I love shipping container houses, and I have seen some creative ways of making space with them. But with this home, I wanted to make a modern home that would fit into almost any neighborhood. A simple rectangular volume, to maximize the usage of the shipping containers. This home is designed to be affordable, with a hybrid model of shipping containers and dimension lumber with prefab trusses for the gable roof. The current gable roof is not only to match common existing houses you might find in an urban neighborhood, the gable roof can provide for good solar access, as long as you are working with an “east-west” lot. With this concept in mind, we are using the gable roof as a solar-ready angle; I thought this would be a great way to create a solar ready prototype that has a 40 degree roof pitch that coincides with the latitude, making it a truly solar-ready home that is built to catch some rays.
It uses 8 shipping containers. This would be approximately 16′ x 40′ or about 1200 sq. ft. with 3 bed 2 bath. There is an option to have the Master on the ground floor to accommodate aging in place.
This a collective food market, a place where local farmers can bring produce and goods to sell, local people can cook and there is more room to socialize provided than at regular super-market. This makes it a more civic place, instead of solely commercial. Having more social space allows for higher sales and creates a culture of ‘regulars’ who hang out at the market.
Initial studio for the alley flat initiative.
Main Category: Green Building Design
Category: Green Building
Entrant: University of Texas at Austin
Size: 18 x 48 x 12
Total Square Feet: 864
“We are keeping the baby and we are using the bathwater to water our garden.”
A published online article about me and some friends getting a notable finish in the 2009 Next Generation Metropolis Magazine Design Competition. Mark Tirpak, who is not mentioned in the article, also helped–he is an urban planner. Sam Schonzeit did most of the architecture work that I helped do rendering, and John Hart Asher did the landscape design.
Cohousing: communities balance the traditional advantages of shared common facilities and on-going connections with your neighbors. These cooperative neighborhoods, both inter-generational and for elders, are among the most promising solutions to many of today’s most challenging social and environmental concerns.
A 4″x14″ box vase that is made from Wenge wood, an exotic handsome dark wood from Africa. I designed a geometric pattern and cut it out with an ancient CNC router, the “lacing” or tracking of the router blade is parallel with the geometric design creating a stepping finish on the wood–as seen in the pictures. The darkness of the wood and the ‘complicated-ness’ of the design create a subtle effect. The box slightly bulges in the middle, giving it entasis–similar to a Greek column–that ‘tricks’ the eye into seeing a more straight and vertical volume.
At BioclimaticX we strive to look at buildings as part of Nature, as humans are intertwined with their environment. Together they can create a synergy that will increase efficiencies of systems and reduce negative impacts of development. Designing with nature can lower energy bills, increase indoor air quality, and increase productivity of the building and the inhabitants. We enthusiastically embrace a reconstruction of nature, just as we would embrace ‘the real thing. ’ Humans have a strong proclivity to Nature. By guiding the design process with a sustainable approach that reduces overall environmental impact and integrates ‘reconstructions’ of nature, we achieve a product that gives people a new perspective on ‘Nature’ and ’systems-thinking’ and ‘ways of living.’ As designers, or just as humans, we are stewards of the earth. We draw from the fields of biophilia, bioclimatic design and architecture, perma-culture, horticulture, landscape architecture, genetics, hydroponics, aqua-ponics, and many others. The end result are sites and structures existing harmoniously optimized within their environment and operating at maximum efficiency. The unique geography of each site is translated into the site-specific techniques to ensure humans and their structure will best fit for resource use efficiency and inhabitant livability. Growing food and generating electricity on site are excellent techniques, but beginning the site plan design with maximization of these two techniques shows how to fully optimize human and nature integration. Houses built into the side hills in the South of Spain incorporate building techniques that are suited specifically for the unique geography of the community. The architectural techniques are most successful when the site and surrounding community are incorporated into the design. Working to create a more sustainable lifestyle for 100% of Humanity.
The Sun Dial would “project” the time, on to numbers using a parabolic mirror. When the sun is out, a ray of light would indicate the time of day. During the noon hour, the ray of light would shoot straight down.