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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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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’s Hero Wednesday: Volkswagen’s XL1

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Studio III's Hero Wednesday: Volkswagen's XL1

Der neue Volkswagen XL1

Amazing and surrounded by controversy – here in the US at any rate: Volkswagen’s XL1 is one of the most efficient vehicles to ever hit the highways with 261 Miles Per Gallon!

Photo slide show and info: http://why.vw.com/stories#/stories/show/id/23011
Video: http://translogic.aolautos.com/2014/02/24/volkswagen-xl1-translogic-150/

The rumor is, you can NOT get this car in the US because the Government has banned it!?
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/621155-volkswagen-xl1-banned-in-united-states-because-its-too-fuel-efficient/

The rebuttal to this allegation or truth of the matter is; http://www.snopes.com/politics/conspiracy/xl1.asp

So the debunking presents its case as a slam dunk “shut up, end of story!”-type rebuttal and I think it’s actually quite right.

But really…the “shut up, end of story!” is that there is no excuse for not having a “people’s car” that can average double or triple the MPG of today’s typical family car (22mpg…yeah lets be real there too, 18 to 26mpg for the average family, which is disgraceful). We can’t make technology like this affordable to the masses but we can issue a 4 billion dollar subsidies to the oil industry every year, and yet we have a climate change issue that will most likely change the world’s understanding of the ”cold reality of economics”. It is mostly a political issue that needs to change for the sake of the planet and all creatures that call it home…like us. So why no change in policies? Seriously, anyone out there have a thought to share?