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November 9th, 2007 

LTL Architects : New Suburbanism
By architecture.MNP - November 09, 2007
This is an older project by LTL Architects [we’ll be getting to current work, don’t worry] entitled New Suburbanism : Prototypical American Suburb [one of the firm’s ‘speculations‘, the project was part of the 2000 National Design Triennial exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Museum - and was updated for the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale]. The project is a proposal for a new approach to the idea of the ’suburb’ and how it should be planned/laid out/experienced, responding to [basically] the failure of the American suburb to live up to the hype - and the subsequent failures of newer movements [such as New Urbanism].

On the (Lisbon) Waterfront
By Crouchback in CONTINUITY IN ARCHITECTURE - November 09, 2007
The Council for European Urbanism (CEU) has informed us about a Symposium concerned particularly with the Lisbon waterfront projects: The symposium will address the urgent issues raised by the Lisbon waterfront projects in the context of the C.E.U. Charter. We will debate a wide range of strategies...

YiAhn Convertible Bassinet
By Ali in Inhabitat - November 09, 2007
Clean, modern lines and eco design define the YiAhn bassinet- but this early life sanctuary is designed for functionality well beyond baby’s first three months. Rather than buying into the high-priced, short-lived bassinets he found on the market, Brooklyn-based industrial designer Chul Min Kang was inspired by the approaching arrival of his first child to create newborn furniture that honors healthy growth and extended functionality. The bassinet turns from baby bed to toy bin and bookshelf to chair and table- meeting your little one’s furniture needs all the way through elementary school.

Ecotots Flatpak Green Furniture for Kids
By Kate in Inhabitat - November 09, 2007
Take a small stand for the environment (or in this case a seat, a coat stand or art easle). Ecotots is a full-line of environmentally friendly, real wood modern furniture and furnishings which assemble and disassemble quickly and easily without any tools or hardware. Made from 100% renewable FSC Certified Smart Wood®, all products are available in a variety of eco-friendly, UV finishes.

Pambazuka News: Blogging Africa
By WorldChanging Team - November 09, 2007
Review of African Blogs, 2007-11-08 By Dibussi Tande Chika Okeke-Agulu comments on the death of pioneer Nigerian novelist Cyprian Ekwensi: I am deeply saddened by this news of the death of the pioneer Nigerian novelist Cyprian Ekwensi this week. He was 86. Ekwensi, the author of arguably the earliest major novel in Nigeria (People of the City, 1954) and other vastly popular novels--Passport of Mallam Illya, African Night's Entertainment, Lokotown, Jagua Nana, The Drummer Boy, etc-

Costa Rica and New Zealand on Path to Carbon Neutrality
By WorldChanging Team - November 09, 2007
While some of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) hem and haw about how to--or even if to--limit their contributions to climate change, at least two small countries are blazing trails for the world to follow. Both Costa Rica and New Zealand have declared over the past several months their intentions to become carbon neutral.

FH SoCal Fires Fundraiser Tomorrow in San Francisco!

By Emily in Inhabitat - November 09, 2007
In response to the recent Southern California wildfires, Architecture For Humanity’s San Francisco Chapter is co-hosting a fundraiser for the rebuilding efforts TOMORROW NIGHT in San Francisco with Open Productions and In Deep. If you’re in the Bay Area, come on down for the DJs, drinks, and do-good party action to support our friends at AFH:
Location: Shine, 1337 Mission St.@ 9th, San Francisco, CA 94103
Time: Saturday, November 10th, 9pm-2am
Cost: $5 donation goes to AFH San Francisco and Southern California chapters

Yesterday in Milan
By Crouchback in CONTINUITY IN ARCHITECTURE - November 09, 2007
Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Yesterday in Milan. Torre Velasca by BBPR (Gianluigi Banfi, Lodovico Belgiojoso, Enrico Peressutti, Ernesto Rogers), 1954. Tags: cia, continuity, milan, milano, italy, velasca.
 
PREFAB FRIDAY: Michelle Kaufmann’s mkLoft design
By Abigail in Inhabitat - November 09, 2007
It is no surprise that Inhabitat is a big fan of Michelle Kaufmann (MKD)’s eco-pre-fab designs. We previously featured her mkLotus design during its debut at West Coast Green in San Francisco this past September, and we are now pleased to announce that Kaufmann is again setting new standards for pre-fab luxury with her mkLoft design for savvy home owners. The two-story, two-bedroom, two-bathroom plus loft sets the stage for flexible and spacious environmentally sound surroundings for city or suburban dwellers who are looking to achieve clean, green, healthy living without sacrificing the open plan benefits of the loft lifestyle.

The City of Secret Burial Grounds
By Geoff Manaugh in BLDGBLOG - November 09, 2007
Being inclined to spend time remembering things, I just made this map of my old flat in London. I lived there five years ago. How unbelievably bizarre it is to scroll around on that thing and remember street names, restaurants, transport routes to work...

WEEKEND READING: November 3-November 9, 2007 (Guest Post by Colin Kloecker )
By Colin in Where - November 09, 2007
This week -- Near future urbanism: how an ubiquitous and multi-layered network might effect our urban environment. Photo: OiMax (via Flickr). Moore's Law tells us that computing technology is advancing exponentially – essentially doubling every two years...

 

November 8th, 2007 

On Dec. 1st, Zaha Hadid Puts the Fun Back in Funicular
By mediabistro.com: UnBeige - November 08, 2007
Go over to your Stendig wall calendar and draw a swervy modernist shape around December 1st, because that's the...


MIT Alleges Flaws in Frank Gehry’s Building
By admin in mirage.studio.7 - November 08, 2007
According to Yahoo News, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is suing renowned architect Frank Gehry, alleging serious design flaws in the Stata Center, a building celebrated for its unconventional walls and radical angles. Gehry’s respond? In an interview, Mr. Gehry, whose firm was paid $15 million for the project, said construction problems were inevitable in the design of complex buildings. “These things are complicated,” he said, “and they involved a lot of people, and you never quite know where they went wrong. A building goes together with seven billion pieces of connective tissue....


P’kolino’s Klick Puzzle Chair
By Evelyn in Inhabitat - November 08, 2007

London 2090 A.D.
By Geoff Manaugh in BLDGBLOG - November 08, 2007
I seem to be under the influence of H.G. Wells this week, but something about the previous post reminded me of Wells's novel The Sleeper Awakes.
In that book we follow the shocked but exhilirated travails of a man who wakes up in London 200 years in the future – only to find that he's become some sort of Messiah...
So the plot is not exactly interesting, but the book's descriptions of architecture are extraordinary. London, we read, has become a place of "vast and vague architectural forms." The book's central character – the Sleeper, named Graham – looks around himself, spatially overwhelmed. He becomes aware of "balconies, galleries, great archways giving remoter perspectives, and everywhere people, a vast arena of people, densely packed and cheering."

Stacked Cathedrals
By Geoff Manaugh in BLDGBLOG - November 08, 2007
This project made the rounds several months ago – and commenters the blog world over found it worthy of ridicule – but I've been reading St. Peter's and so I have to wonder what would happen if you stacked cathedrals this way. A church made of bridges, all of which cross one another and lead back into themselves through cantilevered wings and side-chapels.

House in the countryside, ábalos & herreros
By Justin in materialicious - November 08, 2007
Casa en el campo (House in the countryside), Mallorca, Spain. Two identical facades: kitchen, bedroom and bathroom face north to the woods and hills behind the house; dining room, living room and study face south overlooking the village and surrounding fields of Artá.

HELIX WIND TURBINE: Small Wind Gets Smart
By Ali in Inhabitat - November 08, 2007
Harnessing wind power for use in residential applications has been a challenge, but a new breed of vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) from Helix Wind offers a promising design that may change the way we do wind at home. The Helix Wind Savonious 2.0 uses a unique rotor capable of capturing omni-directional winds to provide quieter, kinder small wind power for your urban home.

Slate Helps Ring in the MoMA's 78th
By mediabistro.com: UnBeige - November 08, 2007

World Urbanism Day
Brendan in Where - November 08, 2007
In honor of World Urbanism Day (aka Town Planning Day), I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what might become of some of the world's great cities if global warming's worst case scenario came to pass. Scientists estimate that, were all of the ice caps and snow pack on earth to melt, the sea level would be somewhere between 230-260 feet (70-80 m) higher than it is today. The images above were created using Google Maps and a filter from Hey What's That dot com.

STOOSarchitekten : House Kern
By architecture.MNP - November 08, 2007
STOOSarchitekten designed this home [House Kern], which was built in Switzerland - you can head on over to WAN to read more. I just wanted to throw this image up here alongside the one below of the Casa Poli [by Pezo von Ellrichshausen Arquitectos] that we featured on MNP a while back now [They were one of the first architecte de la semaine features]. Similar? Just a little bit. But I’m cool with that - I’m feelin’ the boxy house with square openings bunched in/through it.

First LEED Platinum Carbon Neutral Building!
By Jorge in Inhabitat - November 08, 2007
Carbon-neutral buildings are not new news, but the first-ever LEED-platinum carbon neutral building certainly is. The Aldo Leopold Foundation Headquarters, located in Wisconsin, has been certified as the the first ever, fully LEED-platinum certified, carbon neutral building in the world, making it the greenest building ever built, with zero footprint and great design.



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