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  • Mini Sky City: 57-Story Chinese Skyscraper Built in 19 Days

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    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    [ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] The world’s tallest prefab building has just been constructed at a rate of 3 stories per day, showcasing the power of modular design and industrial prefabrication operating at scale. Located in Changsha, China, the record-breaking building is designed to be connected by sky bridges to a larger Sky City complex yet to be completed. This first step in the grand scheme is this mixed-use structure featuring 800 apartments and office space for 4,000 workers with a total of over 2,000,000 square feet as well as 19 giant…
  • Sustainable Floating Home

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    Christine Walsh
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    The so-called WaterNest 100 was designed by architect Giancarlo Zema and is one of the most sustainable and green floating homes around. It is made primarily from recycled materials and is powered by a roof-top solar array. The WaterNest 100 is a round, pod-type building, which has an impressive 1,076 sq ft (100 sq m) of interior space. The house is intended to be floated on rivers, lakes, bays, atolls and calm seas, has a diameter of 39 ft (12 m) and is 13 ft (4 m) high. The domed building is made from a recycled aluminum hull, and features a laminated wooden supporting frame, as well as…
  • A double Happy Birthday to nerudite and to boiker

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    JNA
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Happy Birthday nerudite ! Enjoy Your Day ! Happy Birthday boiker ! Enjoy Your Day !
  • Kengo Kuma, Atelier YokYok, and the Waterfront Toronto finalist teams are among this week's winners

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    Justine Testado
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on Bustler from the previous week that are worth checking out.Here's recap #53 for Mar 23-27, 2015 below:Kengo Kuma & Associates to design Saint-Denis Pleyel Metro Station in Paris Kengo Kuma & Associates had the winning design for the Saint-Denis Pleyel Metro Station, which will become a central train station for the upcoming Grand Paris Express development.Stoss, nARCHITECTS, DS+R, KPMB, West 8 among competitors for Waterfront Toronto…
  • Give architecture a seat at cabinet, urges Design Council

    Building Design - Latest News
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Prime minister moves architecture into housing and planning department ‘with immediate effect’
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  • A double Happy Birthday to nerudite and to boiker

    JNA
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Happy Birthday nerudite ! Enjoy Your Day ! Happy Birthday boiker ! Enjoy Your Day !
  • Wayfinding with Chris Campbell from SEGD San Diego Chapter

    dlndesign
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:53 pm
    I had the pleasure of talking with an environmental designer here in san diego, and I thought this would be a group that would appreciate this podcast. Enjoy. http://www.cmykthis.com/cmykthis-005...inding-design/ https://segd.org/SanDiego
  • Got into MUP, realized I want to do MLA

    deanno
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    So I just back from the MUP program open house and I realized while listening to the lecturers I really missed the boat by not applying to the Landscape Architecture program. I had debated between the two, even took an extra year off and then realized while listening to them speak I don't care about money, but I really think being an Urban Planner wouldn't have enough creativity. Now I have a question I don't think I can reasonably ask any of the admission people, but I need to know if I could possibly transfer programs at the same school. Here are a few stats: -They are within the same…
  • Tough on crime: traffic calming

    UrbaneSprawler
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    From FHWA, #3 on Traffic-Calming Objectives: Reduced crime. "It's harder to make a speedy getaway if a fleeing felon has to deal with speed humps, woonerfs, and traffic circles." Really? I guess my perception is clouded by all the fictional 007 and Bourne movies with car chase scenes in Europe. But still, really? Curses, foiled by a woonerf!? I'd rather have a fleeing felon speeding not on a woonerf but on a roadway where pedestrians are separated from the vehicular lane of travel at the expense of potentially having less pedestrians being able to identify the felon in a police…
  • DEP Interview help ASAP!

    hlatan311
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    Hello all, I just got invited to an interview for the Department of Environmental Protection! Its for a very important intern position as a stormwater planner down in NYC and I'm hoping to knock it out of the park. Any advice/tips/experience with interviewing with the DEP? or general planning interview tips? Thanks!
 
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  • Kengo Kuma, Atelier YokYok, and the Waterfront Toronto finalist teams are among this week's winners

    Justine Testado
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:56 pm
    At the start of every week, we highlight some of the most recent news in competition-winning projects, commissions, awards, shortlists, and events on Bustler from the previous week that are worth checking out.Here's recap #53 for Mar 23-27, 2015 below:Kengo Kuma & Associates to design Saint-Denis Pleyel Metro Station in Paris Kengo Kuma & Associates had the winning design for the Saint-Denis Pleyel Metro Station, which will become a central train station for the upcoming Grand Paris Express development.Stoss, nARCHITECTS, DS+R, KPMB, West 8 among competitors for Waterfront Toronto…
  • First Texas town makes longterm plans to switch to solar and wind energy

    Justine Testado
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Because of its size and intense radiation, Texas leads the nation in solar energy potential, but the solar industry has long struggled to get a foothold in the state... and solar energy currently makes up a tiny percentage of the state’s energy portfolio. That’s beginning to change. Improving technology has driven down the price of solar power, making it more competitive with other resources­ — even without incentives, developers say.The municipal utility of Georgetown, a Texan city of about 55,000, recently signed a 25-year contract with SunEdison to buy 150 megawatts…
  • Harnessing the power of geodesign to create better cities and spaces

    Amelia Taylor-Hochberg
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:05 pm
    A major frustration across architecture and urban design professions is the Tower of Babel problem – translating data from a host of different resources into a coherent platform for designing and planning. In particular, learning how to wield geographic data is an essential part of any urban project. Accessing that information, through resources like GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is a first step for many designers, but translating it into a consistent and useful language is a whole other matter, let alone learning how to optimize its use for the many phases throughout a…
  • 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition winners imagine the potential of vertical architecture

    Justine Testado
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Behold the almighty skyscraper, both a historical architectural feat and a signifier of change  -- whether in an idealistic sense or not -- in the urban landscape. In relation to that, eVolo Magazine hosted another year of their popular Skyscraper Competition, which gives participants worldwide the freedom to conjure up their own skyscrapers as a way to challenge how we understand vertical architecture and its relationship to the natural and built environment.This year's competition brought in 408 entries from all seven continents, from vertical getaways, protective bio-habitats, arctic…
  • Mark Boyer selected to head LSU School of Landscape Architecture

    Alexander Walter
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Mark E. Boyer, professor and head of the Department of Landscape Architecture in the Fay Jones School of Architecture, plans to leave the University of Arkansas this summer after 17 years to become the director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University. [...] Pending approval from the LSU System Board of Supervisors, Boyer will assume directorship of the school effective July 2015.
 
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  • 4 April Events

    John Hill
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:22 am
    Here is a heads up on four architecture-related events taking place in New York City this April. I posted about a couple of the events previously, and am including them here as reminders, while the other two events are featured here for the first time. Details on each are below the list.April 2: 2015 Mumford Lecture: Rebecca SolnitApril 6: Oculus Book Talk: "Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture"April 9: Architecture's Appeal Launch and Panel April 16-17: Facades+ New York ConferenceThursday, April 2: The 2015 Lewis Mumford Lecture on Urbanism will be given by…
  • Hybrid solitary... semi-social quintet... on cosmic webs...

    John Hill
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This afternoon I stopped by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Chelsea to take a look at Tomás Saraceno's exhibition Hybrid solitary... semi-social quintet... on cosmic webs...The lettering on the wall hints that the show is in two parts. On the first are clear cubes suspended in a dark room and illuminated by spotlights. Inside are the work of spiders but more complex that typical webs, owing to the artist turning the cubes like an hourglass to increase the complexity, and beauty, of the silky creations.Upstairs are the artist's suspended sculptures of wire, balloons and foil, constructions that…
  • Today's archidose #825: Mies

    John Hill
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Today is Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's 129th birthday, so below are a selection of photos of his buildings from the archidose Flickr pool, presented in chronological order (links are provided to project pages on the Mies van der Rohe Society's website; click/mouseover the photos to see information on the photographers).Weissenhofsiedlung, Stuttgart, Germany, 1927:Barcelona Pavilion, Barcelona, Spain, 1929:Tugendhat House, Brno, Czech Republic, 1930:Lange House, Krefeld, Germany, 1930:Lemke House, Berlin, Germany, 1932:860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments, Chicago, IL, USA, 1951:Farnsworth House,…
  • Latin America in Construction

    John Hill
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    [All photographs by John Hill – see more in my Flickr set on the exhibition.]Earlier in the week I got a preview of the MoMA exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, opening Sunday and running until July 19, 2015. The large-scale show, located on the museum's sixth floor (where Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes took place two years ago), is notable for being Barry Bergdoll's swan song at MoMA, although he organized the show with a number of people: Patricio del Real, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art;…
  • The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley

    John Hill
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Tonight is the opening of the exhibition The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, on display at the Center for Architecture until June 20, 2015. The show is organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), which has an excellent microsite devoted to an exhibition that has been shown at several institutions around the country, including the National Building Museum. For those in NYC, the opening takes place from 6pm to 8pm this evening.[Dan Kiley at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO | Photo: Aaron Kiley, courtesy of TCLF] The Landscape Architecture Legacy…
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  • Follow The Light

    enrique
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), The Annunciation (1899), Oil on Canvas, 57 x 71 1/4 inches (144.8 x 181 cm) Framed: 73 3/4 x 87 1/4 inches (187.3 x 221.6 cm)Henry Ossawa Tanner’s The Annunciation (1898) is a study of illumination and intimacy. The angel Gabriel appears as a shaft of amber light, brightening the room where a young Mary humbly sits. We take in what others have already noticed. Mary appears all too young, free of any kind of religious adornment. The light casts a noonish shadow, shortened as if at vernal equinox. Hanging carmine and burgundy tapestry protecting…
  • Centerville/Interzone, or: Map Ref. 41°N 93°W

    enrique
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    (Figure 1) “Views of Centerville” (Source: L.L. Taylor, ed. Past and Present of Appanoose County, Iowa: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement (Chicago: S.J. Clarke, 1913), n.p.)From the root of our national psyche, an Exhibit of sorts. The evidence is probative, sure, but what other admissible facts, what other morsels of conjured truth are there to be found? To our esteemed Jury of Peers, to this coterie of readers whose only task is to take in this skein of confabulation, let me assure you that this Exhibit is real, but only in the sense that it is something…
  • Thomas Pynchon's 115th Dream

    enrique
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Hibbing High School, Hibbing Minnesota, From The Air (Source: Minnesota Historical Society)"I think I'll call it America" / I said as we hit land"-Bob Dylan (né Robert Allen Zimmerman), Hibbing High School, Class of 1959 [1]Dear Reader, for this inaugural excursion into the American landscape, indulge me for a moment and let me parse the above epigram. If your tastes gravitated once towards the mythical and legendary, this brief quote may cause you to recall a series of stories and images, of the Mayflower, an oaken sloop dashed upon a rocky Massachusetts coast, of Colonies of the Bay and…
  • Attributing Modernism

    enrique
    20 Feb 2012 | 7:35 pm
    Antonin Raymond, Summer House at Karuizawa, South and East Facades, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (1933) (Source: Kurt Helfrich and William Whittaker, eds. Crafting a Modern World: The Architecture and Design of Antonin and Noémi Raymond (New York: Princeton Architectural Press), 155)The idea of copying necessarily invokes problems of authorship. Before a quick-minded reader evokes Benjamin Franklin’s calls to “Imitate Jesus and Socrates”[1] or Ralph Waldo Emerson’s invective that the “imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity,”[2]  or even before any heart-wrenching…
  • The Aerodynamic Lightness of Being

    enrique
    23 Nov 2011 | 8:56 am
    Louis-Pierre Mouillard (1834-1897), Nile Vulture (Otogyps auricularis), from L’Empire de l’air (1881)The year is 1881. Convalescing in Alexandria, sketching images of Nile Vultures gliding in the sweltering Mediterranean skies, the French ornithologist and engineer Louis-Pierre Mouillard writes of an air teeming with life. Appearing early on in his influential treatise on bird flight, L’Empire de l’Air, Mouillard’s powerful, sublime description of the air casts a prophetic eye to the future: “O! Blind Humanity! open thine eyes and thou shalt see millions of birds and myriads of…
 
 
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  • Smart Panel System Makes Wall-Mounted Organization Easy

    Stephanie
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Sometimes the best solutions are truly the simplest ones, using time-honored techniques and basic materials in novel ways. Reminiscent of classic Shaker peg systems, this wall-mounted panel by Ilario Branca can hang and display all sorts of items simply by wedging a few add-ons between the 64 nobs to create virtually endless customizable storage options. Manolo comes in your choice of white, green, yellow or brown, in square or rectangular shapes. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Modular Shelving System Adapts to User’s Needs Smart…
  • Retro-Futuristic Homes for the Young at Heart House Pet

    Delana
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Pet houses are rarely as fun or wacky as the Pet Monster series from designer Subinay Malhotra. The series combines bright colors, soft lines, and technology into some ridiculously playful furniture for your furry friends. Each of the brightly-colored dog and cat houses features fun little details like windows, antennae, and stubby legs. They look a bit like miniature alien spacecraft that landed just to give your pets a comfy place to hide out. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: 3D Laser-Sculpted Furniture Designs Drawn out of Thin Air Double-Duty…
  • Glass Ceiling: Unique Transparent Design Fills Loft with Light

    Stephanie
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A glass floor above the foyer of this stunning loft in Stockholm visually connects two stories and lets natural light stream through both spaces, ensuring that the master bedroom in the attic still feels open to the rest of the home. Design firm Tradition painted the walls and ceilings white to enhance that sense of openness, accenting the interiors with warm wood flooring and stainless steel details. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Modest Modern Living: Laid-Back Luxury Loft Space Design Converted Loft Goes Back to the Future with Classic Style…
  • Surprise! Sit in This Chair And Get Showered with Confetti

    Stephanie
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    The shyest person at any party will most likely gravitate toward the edges, standing against a wall or taking a seat to observe unnoticed. But what if when they sat down, their chair suddenly sent an explosion of colorful confetti into the air, calling attention to them and celebrating their arrival? That's the idea behind the Josie chair, named for the protagonist of the 1999 romantic comedy Never Been Kissed. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Elegant Folding and Hanging Wall Chairs Upcycling Furniture: Custom Whittled Wood Craft Chair Super Simple…
  • S’mores Pencil is Reminiscent of Summer Camping Fun

    Delana
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Do you spend your workdays thinking of camping and playing in the great outdoors? Being stuck in an office can be a bummer when all you really want to do is make some s'mores and kick back by a campfire. The Marshmallow Pencil is shaped like a stick with a soft pink marshmallow stuck onto the end. Read more… Keep Going - Check Out These Great Related Dornob Articles: Liquid Pencil: Lead-Free, Erasable-Ink Pen Dries over 3 Days Eco-Friendly Recycled Pencils Leave Behind Cheery Shavings Get the Lead Out! Cartridge-Free (& Erasable) Pencil Printer Recycled T-Shirt Packaging…
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  • Sound & Fury: Motorcycle & Instrument Designers Switch Roles

    Steph
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:03 pm
    [ By Steph in Technology & Vehicles & Mods. ] How would someone who designs motorcycles for a living approach creating a kit of drums, and vice versa? Yamaha’s Project AH A MAY explores that question, swapping the roles of designers in very different fields to produce the kinds of creative epiphanies that can only occur when taking a truly fresh look at a subject. The RAIJIN God of the Thunder Drums, for example, seat the performer inside a cage, surrounding them with drum surfaces in a nearly-full sphere. This puts the musician in the driver’s seat metaphorically, and encourages…
  • For the Record: 13 Modern & Conceptual Turntable Designs

    Steph
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    [ By Steph in Technology & Vintage & Retro. ] As record players enjoy a resurgence in popularity, their designs get sleeker and more modern, incorporating 3D printing, lasers, magnets that levitate the disc so it plays while in mid-air and other high-tech features. Star Trek Enterprise Record Player It’s truly a shame that this Star Trek Enterprise-shaped record player is just a model and doesn’t actually work, but the level lot detail is impressive and it would be cool to see someone take the idea further. DaVinci Audio Labs Luxury Turntable A luxury turntable for people who can…
  • Mushroom Materials: DIY Kit Grows Custom Compostable Products

    Urbanist
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    [ By WebUrbanist in Design & Products & Packaging. ] Turning agricultural waste and fungal mycelium into construction materials, this do-it-yourself kit lets you grow your own compostable bio-plastic objects, from packaging furniture to surf boards and architectural building blocks. Providing a natural alternative to synthetic options, Ecovative’s Mushroom Materials line competes on cost with petroleum-based equivalents and can be shaped in all kinds of ways using custom and reusable molds. Their latest creation is this home Grow It Yourself kit – they will ship you the…
  • Urban Spock: 20 Fascinating Leonard Nimoy Graffiti Tributes

    Steve
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    [ By Steve in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ] Mr. Spock, played by the late Leonard Nimoy, was a logically legit pop culture icon. Just ask the many graffiti artists worldwide who have paid him tribute. As a science fiction franchise Star Trek is almost a half-century old but elements of the “brand” have been seeping into pop culture for decades. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the appearance of Mr. Spock in street art and graffiti is nothing new though sightings have increased since Nimoy’s passing on February 27th of 2015. The very recent tribute above, credited to…
  • Mini Sky City: 57-Story Chinese Skyscraper Built in 19 Days

    Urbanist
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    [ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ] The world’s tallest prefab building has just been constructed at a rate of 3 stories per day, showcasing the power of modular design and industrial prefabrication operating at scale. Located in Changsha, China, the record-breaking building is designed to be connected by sky bridges to a larger Sky City complex yet to be completed. This first step in the grand scheme is this mixed-use structure featuring 800 apartments and office space for 4,000 workers with a total of over 2,000,000 square feet as well as 19 giant…
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  • Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisoners of the Smart (Phone).

    christoph
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    An hommage to Koolhaas' "Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture, The Strip". (Link, MoMA) content by anArchitecture [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
  • European Central Bank HQ Opening.

    christoph
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:08 pm
    The European Central Bank HQ (by Coop Himmelblau) inauguration. content by anArchitecture [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
  • The Perfect Condo.

    christoph
    14 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    The perfect bathroom - even better than 432 Park Avenue, NY. content by anArchitecture [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
  • Hipster Parking.

    christoph
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:27 am
    Hipster Parking, seen in Paris. content by anArchitecture [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
  • How to Make an Attractive City (School of Life).

    christoph
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:21 pm
    content by anArchitecture [[ This is a content summary only. Visit www.an-architecture.com for content. ]]
 
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  • Models & Prototypes

    Geoff Manaugh
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    [Image: "Dome-shaped Architectural Staircase Model," courtesy of the Cooper Hewitt]. If you liked those two staircase posts from earlier today, a reader has pointed out that the Cooper Hewitt has a whole slew of "Models & Prototypes" on display that seem worth checking out. More specifically, it's "a gallery devoted to exhibiting three-dimensional representations of ideas that demonstrate the design process; test concepts and resolve problems; enhance presentations; and display complex technical skills." Take a look at the "Dome-shaped Architectural Staircase Model" from the mid-19th-century,…
  • The Subterranean Celebrity Libido Labyrinth of Greater Hollywood

    Geoff Manaugh
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    [Image: A blueprint of tunnels rumored to connect the Playboy Mansion with nearby celebrity homes, via Playboy]. This is hilarious and amazing: there may (or may not) have been secret underground tunnels connecting the Playboy Mansion to the homes of nearby celebrities, including Kirk Douglas and Jack Nicholson. It's like the becoming-priapic of the Mole Man of Hackney. According to some blueprints literally unearthed from the Playboy Mansion basement after overhearing a rumor about some "tunnels," it seems that, at the very least, underground routes were designed all the way to the point of…
  • Grimm City

    Geoff Manaugh
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    [Image: Grimm City University from Grimm City by Flea Folly Architects]. Later this summer, London's Flea Folly Architects—Pascal Bronner & Thomas Hillier—will be running a workshop in what they broadly call "narrative architecture" at the Tate Modern. "What would a town inhabited by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Man Ray look like?" they ask. "Taking inspiration from works in the Tate collection, in particular the speculative etchings by architects Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin and paintings by the Surrealists, our objective is to design and build a fictional…
  • In a Pinch

    Geoff Manaugh
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    [Image: A staircase in the Grands Magasins Dufayel; view larger]. The second staircase I wanted to post today—here's the first—is from the Grands Magasins Dufayel, a vast, 19th-century department store in Paris. View it larger. Aside from the obvious grandeur of the structure, what makes this spatially noteworthy is the fact that one floor is pinched together with the next, and that the self-supporting "pinch" that results then becomes formalized as a stairway, a hyperbolic object in space that allows passage from one level to the next. It's as if a loop has been pulled or extracted from…
  • Solved by Knots

    Geoff Manaugh
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    [Image: Stairs inside the New York Life Insurance building, Minneapolis, by Babb, Cook and Willard; view larger]. There are two stairways I wanted to post, as they each solve the problem of getting from one floor to another in a particularly interesting way. The first example, seen above, is from the New York Life Insurance building in Minneapolis, Minnesota, designed by Babb, Cook and Willard. View it larger. What I love about this is incredibly simple, and it's nothing more than the fact that a constrained approach from one floor to the next—with the far wall serving almost more like a…
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  • LPA University: The Benefits of Designing for Acoustics

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    LPA+U (LPA University) is dedicated to providing cutting-edge research pertaining to sustainable design to LPA staff, affiliated professionals and our clients. To bring education to the forefront of our efforts, LPA continues LPA+U webinar series next week with a presentation you don’t want to miss.
  • Taking Environmental Leadership to the Next Level

    Kevin Sullivan
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This past weekend, LPA not only talked the talk of environmental stewardship but walked the walk. Tree plantings were held in Irvine, Sacramento and San Diego to commemorate LPA’s 50th anniversary. Fifty trees were planted in each location with their partnering organization to celebrate California Arbor Week and provide much needed forestation to the communities.
  • Two K-12 School Designs Take Away Awards

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) recently announced LPA-designed e3 Civic High School and San Marcos High School has the distinction of receiving honor awards. The awards were announced at a ceremony during the 2015 CASH/AIACC Leroy F. Greene Design and Planning Awards Program in Sacramento, California last week.
  • LPA Principal Spotlight: Kevin Sullivan

    19 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    As part of our 50-year anniversary, we'll meet with each of the firm Principals and get their take on LPA, current projects and of course, sustainable design. Kevin Sullivan, ASLA / LEED AP BD+C Principal Roseville
  • Out with the Old, In with the New

    12 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    By Guest Blogger Jim Oppelt San Antonio Christian Schools (SACS), the first Protestant School in San Antonio to be fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International, serves more than 1,150 K-12 students. In 1998, Mark Oppelt, AIA, LEED AP, designed the original 40-acre campus, which was designed for 700 students on the Redland Road campus. The school purchased an adjacent property, which housed a 12,000-square-foot metal warehouse building, from its previous owners in 2007. For years, it remained unaltered and seldom used.
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  • Winners announced for the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

    Catherine Winter-Hebert
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Read the rest of Winners announced for the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "eVolo", "skyscraper competition", Agnieszka Morga, BOMP, Cybertopia, Egor Orlov, Essence Skyscraper, evolo skyscraper competition, eVolo Skyscraper Competition 2015, eVolo Skyscraper Competition Winners, evolo winners, Ewa Odyjas, Jakub Pudo, Konrad Basan, Shanty-Scraper, Sharan Sundar, skyscraper, skyscrapers, Suraksha Bhatla, vertical architecture, vertical building
  • Gogoro to launch battery-swapping electric Smartscooter this summer in Taipei

    Mike Chino
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    This past January Gogoro unveiled its battery-swapping Smartscooter – and the start-up just announced that its zippy electric vehicles will hit the streets of Taipei this summer! The pilot program will blanket greater Taipei with the first Gogoro Energy Network – a series of connected battery swapping stations that allow Smartscooter riders to fully recharge in six seconds flat. Taipei City and New Taipei City will also be offering increased subsidies for electric vehicle purchases and preferred EV parking spots, and Gogoro plans to launch its flagship store (the Gogoro Experience…
  • After scandal, GNC commits to test all herbal supplements for unlabeled and fraudulent ingredients

    Charley Cameron
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    In the wake of a scandal which found that herbal supplements such as ginseng and valerian root sold at major retailers contain cheap fillers such as wheat and soy, Pennsylvania-based GNC has signed an agreement with the New York Office of the Attorney General to implement rigorous testing of all GNC supplements. It marks the first time that such a deal has been made, and will require the retailer to perform tests that far exceed the standards currently set by the FDA. Read the rest of After scandal, GNC commits to test all herbal supplements for unlabeled and fraudulent ingredients Permalink…
  • Foster + Partners reveal plans for new metro system in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    Catherine Winter-Hebert
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Award-winning architecture firm Foster + Partners just unveiled plans for a new city-wide public transportation plan for Jeddah—one of the most vibrant city centres in Saudi Arabia. Foster + Partners came out first in an international design competition for the city’s transport network, and a contract-signing ceremony was held today to celebrate the project’s launch. The firm will be designing everything from the train stations and branding to metro, bus, ferry, and cycling spaces. This new system is being approached with a long-term, sustainable view; one that takes into…
  • Spaceship-like ski chalet sheds snow with its sharp crystalline form

    Lucy Wang
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Read the rest of Spaceship-like ski chalet sheds snow with its sharp crystalline form Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: british columbia, Contemporary Home, geometric home, Hadaway House, ipe wood, Patkau Architects, ski chalet, steep site, thermal mass, wedge-shaped home, Whistler, Whistler valley
 
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    Floating Podium Information

  • A Diet program Large in Pesticides Is Linked to a Reduced Sperm Count

    luis
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:57 pm
    The troubling link in between pesticide publicity and fertility isn&#8217t new scientists have previously proven that people who operate with pesticides are inclined to have reduce fertility than folks who don&#8217t. But for the majority of us who don&#8217t function … Continue reading →
  • Navajo Country Imposes two% Sin Tax on Junk Food to Curb Obesity

    luis
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:11 pm
    The Navajo Country, which suffers from a 10% obesity fee, is imposing a two% junk foodstuff tax on its reservation commencing April 1. Navajo President Ben Shelly accepted the Wholesome Dine Nation Act last November, which from this week will … Continue reading →
  • 17 Methods to Drop Fat When You Have No Time

    luis
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:57 am
    If packing your lunch, cooking meal each evening, and obtaining to the gymnasium regularly sound like factors you&#8217ll be in a position to do 50 % previous by no means, you might feel that real bodyweight decline just isn&#8217t in … Continue reading →
  • Who Should—And Who Shouldn’t—Take Vitamin D

    luis
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    Does your diet program require a little additional D? For scientists, it&#8217s one particular of nourishment&#8217s most vexing inquiries. &ldquoIt&rsquos the wild, wild west,&rdquo states Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medication at Brigham and Females&rsquos Hospital and professor of … Continue reading →
  • twelve Recalled Food items Not to Take in This 7 days

    luis
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    Each and every 7 days heaps of food items are pulled from grocery shelves for contamination. There had been above a dozen remembers just this week, but since not every remember documented by the Meals and Drug Administration helps make … Continue reading →
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  • The 3D Additivist Manifesto + Cookbook

    Regine
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    An invitation to artists, researchers, activists and critical engineers to submit ideas, thoughts, and designs for the future of 3D printing. The submissions should reflect on the current state of additive manufacturing, find the potential encoded into the most challenging 3D printed objects and push 3D printing to its most speculative and radical limits. Once collected, these submissions will form The 3D Additivist Cokbook continue
  • Staalplaat Soundsystem and the book that's also a paper turntable and a music instrument

    Regine
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    A quick post to let you know about the really REALLY nice book i received the other day. I can't stop playing with it. The publication celebrates Staalplaat Soundsystem's brilliant work continue
  • DIYsect. A series about the DIY Biology & Biology-Art intersection

    Regine
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    The goal of this small and smart web series is to discuss the way biotechnology is changing our society: What are its political, social, and even philosophical implications? What happens when manipulating life becomes as simple as writing a line of code? And more importantly, what does this mean for average citizens and their future? continue
  • The sound of empty space

    Regine
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    The sound of empty space explores relationships between microphones, speakers, and surrounding acoustic environments through controlled, self-generating microphone feedback. By building flawed technological systems and nullifying their intended potential for communication, the ear is turned towards the empty space between components; to the unique configurations of each amplifying assemblage continue
  • PIGS, structures of surveillance, metabolic landscape, a quiet USA, etc. My favourite photo books of the moment

    Regine
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:06 am
    I'm drowning in really good books this year. Half of them are photography books. And because i'm short on time and these publications deserve a review, i'm going to take the lazy road: a sweeping and speedy overview of 5 of my favourite photo books of the moment. In one post. continue
 
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  • Shipping Container Apartments Coming to Downtown Phoenix

    Christine Walsh
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    The architecture firm StarkJames LLC has designed an apartment complex made from recycled shipping containers, which is currently being built in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The primary reason behind this project was providing affordable and sustainable housing near the city’s busy downtown area. The complex is called Containers on Grand and is located at 12th Avenue and Grand Avenue, in Phoenix. A total of 16 decommissioned shipping containers will be used to build eight apartment units. Each of the apartments will be made of 2 recycled shipping containers, yielding 740 square feet per…
  • Sustainable Floating Home

    Christine Walsh
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    The so-called WaterNest 100 was designed by architect Giancarlo Zema and is one of the most sustainable and green floating homes around. It is made primarily from recycled materials and is powered by a roof-top solar array. The WaterNest 100 is a round, pod-type building, which has an impressive 1,076 sq ft (100 sq m) of interior space. The house is intended to be floated on rivers, lakes, bays, atolls and calm seas, has a diameter of 39 ft (12 m) and is 13 ft (4 m) high. The domed building is made from a recycled aluminum hull, and features a laminated wooden supporting frame, as well as…
  • New Orleans Couple Build Their Dream Shipping Container Home

    Christine Walsh
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Landscape architect Seth Rodewald-Bates and his wife, Elisabeth Davies recently designed and built their home using recycled shipping containers. The home is located in the Carrollton neighborhood of New Orleans. They used two 4-ton repurposed shipping containers, which they purchased from Boasso America and collected from the New Orleans Terminal in Chalmette. One of the containers houses a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, while the other one was cut in two, and the larger, 28-foot section became an office/dining area, with the smaller section now used as a backyard shed. To make the home more…
  • Tiny Home Inspired by Traditional Japanese Architecture

    Christine Walsh
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    Downsizing, minimizing and simplifying is starting to appeal to more and more people and with good reason. Sustainability starts at home, so to speak, and living in a tiny home is certainly a great way to achieve it. And as today’s tiny house example proves, the sacrifice does not need to be all that great. It was constructed by, a former Christian missionary Chris Heininge and it is located in Aurora, Oregon. The design is inspired by the Japanese homes in which he spent time in doing his work. The tiny home measures 280 square feet with a footprint of 10-feet by 20-feet, and a height of…
  • Packing Peanuts Could be Recycled Into More Sustainable Batteries

    Christine Walsh
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Building better and more sustainable batteries is certainly one of the goals for the future. And now, those packing peanuts used to protect fragile things from breaking during transport could play a major role in achieving this goal. A team of researchers at Perdue University has discovered that these packing peanuts could actually be used in lithium-ion batteries. The way this would be achieved would be by replacing the graphite anodes in a lithium battery by a new type of anode made of carbon. In currently used batteries, the charging process stores the lithium ions in graphite anodes. But…
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  • From the Drawing Board: Petaluma Victorian

    Michael O'Connell
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:33 pm
    We are working on design development for this corner home in West Petaluma. It is prominently situated on a corner lot, meaning the design incorporates a lot of new fencing. At one side we have detailed large shrubs that would create a green fence and expand the size of the back yard. In the back yard a new patio, lawn and connecting walkways have been detailed for new living spaces. Site plan for large corner lot in Petaluma Related posts: From the Drawing Board- Petaluma Planting Plan This project in Petaluma situated on a large corner lot... From the Drawing Board- Petaluma Layout and…
  • From the Drawing Board- 4 Spring Projects

    Michael O'Connell
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    The spring seems to be coming early this year with all of the warm weather this winter. Here are some images from four different design projects in different stages of conceptual development. -Novato Concept- Back yard patio and synthetic turf installation -San Anselmo Concept- Back yard patios, walkways and garden area -Cotati Concept- Back yard terracing, vegetable garden, steps, and paths -Tiburon Project- Hardscape layout and retaining wall plan     Related posts: From the Drawing Board- Sonoma Concept Plan This project near the main square in Sonoma focuses on... From the…
  • Breaking down our estimates- project cost and line items

    Michael O'Connell
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Creating a good estimate is a time consuming process. We consult on scores of projects every year, issue a lot of free estimates, and try to create a proposal that is complete and also responsive to client and project. Our estimates are line item based, we think of them as similar to a menu at a restaurant. We outline the scope in terms of a wide array of options and detailing, and then refine the estimate depending on budget and client needs. We find line item estimates work better than lump sum estimates, especially at an initial phase.  They take into account elements like a patio that…
  • Work in Progress- Cotati Concrete

    Michael O'Connell
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:28 pm
    For this ranch house in Cotati we are working on new concrete patios and walkways in the front and back yards. These new walkways create a new sense of entry to the front of the house and modernize the landscape. Related posts: Work in Progress- Greenbrae Project We are getting ready to pour a concrete slab for... Current Project- Commerical Concrete and Wall Installation We are working on a project in San Rafael for... Common Mistakes: Don’t Paint that Concrete! A continuing entry in our Common Landscape Mistakes series: It...
  • Turned Earth Turns 500!

    Michael O'Connell
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:50 pm
    When I started this blog in 2005 little did I think I would still be writing it 10 years later. But here we are. The rate of posts may have slowed down since the beginning, but we just logged our 500th post to the blog. I find blogging is a great way to share our work in a more informal forum with more frequent updates than our main website. That and you can read my occasionally coherent thoughts and musings. If you want to read every post since 2005 you can visit the live archive listing page. Enjoy and thanks for reading. -Michael O’Connell Related posts: Turned Earth Turns 100! I…
 
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  • Autos, Cement, and Greenhouse Gases

    The Antiplanner
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    America’s environmentalists place undue emphasis on the role of automobiles in greenhouse gas emissions. Their goal of trying to reduce emissions by getting people out of their cars is expensive, self-defeating, and probably unnecessary. According to the EPA, cars and light trucks emit less than 17 percent of the human-caused greenhouse gases produced in America. […]
  • Where Will the Money Come From?

    The Antiplanner
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    During the Antiplanner’s visit to Washington DC last week, I tried to encourage people to think about the incentives created by federal transportation funding. But the first question on the minds of most of the people I talked with was, “How will we pay for highways and transit?” From outside the Beltway, this question almost […]
  • Federal Transit Inequities, Part 2

    The Antiplanner
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    A few weeks ago, the Antiplanner presented data showing that the distribution of federal transit dollars to urban areas was highly uneven, ranging from 26 cents per transit rider to $2.17 per transit rider. The main factor that appeared to make a difference was whether the urban area was building expensive new rail transit lines. […]
  • Self-Driving from San Francisco to New York

    The Antiplanner
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    A self-driving car traveling from San Francisco to New York is about half-way through its journey, having reached Ft. Worth, Texas yesterday. The car is an Audi, but its self-driving electronics have been designed by Delphi, an auto supply company. Like Continental and Bosch, Delphi has been developing its own self-driving hardware and software. This […]
  • Withholding Funds to Improve Transit

    The Antiplanner
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:23 pm
    The Washington Metro rail system is falling apart. Should local governments (which are responsible for most operations and maintenance costs) “key their payments to a certain number of problem-free rush hours, say 10 or so to start, before the payment is made?” a Washington Post reader asks Dr. Gridlock. “Maybe then they would be forced […]
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  • Congratulations Heuvelton CSD!

    SEI Design Group
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    Congratulations to Heuvelton Central School District on their $6.8 million capital improvement project approved by district voters yesterday.  The scope of work will include school building upgrades and sitework.  We are excited to work with them on the plans, which will go to the State Education Department for review when they are completed.
  • Congrats to Marcellus CSD!

    SEI Design Group
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Marcellus Central School District residents approved a $14.85 million proposal to upgrade the High School and provide enhancements at the Middle School and Elementary School.  Many of the improvements were identified as priorities in the district’s required Building Condition Survey, including new water pumps/ pipes, removal of asbestos and lead-based paint, painting of exterior wood fascia and new unit ventilators at KCH.
  • SEI Annual Soup Day

    SEI Design Group
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    Recently, the Rochester Office held their 3rd Annual Soup Day.  Kudos to all who participated in the competition, and slaved over a hot pot!  Everyone enjoyed tasting all the soups and sides that arrived, and then voting for their fave.  This year, Alan won first place for his PHO!  Congrats Alan, and thank you, Beth, for organizing.
  • Congratulations Lisbon CSD!

    SEI Design Group
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Congratulations to Lisbon Central School District!  District voters approved a $4.9 million capital improvement project to renovate and upgrade their school building. The scope of work includes safety and security improvements, HVAC upgrades, and site work improvements.
  • Congrats Carthage CSD!

    SEI Design Group
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Congratulations to Carthage Central School District.  District voters approved an $11.9 million capital improvement project. The scope of work addresses safety and security, technology infrastructure and general maintenance issues at several of the district’s buildings.
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    ArchDaily

  • The Apartment Of The Future – R&D Laboratory / NArchitekTURA

    AD Editorial Team
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Architects: NArchitekTURA Location: Dobrodzień, Poland Architect In Charge: Bartosz Haduch Year: 2014 Photographs: Jakub Certowicz, Courtesy of Bartosz Haduch Design Team: Bartosz Haduch, Łukasz Marjański Installations: Bartosz Dendura Visualizations: Rafał Mikulski Art Projections: Bartosz Haduch, Michał Sapeta, Bogna Hamryszczak, Michał Haduch Constructor/Builder Company: Dobroteka – Meblarstwo Dobrodzieńskie From the architect. Predicting the future is a risky job. In the rapidly changing world predictions rarely come true. Accepting an invitation to a closed competition for…
  • BIOPOLE Biotech Business Incubator / PERIPHERIQUES Architectes

    AD Editorial Team
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Architects: PERIPHERIQUES Architectes Location: Rennes, France Architect In Charge: Anne-Françoise Jumeau + Emmanuelle Marin + David Trottin Area: 2730.0 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Luc Boegly Project Manager : ulie-Laure Anthonioz, Claire Gaudin et Stéphane Raza Site Supervision : Antoine Roy ( mi+ro ) Bet Tce, Hqe: Egis Centre Ouest, agence Rennes Bet Acoustique: Peutz et Associés Images De Synthèse Concours: Autre Image Client: Territoires & Développement, representative acting on behalf of Métropole Cost: 6M € not including VAT From the architect. The side that we have taken…
  • Shichigahama Tohyama Nursery / Takahashi Ippei Office

    AD Editorial Team
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Architects: Takahashi Ippei Office Location: Shichigahama, Miyagi District, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan Area: 1069.0 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Iwan Baan Structural: Konishi Structural Engineers Climatization & Mep: Kankyo Engineering General Contractor : Matsui Kensetsu K.K. Paintings For The Pool And The Sign : Tomoko Nagai, Tomio Koyama Gallery Financial Support : Singapore Red Cross Society Advisor: Yasuaki Onoda, ArchiAid From the architect. This is a reconstruction project for a public nursery affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. It was carried out as “a leading…
  • House 3 / Coy Yiontis Architects

    Fabian Cifuentes
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Architects: Coy Yiontis Architects Location: Balaclava VIC 3183, Australia Year: 2014 Photographs: Peter Clarke Builder: Rosa Coy Carpenter: Ross O’Brien, John Tobias, Daniel Norton Structural Engineer: Greer Consulting Engineers From the architect. The renovation and addition to this partly 2 storey home was designed to accommodate an extended family of eight on a relatively modest site within a dense urban context. A bedroom for each of the four children, one for the parents and another possibly for grandparents, generous living spaces and a swimming pool were key to the brief. Situated…
  • 510 Cabin / Hunter Leggitt Studio

    AD Editorial Team
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Architects: Hunter Leggitt Studio Location: Wofford Heights, CA, USA Area: 1100.0 ft2 Year: 2012 Photographs: Courtesy of Hunter Leggitt Studio Collaborators: Jonathan & Victoria Watts, Owners Structural Engineer: Lawrence Ho Builder: Hunter Leggitt Studio Site Area: 8,630 SF From the architect. In 2011, Hunter Leggitt Studio temporarily relocated from Los Angeles to the high desert near Lake Isabella, CA to design and build a custom, highly crafted, modern cabin.  Designed to regularly sleep it’s family of 5, but also be flexible enough to comfortably host a total of 10 guests, the…
 
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    Freshome.com - Interior Design & Architecture Magazine

  • Writer’s Cave-Like Retreat Surrounded by Raw Nature in Brazil

    Lavinia
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    With a total surface of only 31 square meters, this solitary writer’s retreat in Itaipava, Petrópolis, Brazil displays a cave-inspired design. According to the creative team at Architectare, the symbolism of the cave is very broad and diverse: “It suggests shelter, self-knowledge, return to basics, reflection, pregnancy, growth, freedom through thought and many other meanings that can be found in ancient people´s mythologies and suggest the use of this building as much as a shelter as an ideas’s instigator.” The newly build writer’s retreat accommodates a bedroom,…
  • Home Extension Heaven: Outfitting Your Home For Leisurely Living

    Ada Teicu
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    Australian studio MCK Architects were asked to transform a modest bungalow into a dreamy home where the garden would naturally flow inside. The result is magnificent, breaking our mental boxes enough to see this home extension bud and flower under the Australian sun. “On first visiting the site we were met with a modest bungalow perched on a hill overlooking Vaucluse House. The clients were equally modest, simply needing more space for their family with better connection to the garden, sunlight and air.” Needles to say the owners got more than their bargained for.The…
  • Perfectly Balancing Rural and Urban Lifestyles: House JA in Portugal

    Lavinia
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:53 am
    Located on the north-center of Portugal, House JA by Filipe Pina and Maria Ines Costa was envisioned to combine a rural and urban lifestyle. The lot is surrounded by different types of constructions, consequence of the informal settlements, characteristics of most Portuguese city neighborhoods. The existent stone ruins, vestige of a traditional house and the configuration of the lot were the main aspects for the new project. The first principle was to separate the new and the old construction, even if they are connected inside. A stone volume represents the existent building; a concrete…
  • Top 5 Tested DIY Home Security Systems

    Shelley Little
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:12 pm
    You love Freshome for bringing you modern architecture and inspiring homes, but have you ever thought of how to secure those wonderful dwellings? As we all sit safe and sound in our homes, we feel guarded and protected from the rest of the big, bad world—but are we really as safe as we think? Despite the staggering $34.5 billion dollars we are projected to spend worldwide on home security by 2017, we may still lack the proper home security system—and even if you have a proper system, are you paying an arm and a leg for it?Not all security systems are created equal, and with the…
  • Modern Family Home Tastefully Decorated With Natural Light

    Ada Teicu
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Rising in a new neighborhood in Cassà de la Selva, Girona, Spain, this modern family home is known as “Casa en Cassà”. From outside, its bold architectural language hints towards the carefully manicured interiors. Architects Ricard Galiana and Yago Oliva imagined an impressive space, where light creates geometric games at different times of day and sunshine accompanied meals, time spent with family and friendly encounters.Balancing the concrete appearance presented on the facade, main social areas are bright and comfortable. This mixture of raw concrete, glass and…
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  • Models & Prototypes

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    [Image: "Dome-shaped Architectural Staircase Model," courtesy of the Cooper Hewitt]. If you liked those two staircase posts from earlier today, a reader has pointed out that the Cooper Hewitt has a whole slew of "Models & Prototypes" on display that seem worth checking out. More specifically, it's "a gallery devoted to exhibiting three-dimensional representations of ideas that demonstrate the design process; test concepts and resolve problems; enhance presentations; and display complex technical skills." Take a look at the "Dome-shaped Architectural Staircase Model" from the mid-19th-century,…
  • The Subterranean Celebrity Libido Labyrinth of Greater Hollywood

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    [Image: A blueprint of tunnels rumored to connect the Playboy Mansion with nearby celebrity homes, via Playboy]. This is hilarious and amazing: there may (or may not) have been secret underground tunnels connecting the Playboy Mansion to the homes of nearby celebrities, including Kirk Douglas and Jack Nicholson. It's like the becoming-priapic of the Mole Man of Hackney. According to some blueprints literally unearthed from the Playboy Mansion basement after overhearing a rumor about some "tunnels," it seems that, at the very least, underground routes were designed all the way to the point of…
  • Grimm City

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    [Image: Grimm City University from Grimm City by Flea Folly Architects]. Later this summer, London's Flea Folly Architects—Pascal Bronner & Thomas Hillier—will be running a workshop in what they broadly call "narrative architecture" at the Tate Modern. "What would a town inhabited by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Man Ray look like?" they ask. "Taking inspiration from works in the Tate collection, in particular the speculative etchings by architects Alexander Brodsky and Ilya Utkin and paintings by the Surrealists, our objective is to design and build a fictional…
  • In a Pinch

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    [Image: A staircase in the Grands Magasins Dufayel; view larger]. The second staircase I wanted to post today—here's the first—is from the Grands Magasins Dufayel, a vast, 19th-century department store in Paris. View it larger. Aside from the obvious grandeur of the structure, what makes this spatially noteworthy is the fact that one floor is pinched together with the next, and that the self-supporting "pinch" that results then becomes formalized as a stairway, a hyperbolic object in space that allows passage from one level to the next. It's as if a loop has been pulled or extracted from…
  • Solved by Knots

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    [Image: Stairs inside the New York Life Insurance building, Minneapolis, by Babb, Cook and Willard; view larger]. There are two stairways I wanted to post, as they each solve the problem of getting from one floor to another in a particularly interesting way. The first example, seen above, is from the New York Life Insurance building in Minneapolis, Minnesota, designed by Babb, Cook and Willard. View it larger. What I love about this is incredibly simple, and it's nothing more than the fact that a constrained approach from one floor to the next—with the far wall serving almost more like a…
 
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    Archi-Ninja

  • Interesting Stuff on the Internet

    admin
    14 Mar 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Interesting stuff on the internet is an article sharing my favourite recent online inspiration and distractions. A swarm of 3-D printing, concrete mixing robots called “Minibuilders” explore the possibility of rethinking construction building processes in the near future. 3-D printing architecture is not new, but this method seems more realistic than the other gantry-based systems. Read the full article here.  It is not just the price of land, the cost of building and tax regimes that are behind Australia’s housing affordability crisis. Social stigma and misunderstanding…
  • The Architact Collective Can Create Your Very Own Ring Design!

    admin
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Eric Chan supported us on Kickstarter by pledging to ‘design his own ring,’ we absolutely love his creation. We wanted to share with you his incredible design. Eric is an Architect from Melbourne, currently living and working in Hong Kong. Below is an interview with Eric who first came across our project on ArchDaily: AC: We love your ring design which maximises the surface area of exposed concrete. What inspired your ring design? EC: The materiality of the concrete ring, of a normally rough material used in a refined way for jewellery, initially drew me to this project. …
  • Create Something Special this Valentine’s: The Architact Collective Do Custom Rings!

    admin
    8 Feb 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Are you an architect or builder? Are you moving home? Are you building a home with your life partner? Are you a supplier or manufacturer? Are you on holiday? Why not collect some brick or concrete from your construction site, family home, office or holiday destination and allow us to transform your material into a truly unique ring. A ring that you can carry forever as a very personal and constant reminder of home, work or leisure. We create custom rings! To create your own custom ring send us an email to hi@architactcollective.com Below are some images of a custom ring we created for a…
  • Interesting Stuff On The Internet

    admin
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Interesting stuff on the internet is an article sharing my favourite recent online inspiration and distractions. The odd psychology of the compassionate crowd is an article with some interesting observations on social psychology and individual and collective identity. Rather than crazes, Michael Bond depicts the crowd composed of highly co-operative individuals driven who share a common goal and objective. Architecture Continues To Implode: After Frank Ghery said that “98% of everything that is built and designed today is pure sh*t, more insiders continue to admit that the profession is…
  • TonyTextures Architecture Visualization Competition Giveaway

    admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    The visualization of architecture is important – it starts with a simple pencil sketch or Photoshop illustration and concludes with a 3D CAD or photorealistic rendering. Regardless of the project size a large library of architecture visualization graphics including plants, trees, people, sky, background images and textures is a must when it comes to time efficiency and project workflow. For years I have been growing a good graphic library and I constantly expanding. My library has even translates into other design industries and projects beyond architecture. Recently, I stumbled…
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  • TCH launches CJ Hendrys 50 Foods in 50 Days Gourmet Experience in Melbourne

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The work of an extraordinary artistic talent such as CJ Hendry deserves and demands more than plain white walls for its showcase.   That was the approach The Cool Hunter took right from the beginning with her meticulous hand-drawn art work.   TCH first introduced her in Sydney, Australia, as part of the Art Hunter experience in conjunction with Jaguar.   This was followed by her first solo presentation, a four-day exclusive art and food reception at a private luxury residence in Sydney.   Following that successful sell out debut, TCH has just launched CJ Hendry’s 50…
  • Interactive Floating Flower Garden

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Last November, TeamLab, a Japanese collective of architects, designers, artists, programmers and engineers, installed a large-scale retrospective of its work at the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo. The two main interactive digital art exhibitions of the retrospective – “Digital Art” that toured the world in 2014, and “Learn and Play! teamLab Future Park” experience park for children – have been so popular at the Miraikan that the show has been extended till May 1, 2015. In addition to the two exhibitions, the…
  • Gold Souk Building, Beverwijk Bazaar - The Netherlands

    18 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Two basic ideas – one gold and one black - result in dramatic impact in the new Gold Souk building at the Beverwijk Bazaar in The Netherlands. Rotterdam-based Liong Lie Architects had the cool opportunity to design a brand new hall for the gold dealers and goldsmiths that offer their wares each weekend at the Goudstraat (Goldstreet) at the Eastern Market of the famous Bazaar.   The designers based the uneven shape of the building on a raw piece of gold. They covered the façade with gold-tinted panels with a triangle pattern. The panels are placed in different orientations so…
  • Humming Puppy Yoga Studio, Prahran, Melbourne

    15 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Humming puppy? That’s quite a kooky name for a luxe Melbourne yoga studio – the humming is a nod to the Arup audio engineer designed sound system that delivers an exquisite hum soundtrack around the yoga studio; the puppy is a nod to the ubiquitous downward dog yoga pose. Clients leave a nondescript inner-city Prahran side street, climb a set of industrial stairs into the studio (known here as a shala) and enter a cocooned space where every detail of the design – custom lighting, soundtrack and interiors is geared towards preparing yogis physically and mentally for their…
  • CJ's Hendry's 50 Foods in 50 Days Series On Hermes Plates

    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Solitary confinement, food, high end design, prisoners on death-row, final meals, twenty-four hours, and fifty days. It sounds like the subplot for a quirky action film yet instead it’s actually an artistic collision of the senses, represented through beautiful one-of-a-kind hand drawn art. “50 foods in 50 days” is CJ Hendry’s newest collection and it’s a bold endeavour for an artist who continues to deliver the unexpected. At first glance it is French designer plates and mouth-watering foods. However, the collection is so much more than just an exploration of…
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  • Update on New Home in West Highland

    Anna Chmel
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    A new home designed by EVstudio is currently under construction at 37th Ave and Raleigh St in Denver. The home is located in the beautiful West Highland neighborhood, just a few blocks from trendy Tennyson Street, and will consist of: Lower level: Unfinished – 1,250 sq. ft. Main level: Finished – 1,250 sq. ft. Upper level: Finished – 1,320 sq. ft. Front perspective of the residence, which faces Raleigh St The project under way:   EVstudio provided architectural, structural engineering, as well as MEP design services for this project. For further information on this…
  • Revit Tutorial: Importing Topography

    Kellie Saylor
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    Civil engineers typically use a 3D CAD program to model topography for a site.  When we receive their CAD file for a site, we have to import it into Revit to create a topography surface that we can then edit. Before you create topography in Revit, make sure that your Survey Point is set to a known elevation on your topography. For this example, I am using a Survey Point of 6,460′ (USGS Elevation) which corresponds to the first topo line on the Northeast corner of my site plan. 1.  Inspect the CAD file the civil engineer gave you.  This cannot be just any CAD file.  It has to be a…
  • How To Read Metric Rebar Marks on Steel Reinforcing

    Dean Dalvit
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:08 pm
    In order to identify the basic information about the rebar that is delivered to a jobsite, it is important to know how to read the mill markings that are stamped on every bar. This is especially critical to ensuring that your materials match up with the specifications in the plans. These mill markings illustrate the “soft metric” system adopted by CRSI member mills in 1997 (see our post about metric and imperial markings): Images and bar marking description courtesy of CRSI The top letter or symbol identifies the producing mill and deformation pattern. The next marking is the bar…
  • Office Emergency Preparedness

    Trevor Maddy
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:08 pm
    After a recent electrical fire in an office adjacent to ours in Austin, I felt it worth giving some advice on basic office emergency preparedness. Every office building should have an emergency exit route graphically displayed near the stairs and elevators. Make sure all employees know where fire extinguishers are located. Each office should develop an exit route with a rally point a safe distance away from the building to account for all staff once evacuated. Onsite emergency backups should have a quick disconnect or be ready to be evacuated at any time. One person should be assigned the…
  • Structural Modeling in Sapphire – The Oaks at Eastlake – Part Two

    nathan@evstudio.com
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Below is a screenshot of only the structure modeled in Sapphire. You can see the studs and headers, floor joists and floor sheathing and also the roof sheathing. One of the many intentions of this application is to generate a pure structural visual aid to assist designers allowing them to navigate around the model and examine every connection. My next post will include some samples of the exported material lists showing the formatting and breakdown of materials. These material reports are extremely customizable and can be tailored for any customers needs. The initial article is located here.
 
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  • Moscow Attic Renovated with Scandinavian Good Looks

    Susan Kraemer
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    A young family with two rambunctious boys wanted a renovation of a dark attic apartment in Moscow. The result is a marriage of blonde Scandinavian wood and creamy white paint that makes a home that fairly bursts with light and energy. The new two storied design is ingeniously devised to wear out the two young boys by maximizing the attic space. So there are plenty of opportunities for exercize, like this ladder leading to an overhead mesh trampoline that cleverly uses every inch of ceiling space. Yet when not in use, the mesh playground discretely ‘disappears’ into an artistic…
  • A Serenely Refined Residence in New South Wales

    Susan Kraemer
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    Smart Design Studio’s Lamble Residence on the South coast of New South Wales catches dawn’s early light over the South Pacific. Every room opens up to the outdoors. Interestingly, the public spaces are split between floors. The kitchen and dining is on the ground floor and opens out onto a garden in front of Gerringong beach. While upstairs, the laid-back living room makes the most of its exciting panoramic views of the South Pacific ocean. Sublimely open, the master bedroom also captures the endless sea vista from the side of the upper floor. Up here, large slabs of stone mark…
  • Casa Till – Pure and Simple Bliss on the Chilean Coast

    Susan Kraemer
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Casa Till by WMR Arquitectos is simply constructed from onsite pine for a tiny carbon footprint in a staggeringly lovely setting. The spectacular uninterrupted panoramic views are perfectly preserved by the supreme humility of the construction. The client’s wish was that the house should blend into the landscape so that from a distance it would not be visible. Solar panels on the rooftop supply all the electricity used by the house in its extremely remote location. The design is just a simple straight shot with a bedroom at each end and the public living space in the center. A sliding…
  • Design Dilemma: Getting A Little Funky at Home

    preynolds
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:11 am
    Contemporary Dining Room As a long, hard winter comes to an end, and the first fresh breezes of spring linger in the air, we feel a bit like changing things up at home. And namely, we feel like bringing home a bit of colorful personality that’s in your face cool. We’re calling it “getting funky.” We’ve run across a few interiors that really seem to epitomize exactly that spirit of funkiness. Beginning with the dining rooms pictured above and below. Contemporary Dining Room by Fort Worth Media & Bloggers Hilary Walker Lets face it, the room above are totally…
  • Vulnerable Curtains Presage Amazing Texture Plays

    Susan Kraemer
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    There’s a wonderful absurdity to these ephemeral curtains in the roughcast concrete block exterior of the East House by Peter Rose and Partners. Sited at Marth’s Vineyard in Chilmark, Massachusetts, the boxy residence has a rugged concrete shell of 10″ walls. By contrast, rich Douglass Fir and Alaskan Cedar interiors give the home a lantern-like warmth. Even the concrete is rough-cast in place; giving each block a hand-made appearance. The interior is warmly lined with with thermally warmed stone floors, and what appears to be some kind of pink stone walls. These walls are…
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  • St-Philippe Residence

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    26 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    Montréal, CanadaATELIER GÉNÉRAL architectureResidential Architecture, Furniture, Kitchen + Bathroom, Residential Interior Design Located in the St-Henri district of Montreal, this project involves the conversion of a duplex into a cottage for a young professional couple wishing to adapt the layout to their needs. The main challenge : to transform the small, dark and enclosed rooms of this 150-year-old home into a bright and fluid space.Rather than just opening everything up, we preferred working on relationships between spaces. Vi... (continued)
  • The Hole Idea wins OAA Award

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    23 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Winnipeg, CanadaWeiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited Competition, Art, Culture, Event + Exhibition, Installation + Public art, Landscape Architecture Weiss Architecture & Urbanism Limited has been awarded an OAA Award in the Concept Category for their whimsical, snow covered Warming Hut in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  In November 2014, the firm’s design entry entitled “The Hole Idea - Now in Technicolor” wasunanimously selected by the jurors of the International Warming Huts Art & Architecture Competition. Subsequently, the firm worked closely with Blackwell E... (continued)
  • A Dynamic New Lighting Signature for Complexe Desjardins

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    20 Mar 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Montréal, CanadaLightemotion Lighting Design, Architectural Products , Art, Business, Commercial Architecture, Commercial Interior Design, Culture, Edition, Event + Exhibition, Health + Wellness, Industrial Design, Installation + Public art, Lifestyle, Luxury, Multimedia Design, Shop + Retail, Sustainable Development, Technology + Science Custom Lighting Design Solution Brings Dynamic Lighting to Complexe Desjardins A new custom lighting design developed by Montreal based Lightemotion has made its mark in downtown Montreal. Working closely with the facilities team at Complexe…
  • Wilkinson Eyre unveils University of Oxford’s Weston Library as world-class research centre

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    19 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Oxford, United KingdomWilkinson Eyre ArchitectsInstitutional Architecture, Culture, Event + Exhibition Oxford University’s Weston Library, home to some of the nation’s most valuable literary treasures, will reopen on 21st March 2015 following an £80m renovation by leading architectural practice Wilkinson Eyre. Part of the University’s world famous Bodleian Library, the Grade Il listed  building (formerly the New  Bodleian) was originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in the 1930s. Situated opposi... (continued)
  • Provencher_Roy - Architectural Firm Award of 2015, awarded by The Royal Architectural Instituteof Canada

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    18 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Montréal, CanadaProvencher_RoyInstitutional Architecture, Business, Commercial Architecture, Commercial Interior Design, Competition, Culture, Hotel, Institutional Interior Design, Lifestyle, Luxury, Office, Urban Design February 18, 2015  Provencher_Roy, a Montreal firm noted for a number of major projects which include airports, hotels, and university buildings, will receive the 2015 Architectural Firm Award of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). “Provencher_Roy was chosen for the breadth and consistently high quality of work over many years,” said the five-member…
 
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  • Architecture Blog: The WATG Singapore Sketching Workshop

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:25 pm
    It astonishes me that even when you are in an architectural firm with a lot of very creative people (Yes, WATG included), it’s always these three words that I hear most: "I can't Draw!" It is very rare indeed when somebody says "Why, yes, I draw quite well, actually."And yet, being able to draw is on the top of the wish list of most creative people and designers. We were brought up thinking that we can't draw, that we must be born with talent, and when we attempt to draw something it just doesn't look "right." Most of us think that its better just to do it…
  • Architecture Blog: Toastmasters Amazing Race - Singapore!

    10 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Our WATG Singapore Toastmasters Club managed to get two teams together to compete in the first ever Division A Toastmasters Amazing Race. The Red team consisted of myself, Suhada, Ashique and Ronaldo. Harris, Umar, Reena and Cheryl were representing WATG's Black team.     WATG Red TeamOur adventure started on the riverfront and took us on some competitive running through the streets of the CBD, found us dancing in public on the waterfront and racing through the MRT to the quirky Haw Par Villa, where we searched for sculptures that matched the riddles on our clues. The WATG…
  • Marketing Blog: WATG Destinations in the Movies

    4 Feb 2015 | 5:22 pm
    70 years ago the founder of WATG, Pete Wimberly started a small architectural firm in Honolulu, Hawaii and pioneered the world with his partners and name givers of the firm, Jerry Allison, Greg Tong, and Don Goo.  Nowadays, the firm is worldwide renowned for creating unique destinations not only for their design and sense of place but also for their bottom-line success.  Many of WATG's projects have become landmarks. Now it turns out that they are becoming shining movie stars.Just recently, I watched the movie "Blended" with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore distributed by…
  • Architecture Blog: Singapore University of Technology and Design Career Day

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:44 am
    Yesterday, a few of us from the Singapore office attended the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Career Fair to check out some of the talent that will be entering the work force. We are always so inspired by the young designers and energized by their passion and blue sky thinking. Staying connected to the local universities helps us keep a hand on the pulse of new technologies and design techniques and allows us to pursue the brightest minds of the future. The event was very fruitful and rewarding and we have already received our first few applications for internships and…
  • Architecture Blog: 2015: The Year of Talent

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:12 pm
    WATG is 70 years young this year and we couldn't feel more energized and youthful! Over the next year we will be celebrating  our "70 years of Design Excellence," sharing  our stories of the past, our recent success and our outlook on the future.Each year WATG and Wimberly Interiors develops a business plan and strategy to help us grow, be profitable, and preserve our very special culture. We have designated 2015 as "The Year of Talent." While we are always focused on our talent, helping them grow and looking for more incredible designers to join our team, this…
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  • Developing Occupant Thermal Comfort Surveys

    17 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    What’s the best way to know whether your building is fulfilling tenant and occupant needs, helping them be their most productive? By asking them questions. A web-based survey that collects information about your facility’s indoor environmental quality can provide valuable information about workplace effectiveness. Tenant and occupant feedback can also help you make decisions about what’s working and what’s not when it comes to green building features. Are occupancy sensors functioning like they should be? Is the glare from sunlight through windows hindering productivity? You can be as…
  • Energy-Efficient Products with the ENERGY STAR Label

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    ENERGY STAR is a helpful resource when you’re looking for energy-efficient commercial building systems such as HVAC and lighting. The program outlines points to consider when investing in fixtures, water heaters, boilers, etc. All systems and products with the ENERGY STAR label are independently certified to save energy without forfeiting functionality. But did you know that ENERGY STAR also now certifies smaller types of products that are likely being used inside your building? Vending Machines Although most building owners and facilities managers don’t have direct control over vending…
  • A Look at Two LEED Platinum v4 Buildings

    17 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    Only two buildings in the world have achieved LEED Platinum v4 certification since it was announced in July 2013. (Through Oct. 31, 2016, commercial buildings can still apply for LEED 2009 instead of LEED v4.) The first LEED v4 building, Haworth Showroom in Beijing, was awarded LEED CI Platinum in October 2013 after earning 71 out of 110 possible LEED points. Last September, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded its second LEED Platinum v4 certification to One Sansome Street in San Francisco. One Sansome Street earned 80 out of the 110 possible LEED points. While both buildings make energy…
  • Find Inspiration for Your Next Green Building Project

    3 Feb 2015 | 5:44 am
    When it comes to implementing new green building initiatives, it can be overwhelming to decide which sustainability projects to tackle. But there’s no need to reinvent the wheel if you’re having problems coming up with your next green idea. Make it a team effort by asking coworkers, tenants, and occupants for their thoughts – and also take time to learn what other organizations have done to save energy and reduce their environmental footprints. To reduce energy and operating costs, Branson Convention Center decided to shut off its escalators when no business is occurring within the…
  • Old Buildings Can Be Green Buildings

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    It’s often a given that most new commercial buildings incorporate at least some energy and water efficiency initiatives into design, construction, and operation. But since the majority of commercial office facilities in the United States are existing buildings, greening “old” office buildings is just as important. (According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, 72% of U.S. commercial buildings are more than 20 years old.) Because these buildings incorporate outdated technology (and construction practices, in some instances), they present a great opportunity to improve energy…
 
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  • Architects are Crafty

    Bob Borson
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Have you ever called someone “crafty” and you weren’t referencing their Macgyver-esque abilities pertaining to yarn and popsicle sticks? In this the age of DIY, most people use the word crafty when talking about their ability to make decorative objects by hand … (typically involving the aforementioned yarn, popsicle sticks … and pallets, let’s not forget about pallets.)I’m not particularly happy that the word crafty has turned into an adjective for people who make crafts. In fact, “crafty” has a completely different connotation that…
  • Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition 2015

    Bob Borson
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I’ve been thinking and working on this for almost 8 months and the time is finally here. It’s time for the 4th Annual Life of an Architect Playhouse Competition!! Last years event was a spectacular success and I am hopeful that we can have similar – and possibly greater involvement this year. At the end of last years playhouse competition, we were able to build two playhouses. This year I know that we can build two, but there is a very real possibility that this number will grow to five when it’s all said and done.That would be amazing … really amazing. This…
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  • Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition by Architects of Invention Team 012

    Alberto Seller
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Courtesy of Architects of Invention Team 012 The young London-Moscow-Tbilisi based practice Architects of Invention alongside with Hewson Consultants, Engenuiti, Edenvale Young, Hyland Edgar Driver, Lumieres Studio, Gardiner & Theobald and Savills has entered competition for a design of a pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting Nine Elms and Pimlico. Courtesy of Architects of Invention Team 012 The new link between historic Pimlico and the cutting-edge development at Nine Elms should express the city’s ambitions for those neighbourhoods and for London as a whole. On the south side, a…
  • Carlos Rosario Int’l Public Charter School – Sonia Gutierrez Campus by Shinberg.Levinas Architects

    Miguel Rus
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    © Alan Karchmer New construction of a 48,000 sft campus. Project consists of three (3) stories above grade and partial basement. Building program includes main common atrium space, resource center, office space, English and computer classrooms, four (4) culinary labs/training kitchens, nursing aid training lab, cafeteria, and outdoor terrace. The students served are college-age. © Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer Carlos Rosario Int’l Public Charter School was designed to accommodate multiple tenants: Carlos Rosario International PCS, second campus for adult education public charter school;…
  • Ebrah Pavillion by Koffi & Diabaté Architectes

    Miguel Rus
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    © François‐Xavier Gbré More than a pavilion, here Koffi & Diabaté Architectes have a residence that is structured around individual yet interconnected building spaces (common living areas and private bedroom spaces)… Functionality, here, was key, as every part of the residence is designed to serve a specific purpose all the while transpiring openness and well‐being. Koffi & Diabaté Architectes works in the coastal city of Assinie‐Mafia, Côte d’Ivoire, are part of a large urban landscaping project by Koffi & Diabaté Architectes (currently in progress)…
  • Meilen Bus Stops by ROK

    Alberto Seller
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Architecture firm ROK – Rippmann Oesterle Knauss has completed the first five solar-powered bus stops for the town Meilen close to Zurich, Switzerland. The design incorporates site-specific information, based on the rich cultural and historic background of Meilen through perforated panels. Courtesy of ROK The formally reduced design dispenses with the use of costly glass panels for the back wall of the bus stop. Instead, perforated sheet metal is used for the rear panels. On the one hand, the perforation allows light to travel through the material in order to increase the transparency…
  • Totem by Sean & Stephen Ltd

    Miguel Rus
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    © Christopher Pendrich Totem, a sign-post artwork on Walthamstow High Street by Seán & Stephen Ltd (S&S), offers a fun, formal reimagining of luminous street furniture. The outward appearance comprises a white perspex cube, atop of three Corten legs. The cube is rear-lit with concealed LED light sheets, switching on at dusk each day. The design concept derived from old triangulation stations, the geography of the site and a desire to introduce clean forms into an otherwise jostling highway environment. Passing-by pedestrians are invited to pause and decode the text and graphic…
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  • 1715 – Green Coat School, Cork

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    29 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    In March 1715, construction started on two schools adjacent to the Green Coat Hospital for children of the Protestant faith. Boys were to be taught reading, writing and accounts whilst girls were to be taught to read, knit, sew and spin. The schools were opened August 1715 and remained in operation into the nineteenth century. […](Read more...)
  • 1673 – Blue Coat School, Dublin

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    29 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    In Oxmantown Green, the King’s Hospital or Bluecoat School, was erected between 1669 and 1673 as a free school for boys and an alms house for unprivileged. Officially the building was known as The Hospital and Free School of King Charles II. Orphans were nominated by the Alderman or the parish, with funding coming from […](Read more...)
  • 1913 – House, Foxrock, Co. Dublin

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    28 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Architect: William Whymper Domestic house by English architect William Whymper, one of two buildings in Foxrock that he designed. His other local commission was the clubhouse at Foxrock Golf Club. It is unclear if he designed any other house in Dublin.(Read more...)
  • 1912 – Golf Club House, Foxrock, Co. Dublin

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    28 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Architect: William Whymper The suburb of Foxrock was developed by William and John Bentley and Edward and Anthony Fox, who, in 1859, leased the lands of the Foxrock Estate from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners with the aim of creating an affluent garden suburb. The course was originally laid out in 1893 by one Mr. Brown, a […](Read more...)
  • 1913 – Design Proposal for Manitoba’s Legislative Building, Winnipeg

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    28 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Architect: G.A. Bligh Livesay Competition entry for design of new provincial legistlature building in Winnipeg, designed by George Augustus Bligh Livesay (1867-1916). Lt. G.A. Bligh Livesay was killed during the Great War, December 9 1916.(
 
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  • 6 Key Benefits of Modular Offices

    Linda Bee
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    Many people who are interested in modular offices are looking to solve a specific issue. The need is typically for a fully functional, portable office space that can be easily modified if and when needed. There are a number of reasons why people would want this kind of solution. Here, we’ll elaborate on how modular office spaces can be the fix that makes the most sense for a variety of needs.… Read More... The post 6 Key Benefits of Modular Offices appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • All Things Modular Construction

    Linda Bee
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    What is modular construction? It is a resource efficient, off-site project delivery method to construct code-compliant buildings in a quality-controlled setting. Key qualities of modular construction include:     Off site Controlled environment Volumetric three-dimensional “modules” Meets building codes requirements Significantly less time Modular construction can be permanent or temporary. Examples of buildings that can be either permanent or temporary modular constructed include: Government buildings School boards Corporations Non-profit organizations Retail establishments…
  • A.L.I.C.E. Program and Modular Classrooms Part 3 of 3

    Linda Bee
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    How you can prepare your school for a High Quality Emergency Operations Plan The state of Massachusetts  offers on its website a federal Guide for Developing High Quality School Emergency Operations Plan which helps schools develop action plans for school safety and emergencies.  Along with this guide, A.L.I.C.E. Program Training and collaboration between school planners, construction management firms, local and state governments, we all can all play a role in making our children’s learning environments safer.… Read More... The post A.L.I.C.E. Program and Modular Classrooms Part…
  • How to Build the Ultimate Sustainable Classroom

    Linda Bee
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    What is the ultimate sustainable classroom and what should it include? Here’s a checklist of the 10 most important components of truly sustainable classrooms: Formaldehyde-free, low VOC paints and coatings reduce “off-gassing” that can result in dangerous pollution. White roofing (instead of black) reflects solar heat and reduces air conditioning loads to save energy. … Read More... The post How to Build the Ultimate Sustainable Classroom appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • What You Need to Know about Off-site Building Design

    Linda Bee
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    Off-site construction involves the process of planning, designing, fabricating, transporting and assembling building elements for rapid site assembly to a greater degree of finish than in traditional piecemeal on-site construction. This type of building design includes a range of materials, scales and systems, digital software, methods of manufacture and fabrication, and innovations in social and technological integration.… Read More... The post What You Need to Know about Off-site Building Design appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
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  • Roland Park Kitchen Addition

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    27 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    When approaching this house the first and foremost impression is in the scale of the stone work of the home. The homeowners desired an updated kitchen and some additional family room space, as well as, some recreational space, which could not be accommodated in the existing home. Their wish was to create an addition that would be a compliment to the home in both its exterior elements and the hard scape surrounding the addition. The overwhelming presence of natural stone motivated this homeowner to accent the addition to echo and replicate that element, but not construct the entire addition in…
  • Baltimore County Bathroom Renovation

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    13 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    When our customers came to Owings Brothers Contracting  they wanted to transform their existing Monkton, MD home’s bathroom into a spa like experience that they could relax in after a long day at work. The driving factor was to keep within the footprint of the existing house and bathroom space, while giving the illusion of greater space and a more updated bedroom suite. Seamless design: two acrylic shells soldered together for a spectacular freestanding bathtub. Working as their own designers with some assistance from the Owings Brothers team the owners put a high degree of detail into…
  • Baltimore City Home Renovation

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    10 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    Ruxton, Maryland Remodel This homeowner was downsizing and also merging another family household into one dwelling, this can create challenging design needs.  Additionally, the homeowner did not want to add additional square footage to the existing home.  The solution was quite simple, create a sorority house.  The grandmother takes the main floor, due to her wisdom and seniority, mom takes the lower level suite, with the hope of some sunlight and the youngest of the three generations takes the second floor, having the benefit of two bedrooms and a full bath.   This is your basic three…
  • Savor Sip Style ~ Fox 45 Interview

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    5 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
     Savor, Sip, Style the premier Howard County Home Show, held at Turf Valley Resort, where everything a homeowner needs for their home can be found as well as good food and drink! Owings Brothers Contracting, a general contractor for over 30 years, held an exhibit at the show on February 21 & 22, 2015. Joe Smith, managing partner in the business, offered a seminar to educate homeowners on “The Successful Steps to Remodel Your Kitchen and Bath.” Owings Brothers has a Kitchen & Bath Design Studio in Eldersburg Maryland, where they showcase & sell for several national…
  • NAHB Remodeler of the Month

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    27 Feb 2015 | 6:46 am
    We are proud to announce that Joseph Smith of Owings Home Services, has been named February 2015 Remodeler of the Month by the National Association of Homebuilders. The NAHB Remodeler of the Month award program recognizes local, active remodelers who stand out among their peers. The award focuses on recent work, customer service, community involvement and dedication to improving the industry. The winner, once selected by the NAHB Remodelers, receives a full-page profile in Qualified Remodeler magazine.  See the feature in Qualified Remodeler Magazine. Owings Brothers - An experienced…
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  • 20 Extraordinary Ideas That Will Teach You How to Set the Perfect Mood Outdoors

    Anton Giuroiu
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Smart and easy tips and tricks that will teach you how to set the perfect mood outdoors for this summer are standing in front of you. It goes without a saying that our outdoor space is just as important as our indoor space, and in some households the outdoor space takes precedence, particularly in countries like ours, so make sure you give it the right level of attention to make it an outdoors haven. It’s becoming increasingly common to create outdoor spaces that are simply an extension of indoors or that are so much more than just patio sets with a few potted plants lying about. With…
  • 21 Extraordinary Unique DIY Lighting Fixture Projects You Will Simply Adore

    Anton Giuroiu
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Finding the right lighting decor today is an insanely hard task even though the options are virtually limitless. It is extraordinary hard to find a simple lamp realized from a solid material at a decent price. As lighting is the one thing that animates our home in an unmistakable manner, as light animates shadows and offers depth to our home we are here today to showcase a handful of extraordinary DIY Lighting Fixture Projects that you will simply adore, these are here to serve your feed your imagination and for all your diy crafts endeavors. Browse through the projects below and choose your…
  • 24 Jaw Dropping Beautiful Yard and Patio String Lighting Ideas For a Small Heaven

    Anton Giuroiu
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    Spring and summer nights are around the corner and there is no better way to spend them than outside, enjoying the fresh air of flowers and freshly cut grass. What better way to entertain your guests than by transforming your little garden into a little bit of heaven? And the key ingredient is lighting. Your patio will never look better than in the shining shivering of string lights. It is the most inexpensive method of decorating any space fast and with incredible end results. The romantic cozy atmosphere created but these tiny elements will completely change the way you perceive a party or…
  • 30 of The Most Extraordinary Beautiful Kitchen DIY Pallet Projects

    Anton Giuroiu
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    In the kitchen everything should be bent to out desires and lifestyle. Here we should relax at the end of the day, disconnect entirely from the busy workday that you`ve just finished. Moreover here we have our own battleground, here we prepare our favorite weird or not so weird recipes so decluttering your home in your own way is quite a huge deal, make sure everything gravitates around you. From recycled wooden pallets you can do everything now-a-days and if you need a quick kitchen remodeling project the beautiful kitchen diy pallet projects below might work in an extraordinary manner.
 
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  • San Jose del Cabo and my Otomi obsession

    Lin
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:03 pm
    You’re never too old to go on spring break with the girls. But this time, it wasn’t about downing cocktails and waking up on the beach hungover with no recollection of the night before (not that I’ve ever done that, no sir).  The first time I went to Mexico with my girlfriends was in 2004. We were young, single (mostly), and carefree. Back then, the only place to be was Cabo San Lucas where the nightlife extended into the early mornings and tequila was consumed like water. Since then, we’ve been to Puerto Vallarta but it wasn’t until this year that we…
  • DIY succulent wreath

    Lin
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    ‘Tis the season. Actually, a living wreath is season-agnostic, me thinks. So yeah, the holidays are here and I totally get the excitement one can feel for snazzifying one’s abode during this time of the year. Against my better hoarding instincts, I tend to err on the side of minimalism but I do enjoy festive sprays of greens around the house. And what better way to validate my succulent hoarding habits than to actually put them to use! Oh it’s beyond out of control. But the wreath? The wreath is easy. 1. Cut your clippings. You might need to pull off some leaves around the…
  • Paper lanterns out of furniture catalogs

    Lin
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    A few weeks ago, we received what I thought were multiple copies of telephone books delivered to our door. Turns out, it was a home furnishings giant that went full on cray cray with their catalogs. “WTF?” I thought to myself. “Do something about it!” my alter ego responded. So I DIY’d. When you get something so absurd in this day and age, you wonder about the desperation of the company behind it. Don’t get me wrong, I love catalogs and magazines and eye candy that produce salivation and “gotta have it” angst, but this is REDONC. I did some…
  • Wrapped rope bracelet DIY

    Lin
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s summer! Time for vacation! And sassy jewelry! I thought I’d be on DIY overload by now, but it seems like the more I do, the more I DIY. I’m also in full on vacay mode, so I’m enjoying my freedom by making a few things I can wear during the summer. We typically get fog and darkness this time of the year in San Francisco, but it’s shaping up to be June Bloom instead of June Gloom. So it’s time to break out the summer attire and accessorize with colorful pieces that will last year-round because color is ALWAYS in style (unless you’re a New Yorker).
  • Night at the museum

    Lin
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:33 am
    When it comes to Mid-century modernism, I was an early convert. Last night, I was treated to some major design porn at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (“Jewseum” if you use their Twitter handle) here in San Francisco. It was my first time there, and I’m not sure why I waited this long. The exhibit is called “Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism” and runs through October 6, 2014 (so there’s still time for y’all to see it). It highlights the roles of Jewish architects and designers in the post-WWII creation of a distinctly modern American…
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  • Tips in Finding Penthouse at One Zero Ocean in Santa Monica, California

    alisan
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Penthouse at one zero ocean in Santa Monica, California is getting more popular nowadays. That is because of the nice ocean view from the penthouse so that many people are going there to spend a little of their time to get the nice view. If you are also thinking about spending some of your time at the penthouse, then you might want to try some of these tips first. The first one is to make sure that you get the nice penthouse. This means you will get the nice facilities and services from the penthouse. This is considerably important since some are not giving the best of their services and this…
  • The Amazing Look of Borat Star Hollywood Home

    alisan
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    Borat Star Hollywood Home might be one kind of home that many people are dreaming to have. That is because the look of this house is very amazing so that it comes to many people’s dream, starting from the poor to the rich. Starting from the outside of this car, you can simply find the greatness of the house. The spacious area of the garden make the concept of the house is very natural. As an addition to that, the greens around the house do the same thing. Going inside the house, you still can find the similar concept, the spacious. Starting from the living room, the bedroom, even the…
  • Best Home Decoration Ideas with Ancient Greek Art

    Andrew Andersen
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:29 am
    Interior design is an art of decorating the interiors of a room or a building. Interior design is significant to transform the space around the four walls of your building into a comfortable and cozy residence. The interiors of a home should have an aesthetic appeal. It is difficult to choose a design that fulfills your needs and matches your lifestyle as well. An expert interior designer will give an idea about the perfect décor, color, lighting and many other additions possible to beautify your dwelling place. It will also depend on the extent to which an individual can afford to spend on…
  • Make A Perfect Interior with Doric Columns

    Andrew Andersen
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    The modern, fast-paced lifestyle results in our bedroom being the perfect place to relax and let our hair down. A perfect bedroom is a space that reduces our stress and soothe our eyes. While remodeling your home interior, especially the bedroom, you should consider the following points: The size of the room will determine the kind of furniture required to be placed in your bedroom. The basic furniture includes dressers, Nightstands and chest of drawers. You should keep enough space in your bedroom for walking around the room. If you are in the habit of reading before going to sleep, you can…
  • Greek Columns to Revitalize Your Home Interior

    Andrew Andersen
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:58 am
    It is truly said, “Design is intelligence made visible.”Just imagine, after a tiring long day in the office you come to a house with dull interiors. How would you feel? Bad, definitely. So it is very important to cheer yourself and decorate your home interior in a way that you feel happy once you enter your dwelling place. Designing your home interiors is a crucial element that adds an additional beauty to your house. The various architectural options of interior décor include: Floors: A variety of flooring options are available ranging from carpet style, tiled floors, elegant wooden…
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  • K+S Urbanism – Will Mega-Retailers Kesko and S Group Ever Think Outside the Box?

    Timo H.
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:07 am
    Last year my neighborhood in Helsinki experienced a small, but curious change. A stuffy Czech-themed beerhouse called Milenka got refurbished into a somewhat trendy Scandinavian-style one, Ølhus Oslo. Now, the incident that a worn-out joint got replaced by something more hip is not exceptional at all – new eateries and bars get opened all the time in my neighborhood which these days continuously shows up on all sorts of “hipster” lists. But what caught my attention is that the bar belongs to a national mega-retailer and restaurateur that goes by the name S Group. The Ølhus family…
  • Six Major Developments Shaping Finnish Cities: 2014 in Review

    Timo H.
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    Another exciting year has passed! To wrap up 2014, I decided to piece together what I think are the six most important developments that shaped Finnish cities during the past year. Most things obviously weren’t invented this year nor did they directly affect every city; it’s better to grasp my list as themes that peaked to dominate urban policy discussions or to guide planning practice. Nonetheless, I feel that exceptionally much has happened on the Finnish urban development front and I believe the items on my list are likely to profoundly shape our cities and activities in them…
  • Changing Work Patterns and the Rise of Urban Innovation Districts – The Future in Finland?

    Timo H.
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    The changing nature of how and where we work seems to be hollowing out Finland’s science & business parks and industrial areas. Is the geography of innovation shifting and leaving cities facing a choice between sticking with a landscape of vacant business premises and nurturing lively innovation districts? Last month an over 10,000-strong horde of startup entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and media representatives flocked to Helsinki to attend Slush, a two-day technology and startup event that seeks to pair great ideas with investors. Even the Chinese Vice Prime Minister Wang Jang…
  • Pro Helsinki 2.0 – The Urbanist Vision for Making Helsinki Denser and More Diverse

    Timo H.
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Today I have the great pleasure of introducing you to the alternative city plan for Helsinki that I have worked on with my fantastic colleagues from Urban Helsinki since early 2014. It’s our second land-use plan done completely in do-it-yourself fashion, and after the small project at the edge of Helsinki’s inner city we did some months earlier. I’ve written two posts about this project in Pikku Huopalahti, you’ll find them here and here. Our experiences and insights from working with Pikku Huopalahti eventually got us even more excited about doing something substantial to stir up…
  • City of Boulevards or City of Malls? Urban Transport Infrastructure Retrofits Are Changing the Urban Landscape in Helsinki and Tampere

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

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    (This article was translated with Google Translate only. Sorry for the inconvenience.)Lower Town in Gdansk is clinging to the district center, located just 10 minutes walk from the Central City and the Long Market, on the right bank of New Motławy. Although the building is very picturesque, currently among the residents of Gdańsk district does not have the best opinion and not without reason - do not know if that's the case, but the same evening strolling along the Lower Town I witnessed two unpleasant and even dangerous events.Abandoned buildings brownfields. You can see an interesting…
  • Cool old things I found in my new apartment.

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    The apartment we bought, as we may know, was full of things left by the previous owner. We spent many weekends tidying it up, throwing aways unnecessary furniture and trash, but there were also some interesting items to discover. I felt a bit like at a flea market - and I loved the feeling as I often go and shop at flea markets (here one of my visits to an antique shop). Things that I found are surely not necessary, but I'm going to keep most of them and use in my apartment :)So, do you also love it? :)
  • styl amerykanski wnetrza dom podmiejski // How to create American style interior?

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:53 am
    This post is definately for people not living in US. We love American interior design (at least I do :)). Here is what make an interior American and what is so so different than in Poland (here is an example of a Polish interior) Please don't treat the post dead serious ;) I know all the interiors in the US don't look the same, so it just a simplification of the style.1. PlanIn US house plans tend to be so complicated! Compare the two examples below: a typical American house to buy vs a typical Polish house to buy. The house area is also different - in US it's on average 400 square…
  • My tenement house apartment's renovation - an update!

    13 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    Are you curious what is going on with my apartment? (there's what it looked like when we bought it). We started the renovation by ourselfes as far, we cleared the space and threw out old furniture, cleaned the walls from wallpapers and paints. Soon the specialist are going to start their work and destroy some walls and change the gas, electric and water-suppy systems.my friends-architects are debating over the best space solutions :) My friend and I (wearing pink, obviously :))This is the plan of our future apartment (now in the "yellow" room there is kitchen): ...scratching the old wallpaper…
  • Artist's apartment in Poland. Interior full of Polish design.

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Today you're gonna see the interior of Emilia Obrzut, Polish graphic designer, owner of one of my favorite profiles on Facebook, Wysoki Połysk (eng. "High Gloss"). On this profile is where she presets used designer pieces of furniture and home decorations bought (by her and her readers) at flee markets, internet auctions and...in trash.  Emilia has a great talent for finding low-priced classic pieces.You know what I love about this place? The things I often show in my series "Artist's apartment" - natural character, nonchalance, it also clearly shows the passion of the owner. Wooden…
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  • Harmonious relationship between the old and the contemporary architecture: House in Estoril

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    This house was built in 1923 and is owned by the Portuguese architect Ricardo Morena, who faced one of the most difficult tasks for an architect, namely to redesign his own house. Taking into account the constraints of the existing building, the architect intended to increase the feeling of freedom, to connect more the interior with the exterior. At the same time, he wanted a harmonious relationship between the historical and contemporary architectural values as a bridge between two moments in time. From the exterior, the house doesn’t look much changed; the exterior walls were…
  • Fju – linear desk with two functions: workspace and shelf

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Fju is a linear desk made by Kaschkasch studio from Germany and it can perform two functions: workspace or shelf. When it folds up, Fju can provide a small work space which can be used for laptop, ipad or books. When you do not longer need it, Fju folds up and sticks to the wall, thus freeing the space. Scraped against the wall, Fju is useful as a support for books and magazines. For the reduced spaces, when you make efforts to save space without sacrificing certain necessary functionalities, this small folding desk can be useful.
  • London Sky: eclectic 32 Sqm studio apartment in London

    Olivia Andreea
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    This studio apartment with an area of 32 square meters is located in the center of London. Known as London Sky, the exceptional interior design of this studio was made by Vitta Group Design. In a time when the properties located in the center of the metropolis are very expensive, the arrangement of a small space of 32 square meters can be a good opportunity in financial terms. The big challenge consists in the fact that the designers, without sacrificing the comfort and functionality must transform a small space into a complete and attractive home. Although it has a small surface, London Sky…
  • Vacation house with a retractable glass facade/ Bloem en Lemstra Architecten

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    This vacation house is located on the Dutch Vlieland Island and it was designed by Bloem en Lemstra Architecten. The house occupies an area of 54 square meters and is made according to a very clear concept: in the north side a private area is situated, respectively the bedroom, bathroom and toilet and in the south side the living room is arranged. In the back side which is covered with wood, there are two bedrooms that have all together 3 beds. The toilet and shower are each accessed individual. The northern part of the house has a separate entrance that is useful during winter in order to…
  • East Van House: residence in Vancouver with an asymmetric geometry

    Ovidiu Slavulete
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:53 pm
    East Van House was projected by Splyce Design in Vancouver, British Columbia, on a 50×75 lot located in a colorful neighborhood with a diversified community. In order to comply with the zonal and architectural norms and also to provide a sufficient volume for the vertical space, the house is projected with an asymmetric geometry. From the floor to the top of the ceiling there are 26 meters. On the roof, the house has generously sized skylights situated so they allow natural light to penetrate deep into the north of the house. The main floor is bisected from east to west with a continuous…
 
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  • Ideabox Puts 400sf To Great Use With The “Northwest” Prefab

    Mike
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Ideabox is one of our favorite prefab designers, and we previously showed you their “Mini.rv” model home. With a guiding philosophy that balances form, function, and green building practices, it’s easy to see why their original “Northwest” series home is their most popular model. Available in two configurations of 400 and 560 square feet, it provides a flexible amount of space to live comfortably and a unique look at an affordable price. The typical price for the Northwest is around $78,000 and you can learn more by visiting their website,…
  • He Began With A Rusty Container, And Ended With A Home Fit For A King!

    Mike
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    There’s something about shipping container homes that never ceases to impress. Perhaps its the dramatic change from a dark and hollow rusted shell of metal into a warm and inviting home, or simply the amount of creativity and innovation that builders bring to these projects. Who knows. One thing we do know is that this example from Irish architecture firm Ceardean Architects has all the right stuff. They teamed up with Ripple Container Homes Project to build a super stylish home, with the sole purpose of donating it to St. Vincent de Paul charity, a homeless advocacy group. It all began…
  • A Peaceful Backyard Studio Provides Inspiration For Gardening And Art

    Mike
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:41 pm
    First Lamp Architecture Construction designed this backyard building for a Seattle couple who enjoy gardening and painting. Dubbed the “Orchid Studio”, it is the artist’s studio its name implies – and when it’s not occupied with those tasks it’s also a very comfortable guesthouse. Talk about multipurpose! It fulfills all its roles admirably with its proximity to the garden, with abundant windows providing all the natural light a painter could wish for, and a comfortable sofa bed for overnight guests. A small bathroom and a nice collection of 1950s furniture round it off.
  • Stunning Woodland Retreat In Oregon

    Mike
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    The sloping roof on this 585-square-foot Oregon cabin feeds rainwater into two large collection tanks on either side of the structure, and also makes for a very high ceiling in the living area. The open interior plan adds to the sense of spaciousness, with the kitchen, dining, living, and sleeping areas all merging into one another with no divisions. Designer Rainbow Valley Design and Construction also included a large and elegantly-tiled bathroom complete with a tub that looks like it belongs in a five-star hotel. Large rainwater collection tanks flank each side of the home. High ceilings…
  • Gorgeous Chalet “Parkitecture” Courtesy Of The Quebec Government

    Mike
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    You could call the Chalet EXP the official tiny house of Parcs Québec. Three of these 320-square-foot cabin were produced exclusively for their provincial park system, and units are now in place in the Jacques-Cartier, Mont-Tremblant and Monts-Valin parks. Their clean and functional layout presents a welcome departure from the ordinary log cabins in most parks. Inside you’ll find room for two people, and prices start at $130 Canadian per night. In keeping with the aim of giving visitors the “chalet EXPerience”, these are a lot nicer than the campground cabins you’re used to. Some…
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  • Sunny and Elegant Montee Karp Residence

    Vania
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Located on a Malibu hillside and overlooking the Pacific Ocean this contemporary re-envisioned project of Patrick Tighe Architecture is fresh, sunny and elegantly minimalistic. Placing great care and attention towards the sustainability and the environmental – upgrade of the existing property the architects succeeded in turning the relatively small home into gallery-like space full with light and granting clever exhibiting niches for the owner’s large contemporary art collection. Read the rest of Sunny and Elegant Montee Karp Residence originally posted on http://interiorzine.com ©…
  • Classy and Stylish Villa Spee

    Vania
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Contemporary lines combined with artistic playfulness. Although this family home is situated in Haelen, Netherlands, it possesses the simplicity, minimalistic aesthetics and elegant serenity of the architectural expression typical for the Scandinavian architecture and design. The architects from Lab32 had cleverly integrated the naturally undulated landscape and left the clear-lined cubical volume of the house to float elegantly on its beautiful surrounding. The material palate is correspondingly simple and natural – wooden cladding, white plastering and aluminum framing – all…
  • Flask by Alberto Caiola – Perfect Combination of Classic Elegance and City Chic

    Vania
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    The newest project of Alberto Caiola offers a fundamentally different dining experience with anachronistic esthetics and combination between elegance and funkiness that is concealed behind a facade of a cheery sandwich shop. The enchanted and playful trip in this trendy Shanghai’s lounge starts in the first of the two premises (the project consist of two contemporary bar and dining spaces – Flask and The Press) – where neon lights, asymmetrical drop ceiling clad in copper and suspended cubical forms, hanging above vintage leather sofas, capture immediately the imagination of the…
  • An Odyssey – Outdoor Furniture by Gandia Blasco

    Vania
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    The Valencian design studio Odosdesign has been responsible for art direction, visual and graphic identity of An Odyssey, the new catalog Gandia Blasco Spanish firm dedicated to its early production and marketing of blankets until in 1996 launched its first collection of outdoor furniture. Twelve days of photo sessions spread over different locations on the islands of Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera have been necessary for the realization of the new visual ideology of the brand. Read the rest of An Odyssey – Outdoor Furniture by Gandia Blasco originally posted on…
  • System of Very Comfortable Sofas Designed by Arik Levy

    Vania
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Viccarbe presents system of very comfortable sofas Platform, designed by Arik Levy. Read the rest of System of Very Comfortable Sofas Designed by Arik Levy originally posted on http://interiorzine.com © InteriorZine.com - 2015.
 
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  • Fitty Wun House by Feldman Architecture

    Mat Watts
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    Modern townhouse situated in San Francisco, California, completely redesigned by Feldman Architecture. Read more ...Related:Aspen Springs Ranch by Beck Building CompanyMidcentury Home by Dynan Construction ManagementLight Cannon House by Carterwilliamson Architects
  • Aspen Springs Ranch by Beck Building Company

    Mat Watts
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    Rocky Mountain retreat designed by Beck Building Company, located in Aspen Springs, California, United States. Read more ...Related:Fitty Wun House by Feldman ArchitectureMidcentury Home by Dynan Construction ManagementRiverside Drive by StudioLab
  • Midcentury Home by Dynan Construction Management

    Mat Watts
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    This beautiful midcentury house designed by Dynan Construction Management is located in Venice Island, Florida, United States. Read more ...Related:Fitty Wun House by Feldman ArchitectureAspen Springs Ranch by Beck Building CompanyRiverside Drive by StudioLab
  • Light Cannon House by Carterwilliamson Architects

    Mat Watts
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:09 am
    This contemporary single family house was completely redesigned in 2013 by Carterwilliamson Architects. It's located in Annandale, Australia. Read more ...Related:Fitty Wun House by Feldman ArchitectureRiverside Drive by StudioLabMaple House by Martin Dulanto Arquitecto
  • Riverside Drive by StudioLab

    Mat Watts
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:17 am
    Completely redesigned by StudioLab, this modern apartment is located in the Upper West Side, New York City, United States. Read more ...Related:Fitty Wun House by Feldman ArchitectureAspen Springs Ranch by Beck Building CompanyMidcentury Home by Dynan Construction Management
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  • The Lytton – A Complete Renovation of a Traditional Three-Story Residence in Toronto

    Ionel Muresan
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    Catlin Stothers first goal is to create a space that provokes some kind of reaction and ultimately, is a space that her client will love. One of her last projects, The Lytton, involved a complete renovation of a traditional three-story residence... Read More The post The Lytton – A Complete Renovation of a Traditional Three-Story Residence in Toronto appeared first on UPVISUALLY.
  • The Cluny House by Guz Architect Laid Out Around a Central Water Court

    Ionel Muresan
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    The Cluny House designed by Guz Architects is laid out around a central water court that forms the focal point of the project. Lushly planted roof gardens surround the courtyard and the effect of nature is evident in every part of... Read More The post The Cluny House by Guz Architect Laid Out Around a Central Water Court appeared first on UPVISUALLY.
  • Casa Teensy – Very Small House with Tiny Rooms Renovated by Christopher Simmonds Architect

    Ionel Muresan
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Their clients referred to this home as Casa Teensy when they first met Christopher Simmonds Architect team. It was a very small house with tiny rooms. Furthermore, flood plain restrictions limited any addition to a maximum of 50 metres of... Read More The post Casa Teensy – Very Small House with Tiny Rooms Renovated by Christopher Simmonds Architect appeared first on UPVISUALLY.
  • House Between the Trees by Šebo-Lichý Makes you Feel Like you are Living in a Treehouse

    Ionel Muresan
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    House Between the Trees is a unique residence inspired by the Mies van der Rohe’s legendary Tugendhat Villa in Brno, Czech Republic and designed by Šebo-Lichý. The homeowners wanted to keep the trees, that led to unusual solutions such as placement of... Read More The post House Between the Trees by Šebo-Lichý Makes you Feel Like you are Living in a Treehouse appeared first on UPVISUALLY.
  • Harvard Picnic Pavilion by Besch Design Perfect for a Quiet Weekend in the Countryside

    Ionel Muresan
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Located in rural north-central Illinois, the Harvard Picnic Pavilion designed by Besch Design is one of the featured buildings on the Owners twenty acres of land.  In keeping with the agricultural theme of all the property constructions, this building was designed with... Read More The post Harvard Picnic Pavilion by Besch Design Perfect for a Quiet Weekend in the Countryside appeared first on UPVISUALLY.
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  • Monographs: Implications of design hiring practices.

    David Brown
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:34 pm
      As part of our regular blog calendar our Monographs postings take an inquisitive approach, offering more questions than they answer in the hope that these questions can catalyze useful thoughts amongst our team and our industry. In this post we are exploring questions about the hiring practices of architectural and interiors services firms and asking, how can the hiring process be improved in the firm environment, or should the process be redesigned entirely? At DBI we read a lot on the subject of Recruiting and Talent Management, David Brown even recently wrote about the one tool…
  • Featured Job: Senior Workplace Strategist

    David Brown
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    Featured Job: Senior Workplace Strategist Job Description: A globally established and fast-growing Workplace Interiors firm has hired DBI to find a Senior Workplace Strategist for their Seattle, Washington office. The right candidate will come with excellent credentials and pedigree in the Workplace Strategies market as they will be working with key-note clients in the firm. Required Work Experience: •Lead consulting engagements with clients to establish new, and enhance existing, Workplace Strategies programs or enhance existing programs in order to reduce occupancy costs,…
  • Hello! We are DBI!

    David Brown
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
      Since DBI started in 2009, we have learned a great deal. One of the things we learned is that there are not many recruiting firms that exclusively support the architecture and interior design industry. Because of this, many firms don’t quite know how to best work with an outside agency nor do they know what to expect from a partnership with a firm like DBI. We want to use this blog post to try to offer a simple answer to the question “We have staffing needs, how can we get DBI to recruit on behalf of our organization and what is it like to have DBI work with us?” First, how can…
  • Weekly Round-Up! | 2/20/15

    David Brown
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Weekly Round-Up! 2/20/15 By: The DBI Team Happy belated President’s Day everyone! This week’s round-up of articles from the DBI Team features a pretty cool selection of links from hip vintage light bulbs to self-assembling chairs (Wait, what?!). Check out the articles and posts that we wanted to share with you and be sure to let us know who your favorite President is in the comments (Bonus points if you actually share a picture of yourself dressed as your favorite Prez). Have a great weekend! Headlines + Articles Of Note This Week: •Should You Become A Global Architect? |…
  • Featured Job: Urban Housing Leader

    David Brown
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Featured Job: Urban Housing Leader Job Description: A national leader in sustainable design and urbanism since 1949 is hiring an Urban Housing Leader to join the firm’s Seattle office. The firm’s work is defined by its innovative blend of design, technology and nature to create places; the outcome is one that excels in beauty, spirit and performance. The right candidate will be motivated by these core values, joining the firm’s integrated design teams with an understanding of global issues and with a tenacious drive to achieve the highest quality of design effort — economically,…
 
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  • Art Nouveau Architectural Style Sought A New Graphic Design Language

    Jay Amrutia
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    Kadvacorp-Wing of Thought Hello Folks,…… Art Nouveau Architectural Style is not bind in a single definitions or any single criteria. But Art Nouveau Architectural Style have following are distinguishing factors. Art Nouveau remains something of an umbrella term which embraces a variety of stylistic interpretations: some architect and artists used new low-cost materials and mass production methods while […] The post Art Nouveau Architectural Style Sought A New Graphic Design Language appeared first on .
  • Hope You Don’t Receive This Fake Virus Alert Popup On Your Mobile Device

    Mitul Patel
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:10 am
    Kadvacorp-Wing of Thought Hello Folks,….. A couple of days ago, a few of our readers shared their experience of receiving fake virus alert popup while browsing the Internet on their mobile device. This Article tells you more about these fake virus alert popup. As we all know that unwanted and malicious pop-up mobile ads have been around in the […] The post Hope You Don’t Receive This Fake Virus Alert Popup On Your Mobile Device appeared first on .
  • New Jaguar XF 2016 Sets Longest High Wire Water Crossing World Record at London

    Mitul Patel
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:32 am
    Kadvacorp-Wing of Thought Hello Folks,… New jaguar xf 2016  is a brand of Jaguar Land Rover, a British multinational car manufacturer headquartered in Whitley, Coventry, England, owned by the Indian company TATA Motors since 2008. New Jaguar xf 2016 has revealed the all-new XF in a promotional tease ahead of its official New York Auto Show debut. The […] The post New Jaguar XF 2016 Sets Longest High Wire Water Crossing World Record at London appeared first on .
  • Unidentified Luxurious Modern Homes Interior Designs And Decor Ideas With Over The Top Ways

    Jay Amrutia
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    Kadvacorp-Wing of Thought Hello Folks,….. We all know that every body of us have a one dream about Luxurious Modern Homes on top of hill or a top floor of the highrise building of pose area of city. But did you ever think about what is luxury? and how do you defined luxurious house? But here i would like […] The post Unidentified Luxurious Modern Homes Interior Designs And Decor Ideas With Over The Top Ways appeared first on .
  • How to Activate Whatsapp Voice Calling Feature with Single Click – iOS and Android

    Mitul Patel
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:58 am
    Kadvacorp-Wing of Thought Hello Folks,..How to Activate Whatsapp Voice Calling on WhatsApp finally seems to be here for keeps. To get it, you need to update your WhatsApp app to at least v2.11.561. The official WhatsApp website now has Version 2.12.14 (versions before v2.11.561 failed to Activate Whatsapp Voice Calling for us reliably, whereas v2.11.561 has worked first try on several devices, as has v2.12.7). Whatsapp […] The post How to Activate Whatsapp Voice Calling Feature with Single Click – iOS and Android appeared first on .
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  • Modern Minimalist Penthouse by Ramunas Manikas

    Sorina Liliana
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:16 am
    This modern minimalist penthouse was completed in 2014 by Ramunas Manikas in collaboration with Valdas Kontrimas. It is located in a formerly abandoned attic of a modern building in Kaliningrad, Russia. Description: “The penthouse is located in a formerly – abandoned attic of a modern building. The largest space contains a hallway, kitchen – dining room […] The post Modern Minimalist Penthouse by Ramunas Manikas appeared first on Homedezen.
  • Chic Apartment in the heart of Paris by Tatiana Nicol

    Sorina Liliana
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    This chic 50 square meters apartment was designed by French interior designer Tatiana Nicol. It is located in the heart of Paris, France. Photos by Meero The post Chic Apartment in the heart of Paris by Tatiana Nicol appeared first on Homedezen.
  • House Ventura by David James Architects & Associates

    Sorina Liliana
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:24 am
    House Ventura is a luxurious family home designed by David James Architects & Associates. It is located in Dorset, England. Description: “David James Architects & Associates Ltd were appointed by Husen Developments Ltd to design this luxurious family home on a challenging site with varying ground levels. The site in question faces southwest on a steep […] The post House Ventura by David James Architects & Associates appeared first on Homedezen.
  • Airplane Suite in The Netherlands

    Sorina Liliana
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:13 am
    Airplane Suite is a single luxury suite for two guests situated in the Teuge airport, in The Netherlands. Photos courtesy of hotelsuites.nl The post Airplane Suite in The Netherlands appeared first on Homedezen.
  • Mothersill Residence by Bates Masi Architects

    Sorina Liliana
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:56 am
    Mothersill is a single family residence designed by Bates Masi Architects. It is located in Water Mill, NY, USA. Description: “Elevated, wooden boardwalks extending into the beachscape are a common occurrence in the dunes of Eastern Long Island. Hovering slightly over the ground, this simple device is a pathway to the beach that carefully negotiates […] The post Mothersill Residence by Bates Masi Architects appeared first on Homedezen.
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  • Less is More 3 tips < Change Orders

    David Lopes
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:13 pm
      Minimalists ask the question: How much can you strip away from an item — painting, sculpture, building, furniture — without losing its essential purpose and identity? Your projects don’t have to look like John Pawson’s Home but applying a minimalist frame of mind to design and construction drawings can lead to a reduction in the number of change orders during the contract administration phase. “That which is less complicated is Read More...
  • Owner: Patron of Architecture

    David Lopes
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:16 pm
    We often dream of the perfect patron, the client or owner who is a connoisseur of culture, art,  architecture and the finer things in life. They are highly intelligent, wealthy and provide the Architect with total design freedom and don’t forget an unlimited budget. All that they ask for in return is for the Architect to create a great design and to watch over its construction. There may not be a Read More...
  • Quick Guide: Modern Contractor

    David Lopes
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
      Some notable Modernist architects have started their careers as builders or contractors. A few that stand out include Craig Ellwood and his cool Case Study House # 17  or Alfred Newman Beadle and the original  Case Study Apartment #1. Another popular contractor/developer who is probably more famous than the architects he hired, is Joseph Eichler and his popular modernist homes he built in California.  Unfortunately, (or fortunately) not all Architects get the chance to build Read More...
  • Contemplation before Certification

    David Lopes
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Certifying a payment should not be a mindless rubber stamping of a Contractor’s progress claim. Instead, it should be a contemplative process where you step back, take a breath and think! Believe it or not, certifying a payment requires time to contemplate on the Project Drawings, Specifications, Contracts, Schedule of Values, Site visits, Change Orders, and the Arithmetic. It is a holistic process that brings together many aspects of the project. First let Read More...
  • God is in the Details – SOV

    David Lopes
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
      So how do you objectively evaluate and approve a progress claim that is accompanied with a Schedule of Values that contains broad categories such as “Concrete”, “Windows and Doors” or my favourite “General Requirements”. How do you know “Doors & Windows” are 50% complete?  If there is only one dollar value for all Doors & Windows in the project, you don’t know how much the Doors are versus the Windows versus the Read More...
 
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  • Professional Dryer Vents Cleaner: The Best Way to Avoid Home Misfortune

    Prunella
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Dryer vents cleaning is one of the important housing maintenance. As we’ve built the house with perfect plan, still need a good maintenance to keep it durable for long time. Lately, a report about the first cause of house fire in the US is by dirty or clogged dryer vents. The (USFA) U.S. Fire Administration […]
  • Emergency SOS from Morehart The Experienced an Reputable Air Conditioning Companies in Phoenix

    Prunella
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Air conditioning becomes part of lifestyle and secondary prime need. Searching for air conditioning companies should be careful to prevent unwanted possibilities. Only experienced and reputable air conditioning give good products, services and warranties. Morehart is a family owned and operated business in Phoenix, AZ with over 10 years experience in the HVAC industry. They […]
  • Comfort Living and Enhance Intimacy Air Conditioning Services Mesa AZ for Home Comfort Services of Air Conditioning

    Prunella
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Living in modern century make us facing global heat issues, unpredictable and extreme weather. An air conditioning and heating systems help you out through the temperature problems. High temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during summer, remains air conditioning systems should be prepared. Its vital to comfort living during hottest months and could impact to the […]
  • Sun City AZ Movers Smooth Moving Services

    Prunella
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Moving should do with details. Whether its business or residential moving contains lot of tasks and cause stressful generally. Pack up dishes, boxes of books, piano, breakable kitchenware or business files, secret documents and all belongings across the state are out of simple. An experiences moving services ready to save out from moving disaster and […]
  • Check and Re-check for Sustainability and Safety Living Is Your Roof at Risk?

    Prunella
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:16 pm
    A prosperous living proven from sustainable and safe home. Since built, have you check overall home condition temporarily? A home more than 15 years old should re-check and make sure there isn’t any damage that could possibly turn into disaster. Trfling damage could turn into serious one if not repair soon. By then, a sustainable […]
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  • Data, communications, and the future of urban mobility

    By Larissa Zimberoff
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    Traffic jams, vehicle emissions, overtaxed mass transit, aging infrastructure: around the world, cities working to move people and goods in a safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly manner face daunting obstacles. Rapid urbanization is only exacerbating these challenges. By 2030, global urban mobility demand is expected to increase by 68%. Two decades later, it will have […]
  • Friday five: Weather wizards, wayfinding, and more

    13 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    This Friday we’re highlighting compelling work in the built environment, from Arup and beyond. 1. Architectural Record examines new tools that, through the use of better current data and projected future data, can help buildings perform better in the face of climate change. 2. Metropolis Magazine gives an overview of Abu Dhabi’s new wayfinding and addressing […]
  • Beyond the white picket fence

    By Sarah Wesseler
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:56 pm
    With more people gravitating toward cities than ever before, new urban morphologies are proliferating throughout the developed and developing worlds. Roger Keil, a professor at Toronto’s York University, has spent his career thinking about the implications of this process. We spoke with him about Suburban Governance: A Global View, a newly released book he co-edited with University of Montreal professor Pierre […]
  • Business, government, and infrastructure in Brazil

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    With booming cities and a vastly expanded middle class, Brazil faces incredible new opportunities as well as dramatic challenges. Discussions of both quickly turn to the built environment: to provide a solid foundation for the future, everyone agrees, the nation must modernize and expand its infrastructure. In recent decades, shifting dynamics between the nation’s public […]
  • A new sound in New York City

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Brooklyn-based architects Stereotank make playful installations designed to spark new forms of cultural engagement. Through imaginative repurposing of everyday objects, the Venezuela-born duo creates novel, approachable settings for public performance. The firm’s latest project, HeartBeat, won New York’s annual Times Square Valentine Heart competition. Formed from two halves of a septic tank, the sculpture emits […]
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