For Under $500, Two College Students Built A Tiny House

Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Kooten built this tiny home almost entirely from scrap materials.Ladies and gentlemen, pull out your manilla folders and go ahead and file this story under the topic/category of “Inspirational Undertakings”. Two college students from Central College spent approximately 500 hours building this small, sustainable house in Iowa. They used any materials they could find and put to some sort of use, as well as receiving assistance of one father who knows his way around tools, and bought as little materials as possible during the building process.
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Julian Treasure Asks Architects in TED Talk to Use Their…EARS?!?

Practically any conversation involving architecture involves space, place, form, experience, and meaning, which derive from architecture’s sensory experience involving light, touch, smell and sound. The latter of the senses is to topic of the TED Talk given by sound expert Julian Treasure, as he petitions architects to design for our ear. The basis of this plea on how the quality of a building’s acoustics affect us physiologically, socially, psychologically and behaviorally.   Continue reading “Julian Treasure Asks Architects in TED Talk to Use Their…EARS?!?”

High School Students Explore Architecture/Design Through Website

My interest in architecture started before I even knew what architecture was. My parents bought be 3 set of LEGO on my 5th birthday and ever since then, I’ve loved buildings and design.  As years went on, I collected K’Nex sets and drew plans of paper towel roll ramps for my Hot Wheels and building them with tape, LEGO, and furniture.  Since architecture is a profession that has one of the hardest-earned degrees and licensure processes that recommends that suitors show early signs of intense commitment.  While few resources are openly available to secondary school students who have a passion for the profession, the Chicago Architecture Foundation found a way to close that gap.   Continue reading “High School Students Explore Architecture/Design Through Website”

Stuff Architecture Students & Professors Say…

Ah yes, as I recall my days at the Langford Architecture Complex at Texas A&M University (Class of 2007; WHOOP!) and the architecture building at UT-San Antonio, I remember the day-to-day process of the life of an architecture student (or as we referred to it: “ArchiTorture”).  From long hours at the study to finish models and presentations early (or on time), sleeping underneath my studio desk, an unhealthy diet of fast/processed food (or “diet” of little food), and scrambling for and spending cash on supplies, all the while trying to keep some sort of social life to keep from losing my mind.  It also brings to mind the critiques from my architecture professors, from the actually helpful criticism, to the mean-spirited judgments, to the “what-in-the-name-of-all-that-is-Holy” are you talking about.  However, I’m pretty sure I’m guilty of some during my time as a teaching assistant at UTSA.  The two videos below seem to share the experiences I’ve had during my architectural education at both Texas A&M and UTSA, thanks to YouTubers  & .   Continue reading “Stuff Architecture Students & Professors Say…”

Learn Geography….based on a possible Zombie Apocalypse!

Sorry fellow nerds, but no “The Great Gatsby” hat-trick/triple crown today.  However, I think this will do just fine.

Hockey and horse-racing terms aside, when it comes to education in America, we certainly can do better; we are declining in science and math, and many of our citizens are unable to even point out familiar states, provinces and countries on a map.  One could assume that this decline could in fact be the first step to a probable zombie apocalpse, and if so, thank goodness for educator David Hunter.  Hunter, a fan of geography AND zombies, developed a full middle school geography curriculum taught in the context of a Zombie Apocalypse. His project combines textbooks, teaching plans, and creative role-playing simulation to engage learning.  Teachers and students will be able to learn real world geographic concepts by learning and applying their knowledge to survive in a world flooded by zombies with help of the curriculum’s books and learning materials.

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