“Walk on Water! HydroFloors Hide Under-Floor Indoor Pools
Vertical mobility takes on a whole new meaning as these Hydrofloors move up at the push of the button while the water seeps away, then slide back down when you want to turn the room (or patio or porch) back into a sunning or swimming pool.”—
“The design and built environment today is extremely complex, and the knowledge required to design and build today is far beyond what one or even two professions can handle,” says Denise A. Guerin, Ph.D., IIDA, ASID, FIDEC, Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota. “We must create integrated, interdisciplinary teams, and they must start in schools.”—Higher Learning : Education : Articles : IIDA
® IDEA Studio is a residency program for designers, engineers, artists, and scholars who are pursuing innovative projects that push design technology to its limits to solve real-life problems.
Overlooking the Embarcadero and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the Autodesk IDEA Studio is located in the east wing of the Autodesk Gallery at One Market Street in San Francisco.
We support projects that apply innovative, design-driven solutions to real-life problems in business, society, or the environment. The common thread: all projects must use design software in imaginative ways and have a real-life application.
Upcoming Proposal Submittal Deadlines:
November 1, 2010Spring 2011February 1, 2011Summer 2011
DeltaSync is a multidisciplinary design, research and consultancy firm that consists of architects, structural engineers and water management experts. We are specialized in sustainable urban development in delta areas. Our main focus is floating urbanization.
In the past few decades, Leslie Williamson, a San Francisco photographer, traveled throughout the country to see how 14 midcentury designers, architects, artists, and craftsmen designed and decorated their own homes. The result is Handcrafted Modern: At Home With Mid-Century Designers (Rizzoli), an incredibly intimate peek into the daily lives of architects, woodworkers, and furniture collectors, whose homes seem to be perpetually heaped with just the right amount of clutter.
Reusing an older structure and creating appropriate in-fill is a challenge, and requires significant vision from the architect. It is often simply easier to wipe out the old and start with a clean slate. But if you take into consideration the entire cost in dollars and energy of this approach with demolition, landfills, creating new infrastructure, and new construction, the challenge is one that the architectural profession needs to embrace more ardently.
…studies show that dollar for dollar, historic preservation is one of the highest job-generating economic development options, as illustrated in the 2005 presentation, “The Economics of Historic Preservation” by Don Rypkema
For the poliy makers in Chicago, “design” means signature architecture, but the importance of design does not trickle down to the look and feel of the marketing collateral of the city agencies and allied policy organizations. In other words, Chicago’s primary pitch was “This is a great city to get things done,” but was not necessarily a city that promotes innovative design at a wide range of scales and for multiple audiences.
to retain control of the design process and drive it forward in the right direction, it is really the designers themselves who must have the keenest understanding of the fundamental criteria and physical phenomenon that govern building performance…
Possibly some additional ‘ammo’ to take a closer look at the design of our work environments….
10/21/10 - A study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology showed that sitting for long stretches, more than six hours a day, can make someone at least 18 percent more likely to die from diabetes, heart disease and obesity than those sitting less than three hours a day.
Those who stand at work say that it helps them stay focused, avoid feeling they need a nap in the afternoon and even helps them shed pounds. Famous figures like Donald Rumsfeld and novelist Philip Roth have done it for years. And now some doctors say that you should do it too…
Multidisciplinary design means having the creativity and the team to look at a project through many design lenses concurrently. As a business concept, it also means having the ability to take on several individual projects, each with their own design focus, such as a logo project for one client, a Web site for another client and a retail display for another. The concept of multidisciplinary thinking is not new. The great opera composer, Richard Wagner, popularized the word “gesamtkunstwerk” — meaning “synthesis of the art” — in the mid-1800s when writing about performances that cohesively blended theater, music and dance.
“Trimo Urban Crash presents a rare opportunity for students of architecture and design to not only experience the process of virtual creation of an idea, but also to cooperate in the implementation and construction of their winning creation at an actual location. This allows them to observe the interaction between their idea and the surroundings in real life.” Students can actually test all elements of complete architectural creation in practice, not only its first, “virtual” part. According to previous participants in the competition: “The experience of actively cooperating in creating their own architectural work and watching it come to life, on-site, and interacting with real users, is a once-in a lifetime experience and something every artist wants.
Sunlight has a number of positive effects. It provides people with Vitamin D, and has even been shown to ward off depression.
But can it make us smarter or more productive?
Evidence points to yes.
Students who are fortunate to be in a school classroom with large windows and skylights perform better on tests than those in rooms with very little natural light — between 7 percent and 18 percent better, according to research conducted more than a decade ago in the Daylighting in Schools study, administered by the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Test scores go up even higher if the windows are operable.This is valuable information for an interior designer or architect hired to create an educational facility, which could potentially improve both teaching and learning, as well as the productivity of the space and client satisfaction.
Evidence can be a powerful tool used to inform designers’ and architects’ decisions.
It’s the perfect collaboration. You take a downtown developer who has vacant storefronts and team him up with a bunch of eager entrepreneurs looking for rent-free space. Then you bring in a group of enthusiastic interior design students who want to decorate.
EXHIBITION Sensing a sea change in the way contemporary-art collectors are getting their information - more from fairs than galleries, museum exhibitions or biennials - two curators from the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla., have set themselves a Herculean challenge: in just five days they plan to tour Art Basel Miami Beach, some 20 other fairs and roughly 850 galleries in the area. They will then select a group of works to make up a museum exhibition intended as a kind of CliffsNotes synopsis of what’s happening in art now…. FUTURISTIC PUBLIC ART The nonprofit Public Art Fund, which presents art around the city including the annual MetroTech exhibition, is staging “Total Recall,” a show that is larger in scale than anything that has been done there before….
London’s First Pensioners’ Playground Is Opened In Hyde Park LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Pensioners exercise in London’s first purpose built ‘Senior Playground’ in Hyde Park on May 19, 2010 in London, England. The playground, which cost 50,000 GBP, features six machines: a cross-trainer, sit-up bench, body-flexer, free runner, flex wheel and an exercise bike.