The Salariyeh Residential Building by Heram Architects is just…plain…lovely to look at…

Located in Qom, Qom Province, Iran, the Salariyeh Residential Building — designed by Heram Architects — opened this year, and aspects of the region’s religious beliefs include “privacy” and “lack of visibility from the exterior into the building.” Both of those guidelines are used in the decisions made in urban planning and creating relationships in the local neighborhood. In addition, usually when projects are built in this region … Continue reading The Salariyeh Residential Building by Heram Architects is just…plain…lovely to look at…

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The Dumbo Townhouses by Alloy Design; Don’t Let The Name Fool You…

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Located at 55 Pearl Street in Brooklyn, New York (near the intersection at Water Street), the Dumbo Townhouse — designed by Alloy Architects — is a 18,000 square foot 5 unit housing complex that opened in 2015. Now, about that name “Dumbo,” which I should immediately correct at “DUMBO,” as the project involved the demolition of the existing single-story warehouse in the DUMBO Historic Section of Brooklyn.  The typical townhouse units at Dumbo measure at approximately 18′ wide (with the corner unit measuring at 19′ 2″ wide) with a raised private entrance at ground level. Each unit also has a shared drive with parking spaces for each townhouse, placed behind the garden level at grade. Continue reading “The Dumbo Townhouses by Alloy Design; Don’t Let The Name Fool You…”

BMW buys parking app Parkmobile to in tackling urban traffic woes

Between the rise of hybrid, electric and self-driving autonomous vehicles (among other automobile advancements), automakers around the world are seeing the next great frontier in the driving experience, which includes FINDING A DARN, AVAILABLE PARKING SPOT! It appears that the German car-maker BMW was thinking the same thing, as they have gone from being a minority stakeholder in Parkmobile — described as the largest mobile parking services provider in North America with a footprint over 1 million+ parking spaces — back in 2004 to going all-in by outright buying the app completely. It looks like BMW isn’t just content on profiting from car sales; they was to solve issues with, again, FINDING A DARN, AVAILABLE PARKING SPOT!

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The Cocoon House by Landmak Architecture

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The Cocoon House is a block in a row house in an expensive urban area in Vietnam that became neglected after the country’s economic crisis. Within regulations, the slope roof is a must when doing renovation, and since the old, existing house structure was clustered and complicated, the architecture firm  — Landmark Architecture –decided to add only one floor and one mezzanine. Continue reading “The Cocoon House by Landmak Architecture”

Micro-Homes & Fist of Jesus! – WIRed #125

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It’s time for Episode 125 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses the rise of micro-housing in the United States, turn that working laptop screen into an external monitor, the awesome absurdity of Fist of Jesus, and remembering the WWF Forceable Entry album! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Micro-Homes & Fist of Jesus! – WIRed #125”

The US Cities With the Tiniest Micro-Apartments; It MIGHT Surprise You…

There’s a growing trend in the United States’ more popular cities that involves “living smaller” in dwellings known as micro-housing, i.e., apartments and other livable units that are smaller than 300 square feet.  The U.S. may not be leading globally in the micro-housing movement; Japan and Hong Kong DEFINITELY has those top positions locked down, with much of Europe not far behind.  However, the United States is culturally maneuvering in that direction as 28% of all American households were made up of single people (according to the 2010 Census, which YOURS TRULY participated as an enumerator, going house-to-house and meeting some, “colorful” individuals…).  The question is exactly where in this country can you find the (legally) smallest examples of this growing (heh, play on words) trend? Continue reading “The US Cities With the Tiniest Micro-Apartments; It MIGHT Surprise You…”

The Tiantai #2 Primary School…WITH A TRACK ON THE ROOF!

To me, it’s always great seeing new schools popping up.  A new school usually means a beautiful environment that cultivates knowledge, culture, physical fitness, art and ethics for its students.  This is the TianTai No.2 Primary School, which strives for a unique design that will serve as a model school for elementary school children. The project also solves China’s key problem with building new, large structures; a shortage of … Continue reading The Tiantai #2 Primary School…WITH A TRACK ON THE ROOF!

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The Great “Oreo” Lie – Rant ‘N Resolve #8

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Digging into his own personal experience, in this month’s edition of “Rant ‘N Resolve,” host Montez McCrary recounts his feelings on the term “Oreo” used negatively toward black people (meaning “black on the outside, white on the inside), why the term is downright dumb, and why it should fade away, never to return again. Continue reading “The Great “Oreo” Lie – Rant ‘N Resolve #8″

Daily Top 5 of the AIA 2012 National Convention (Day 2/3)

DAY 2

Annually around this time of year, the American Institute of Architects convenes for its National Convention and Design Exposition.  This year, the convention takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., where the theme this year is “Design Connects”.  Now that day two of 2012 AIA National Convention is complete, I wish to provide a few briefs about the stories made today at the show.  As with CES 2012, I will be doing this for the rest of this convention, so now, here are my favorite stories from day two of the 2012 AIA National Convention.

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Architecture critic Inga Saffron believes that skyscrapers are O-VER-RA-TED **clap-clap, clap-clap-clap**

Skyscrappers are a signature piece and building type in the realm of architecture. Created with the spirit of being able to build so high and touch the sky (no so different from the goal of the European cathedrals), and now it seems that every architectural firm is trying to make their name as designing and building the world’s tallest new skyscraper (with the currently record … Continue reading Architecture critic Inga Saffron believes that skyscrapers are O-VER-RA-TED **clap-clap, clap-clap-clap**

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