Podcast Episode 3

Podcast Episode 3

Interview with REthink development about Cherokee Studios, an LEED Platinum certified live/work building in Los Angeles, CA. Everything from water filtration, energy efficiency, LED lighting, right down to the zero VOC free paints and finishes makes Cherokee Studios one of the “greenest” buildings in California.

0 Episode 3: REthink for Cherokee Studios

Heavenly Abode

Heavenly Abode

Rebuilding New Orleans is an ongoing effort and pitching into the concept-zone is the New Orleans Arcology Habitat or NOAH. Since the details on this structure are in-depth and plenty, lets plunge into them right away. NOAH proposes to be a habitat for 40,000 residents who can benefit from the planned residential units, school system, commercial, retail, hotels, casinos, parking, and public works facilities.

0 Designers: E. Kevin Schopfer in collaboration with Tangram 3DS

Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter

The Mongolian steppe is no place to linger but thousands of people still lead nomadic lifestyles in this harsh environment. Today’s nomads can travel farther and faster thanks to modern rails and road networks but still live in temporary tents or cave dwellings. Gimme Shelter is an improved cave dwelling taking advantage of the unique typology. It provides superior thermal protection while offering many modern amenities for traveling families.

0 Designer: Rojkind Arquitectos

San Francisco Facade

San Francisco Facade

Pinch me I’m giddy. I love this new renovation in San Francisco b Natoma Architects. They’ve retained the unique look and feel only found in the city by the Bay but there are several modern touches that push this building into the future. The perforated metal facade is the most noticeable addition, providing shade and privacy. The interior is an minimal as it gets without going overtly stark.

0 Designer: Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects

Shipping Containers For Culture

Shipping Containers For Culture

Perhaps one of the best executions of shipping container architecture, Graft Architects outdid themselves. The Platoon Kunsthalle Cultural Development center is Seoul, Korea houses exhibitions, a restaurant, event hall, artist studios, library, lounge, offices, and a roof top bar. Damn, is it missing anything? The entire building is made from 28 ISO cargo containers beautifully stacked to create large subdivided interior spaces. I love the exterior treatment but the interior feels cold and lifeless – a far cry from the minds of creative wizards.

0 Designers: Platoon Cultural Development + Graft Architects

Block House in Stocksund Sweden

Block House in Stocksund Sweden

There’s only so many ways you can make a box exciting and this is one awesome example. Designed by Architects Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter, the house located in Stocksund, Stockholm Sweden is nothing more than a rectangular block. The cool bits are the blocked out segments strategically placed to bring in light and connect the living areas. I love the facade too – like oversized shingles except they’re mad thin; 18 mm. Don’t get me started on the interior which is Scandinavian restraint at its finest.

0 Designers: Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter

What is ACK?

What is ACK?

“ACK?” – is a signal used in computing to indicate acknowledgement of receipt of a packet, and also a common exclamation of surprise but it’s also the title of the installation that represents the vision of the Milanese practice Pierandrei Associati for which the human space is no longer characterized by a rational juxtaposition of components but by a forest of suspended bamboo and metal tubing.

0 Designer: Pierandrei Associati

LEED Platinum Certified in Los Angeles

LEED Platinum Certified in Los Angeles

Cherokee Studios by REthink Development is a new soon to be completed project in Los Angeles boasting LEED Platinum certification. Huge Kudos to REthink since this is only 1 of 12 buildings in California to achieve that rating. The building won’t be completed until September ’09 but I’m so giddy with excitement that I think REthink and whomever the land owners are should just let me move in. Better yet, lets open the Yanko Design Los Angeles branch in the building!

0 Designer: Pugh + Scarpa and REthink Development

Affordable Home

Affordable Home

A roof over your head is probably the most important necessity of life; poverty should not be the reason that you get deprived of it. This sentiment is well understood by Jennifer Margell, which is why she has designed affordable homes for slums of Nairobi that are made from recycled materials. Called Makao (Swahili for home), each house can be customized and configured according to individual needs. The roofs of the homes collect and filter gray water; the roof panels also open to release heat.

0 Designer: Jennifer Margell

Moscow By The Pier

Moscow By The Pier

Agreed that Moscow is more famous for The Trinity, Red Square and Kremlin but you can’t ignore the beautiful Moskva River that flows through the city. Andrew Bedov wants to ensure that you don’t forget it, by constructing the enchanting Auqlis Pier. It promises to be the hub of connectivity, with water buses plying commuters upstream and down, with infrastructure akin to subways and metros. The waterbus station is planned in such a way, that it allows the commuters to enjoy the natural beauty of the river, while waiting for their ride.

0 Designer: Andrew Bedov

Richard Serra Sculpture Redux

Richard Serra Sculpture Redux

You know the giant metal sculptures of the world-renound sculptor artist Richard Serra? Well get on that! Read and roll! Then come back and see this direct homage (NOT DIRECTLY AFFILIATED) to Serra through room dividing walls. Hangers and all kinds of stuff too! Don’t put these on carpeting or clay. That would just plain spell disaster. Also be wary of hanging any long artwork or photographs.

0 Designer: 2-B-2 Architecture

Office Singularity

Office Singularity

So apparently there’s three different stages in the modern office work flow. I only thought there was one: Runnin’ Ragged! But lo! There’s three. And with this bit of furniture, the “Workflow,” you’ve got all three covered in one. The inverted cubicle. Workflow covers Social : standing up, meeting, Functional : preparing, organizing at the table, and Casual : summarizing relaxing, laptopping. One of these for the perfect office environment?

0 Designer: o4i

Sunshine On A Rainy Day Means Loads Of Energy

Sunshine On A Rainy Day Means Loads Of Energy

2020 is really not that far away, but are we prepared to experiment with what Philips has conjured up for our housing options of the future? They are proposing that we harness the energies of the elements to sustain our living quarters by entrapping the renewable resources on-site, using some membrane-type of contraption! Shifting the focus from eco-friendly building materials, Off the Grid Sustainable Habitat 2020 will do-away with “inert outer surfaces” that merely protect out exteriors by making them intelligent.

0 Designer: Philips Design