AIA's New Website "How Design Works" + A Modern, Sustainable House

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I’m happy to report to you that I have the insider tip on a new website that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is launching: How Design Works (http://howdesignworks.aia.org/).  The website includes information and a series of videos on the entire process of selecting an architect and going from consultation to design to build to occupation.  What I really enjoyed was the case study on Medora Woods’ sustainable home (pictured above) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Woods retained architect Sarah Nettleton to design a home to suit a difficult piece of land with a 28 foot falling slope from road to creek.  What Nettleton did, using the words of Frank Lloyd Wright, was build "of the hill, not on it," and designed the house to the environmental standard of the Kyoto Protocol.  Here are a few quotes of interest from the videos. 

  • There is no wasted space. 
  • Simple is sustainable. 
  • Small spaces can lead to ample lives. 
  • The house encourages me to keep simplifying my life. 

In the last video, "occupy," Woods takes you through the house and really shows off some of the sustainable features.  This new website provided by the AIA is nice tool for finding an architect, discerning the process of working with an architect, and discovering ways to incorporate sustainable building practices and energy-efficient design strategies into a plan.  Go take it for a spin. 

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Photos via Sarah Nettleton Architects.


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  • http://www.greenoptions.com/blog/philip_proefrock Philip Proefrock

    Preston!

    You’ve got amazing green architecture connections! I’m an architect, and I’m coming across things like this from you!

    Thanks for pointing this out.

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    Thanks Philip. Really, there are a ton of dedicated JG readers and green enthusiasts that give me a heads up or shoot me an email here and there. I love it.

    In real estate, if you can come to the table with background information on what the other players provide, I believe you can be more effective. It’s about the thirst for knowledge and information. Developers who know about architecture can work better with architects. Same with lawyers and developers. Same with engineers and architects. Same with lenders and developers and architects. Etc. It’s very entrepreneurial.

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