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February 23rd And 24th, 2008

wittus outdoor grills / fireplaces
Justin in materialicious
The Phoenix and Firebird grills were created by Danish architectural designer Bent Falk, and are intended to be used as outdoor fireplaces and barbeque grills. Made of COR-TEN steel.

Arboreal Architecture Prototype
Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D. in Mitchell Joachim: Archinode Studio
Fab Tree Hab: accurately controlled living plant geometry to form dwellings. Just as the modern biotechnology revolution owes its existence to the intelligence in ecosystems at the molecular level, sustainable technologies for homes can also benefit from biological, natural systems; however, starting at the molecular scale is not necessary. Rather, as the intention of this design explores, lumber maintained in its macro, living form becomes a superstructure. Templates, cut from 3D computer files control the plant growth in the early stages. After a time the templates are removed and reused in a new home.
- New 3D model fabrication with Edward Ward.

The Architect "Marlon Blackwell" House, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 2006

Mohammad Fahmi Tri Wahyudi,ST in Best House Design
The Architect "Marlon Blackwell" House, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 2006
The Blackwell House responds to a site anomaly set within a dense inner-city neighborhood near a city park. The 10,000sq.ft. trapezoid shaped lot is traversed diagonally by a dry-bed creek. The urban grid and the modest scale of existing houses in the neighborhood is enhanced

A Fad or Here to Stay?
Michelle Linden in Atelier A+D
C & I are in the middle of planning our bathroom remodel, and I am having some serious tile issues... I want to have an all white bathroom and tile EVERYTHING... but I can't decide on the tile. I've been going back and forth between this small glass mosaic (which is actually rather affordable) and 2x2 white ceramic tile (with a neutral medley on the floor)... I have to admit that I'm a little bit nervous that these glass mosaic tiles are going the way of the vessel sink.... which I think we can all admit is a fad that has passed its prime.

American suburbs the new slums?
Matthew Blackett in Spacing Montreal
In a bizarre reversal of urban decay, many homes and streets in American suburbs are being abandoned due to a number of reasons, including the fallout of the sub-prime mortgage crisis. The Atlantic magazine’s Christopher B. Leinberger wonders if the ‘burbs will become 21st century slums. Strange days are upon the residents of many a suburban cul-de-sac. Once-tidy yards have become overgrown, as the houses they front have gone vacant. Signs of physical and social disorder are spreading. At Windy Ridge, a recently built starter-home development seven miles northwest of Charlotte, North Carolina, 81 of the community’s 132 small, vinyl-sided houses were in foreclosure as of late last year. Vandals have kicked in doors and stripped the copper wire from vacant houses; drug users and homeless people have furtively moved in. In December, after a stray bullet blasted through her son’s bedroom and into her own, Laurie Talbot, who’d moved to Windy Ridge from New York in 2005, told The Charlotte Observer, “I thought I’d bought a home in Pleasantville. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that stuff like this would happen.”

Simulated Environments for Animals
Geoff Manaugh in BLDGBLOG
These are some plans for a new zoological park in Vincennes, France, designed by Paris architects Beckmann N'Thepe. The project is noteworthy for, among other things, its use of what could be called simulated geology. These artificial earthforms will contain simulated environments within which animals will live. The whole complex will encompass 15 hectares and six "biozones," and it will run partly on solar power.

100 Architects to Design City
Jorge Chapa in Inhabitat
If you had to pick 100 architects to build a city, who would you choose? That’s the challenge posed by Jian Yuan Water Engineering, which has commissioned a plan to create one hundred villas in the city of Ordos, Inner Monglolia, China, comprised of 100 different design solutions by 100 up-and-coming architects. None other than Jacques Herzog of Herzog and De Meuron headed up the selection of emerging architectural talents from all over the world!

In Queens...
John in A Daily Dose of Architecture
...A Garden Blooms. Last summer I visited the Queens Botanical Garden for a sneak peak of its Visitors Center designed by BKSK Architects, featuring it as a half dose. Now this month's Metropolis Magazine gives the building some well-deserved treatment, with Fred A. Bernstein giving some in-depth reporting on the process of creating a LEED-platinum building in the multi-cultural borough I call home....

Architecture Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners
Duncan Patterson in Spacing Toronto • understanding the urban landscape
The venerable Canadian Council for the Arts recently announced the winner of this years Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners. This years winner is young Toronto architect Drew Sinclair, a recent graduate from University of Toronto. Drew’s thesis project, entitled Impossible Properties deals directly, and in a delightfully whimsical fashion, with Toronto’s urban fabric. I thought that it might be of some interest here.

CobHouse
Ugo Okafor in African Architecture and Design
Cobhouse is an environmentally sustainable project by Simric Yarrow to build alternative buildings out of Cob, sustainable timber,straw and clay in South Africa. The aim is really to build a house out of recycled building materials like cardboard, as well as sustainable ones.

February 22nd, 2008


British Columbia "the clear leader in North American climate policy"
Alex Steffen in WorldChanging
B.C.'s provincial government has instituted a carbon tax. It's pretty significant: Taylor said the new carbon tax will begin July 1, starting at a rate that will have drivers paying about an extra 2.4 cents per litre of gasoline at the pumps. The tax -- which will apply to virtually all fossil fuels, including gasoline, diesel, natural gas, coal, propane and home heating fuel -- will then increase each year after that until 2012, reaching a final price of about 7.2 cents per litre at the pumps. After that, Taylor said, it will rest with the government of the day to decide if the tax rate should change any further.
Which is excellent news, but not half as good as the fact that this isn't a tax increase, it's a tax shift: other taxes will go down as this tax goes up, so that average people don't take a financial hit. Low-income British Columbians will even get "climate action dividends" under the plan of $100 per adult and $30 per child.

Dive into Leeds's pool of art
Martin Wainwright in Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - art
A giant funnel has plunged into the city's defunct swimming pool. If only the space could be saved from demolition for more wonderful art installations .Kim Wakeford is a caterer, not a critic, but I can't really improve on her one-word review of the massive installation that has landed in Leeds for the next four-and-a-half weeks. "Wow!" she says, turning the concrete corner, which used to be taken by thousands of swimmers at the now derelict International Pool. Wow is right...

The Architecture Profession: A Brief Introduction
Young in Architecture
For people who is studying in Malaysia or having intension to be an architect in Malaysia, this is useful reading material posted as a thread in lowyat forum.
"I'm writing this guide as universal as possible so that anybody who's interested in pursuing this field can get a definitive idea of what to do, where to go and how. I will update this as frequent as possible. There have been several inquiries on studying architecture, so I wish I could redirect them to this topic. Although I'm attached to UTM, my intention is purely altruistic and to provide information as neutral as possible." to find out more...

PREFAB FRIDAY: The Rapson Greenbelt
Ali Kriscenski in Inhabitat
Modernist architect Ralph Rapson has managed this to reinterpret a 60-year old design with the green panache of a 21st century prefab. The Rapson Greenbelt, an articulate series of prefab dwellings, is derived from a 1945 design called Case Study #4, which debuted back then as part of Arts & Architecture’s Case Study House Program. Today, the Rapson Greenbelt is part of the modern home portfolio from WIELER, the award-winning providers of custom prefab homes.

Villa D | a Single Family House, Stockholm, Sweden by Rachel Belachev Arkitektur
Mohammad Fahmi Tri Wahyudi,ST in Best House Design
This is a great architectural project on villa or house design that was brought to you by Rachel Belachev Arkitektur . The Villa D is located in south-east of Stockholm, Sweden and situated on a rocky and steep site that overlooks a beautiful surrounding with high above street-level site location. There is two main thing thats the designer/ architect try to solve from the Villa D on design phase based on the client's wish, first how is the way to access the highest point of the site, and an aim to limit the amount of blasted rock. So the problem slove that is come up from this Villa D from the designer /Architect ( Rachel Belachev ) are by choosing to design a clearly defined volume that shoots out from the rock, creating a dramatic effect worthy the site. The result is a long rectangular shaped plan, integrated into the rock on one end, cantilevered with an inclined gable on the other.



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