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SEED

January 22nd, 2010 No comments

With the looming housing crisis in Haiti, the SEED project provides a feasable solution to quickly provide shelter to those in need. The project , called SEED, was conceived last year by Clemson University Architecture as a solution for the aftermath hurricanes in less fortunate countries. The project is referred to as follows on Clemson’s SEED site:

Utilizing an existing surplus of shipping containers and working with industry partners including Container -it, Intermodal Steel Building Units Association, Sargent Metals, and Tri-County Technical, Clemson University designers from the Department of Architecture and the Department of Landscape Architecture are researching and developing an affordable housing solution for the Caribbean Region.  Caribbean nations inherently import more goods than they export generating a steady surplus of shipping containers.  Shipping containers are designed to carry massive amounts of cargo and withstand extreme weather conditions making them a logical housing component.  Completely constructed of steel and reinforced with eight corner post moment connections and corrugated steel walls a 40? shipping container can carry 67,200 pounds and resist overturn when exposed to winds up to 140 mph.  Without modification a 40? shipping container has 304 square feet of floor space and eliminates problems associated with insects, fire, and hurricanes.  With modification a 40? shipping container can be a safe, comfortable, and environmentally friendly home for numerous local inhabitants who would otherwise have less.

- http://www.cusa-dds.net/seed/

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The coolest abandoned quarry use yet

January 7th, 2010 No comments
Archdaily - Redesign of the Roman Quarry disposed Opera Festivals / AllesWirdGut Architektur

Quarry turned Opera House by AllesWirdGut Architektur

Created by AllesWirdGut Architektur of Austria. This is perhaps on of the best, if not the best, uses of an abandoned quarry to date. This is truly a creative use of a space that had been left to the wayside.

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Attention to detail

November 16th, 2009 No comments
Hairstyle Interface / x Architekten - Archdaily.com

Hairstyle Interface / x Architekten - Archdaily.com

I am admittedly a complete sucker for details and architectural façades are no exception. Primarily used in 2D applications, designers are now pushing the boundaries to create rich 3 dimensional textures using a variety of materials. The image above shows a recent work created by x Architekten for Salon Mittermeier a hair salon located in Austria.

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Solar Decathlon 2009 is underway

October 16th, 2009 No comments

The Solar Decathalon 2009 is wrapping up tomorrow. This is a pretty cool event that pushes the boundaries of household energy use and perception of homes in general.

The Solar Decathalon 2009 Official Site

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Rulers are for squares

September 15th, 2009 No comments
24H > architecture from archdaily.com

24H > architecture via archdaily.com

This beautifuly odd structure titled “Ecological Children Activity and Education Center” by 24H > architecture shows an innovative approach to sustainable design in a third-world setting.

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Masdar Plaza by LAVA

September 1st, 2009 No comments

LAVA‘s Masdar Plaza is a stunning solution to the inevitable amalgamation of  sustainability, technology and man kind. The Plaza reborn.

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FIELD

August 20th, 2009 No comments
FIELD -  ITHACA - NY - USA

FIELD - ITHACA - NY - USA

Unique installation created by PEZO VON ELLRICHSHAUSEN ARCHITECTS

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Would you live/stay in a sculpture?

August 19th, 2009 No comments
 WISA Wooden Design Hotel / Pieta-Linda Auttila - on ArchDaily.com

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WISA Wooden Design Hotel by Pieta-Linda Auttila.

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