I’ve not blogged about this interesting and innovative Rotating Tower, which was designed by David Fisher of Dynamic Architecture, because critics have downplayed the concept saying it’s not capable of being built. But now comes news that the Rotating Tower is not only on the cusp of construction in Dubai, but it’s in advanced design phase for Moscow and intended for New York. Let me say that again: Fisher intends to design a Dynamic Tower for the Big Apple! If you haven’t heard about it yet, make sure to watch the above video. Here’s the general idea:
Construction just finished on this 24-story building designed by Foster + Partners for Vivaldi Park area in Amsterdam. It’s quite the efficient structure — exceeding Dutch environmental regulations by 10%, and features flexible floor plates that are perfect for big name tenants such as Ernst & Young. The design calls for an ecological pond, fully glazed windows on sun-exposed facades, and the retention of 65% of rainwater. In addition to its energy efficient elements, probably one of the more interesting aspects of the structure, and one that has grown on me, is Foster + Partners’ signature use of the aluminum-clad, steel diagrid structure. Any thoughts relating to the diagrid pattern on the building exterior?
I'm amazed by what can be found on Flickr. Just in the last couple weeks, someone posted photos of their friend's LVL home by Rocio Romero. It's quite nice both inside and out. And we've talked about Rocio Romero prefabs before, including this Napa LV Home and this Arkansas LVL Home, and what's interesting is: how they're customized. Every Rocio Romero home starts with a primary focus on quality, sustainability, and design — from there, owners tend to add their own personality to the inside and out.
You may have noticed an article by Alex Williams in the NY Times yesterday entitled "The Era of Green Noise." The article hits on some trends we're seeing, especially in the green lifestyle area, with people worn out by the green barrage of choices and information. Green advertising and/or pitches might get a roll of the eyes, or worse, some backlash. People may just repel and fight against the message. So businesses are starting to get concerned about the proper way to move forward given this "green fatigue" from the "green noise."
I've been thinking about this and have a few suggestions for businesses that want to keep a quality connection to their customers.
Starting at 10:00 am this Saturday, June 14, a custom-made Sunset Breezehouse designed by MKD will be open to the public in Santa Barbara, California. The open house will happen in conjunction with the Built Green Santa Barbara Expo, Conference, & Tour, but if you’re not able to attend, Michelle Kaufmann has been posting photos and details of the home for the past couple weeks. The home, in addition to having all the various green materials and products typically used in MKD homes, has a PV solar array and sustainable landscape design that fits the home just perfectly.
Back in September 2007, Rice Design Alliance and the Houston Chapter of the AIA announced the 99k House Competition. The general goal of the competition was to create an innovative design for a small house that is affordable, sustainable, and energy efficient. More specifically, the competition called for a single family house with up to 1,400 sf of space, including 3 bedrooms, 1.5-2 bathrooms, on a 50′ x 100′ site in a historic neighborhood of Houston. The construction budget for each home had to be under $99,000, too.
And recently, Hybrid / ORA out of Seattle was declared the winner of the competition (pictured above). In addition, four other finalists each took $5k in prize money and had their home designs published for all to see. Make sure to check out their ideas and download their designs below.