Sunday, August 19, 2007

Eco-Infill and Studio H:T design the first-ever factory-built and LEED-certified home in the US

Press Release

The architects that brought you the HGTV show "Dream House" which chronicled the construction of an architects mountain-side dream home, now bring you some urban infill. According to the press release the home is scheduled to be placed on August 16th, 2007 in the Highlands. I'll have to hunt it down to try an get some photos, I'm really interested to see how it fits in with the neighborhood and maybe get some neighbor reactions. I applaud the effort at hoping to attain the LEED Silver certification, an am curious as to whether this truly is the first factory built LEED certified home int he US. I'm also curious on what the cost is per square foot compared to other Denver infill homes. Looking for some more press on this project...

Studio H:T


via Worldchanging

Monday, August 13, 2007

Hugh Brown, 71, reaches milestone: 50 years of design

Local Denver Architect still uses a drafting board (shouldn't we all). Architect as artist, i like it. He helped design the Ritchie Center at DU with recently deceased Cab Childress, interesting because it's where I currently work. I wonder if the common thick black glasses and bowtie will continue with future architect generations?

picture and article via Rocky Mountain News

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

CU-Boulder Architecture Defends Solar Prize

Roof-integrated photovoltaic panels were installed Aug. 2 by University of Colorado at Boulder students on the school's latest Solar Decathlon entry as part of a project update for the fall competition, the third of three competitions to date that CU-Boulder won previously in 2002 and 2005.

Special features of this year's CU-Boulder home include building-integrated photovoltaic panels, which will provide a waterproof roofing shell while collecting all of the energy needed to power the home; a ductless heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system with architecturally integrated heat exchangers; and a mechanical spine in which the plumbing and HVAC system are centralized in a completely modular, prefabricated, structural core.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Colorado, Redirect to Green Resources

Thanks to Denver Infill Blog who notes "One of the many reasons why urban infill is so important to our community is that it's a very sustainable form of development. Urban infill is anti-sprawl. Instead of constructing new travelways, utilities, and buildings in undeveloped greenfield areas, urban infill projects take advantage of existing infrastructure and increase the utility of land in already established areas. Urban places like Downtown Denver also are home to many environmentally sound and healthy practices like LEED-certified buildings, public transit, pedestrianism, etc."

Like a "Green" Yellow Pages for Colorado.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Buona Notte Antonioni

Photo by Guido Harari

In my opinion, the greatest filmmaker of all time passed away on Monday at age 94. I'll never forget watching his films in Hancock Hall between studio time in architecture school, and retrospectively the impact he and Fellini had on my design sensibility. Resto nella pace, Michelangelo Antonioni, vivrete per sempre nei miei occhi.