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Rios Clementi Hale Studios Creates Mixed-Use Space on Larchmont Boulevard Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 November 2007 12:14

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Architects Rios Clementi Hale Studios transform Mini-Mall into a design laboratory.

The design firm has been stretching the definition of “architecture firm” for more than 20 years.  Already doing urban planning, architecture, landscape, interiors, product design, graphics, and branding, the Los Angeles firm—with its new move to larger space—is building on its talent as retailer/wholesaler by becoming landlord and developer of a 17,000-square-foot mixed-use center on the city’s active Larchmont Boulevard.

“The move to Larchmont means larger space for our design operations, and an opportunity to contribute to a diverse, lively part of Los Angeles,” says Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA, partner and founder of Rios Clementi Hale Studios.  The firm, which has more than doubled its staff in the past three years, is working on several of LA’s “mega-projects”: Grand Avenue Civic Park, NBC Universal Studios, Century City Greening Plan, and Nokia Plaza at LA Live!  Other recent projects: The California Endowment, Westfield Century City Dining Terrace, Mark Taper Forum renovation, Austin City Limits, Woodbury University Studio Building, and many private residences.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 16:04
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Off The Grid with The Earthship Concept Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 November 2007 01:43

Earthship Biotecture  has been developing a sustainable housing method called  the  Earthship Concept  for over thirty years in New Mexico.  

This housing  is independant of municipal utilities and presents ...

1.)  Solar /thermal heating and cooling
2.)  Solar/wind electricity
3.)  Water harvesting
4.)  Contained, zero discharge, individual on site sewage treatment
5.)  Building with recycled materials
6.)  Food production in the home

Earthships directly address the global issues of our time. These issues have become more serious in the recent months due to a heightened awareness of global warming. The Earthship concept is directed at curbing global warming and at the very least offering a direction that will sustain human life on earth longer as planetary conditions worsen.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 December 2007 04:23
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The Virtual Building Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 03:16

The Virtual Model or BIM has definitely its advantages against the typical CAD as practiced today. Why Architects should be looking at adopting these new technologies and how Contractors could benefit from their use.

[[Building Information Model]] or BIM is a 3D approach to CAD that uses, as building blocks, virtual objects that emulate the real life construction components. Rather than using vector elements such as lines and shapes to draft the drawings of the project, the designer builds his project on the computer using virtual objects such as walls, floors beams, columns, doors, windows, fixtures etc. More and more people in the construction industry are looking at adopting the BIM. A recent survey showed the majority of the Architects in North America think that BIM will eventually overtake traditional CAD as the as the standard computer tool. Some developers and real-estate owners are pushing for the adoption of the BIM, when they understood how efficient the integration of building Management Systems into the Virtual Model could be in helping them manage their properties.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2008 01:49
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Google Earth and Architecture Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 03:01

Still wondering about the synergy between Google Earth and Architecture? Check out this clip prepared by the AIA.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2007 11:32
 
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater Revisited Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 03:01

If I need to describe ‘Fallingwater’ in two words I would say ‘Pure Poetry’. it stands out as one of the greatest works in Modern Architecture. Blending with the gorgeous surroundings, its cantilevers floating over the landscape. Frank Lloyd Wright composes with his palette of building material mixing natural stone, concrete and glass to produce this perfect house. The interior design of the house is a natural complement of the exterior reinforcing its concepts. No wonder that ever since it was built, it has been an inspiration to countless Architects.
This Youtube Video features the house and talk about its History. It also includes an interview with current owner. Quite enjoyable.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2008 01:44
 
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