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October 06 2011

Lingotto Fiat: Creative Reuse of Futurist Industrial Structures

October 6th, 2011Posted by 

While many influential architecture firms, like Bjarke Ingels Group, are attempting to bridge the gap between avant-garde and practical, nearly one hundred years ago, the retro-futuristic Lingotto Fiat Factory in Turin, Italy set the precedent with its combination of innovative form with sensible organization. The Lingotto Fiat Factory is regarded as the first built example of […]

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September 22 2011

Green Structures: Eco-Technology Blanket Applications vs. Well-Thought Design

September 22nd, 2011Posted by 

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci This spring, the first LEED certified house in Aspen, Colorado sold to a private buyer. Featuring all the bells and whistles of modern environmental design, the house is a massive 6,750 square feet (the average United States home is around 2,000 square feet) situated on 2.33 […]

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September 08 2011

The Metabolist Movement: Adaptable Super Structures

September 8th, 2011Posted by 

In the late 1950’s, influenced both by developments in contemporary architecture and the technological advances of the space race, a small group of Japanese designers began to produce works under the banner “The Metabolists.” In a post WWII Japan, where many of the cities and traditional structures had been reduced to rubble by bombs, these […]

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August 25 2011

Car Free Towns and Cities Around the World

August 25th, 2011Posted by 

In a previous blog, I wrote about the car-free suburb in Vauban, Germany. However, whether by intentional design or chance circumstances, quite a few other cities around the world continue to operate without automobile usage. Here is a selection of some of the more idiosyncratic car-free towns and cities around the world. Supai, Arizona is […]

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August 11 2011

Architecture Studio Culture

August 11th, 2011Posted by 

As a freshly minted graduate of the Knowlton School of Architecture, I have distinct memories of the intense work environment otherwise known as studio culture. To the uninitiated, studio culture is the very specific habitat and behaviors carved out by architecture students as they navigate their way through their academic careers. But how does this […]

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July 28 2011

Manifesto Architecture’s Wall Climbing Bicycle Rack: Seoul 2010 Cycle Design Competition

July 28th, 2011Posted by 

Manifesto Architecture’s entry to the Seoul 2010 Cycle Design Competition for a rotating vertical bicycle hanger has generated a lot of conversation about form vs. functionality. In many cities bicycles clog up all available sidewalk space and overrun traditional bicycle racks.  The Bike Hanger attempts to solve these problems with an innovative new approach. The […]

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July 28 2011

Can Modern Architecture and Traditional Co-Exist? Alvar Aalto’s Summer Homes

July 28th, 2011Posted by 

While Alvar Aalto is famous for his contributions to modernist architecture, he also designed and built numerous summer homes for his clients and himself.  While most modern architects work with steel and concrete, Aalto focused on timber constructions and warm interiors with attention to detail. These cottages combine a modern aesthetic with traditional vernacular influences […]

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July 14 2011

Charcoal Press Design in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Safety for Women and Environmental Conservation

July 14th, 2011Posted by 

Environmental concerns come secondary to human needs in war ravaged countries. However, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo a new project is being developed that marries social action with environmental conservation to provide women with an alternative fuel source, in an area where war has made the simple act of cooking a meal a potentially […]

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June 30 2011

Car-Free Cities: Vauban’s Filtered Permeability

June 30th, 2011Posted by 

Environmental concerns are spurring many cities to implement urban plans to make their streets more bicycle and pedestrian friendly. While it is getting increasingly easier to navigate cities without a car, it’s still hard to imagine living in the prototypical suburb without using your vehicle for almost everything. However, in Germany, an experimental suburban model […]

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June 18 2011

The Downside of Shipping Container Architecture

June 18th, 2011Posted by 

Shipping Container Architecture: Is Their Energy Use Worth the Reuse? Shipping container architecture gets a lot of positive coverage in the design world as a trendy, green alternative to traditional building materials. With high profile firms, like Lot-ek’s Puma City, building with the plentiful material and the purported low price tag, it seems a smart […]

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June 02 2011

Twenty-Year Cycle: Rebuilding Urban Designed Shinto Shrines

June 2nd, 2011Posted by 

There is a paradox that exists that poses the question, “If an object has all its component parts replaced, is it still the same object?” This contradiction is played out in a dramatic fashion at the Ise Grand Shrine in Japan. Since 692 C.E. the complex, along with surrounding landscape, is destroyed and rebuilt every […]

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