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February 12th, 2008

CO2 Architecture.
Christoph, anArchitecture in anArchitecture
Yes, it has become a dogma that about 30 - 40% of carbon-dioxide emissions is caused by buildings: it is the sum of erection, maintenance and demolition. In fact, the precise CO2 calculation of an individual building isn't easy - too many factors influence the total CO2 emission: building life cycle, wall heat conductance, geographic location, ventilation, energy sources, building materials and more. Usually architect's don’t have that expert knowledge. ...

skyline residence, belzberg architects
Justin in materialicious
Belzberg Architects. A work of art, is what this is. I’m loving the giant basketweave effect. An outdoor theater never hurts, either… This was in Dwell Magazine recently.

Green Building's Resident Curmudgeon
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
I got to know Metropolis magazine columnist Philip Nobel last November while we were on a press trip for a museum opening, the Ullens Center in Beijing. I found him to be a nice guy, if quite the chain smoker. We and a couple other journalists had fun scurrying away by taxi from a gala dinner with champagne and caviar held in a building with no heat (that's China in a nutshell). But in his column Philip has somewhat of a curmudgeonly reputation. That's definitely true when it comes to green building. "And not only because it's boring," Philip writes in this month's column.

hof country residence, studio granda architects
Justin in materialicious
Hof Country Residence, Skakafjördur Fjord, Iceland. Designed/built: 2000-2004. What a cool house. Text and links at end of post.

Ideas for Energy-Efficient Home Building
Kristin Dispenza in Green Options
For the past several years, the U.S. Department of Energy has been promoting the development of Zero Energy Homes (ZEHs). The DOE has put forth efforts that range from funding studies and partnering with private contractors to providing free building energy analysis software. By some estimates, over 2000 Zero Energy Homes have been built. Beginning [...]

The government cannot create culture
Jonathan Jones in Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - art
Art moves in mysterious ways and no government initiative, no matter how well-intentioned, can kick-start a new Renaissance

Jetson Green: brio54
architecture.MNP
Preston, green ninja master over at Jetson Green writes:
brio54 plans a long list of green features for their homes, such as whole house allergen filtration, low VOC materials, on-demand water heating, dual-flush toilets, Energy Star HVAC and appliances, natural wood and stone flooring, 3Form countertops, and passive energy design. They’re also investigating the use of geothermal, photovoltaic, solar heating, graywater recovery, and rainwater harvesting systems, all of which can be implemented as an upgrade to the standard designs.

Studio/Gang in 65:41
Lynn Becker in ArchitectureChicago PLUS
On January 30th, Studio/Gang Architects' Jeanne Gang gave a lecture at the USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles, where MADA s.p.a.m.'s Qingyun Ma has just started his second year as Dean. Gang's lecture, which you can view here, provides a densely-packed yet concise overview of her firm's work and philosophies, from the Starlight Theater in Rockford, right through to the recently completed SOS Children's Village Community Center at 7600 South Parnell, and the new Solstice residential development in Hyde Park, from which the illustration you see here is taken. The news is bad, however, if you're on a Mac. I wasn't been able to get sound in either Safari or Firefox, although I've been able to run other presentations that use ....

February 11th, 2008

Montreal housing under the microscope
Misha Warbanski in Spacing Montreal
The McGill Daily’s special issue on Housing is on newsstands and they’ve invented a new word for the invasion of student in the city — studentification. There’s more talk about Griffintown with a nice overview of the proposed Devimco project with comments from residents, urban planners and fellow blogger A.J. Kandy And a reminder about why the Milton-Parc neighbourhood is often called the McGill Ghetto and why longtime residents are fed up. Graffiti anyone? “We’re not just talking about noise. We’re talking about pissing on sidewalks, on lanes, and vomiting and falling on the sidewalk drunk so that your boyfriend has to pick you up from the ground,” The Student Society of McGill University is trying to be the good neighbour and smooth over relationships with the community. Pointe-Saint-Charles residents want a community centre to be built on the old CN yards. McGill professor Avi Friedman takes a creative approach on housing and community building

Weekly Architecture Film, Part 4, Hans Richter, Hans Richter
Christoph, anArchitecture in anArchitecture
Hans Richter was a painter, graphic artist, avant-gardist, film-experimenter and producer (source: Wikipedia).He was influenced by Cubism and Expressionism and joined in 1916 Dadaism. Between 1923 and 1926, together with Werner Gräff and Mies van der Rohe, he published the magazine "G" (Gestaltung). Hans Richter is often referred as the first film-experimenter. In 1940, he emigrated to the United States.
Rhythmus 21, 1921, by Hans Richter.

The Case of the Irvington Squire
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
In this ongoing era of Portland’s sometimes stressful densification in historic neighborhoods, the latest proposed building project to draw the ire of neighbors and the attention of city regulators is at the corner of 15th Avenue and Hancock Street in historic Irvington. Called the Irvington Squire, the project would add 18 condominiums in a quarter-block building of potentially six stories and 71 feet. That’s a size within ‘RH’ zoning code strictures. The neighborhood is asking for 55 feet. However, Irvington is designated as a ‘Historic Conservation District’ and there is an effort underway to give the neighborhood additional protection as a full fledged Historic District. What’s the difference? ...

Africa House
Crompton in CONTINUITY IN ARCHITECTURE
Africa House, Holborn, London. High up on Africa House, Holborn, are armed Superheroes with elephants crocodiles and a camel, Jumanji on the roof one might say. If an African vignette was carved today what would it look

Yale's Robert A.M. Stern Keeps Building for Harvard

mediabistro.com: UnBeige
Maybe it's just because we're dense around here, or because we get up super early in the morning so you can have your design-y news piping hot and fresh, but we didn't make the connection, in our numerous stories...

From Pool To Art Platform
Frame Magazine
Today, 7:43 AM
Floating in the centre of the former Leeds International Pool (LIP), is a huge textile funnel called the Accumulator.

Tree House in Merricks Beach
Frame Magazine
Today, 7:43 AM
Chameleon Architecture, an Australian-based architecture firm, turned a private house in Merricks Beach into a typical, mismatched beach house.

February 13th Deadline for Proposals to Save Gunner's Mate
Lynn Becker in ArchitectureChicago PLUS
docomomo-chicagomidwest reports the skids are being greased for fast-track demolition of Bruce Graham's 1954 Gunner's Make School at Great Lakes Naval Station:
The Navy is moving forward with plans to demolish this building. However, the Navy is open to an outside entity/contractor using the building or to disassembling and moving the building off the base.

Chicago: No Olafur Eliasson for You
Lynn Becker in ArchitectureChicago PLUS
Today, 12:20 AM
Take Your Time is not only the name of Olafur Eliasson's striking new exhibition, it also seems to be the attitude of Chicago's cultural institutions about ever being able to see it here. While Art Institute curator Joe Rosa continues to pursue his obsession with architecture as an applique, Eliasson's show is wrapping up a nearly six month run at SFMOMA, Rosa's alma mater, before moving on to the Museum of Modern in New York in April. No signs of it ever coming here...

Network Hydrology
Geoff Manaugh in BLDGBLOG
Hydro-Net, by San Francisco architects IwamotoScott, who spoke last year at BLDGBLOG's San Francisco event, has been making the rounds lately, popping up on all sorts of architecture and design blogs – but rightly so: it won first prize in the History Channel's recent "City of the Future" competition, and it offers up some fascinating urban re-design ideas.

Streetcars and light rail transit - Toronto’s next steps
Sean Marshall in Spacing Toronto • understanding the urban landscape
The Spadina Streetcar: not quite LRT. Yesterday, I posted an article on Spacing Toronto briefly explaining the history and context for North America’s light rail renaissance and what the different approaches were. While a select few cities retained their streetcar systems mainly due to tunnels prohibiting dieselization, only to later incorporate them into rapid-transit-type services, other cities started from scratch years after abandoning their street railways. Today I will talk about Toronto’s experience and how recent developments, such as Transit City relate to the experience south of the border.

February 9th and 10th, 2008


Interconnection Standards
Alex Steffen in WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future
Yesterday, 3:18 PM
The Systems, Cities & Sustainable Mobility summit in L.A. last week was really excellent, with a series of fascinating presenters and some rollicking good disucssions. I spoke, and Justus Stewart covered it -- look for a write-up soon. One small thing I learned: the value of interconnection standards. These are the standards that govern who can connect to the electrical grid and how. Here's an explanation of the U.S. context. We've spoken before of the importance of the freedom to connect in Internet terms. This is the equivalent for distributed energy. As other kinds of infrastructure develop their own models of distribution -- distributed water being perhaps a strong contender -- such interconnection standards may become important to them as well.

Welcome to Paradise
Chris in Brand Avenue
The English city of Liverpool is similar to other cities worldwide trying to revamp themselves through large-scale urban transformations, yet it stands out for the organizational intricacy of its effort. As construction crews close in on the completion of a regeneration scheme for central Liverpool dubbed the "Paradise Project," it's worth highlighting just how complex of an undertaking it really is: comprised of six distinct districts, covering 42 acres and running at a cost of £1B, with a multi-use mix of retail shops, department stores, office complexes, a new bus station, a new park, and several hundred residential units: The Paradise Project is crucial to the successful regeneration of Liverpool’s city centre, which has lost retail traffic to other regional cities and out-of-town malls. “One way to fight back was to create as much variety, choice and surprise as possible,” says Holmes. Rather than keeping things simple and employing one architect to design a straightforward mall, he opted to introduce variety and surprise by constructing 40 buildings, including shops, apartments and offices, and appointing a squad of 22 architectural practices (!) to design them.

40 Bond Rumination #3
John in A Daily Dose of Architecture
My lapse in the as-promised series of posts on Herzog & de Meuron's 40 Bond has not gone unnoticed by yours truly. So to wrap this thing up (hopefully with something of substance), this is the first of two more posts to end the series. Here, I'll look at the "function of graffiti," and the last will try to sum up my thoughts on the Ian Schrager condo. When I say "function of graffiti," what I mean is the purpose of the curvy, cast-aluminum screens/gates that demarcate public from private, sidewalk from townhouse, us from them, the screens whose patterns were "derived from contemporary graffiti tags, hybridized by computer."

What are the Sustainability Implications of Peak Population?
Alex Steffen in WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future
Sometime in the latter half of this century, human population will peak. Having swelled to a bit over nine billion people, our numbers will begin to drop as people age and women worldwide pass through the urban transition, gain control over their own life-choices and have fewer children. After that, population will proceed to decline by the middle of the 22nd century to a number somewhere between 8.5 billion and 5.6 billion (depending it seems largely on whose assumptions about longevity growth you find most credible). That's pretty much the consensus position among demographers (though there is a range of belief about when the peak will happen and whether we can expect to more or less plateau at 8.5 billion or experience a long bumpy slope to a stable-state population of about 6 billion). Note that we don't need to assume any sort of apocalypse here: this is the orderly progression of human beings passing through a post-industrial demographic threshold you can already see in cultures from Japan to Italy to Finland.

From a towering temple to a busy bird market, Barcelona lures families
www.mcall.com
We don't know where to look first. The massive pillars, looking like tree trunks, stone chameleons, tortoises and turtles, help support the columns. The sheer size of the place is amazing. Some of the towers soar more than 500 feet. Even jaded teens, like my 13-year-old niece, Erica Fieldman, can't help but be impressed. Welcome to Antonin Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Temple de Sagrada Familia, http://www.sagradafamilia.org , Barcelona's most famous site and Spain's most visited. More than 40 years after the eccentric and revered architect's death (he was struck by a tram) work still continues on the huge church first begun in 1882. Some 2.5 million people visited last year.

Euclid Avenue: a transformation in the making

Steven Litt/Plain Dealer Architecture Critic in Architecture.
John Kuntz/The Plain DealerTransit stops for the Euclid Corridor project, designed by Cleveland architect Robert P. Madison, make a strong statement along the city's once-and-future Main Street Euclid Avenue, where the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will soon finish its...

New York News
John in A Daily Dose of Architecture
A few architectural news items for New York City. :: Work Architecture wins this year's PS1 Young Architects Program, with a public farm concept. (via Archinect) :: New York City's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) announced ten winners and honorable mentions for its "What if New York City..." competition that I posted about back in October. These and other submissions can be viewed in the competition gallery.

February 8th, 2008 

Toronto Prairie: Our (almost) missing style
Thomas Wicks
Toronto is pretty flat, but it’s no prairie. Perhaps that’s why the Prairie style didn’t catch on. While it’s not surprising that a style so closely associated with the US Midwest wouldn’t make a large impact here, it is surprising that within a place like Toronto, where eclecticism was and is often the order of the day, the Prairie style wasn’t at least experimented with. Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is one of those architects that almost everyone has heard of, and it was under his leadership that the Prairie style matured during the first three decades of the 20th century.

Hill House, Pasific Palisade CA | by Johnston Marklee

Mohammad Fahmi Tri Wahyudi,ST in Best House Design
The Hill House is designed by Johnston Marklee under condotions generated by modern problems of building on the hillside. The site, an irregular shaped lot situated on an uneven downhill slope, offfers panoramic views of Santa Monica Canyon. The design of the house utilizes the restriction of hillside and zoning ordinance to create a spatial and structural opportinity - adopting the zoning envelope as a building form. The dynamic form minimizes disinction between roof and wall planes while maximizing the distinction between interior and exterior.

fiat lux
sabine7 in MoCo Loco
We were impressed with Cate&Nelson Design at IMM Cologne. Now the Swedish-based studio is showing three products at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. The Oz is a low chair that offers a variety of coloured felt to sit upon, almost like the pages of a book. When the mood changes, turn the page. The Fiat Lux lamp is also book-related, with a slot to hold the book you were reading when you turned off the light. And Tacto is a felt-covered sideboard that functions as a seat and hides a spacious drawer.

Kimball Office Showroom Opens Green in San Francisco
Keith Rockmael in Green Options
With little fanfare, Kimball Office opened their new San Francisco FiDi showroom with a quiet, green splash. Although they haven’t achieved LEED-CI status yet, they hope to gain gold certification soon. The architectural and design team over at Huntsman Architectural Group created a green space that we noticed as we stepped in. The design team [...]

PIECES OF YOU Pillows Made from Vintage Tags
Adele in Inhabitat
Think a luxury pillow has to be made of silk? Think again- African-born, London-based designer Bridget West crafts gorgeous housewares, pillows, and throws, from vintage labels and tags that critique the throw-away nature of our consumer existence in a really beautiful way. Her Handle With Care pillow is made from clothing tags, while the Delicate Cube and Made in Cube pillows are quirky and comfy, featuring inked graphics and organic cotton or hemp.

PS1: And Now for Something Completely Different...
jimmy in Life Without Buildings
[image via the NYT] Under the pavement...the farm? By Turning a situationist slogan on its head, the dynamic duo of Work Architecture Company have won this year's PS1 Young Architects Program with a design for an urban farm. (Is it just me or are "urban farms" making a big comeback this year?) Work - made up of Dan Wood, previously of AMO, and his wife Amale Andraos - won over the competition jury with their presentation, proving that a little showmanship can go a long way. "The two of them...

Oliver Twist: Debbie Millman Chats with Vaughan Oliver Today on Design Matters
mediabistro.com: UnBeige
We once spent an entire day in Miami sitting by a pool with our iPod and listening to back-to-back episodes of Design Matters. The show is great wherever you listen to it, but we recommend engineering a poolside Miami/Design Matters...

Intriguing Earth Architecture 41
Bradley in east coast Architecture review
Studio Thonik, Amsterdam, Netherlands - MVRDV

National Aquatics Center Beijing
Frame Magazine
After more than four years of construction work, the Olympic venue in Beijing is ready to join the games.

PREFAB FRIDAY: Container House by Leger Wanaselja
Evelyn Lee in Inhabitat
We’ve featured a variety of different shipping container homes, from a quick emergency shelter, to LOT-EK’s container home kit, student housing , and even an entire container city in London. One thing’s for sure, there isn’t a shortage of uses for containers as shelter, especially for those who like that super industrial architecture aesthetic. Leger Wanaselja Architecture finished their Container House at the close of last year, bringing a more traditional look to the container composed residence, located on top of a hill in an East Bay suburb overlooking San Francisco, Calif.

Scan Here
Michelle Linden in Atelier A+D
If the building were yellow and blue instead of red, it would be the perfect design for an IKEA. I don't generally like buildings that are so representative of an object, but this red bar code building by Vitruvio and Sons is an interesting addition to the surrounding greyscape of this St. Petersburg neighborhood.

February 7th, 2008

UN Studio's VilLA NM Destroyed in Fire
John in A Daily Dose of Architecture
The Time Herald Record Online reports, "A hilltop home that was featured in The New York Times was destroyed last night [February 5] by a roaring, smoky fire with blue and orange flames." The house, located in Bethel in upstate New York is the VilLA NM by Dutch architects UN Studio. The house was completed just last year. A more recent report indicates that the cause of the fire, which firefighters battled for three hours, is still unknown. Nobody was hurt in the blaze, as the owner in New York City at the time.

Renzo Piano, Favored Museum Designer, Wears Out His Welcome
Commentary by James S. Russell
Forget the Bilbao Effect. It's not Frank Gehry who has ridden the U.S. museum-building boom, it's Renzo Piano. When a new addition to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opens next week, you won't see Gehry's fluttering sheets of titanium, though his office is less than 10 miles away. You'll see Piano's signature buff travertine walls and floating glass and metal roofs. He manages his museum-design empire from offices in Genoa, Italy, and Paris.

The Destruction of Frank Gehry's Santa Monica Place
mediabistro.com: UnBeige
Years ago, when this writer was living closer to the West Coast than to being in the middle of the country, surrounded by nothing but flatness and snow, he found himself wandering around the Frank Gehry-designed Santa Monica Place....

We will migrate into the sky
Geoff Manaugh in BLDGBLOG
For a recent design competition called What if New York City..., architects and city planners were asked:
What if New York City were hit by a Category 3 hurricane? What if the most densely residential city in the country loses hundreds of thousands of homes in a few hours? What if millions are left with nowhere to live, to work, or to go to school? What if subways flood, streets close, and whole neighborhoods are submerged by up to 23 feet of ocean water and battered by 130 mile-per-hour winds? What if New Yorkers need a place to live during years of reconstruction?
Local architects Studio Lindfors offered a weirdly hilarious answer to those questions in the form of inhabitable blimps.

"Dream Homes" at Center For Architecture
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
This month in its newly opened Center For Architecture in the Pearl District (NW 11th & Hoyt), AIA/Portland is hosting an exhibit of local houses featured in the new coffee table book published by Panache Partners: Dream Homes Pacific Northwest: An Exclusive Showcase of the Finest Architects, Designers & Builders in Oregon & Washington. (Try and say that three times fast!) Among the local architects and firms whose work is featured in the book are: Giulietti/Schouten Architects; Robertson, Merryman, Barnes Architects; Richard Brown Architects (their house is pictured below); Dowd Architecture; Vallaster & Corl Architects; Jeff Miller; Colab Architecture & Design; Chesshir Architecture; and Hans Kretchmer/Green Gables Design.

3 Questions for Claire Moyle
sabine7 in MoCo Loco
We recently featured Claire Moyle’s work, pointing out that it blurs the boundaries between art and design. A few comments came our way, prompting us to want to ask her a few questions about her ideas. It is exciting when work promotes dialogue; even though some comments may be viewed as critical, it is precisely a differing point of view that forces one to re-examine initial thoughts and perspectives.

Make it Right 9
Young in Architecture
Today is the First Day of Chinese NewYear. As for your information, Chinese celebrates 15 days for every New Year. As we are celebrating with our family, consider the homeless in elsewhere.
Another great project is running with 14 World known Architects with 13 Designs shown in Make it right 9 to help out thousands of homeless victims of Hurricane Katrina in August, 2005, in New Orleans. Make your donation for the homeless if you are afford to do so. Brad Pitt is taking part in this too.

The Calendar of Green Building Events
Philip Proefrock in Green Options
Increasing numbers of home builders’ and home remodeling programs across the country are embracing green building and sustainable design. Some programs are specifically focused on green building, while others are including it as a part of the wider event program. In either case, these events can be an excellent (though sometimes [...]

Generate Energy with Fluxxlab’s ‘Revolution’ Revolving Door
Karim Yergaliyev in Inhabitat
The designers at New York City based Fluxxlab studio have come up with an ingenious sustainable energy harvesting idea that makes you wonder why no one else has thought of it before. Their Revolution Door manages to capture otherwise wasted human energy from the revolving doors we all see at various large buildings. If you think about it, this concept is quite similar to a turbine spinning somewhere deep inside a hydroelectric dam or within wind turbine to generate renewable electricity.



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