Vermont Architects – STUDIO III

Thoughts and happenings from Studio III Architecture, Bristol, Vermont


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Studio III architects adopts The 2030 Challenge

Studio III is committed to contributing to a sustainable built environment, providing Passive House and Energy Star rated buildings.

…and here’s a link to The 2030 Challenge website

and a list of firms that have adopted the challenge, including Studio III!

 

…and a very happy, healthy New Year to everyone, from Studio III!

 


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Construction is in progress at the prototype Passive House!

Construction is in progress at Studio III Architecture’s prototype Passive House! As the foundations get their finishing touches, we reflect on how reality can force upon us design choices we wouldn’t otherwise expect. The original design called for screw pile foundations drilled into the soil as a way to float the main volume above the ground and reduce our carbon footprint by avoiding the use of concrete. Instead, bedrock covers almost all of our buildable area. And so we welcome concrete into our home, whether we want to or not. But at least no one can accuse us of building our house on sand.

Passive House in Middlebury, Vermont

Passive House in Middlebury, Vermont

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Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: NEW vs. OLD!

Controversy over NEW vs. OLD!

You love your old sneakers….so you save em and get new ones….or Huck the stinky old ones, or??

 

Ok how about your car, or phone?!  Old vs. New?

 

Maybe it’s more of a cultural question.  Sure some things we love new and others we love because they’re old.  From there it can be simplified to individual preference.  Let’s face it, some like to go antique collecting and others like to get rid of their junk…it all depends on where you stand.

 

So what about this example of a new home vs an old home?  And where does ones opinion cross the boundaries into others rights?

 

http://www.today.com/money/neighbors-want-architects-dream-home-torn-down-its-devastating-2D79606820

 

As Rodney King once said “can’t we all just try to get along?!”

 

 

…and for fun, here is the link to the Oakwood’s Historic society web page,

http://www.historicoakwood.org/

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…and Architect Louis Cherry’s web page!

http://www.louischerry.com/

 


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Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: Narendra Modi

Ok…I’ll make no pretense as to understanding the politics of India, but I was moved by Narendra Modi’s landslide election (814.7 million voted! Most of them for Modi presumably) and acceptance speech as covered and translated by NPR.  He is now the leader of 1.25 BILLION people, 1/6th of the world’s population!

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At a quick glance Modi is the poster child of alllllll the greatest ideals of Democracy. But as one looks a little deeper, as one should always do when dealing with politicians, his political career is a bit controversial, kinda like all politicians, yet he is now the leader of one of the world’s largest economies….and the world’s biggest Democracy.  A lot of things to make one say “Hmmmmm…?” What do you think?  Hero or Villain?
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Here is the NPR piece…sounds like a pretty amazing leader!

http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=314293273&m=314293274

Here is another (video) article spelling out some of the more complicated circumstances surrounding Mr. Modi’s political life….and why we should care.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/16/narendra-modi-profile-indias-new-prime-minister

….and a harder look at Modi and India’s challenges.

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/05/16/exp-gps-modi-gujarat.cnn.html

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Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: One World Trade Center Top Out

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Studio III architects' Hero Wednesday: One World Trade Center Top Out

Ok…this is a little old…almost a year…but amazing…and nauseating at the same time!
Check out this video of the One World Trade Center spire lifted into position, 1.776 feet high!! (go full screen …its crazy!)

http://www.archdaily.com/371916/video-one-world-trade-center-tops-out/