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These are the articles and blogs that we selected in August.
Week 24 - 30th of August
70ºN Arkitektur’s Mobile XBO Prefab
Mike Chino in Inhabitat
The allure of prefab living resides somewhere between its packed-and-parceled, ready-to-go nature, and its scaled-down simplicity. Fully realizing both of these aspects, 70ºN Arkitektur’s XO Mobile Structure embodies an extreme of living simply - or simply living. The gorgeous prefab features a minimalist two-room construction that comes as-is and goes anywhere you please.
Geoff Manaugh in BLDGBLOG
Marc Newson's "retro-futurist" interior design for the new A380 super-jumbo airplane, to be run by Qantas, was the subject of an interesting article in the New York Times writes this morning.
Newson's "design language" for the airplane, we read, "is defined less by what the passengers see than by how they feel."
One example of this is "the L.E.D.’s that illuminate the cabin": They are programmed to wash the interior with colors that change subtly throughout the flight. Each shade is selected to create the ideal mood for a particular activity, like sleeping, waking or eating, regardless of time zone. “Designing an aircraft is like creating a mini-world,” Mr. Newson said. “You’re putting people in a confined environment and controlling how they’ll feel with the oxygen, humidity and everything they touch and see. It all has an effect.”
Save Our Modernism!
Brendan in Where
"Architecturally, New Orleans is perhaps best known for its Creole cottages, shotgun houses, and the mixed-influences of the French Quarter. But there is a small yet important concentration of Regional Modernism in the Big Easy and local Modernists are doing their damnedest to preserve it. Let’s just hope its not too late. Currently facing the biggest threat are 30 area schools built during the 50s — 29 of which are slated for demolition or land-banking..."
Kinetic Aesthetic Architectural Project
admin in mirage.studio.7
Students from the Department of Architecture & Interior Architecture took part in a simple project entitled Kinetic Aesthetic on Monday 4th of August, 2008. The first year students were asked to design and construct a short duration kinetic architectural project, the overall project was somewhat a success, I find it interesting.
Modern Sky Hill Townhomes in Atlanta
Preston D K in Jetson Green
Check these urban townhomes out. They're pretty interesting. The design here is part of a development called Sky Hill, a twelve townhome community in Midtown Atlanta. Designed by Kuo Diedrich, Sky Hill is clustered into four buildings with three townhomes each. They're all 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom units of ~3000 sf and have been LEED registered (not certified). Each home has a rooftop terrace and equipped with a plant-growing system by LiveRoof. Apparently the end units have an elevator option, which most would agree is kind of, well, you know. But being located in an infill location with pedestrian friendly design opens up the possibility for living a greener kind of lifestyle.
California Moving to Block Sprawl
Philip Proefrock in Green Options
Sprawl is a constant issue at the outside periphery of every city in the country. Although matters have abated temporarily in the midst of the housing and mortgage crunch, new construction continues to decimate the countryside at further distances away from the city centers. However, the state of California is weighing a measure in the state legislature that might help curtail the growth of exurban sprawl developments. The extension of suburbs further and further out from the core of businesses and services not only consumes acres of land, with its attendant loss of woods, fields, wetlands, farmland, and animal habitat, but it also requires miles of pavement, and the attendant infrastructure (sewers, phone and power lines, etc.) to support the new development.