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Fabric Architecture
Design Build Network
The future of design and construction demands greater use of renewable materials and reducing carbon emissions. Fabric Architecture specialise in tensile fabric structures and fabric roof systems for use in exterior and interior applications. Fabric canopies can be used for tensile covered walkways and as shade structures. Interior fabric ceilings can be designed to create impact and to provide valuable shade. A tensile fabric structure can significantly reduce the volume of materials required in construction, therefore reducing the carbon footprint of the project.

Bluewater Torture
owen hatherley in sit down man, you're a bloody tragedy
I usually resist the temptation to link to anything by Michael Collins. He writes about many of the same things I do (oh, the new acceptability of classism, council housing, etc), although as a rent-an-ex-prole making endless apologias along the lines of 'well, you think we're racist, thick and nostalgic - well guess what, we are, and we love it.' He's also better at this than a dilettante like Baggini, his writing having a trenchancy that almost takes you along with it until you remind yourself that the working class is an economic group united by common interest, not a fucking tribe. This is as a preamble to linking this piece on Ebbsfleet, suburb of Bluewater - satisfaction of true working class desires, as opposed to all those guilty bien pensant lefty attempts at urban social reform (which were all subterfuges of their real aim: to keep us from consuming, obviously). Eric Kuhne provides what the Smithsons or Ebenezer Howard wouldn't.

San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal gets the green light
Mike Chino in Inhabitat
San Franciscans rejoice! The Transbay Joint Powers Authority just approved a stunning green design for the new Transbay Transit Center to be constructed in downtown SF. Planned by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the project consists of a graceful glass tower paired with an elegantly sweeping transit center topped with a five-and-a-half acre public park. Both structures will showcase a stellar set of sustainable features and will fulfill the project’s aim of centralizing the region’s transportation network while providing the SOMA neighborhood with a valuable community space.

Huntington Art Gallery Reopens after $20M Renovation
mediabistro.com: UnBeige
Today left coasters can get their first glimpses of the Huntington Art Gallery after its $20 million renovation begun in January of 2006. The San Marino villa-cum-Beaux-Arts mansion, once home to railroad and real estate magnate Henry Huntington and his wife, was designed by Pasadena architects Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey in 1910 and opened to the public in 1928, a year after Huntington's death. The gallery's collection of European art spans the 15th to the 20th centuries, although many visitors go straight for the portrait gallery (added in 1934) to ogle Thomas Gainsborough's "Blue Boy" (ca. 1770), Thomas Lawrence's "Pinkie" (1794), and Sir Joshua Reynolds' "Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse" (1793-84).

Platinum Will Be a Yawner”, And Other Notes from Friday’s Green Building Forum
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
Last Friday at the Gerding Theater I attended the panel discussion about green building in Portland moderated by Metropolis editor Susan Szanasy as part of PNCA’s “Idea Studios”. My notes aren’t comprehensive, but hint at the 90-minute long conversation. The panel was first asked to put Portland in the national context when it comes to green building. “Portland is definitely out near the front if not in the front,” Scott Lewis of Brightworks said. “I think there’s a danger of resting on our laurels. But I get kids applying for jobs because they want to move to Portland, because they think it’s the greenest city in the country.” Bob Baldwin of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca added, “We’re in a place where it’s relatively easy to do well. If there’s something that troubles me…we don’t necessarily put the pieces together. It’s building by building.”

The Stunning Green Design of a Smart Box
Preston D K in Jetson Green
Thanks in part to the recent launch of FreeGreen, I think I've found the green house of my dreams.  The home rendered above and below is called the Smart Box and it's a stunner.  Designed by FreeGreen, Smart Box is the newest free home plan that's going to be available from the website in the next couple weeks.  Smart Box was designed for practically any climate and can range in size from 1000 - 2200 sf.  In addition, the plans will identify do-it-yourself type opportunities so that you can find ways to do more on a tighter budget. FreeGreen launched with the mission to "encourage progressive building practices by making green home designs free for everyone." 

Saving Paul Rudolph at Yale
mediabistro.com: UnBeige
Interesting story from the Tribune about saving Paul Rudolph's Art and Architecture building on Yale's campus. Rudolph, as you might know or remember us talking about at times, is one of the most tragic figures in modernist architecture, given how many of his buildings having been destroyed or are set for demolition. Luckily, Yale has stepped up and decided to save the building, at a cost of near $130 million dollars, clearly helped by having Robert A.M. Stern running the university's architecture program. It's a great piece, explaining both the tragedy of the extermination of Rudolph's work and why, if you're going to save something, this Art and Architecture building has to be it.

when architects design
mad architect in architechnophilia
"A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous." Mies van der Rohe, Time magazine, 18 February, 1957 The perception of architects are that we are most challenged by big projects, the bigger they are the greater the challenge. Ahh alas but the smaller projects can cause as much if not greater grief. Here is a visual taste of architects' attempt at furniture design.

Urbanus
Young in Architecture
"URBANUS Under the leadership of partners Xiaodu Liu, Yan Meng and Hui Wang, Urbanus is a think tank providing strategies for urbanism and architecture in the new millennium.
The name of "Urbanus" derives from the Latin word of "urban", and strongly reflects the office's design approach: reading architectural program from the viewpoint of the urban environment in general, and the everchanging urban situations in specific. Urbanus is committed to the Modernist believe that architecture is a pivotal force for a better life, and hence architects should push the boundary of their traditional role and be a progressive force in the society. Urbanus theorizes its idea and ideal through a unique practice. The core concern of this practice is design excellence.

Doors Open: St. Lawrence Hall, Commerce Court North, and the TD Centre
Matthew Hague in Spacing Toronto • understanding the urban landscape
Although I don’t often go there myself, except to pass through on my way to Union Station or to meet my dad after work at his office, the central business district of Toronto has significantly shaped my perception of the city. The business towers that line the streets of King, Bay, and Adelaide, amongst others, dominate the city’s southern skyline, and attest to the city’s ambitions as a world economic leader. So for this year’s Doors Open, I decided to visit a few of the monumental buildings that have contributed to the rise of Toronto’s downtown.

Arup
Dan Hill in cityofsound
Yesterday, 9:09 AM
Another bit of admin. After a couple of weeks of rapid-fire consultancy directly post-Monocle, I joined Arup as a senior consultant in their urban planning business across the Australasian region. A month in, and I'm enjoying it hugely. I'm particularly proud to be working for Arup, a company I've long admired for both their work and their approach to work. For those that don't know, Arup are one of the world's largest multidisciplinary design firms: 10,000 strong across nearly 90 offices worldwide, comprising designers, engineers, planners, business consultants etc. Multidisciplinary working is at the heart of the firm, and the strong philosophical foundations are derived originally from the founder, Danish engineer and philosopher Ove Arup.

Spending a Day with Libeskind in His New Contemporary Jewish Museum
mediabistro.com: UnBeige
For some reason in reporting, it seems that rare is the day that we hear from an architect, a designer, or some other creative type, exploring their own creation and picking up on its goods and bads. Everyone surely does this in person, or to their colleagues, or in books they decide to write when they're eighty, looking back on their careers. But not so much right as the thing's being unveiled. Such is not the case with this great piece in the SF Gate, who asked Daniel Libeskind to wander around his new, much-anticipated Contemporary Jewish Museum in that city, and tell them what he thinks.

Seattle to Become Testbed for Green Prefab Apartments?
Preston D K in Jetson Green
Last October we blogged about the Inhabit prefab prototype built in Washington and designed by Mithun and Hybrid.  Since then, there hasn't been much news about the prototype, except that the initial two units are for sale right now.  Now comes news, however, based on an article in The Seattle Times, that Unico Properties is planning to bring Inhabit to market in a legit, 62-unit apartment complex that includes a few live/work spaces.  The development is planned for a site on Dexter Avenue North above Lake Union.  Unico has been quiet about the project because the land is still under contract and the permitting process has just begun. 

Willits, CA: A Relocalization Inspiration
Ariel Schwartz in Green Options
Like this post? Subscribe to our RSS feed and stay up to date. A few summers ago, I had the pleasure of spending some time in Willits, CA. This small, progressive town in Mendocino County harbors one of the best relocalization efforts in the United States, if not the world. “Relocalization” is the idea that communities should [...]

Studio 80: Shigeru Uchida
Michelle Linden in Atelier A+D
Since we are working on the house, we've got all of my architecture books packed away... I just stumbled across Studio 80's website, and I realized that I actually have one of Shigeru Uchida's books in my collection. All of his work is nice, but the tea houses and furniture are particularly spectacular.


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