing this year on sustainable mobility, a theme ripe with possibilities, this contest of ideas benefits from the ongoing support of Association of…
  • Official launching: 1st edition of PARAMÈTRES, a publication dedicated to the promotion of strategic integration of industrial design in Quebec industry

    v2com newswire
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Montreal, CanadaAssociation des designers industriels du Québec (ADIQ)Event + Exhibition, Business, Edition, Industrial Design
  • 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial 1 November – 14 December 2014 ‘The Future Is Not What It Used To Be’

    v2com newswire
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    İstanbul, TurkeyIstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) Event + Exhibition, Culture, Lifestyle, Object + AccessoryThe Design Biennial prepares to take its place in the city's design memory COUNTDOWN FOR THE 2nd ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL The 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) will take place from 1 November to 14 December 2014 and will be held free of charge. Curated by Zoë Ryan and titled The Future Is Not What It Used To Be, the biennial will host more than 50 projects that ask: “What is the future now?” by…
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  • Stopping Energy Leaks in your Small Home

    SHS
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    One of the reasons people get into small houses and tiny homes is to have less of an impact and save money. It is estimated that people spend 20% of their income on energy costs. Properly insulating any size home can save big money. Check out this infographic about energy leaks and insulation for information about properly insulating your home. Via: SprayFoamKit.com Related posts: Need to watch: The Story of STUFF w/ Annie Leonard Lifecycle Building Challenge 3: Let’s see some Small Houses! Noble Home awarded at Green Dot Awards Calling small house dwellers, builders and designers
  • Small Sustainable Cabin – Ragged Island, Maine

    SHS
    17 Jan 2012 | 11:23 am
    This small, off-grid, sustainable cabin on Ragged Island twenty miles from the coast of Maine was the brainchild of the owner’s architectural designer daughter, Alex Scott Porter, who designed the structure for her retired father, Bruce Porter, former professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The exterior is clad in corrugated steel, with rolling storm shutters to cover the windows for when the blustery squalls so common to this region strike. Thanks to the extremely remote location of the site, 90% of the materials and all of the work crew had to be shipped…
  • Smallworks Studios/Laneway Housing Arts & Crafts 750

    SHS
    14 Nov 2011 | 7:00 am
    A laneway house, as I’m sure you’re all aware by now, is a house built on existing lots (typically in the backyard of an existing house) that face onto the back lane or alley. Their popularity rose on the west coast of Canada, particularly in metro Vancouver, but have since spread across North America as a chic development in crowded residential areas, which is where Smallworks Studios/Laneway Housing comes in. Obviously space is at a premium on metro lots, so small house sensibilities are often applied in tandem with the obvious economic advantages of building with a small…
  • Form & Forest’s Pioneer Prefab Cabin

    SHS
    13 Sep 2011 | 5:00 am
    Canada’s Form & Forest present this unique cabin built on a pristine five-acre lot in the Rockies. Rather than go the traditional route of log homes, Form & Forest wanted to try something a little different. This 360 degree glass design incorporates a shed roof that opens up one side of the structure, allowing in a cascade of light, quite the reverse of the more conventional small cabin windows set in thickly-logged walls. With two bedrooms and two sleeping lofts, it provides the perfect wilderness retreat for a mid-sized family. Addressing the concerns of the remote locations…
  • Small House A/C – The NewAir AC-10000H

    SHS
    10 Aug 2011 | 12:46 am
    We recently received a NewAir AC-10000H Air Conditioner to review from Air and Water, Inc.. Although many people prefer window units to portable air conditioners, people that live in small homes, apartments, etc. or in neighborhoods that restrict window units from being used (mostly for aesthetic reasons) turn to portable air conditioners to cool their homes. Others prefer portable air conditioners because they are easy to install and don’t require heavy lifting (other than getting it out of the box!) And some prefer a portable units because they are still able to enjoy sun light coming…
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  • Selecting New Energy-Efficient Windows

    John
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    If your home has very old and/or inefficient windows, it might be more cost-effective to replace them than to try to improve their energy efficiency. New, energy-efficient windows eventually pay for themselves through lower heating and cooling costs, and sometimes even lighting costs. When properly selected and installed, energy-efficient windows can help minimize your heating, …
  • Window Cord Safety Tips

    John
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Children and window cords don’t mix. When window cords are accessible to small children, these seemingly harmless products may become strangulation hazards. This is especially important with older window coverings that may not meet the latest national standard for window cord safety. If at all possible, use only non-corded window coverings in homes where infants …
  • Prepare Your Home for Fall

    John
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    1. Clean Out the Gutters All the leaves and grime that you neglected while you were out swimming, hiking or riding your bicycle this summer have built up in your gutters. If left full of debris, clogged gutters and drains can form ice dams that prevent your drainage systems from working properly. This can lead …
  • Take Steps to Lower Energy Bills

    John
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Right in your own home, you have the power to save money and energy. Saving energy reduces our nation’s overall demand for resources needed to make energy, and increasing your energy efficiency is like adding another clean energy source to our electric power grid. Some of the tips are simple to do. Others require more …
  • Tips on Buying a BBQ Grill

    John
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    Need a new BBQ grill? Once you have figured out the type and price, it’s time to assess the key components of every grill: •Cooking System: The core of any good grill is the cooking system. A well made charcoal grill will contain a sturdy, heavy-duty, plated steel cooking grate and a charcoal grate to …
 
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  • Architecture Blog: Pirate's Plunder wins "Best Meal" at 2014 CANstruction

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Jon Lee and I were honored to co-captain Team WATG as we competed in the CANstruction competition, sponsored by AIA Honolulu at Pearlridge Center. In our eight-year history of competing in CANstruction, this is the first year we used every single can in our structure. In total, over 4,000 cans were used to build the treasure chest and octopus. Every single can will go to the Hawaii Foodbank.See the video below documenting the entire CANstruction process: We were also on the KHON evening news: Although we didn't win the coveted "Jurors' Favorite" award, Team WATG once again brought…
  • Architecture Blog: WATG Takes the ALS Challenge

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    What started in Irvine as a challenge to the WATG/Wimberly Interiors leadership group, the ALS Challenge spread globally throughout WATG's offices and was open to all employees. Each office faced different conditions, and were able to improvise... Both Irvine and Los Angeles were sensitive to the serious drought in California and came up with an interesting twist.A total of 51 people took the challenge in Singapore (where the ice melted quickly).With ice in short supply in London,  the London team applied more water (much more).Dubai experienced 100% participation in their office (a WATG…
  • Architecture Blog: Opening up to nature: The Hawaii Convention Center

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Sometimes, instead of reinventing the wheel, all that needs to be done is to give it an update for present-day use. The same approach can be applied to architecture. Between World War I and World War II, people were preoccupied with buildings that allowed air and sunshine in. These more open structures started a movement that shaped modern architecture as we know it.In 1997, WATG expanded on the concept of open-air architecture when designing the Hawaii Convention Center. Located in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, the building highlights Hawaii's culture and natural beauty with an open design…
  • Architecture Blog: Why future skyscrapers and buildings will be made with wood

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Concrete and steel have been the primary materials used to construct the majority of buildings, including nearly all skyscrapers built within the past century. However, as architect Michael Green so eloquently stated during a 2013 TED Talk, wood provides an innovative and environmentally friendly building material solution.  Steel and concrete represent three and five percent, respectively, of man's greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, 47 percent of CO2 emissions in the United States comes from buildings, according to Green.Wood buildings not only store carbon dioxide, but they also…
  • Architecture Blog: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

    27 Jan 2014 | 1:53 pm
    They say you actually haven't seen Vietnam until you see Ha Long Bay. Indeed, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see destination when visiting the country. The bay is dotted with spectacular limestone rock formations, islands and islets; some of the islands have enormous cave formations and lagoons. An overnight stay on a boat is a great way to experience the calm and serene bay. In the afternoon, the islands take on a warm hue. At dusk, they seem to appear ghostly; an abstracted layers and layers of shades and shadows. At early dawn, when all is peaceful and quiet, the bay takes on a…
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    The Shouting Hare

  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Opens

    Alison Strickler
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Hoerr Schaudt Design Helps Garden Explore, Explain, and Celebrate the World of Plants On October 2-4, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden gave the public a peek into Phase I of… Read More > The post Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Opens appeared first on The Shouting Hare.
  • Johnson Center at North Park University Opens

    Alison Strickler
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
      The Johnson Center, North Park University’s new centerpiece of science and community life, opened on Friday. Hoerr Schaudt worked with a world-class, multidisciplinary team of architects and engineers to… Read More > The post Johnson Center at North Park University Opens appeared first on The Shouting Hare.
  • Jim Urban on Trees

    Peter Schaudt
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    I always enjoy checking out the Deep Root blog all about trees and what they really need to survive. Recently, I watched a few videos of Jim Urban, FASLA  on Deep Root,… Read More > The post Jim Urban on Trees appeared first on The Shouting Hare.
  • Hoerr Schaudt Leads Landscape Design for New Zurich North America Headquarters

    Hoerr Schaudt
    24 Jun 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Hoerr Schaudt is pleased to lead the landscape design for Zurich North America’s new headquarters in Schaumburg, IL. The site, situated at Meacham Road and I-90, will be the home… Read More > The post Hoerr Schaudt Leads Landscape Design for New Zurich North America Headquarters appeared first on The Shouting Hare.
  • Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Video

    Alison Strickler
    7 May 2014 | 10:37 am
    Kelly Norris, the Horticulture Manager at the Des Moines Botanical Garden, takes video viewers through the construction site of the new gardens designed by Hoerr Schaudt. For a peek at what… Read More > The post Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Video appeared first on The Shouting Hare.
 
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  • Window Film Offers Benefits Beyond Energy Savings

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Energy savings is often front-and-center in conversations about commercial window film. As an effective way to control solar heat gain and reduce monthly energy bills, low-e window film can help commercial building owners and managers save money and improve thermal comfort. But window film can also address several other issues within a commercial facility. Expand Security Window film can help improve safety of glass panels when they’re broken. Security window film – or window film with safety features – can provide a barrier that holds glass in place upon impact. Instead of sending…
  • Data Center Energy Consumption is Growing

    14 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    Going paperless has long been touted as a way to help the environment by saving trees, reducing paper manufacturing, etc. But when paperwork disappears, the activities that replace it (email, internet use, social media, etc.) may actually contribute to increased energy usage. There are close to 3 million data centers (and 12 million servers) across the country, and a new study shows that most small, mid-sized, and corporate data centers are wasting energy by continuing to draw power while doing little or no work. In 2013, for example, data centers and their servers used nearly 91 billion…
  • Does LEED Certification Improve Hotel Revenue?

    7 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    A new study from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration – The Impact of LEED Certification on Hotel Performance – supports what some sustainability professionals have been saying for years about LEED’s effect on commercial buildings (including increased revenue). In hotels with LEED certification from the USGBC, Cornell’s study found increases in average daily room rates, as well as in revenue per available room. Ninety-three LEED-certified hotels were compared to a group of 514 comparable (but non-certified) hotels. These hotels had similar structure, size, and…
  • Saving Energy with Office Equipment

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    With so much attention paid to lighting, HVAC, and other major building systems when it comes to energy-saving projects, it can be easy to overlook the small changes to everyday processes and equipment that can add up to major energy savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, office equipment consumes nearly 7% of commercial electricity, costing commercial buildings across the country approximately $1.8 billion total each year. Working with the tenants or occupants in your building to implement small changes to the use of office equipment may help you further reduce monthly energy…
  • Green Power: Onsite or Offsite?

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    If you’re considering alternative energy sources for your commercial building, it’s important to realize that you have two options: you can choose to generate green power onsite or purchase it from a third party. Here is some information that may help you decide … Onsite Alternative Energy Sources It’s becoming increasingly common for commercial buildings to install solar (PV) panels, wind turbines, geothermal systems, etc. as part of their energy-efficiency plans – especially as more solutions are being designed to work with a variety of building types and locations. Renewable…
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    Life of an Architect

  • An Interview with Vasi Ypsilantis – Part Two

    Bob Borson
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Vasi Ypsilantis is an internationally renown kitchen designer who I was able to talk at length about her award-winning creative process, her distinguished career, and how her participation in the Kitchen Design Contest – both as a winning recipient, and later as a judge shaped her process and benefited her career. This is the second half of our interview – the first half can be found here.Vasi began her design career in 1985 after attending Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Starting in the kitchen design and cabinet sales industry, she honed her skills quickly and…
  • “As Required” is not required

    Bob Borson
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I’m an architect who historically does not travel much but the last few months have included a heavy mix of flying in and out of various destinations. I am currently sitting in seat 13D flying back from presenting and acting as Master of Ceremonies for the AIA Potomac Valley Design Celebration. My schedule this weekend was kept full and action packed; I shared the stage with Steve Dumez from Eskew Dumez and Ripple, an award-winning firm from New Orleans, participated in a Master class lunch at the AIA Potomac Valley chapter house, attended a lecture at the University of Maryland School…
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  • Olive Grove House by Team Green Architects

    Miguel Rus
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    © Sam Hartnett Olive Grove House is a small single level energy efficient house is located near the end of the Kawarau Gorge, in Central Otago, in wine country. Orgainised in a linear fashion the three bedrooms are accessed from the rear of the open kitchen and living area. Each bedroom has private views of the quiet countryside. The house is built primarily from timber framing. The use of steel is limited because of cost and the desire to reduce thermal bridging through the structure. The house is well insulated for thermal protection. Designed along the north / south axis the west and east…
  • Home 11 by i29 interior architects

    Alberto Seller
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    © Ewout Huibers A formerly garage space in Amsterdam’s area de Pijp, turned into a spacious house naturally lit by large roof lights. The interior with a generous 230m2 on one floor level is finished in a simple material palette. The repetition of rectangular rough oak wooden surfaces is in great contrast with the stark white walls, black surfaces and grey cast flooring. © Ewout Huibers The custom designed kitchen includes a large wooden sliding door to cover integrated storage areas, with a contrasting black cooking island in front. Built-in cabinets and a fireplace have the same…
  • Quote #136 – Norman Foster

    Miguel Rus
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Architecture is an expression of values. Norman Foster
  • Shepherds Bush Pavilion by Flanagan Lawrence

    Miguel Rus
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    © Anthony Weller The Shepherds Bush Pavilion- a Grade II listed building dating from 1923- was originally constructed as a cinema. Designed by Frank Verity, it won the RIBA London Street Architecture Award for the best London façade. Heavily damaged during World War II, the building was poorly repaired, subsequently converted to a Bingo Hall in 1983 and closed its doors for good in 2001, remaining disused for much of the next decade. In 2009 planning permission was granted for conversion into a four-star, 320-room hotel with conference facilities, café, restaurant, bar, retail spaces and a…
  • Dune Villa by Hilberink Bosch Architecten

    Alberto Seller
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    © René de Wit A site in a pine forest with a height difference of six meters is unique in the Netherlands. The clients are aware of that and asked us to design a ‘living’ house which fully adopts the qualities of the plot. They cite three icons as a reference, each with their own qualities. De scenic naturalness of F.L. Wright, the openness of Mies van der Rohe and the tactile materiality of Zumthor. With a sense of necessary modesty we accepted the assignment. © René de Wit The plot exists of three areas: dense vegetation towards the street, a large open space at the front and an…
 
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  • brick house design a 2500 sq.ft. farmhouse set within hills and farms

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    1 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Indian Home Design brick house design a 2500 sq.ft. farmhouse set within hills and farms - http://www.indianhomedesign.com/brick-h... October 1 from Home Design - Indian Home... - Comment - Like
  • 750 Sq.ft Modern House Plan

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    Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular

  • What is Permanent Modular Construction?

    Janet Field
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    The construction industry dates back to, well prehistory. Although we have advanced from Neolithic times and no longer use bones as tools, the construction industry has been somewhat held back in terms of advancement.   In fact in contrast to the other US industries which have experienced continuous growth in productivity, the construction industry productivity actually experienced a period of decline from 1995 to 2001 (Triplett and Bosworth, 2004).… Read More... The post What is Permanent Modular Construction? appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Live Free or Die Trying

    Glenn Cort
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Pictured is me with my wife Brooke and my boys, John (14) and Mikey (11) nearing the top of Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH on Columbus Day. Our communications person Janet is always “bothering me” to contribute to our blog and finally I have something important to write about. In this case, I have an important public service announcement: beware of making a casual decision about how to fill up a holiday weekend.… Read More... The post Live Free or Die Trying appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • MARKETING AND SALES DEPT JOB POST

    Janet Field
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR/MANAGER We are looking for an outgoing charismatic team player to fill an integral role at Triumph Modular. This person will round out our sales and marketing department, help to align the two departments and achieve our lead generation goals. What we are looking for: Reports directly to Principal EVP, works in close coordination with EVP and Director of Business Development to reach target prospect audience while also providing day to day admin support, processing and assistance on incoming sales inquiries.… Read More... The post MARKETING…
  • 8 Modular Design Considerations

    Janet Field
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    8 Modular Design Considerations for Permanent Modular Construction As construction managers specializing in modular construction at Triumph Modular, we are often asked what the design considerations are when using modular construction. Each project is different and there are a myriad of options when designing a building to be constructed using modular or prefab methodology.… Read More... The post 8 Modular Design Considerations appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Lexington High School Expands with Permanent Modular Construction

    Janet Field
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    MODULAR CONSTRUCTION IS LEXINGTON’S SOLUTION Triumph Modular Provided Lexington High School with 18,000 sq. ft. of Classroom Space, over the summer break. The building was ready for student’s first day, on time and on budget! Take a look at these images of the modular building featuring 15 new classrooms the students of Lexington High will occupy.… Read More... The post Lexington High School Expands with Permanent Modular Construction appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
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  • Cute Colorful DIY Pom-Pom Crafts and Ideas [Video Included]

    Codreanu Andreea
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    The right interior decor for little ones is very easy to find, but usually the design items are quite pricey so why not try to create some yourself. The following topic requires a great deal of patience and time but the end result is fun, colorful and highly appreciated and loved by little ones. Pom-poms have always been associated with childhood and the pom-pom craft revives old memories of my grandmother making me crouched hats with colorful pom poms. And although I’m not a child anymore, pom-pom rugs and chairs and blankets make me smile and seem so cozy and warm that I want to start…
  • 14 Smart Kitchen Gadgets That Will Simplify and Beautify Your Life

    Anton Giuroiu
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    14 Smart Kitchen Gadgets are standing in front of you, here to prove that are worthy and useful to any kitchen design, meant to simplify and beautify your life. The kitchen is a magical room in which we meet, discuss, eat, dine and express ourselves. We should, naturally, do everything possible to enhance the cooking process and enjoy the results, make tiresome and repetitive process simple and neat. These are not the first kitchen gadgets featured on Homesthetics, we invite you to follow this link for more options and enjoy the ones showcased below. #1 Bialetti 7265 Trends Collection 5…
  • Smart DIY Melted Crayon Art Project Adding Color To Any Decor [Video Included]

    Anton Giuroiu
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Some of us will never get bored of the shiver triggered by fresh supplies for school in autumn, it is simply a unique moment to acquire these items whether they are for you or your loved ones, a symbolic moment, they are the bricks on which knowledge will rest. Being comfortable with your pencil, notebook and books is highly important. Education plays a vital role in society and in the life of every individual and as you probably know, learning by doing is an extraordinary efficient technique that always gives results. We invite you to add a 24 pack of crayons on your shopping list near…
  • 25 Creative DIY Wall Art Projects Under $50 That You Should Try

    Codreanu Andreea
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    The walls of our home are like a blank canvas ready to be painted. They define a room’s personality, style and says tons about its owner. Designing a wall can be tricky and most of the time requires a specialist if you don’t feel confident enough in your own skills and ideas. But we believe that a professional design lacks that particular individuality and style only you can add to your room. Colors, textures, materials are all defining and can wreck or empower any room of your home. Bold accents are an often used theme in most interior designs and architects love a statement…
 
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  • Celebrity Homes for Sale and You will Amaze the Price

    alisan
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Yes, there is something like celebrity homes for sale, and you will find out that many celebrities doing the same things for many reasons. Let’s find out, some of the lists are just right here. First is Michael C. Hall. The main lead of the Dexter series sold his house about $4.5 million. The things that you will get inside the home are six bedrooms and six full bathrooms. The total square feet of the land are 5,618 square feet. You will also discover a main home, which is completed with guest quarters. The home is located in Los Angeles. Some reviews say that this house is not…
  • The Legendary Hearst Castle

    alisan
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Yes, Hearst Castle has a similar sound with Hurst Castle, but you know what? Both castles are totally different. The first castle is a typical historical and national mansion, which you can find in California. Meanwhile, the second one is a typical device fort you will discover in England. Now, you see the different? This castle, during 1920s to 1930s, no one can easily enter it. Only some famous or elite politician can be a part of this castle like Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, and Joan Crawford is some of famous and elite politician who is becoming the special…
  • Things to Wonder Toward Santa Monica High School

    alisan
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Santa Monica High School or Samohi to ease you call it, is one of high school you can find in California, precisely inside Santa Monica. The school itself was built in the very beginning of 1884. Yes, the school is quite old. However, after the school is re-located for several times, the school is re-opened one more time in 1906. As the high school is re-opened, the location is also changed. Since 1906, the high school location has been at 90405 Santa Monica, California 601 Pico Blvd. Similar to the location which is that making several moves to another place, the building also appears…
  • Santa Monica Pier Concerts Free Performance Line-Up for Summer 2014

    alisan
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Santa Monica Pier concerts like twilight concerts are something that is waiting for the concert-goers to enjoy. It is already thirty years now the twilight concerts tradition is held. The music that you will enjoy in Santa Monica Pier is such thing you will never meet in any places, since you will discover plenty music genres that will entertain you. You can enjoy the concerts in two ways, the first one is by paying the concert performance you are watching and the second one is by no paying anything for the concert performance that is held in there. Santa Monica Pier Concerts Twilight…
  • Santa Monica City College Offers the Students a Lot of Remarkably Conveniences

    alisan
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Santa Monica City College will be a great option for you to continue your study in higher education. It is normal to be confused in deciding the school, because you must choose the right school which offers a great education program. There are a lot of remarkable colleges in high quality for the programs, services, facilities and their learning process. One of them is Santa Monica College, which was founded in 1929. At the first open, this school that is located not more two miles through Pacific Ocean only had about 150 students. However, nowadays, the college has developed and grown…
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  • Richard Meier Lecture 2014

    mistriotis
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Richard Meier founded his New York City-based firm in 1963. His practice has completed commissions worldwide that range from civic structures, museums, and corporate headquarters, to housing and private residences. From early projects through today, Meier and his partners continue to embody the accolades of the Pritzker Prize citation given to him almost thirty years […]
  • Feminism and Architecture

    mistriotis
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    On March 18, 2014, architect, critic, and educator Susana Torre presented the keynote address for Feminism and Architecture: Intergenerational Conversations, a program co-organized by The Architectural League and Parsons The New School for Design. Torre was the curator of the 1977 League exhibition Women in American Architecture: A Historic and Contemporary Perspective, and editor of […]
  • Winka Dubbledam

    mistriotis
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Founded by Winka Dubbeldam in 1994, New York-based Archi-Tectonics pursues elegance and innovation in the exploration of form and sustainability. Inspired by industrial design products such as airplane wings and car parts, Dubbeldam seeks efficiency and optimization with an abiding concern toward “three fields of investigation: armature, surface, and interface.” Working internationally at a range […]
  • SIFT Studio: League Prize Interview

    mistriotis
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Through his Ann Arbor design practice, SIFT Studio, Adam Fure works to enliven “old substances through new treatments; composing new aesthetic mixtures from the matter at [one’s] fingertips.” Through these experiments, SIFT Studio “promotes architecture’s unique capacity to shape experience, which is neither essentialized nor thought to be static and singular.” SIFT Studio is one […]
  • Estudio Macías Peredo

    mistriotis
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    EMERGING VOICE 2014. Founded in 2012 by Salvador Macías Corona and Magui Peredo Arenas, the Guadalajara-based Estudio Macías Peredo focuses on design and construction, embracing a critical regionalism in which the craftsman is part of the building process. In their lecture, Macías and Peredo discuss the strong influence that the geographic and social conditions in […]
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    From Rurban to Urban

  • City of Boulevards or City of Malls? Urban Transport Infrastructure Retrofits Are Changing the Urban Landscape in Helsinki and Tampere

    Timo H.
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    This article has been written in collaboration with Panu Lehtovuori and was originally published in Project Baltia's issue 22 "Infrastructure". Project Baltia is a professional journal covering architecture, urban planning, and design in North-West Russia, Finland, and the Baltic states. The journal is published in St. Petersburg. Panu Lehtovuori is an architect and urbanist. Currently he works as the Professor of Planning Theory at Tampere University of Technology’s School of Architecture. Not all images were published in Project Baltia. Substantial infrastructure investments are currently…
  • PehmoGIS-menetelmillä kohti asuintoiveita priorisoivaa kaupunkikehittämistä

    Timo H.
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    Yksi nykypäivän kaupunkisuunnittelun ydinongelmista on, että suunnittelua ohjaa joukko rakenteita, jotka eivät osaa lukea 2000-luvun kaupunkilaisten käsityksiä kiinnostavasta ja hyvästä kaupunkitilasta. Useimmat kaupunkien rakentamiseen liittyvät lakimme, virastomme ja käytäntömme on nimittäin luotu aikana, jolloin palvottiin modernismin alttaria ja sitä myötä tuottamaan takavuosien suunnittelijoiden ihanteiden mukaista yhtenäistä kaupunkitilaa ihmislähtöisyyden kustannuksella. Satuin maaliskuussa esikaupunkialueita kuvatessani Malmilla kohtaan, jossa tuntui samassa…
  • Can SoftGIS Tools Help Us Rediscover the “Human Element” for Shaping Livable High Density Urban Neighborhoods?

    Timo H.
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    The field of geography is a brilliant academic discipline that gives you a thorough understanding of the world and lets you focus on whatever interests you. And being the urbanist geographer that I am, this summer I’ve been thinking a lot about what my colleagues could do to help with creating better cities. The more I’ve thought about it, I’ve begun to discover that the answer may lie in the area of specialization that I always liked the least: GIS. GIS stands for Geographical Information Systems which in turn refers to applications that can be used to gather, maintain, store,…
  • Finnish Mall Enthusiasts Add Little Value to Local Economies

    Timo H.
    12 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    “Jeez, not another mall”, I thought out loud to myself when I read that Helsinki’s City Board unanimously approved to reserve a 2.5-hectare piece of land in Roihupelto, in the middle of Helsinki’s eastern suburbs for the development of a new shopping destination. Two developers want to see new big box stores and to transform an existing modern but run down industrial building into retail space. If all goes as planned, construction of the shopping complex could start already this year with the introduction of Motonet, a chain that markets itself as a “department store for car…
  • Tampere’s Aimless Urban Strategy of Planning for Cars and People

    Timo H.
    11 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
    I’ve mostly written about Helsinki in my blog but since I also follow many interesting planning projects and discussions elsewhere in Finland, I want to expand my geographical scope now and then to share thoughts and insights from different corners of this urbanizing country. May this be the first one of many more. Beyond the beautiful streets of Helsinki, I’m especially actively curious about what’s going on in Finland’s second largest urban center, Tampere. Tampere is located on an isthmus between lakes Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi, a bit less than 200km north from Helsinki. The city…
 
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  • Shopping inspirations from Lodz Design Festival | THE WEEKLY WANT

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    1.  Agnella FOLK carpetsInspired by Polish folk culture. All the series is beautiful, made of 100% wool.2. Saska Fabrik desk.Made without using nails, every detail is cared of.3. Easy by Noti, by Wierszyłłowski i ProjektanciCollection for small apartments. Cosists of several elements so there are lots of options. You can choose color of every element.4. Beautiful, thick carpet from UdekorujDom.pl. 5. Bolesławiec One of the most famous Polish potterywith very characteristic patterns.6. Veda Concept seatingSo comfortable!7. Cute foxy wallpaper8. Bathtub and sink from Marmorin.So…
  • Industrial interiors of hipster OFF Piotrkowska in Lodz | IN MY LENS

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    During my stay in Lodz for Lodz Design Festival I visited already famous in Poland OFF Piotrkowska. Hidden in a yard between the buildings next to the city's main street it is a super-hipster place full of original pubs, cafes, restaurants and artists ateliers. At night it is super busy party spot, at day still lively yet more calm.As the the whole space is post-industrial - the buildings were earlier factories - the interiors are industria, loft-like, rough. What caught my attention most were - as usually - lamps and they were the main target of my pictures. Other posts from Łódź Design…
  • Cute designer lighting spotted during Lodz Design Festival | IN MY LENS

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    In the second post from Lodz Design Festival let me show you intriguing lamps that I loved at the exhibitions. Read also the first post, Creative Designer Ideas for Brave New World,  and if you love designer lamps just like me, check out my other postsMuuto lampThe winners in MUST HAVEcompetitionLineworks / by Monika Brauntsch i Sonia Słaboń / Kafti Design / www.kafti.comThe winners in MUST HAVEcompetitionLineworks / by Monika Brauntsch i Sonia Słaboń / Kafti Design / www.kafti.comAntoni Arola, Moare lampLightovo, Milo lampLightovo, Milo lamp. I really like the…
  • Lodz Design Festival - creative designer ideas for Brave New World | IN MY LENS

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    I just came back from Lodz Design Festival, the biggest and the most important design festival in Poland. With my head full of new information and good design with this post I am starting to show the things I saw on my blog. The first post is about innovative or especially interesting ideas of designers I came across on the festival. Some of these I showed you inI showed you in this post ut believe me it's a completely different thing to see it live!1. Textile with patterns inspired by Polish urban landscape - window grating.Great idea. And the textiles are really nice and modern, I'd…
  • Designer lamps in Suits | MOVIE INTERIORS

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    I am watching "Suits", a series about young New Yorker lawyers, from the beginning. I love seeing the bright, modern interiors of their office. I don;t know how it's in your countries but in Poland lawyer's offices look completely different - with antique, heavy wooden furniture, carpets, dark colors.There could be said a lot about the cool color palette, set design and amazing pieces of furniture in "Suits", so I decided to only focus on...lamps. They are really beautiful, look. This metal lamp is really interesting! I  found this tripod lamp in a…
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  • Architectural CAD Services: Flexibility of Wood

    admin321
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    The AEC Associates Architectural CAD Services need to take into account each of the factors impacting the choice of materials to ensure that the end result is nothing less than spectacular. Wood has been a favorite building material for designers since the times [...] The post Architectural CAD Services: Flexibility of Wood appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
  • Architectural Drafting Services:The Grandeur of Hotel Architecture

    admin321
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The AEC Associates architectural drafting services have to acquire special skills in hotel architecture since growing urbanization has resulted in a sharp rise in the need for hotels in cities all over [...] The post Architectural Drafting Services:The Grandeur of Hotel Architecture appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
  • 3 Essential Features of NDAs For Architectural Drafting Services

    admin321
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    The AEC Associates Architectural Drafting Services work tirelessly on each project to bring out something unique, something exquisite every time. If by any chance the design or a part of it is leaked or stolen before the project is complete, the consequences can be [...] The post 3 Essential Features of NDAs For Architectural Drafting Services appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
  • 3 Advantages of 3D CAD Modeling for Architectural Drafting Services

    admin321
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:38 pm
    3D CAD Modeling has revolutionized the working of The AEC Associates Architectural drafting services over the past two decades. It has helped the design professionals to work more efficiently, more accurately and with complete freedom. This has been a major shift [...] The post 3 Advantages of 3D CAD Modeling for Architectural Drafting Services appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
  • Architectural Drafting Services: Lifelike 3D Views

    admin321
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:24 am
    Lifelike 3D views are important tools in the arsenal of Architectural drafting services. A client is always eager to know how the structure would finally look like on completion and these 3D views are used to satisfy their curiosity and get their feedback. However, the fact is [...] The post Architectural Drafting Services: Lifelike 3D Views appeared first on The AEC Associates Blog.
 
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  • Spectacular gemstone sculptures by Lawrence Stoller

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Lawrence Stoller is a pioneer in the art of sculpture in Megagems (cut minerals and rocks, plus precious), known for its spectacular works, inclusively several of the existent largest gemstone sculptures. Many of his creations made through the lapidary art and sculpture, are executed in crystals of impressive sizes and they enhance the individual character of each mineral design. Besides sculptures and decorative pieces, Lawrence Stoller has realized some spectacular and unique tables, carved in amethyst and mounted on bronze and glass frames. Seen from above, through the glass of the table,…
  • Embroidered Flower Lobby: a playful way to decorate the walls of a house

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Inspired by the Japanese stitch art “Sashiko”, Tripasai Architect presents us Embroidered Flower Lobby, a unique and playful way to decorate the walls of a house. A sequence of small holes made in the wall creates the possibility to make some rhomboidal grids. This network of rhombuses, through some colored embroidered threads seem to be some petals of flowers that decorate the colorful wall. Cotton threads with a great variety of colors are sewn randomly between the points defined on the wall to create floral motifs. These decorations are made with mastery on the wall, they…
  • Artworks by Jane Perkins: inspired by the found objects

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    The artist Jane Perkins, from Great Britain, presents herself as a “re-maker”, getting inspired by the found objects to which she gives a new value by using them to achieve some extraordinary artworks. After working for a long time as a nurse and as a Mum at home, Jane Perkins obtained in 2006 a degree in Interior Textiles / Surface Design at Somerset College of Arts and Technology. During her studies at Somerset, she was drawn especially to recycling projects, for which, in the last year of studies she focused on such projects. Since 2008, she has been making iconic portraits…
  • Superheroes project inspired by the Vietnamese culture

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    The Superheroes project put into practice by the Swedish design studio Glimpt – Mattias Rask and Tor Palm – is inspired by the Vietnamese culture and crafts. Traveling in Vietnam and visiting various craftsmen in Ho Chi Minh City, the two designers have studied the techniques, materials and colors used by these ones. Here, they came in contact with handmade products especially made from paper and sea grass and they have decided to translate, to a larger scale, these work techniques in pieces of furniture. Supported by UMA, a local furniture company, the collaboration with the…
  • Andaz Amsterdam: a heart that transmits the vibration of the city

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Andaz Amsterdam was designed as a sophisticated hotel to express and be compatible with the relaxed nature of the people and Dutch city. Andaz is located in the center of Amsterdam and this localization has inspired the designer Marcel Wanders the idea that the hotel can be viewed as the heart of the city, therefore the interior design must be representative to Amsterdam. The heart must pulsate and transmit through its interior design all the vibration of the city, including the golden age of the city-port, with sailors and their adventures, but also the thrill of the economic metropolis of…
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    Tiny House for Us

  • “Ravenlore” Tiny House Blends Candyland With Game of Thrones

    Mike
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    One of the best aspects of designing your own home is being able to infuse it with your own sense of style and personality, which is exactly what Nicki Davis did when she began her tiny project. One day while perusing the Tiny Green Cabins website, she came across a model called “Ravenlore” which immediately caught her eye. From that point on she knew this was the model for her, and she began working with Tiny Green Cabins owner Jim Wilkins to transform her dream to reality. As this build nears completion we took some time to learn more about what inspired the architectural…
  • “Fox Hollow” Cottage Inspired by Traditional English Style

    Mike
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    When a collector of antiques wanted to restore the rotting log cabin occupying her Minnesota property, the town’s only requirements were that the roofline and footprint remain the same. She had a vision in mind, a sort of English Tudor-style home to replace the old one, and commissioned resident designer Jeff Murphy to oversee the build. The results were nothing short of stunning, and this 860 square-foot cottage brings a certain charm with it that’s classy, warm, and filled with character. Although the cottage was completely rebuilt, the designer made it appear to have been at…
  • This Secluded “Bird Nest” in Finland’s Forest Was Built in Two Weeks for $10k

    Mike
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    As you may know, certain building restricitons limit the size of homes we can build with or without permits depending on where you live. In Finland, the rule is houses no larger than 128 square feet can be built without a permit. So when Robin Falck decided to embark on a new project, he didn’t waste any time messing around with zoning codes or legalities, and in just about two weeks he completed this tiny home you see below. The house is named “Nido” which means “bird nest” in Italian, aptly dubbed because of the way it looks. It comes in at a paltry 96 square…
  • EcoPods Offer Simple, Stylish Off-grid Living

    Mike
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    As eco-friendly homes become more popular we’re seeing an increasing amount of new manufacturers delivering high quality pre-fab and modular solutions. One such example comes from Eco Pods, a UK-based company that makes modular pods that join together to form different layout possibilities. The ECHO modules as they’re called, are built with sustainable materials, using tankless water heaters, LED lighting, solar power, and sheeps wool or wood fiber in the insulation. Designed with minimal power consumption in mind, each pod is 3 square meters in size and can be used as a home…
  • A High Class Prefab Cabin Built With Green Living in Mind

    Mike
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    This gorgeous pre-fabricated cabin comes to us courtesy of a company called FabCab. The model you see here is the TimberCab 550, and comes in at, you guessed it, 550 square-feet. I love the look of this cabin, with the spacious floorplan, sloped ceilings, and large windows that allow light to spill in. Not to mention the large porch, featuring a seating area under an extended roof and more space along the front, making for an ideal place to lounge and soak in the view. It’s built using SIP panels, Douglas Fir timber, and a design that blends modern lines with a rustic look. Everything…
 
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  • Contemporary Living Space by David Pavanello

    Vania
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    The designer David Pavanello focus his attention on the functionality of the dwelling and the exploitation of the environment to turn this apartment into contemporary living space. The mine role has a color. Against the backdrop of a warm cream-colored accents of character can be found in numerous niches, floor covered in fabrics,  gold color in the living room and blue in the bedroom. In the living room, a traditional fireplace is replaced by a sofa. Read the rest of Contemporary Living Space by David Pavanello originally posted on Interiorzine.com © InteriorZine.com - 2014.
  • Urban Design Environment and Greenery

    Vania
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    With a winter approaching and chilly colorful autumn all around us, we start appreciating more and more the warmth and fresh sensation that vivid greenery brings into our homes and lives. So escaping the nostalgia we present you a few wonderful projects from around the world to prove that fresh green plants are welcome and perfectly fitting element everywhere, in every ambiance; a home – café in China designed by Penda, a modern and refreshing public plaza in Amsterdam by CUBE Architecten and a privet luxury apartment in Ukraine – the newest project of SVOYA Studio. Enjoy and keep…
  • Contemporary Home in Singapore with Curved Spiral Staircase

    Vania
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Playful contemporary dynamics and exotic past are entwined into the creation of this ONG&ONG Singapore project. Full with intriguing pieces of contemporary art this old-time storehouse becomes a contemporary piece of art itself- with its smoothly curved spiral staircase (a focal point of the open plan living area), with its bespoke and modernistic furniture and simple clear lined spaces. But in reality with delicate references’ and hints the architects succeed in introducing into the premise the rich oriental past of the house. Juxtaposing vintage furniture, exotic enamel dado tiles,…
  • Atlas Collection by Pinaki Studios at London Design Festival 2014

    Vania
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    A mix of traditional and experimental textile processes such as screen-printing, fabric manipulation and metal oxidisation are combined with new technologies to develop prints and surfaces for products and accessories. Working with European suppliers, Pinaki Editions are hand made in the UK. Their manufacture, packaging and labelling use the most eco-friendly methods available. Read the rest of Atlas Collection by Pinaki Studios at London Design Festival 2014 originally posted on Interiorzine.com © InteriorZine.com - 2014.
  • Hexagonal Wall Tiles

    Vania
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The tiles in the Rewind collection provide a contemporary reinterpretation of timeless materials. The collection is available in six sophisticated colours and a wide assortment of sizes. The inclusion in the range of a hexagonal tile size, for use as a decorative piece or an extension of the floor covering products, allows the creation of design schemes with a unique personality. Rewind is suitable for use as a wall or floor covering in residential and commercial projects and combination with the wood-look stoneware. Read the rest of Hexagonal Wall Tiles originally posted on Interiorzine.com…
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  • 850 s.f. Residence in California by Cooper Joseph Studio

    Loukas
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Cooper Joseph Studio planned this residence in the Dry Creek Valley close Sonoma, California. The house is 850 s.f. on 3 levels. Arranged at the highest point of an olive plantation, the presentation confronts north, exploiting the breezes, and shade from existing woods to the south. As said: “This farming property in Sonoma is for 2 scientists. They are included with various rural undertakings – olives and olive oil; honey bee keeping and nectar generation; broad cultivating and different tries that exploit the zone’s atmosphere, soils and siting.   Their 25-section of…
  • Juranda House in Sao Paulo, Brazil by Apiacás Arquitetos

    Loukas
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Apiacás Arquitetos planned the Juranda House in Sao Paulo, Brazil.   Few words from the Team: As the landscape of the plot had an accentuated incline, the bottom of the plot being in excess of three and a half meters beneath the asphalt level, the building was dispersed over half levels, divided by a three story void which contains the staircase access to the carpets. This void arranges the spaces of the house: front room, lounge area and kitchen on the ground floor and three rooms, two bathrooms, office and a “deck” on the upper carpets.   The thought was to make the…
  • Two Attached Home in Spain by Teo Hidalgo Nácher

    Loukas
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Teo Hidalgo Nácher studio from Spain has outlined the Ripolles-Manrique House venture. Finished in 2009, these two appended homes are placed in Castellon. Few words from the team: The task was conceived out of this troublesome territory which, as opposed to demonstrating dangerous, helped aide the engineer’s work. Taking after the edges of the plot’s border, the two houses are joined together as one. The site is encompassed by pine trees on a segregated home that started being implicit the seventies, close to the town of Benicassim in Castellon, Spain. The plot, with its soak…
  • The Beautiful Project by Ong&Ong in Singapore

    Loukas
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Architectural studio Ong&Ong from Singapore has finished the 28 West Coast Grove extend in 2009. As its name proposes, this double story modern home is spotted in 28 West Coast Grove in Singapore. Placed in a calm neighborhood in the west bank of Singapore, this house is a remodel venture. The primary objectives were to bring all the more light into the living space, while additionally modernizing the home to help families today. The highlight of this house is the expert suite, including room, washroom, remain solitary island with unsupported tub and an activity territory. The general…
  • Fascinating Home Facing the Sea in Portugal

    Loukas
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Mario Martins Atelier from Portugal has outlined the Colunata House venture in 2011. This waterfront modern residence is placed in Lagos in southern Portugal. “Planning a residence in a really fascinating area confronting the ocean, was characterized by a situated of rules, in particular: The formation of a contemporary compositional component. The utilization of nearby materials and building methods. Benefiting as much as possible from the fantastic area and its surrounding perspectives. These rules bring about a set of white volumes, free and naturally gathered, building up and…
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    The CRSA Blog

  • Why We Do What We Do #2: Why We Draw

    CRSA
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    This summer, New York’s Drawing Center held an exhibition for recently deceased Architectural Theorist Lebbeus Woods.  A staple of countless architecture students and illustrators, Woods was known for is fantastical yet highly cerebral drawings. While held in high esteem throughout the architecture profession, Lebbeus Woods never actually built a building …which begs the question: Why […]
  • Their Hubris is Stunning

    CRSA
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    By Jim Nielson, AIA, Senior Principal and Director of CRSA’s Government Studio If I have the self-confidence to lead a design team into a newly imagined world no one has ever visited before, that confidence can be the catalyst for creation. But with it I can also lead followers astray. If I am proud of […]
  • Why We Do What We Do #1: Why We Build Up

    CRSA
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    “Why We Do What We Do” is an ongoing series exploring common practices that architects and builders have employed for hundreds of years, and how those same practices are being reinvented, but not necessarily replaced, in the modern age. Architecture and Design journal eVolo recently reported on preliminary plans for a new “World’s Tallest Skyscraper”. […]
  • Lesson Learned: I Ran Out of Time

    CRSA
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    By Fran Pruyn, CRSA Director of Marketing and Business Development Everything takes longer than you think it will. I have always prided myself on my time management.  I am pretty convinced that I know how long it takes to go to the store, feed the horses, do the laundry, put together a cover letter for […]
  • The Great Divide: Marketing vs. Management

    CRSA
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    By Kelly Gillman, AICP, ASLA | Kelly Gillman is a Senior Principal at CRSA and leads the Landscape Architecture and Planning Studio. He also holds an MBA from Westminster College. We often say that doing quality work is the best form of marketing. The idea is that our day-to-day performance speaks louder than any brochure or resume. But […]
 
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