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Thoughts and happenings from Studio III Architecture, Bristol, Vermont


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Best of Houzz 2016

 


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Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: Clean These Rivers?!

 

“Clean these rivers?!” a question or an exclamation…?
This is an amazing idea…to clean New York Cities Hudson and East River….to the extent that you could swim in them?!
Yes, check out Archie, Jeff and Dong’s idea for a public, floating, swimming pool that actually cleans the river.

Videos!
http://vimeo.com/69988699?from=outro-embed

http://www.pluspool.org/images-and-video/

The project also spotlights the idea that Designers can and should launch ideas to benefit our communities…because that is what we are trained to do but are rarely given the opportunity….because we usually have a client whose ideas come first.

The idea of the Designers as client is amazing. Initiating a project to solve a community or environmental issue, exploring and developing ideas and solutions from a sophisticated professional perspective with community and environmental wellbeing at the heart can have amazing results.

The question I have is how do they keep the lights on and the rent paid?! Seriously, how do you do that part?

 

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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/

 

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/


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Studio III’s Hero Wednesday: 3d Print Canal House, DUS Architects

Weirder then fiction (at least to an architect or builder)…but actually if you think about it, cars are made by robots, many surgeries are done or assisted by robots….so what’s so crazy about a building being made by robots, or 3D printer? Well watch this little video and let your mind wander a bit. The possibilities are many, the draw backs too, but these Architects are really looking to address a lot of the BIG questions of our future. And is it our future or just a passing fancy, or….a step along the way.

The project’s dedicated website is really quite interesting….poke around and discover more.
http://3dprintcanalhouse.com

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For a look at what else these architects from Amsterdam are thinking about check out their website!
http://www.dusarchitects.com/index.php

Studio III architects’ Hero Wednesday: The Park Passive House

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http://www.archdaily.com/488962/park-passive-house-nk-architects/

The Park Passive house by NK Architects is a great example of the potential for the Passive House building standard. The technical rigor of ultra energy efficiency is often dominated by just that…technical rigor, leaving the connection to context and natural surroundings, aesthetics and awareness of spaces and the lives lived in them as after thoughts…if thought about at all. To capture all of these considerations in a project is no simple task and goes far beyond building science and is what Architecture is really about…in any building type. The question of whether Passive House or Net Zero is the appropriate path for our future is still up for grabs. To only “building to code” is an expensive proposition and a liability for the future market value of the building whether your heating or cooling. Nice project NK Architects.

Follow this link to Archdaily.com to see and read about the Park Passive house. (for large format images only click on the first image and scroll through all the photos)

http://www.archdaily.com/488962/park-passive-house-nk-architects/

Oh and, by the way, Studio III Architects has its first certified Passive House “on the boards” and planning on stunning results as well!

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Passive Passion: more info on the Passive House standard for buildings

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Here’s a short video with some more information about the Passive House standard for buildings.

Gregor Masefield of Studio III architects in Bristol, VT is now a Certified Passive House Consultant!