Tag Archives: Mark Swingler

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.

12-3-12_Balcony

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Auto Show – The Architecture Files

28 Feb

Of course as an architect when I went to the auto show I wasn’t just looking at the cars. Now overall I must say if I was judging the show based on the booths I would have been sadly disappointed but luckily the filled them (as planned of course) and it was a great show.

Auto Show Globe

Chicago Auto Show 2012

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Happy Holidays!

11 Dec

Happy Holidays from us here at ToastingDesign!

Christmas Construction Plans.pdf

Being Elmo: Inspirational! (commentary and insight)

10 Dec

Remember Elmo? Of course you do…Sesame Street has been a major part of the lives of millions of kids. But do you know the story behind Elmo’s puppeteer? Well, a group of us found out the story at the Gene Siskel Film Center, and it was an absolute inspiration!

Trailer | Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

Kevin Clash’s story is full of struggle, opportunity, and passion, as well as a variety of life lessons and inspiration. It’s amazing to see that a passionate young kid from Baltimore can follow his dreams from as early as 10 years old to become successful, loving everything he does and touching the hearts of millions.

So, what about the rest of us? What about the teens, 20s, and 30 year olds, and beyond, that know they want to do something great but have no idea what? What about our journeys?!

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Shirt.Woot Derby #225: australia

12 Nov

This week we took another stab at the Shirt.Woot derby but this time we had enough time to really get the idea fully worked out. The topic was Australia and our entry is Koala Yummy playing off those Koala snacks from childhood. Please take a minute to go vote (must be signed in and made a purchase at Woot to vote).

Koala Yummy

Koala Yummy

Thank you for your your votes and comments!

Khel Tower | Mumbai Vertical Athletic Sporting Community

10 Nov

Full Project Link: Khel Tower | Mumbai Vertical Athletic Sporting Community
The following project is an Advanced Architecture Studio project by Mark Swingler and Kent Hoffman in coordination with Professor Antony Wood, Executive Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The project was located in the C-Ward District of Mumbai, India and seeks to make a difference in aspiring athletes lives and communities, ultimately strengthening its legacy for generations to come. Due to the intense population density of Mumbai, it was necessary to move from the horizontal to vertical realm, creating an innovative athletic facility in the sky.

Zombie Safe House

12 Oct

For our first competition we tackled the Zombie Safe House Competition. Our submission is below and public voting is open until October 21st. Please vote on our submission here.