Well that didn’t take long. One day after I posted the articles about The Cloud, this release comes out saying the project will be built as-is. This blog entry from Architizer seems to be on the ‘inflammatory, offensive’ side of the argument.
Good for the developer, I say. Its a shame we don’t see truly innovative projects in America lately. When you look down on the buildings like in the image below, tell me, [a] would you ever put 2 and 2 together from that image and [b] you can’t say that’s not a very cool concept.
© Victoria Capranica
I took a trip up to good old Kent State in May for some student reviews. As I pulled in to the lots near the Architecture buildings, I noticed this amoebic form surrounding the main sidewalk. I left my car and walked right to it, through it, and back through it the other way. It is an inherently intriguing form. Turns out, a group of KSU Archies built this as part of a competition. It also made ArchDaily, a huge architecture and design website. Check it out:
If there ever could be a single essay that described my philosophy as a design professional, this is it. I don’t ever have to even write it myself. This guy wrote it for me. It is thoughtful and perfectly true. The role of masterbuilder that Mr. H. Robert Dinsmore, Jr. writes in this article is exactly who I want to become, the role I am lucky enough to be learning right now. I have a long way to go, but everything you need to know about Bob’s career goal is right here.
Please comment as well. I’ll probably make a series of posts about this article, I’m just so pumped about it right now I need some time to think about how to break this down.
I hate to invest a lot of energy on the topic of sprinkler systems, but come January 1, 2011, anyone building a new home will need to be a lot more familiar with them, and so will designers. Pennsylvania has aligned itself with the Uniform Construction Code, which means that in 2011 all new homes must contain a full sprinkler system. This article/video talks a bit about the pros and cons of such a mandate.
You may disagree, but I think this is a terrible idea. Yes, we are overbuilt and do not need home builders building more sprawled suburban McMansions anyways. However, it sure does add some serious cost to a process that is already extremely difficult to finance. It does nothing to help jump start the new housing market for sure. Now you’ll see more sprinkler contractors all over – what happens after that one year labor warranty expires and one of those sprinkler heads leak? Homeowner’s is there to save the day for your wallet, maybe, but not your valuables and anything else that may be ruined.
I fully understand the importance of sprinklers in commercial projects and even attached multi-family residential projects. Do we really need them in a detached typical American home though? Really? As a mandate? I vote no.
Image Credit: Donn Fogg via The Atlantic Magazine
I was forwarded this fantastic article about Chris Downey, an architect who lost his sight in 2008. A true problem solver, Chris found a way to become an inspiring, innovative, and unique designer who uses tactile drawings in braille to visualize and communicate his architecture.
Just two posts ago I wrote about how we can influence people’s senses in a space – Chris Downey takes this to a whole different level.
Design Within Reach – Magazine – The Atlantic.
A few other past articles about him: