Architects: Specht Harpman
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Project Team: Scott Specht, Louise Harpman, Sarah Gamble, Erica Quinones, Brett Wolfe
MEP Engineering: Energy Engineering Associates
Structural Engineering: Architectural Engineers Collaborative
Civil Engineering: Urban Design Group
Landscape Architecture: Sasaki Associates, Inc. in association with RVI Inc.
Contractor: VRW Construction Company
Project Area: 33,250 sq ft
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Taggart Sorensen
Check out this cool treehouse nestled into Maple trees near the Hudson River in New York designed by German-based Baumraum. Far from a child’s treehouse, this residence provides simple interiors with a touch of elegance. Constructed for a family with two children, the treehouse serves as an outlet for relaxation and is connected to their main residence via a slender wooden catwalk.
More images and more about the treehouse after the break.
This evening at 10 PM ET/9 PM CT, PBS will be broadcasting a 60 minute documentary of the late architect, Samuel Mockbee, and his design/build education program, Rural Studio. Deep in the heart of one of Alabama’s poorest areas, Mockbee’s students choose specific families as clients and work together to create their dream residences, community centers or prayer spaces. The students physically construct these spaces from simple materials, yet their innovative strategies and pure passion for design results in striking pieces of architecture. This inspiring documentary makes a strong statement about architects and the profession – showing a new perspective on who we should be designing for and how we should be designing. As our world is experiencing hardship after hardship, from earthquakes to monsoon floods, the video brings to light our responsibilities to use our talents to help each other. Be sure to check it out tonight – it won’t disappoint.
Studio Mode/modeLab and Tietz-Baccon are pleased to announce the Material Intelligence: Intensive Design and Prototyping Workshop Reception in New York City, August 21, 2010. The workshop investigated the prototype within the history and culture of design through component-based aggregate systems. All prototypes were designed in an associative environment and iteratively tested utilizing digital fabrication equipment.
The reception will include design prototypes and full scale assemblies built by workshop participants over the course of the workshop. The reception will take place tomorrow at 4PM at Hunters Point Plaza, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY. You can see some photos of the workshop here.
Five Academy of Art University Architecture students built more than confidence when they won a citation from the American Institute of Architects, East Bay (AIAEB). Students Justin Ackerman, Mary Telling, Justin Hanan, Shaum Mehra and Shanay Moghbel put their design skills and ingenuity to work creating a free-standing office space for a client.
More images and information after the break.
Roosevelt University will soon feature a new vertical campus, courtesy of VOA Associates. The existing campus layout makes it nearly impossible for the college to grow outwardly – so the only solution was to expand vertically. The 32 storey building is quite slim in profile, yet its wavy glass façade provides a distinguishing aesthetic touch.
More about the tower after the break.
What is FutureShack? While many think of architecture as grand, historic buildings or the latest artistic showpiece, it is more often found in the dwellings that we see every day. What is the future of home design? How will it affect you and how can you get involved? FutureShack helps us discover, through examples around our city, what makes good design work. A panel of design professionals and public advocates will lead a discussion focusing the key issues facing our communities when it comes to design.
An exciting exhibit opening today in St. Louis, Missouri will display the five finalist teams of The City+The Arch+The River 2015 International Design Competition (check out some previous information about the competition on AD). The competition asked participants to better “frame” the iconic Arch and weave the national park back into the fabric of the city and the region, by rejuvenating connections and re-energizing the area. The construction finish line is set for October 28, 2015 which marks the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Arch.
Check out a brief overview of each project after the break.
As we told you a few months ago, AMO (the think-tank inside OMA) played an important role on Roadmap 2050, an initiative by the European Climate Foundation which looks to chart a policy roadmap for the next 5-10 years based on the European leaders’ commitment to an 80-95% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050.
Based on this plan, AMO presents “Roadmap 2050: A pathway to decarbonize the United States power grid”. While ranked #1 based on the GDP, the US is ranked #61 in energy performance. As we see on the above video, an inefficient energy grid undermines any efforts to improve this, and local production of energy could be the answer.
This initiative is presented at the GE Ecoimagination Challenge, a $200 million call to action for businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators, and students to share their best ideas and come together to take on one of the world’s toughest challenges – building the next-generation power grid to meet the needs of the 21st century.
Check out these urban farm buildings we spotted on Inhabitat that were designed and built by students from the University of Colorado Denver. The new buildings utilize mostly salvaged materials to create functional, and quite elegant, additions to the working farm. As part the Design Build Program at the University, and under the guidance of the principals of Studio H:T, the students created a Learning Cube and a Dairy House.
More images and more about the students’ work after the break.
The New York Office of Architecture for Humanity just announced the dates for FlyNY 2010, the second annual international kite design competition and showcase co-hosted by the City of New York Parks & Recreation. On the wings of a successful 2009 event, FlyNY 2010 will take place on August 21 from 10:30AM – 4PM on Pier I at 70th Street in Riverside Park South in New York City. FlyNY is one part design competition and one part Fly Day, with the overall aim of engaging design professionals and novices alike in a dynamic conversation about design.
Set on Manhattan’s West Side, participation in the August 21 Fly Day is free, open to the public and does not require a submission into the competition. The event will include kitemaking activities for kids and families, live entertainment and kite flying.
Designers, architects, artists and others are also encouraged to participate in the FlyNY Design Dialogue taking place Friday, August 20 6-8pm EST on Twitter. It will be a dynamic conversation which merges the FlyNY competition jury panel discussion with a broader, international design/architecture audience. Just log onto Twitter, follow @_FlyNY and tweet using the #designdialogue hashtag to participate. FlyNY will be posing design related questions and following along during the jury panel discussion.
We took a few shots of Foster + Partners’ latest addition to the Bowery – a new gallery to house the Sperone Westwater’s growing collection from prominent artists of different nationalities and ages. Sitting a few steps away from SANAA’s musuem, this new gallery’s CNC milled glass facade elegantly responds to its neighboring art museum. According to Foster, the gallery is “both a response to the dynamic urban character of New York’s Bowery and a desire to rethink the way in which the public engages with art in the setting of a gallery.”
Check out some photos after the break.
Check out Chris Lovett’s video we spotted about the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s proposed guidelines for development around the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The Greenway has the potential to become a highly activated public realm fusing commercial entities with cultural institutes, both on and off the Greenway. The interview features Mike Davis’, the Commissioner of Public Policy for the Boston Society of Architects and VP and principal with Bergmeyer, thoughts on guidelines, such as height restrictions but more importantly, Davis stresses the importance of connectivity and form. Although several proposed ideas have met challenges and will not be realized, the BSA is trying to push the planning for the Greenway forward. By developing these empty parcels, the Greenway will transform to become a completely viable component to the Boston area.
The Young Architects Forum of Kansas City invites all young designers to submit their work for the 2010 Monsters of Design Competition. Projects of all types and scales (architecture, interiors, products, furniture, lighting, graphics and anything else) are welcome.
Monsters of Design is an annual design awards competition for young architects and/or designers from or near the Kansas City metro area. MoD exists to recognize the young designers whose work may not be recognized by other awards competitions. All types of design are considered equal in this competition. For more information, go to the competition’s official website. Seen at Bustler.