ArchitectureWeek Notes No. 308
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Thu Oct 19 05:07:03 PDT 2006
Dear ArchitectureWeek Readers,
ArchitectureWeek No. 308 is now available on the Web, with these
new design and building features, and more:
A few lucky students in Europe have experienced the
"micro-compact home" (m-ch), an aluminum cube that
offers the basics of modern living in less than 665
cubic feet (19 cubic meters). They are appreciating
that living in small quarters doesn't have to cramp
Within each cubical dwelling, which is 8 feet, 9 inches
(2.66 meters) on a side, the furniture and mechanical,
communication, and sound systems are all built in to
allow the inhabitants to live comfortably in a tight
The m-ch is an invention of architect Richard Horden,
principal of Horden Cherry Lee Architects Ltd, and a
professor at the Technical University Munich Institute.
He developed the design in conjunction with a team of
students and Lydia Haack + John Hopfner Architekten.
The first models were installed on his campus, and he
and six students inhabited the first seven-unit
"village" beginning in November 2005.
Already being manufactured and marketed, the relatively
lightweight 2-ton (1.8-tonne) structure is produced in
an Austrian factory and delivered complete to a site.
Once there, it is installed on a three-legged base,
without a foundation, so it minimizes site disturbance
and "touches lightly on the earth." The height of each
leg is adjustable to compensate for sloping sites.
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networking events, fifteen symposiums, daily Boston tours. Presented
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by Peter Buchanan
In the spring of 2000, The Architectural League of New
York launched an exhibition, "Ten Shades of Green,"
with Peter Buchanan as curator. Its purpose was to
showcase examples of sustainable buildings that
demonstrate some or all of ten aspects of green design
including low energy/ high performance, renewable
sources, recycling, embodied energy, long life,
connection to urban context, and occupant health and
happiness. - Editor
One example in the Ten Shades of Green exhibition was
the Jubilee Campus (1999) extension of the University
of Nottingham, in the United Kingdom, designed by
Hopkins Architects. The firm reclaimed industrial land
in a project in which architecture and landscaping, sun
and wind, and an ingenious environmental strategy work
together to produce pleasant conditions for study and
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LA Color School
by Allison Milionis
From her desk, Dena Primary Center principal Patricia
Romero can watch children playing in the central
courtyard. She also uses the vantage point to admire
this new campus that is nestled in a densely populated
neighborhood of East Los Angeles. Rachlin Architects
have designed an elliptical amphitheater-style
courtyard bordered by an administrative complex and two
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governed by mathematical calculations, puts us in
accord with universal law; he achieves harmony. The
architect, by the arrangement of forms, realizes an
order which is a pure creation of the spirit."
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