A Point In Design

Architecture News – A 320sq ft house
June 3, 2011, 4:13 am
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I came across this story today and thought that I would share it with you. This family of 3 opted to move from their 2000sq ft home and downsize to a 320sq ft home. The video takes the viewer through the space and talks with the family members. I don’t think that this project was designed by an architect but rather by a builder, but it is impressive how they managed to integrate the functions of several rooms into a very small area. The social implications of living in close quarters is also explored. I was inspired to think about how I could possibly improve on their design. Too often architects inspire with ornament rather than with function (the exception being consumer product design). In the years ahead, I feel this type of living will become much more common place as tight credit and fewer jobs will necessitate living smaller.

As a comparison, this guest pod called a Living Roof by NAU with its rotating bench system is ingenious, but likely far more expensive than the $20k 320sq ft house. The Living Roof does boast many green technologies including solar voltaic and wind turbine power generation. Personally I feel that the technology used in this pod could be best adapted to airline seats.

Rotating Pod

Section Through Pod

Living Roof Floor Plan & Section

Architecture News – Jacques Herzog Speaking at Harvard Thur
May 3, 2011, 2:37 am
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If you are interested in listening to a big name architect talk about his work, Harvard Uni is hosting a free lecture by Jacques Herzog of Herzog & DeMeuron fame (architects of the DeYoung museum in San Fransisco) this Thur 5/5/11 at 4pm. If you aren’t in the Cambridge area to see it in person at the Graduate School of Design’s Piper Auditorium you can catch the lecture online via this link.

Harvard Webcasts

Solar Decathlon Winning Design
November 2, 2010, 9:00 pm
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This story from the ArchDaily website really caught my eye. Several of the nation’s best design schools (including my former alma mata) participated in this contest to design a zero emissions building. The winning design was submitted by Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture. The design is based on Mies’s Farnsworth House. Below are photos of the house and its floor plan.

Elevation View

View of Pond

View at Night

Lighting Controls for the House

View of Living Room

Ground Floor Plan

Link the ArchDaily Article

Blogroll Update
September 28, 2010, 4:29 pm
Filed under: Architecture News

I thought that I would update the blogroll today to reflect some new architecture and design related blogs that I have come across in my travels around the web. Below are a few of the better sites:


Desire to Inspire

Dezeen Architecture and Design Magazine


You can find links to all of these blogs in the blogroll or by clicking on the photos above to take you to that blog.

Architecture News – Villa Libeskind
March 17, 2010, 9:56 pm
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Things have been quiet on the Architecture front of late and this story on prefab housing designed by Daniel Libeskind was interesting enough to make it post worthy. The house has the sharp angles that Libeskind’s projects have become known for, but to my eye it seems a bit too commercial and not at all in the style of something residential. The metal overhang off of the living room seems more appropriate as a banner for a Best Buy rather than a house. However the design does exude a Jetsons cartoon like quality. At 5500sq you could hardly call it sustainable design and its 2.5 – 3 million price tag makes it unaffordable to the masses. High high-end prefab.

Exterior of Villa Libeskind

Interior View of Living Room

Link to the full article covering the story.

Architecture News 2/4/10 – News from the flight deck
February 4, 2010, 4:32 pm
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I came across this story this morning and thought that it was really cool so I thought that I would post it on my blog. It is a design for a new airship concept offering leisurely travel with no pollution, the ship is lifted with hydrogen and uses solar power to propel it. The living spaces on the ship are what really impressed me. The concept and ship design were created by Seymourpowell Design.

Airship Concept at Docking Station

prominade deck of airship

To see more photos of this cool airship click here

Architecture News – Feb 1,2010
February 1, 2010, 3:38 pm
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Here is a new solution to an old problem. How to make scaffolding look good. New York City, a city under perpetual construction, has literally thousands of these so-called sidewalk sheds; scaffolding that covers pedestrian sidewalks effectively inclosing them within an iron tunnel. The planning dept of New York offered a $10,000 price to come up with a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional scaffolding used on renovation projects in the city. The winning entry is shown below.

What We Have Now

The Wining Design

The Pedestrians' View

A Construction Site At Night

Contest Images courtesy of urbanSHED International Design Competition

For the full story check out this link