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Going Off the Grid Gehry-Style

Next year’s SUPRASTUDIO program at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design will be all about going off the grid on an urban scale.

In a recent discussion with Dennis Shelden, Craig Webb, and Andrew Witt of Gehry Technologies, Frank Gehry talks about how, early in his career, he would get upset when electricians came into his buildings and punched holes in the walls to put wires in. Considering that the aerospace industry is developing systems for Skylab that were miniaturized and light, Gehry started to think about how to change the way we solve problems in urban design to be less dependent on distribution systems.

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Tour the Blu Homes Breezehouse May 18 and 19 in Hudson Valley


If you’re wondering what it would be like to take a look inside an iconic home like the Breezehouse by Blu Homes, your opportunity to do so is this weekend. As the first home of its kind on the East Coast, the Breezehouse offers a unique living style that accentuates the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley with high ceilings, clean lines, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an intricate yet minimalist prefabricated style.

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Wood Pallet Facade Provides Shade and Ventilation to Parisian Student Housing

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When French architect Stephane Malka decided to provide AME-LOT, a Parisian student residence with additional shade and ventilation, he took an interesting and very ecological approach. The entire street front of the building is covered in hinged shipping pallets hinged together that transform and can be adjusted for changes in light, shade, and ventilation.

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Simple Prefab Elegance in Üsslingen Switzerland Home


Constructed of prefabricated timber on a foundation basement of pre-cast concrete, this 300 square meter single family home integrates the topographical setting of a hillside slope on the edge of a quaint Swiss village in the Kanton Thurgau.

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Melbourne Festival to Feature Shipping Container Display in Urban Coffee Farm


Young members of the HASSELL design firm have partnered with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival to bring the story of coffee production to the Red Stairs public amphitheater on the banks of the River Yarra in Queensbridge Square. The Australian festival, which runs from March 1 to 17, 2013, is celebrating its twentieth year of annual and year-round events that spotlight local food and beverage venues, as well as local agriculture and outdoor markets.

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Shipping Container Inspired Sauna is Prefab Relaxation in a Box


Yet another creative manifestation of the shipping container, the Sauna Box from Castor is entirely self-sufficient, getting its electric power from solar panels and heat from a wood-fired stove for sustainability. An insulated 96” cube of sculptural corten steel (it is not a true shipping container), the water-tight Sauna Box is a custom-built prefab structure, can be shipped anywhere, and requires very little in the way of site preparation.

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