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Tassafaronga Village, designed by David Baker + Partners, was built on a brownfield infill site in Oakland, California. Photo: Brian Rose
Green Housing Pro Bono - two great projects!
by Patrick Tighe & David Baker
Looking back at the history of public housing in the U.S., much of it was built as cheaply and haphazardly as possible, and it ended up destroying communities in the process.
If an area was identified as "blighted," it was torn down and rebuilt. The planning theories employed were based on having large, common, open spaces with segregated uses and lots of parking.
Over time, we've learned that doesn't really work. Tassafaronga is on the site of an isolated, poorly maintained public housing project that had deteriorated. It had been neglected for a long time and most of the units weren't even occupied, so the OHA took the opportunity to start over and create more appropriate building types.
Tassafaronga is part of a larger redevelopment effort. There's a new school nearby, as well as a community center.
The program from Habitat for Humanity simply asked us to provide a certain number of units, with a certain amount of parking, and a certain unit mix. The larger, three-unit buildings we developed were beyond what Habitat was used to — the whole site was tight, and there wasn't as much parking as many of the organization's other sites have.
After widening the framed opening, this remodeled kitchen is much better connected with the informal living area.
Photo: Mick Hales
Staying Put in Style: Open Up the Kitchen
by Duo Dickinson
Removing a wall and applying new countertops are easy to do
conceptually. Such work often implies that you need to replace
perfectly usable cabinetry, but as this project illustrates,
that's not necessarily the case.
Half of the kitchen in this small house in a coastal community
was perfectly good (with stock cabinets less than 10 years old),
but the kitchen itself was closed in by four walls with a small
opening to the living and dining areas of the house.
Smoke flaps are open on the tipi to the left in this photograph, and closed, like the entryway, on the tipi to the right. Photo: Roland Reed
Inside the Teepee with Roland Reed
by Ernest R. Lawrence and Joe D. Horse Capture
By the dawn of the twentieth century, the era of the
American West as a frontier had all but ended. At the
same time, the life and existence of its original
inhabitants, the American Indian, had reached a point of
change where it would never again be as it was.
They no longer traveled freely across the landscape, but instead had been relocated to the confinement of reservations. While all of North America was once their domain, today reservation land occupies as little as 2.3 percent of the area of the United States.
Red Cloud, a war leader for the Lakota Sioux, summarized most succinctly this final outcome of the interactions with the white man when he said:
"They made many promises, more than I can remember, but they kept only one: They promised to take our land, and they did."
Seeing the obviously deleterious effects of the United States government’s efforts to both assimilate and “civilize” Native Americans on reservations, a small group of professional photographers set out to artistically document the ways, mores, and traditional dress of American Indians in their natural environment before their predicted disappearance.
This group of turn-of-the-century photographers became known as Pictorialist, among whom, probably the best-known Pictorialist was Edward S. Curtis (1868–1952). His work has been extensively reviewed and widely published and disseminated.
Royal W. (Roland) Reed Jr. (1864–1934) was a contemporary of Edward S. Curtis, and like him, a Pictorialist. In fact, they were born four years and less than a hundred miles apart from each other in Wisconsin.
Those familiar with Reed’s work might agree that it is equal, both technically and artistically, to Curtis’s. But today, Reed and his work remain largely unknown and unpublished. The few photos of Reed’s that are published frequently appear without attribution.
Reed's portfolio is much smaller than that of Curtis, consisting of only a few hundred images. While the time of Reed’s work basically paralleled that of Curtis, it involved fewer than a dozen tribes. His efforts were solitary and, unlike Curtis's, were entirely self-directed and self-funded.
The Miller Hull Partnership, which participates in the AIA 2030 Commitment, designed this LEED Platinum-certified four-story office and education building for the LOTT Clean Water Alliance in Olympia, Washington. Photo: Nic Lehoux
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AIA 2030 Commitment Program - Case Studies
The AIA has released a series of case studies about five firms in the institute's 2030 Commitment Program. Firms in the program work toward a goal of carbon-neutral building design by 2030.
HOK, The Miller Hull Partnership, High Plains Architects, HMC Architects, and Serena Sturm Architects are highlighted in the 30-page document, which was prepared by Megan Turner, the 2012 AIA/COTE COTE Research Scholar.
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