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  • Nonresidential Construction Starts Rebound Strongly in March

    Reed Construction Data:News
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Reed Construction Data announced today that the value of March construction starts, excluding residential contracts, surged 46.9% to $23.7 billion after sinking 14.2% in February. This was the highest value for starts since November 2013.
  • CarbonCure concrete blocks store CO2 for a lower carbon footprint

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    Lloyd Alter
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    What to do about all that CO2 emitted when you make cement? Inject it back into the stuff and turn it back into limestone.
  • Old House, Energy Hog? Architecture
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Why do the front doors in many older homes open into a vestibule hallway with stairs? Read Full PostOld House, Energy Hog? originally appeared on Architecture on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 14:00:00.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • World's Most Creative Architects Architecture
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Who's designing the most most interesting and unusual buildings today? Read Full PostWorld's Most Creative Architects originally appeared on Architecture on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 07:00:23.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • What school? VCU vs University of Cincinnati

    Cyburbia | Urban planning community
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:40 pm
    I haven't posted here in a long time, but I've just gotten my round of graduate acceptances back and it looks like it's coming down to a choice between VCU and University of Cincinnati. I've been accepted to and spoken with people in both these programs, and I am having a difficult time deciding which one to attend. Both programs focus on the technicalities of planning, and less on the policy. I am also waiting to hear back from GWU and McGill University.I currently live in the DC area, and it is where I would like to work after school. So far, here are some of my considerations: VCU:In-state…
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  • World's Most Creative Architects

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Who's designing the most most interesting and unusual buildings today? Read Full PostWorld's Most Creative Architects originally appeared on Architecture on Saturday, April 19th, 2014 at 07:00:23.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • Old House, Energy Hog?

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Why do the front doors in many older homes open into a vestibule hallway with stairs? Read Full PostOld House, Energy Hog? originally appeared on Architecture on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 14:00:00.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • Mr. Jefferson, the Architect

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Wa-hoo-wa, Mr. Jefferson! The Founding Father may not have scored a touchdown, but his architecture gives the Wahoos plenty to cheer about Read Full PostMr. Jefferson, the Architect originally appeared on Architecture on Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 09:00:23.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • Don't Miss Architecture Week

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Want to win a $100 gift card just by loving architecture? Read Full PostDon't Miss Architecture Week originally appeared on Architecture on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 18:00:27.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • April Birthdays

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Who are the famous architects born in April? Read Full PostApril Birthdays originally appeared on Architecture on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 12:00:00.Permalink | Comment | Email this
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  • What school? VCU vs University of Cincinnati

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:40 pm
    I haven't posted here in a long time, but I've just gotten my round of graduate acceptances back and it looks like it's coming down to a choice between VCU and University of Cincinnati. I've been accepted to and spoken with people in both these programs, and I am having a difficult time deciding which one to attend. Both programs focus on the technicalities of planning, and less on the policy. I am also waiting to hear back from GWU and McGill University.I currently live in the DC area, and it is where I would like to work after school. So far, here are some of my considerations: VCU:In-state…
  • Advice for an ex-chef?

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Hello everyone! I have been reading the posts on this forum for several weeks and now I just wanted to get some of your input (read: advice). I'll try to be as specific as I can in order to get the most out of your opinions. My background: I am 30 years old, formerly a chef with about 15 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. I quit that profession and have been attending Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, with plans to attend CalPoly SLO. My fiance and I plan on staying in the SLO area after my graduation, so I will be looking for work within this area for the foreseeable…
  • Jury Duty

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    AIB RJ Have you served on a jury ? yes but that was 21 yrs ago If so, what kind of trial was it ? civil - something about relationship & stupid behavior last thread like this was back 2011 not bumping a 3 yr old thread. or those from '03 and '04
  • USA Today article - Cities wade into vacation rental debate

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am I believe this was the original article: Does your fair city have anything on the books on short-term rentals ?
  • Planning for grad school

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    I'm currently in my junior year of undergrad at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County studying geography (graduating December 2015). I would like to get an MLA after graduation, with an emphasis in urban design/planning. My question is what should I do to prepare for applying to LA grad school programs? I have some experience in architecture, but none related to landscape architecture or horticulture. I am thinking about taking on a minor in visual art, so I could develop a portfolio, since I do not have one right now. Also, I am doing a certification in Geographic Information Science…
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  • Exhibition recap: Instruments: Reimaging the Music Room

    Amelia Taylor-Hochberg
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:46 pm
    “Instruments: Reimaging the Music Room” is a fascinating exhibition of student work from the Piet Zwart Institute’s Master Interior Architecture & Retail Design program, studying the role of sound in the domestic space. Each work creates a physical manifestation, or conduit, of the soundscapes that pervade our most private spaces, either raucously or imperceptibly.Find more info, photos and videos by visiting the news listing on Bustler...
  • “Chicagoisms” exhibition renders the Windy City’s architectural history anew

    Justine Testado
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    If you find your way into the Windy City anytime soon, catch a glimpse of the recently debuted "Chicagoisms" exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago now until Jan. 4, 2015. Exploring Chicago's enduring influence in modern architecture and urban planning, the exhibition presents five new interpretations and critical analysis of "Chicagoisms" designed by contemporary architects and designers.Find the event details on Bustler.
  • “Unfinished Spaces” documentary receives 2014 SAH Award for Film and Video

    Justine Testado
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Unfinished Spaces by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray continues to gain recognition since its initial release in 2011. In addition to previous grants and awards, the documentary film recently won the 2014 Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Award for Film and Video at the 2014 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. Established in 2013, the annual award is given to the most distinguished international work of film or video on the history of the built environment.Reflective of its Cuban Revolution setting in 1961, Unfinished Spaces tells the complex tale of Cuba's historic National Art…
  • An interview with man behind the “Stealing Banksy?” auction

    Alexander Walter
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    Next week in London, The Sincura Group will be holding a similar auction of street pieces formally by Banksy. That’s the same company that last year successfully sold the Banksy “Slave Labour” wall at auction for just over $1 million. They’ve titled their auction Stealing Banksy? and it will include approximately 18 works, at least 7 of which are street pieces formally by Banksy that have been removed from their original locations, some of them specifically removed for this sale.
  • How do I become … a Legoland modeller

    Alexander Walter
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    When David Fautley takes his work home with him his children don't complain – they join in, because Fautley is a Lego modeller. "We did Dortmund football stadium in Germany last January which needed 3,000 mini-figures, so I had the boys and five of their friends come round for three nights after school to complete it. With slices of pizza going round, you can imagine they thought it was fantastic."
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  • BBP's Berm

    John Hill
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    It's been a while since I've been to Brooklyn Bridge Park, so a couple days ago I was surprised to see the planned berm blocking out the noise of the BQE has been constructed:Even more surprising is just how well it works. When walking on the path alongside the berm, the sound of the three stacked lanes of traffic is completely nonexistent. It's amazing.Though it's also amazing to grasp the scale of the berm at the southern end, where the noise of traffic resumes:
  • Lebbeus Woods, Architect

    John Hill
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    [Conflict Space, 2006 – All photos of the exhibition at The Drawing Center by John Hill.]There is something appealing about cycles, about the sun rising and setting, the changing of the seasons, the earth rotating about its axis as it revolves around the sun, even the way some of the best narratives seem to come full circle on themselves. The life of Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012) is a remarkable cyclical composition when seen relative to the oldest and most recent pieces in the exhibition Lebbeus Woods, Architect, opening today at The Drawing Center in SoHo. First is Einstein Tomb, which was…
  • Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory

    John Hill
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opened in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2009 in a four-story building designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta. It's no surprise then that the museum is celebrating the architect with the major exhibition Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory.[Photo: Gary O’Brien, via Wikimedia Commons]The career-spanning exhibition features "30 of his museums, theaters, libraries and religious spaces" documented through "sketches, original wood models and photographs exemplifying Botta’s use of geometric shapes that juxtapose lightness and weight," per the museum's…
  • Today's archidose #748

    John Hill
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Here are some photos of SEB Bank and Pension Headquarters (2011) in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, photographed by Ximo Michavila.To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool, and/or:: Tag your photos archidose
  • Today's archidose #747

    John Hill
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here are two chapels this Sunday one week before Easter.The Bishop Edward King Chapel (2013) at Ripon Theological College, Oxfordshire, UK, by Niall McLaughlin Architects, photographed by Iqbal Aalam:The MIT Chapel (1955) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by Eero Saarinen, photographed by Hassan Bagheri:To contribute your Flickr images for consideration, just::: Join and add photos to the archidose pool, and/or:: Tag your photos archidose
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  • Marble Vase Wants to Be the Target of Your Frustration

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We’ve all felt the type of frustration that makes you want to take a sledgehammer to something breakable. Italian designers Moreno Ratti and Paolo Ulian created the Introverso 2, a beautiful rectangular vase that looks like stacks of marble slabs. See it in the right light, however, and its fun secret becomes apparent. Seen straight-on, the rectangular vase reveals the silhouette of a more traditionally-shaped vase. It’s a bit like looking at a curved vase through a set of closed blinds. The Introverso 2 is lovely just as it is, but if you ever feel the need to bust out a…
  • Edible Tower: Make Your Own Bread Bowls for Picnics

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Bake a set of edible containers for meals on the go that reduce weight, conserve resources and make your picnic a little heartier. The KI-RA and the Edible Tower Kitchen Utensils by Konstantia Manthou is a set of tools for creating bread bowls to hold virtually any foods you can think of, from egg salad to vegetable sticks. The baking container and lid serve as molds to form each piece of dough into shape, for uniform bowls that fit together just right. A dough comb enables perforations on the lid, creating breaking lines for individually sized wedges of bread. The set also includes a…
  • Modern Concrete London House Sunken Below Street Level

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    When a newlywed couple decided they needed more space for their seven children, they looked no further than the garden behind their Victorian home in Battersea, London. But this is no playhouse or mother-in-law cottage – it’s a modern five-bedroom home sunken into a concrete courtyard to provide a sense of privacy and tranquility. Bringing the two families together without giving up their main home required a creative solution, especially since the couple wanted a two-story dwelling that would still meet local restrictions that prevent overlooking neighboring properties. An…
  • Auto-Balancing Shoe Will Save Seniors From Dangerous Falls

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Falls are a particularly scary problem for elderly people; they can result in injuries that take months to heal. One statistic states that one in three people aged 65 or older in the US has experienced injuries from falls, and the percentage only goes up as people age. Many elderly people are embarrassed to use assistive devices like canes or walkers. Israeli start-up company B-Shoe Technologies has developed a fantastically helpful new shoe technology that would keep seniors from falling. The B-Shoe (or Balancing Shoe) contains sensors and a small motorized mechanism in its bottom. When the…
  • Caffeine Rush: Clever Coffee Mugs Will Never Be Empty

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Die-hard coffee lovers would give almost anything for a never-ending cup of coffee, but since that isn’t possible, Japanese design firm Nendo worked with Starbucks to create the next best thing. Nendo’s never-ending coffee mugs come in three varieties: Americano, Latte, and Caramel Macchiato. The mugs are full even when they are empty thanks to some clever trompe l’oeil (trick of the eye) graphics on their bottoms. When turned upside down for drying or storing, the mugs appear to be full of the drink they are named after. According to Nendo, the mugs represent…
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  • Digital Street Eraser: Rubbing Out Reality, Photoshop-Style

    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    [ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Analog stickering is taking on a new dimension in the hands of these street artists, a pair of creatives selectively defacing signs, billboards, mailboxes, graffiti and more. From DsgnWrld: “Guus Ter Beek and Tayfun Sarier , two creatives behind the Street Eraser blog, are merging the digital world with the analog, sticking their adobe-inspired art throughout London’s urban fabric.” Anyone who has used Adobe Photoshop should be familiar with the circular edges of the default tool and the spaces it creates. And then…
  • Bad Ads? Funeral Services Struggle with Sense of Humor

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    [ By Steph in Design & Guerilla Ads & Marketing. ] This billboard, reportedly spotted in a subway station in New York City, may not be the most tactful way to drum up business for a funeral home. But you have to admit, it’s clever. Naturally, the funeral industry doesn’t have too much trouble with supply – everyone dies eventually – but they have to compete with each other just like any other business. Are the ads that manage to stand out in poor taste, or just bringing a much-needed sense of humor to the realities of death? The Devanny-Condron Funeral Home in…
  • Rad Rides: Nuclear Power Plant Turned into Amusement Park

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    [ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] The iconic central cooling tower has been turned into a swing ride and climbing wall, but the re-purposed complex as a whole features over a dozen attractions including rides, restaurants, bars and hotels. Wunderland Kalkar is set near Düsseldorf, Germany, the site of a nuclear power plant that never went live due to local protests and construction problems. The recognizably menacing centerpiece of its industrial landscape is no less noticeable for having been painted with a mountain-and-sky mural. Now that Germany is…
  • Augmented Sandbox: Realtime 3D Topographic Landscaping

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    [ By WebUrbanist in Gaming & Computing & Technology. ] Simulating an amazing array of natural environments and phenomena, this dynamic playspace turns ordinary hand-sculpted sand into vividly colorful landscapes in the blink of an eye. A real and working augmented reality sandbox, the system is designed to help educate students about earth sciences with a uniquely responsive and intuitive interface. A team of data visualization and earth sciences experts, mainly from the University of California, created the setup using a Microsoft Kinect camera coupled with topographic visualization…
  • Pocket Printer: Mini Roomba-Like Robot Prints on the Go

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    [ By Steph in Gadgets & Geekery & Technology. ] While other gadgets have gotten smaller and more streamlined, printers have generally remained space-hogging behemoths. Seemingly ignored in the quest to make computers and their accessories compact and ultra-efficient, most modern-day printers look like relics of the circa-2000, oversized beige PC era. One new concept aims to challenge that with a tiny mobile design that moves across paper of any size like a Roomba. The Mini Mobile Robotic Printer makes it possible to take printing capabilities on the go with you along with your laptop,…
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  • 14th International Architecture Exhibition - Fundamentals.

    Christoph Wassmann
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    The 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture is about architecture - not architects. Why a research Biennale? Rem Koolhaas "is not confident that contemporary architecture is in phenomenal shape", and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for content. ]]
  • Elements of Architecture - Fundamentals

    Christoph Wassmann
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Screen capture during the press conference of the 14th Architecture Biennale: the massive book "Elements of Architecture" - the accompanying book of the "Fundamentals" exhibition.  The book... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for content. ]]
  • 20 ways to slice a continent.

    Christoph Wassmann
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    From the book "Atlas of Prejudice", by Yanko Tsvetkov - politically incorrect maps of national stereotypes. content by anArchitecture [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for content. ]]
  • When Postmodernism was Great.

    Christoph Wassmann
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:09 am
    Hollein's Retti shop from 1966 in 2014. The sweet little shop by Austrian's only Pritzer Prize winner. See the "Hollein is an Artist" posting for further information. content by anArchitecture [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for content. ]]
  • Color Edge.

    Christoph Wassmann
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:07 am
    When color creates borders - at Burano, near Venice. content by anArchitecture [[ This is a content summary only. Visit for content. ]]
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  • Romanticism of the Scanning Error

    Geoff Manaugh
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    [Image: ScanLAB Projects]. (A different version of this post previously appeared on Gizmodo). Matthew Shaw and William Trossell, the London-based duo known as ScanLAB Projects, continue to push the envelope of laser-scanning technology, producing visually stunning and conceptually intricate work that falls somewhere between art and practical surveying. Their work also bears an unexpected yet increasingly pronounced political dimension, as they have scanned concentration camp sites, designed insurgent objects for thwarting police laser scanners, and even point-mapped melting ice floes in the…
  • When Hills Hide Arches

    Geoff Manaugh
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Landforms masquerading as architecture and vice versa seem to dominate a few sets of older images hosted at the Library of Congress. Photos taken between 1865 and 1872, these are—photographically speaking—almost impossibly ancient, approaching a point of chemical age as comparatively old to us today as the structures they depict were to the military expeditions that documented them in the first place. The first shot—depicting the "ruins of the Mulushki Mirza Rabat near Khodzhend," as the Library of Congress explains it—establishes something of a theme here: works of architecture built…
  • Roentgen Objects, or: Devices Larger than the Rooms that Contain Them

    Geoff Manaugh
    23 Feb 2014 | 11:05 am
    [Image: Photo courtesy of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Metropolitan Museum of Art]. An extraordinary exhibition closed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art a few weeks ago, featuring mechanical furniture designed by the father and son team of Abraham and David Roentgen: elaborate 18th-century technical devices disguised as desks and tables. First, a quick bit of historical framing, courtesy of the Museum itself: "The meteoric rise of the workshop of Abraham Roentgen (1711–1793) and his son David (1743–1807) blazed across eighteenth-century continental Europe. From about 1742 to its…
  • 21 Feb 2014 | 8:47 am

    Geoff Manaugh
    21 Feb 2014 | 8:47 am
    [Image: A Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker steps forward into the colossal yellow room taking shape beneath Manhattan, an astonishing and cavernous new part of the city's East Side Access Project that will expand rail service for the Long Island Rail Road. Don't miss the original shot and its related images, all taken by Rehema Trimiew for the MTA].
  • Where The Alps Are A 3D-Printed Landscape Made From Artificial Snow

    Geoff Manaugh
    27 Jan 2014 | 7:36 pm
    [Image: Photo by Danny Lane]. Earlier this winter, I missed an opportunity to travel over to Switzerland with architects Smout Allen and Kyle Buchanan who, at the time, were leading their students around the mountain landscapes of the Alps in order to learn about infrastructures of defense and national snow-production, among other things. It sounded like an amazing trip. [Image: Photo by Kyle Buchanan]. However, I did get to see some photos sent back of the various and random things they visited in the resort city of Zermatt. This included a huge machine known as The Snowmaker. Apparently…
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  • The Business of Branding for Commercial Interiors

    Patrick McClintock
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The digital age has revolutionized the ways that consumers research and find products and services they want. This makes it increasingly imperative for companies to share strong statements about who they are and how they can serve—both online and in the real world. Across industries, company leaders are seeking progressive design firms to help them develop and express their brand while morphing from traditional offices into open, modern work environments. “The success of branding is measured by whether a space is memorable,” relates Senior Designer Rick D’Amato, AIA, LEED AP BD+C.
  • Five Trends in K-12 School Design Everyone Should Consider

    Courtney Tarnow
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:00 pm
    By Guest Blogger Kimberley Coffeen, CEFPI, LEED AP BD+C We are living through a time where many industries and fields are facing a dramatic shift. Educational programming and K-12 school design are certainly no exceptions. While there are many ways to address the needs of today’s learning environments, not all need to be grandiose. Instead, we can focus on small moves that will have the greatest change, like buying new furniture, improving connectivity and developing a technology plan that supports long-term training and upkeep. Today, we dive into five trends in K-12 school design and…
  • Engineering Healthy Schools with Platinum Results

    Erik Ring
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Recent studies by Lawrence Berkeley National Labs indicate that more than half of Calif. K-12 classrooms do not meet code-required ventilation rates, while properly ventilated classrooms reduce student absences associated with illness. Additional studies by the same researchers have demonstrated that occupants of under-ventilated spaces demonstrate impaired decision making performance. It is clear that a well-designed classroom that includes proper ventilation, good acoustics, superior indoor air quality (IAQ) and abundant daylight has a positive impact on students’ attendance,…
  • K-12 Schools Designer Receives FAIA Designation

    Courtney Tarnow
    27 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    Receiving one of the greatest individual honors from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), LPA Design Principal Wendy Rogers has been elected to the AIA College of Fellows, joining President Dan Heinfeld and Design Principal Glenn Carels, as the firm’s third FAIA. Spending her entire 27-year architectural career with LPA, Rogers has been recognized with a remarkable 35 national, state and component AIA awards for her design work with K-12 schools; in addition to serving on the U.S. Green Building Council of Orange County (USGBC-OC) and AIA’s Orange County chapter in various…
  • Designing for Career Technical Education Programs

    Courtney Tarnow
    7 Feb 2014 | 9:23 am
    By LPA Blogger Kate Mraw As evidenced by the increasing number of grant programs supporting Career Technical Education (CTE) facilities, there is a growing need for this particular brand of education, nationwide. CTE environments support innovation, differentiated learning styles and the 4 C’s: Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creativity. These programs respond to technology and workplace needs as they help students prepare for a successful future. At South Tahoe High School in Lake Tahoe, Calif., for example, the CTE “Green” Construction and Transportation Academy is…
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  • The Insane Plan to “Brighten” the Moon to Save Energy on Lighting at Night

    Kristine Lofgren
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Skincare company Foreo has an illuminating idea for saving energy: just increase the moon’s reflectivity to make the night sky brighter. Think of all the electricity savings if we didn’t have to power streetlights and houselights at night. The presumably tongue-in-cheek idea (the company sells a face-cleaning brush called LUNA) proposes coating part of the moon in a reflective surface in order to increase the amount of light it reflects back to the Earth at night. Read the rest of The Insane Plan to “Brighten” the Moon to Save Energy on Lighting at Night Permalink | Add to…
  • Put This on Your Bike Helmet and You’ll Never Ride Alone Again

    Beth Buczynski
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    In cities all over the world, a growing number of people are leaving their cars in the garage and commuting by bike instead. The only problem is, neither infrastructure nor driver education has kept up with the influx of bikes on the street. That means crashes happen, and the last thing you want is to be lying in the street with a mangled bike, trying to figure out how to call for help. That’s where ICEdot comes in. This small yellow sensor attaches to your helmet (or body) and in the event of a crash, will alert your loved ones and emergency responders of your exact location if you…
  • Make Your Own Vegan Peeps at Home for a Healthier Easter Treat

    Kristine Lofgren
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Peeps and Easter go hand in hand, so it’s hard to resist the lure of those marshmallowy critters when Easter-time rolls around. Unfortunately, those little gooey treats are packed with artificial flavors, colors and all sort of unpronounceable ingredients, not to mention all that plastic packaging destined to waste away in the landfill. Luckily, making your own Peeps at home with vegan, organic ingredients couldn’t be easier and makes for a great family activity. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: DIY Peeps, Easter activities, Easter food, Easter…
  • UDG China Breaks Ground on Spiraling Green Roofed Kindergarten in Wuxi

    Lucy Wang
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    Read the rest of UDG China Breaks Ground on Spiraling Green Roofed Kindergarten in Wuxi Permalink | Add to | digg Post tags: courtyard, floor to ceiling glazing, green roof, kindergarten, skylights, UDG architecture, udg china, United Design Group, United Design Group china, wuxi, wuxi kindergarten, xieli garden, xieli garden kindergarten
  • UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

    Tafline Laylin
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Providing food and shelter to victims of a natural disaster is one of the first priorities for emergency services, but the process can often generate a lot of unnecessary waste. To help tackle this problem, UNICEF has developed an amazing reusable LEGO-inspired brick that doubles as a food storage container and a building material, addressing multiple needs in one fell swoop. Read on to see more pictures of this clever object designed by Psychic Factory! Read the rest of UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims Permalink | Add to…
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  • Seattle’s Cap on Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar Rescinded by Referendum

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    After Seattle Citizens to Repeal Ordinance 124441 acquired twice the necessary number of signatures necessary to send a March ordinance capping the number of Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar drivers in the city, the mayor will negotiate with the companies.
  • The Economics Behind Crude by Rail

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Sure, it costs more than moving by pipeline—double or triple the price per barrel. But look at the speed: five days versus 40. A new rail terminal in Beaumont, Texas sheds light on the economics that make CBR attractive to shippers and refineries.
  • Enough with the Parking Garages: Baltimore's Inner Harbor Redo Criticized

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The first step in the transformation of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is a proposed renovation of Rash Field. But one commentator sees the subterranean parking garage included in conceptual plans as more of the same car-domination.
  • Ohio River Bridges Project Price Tag Climbs Again, but Why?

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The price tag for massive project to bridge the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky complete with dual approach tunnels, has long been a source of controversy. Another sudden cost increase has one commenter wondering how this keeps happening.
  • Breaking News on Keystone XL Pipeline: More Delay

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Don't expect President Obama to issue a yes or no decision on whether to build TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline until after the November elections. A pending Nebraska court case and millions of public comments were given as the reason for the delay
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  • Datascape. What you see may not be what you get

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    From realistic renderings to imagined environments, painters have made landscape their subject, or used it as a backdrop for portraiture for centuries. In a certain sense, the artists who participate in this exhibition perpetuate this tradition of depicting our environment - whether real or fantasized, although they also reflect upon the intricate blend of visual information and the data enhancement that has modified our world continue
  • Age of Wonder: Mistaken ideas about Darwinism

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Fortey believes that the natural progress of evolution is always towards greater richness, and that this is the way our planet is meant to be when Darwinian evolution is allowed to play out naturally. Mistaken ideas about Darwinism have contributed to a view of human life that diminishes rather than enhances richness, particularly in the Weltanschauung of market capitalism continue
  • Martin Creed: What's the point of it?

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    I'm not even remotely impartial when it comes to Martin Creed. I love his work. Whether it's the Sick Films in which people enter an empty white space and proceed to vomit on the floor, the mocking neon signs or the cactus plants neatly positioned by size. continue
  • Don't call it ruin porn, this is Ruin Lust

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Most people are fascinated by ruins. The appeal of the crumbling and the decaying is such that it has its own term in photography. It is called "ruin porn" and Detroit is one of its most celebrated subjects. Tate Britain currently has an exhibition about the mournful, thrilling, comic and perverse uses of ruins in art. It is called Ruin Lust. Not because Tate curators are prude and proper but because they are erudite, the title of the show, i read, comes from the 18th-century German architectural word 'Ruinenlust' continue
  • "Volta", the oversized voltaic pile

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Over the course of a several hour long performance, the Volta team built up a giant and foul-smelling pile that alternated copper plates, clothes drenched in acid and zinc. I didn't stand and stare until the final moments of the performance but I wish i had. The goal was to use the oversized battery to produce enough energy for one light bulb, suspended from the ceiling continue
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    Jetson Green

  • Solar Bridge in London Completed and Operational

    Christine Walsh
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Blackfriar’s Bridge, which is the largest solar bridge in the world and part of London’s Blackfriar’s railway station, is finally finished. Work on the structure started in 2009 as part of the worldwide energy conservation efforts. The bridge crosses the river Thames and the solar panels that now cover it were installed by the firm Solarcentury. Blackfriar’s Bridge was fitted with 4,400 photovoltaic panels, more specifically Panasonic 250 Wp panels, which cover the total area of the bridge namely 19,685 square feet. The maximum output of the panels should reach 1.1 MWp…
  • Brothers Turn an Abandoned Grain Silo Into a Cabin

    Christine Walsh
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Brothers Rehan and Josh Nana recently converted an old, disused grain silo into a quaint cabin. The silo was located on their family’s farmland in Missouri, so the new structure is in no way out of place in its surroundings. One of the primary reasons they opted to complete this conversion was the desire to repurpose something that would otherwise be left to rot and rust. They were helped in making their idea become a reality by architect Kyle Davis of Blue Earth Projects. The silo-turned-cabin is located a few hours’ drive from the brother’s main residence, and therefore makes for a…
  • A Home That is Heated and Cooled Organically

    Christine Walsh
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    A team of students at Waseda University in Japan have constructed a prototype for a house that can be heated by composting straw. They dubbed the dwelling the “Recipe for Life” house. Using the heat generating composting process for the purpose of heating a dwelling is not a new idea, but it is definitely one that should be explored further, and perhaps brought closer to the public. The Recipe for Life prototype house is certainly an interesting proposition in that regard. The interior walls of the house are made of acrylic boxes, which are packed with the straw for composting. The…
  • A New Type of Washing Machine Cuts Water Use by 70%

    Christine Walsh
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    One of the biggest drains on freshwater resources is the household washing machine. As reported by the EPA, a washing machine uses about 41 gallons of water per load on average, while a typical US family uses the washing machine once per day. The UK-based company Xeros has come up with a washing technology that uses 70% less water per washing cycle. This technology also uses a special “bead cleaning” method that is environmentally friendly and apparently cleans dirty clothes even better than regular soap. The Xeros washing machine looks just like a regular front-loading washer. The main…
  • Shipping Container Cabin Powered by a DIY Solar Panel

    Christine Walsh
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Larry used recycled shipping containers to build for himself a self-sustainable, off-the-grid cabin, which he named Taj MaLodge. He wanted the cabin to be more than just a vacation home, though, so he equipped it with all the comforts needed for a longer stay of a year or more. The finished cabin measures 640 square feet, and was built by welding together two 40 foot by 16 foot used shipping containers. The energy needed to power his finished home comes from sunlight, and Larry build an innovative solar panel using cans for the purpose. Larry’s cabin is powered by solar panels, which he…
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    The Whispering Crane Institute

  • Aquascape Goes Wild, Nat Geo Wild

    Rick Anderson
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:15 pm
    “We are extremely excited to be part of the Nat Geo WILD family and look forward to sharing our love for the water feature lifestyle with viewers around the world. […]
  • So You Want to be a Writer?

    Rick Anderson
    19 Jan 2014 | 9:56 am
    so you want to be a writer? by Charles Bukowski if it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything, don’t do it. unless it comes unasked out […]
  • December 7th, 1941

    Rick Anderson
    7 Dec 2013 | 12:28 pm
    “Reflections on Pearl Harbor” by Admiral Chester Nimitz. Sunday, December 7th, 1941–Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone […]
  • Acceptable Use for a Healthy Tree ?

    Rick Anderson
    21 Nov 2013 | 1:17 pm
    I’ll let you look at the pictures and decide on you own. Presented without comment —- One tree, four years of work and an indescribable amount of talent: that’s what […]
  • Florida Couple: 17-Year-Old Vegetable Garden or $1,500 a Month

    Rick Anderson
    20 Nov 2013 | 9:09 am
    Here we go again— the war on vegetables continues A new zoning ordinance supposedly designed to “protect the distinctive character” of a community in Miami Shores, Fla., has forced a […]
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    The Antiplanner

  • Challenging the Poverty Plan

    The Antiplanner
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    In late February, the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council issued its draft Thrive 2040 plan for public review. No one will be surprised to learn it is a standard smart-growth plan with lots of emphasis on transit, high-density housing in transit corridors, and reducing driving. Of course, this isn’t always obvious, as the plan uses euphemisms […]
  • Is Transit Only Transit If It’s Expensive?

    The Antiplanner
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wired magazine freaks out because the Tennessee senate supposedly passed a “mind-boggling ban on bus-rapid transit.” AutoblogGreen blames the legislation on the left’s favorite whipping boys, the Koch brothers because it was supported by Americans for Prosperity, a tax-watchdog group that has received funding from the Kochs. Not only would Nashville’s bus-rapid transit consume up […]
  • Making Housing Affordable

    The Antiplanner
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    A Bay Area writer, Kim-Mai Cutler, writes what she supposes is the definitive analysis of why housing in San Francisco is so expensive. Unfortunately, she left a few things out. She blames expensive San Francisco housing on Google’s refusal to build housing on its own campus in Mountain View–which Google says it can’t do because […]
  • Your Freedom Is Someone Else’s Hell

    The Antiplanner
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Yonah Freemark, a writer over at Atlantic Cities–which normally loves any transit boondoggle–somewhat sheepishly admits that light rail hasn’t lived up to all of its expectations. Despite its popularity among transit agencies seeking federal grants, light rail “neither rescued the center cities of their respective regions nor resulted in higher transit use.” Not to worry, […]
  • Progressives Promote Inequality

    The Antiplanner
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Why is it that cities that consider themselves most progressive also tend to have the most segregated schools and the greatest income inequality? UCLA economist Matthew Kahn offers one possible answer: “Educated liberals are tolerant people who are willing to live in racially integrated areas even if the minority neighbors are poor,” suggests Kahn. “Such […]
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  • Regent Theatre, Pahiatua

    David Thompson
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:41 am
    You've gotta love the signage on the Regent in Pahiatua - Upstairs Cinema - Downstairs Theatre. Opened on 23rd February 1940 it is now a registered charity with a part-time manager and staffed by volunteers.See my prints and t-shirts at and tees and other giftware at*.
  • Ballustrade, Montreal

    David Thompson
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:52 pm
    This simple Art Deco ballustrade is in the foyer of Peterson Hall at McGill University in Montreal.See my prints and t-shirts at and tees and other giftware at*.
  • A House in Wagga Wagga

    David Thompson
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    I spotted this house on the hill overlooking Robertson Oval in Wagga. The Saints were getting done like a dinner so I was tempted to leave early and have a closer look. In the end I stayed until the final siren and then went exploring.See my prints and t-shirts at and tees and other giftware at*.
  • Memorial School of Arts, Culcairn

    David Thompson
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    The Sydney Morning Herald of Friday 22 Aug 1924 carried a brief report on the formal opening of the school of arts and memorial building the previous day in the small country NSW town of Culcairn.The Soldiers' Memorial Hall bears the 1924 date above a trio of leadlight windows, an Australian WWI soldier portrayed on the centre panel.While the portico on the corner, which I presume was added after WWII, carries the dates of that global conflict.Reference:1924 'MEMORIAL SCHOOL OF ARTS.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 22 August, p. 10, viewed 4 April, 2014,…
  • Peace Hotel, Shanghai

    David Thompson
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
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  • Maison Edouard François Designs Luxurious Skyscraper Trio in India

    Connor Walker
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Sector 66 of Gurgaon, India will be the site of Maison Edouard François’ newest project: a massive luxury complex crowned by three stainless steel-clad skyscrapers. Given over entirely to opulence, Guragon 66 will house a hotel, a multiplex cinema, and an apartment complex. Yet its most defining feature may be its shopping mall, which covers most of the ground floor. This glass-canopied commercial center will host internationally known brands, such as Fendi and Chanel, in independent marble buildings within the main structure. These shopping “embassies” will be grouped along…
  • Video: Safer Crossings for Cars, Bicycles and Pedestrians

    Constanza Martínez Gaete
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. Well-designed, protected bike lanes are not only the desire for riders, but a necessity for cities to offer sustainable transport. Bikes sales are on the rise and it is imperative that cities meet the growing demand. As Portland-based planner Nick Falbo describes: “If your city is designed so that you may bike instead of drive, it would be a happier, healthier place to live.” With that in mind, Falbo has revealed a systematic proposal that can make the intersections safer for bicyclists, cars and pedestrians. Fours steps for safer…
  • Mía House / Matias Pons Estel

    AD Editorial Team
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Architects: Matias Pons Estel Location: Santo Tomé, Santa Fe Province, Argentina Project Area: 36 sqm Project Year: 2013 Photography: Federico Cairoli From the architect. This housing prototype is located near the city of Santo Tome – Santa Fe, in a residential neighborhood, where the “neighborhood scale” and its habits predominates. The project arises from being able to create a simple housing core, both in its design and its execution. The main objective was to build a small core that meets the basic functions of a home, so we decided to work with industrial materials…
  • Why Criticisms of Crowdsourcing Don’t Add Up

    Michael J Crosbie
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Originally posted on ArchNewsNow as “Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning?“, this article by Michael J Crosbie examines the furore around crowdsourcing websites such as Arcbazar, explaining why the criticisms against it just don’t stack up. A few weeks ago, ArchNewsNow carried an article from the Orange County Register about the increasing popularity of “crowdsourcing” architectural design. You might already be familiar with the crowdsourcing concept: using the Internet to gather solutions to virtually any problem or task from people all…
  • Architecture Delivered To Your Inbox, Daily.

    Becky Quintal
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Enjoy your morning coffee with a shot of ArchDaily: a curated selection of ArchDaily projects, news, and articles sent straight to your inbox. Subscribe now! Architecture Delivered To Your Inbox, Daily. originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 19 Apr 2014.send to Twitter | Share on Facebook | What do you think about this?
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  • Charming Small Home on Wheels Priced $33,000 [Video]

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    It is encouraging to see more and more creative small home designs, full proof that future home owners can dream despite financial borders. Andrew and Gabriella Morrison recently completed the hOMe project, an impressive house on wheels. The unconventional crib has a total surface of 221 square feet (that is about 20,5 square meters), yet includes everything the inhabitants need. Read that a fully equipped kitchen, a 3/4 bath, a bedroom loft and a large-sized staircase with plenty of storage. If you recall, a while back we published a similar project on Freshome, the ingeniously crafted Tiny…
  • Glass Box in the Sky: French Riviera’s CView Modern Villa

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Located in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the French Riviera, CView Villa is an impressive multi-level modern residence symbolically dubbed the glass box in the sky. Welcoming and inviting, the high sophisticated property will make you feel like you are hovering above the sea. The view of the shimmering blue waters floods in through walls of glass. Leave your problems at home, for this is the place for absolute relaxation. With seven individually-designed bedrooms, each with private bathroom and terrace, CView is the perfect place for the summer. Abounding with style and…
  • How Can Design Describe the Personality of the Owner

    Giuroiu Anton
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    There are hundreds if not thousands of parameters shaping our design, parameters that from the first glance can describe the personality of the owner inhabiting the design line.  Our existence gravitates around an unique inner factor. Our relationships and our unique qualities, perspective, interpretation and dreams are influence by thousands, millions of parameters and yet all are subdued to that inner factor: our personality. Through our personality we are defined, through it we breath our environments, live our emotions, ups and downs. We unconsciously shape our life around it, subdued to…
  • Sturdy Coat Hook With a Distinctive Industrial Look: Battleship

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:29 am
    Battleship is a sturdy coat hook with a distinctive industrial appearance. Developed by English designer David Cathro of aCathroDESIGN, this modern and sleek functional piece is made from laser cut steel with a high quality semi-gloss powder coated finish. According to the designer, the aim of the project is to impart a modern industrial feel to the room, while still exuding a cozy feel. Here is more from the official description of the project we received: “The hook is shown in a newly refurbished private residential interior. The owners wanted a fresh approach to the interior scheme…
  • Vision of a Dream Home: Xalima Island House by Martin Ferrero Architecture

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:47 am
    Everyone has an idea of how their perfect house would one day look like. Daniel Martin Ferrero, principal of Martin Ferrero Architecture took his vision to another level and planned Xalima Island House, as “as a poem to the horizon framed by the sea”. The video below transports you to a faraway land, bathed in sun rays and mist, where modern architecture details mix with a fascinating rocky landscape. Xalima Island House is described as architecture dedicated to the senses. The renderings depict a spectacular and opulent modern residence with numerous terraces, where water plays a…
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  • Romanticism of the Scanning Error

    5 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    [Image: ScanLAB Projects]. (A different version of this post previously appeared on Gizmodo). Matthew Shaw and William Trossell, the London-based duo known as ScanLAB Projects, continue to push the envelope of laser-scanning technology, producing visually stunning and conceptually intricate work that falls somewhere between art and practical surveying. Their work also bears an unexpected yet increasingly pronounced political dimension, as they have scanned concentration camp sites, designed insurgent objects for thwarting police laser scanners, and even point-mapped melting ice floes in the…
  • When Hills Hide Arches

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Landforms masquerading as architecture and vice versa seem to dominate a few sets of older images hosted at the Library of Congress. Photos taken between 1865 and 1872, these are—photographically speaking—almost impossibly ancient, approaching a point of chemical age as comparatively old to us today as the structures they depict were to the military expeditions that documented them in the first place. The first shot—depicting the "ruins of the Mulushki Mirza Rabat near Khodzhend," as the Library of Congress explains it—establishes something of a theme here: works of architecture built…
  • Roentgen Objects, or: Devices Larger than the Rooms that Contain Them

    23 Feb 2014 | 11:05 am
    [Image: Photo courtesy of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the Metropolitan Museum of Art]. An extraordinary exhibition closed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art a few weeks ago, featuring mechanical furniture designed by the father and son team of Abraham and David Roentgen: elaborate 18th-century technical devices disguised as desks and tables. First, a quick bit of historical framing, courtesy of the Museum itself: "The meteoric rise of the workshop of Abraham Roentgen (1711–1793) and his son David (1743–1807) blazed across eighteenth-century continental Europe. From about 1742 to its…
  • 21 Feb 2014 | 8:47 am

    21 Feb 2014 | 8:47 am
    [Image: A Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker steps forward into the colossal yellow room taking shape beneath Manhattan, an astonishing and cavernous new part of the city's East Side Access Project that will expand rail service for the Long Island Rail Road. Don't miss the original shot and its related images, all taken by Rehema Trimiew for the MTA].
  • Where The Alps Are A 3D-Printed Landscape Made From Artificial Snow

    27 Jan 2014 | 7:36 pm
    [Image: Photo by Danny Lane]. Earlier this winter, I missed an opportunity to travel over to Switzerland with architects Smout Allen and Kyle Buchanan who, at the time, were leading their students around the mountain landscapes of the Alps in order to learn about infrastructures of defense and national snow-production, among other things. It sounded like an amazing trip. [Image: Photo by Kyle Buchanan]. However, I did get to see some photos sent back of the various and random things they visited in the resort city of Zermatt. This included a huge machine known as The Snowmaker. Apparently…
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  • A Day in the light of Hexham Abbey

    Andy Marshall
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:26 am
    A Day in the Light of Hexham Abbey from Andy Marshall on Vimeo. continued at fotofacade.....
  • Sing it from the rooftops gif

    Andy Marshall
    21 Nov 2013 | 3:13 am
    Parallax gif taken from a still image of the parapet figures at Selby Abbey continued at fotofacade.....
  • Lumière

    Andy Marshall
    14 Mar 2013 | 11:40 pm
    Lumière from Andy Marshall on Vimeo. continued at fotofacade.....
  • Finders, keepers in mobile art treasure trail

    Andy Marshall
    11 Jan 2013 | 6:47 am
    Taking advantage of the latest mobile photography and printing techniques, Andy Marshall (@fotofacade) is leaving a treasure trail of collectable, hidden art prints waiting to be claimed and owned by the unsuspecting visitor. Follow this tumblr for clues as to where you might find the latest piece... continued at fotofacade.....
  • Step into the light with this interactive image

    Andy Marshall
    22 Nov 2012 | 12:35 am
    New interactive image showcases a breathtaking video of one of England's most beautiful cathedrals continued at fotofacade.....
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  • The City We Want

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The fields of Eden Are full of trash And if we  beg and we borrow and steal We’ll never get it back People are hungry They crowd around And the city gets bigger as the country comes begging to town (M. Jagger/K. Richards) One could argue that humanity has come to a critical point when looking at our current and future way of habitation.  Industrial civilization is moving towards the destruction of our planet, there is overwhelming evidence of this everywhere. We live without ration and we take our current condition for granted as if it were normal and somehow “part of human nature”,…
  • March 30 Day Challenge: Do old school DIY

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    As mentioned in my previous article ’2014 new year resolutions from architecture and design bloggers’, 2014 is about the sprint rather than the marathon. My 2014 new year resolution is to try something new every 30 days, 2014 will be the year for growth, focus and fun! In January I took a photo a day, in February I created an artwork. In March I set out to get back to basics and create something old school DIY. I have the fondest memories of growing up with my grandparents and of delicious food bringing the family together every Sunday. So it is no surprise the focus of this challenge…
  • Taking DIY Urbanism to the Classroom

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:47 pm
    If we look back 10 years, the words popup, tactical and temporary were seldom used in city building and urban design. Traditionally, when designing for the city and for people, these terms were considered ‘out of place’. Today however, they are often injected in project meetings, at public lectures and for that matter, any discussion based on making better places for people. These words reference a worldwide movement towards Do-It-Yourself Urbanism (DIY Urbanism) and a design approach that leverages off local talent and considers the temporary, evolving and organic nature of our urban…
  • Crowdfunding and its impact on traditional business models

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:54 pm
    I was recently interviewed for the April issue of Design Quarterly, you can read the article entitled ‘Drawing a Crowd’ here.  The article features Australia’s first campaigns to be launched under the new Kickstarter banner. Below is my interview in full with Design Quarterly: Featured projects include the DIY Concrete House Ring, alongside Luto, Modeska and Orbitkey. Left: Modeska, Right: Luto Left: Orbitkey, Right: DIY Concrete House Ring  DQ: Can you please provide a short description of the concept you applied for funding with through Kickstarter? LB: My name is…
  • February 30 day Challenge: Create an Artwork

    11 Mar 2014 | 6:06 am
    As mentioned in my previous article ’2014 new year resolutions from architecture and design bloggers’, 2014 is about the sprint rather than the marathon. My 2014 new year resolution is to try something new every 30 days, 2014 will be the year for growth, focus and fun! In January I took a photo a day. You can checkout the results here. In February, I set out to ‘Create an Artwork’ (my first ever). When defining this challenge, I intentionally left it ambiguous. Any method or means for creating art will deem success. I decided to do this because I have never been…
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  • David Chipperfield wins Nobel Center architectural competition

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Under the direction of David Chipperfield and Christoph Felger, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin has won the competition for the design of the Nobel Center -’Nobelhuset’ in Stockholm. The new Nobel Center is situates as a “solitaire” in a prominent water edge position on Blasieholmen next to the Swedish National Museum in the centre of Stockholm. Nobelhuset gives the Nobel Prize a home for the first time in its history, strengthening and celebrating human endeavour in the centre of the city. It unites under one roof an auditorium, a restaurant, a cafe with bar and…
  • City of Dreams Hotel Tower – Zaha Hadid Architects

    1 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Melco Crown Entertainment, a developer and owner of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Asia, has unveiled the project details and design of the fifth hotel tower at City of Dreams, the company’s flagship property in Cotai, Macau. With 40 floors and a gross floor area of 150,000 square meters, the tower houses approximately 780 guestrooms, suites and sky villas. The hotel also includes a variety of meeting and event facilities, gaming rooms, lobby atrium, restaurants, spa, and sky pool. Integrating extensive back of house areas and supporting ancillary facilities, the…
  • Shigeru Ban receives the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Chicago, IL (March 24, 2014) — Shigeru Ban will receive the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Tom Pritzker, Chairman and President of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the prize, made the announcement today. Shigeru Ban, a Tokyo-born, 56-year-old architect with offices in Tokyo, Paris and New York, is rare in the field of architecture. He designs elegant, innovative work for private clients, and uses the same inventive and resourceful design approach for his extensive humanitarian efforts. For twenty years Ban has traveled to sites of natural and man-made disasters around the world, to…
  • Smiljan Radic to Design 2014 Serpentine Pavilion

    12 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    Chilean architect Smiljan Radic has designed the fourteenth Serpentine Pavilion which will open in June. Radic is the fourteenth architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion outside the entrance to the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. His design follows Sou Fujimoto’s cloud-like structure which was visited by almost 200,000 people in 2013 and was one of the most visited Pavilions to-date. Occupying a footprint of some 350 square metres on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery, plans depict a semi-translucent, cylindrical structure, designed to resemble a shell,…
  • Joseph Rykwert receives the 2014 Royal Gold Medal for architecture

    25 Feb 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The celebrated architectural critic, historian and writer Joseph Rykwert has this evening (Tuesday 25 February) been presented with the 2014 Royal Gold Medal, one of the world’s most prestigious architecture awards. Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”. Joseph Rykwert is a world-leading authority on the history of art and architecture; his groundbreaking ideas and…
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  • Mott 32 Restaurant - Hong Kong

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hong Kong seems to have more than enough restaurants, yet new ones keep opening up and the best candidates always do well. The latest in the Chinese restaurant genre is Mott 32, in the Standard Chartered Bank Building in Central. We love the echoes of the past that are visible everywhere at Mott 32 without turning the establishment into a traditional Chinese restaurant. It is all cool vibes and modern touches perfectly suitable for urban Hong Kong of today, but in a skilfully prepared wrapping of patina and allure. The 7,500 square foot (697 sq.m.) restaurant is a design collaboration between…
  • Gilded Lily Bar - New York

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    New York restaurateurs, Eric Marx and Lisle Richards, known for the Wayfarer at The Quin, have taken on a massive project and turned a Meatpacking District haunt into party central.   The pair opened the elegant Monarch Room earlier this year and just recently, right below it, the Gilded Lily bar. The location of the Monarch and the Gilded Lily is 408 West 15th Street, the former home of the 70s and 80s gay party spot, Crisco Disco. The building has stood empty for three decades while the District around it has been transformed.   To create the interior for Gilded Lily, Marx and…
  • Wirra Willa - Somersby, Australia

    3 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Wirra Willa is a tiny, tranquil pavilion located in Somersby, NSW, Australia, on an 80-acre property that formerly operated as a citrus fruit orchard.   Designed by architect Matthew Woodward for his father, the pavilion is only 72 square meters (775 sq.ft) in size and it is surrounded by a 36 square meter (387 sq.ft) courtyard. The villa complements the existing larger residence on the remote property and provides a special, separate place for reflection and rest. It can also be used as a self-contained guest house. The architect’s inspiration was the Fansworth House designed by…
  • The Jane, Antwerp, Belgium

    23 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Opening this week in Antwerp, Belgium, The Jane restaurant designed by Piet Boon has all the building blocks of a success. An intriguing building: A chapel of a former military hospital that gives the restaurant the aura of a sacred place mixed with a certain darkness.  An interesting location: Antwerp’s ’t Groen Kwartier that with its lofts in restored buildings and green areas designed by famous architects is developing into a trendy area. A famous chef-owner: Sergio Herman with his young right-hand man Nick Bril running the establishment. A renowned designer: Dutch Piet…
  • Australian Artist: CJ Hendry - Pen on Paper

    12 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    We discovered Australian artist CJ Hendry through her Instagram account and were immediately blown away by her work. Armed with only paper and pen, she creates magnificent, photorealistic black-and-white images in large format. Her subjects are generally high-end fashion objects, such as a Hermes scarf or a Louis Vuitton horse head, but they can also be other inanimate objects including sculls and guns.   The pieces are mesmerizing visual objects in their own right, but once you realize they are created by just pen and ink, you really start to appreciate the skill and patience involved.
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  • Development Basics: Design Matters

    Dean Dalvit
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Rarely do you have an opportunity to see how good Design has a direct impact on the bottom line. EVstudio designed the multifamily project on the left and it sold out in record time. Both of these projects were permitted within weeks of each other and completed around the same time. Enough said.
  • Top 10 Important Things to Know for SIPs

    Dean Dalvit
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    With the growing popularity of SIP designed homes, it is important to know some critical details that are different than traditional stick frame design. Below is a list of what I have developed as important details to consider as early as the pre-design stage as well as tips during construction as well: 1.) The thickness of the SIP wall is a critical factor in determining your layout geometry. Most SIP manufacturers provide panels in both 2×4 and 2×6 varieties, however, bear in mind that those sizes predicate that the 2×4 or 2×6 is sandwiched between the panels. Therefore,…
  • Foundation Engineering for Home Plans Purchased Online

    Jim Houlette
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Many people are searching the internet and purchasing home plans online.  While these plans won’t be custom tailored to fit your exact needs, many people find they are close enough. However, there is one very important thing to keep in mind when purchasing these plans, the foundation and possibly framing must be designed by a structural engineer licensed in that state. I’ve worked with many clients that have purchased plans online and then unfortunately find out they can’t get a permit.  For many building departments you must have a soils report stamped by a geotechnical…
  • Architects and Engineers need Errors & Omissions Insurance

    Sean O'Hara
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    When you are making decisions about hiring an architect, engineer or other licensed building professional it is important to verify that they carry Errors & Omissions Insurance (E&O). As a client, errors and omissions insurance protects you from major professional mistakes that cause you financial harm. While it is always better to try to work through issues on building projects, there is risk that you may not be able to work through major errors or omissions. If your design professional does not carry E&O they are unlikely to have the funds to rectify the situation. Most…
  • Denver Townhomes and Accessibility Points: Part 1 of a Series

    Elizabeth Olney
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    When individuals, and developers alike, contemplate taking on the construction of a new project, there are many aspects that must be considered. While most know the basic that need to be covered (who will the team consist of, what type of budget is allowable, who is the target market, etc.), other big ticket factors are sometimes overlooked during the initial schematic “big dreamer” phase. Decisions made during this phase can cause the project to back track in order to get all of the pieces together (costing money in scheduling delays). Accessibility requirements are one item that…
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  • Brilliant Works of Architecture Made Easier to Understand (and Even Nicer to Look At)

    Jason Diamond
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    As a former architecture student at UCLA, Michie Cao was fascinated by the simplicity and beauty of the great works of modern architecture, but always felt that it wasn’t easy for people who didn’t truly understand design and construction to appreciate what made them so perfect. To fix this, the School of Visual Arts grad student came up with Archigrams, a whimsical set of small prints showcasing some of her favorite architectural marvels, complete with facts to help people better understand the process and art behind the structures. Cao is currently raising funds on…
  • Incredible Homes with Secret Rooms and Passageways

    Alison Nastasi
    11 Jan 2014 | 9:26 am
    Secret passageways and hidden rooms aren’t just for Scooby-Doo villains and mysterious millionaires. Homeowners and apartment dwellers are creating their own creative, covert spots that are perfect places for reading, hanging out, playing, and pretending that the outside world doesn’t exist. Here are a few moveable bookshelves, stealthy staircases, and sliding walls that reveal secret living quarters. Vlad Mishin designed this modern, sculptural wall divider, which unfolds to reveal a kitchen. Part of the screen rotates to form an entertainment area and opens into a space that leads you…
  • Amazing Gingerbread Replicas of Famous Art Museums

    Judy Berman
    3 Dec 2013 | 5:45 am
    He’s done Beatles in burnt toast, Damien Hirst in M&Ms, and Rothko in Rice, but Henry Hargreaves‘ latest juxtaposition of food and art may be his most impressive. Collaborating with stylist Caitlin Levin, the artist has used those most seasonal of ingredients — candy and gingerbread — to recreate some of the world’s most famous art museums, from the Guggenheim to the Louvre. If you’re in Miami for Art Basel later this week, be sure to stop by Dylan’s Candy Bar and see the sculptures in person; if not, these dramatic black-and-white photos (spotted…
  • Wonderful Architectural Illustrations Celebrate Film History’s Most Impressive Buildings

    Kevin Pires
    29 Nov 2013 | 7:00 am
    The relationship between film and architecture is often overlooked outright or confused as a secondary aspect of the film; as if the space the characters inhabit were not as important as the characters themselves. Whether you’re talking about a movie like Rear Window where the architecture is a crucial part of the film — a character in and of itself — or a movie like Moonrise Kingdom where the structures play a quieter although no less crucial role (what would Suzie be without that lighthouse perch, after all?), film and architecture are inextricably related. In his fantastic series…
  • 15 Amazing Examples of Invisible Architecture

    Alison Nastasi
    15 Sep 2013 | 9:07 am
    Architecture the James Turrell way states: “The qualities of the space must be seen, and the architecture of the form must not be dominant.” That’s the approach one firm is taking with the Tower Infinity in South Korea. It’s being marketed as the first “invisible skyscraper.” The building will be wrapped in a “reflective skin” that reveals the surrounding environment. Camouflaged buildings are nothing new, but architects and designers are still learning how to refine and conceptualize these structures to help people experience form and space in…
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  • A Renaissance Piazza – Contemporary Portuguese Minimalism

    Susan Kraemer
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Here’s a lovely house in Portugal from Intergaup with the timeless serenity of a Fra Angelico piazza in a Renaissance painting. The design pays homage to traditions that go back to medieval architecture. Traditional materials like the terracotta tile roofline integrate the house into its rural context near Villa Boim. Blending strict traditions with a contemporary architectonic approach results in beautiful and almost surreal spaces. The body of water, the retaining wall and the stair exemplifies the drawing and the purity in the details,. The main house has only one floor in a…
  • Former WWII Arsenal Transforms into a Cosy Mountain Retreat

    Susan Kraemer
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    A Swiss arsenal from WWII is transformed by Ralph Germann architectes into a warm and comfortable mountain chalet. Keeping the historic nature of the building with the use of simple materials, like larch, slate, glass, and metal, a cosy mountain cabin retreat is created. The key to the design is an entirely glazed interior box – with full height sliding doors – within the original army building. The glass box makes it possible to entirely open the barn doors outside, while a glass box keeps the interior cosy, while preserving the historic building shell. The generous exterior…
  • An Austere Masterpiece – the Redgen Mathieson Bondi House

    Susan Kraemer
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    A three story beachfront house with a pure, elevated facade of glass and marble on Sydney’s glorious Bondi Beach by Redgen Mathieson is squeezed vertically by its narrow infill site but capitalises on views across Icebergs to the beach. It is an elegant house with pure spaces, bold designs, subtly modelled interiors and details that makes the most of its heavenly view and its client’s needs. Three massive sliding glass panels and multi storey sheer white curtains emphasize its austere vertical marble and glass facade. A two storey curtain billows in the marble-cooled breeze off the…
  • Design Dilemma: Alternatives to Marble Countertops

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    Traditional Kitchen by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Fiorella Design No doubt about it, Carrerra marble countertops are gorgeous! Classic and classy, they’re also very high maintenance and easy to stain. That’s because marble is a calcareous stone composed of mostly calcium carbonate. It is extremely sensitive to acidic foods, like lemons, tomato sauce and wine, in addition to acidic cleaning products. So are there  any alternatives where you can get the look of white carrera marble without the maintenance? Here are a few other options: White Granite  …
  • The Sheer Delight of a House Anchored to the Cliff

    Susan Kraemer
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    The Cliff Face House from Fergus Scott Architects and Peter Stutchbury Architecture is named for the sheer face of sandstone anchoring an amazingly original house north of Sydney. It extends out from the sandstone rock face, taking in a tranquil view towards the calm inland waters of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. You descend down through the house next to the raw rock face. A gloriously original open air bathroom marries sea views to the rock face. A luminous polycarbonate vaulted roof suffuses the primary living areas with a delicate light. Suspended above that is a separate roof…
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  • GreenSpec Introduces Faster, Deeper Search

    Tristan Roberts
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Author name:  Tristan Roberts Blog Category:  GreenSpec Insights Op-Ed BuildingGreen's Top Stories BuildingGreen is bringing its members changes to the industry-leading GreenSpec tool, making it easier on the eyes and faster to find products. On April 19, BuildingGreen, Inc. rolled out a new GreenSpec tool to its members that has a new design and makes it easier and faster to quickly find greenest-of-the-green products for your project. Things you love that we didn’t change GreenSpec will continue to be offered to BuildingGreen members as an integral part of our website. Here are…
  • 6 Ways Our Household is Saving Water—And Energy

    Alex Wilson
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions GreenSpec Insights Saving energy isn’t only about using less electricity and fuel; it’s about saving water. Our 1.75 gpm Kohler Bancroft showerhead.Photo Credit: Alex Wilson In this weekly blog, I’ve focused a lot of attention on the energy-saving measures at our new home—from the innovative insulation materials we used to the air-source heat pump heating system and our top-efficiency heat-recovery ventilator. What I haven’t said much about are the measures we’ve taken to reduce water use and why these measures…
  • Testing Pressure-Sensitive Tapes: Rounds Two and Three

    Paula Melton
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Author name:  Peter Yost Blog Category:  Sticky Business BuildingGreen's Top Stories Tension and pressure, tears and creeps. The Wingnut Test Facility (WTF) gets dope-slapped in our latest round of experiments. Peter and Dave put tapes to the test at Building Energy 2014.Photo Credit: Walter Pearce NOTE: Want to get into more sticky business like this? Read the whole blog series! The Wingnut Test Facility, or WTF, conducting new PSA tape testing in preparation for the NESEA BE14 Demonstration Stages, learned how half a dozen or so tapes are performing on half a dozen different…
  • Urine Collection Beats Composting Toilets for Nutrient Recycling

    Alex Wilson
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions GreenSpec Insights Human urine collection and use provides a better way to recycle nutrients than use of composting toilets. Abe Noe-Hays of the Rich Earth Institute standing in front of a urine storage tank. Click to enlarge.Photo Credit: Alex Wilson Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy this blog over a cup of coffee here’s an article on…urine? Really? Let me explain. Urine is a largely sterile, nutrient-rich resource that can be used in fertilizing plants. In fact, according to the Rich Earth Institute, the urine…
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    17 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Le désordre apprivoisé s’invite au restaurant Inviting civilized mayhem to the restaurant PAR / BY Jean de Lessard, designers créatifs Canada Incroyablement enveloppant, sexy… Ces qualificatifs décrivent Chez Carl Tapas & BBQ, un nouveau restaurant de l’Île-des-Sœurs conçu par le designer d’intérieur Jean de Lessard. Ce dernier y explore cette fois la dimension cachée de l’espace, avec de surprenants résultats ! Montréal, le 17 avril 2014 – S’inspirant de la théorie des fractales dans son design du restaurant Chez Carl Tapas & BBQ, le…

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Présentation des pavillons 2014 The Pavilions presentation 2014 PAR / BY Festival des Architectures Vives Canada Montpellier, le 17 avril 2014 – Pour cette 9ème édition du Festival des Architectures Vives, les Pavillons Montpellier et La Grande Motte sont réalisés par l’Atelier NH à Montpellier et l’Atelier Jérôme Lafond pour La Grande Motte. Le pavillon est le point de départ du Festival des Architectures Vives. Il a pour vocation d’informer et de renseigner les visiteurs afin de les guider dans leur parcours. C’est aussi le lieu de vote du public.

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    Winner of the 2014 eVolo skyscraper competition Vernacular Versatility by Yong Ju Lee United States Ce communiqué est uniquement disponible en anglais. VERNACULAR VERSATILITY, A CONTEMPORARY ADAPTATION OF KOREAN TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE New York, April 17, 2014 – Vernacular Versatility has won the 2014 eVolo Skyscraper Competition whose aim is to recognize outstanding ideas for vertical living through the novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics and spatial organization. Chosen among 525 projects from 43 countries around the world, the project is a reinterpretation of…

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    Papier14 - Foire d’art contemporain d’œuvres sur papier Papier14 - Contemporary Art Fair of Works on Paper PAR / BY L’Association des galeries d’art contemporain (AGAC) Canada Du 25 – 27 avril 2014 Montréal, le 16 avril 2014 – Papier, une foire unique en son genreAvec l’arrivée du printemps, l’élégant chapiteau de la foire Papier14 s’installera prochainement au cœur du Quartier des spectacles, à l’angle des rues Ste-Catherine et Clark. Ce nouvel emplacement permettra à l'évènement de prendre plus d’ampleur et de…

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    AZURE ANNOUNCES THE FINALISTS OF THE FOURTH ANNUAL AZ AWARDS Canada Ce communiqué est uniquement disponible en anglais. From an impressive 652 submissions arriving from 36 countries, 48 finalists have been selected in the fourth annual AZ Awards – an international competition honouring excellence in design and architecture Toronto, April 10, 2014 – The high-calibre international jury has conferred and the finalists have been selected. Today, the public is invited to cast their vote for the People’s ChoiceAll 48 finalists are available for online viewing and voters are selecting…
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  • Lightning Safety Tips

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    1. Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent. Lightning can travel 5-10 miles away from the thunderstorm and strike the ground with blue sky overhead. The storm doesn’t have to be overhead in order for you to be struck. 2. Move to a sturdy shelter or vehicle. Do not take shelter in a small shed, …
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    28 Mar 2014 | 10:53 am
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  • Choosing a Wood Flooring Finish

    25 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    When choosing the right type of finish for your wood floors, consider your lifestyle and maintenance preferences. All wood floors will require routine maintenance, such as sweeping or dust mopping, to keep them looking beautiful and new, but different wood flooring finishes will have a big impact on how you care for your floor long-term, …
  • Prevent Gardening and Yard Work Injuries

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:07 am
    Spring yard work should mean more than digging out your garden tools from the back of the shed and filling the gasoline tank. The same hedge clippers, weed trimmers, mulchers and tillers that make your yard beautiful can also cause permanent injury or death to operators and bystanders. Injuries often occur because of improper use, …
  • Are Your Window Coverings Safe?

    4 Mar 2014 | 5:49 am
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has identified window coverings with cords as one of the top five hidden hazards in the home. To prevent tragic child strangulations, CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit. About once a month a child between 7 months and …
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  • Think About Window Film First

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Because of the benefits it offers to commercial buildings, energy-efficient window film is one of the first green investments you may want to consider – before HVAC upgrades, lighting retrofits, or new windows. The right window film can help your building save energy and reduce demand, but it may also extend the life of your facility’s furniture and furnishings, lengthen HVAC system lifecycle, reduce heating and cooling loads, improve interior comfort, and reduce the amount of artificial light needed. To save time, resources, money, energy, and equipment wear and tear, consider installing…
  • Comparing Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    Two high-efficiency commercial lighting options have hit the market in the last few years: CFL (compact fluorescent) and LED (light-emitting diode) lighting. These energy-saving bulbs may cost more upfront, but they typically last longer than their counterparts and can make a positive impact on utility bills. When you factor in maintenance and replacement savings, CFLs and LEDs both offer benefits. How do you decide which is best for your commercial building? The Lowdown on LED Lighting Due to their long lifespan, LEDs have been used for years in electronics (digital clocks, calculators,…
  • Green Revolving Loan Funds Finance Energy Projects

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    Lack of capital dollars can prevent some organizations from investing in green building and energy conservation measures. A few universities and nonprofits around the country have found a way around this problem, however – and even for-profit corporations can learn a thing or two by understanding what they do. To create a sustainable funding cycle, universities and nonprofits are starting to use green revolving loan funds to help facilities professionals move forward with projects that may reduce operating costs and reduce environmental impact. Green revolving loan funds are internal funds…
  • Comparing Standard and Low-E Window Film

    25 Mar 2014 | 8:52 am
    Your commercial building’s windows significantly impact energy efficiency. But you don’t have to take our word for it. The U.S. Department of Energy says that inefficient windows are to blame for 25% to 35% of wasted energy. And the California Energy Commission estimates that around 40% of a building’s cooling requirements are due to solar heat gain through windows. Window film often wins out over window replacement when it comes to improving the performance of existing windows (unless windows are broken or leaking). To make windows as energy-efficient as possible, there are different…
  • Portfolio-Wide Energy Efficiency

    18 Mar 2014 | 6:29 am
    Facilities managers tasked with operating and managing several buildings on a campus or within a portfolio are often aiming for energy savings or carbon neutrality at a campus-wide level vs. a building-by-building level. While greening an entire campus can present unique challenges, it can also offer some incentives and opportunities that further escalate energy savings. Check out some of the notable differences between greening an entire portfolio vs. a single building: Energy Usage: Measurement, Tracking, & Benchmarking The more buildings you have in your portfolio, the more data that…
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  • I’m No Longer the Golden Boy

    Bob Borson
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Today is my 46th birthday – which in and of itself isn’t particularly interesting – but as I am now officially on the downward slide towards the big 5-0 there is a phrase that has been coming to mind a bit more often:“You’re the ‘Golden Boy’”Most people have probably heard some variation of this phrase but if you haven’t, it basically means that you are favored. This was something that I heard a lot during my first job when I was in my 20′s and professionally, things were looking pretty good. I could seemingly do no wrong and…
  • Motivation – and why it’s important

    Bob Borson
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It’s Sunday morning, it’s raining outside, I’m really tired, and the consensus around the house is to lay about, read books and watch television.But not me … I have things that “have” to be done … or do I? Do these things really have to get done?My motivation is low … I want to lay about and do nothing. As I dragged myself out of bed and pulled out my laptop, I mentally started going down my “to-do” list and after a while, I just stopped. There’s too much to do and it seems that the more I have to do, the less likely I am to…
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  • Fire Safety Without Harmful Chemicals Webinar

    Mignon O'Young
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:56 am
    The What: The Sustainable Furnishings Council will be offering a free webinar on the topic of Fire Safety Without Harmful Chemicals. Flame retardant chemicals can be found in upholstered furniture as well as building materials such as insulation (expanded and extruded polystyrene (EPS and XPS) and polyurethane and polyisocyanurate). Learn from expert Dr. Arlene Blum about how we can be assured of fire safety without exposure to harmful chemicals. The When: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST (North American time zone – Eastern Standard Time). The Where: Online. The…
  • Toyo Ito Continues to Inspire

    Mignon O'Young
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Last fall, I had the chance to meet Mr. Toyo Ito up close and personal soon after I toured the Taiwan National Stadium he designed. It was during a press conference held in Taipei New Horizon, his most recent project completed in Taiwan. He was invited by the Fubon Art Foundation to meet the press in the afternoon and give a talk as a part of its Masters Lecture Series in the evening. Toyo Ito and translator, Professor Sotetsu Sha of Asia University and Atelier SHARE conducting an intimate Q and A session during the press conference held in Taipei New Horizon. (Photo by Mignon O’Young)…
  • Buildings That Follow the Sun

    Mignon O'Young
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Can building floor plates rotate in response to sun movement? Sir Richard Branson seems to believe it’s possible. He recently introduced Virgin Buildings, a new generation of ultra-green skyscrapers aimed to positively change the landscape for the environment, architecture, and cities around the world. Sir Branson envisions Virgin Buildings to provide their own food, water, and energy while minimizing their impact on the existing infrastructure and resources. Rainwater will be harvested and recycled for potable water usage, cooling systems, and…
  • dFab Connects the Digital Fabrication Community

    Mignon O'Young
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    A few years ago at a Green Building Summit convened by Greentech Media and SRI International, I met an interesting fellow named Greg Howes. He talked at a fast pace and was full of ideas. He introduced me to the world of robotic manufacturing and made a strong case for how technology could help us maximize the efficiencies and opportunities in designing and prefabricating buildings, which in turn save human, material, and energy resources during construction. Over the years, Greg has talked to me about garnering buy-in on the concept of digital fabrication from designers and educators. He…
  • No Border School Project Empowered by Traditional Construction

    João Guimarães
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:41 am
    Editor’s Foreward: Portuguese architects João Guimarães and Miguel Magalhães of Aware Collective have designed No Border School, a 208 square meter modular and sustainable school for Burmese refugee children in Mae Sot, Thailand. The project is awaiting funding and I hope they will be able to realize such a thoughtful project which could have a huge positive impact on the communities in Thailand. The No Border School, a sustainable and modular school for Burmese refugee children in Mae Sot, Thailand. (Image courtesy Aware Collective) With the deep belief that design can actually improve…
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  • Urbanism | The themes for 2014 (and beyond) Part 1

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    This has been sitting in my writing notes ever since the first week of January when, satiated with a wonderful year-end trip deep in southeast Asia, I sat down to think about what 2014 is going to be like in this all-encompassing, jargon-filled world of urbanism. I was going to call these the top buzzwords in urbanism initially, but I couldn’t help but admit that leaving aside the compelling twenty-first century urbanist propensity to jargonise everything, it is hard to ignore that this is what’s happening in the world of thinking about cities and places and that at least a few of…
  • Design | Re-Imagining a Co-Working Space

    17 Oct 2013 | 7:08 am
    While I am an urban planner + place brander by day, long time readers of this blog would know that I’m always seeking out interesting side projects that exercise my creative muscles in some way. So when in August, good friend Anjali Ramachandran, who works as the Head of Innovation at PHD, invited me to collaborate with her for the David Pilton Hub Challenge at NABS, I all but jumped at the opportunity. Our entry was shortlisted as one of the finalists in the competition, but to our disappointment, we didn’t win! Anjali and I spent a lot of time in August and September working on…
  • Urbanism | Place Engagement through Art at Bankside

    23 Sep 2013 | 1:35 am
    I have written about Candy Chang’s thoughtful urban installations before, and therefore I am delighted to hear that she is bringing her work to London through the next few weeks as part of the Merge Festival at Bankside. The festival is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of the area, and it aims to encourage public engagement with the place through a series of installations and art projects and performances over the next few weeks. Candy Chang brings her “Before I Die” installation to the festival – the installation has travelled to several cities around the…
  • On Photography

    15 Sep 2013 | 4:52 am
    “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst” – Henri Cartier Bresson. True, very true. If you started with a digital camera, make that your first 30,000. Perhaps even 50,000.  But don’t let that stop you from keeping at it. In fact, above all and beyond everything else, insist on keeping at it. Remember though, that unless you get to be a pro (and there is a long, long way to go before you get there), less is more – less editing and less equipment. The more you edit, the less integrity your initial photographs will have. They might look prettier (to you, and…
  • PhotoStories | Snippets from Rome

    31 Jul 2013 | 4:20 am
    OK, this has got to be the longest break I have taken from the blog! The last few months have been crazy busy – mostly in a good way. I travelled to Crete, Rome and New York, got my knee sorted, took one of the biggest plunges of my life and launched my own consultancy, and also managed to work on a couple of really cool projects. It’s August now and it is time to take a breather. Just for a bit, though – I have more exciting things happening and I will be sure to share them with you when the time comes. Meanwhile, here are a few snippets from my trip to Rome – it…
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  • House in Mayu by Horibe Associates

    Miguel Rus
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    © Kaori Ichikawa The client requested a design that would melt into the surrounding paddy landscape as well as provide a safe, stable living environment for generations to come. House in Mayu is located in Osaka, Japan. Horibe Associates responded with a plan that incorporates multiple courtyards, ensuring the privacy necessary for an open lifestyle even if homes are built on surrounding lots in the future. If two generations with different schedules eventually share the home, the courtyards will also provide a comfortable degree of distance between the living spaces occupied by various…
  • Xintiandi Installation by Ben van Berkel / UNStudio

    Miguel Rus
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    © Seth Powers As part of the ‘RIBA Shanghai Windows Project 2014’ UNStudio was invited by China Xintiandi to create a gateway installation for the Xintiandi Style Retail Mall in Shanghai. Located along Madang Road and framing the entrance to the mall, the project conceptually explores the role of display in Shanghai: the symbiotic relationship of cultural reflections that occur between the city’s occupants and the urban landscape. Ben van Berkel: The installation is related to the culture of consuming, not with respect only to shopping, but to consuming images: images of our…
  • La Fabrique by Marc Mimram

    Miguel Rus
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    © Courtesy of Marc Mimram Marc Mimram, the Paris based architecture and engineering practice, has completed the first phase of Strasbourg School of Architecture (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Strasbourg). Located in the heart of the city, La Fabrique (The Factory) is a new 4,500m² building that will be complemented by the refurbishment of the adjoining building, Le Garage, to be completed in December 2014. The teaching spaces of La Fabrique are projected into the streetscape, encouraging students to engage with the building’s context and allowing the city to…
  • Nannup Holiday House by Iredale Pedersen Hook

    Alberto Seller
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    © Peter Pennetts The Nannup Holiday house forms part of a wandering path through the landscape from Perth to Nannup. This path dialogues with the landscape of intense forest, meandering river and rolling hills, each experience is carefully choreographed to enrich the occupancy of the house. A Jeykll and Hyde experience of the landscape is carefully controlled through oscillating vertical (forest) and horizontal (horizon) openings and the contrast of grounded and floating experiences. While the exterior dialogues with the numerous fallen trees, the interior is revealed through a sequence of…
  • Quote #109 – Shigeru Ban

    Miguel Rus
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Everyone used to want to be star architects. That’s no longer the case. Shigeru Ban The post Quote #109 – Shigeru Ban appeared first on I Like Architecture.
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  • Curious Mid Century Home in The Berkeley Hills

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:12 pm
    If there’s a classic style that really never gets old, it’s got to be Mid-Century Modernism. With suburbia being one of the birthplaces of the design, this particular space in the Berkeley Hills has seen an overhaul and a facelift that really breathes new life into the clean bones of this post-war style home. YamaMar Design helmed the project, with bright whites and pops of bold color really take over to showcase the aesthetic of the interior. Stark contrasts between the floors and walls provide an anchor for the stone facade fireplace, great linear furnishings and…
  • Geometric Deer Head Bookshelf Design

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Incorporating animals of any kind is our favorite things to do– whether it’s an outfit, an interior or a party theme. having furry critters, Amazon wildlife or an exotic bird pop up in decor can be a great thing, and it certainly rings true for this modernized, geometric bookshelf. ‘Deer’ by Finnish brand BeDesign is one of our favorites for obvious reasons. Made in different sizes and with the option of wood or metal, ‘Deer’ is a great choice to hang on the wall and display otherwise ‘boring’ objects (ie. books). This deer’s head would…
  • Stunning Elevated Beach Pole Home in Australia

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:11 pm
    There are few homes that sit off of the edge of cliffs the way this Australian residence does, and F2 Architecture created a beautiful base and walkway leading up to this square shaped holiday home. The panoramic views created by the location of the residence are unparalleled, and the Fairhaven beach directly below creates the perfect backdrop. Though it’s not your average ‘party’ house, this rentable space has one bedroom and boasts contemporary fixtures, modern finishes and some classic style furnishings. Art isn’t really needed in a space like this, with glazing…
  • Translucent Energy Efficient East Coast Home

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Energy efficiency and all of its perks typically comes in a brand new, shiny wrapped package. But for a unique little 19th century residence in Cambridge, Massachusetts, sustainability is a wonderful characteristic on top of the new futuristic look this renovated home possesses. The simple shaped architecture of the space is transformed by translucent plastic panels for an exterior facade with insulated backing applied to keep the house warm in those frigid months of the year. The interior space is still a beautiful work of art, but classic wood beams and original elements to keep the overall…
  • Glass Tower House in New York

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Contemporary home structures don’t typically amaze us, but for this particular home in Upstate New York, the built space is a unique shape that really grabs the eye. The glass facade home is stacked like an alphabet letter, cantilevered out over a singular tower with only two metal supports to hold up the rest of the home. The interior of the tower house by Gluck+ is pretty clean and minimalistic in nature with yellow and green accents within the natural wood tones, white and black main colors. The glass facade on all of the long sides of the structure make for gorgeous, unparalleled…
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  • The Safe Successful Modular Delivery

    Janet Field
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Celebrate Daily Successes Sometimes it is important to take a minute to celebrate success in our daily jobs. There are certain projects or tasks in any company that by their very nature are more high profile or glamorous than others. But because all projects don’t come with million dollar price tags in big shinny packages, they can’t all be dazzling.… Read More... The post The Safe Successful Modular Delivery appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Recognition for Awards and the Shift to Modular Construction

    Janet Field
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Modular Construction is Taking Off We are pleased and proud to share news of the recent awards Triumph received from The Modular Building Institute, the international non-profit trade association serving the commercial modular construction industry. We are equally pleased to recognize the tremendous projects we won these awards based upon, as proof that the modular industry is pushing ahead rightfully so.… Read More... The post Recognition for Awards and the Shift to Modular Construction appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • It is Official Gold LEED Certification for Whittlesey Village in Acton

    Janet Field
    21 Jan 2014 | 8:49 pm
    In early December 2013, Triumph Modular received the official certificate from the USGBC, Whittlesey Village, the Acton Housing Authority project achieved the LEED certification for Homes illustrating a Gold certification! Past blog articles about the Acton project for example, Affordable, Green and Modular Multi-Unit Housing and Going for Gold tell parts of the story, but this project’s results have had far reaching positive implications for the community of Acton.… Read More... The post It is Official Gold LEED Certification for Whittlesey Village in Acton appeared first on…
  • Watch a Modular Building Constructed in 20 Slides

    Janet Field
    3 Jan 2014 | 7:18 am
    Take a look at the David H. Koch Childcare Center, a recent addition to MIT’s on-campus childcare, as it is delivered and assembled on site using the modular construction process. Triumph Modular, the projects general contractor, collaborated with D.W. Arthur Associates Architects and NRB USA, factory partner on the modular building and construction of a 14,000 square foot childcare facility.… Read More... The post Watch a Modular Building Constructed in 20 Slides appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • 2013: A Year In Review at Triumph Modular

    Janet Field
    9 Dec 2013 | 3:05 pm
    What an amazing year it has been! The Triumph Modular team is extremely pleased with all of the challenges and successes recorded in 2013 and we want to share them with you. We would also like to take this time to thank our readers for their constant support and engagement on our blog, and social media profiles.… Read More... The post 2013: A Year In Review at Triumph Modular appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
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  • Spa-Like Bathroom Renovations

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Popular Bathroom Renovations  The pace of our lives today with high pressure careers, various family activities and especially the ones our children are involved,  leave very little time to visit a spa or go on retreat.  Have no fear, we have the answer to unwind and slow your harried lives.  Turn your master bathroom into your own spa-like retreat haven!  How do you do that? We have compiled some well-loved and often requested bathroom amenities over the past 30 years to offer the busy person a heavenly place to rest from the chaos around them.    We can help to turn your specific…
  • Baltimore Magazine Top Ten Remodelers

    11 Mar 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Top Ten Remodelers in Maryland Baltimore Magazine chose the top 10 home improvement contractors in March 2014 issue.  They have identified 10  home remodeling companies you can trust out of hundreds.  These picks are mostly design build operations and specialize in kitchen design, bathroom remodeling, outdoor living, additions and whole house remodels.  The Top 10  Home Remodelers have earned the respect of their peers in award winning and have demonstrated the ability to solve unusual problems.   Owings Brothers Contracting, an Eldersburg based General Contractor with over 30 years…
  • Best of Houzz 2014

    10 Mar 2014 | 9:03 am
    Owings Brothers Contracting  has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Baltimore home building and remodeling firm was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users…
  • Ask the Experts – Free Seminar

    3 Feb 2014 | 8:37 am
    Steps to a Successful Kitchen & Bath Remodel Date: February 15, 2014 & April 5, 2014Time: 10am – 11:30amLocation: 1912 Liberty Rd Eldersburg, MD 21784 Pre-Registration is Required. Seating is Limited. Please call to reserve your place. 410-781-7022 During this free seminar you will learn: The latest designs & product trends 3 levels of kitchen & bath remodeling How to plan your budget What to expect when remodeling   Light Refreshments Served Owings Brothers - An experienced work force that offers customers a wealth of knowledge and experience
  • Kitchen Remodel Testimony

    20 Dec 2013 | 8:30 am
    Raving Fans are what Owings Brothers Contracting desires.  This kitchen remodel so impacted customers John & Kay that they took the time to make a video of the progress and to show their appreciation for fulfilling their expectations.   Thank you John & Kay for your testimony.  Enjoy your new kitchen! Owings Brothers - An experienced work force that offers customers a wealth of knowledge and experience
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  • Ingenious Backyard Landscaping Design DIY Project-Swimming Pond

    Profir Bogdan
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    This is a great example of a DIY project in which a dreamy backyard landscaping design idea, in this case an amazing swimming pond, was easily materialized without much professional help. The construction process is not at all complicated to understand but does require more than a few hours of work. However, the end result is totally worth and definitely increased the atmosphere of this backyard. But first things first. You have to set out with a plan and know what steps you have to follow. The thing about this example is that it is a functional swimming pool whilst enhancing the looks of the…
  • Furniture Ideas for Small Living Rooms

    Codreanu Andreea
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    We have always attacked the problem of small bedroom space but what should you do when you have an apartment that is small overall? The ground rules remain basically the same, but the important aspect of a design is the way of combining and merging the right elements into a logical interesting ensemble. So we have considered analyzing a set of small living rooms in order to out down those main rules and observe the connections set between different types of elements, offering you some furniture arrangements ideas for your small living room.     1. Using small furniture for your…
  • Beautiful Creative Small Bedroom Design Ideas Collection

    Codreanu Andreea
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    The small bedroom design issue has always been an intriguing topic for us, especially because everyone of us has been at least once challenged  by the problem of small spaces and the methods of utilizing them to the fullest and maximizing space. Beautiful creative small bedroom design ideas can be found everywhere and you can be your own designer with a little bit of creativity and patience. Whatever path you want to choose, you can go from minimalist, clean interior designs to eclectic, elegant, sumptuous designs. The trick is to know how to not overdue it and keep everything clear and…
  • Edgy Architecture- Gayton Road Residence by Richard Paxton & Heidi Locher

    Codreanu Andreea
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Beauty, functionality and a sensitive approach to the environment combined into a modern, edgy architecture house with a great design concept. Here you will find a great example of a contemporary architecture house, a construction with an unique design. Gayton Road Residence is located in Hampstead Village, a region of North London, UK. It is the work of renowned architect Richard Paxton and his business-partner and wife Heidi Locher.Trying to offer the ultimate, modern experience has not stayed in the way of this two architects creating a family house, a residence that respects all of…
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  • Thrifting Thursday: sake bottle edition

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Sake to me. I’m mixing it up this week with a focus on specific items at Sally’s Army (Salvation Army, Valencia Street, San Francisco). Let’s talk about the fabulosity of sake bottles, or tokkuri. At this point, you’re probably wondering, “what doesn’t she hoard?” Fair question except that in this instance, you can hardly call it hoarding. I only bought 4 of them, people. Not hoarding AT ALL. My love for sake dates back to my love for Japanese design, which is, in my opinion, aesthetically superior to most things. I’m no expert, but my…
  • Crushing on Flora Grubb Gardens

    15 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Gardening heaven has a name and it’s called Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco. This is the real deal, folks. I’m still twitching from my experience. I’m ashamed to admit that prior to this visit, I’ve never been to gardening heaven before (other than my deck *wink*). I was surprised to see a tour bus full of seniors unload right in front of me when I was there. I knew right away that this was the big leagues. Nothing can describe how I felt as I wandered through lanes of boundless beauty in the form of annuals, perennials, herbs, succulents, bamboos, maples,…
  • Easy DIY macrame plant holder

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    It’s Sunday. Let it all hang out. The macrame craze may not be one you’ll ever understand. Some folks hated it in the 70′s and some probably hate its comeback even more. But there’s just something about the laid back, boho, hippie chic feel of a modern take on macrame, especially when it’s a dummy-proof project like this one. Seriously folks, this is ridiculously easy. You’ll need: A roll of string Pot of plants Moss Willing fingers This is the string I used for my project. I bought it for a couple bucks and some change at Lowes. Cut 8 strands of equal…
  • Thrifting Thursday: additional 50% off tonight!!!!!

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Some of you may wonder: do I ever get tired of going to the same store over and over again? The answer is obvious. OF COURSE THE HECK NOT. Aside from the occasional odd ball, it’s a rather pleasant experience for me. The staff is friendly and will often offer me discounts even when none are in effect. Does Nordy’s do that? NO. Does Macy’s do that? HECK NO. Let’s do this, people. I’m dying to share the finds! You know the drill. Sally’s Army, Valencia Street, San Francisco. Furniture enjoyed an additional 50% off tonight. Music to my ears, yo. Left: cute…
  • DIY living wall….er…picture

    5 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    It’s finally heeeeere! All these years of collecting succulent scraps and discarded leaves, stumps, and clippings is finally paying off! As a sucker for succulents, this is MAJOR. It’s not groundbreaking, and many have done it, but the fact that it’s finally a part of my life is MONUMENTAL, folks! It wasn’t as easy as I thought but thankfully, I had the help of hot handy hubby and my BHAM (brutally honest Asian mother). Together, those two could rule the DIY universe. For reals. You’ll need: Frame (details to follow) Staple gun Plywood sheets/scraps Teeny nails…
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  • Book Storage Design: Beauty, Unique and Support Your Hobby

    Abid Nur
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Book storage design – When we like something, we definitely do not want to far from him. If anything it is a hobby, for sure we always wanted to do it regularly and make the hobby supporting all of our activities. One of very interesting hobby is reading. When your hobby is reading, I ‘m sure you love to collect books. Is neat and beautiful and whether the order of your book collection? Do not get your books into a pile of paper to make your eyes look tired. Here, in this web, you will get interesting and unique book storage design ideas to organize your books collection. Creating…
  • Highlight Your House with Home Interior Design LED Lights

    Abid Nur
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    Home interior design led lights – A photographer can’t take the picture without lighting. Also architects, designers and other professions. Can’t be separated from the lighting. Lighting not only provide illumination, the lighting is more than a tool to embellish, even juggle existing deficiencies. The latest technology for home interior lighting is LED light. Give a remarkable effect on a room by the light emitted. Its beauty is reflected in how we select, organize and align the LED light to the interior of the house. Led light you can plug in the floor, walls and ceiling of the…
  • Exotic with Black Wall Interior Design

    Abid Nur
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Black is dark, fierce and frightening! This statement is indeed a universal statement and tend to be negative. Let’s make a black wall? Huh?! Not wrong?! There is really not one. Because I would invite you to bring another atmosphere in your home by decorating your home with black wall interior design. How can I make black color become attractive, aesthetically and exotic for your home? 1. Full of black Wall of the room full of black. Do not be afraid! Play with the black color. Create a friendly black to color your interior. Black wall, black floors and black furniture. What are the…
  • Home Interior Design Orange will Bring You Joy and Excitement View

    Abid Nur
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    If we were to choose a color that will be used for design the interior, what color do you choose? Home interior design orange? Why orange? Is not the color that is less familiar to the main color of the interior? The orange color is a mixture of red and yellow color brings different applications in the home. Reflecting hope, joy and excitement. Home interior design orange is not only suitable for your living room. The bright colors fit you apply for the bedroom, kitchen, dining room and even the bathroom. Then what kind of concept? 1. For the living room, like the design in general. You can…
  • Colorful with Rainbow Interior Design

    Abid Nur
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The beauty of this earth looks like rainbows. Come together and looks beautiful in tandem. It seems very suitable to be a line in a poem that describes the beauty of nature. But this time is not only a beautiful rainbow in the poem. I will make a rainbow be beauty in your home. Wow … Yes! Rainbow interior design. Selecting rainbow colors as the interior of the house is a color of courage. Obviously it’s because he was carrying a variety of colors and became an integral circuit. There are several ways to present rainbow in your home: 1. Bringing a whole rainbow colors into the…
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  • Shigeru Ban: The 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    Shigeru Ban is a Japanese and international architect, most famous for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard tubes used to quickly and efficiently house disaster victims. He was profiled by Time magazine in their projection of 21st century innovators in the field of architecture and design. In 2014, Ban was named the 37th […]
  • Toyo Ito: A Conversation on Japanese Architecture

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    A lecture and conversation on Japanese architecture with world-renowned architect, Toyo Ito. This event was a part of the UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies’ 50th Anniversary program of events  Co-sponsored by: Center for Japanese Studies, Department of Architecture, and the Berkeley Art Museum.   post by UCBerkeleyEventsFiled under: ArchFilms, Construction & Materials, Design, Interior, Interviews, […]
  • Landscape and Architecture – New York

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:57 pm
    New York City, with a Census-estimated population of over 8.4 million in 2013, is the most populous city in the United States. Alone, it makes up over 40 percent of the population of New York State. It is known for its status as a center for finance and culture and for its status as the largest […]
  • Finest Estate Home, Crespi Hicks Estate

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    Here is an architecturally significant home with one of the most important architectural pedigrees, on 25 acres, the largest estate property in the country, only eight miles from a downtown, arts district and airport. The original architect in 1939 was Maurice Fatio, voted New York’s most popular architect in the 1920s, who designed estate homes […]
  • Belgian Architecture (1940) 2 video

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    German UFA documentary film. Almost identical footage to this item is found in the item BELGIUM – SCENERY & BUILDINGS on the same tape – Film ID 1407.01. by British Pathé Filed under: ArchMemories Tagged: Belgium
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    From Rurban to Urban

  • Monotony Exposed – Finnish Cities Plagued with Overly Standardized and Worn Building Designs

    Timo Hämäläinen
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:47 am
    Better cities. That was the topic I recently had the pleasure to discuss with an architect duo determined to realize a building that would act as a signpost for 21st-century Finnish architecture. Such a building would be built based on simple concepts such as a permeable and street-facing front, integral connection to the street and architecture that helps create inspiring public spaces. This doesn’t sound like a very outlandish idea, but sadly, with little or non-existent resources, applying noble causes like theirs in the real world are distant dreams. The re-introduction of great…
  • Finnish Suburbs Await Inspiring Retrofits

    Timo Hämäläinen
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:53 am
    Last weekend I got invited to a couple’s house in Herttoniemi, one of Helsinki’s first suburbs, to experience the loud hum of a six-lane highway that runs just behind their house and is terrorizing their suburban dream (yes, it is loud). The city apparently hasn’t been interested in setting up a barrier to reduce noise despite it has expanded the road over the years. Furthermore, the area’s new infill development plan is suggesting too many new buildings to their neighborhood and right in their backyard too. The couple said they were proud Not-In-My-Backyard folk and don’t want…
  • Finland’s Energy Efficiency Boom Good for the Climate, but Trouble for Cities

    Timo Hämäläinen
    5 Mar 2014 | 1:26 am
    In recent years, energy efficiency has been probably the most discussed issue within the urban development sphere here in Finland. The topic generally crosses all levels of planning and is present to a greater or lesser extent in all planning initiatives. I’m guessing the situation is similar in most European countries with the 2010 passing of the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive as well as the recent explosion of green building codes such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and BREEAM. Our national government has additionally raised the bar by…
  • Helsinki’s ‘Daughter of the Baltic Sea’ Brand Needs a Ljubljana-Style Reboot

    Timo Hämäläinen
    24 Feb 2014 | 2:22 am
    “No nation can escape its geography” said Percy Spender, the Australian Minister for External Affairs back in 1950. He was talking about the need to reinvent Australia’s relationship towards Asia to make the most out of the nation’s factual geographical position and not see itself only as belonging to the circuits of the old British Empire. This same line of thought obviously applies to cities as well. I got a first-hand experience of this around the turning of the year when I had the pleasure to visit a good friend of mine in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The city naturally wasn’t…
  • Ten Reasons why Helsinki Needs Do-It-Yourself Urban Planning

    Timo Hämäläinen
    8 Feb 2014 | 12:28 am
    Practice what you preach, they say. As of late 2013 and early 2014 I’m excited to reveal that this is exactly what I’ve been doing. Helsinki’s City Planning Department is in the process of expanding the city into a 5.5 hectare piece of land on the northern edge of a neighborhood called Pikku Huopalahti that now hosts obsolete university buildings and green buffer zones. I’ve had the privilege of being a member of a seven-strong team of passionate and creative urbanists who have taken the initiative of illustrating our own interpretation of what the area could look like in the future.
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    Architecture Career Guide

  • Architect as a Project Manager/Owner’s Representative

    Ryan Hansanuwat
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is a guest post contribution from Michael Riscica who blogs at YoungArchitect.comThree years ago I accepted a position as a project manager for the city of Portland, Oregon. After ten years of working for architects, this is my first job that is not with a traditional architecture firm. I manage construction projects for the city and act as a representative for the Owner.“…so you’re not an Architect anymore?” This was something I thought about a lot when I made this move. On the surface it may appear to be true, but my response to myself is...“…Sure, But now I get to think…
  • Architecture Job Interview: The good, the bad, and ugly

    Ryan Hansanuwat
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    [caption id="attachment_1103" align="alignright" width="150"] Flikr: The Ridge Resorts[/caption]Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to have gone through a few interviews, and some of them have been good, many others have been bad. Now that I am in the position where I am sitting on the other side of the table and doing the hiring, I look back and remember how nerve-wracking and downright terrifying they all were. I try to keep that in mind when I evaluate candidates and give them a bit of leeway on their nerves, because I have been there. Below is some musings on a few memorable…
  • Architecture Jobs. How to get hired and notes from my recent hiring search

    Ryan Hansanuwat
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Today I'm hoping to help you in your search for architecture jobs based on the things I have seen recently. It is currently April and it is that time of the year that I get a lot of resumes from potential interns who are about to graduate, or are looking for an internship. At my firm we don't really do summer internships or temporary kind of internships because we are a tight-knit family, and I like to bring in people who are going to be a more permanent part of our team. With that in mind though, we have gotten really busy and we were actually looking to hire somebody as a project designer,…
  • 5 (+1) Phases of Architecture Design

    Ryan Hansanuwat
    2 Mar 2014 | 6:25 pm
    What are the phases you go through to design a project? What a lot of people may not know until they are in the field of architecture is that it is typically done in phases. I have had a lot of lay people respond with, “Don’t you just draw the building and then have somebody else build it?” Well, yes and no. We will get into different construction delivery methods in a later post explaining where we might actually build it too, but for the design part, yes we do draw it, but there is so much more that goes into it that it that is unseen, and because of that it should be done in phases.
  • Architecture Project Types

    Ryan Hansanuwat
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:14 pm
    What type of architecture do you do? One thing most people don't understand, or understand only on a very basic level is that architects work on many different project types that can vary greatly. From houses to shopping centers to multiunit developments, architecture can take many forms. Architecture firms can be generalists that work on many of these different types, diversifying their market, while others are specialists, focusing on one particular project. These project types can run the gamut from interiors to skyscrapers, with the sizes of the firms growing accordingly. Below are some…
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    Little Miss Architect - architecture, interiors and movie set designs.

  • Catholic cross and design. PHOTO FOR GREAT FRIDAY

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    For today - photo of a cross that is hanging on my wall. Simple and modest.When I moved out to my own apartment it was natural for me - a Catholic - that besides buying lamps and furniture I want to buy a cross.It was turned out to be extremely hard to find a simple, wooden cross (at least - in Poland). All the crosses I found were ugly, plastic, kitchy. I even found a fluorescent one!Finally I had to have the cross done at a carpenter's and I am very glad how it turned out. And what crosses or religious symbols do you have at your homes?And at the end - crosses in contemporary interiors.
  • Art Deco - beautiful furniture from the Roaring Twenties

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    A board of furniture characteristic for Art Deco I created - click to enlargeI really like ancient furniture. And if one is allowed to appreciate one style more than another - because there were talented artists and beautiful pieces of art in all of the the historical periods - one of my favourite is Art Deco. I love the geometric, simple shapes of the Art Deco furniture, its glossy exotic woods, fantastic mosaic floors (that are waiting for their own post here on my blog).The period itself - the twenties and thirties of XXth century - is also fascinating. Poland was a young, reborn after 123…
  • Art Deco interiors in Gdynia | IN MY LENS

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    I don't know how it could happen that I until recently I haven't visited this tiny museum called Mini-Museum in Gdynia. I had the back luck to choose the worst day possible for the visit, as it was the ugliest day of this winter, windy, snowy, extremely cold. I was quite proud of myself to get to the other part of the town in spite of these circumstances and it was worth it (though the way back took me over 2 hours instead of 30 mins!).You may not know that between 1795 and 1918 Poland didn't exist at all on the maps of Europe. In 1795 it had been parted between Russia, Germany and Austria…
  • Crazy Cole & Son Wallpaper | ONE PHOTO SUNDAY

    6 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Are you wondering what  you're looking at?This is a wallpaper from the famous Cole&Son company.The curvy wall unterlines the effect, the black-and-white tiles create the interior's depth. The overall is abstract and completely crazy :-) photo source:
  • Rough rustic wooden table | THE WEEKLY WANT

    4 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    A big wooden table, my dream. I like all of the tables I show you in this post. I like them rough and nonchalant. Such tables look good in contrast to a perfect interior. In one room there shouldn't be too many rough elements unless we are talking about summer houses. Look at the pictures below - they look best combined with white designer Eames chairs or with Apple computer :-)The wooden tables tend to be quite pricey, but the good news is you can do it yourself from reclaimed wood.  ...and extreme version - superrough wood rrrreferences:,,…
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  • Architectural Drafting Services: Designing for Disabled

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    In our previous posts we were discussing about the design parameters to be considered by the architectural drafting services to make the public rest rooms accessible for the persons with disabilities. However, residential rest rooms are equally important and Architectural drafting services should make every effort to make them accessible so that the disabled persons [...]
  • Responsibilities of PDF to CAD Conversion Services

    18 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
    PDF to CAD conversion services play a very important role in the design industry today. A lot of professionals like architects, structural engineers, interior designers, contractors, and many services consultants depend heavily on PDF to CAD conversion services for obtaining quality drawings. Many online companies have also sprung up in the recent years claiming to [...]
  • Architectural CAD Drafting Services: Designing For Disabled

    10 Mar 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Catering for the needs of the persons with disabilities is a social, moral and statutory obligation for the Architectural CAD drafting services. We have been discussing about various design parameters to be considered by the Architectural CAD drafting services while designing buildings and facilities so that disabled persons do not face any hazards or inconvenience [...]
  • Architectural CAD Drafting Services: Designing For Disabled

    4 Mar 2014 | 5:04 am
    We have been discussing in our previous posts about how important it is for the Architectural CAD drafting services to incorporate the necessary design parameters to enable the persons with disabilities to use the buildings and facilities without any hindrance or hazards. We talked about the design parameters to be incorporated by the Architectural CAD [...]
  • Architectural CAD Drafting Services: Designing for Disabled

    28 Feb 2014 | 2:14 am
    Catering for the needs of the persons with disabilities is the social, moral and statutory obligation of the Architectural CAD drafting services. We have been discussing in our posts about various design parameters Architectural CAD drafting services have to keep in mind while designing buildings and facilities so that these present no hazards or inconvenience [...]
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