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Escaping Furniture
Frame Magazine
Escaping Furniture On the corner of 6th and Howard, in San Francisco, Brian Goggin furniture.

Zimbabwe: A Cry for the Environment
Masimba Biriwasha in Green Options
Zimbabwe, which currently faces seemingly intractable social, political and economic problems, has some of the worst environmental indicators in the world with ecosystems either in decline or under severe threat. Suffice to state, the country did institute some good environmental protection programmes in the decade following the attainment of independence from British rule in 1980

Home Renovation by HHF Architects
Mohammad Fahmi Tri Wahyudi,ST in Best House Design | Luxury Homes | Home Listings
A renovation project for a new living space by HHF Architects. This independent structure creates a new living space under the roof and changes the unwanted conventional look of the house built in 1957. The house is standing in between two icons of Modern Swiss Architecture, on one side a Villa by Artaria & Schmitt and on the other side a Villa by the architect Hermann Preiswerk.

Zero Energy Idea House Breaks Ground
Preston D K in Jetson Green
At the tail end of last week, Shirey Contracting broke ground on the Zero Energy Idea House located at Bass Cove near Bellevue, Washington.  The house is intended to be kind of an inspirational structure that can help homeowners move toward energy independence.  As a zero energy house*, the goal is to generate all the necessary energy from on-site power and efficiency measures.  Specifically, the Idea House will have rooftop solar, solar hot water, and a vertical-axis small wind turbine, judging by the rendering.  In addition, the 1700 sf home will have a large, 1200 sf green roof and a host of other green features

We love Wetland Machines
Alexander Trevi in Pruned
Of course, we have to return for a third time back to P-REX, this time to single out one of their projects, the Pontine Systemic Design. The result of Alan Berger's year as the Prince Charitable Trust Rome Prize recipient in Landscape Architecture, at the American Academy in Rome, in collaboration with Case Brown, this project proposes to “re-introduce a gigantic new wetland machine” to cleanse and adaptively reuse one of the highly polluted zones of Italy's Lazio region, the drained Pontine Marshes. It is both a productive filtration system and a regional recreation area.

Home Delivery: System3 - All Systems Go
Jen in MoCo Loco
The stackable SYSTEM3, by Austrian architects Oscar Leo Kaufmann and Albert Rüf [olkruf.com], boasts the elongated shape of a shipping container. Inside, its austere bearing gives way to a more luxurious simplicity, thanks to amenities like an elegantly spare dining set, luxe Gaggenau appliances, and circular windows that create intriguing light effects. The design takes advantage of existing prefab technologies like CNC milling, which allows an incredible level of accuracy and customization, too; clients can choose the position, shape, and size of every window. Firm architect Jochen Specht took a break from blogging on MoMA’s exhibition journal to answer a few of our most pressing questions.

key modular storage by housefish
lavardera in materialicious
Key is a new highly modular storage system that ships flat and assembles easily- the only tool you need is a hammer. The parts are cleverly joined into an exceptionally strong structure by machined aluminum tenon keys. The wood used is sustainably harvested, FSC certified maple plywood, finished with a zero VOC finish. Available with optional sliding powdercoated metal doors in a variety of colors.

Masterplan & Offices for Meath County Council & Navan Town Council Competition
Archiseek IRELAND Architecture News
The RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) is administering a competition on behalf of the competition promoters, Meath County Council www.meathcoco.ie This is an open, two-stage architectural competition for the development of an indicative master plan and for the design of a new Headquarters Building for Meath County Council and Navan Town Council.

Aesthetics vs Comfort
owen hatherley in sit down man, you're a bloody tragedy
Germaine Greer as architecture critic. Surprisingly, despite a hint of the old those-proles-know-nothing-of-beauty chestnut, this is not half bad - encompassing a defence of truth to materials, a reference to doomed spec Modernist development Frinton Park...better than Hugh Pearman or Tom Dyckhoff, anyway.

Finally, Some Images
Michelle Linden in Atelier A+D
Its been almost exactly one year since C & I watched the Snohetta piece on wide angle... I don't remember seeing any designs during the show, mainly I remember watching the architects meeting with the different sheiks and their representatives. Now that Snohetta has won the competition for the King Abdulaziz Center of Knowledge and Culture and images are available (I'm guessing that most people have already seen them...)

BEIJING OLYMPIC GREENS: China’s Green Facade of Shrubbery
Alexandra Kain in Inhabitat
In preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing has festooned the Olympic grounds with lush sculptures portraying a greener version of China than we’re used to seeing. Over the last few decades China has become a country of rampant unbridled consumption (not unlike the U.S.), leading to devastating environmental consequences with little to no government regulations. Pollution is at its acme in Beijing and the wider world is pretty well aware of this problem. So what is China doing about these serious environment issues? From these eyecatching photos it appears Beijing is trying to attack (or obfuscate?) the problem with a little bit of shrubbery!

NotM: Ludens + Urban Prosthetics
AMNP
One thing that AMNP loves about Ivan Hernandez Quintela of Ludens [our first featured ‘ninja of the month’] is that he’s working to solve problems that the rest of us may not even realize we face daily. Our relationship with public space and each other, as well as our day-to-day interaction with the physical environment are investigated by Ivan in a way that forces you to think about seemingly typical situations in new ways. Through what he calls ‘Aikido Architecture’ [in true ninja fashion], Ivan’s ‘Urban Prosthetics‘ attempt to appropriate public space for the user through adaptation and reinvention - using small architectural gestures to change our perception of public space - and activate that space for the public. Here we feature three examples that Ivan has provided of his ‘Urban Prosthetics’.

Prada and Koolhaas Get Together to Rebuild Hard Labor Fashion Camp
mediabistro.com: UnBeige
What happens when you get Prada together in the same room as Rem Koolhaas? ArtInfo has the info on their recent collaboration, a big update/redesign of the Prada Foundation's headquarters, which already sort of looks something like a cross between a Soviet housing complex, a prison, and a midwestern factory of the future (Koolhaas' plans bring out that look even more).

Conservation Accolades for Medina Palms, East Africa’s Latest Eco-housing Development
Sam Aola Ooko in Green Options
The developers of Medina Palms, an eco-friendly residential development, have determined to set eco-standards in Africa and are donating a percentage of its income to the international wildlife charity, Born Free Foundation, to help preserve marine life. Medina Palms also supports a billfish tagging initiative to monitor fish populations in the Indian Ocean by The Billfish [...]

Concourse E Tells a Modern Green Story
Preston D K in Jetson Green
Several months ago we blogged about Concourse E and two projects going up in Atlanta.  Today Concourse E's owner Jeff Demetriou shot me an email with a link to the new Concourse E Blog.  I was reading back into their blog archives and noticed that 81 Weatherby, a serious modern looker, will have what seems to be the first residential green roof in Georgia.  Impressive!  Concourse E is getting pretty close to finishing both homes that we talked about in the rendering phase, so we'll keep you posted.  In the meantime, go check out articles and photos at the new blog.



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