Sky City: World’s Tallest in 7 months?

16 May

The above is a promotional video for Sky City, the vision of Broad Sustainable Buildings and if built it will become the World’s Tallest Building at 838m after being completed in just 7 months!

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Real Life Color Project

13 May

One of my personal favorite assignments in the first year of studio at IIT was the Color Project. It was a really simple concept: take a piece of mdf, cut it into shapes, paint them colors, present. There was a bit more to it where you had to actually have a concept and make a reason to the colors. When I came across the Sugamo Shinkin Bank, by Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design, all I could think is that it must have been designed by an IIT student with the color project in mind.

© Nacasa & Partners Inc.

© Nacasa & Partners Inc.

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Before The Wizard of Oz

8 May

Wizard of Oz is a childhood classic that I took very seriously, well serious in a fun way! I grew up watching that film far too much to the point where in 8th grade my family took a trip all the way out to Chesterton, Indiana from Massachusetts just to go to a Wizard of Oz Festival where I met the few living cast members from the movie including the Coroner! So I am always interested to see variations on the classic story and went to see prequel Oz the Great and Powerful recently and was sadly disappointed. On the other hand I am a huge fan of the prequel musical Wicked which I have gone to see numerous times and I came to the conclusion that there is a key difference between the two: depth of substance.

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Rebuilding Together Aurora

5 May

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Rebuilding Together Aurora holds an annual Rebuilding Event every April and this year members of Toasting Design joined in to help. We were placed on the crew that transformed Equata’s Place, a community garden that started as grass. Continue reading 

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Misty Dubai

13 Apr

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Dubai, a city of buildings floating among the clouds.

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BIG Smithsonian

15 Mar

The Smithsonian is getting a BIG upgrade. They announced earlier this week that the Denmark based architectural firm BIG will be in charge of a new master plan for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Castle

Smithsonian Castle

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Porous City Lego

6 Mar

MVDRV Porous City, Photo: Frans Parthesius

MVDRV Porous City, Photo: Frans Parthesius

Architecture Firm MVRDV has created the “Porous City” exhibit in Cannes which consisted of a series of studies on the porosity of skyscrapers through the use of sixteen LEGO Towers. Continue reading 

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Disappearing Church

27 Feb

When I think church I think a large heavy building, I think stone columns. What doesn’t come to mind is something that nearly disappears when looking at it…

Reading Between the Lines © Filip Dujardin

Reading Between the Lines © Filip Dujardin

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Beyond The Box – A Building for Affordable Housing

2 Feb

Congratulations to the entire ToastingDesign group, engineering professional Marcos Guerrero and architect/mentor Steve Beck for the second place finish in the first annual 2012 National IDP Design Competition hosted by the AIA-San Fernando Valley Chapter.

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Energy…getting a lil political here….

17 Oct

Illustration by Brian Stauffer

Illustration by Brian Stauffer

Architectural Record seemed to be reading my mind today, there online “WEB INSIDER” came out with a critique today by James Russel titled “All Quiet on the Eco Front

Energy is a big thing, lets not kid ourselves here, and one of the big issues I’ve been having with the election is how Energy isn’t becoming a larger topic. Granted yes Taxes, Healthcare, the Economy, Foreign Policy they all are big issues as well, and rightfully should be front and center while we decide who is going to be the next President of the United States. I honestly haven’t decided who I am voting for yet, but one of the MAJOR ISSUES I have with Governor Romney is the fact that he keeps boasting about how he will be successful in making us Energy Independent over the next 8 years (assuming he’ll be a two-term President should he win).

My issue with this is that ENERGY IS A GLOBAL ISSUE !

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