Friday, August 27, 2010

LEGO Towers

BIG CITY model proposal by Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) for a residential, retail and hotel development in Copenhagen. This model was built in 5 weeks from 250,000 bricks.

I posted this project for the creative architecture design... I'm not sure that it was even built... but i would like to see that kind of an organic form built, see how it works with the landscape and as they say with the traditional danish buildings...

To view the concept, animated video, and design process please follow this link:

Thursday, August 26, 2010

3D City: Future China

Paolo Soleri, 90 year old Italian American architect, proposed a 3d future city of Chine. This proposal is designed to accomodate 100,000 - 300,000 residents in 1-2 square kilometers with limited material and energy resources.
Working with MVRDV the concept was:
"beyond scarcity, beyond separation, beyond pessimism and protectionism"

A brief desription of there concept:
"...looking for alternative, high-density solutions besides skyscrapers: single buildings that will be connected waving on 'terraced towers', so as to realize their ideal of "beyond scarcity, beyond separation, beyond pessimism and protectionism"


More photos and information:

I wish I can see this kind of a propsal in Sudan, It's out of the context, but at least logical...!!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The First Fossil Fuel Free Community in The USA...!!!

A development that is employing a sterling roster of alternative energy strategies to cut its consumption fossil fuels and become completely self-sustainable.
Location: City of Arvada, Colorado

What do you need to know about this project?
1. The community is employing both active and passive solar energy collection measures to meet daytime heating and electrical energy needs. When the sun doesn’t shine, geothermal energy will be used to meet the energy needs of the community.
2. Rooftops will be outfitted with photovoltaic solar panels that will send their excess power to the grid for storage.

For more photos:

More information check this interview:

Designed by Michael Tavel Architects and David Kahn Studio.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


What does it mean when we hear: That's a green building?
Renewable energy, indoor air quality, natural ventilation....

For more images:

INCH (INfill Courtyard Housing)

"Urban infill projects can revitalize neighborhoods as they literally repair themselves to become dynamic communities." Toronto Archinista

I beleive this design approach could lead us through a solution for a problem we have between Whitfield & Scales Streets, Starkville, MS.

For more photos and information please follow this link:

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Interview with architect David Hertz: Designing a house from various parts of airplanes

This is something else, from 4.5 Million Boeing 747 parts, Architect David Hertz designed  an eco-friendly house.

The Interview:

The Project:

I have provided two links, the first one is the interview and second one has more information about the process of recycling airplane parts into architecture...

I recommend to view David Hertz firm website:


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Tiny Apartment Transforms into 24 Rooms

A colleague of mine shared this video with me. Architect Gary Chang designed a 344 sq.ft apartment to be transformed into 24 Rooms. He calls this The Domestic Transformer. When I saw this video and found out how this architect solved a problem that many of us may have if we live in that kind of an environment, I noticed that whatever kind of a complicated design you propose, it might be the best design you ever had... It's fascinating how he successfully applied a modern design theme into that tight space with various functions...