Frank Lloyd Wright architecture school grad built this beautiful desert shelter for $2K

May 17, 2017 by  
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Students at The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Taliesin West have erected small sleeping shelters on the school’s Arizona desert property in for decades, hearkening back to the early days of the school, when young architects resided in tents as they built the permanent building. Chilean architect Jaime Inostroza just raised his own tiny shelter, and – in keeping with the famous architect’s principles – it is meant to “respond to the landscape of the Sonora desert .” Inostroza named his shelter Atalaya, which means the crow’s nest of a ship, wherein crew members can glimpse the horizon. In his design statement, Inostroza said he wanted to build a sleeping shelter that would let him “dwell within the horizon of the Alameda of the Palos Verdes.” Atalaya is 12 feet tall, the same height as many of the surrounding trees. Related: Taliesin West students built protective desert shelters using mostly local materials With just a $2,000 budget from the school – and honoring Wright’s principles of sustainable design – Inostroza incorporated local stones into his shelter, and reused an old concrete pad resting on the site as a plinth for his new structure. Western red-cedar comprises the wooden parts of the shelter, a type Inostroza chose because it can last for 25 years and was more beautiful than another type of wood he could have picked such as pine. A wall-stair provides access to a small sleeping chamber. Fabric panels intended to amplify the surrounding desert colors cover Atalaya. Inostroza also considered light and the way it changes daily in the desert; he said the site of his sleeping shelter “becomes a distiller of the light” at sunset. He went through several designs before he settled on one, which happened to be the simplest. He told azcentral.com, “I’ve learned to always be asking: What is the essence? What is here? You don’t want to impose yourself on the site, you want to exalt what is already there.” Via ArchDaily , Curbed , and azcentral.com Images © Andrew Pielage /via ArchDaily

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Sleek Swiss-designed electric supercar takes on Tesla

May 17, 2017 by  
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Tesla’s got some new competition from Switzerland. Inspired in design by classic Italian supercars , the Elextra will be hand-built in Germany, though its maker plans to limit production to 100 pieces to ensure exclusivity. The all- electric vehicle can reach 62 miles per hour from zero in a snappy 2.3 seconds, and travels nearly 400 miles on a single charge. The Elextra is meant to redefine supercars, while drawing on modern technology to offer a clean ride. It is constructed with carbon fiber and boasts a dual motor electric drivetrain. The output power of the twin motors is 680 horsepower. The Elextra can reach 155 miles per hour, and has a total range of 373 miles. That rapid speed of zero to 62 miles per hour in 2.3 seconds is just faster than the Tesla Model S P100D. Related: Singapore’s Vanda Electric just unveiled a 1,500 horsepower electric supercar On the Elextra website, CEO Robert Palm of Classic Factory , which is behind the Elextra, said, “The idea behind Elextra is to combine pure lines reminding of the most exciting Italian supercars of the past, whilst being resolutely forward-thinking thanks to its low, sleek, and beautiful design , paired with today’s most advanced technology.” New Atlas pointed out hints of Ferrari-Lamborghini in the car’s wedge nose. A large greenhouse and signature V on the vehicle’s roof add flair. Yet the Elextra isn’t all style over function – it still has four seats and four doors so a whole family could go for a spin. New Atlas compared the amount of seating to the old Lamborghini Espada, which offered the sports car feel but had four seats inside. While designed in Switzerland, the cars will be built near Stuttgart, Germany. The company has not yet said how much the car will cost, but that they will be releasing more details this year. + Elextra Via New Atlas and Elextra Images via Elextra

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s unbuilt Trinity Chapel brought to life in vivid renderings

February 9, 2017 by  
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It goes without saying that Frank Lloyd Wright has a large and loyal following, but Spanish architect David Romero has taken his admiration for the famed architect to new, visual levels. Romero became enamored with Wright’s design for the unbuilt Trinity Chapel, and took it upon himself to create detailed color renderings of how the building might have looked today if the project had been realized. Frank Lloyd Wright designed Trinity Chapel in 1958 for the University of Oklahoma, but due to a misunderstanding with his client, the project was never built. Almost 60 years later, Romero used Wright’s original designs as a guide to imagine how the project would have looked if it had been finished. Thanks to modeling programs AutoCad, 3ds Max, and Vray, he was able to create the vivid renderings of the church design , complete with all of its complicated angles and dimensions. Related: Frank Lloyd Wright beach house listed on Airbnb for under $150 per night Romero’s version of the chapel features red zigzag walkways leading up to the building, which has a green shingle spire and a central window of stained-glass panels. Just outside the entrance comprises a soothing water pond with floating greenery. On the interior, Romero’s amazing work captures the color reflected by the stained glass windows. He even went so far as to furnish the chapel with wooden pews and blue cushions around the central wooden pulpit. Romero says he fell in love with this chapel because of its “suggestive design” and tried to stay true Wright’s style as much as possible,”I have had to speculate in some details that were not yet designed by Wright as the design of the stained glass, the pulpit or the large pond, but always thinking of what Wright would have done if he had had the opportunity to continue his assignment.” + David Romero Via Curbed Images via David Romero

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Temporary pavilion by Frank Havermans references traditional Dutch farmhouses

September 22, 2016 by  
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Overlooking a newly built channel in The Netherlands, the pavilion stands out from the tranquil, pastoral surroundings as a rib cage-like structure with sharp angles. It combines corrugated steel , plywood and plastic that make up its shell, roof and siding, referencing traditional wooden-truss frames and gabled roofs of the old local residences. Related: Floating timber pavilion transforms a Swiss lake into an exciting new public square “By charging this construction with several elements from classic farmhouse typology in combination with simple low budget materials I created an experimental hybrid construction,” said Havermans. “This pavilion references the architectural heritage and also has a futuristic appearance in the landscape,” he added. Related: Dutch studios RAAAF and Studio Frank Havermans build ominous futuristic mobile shelter in the name of peace The platform is made from rough-sawn douglas wood boards, while the corrugated metal frames and plastic wrap around the base and shelter a seating structure. Another bench is formed along the exterior of the pavilion. The architect coated the plywood trusses with black rubber to protect it from the elements. + Frank Havermans + Stichting Fabrikaat Via Dezeen Photos by René de Wit

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What the new Chemical Safety law means for business

June 22, 2016 by  
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The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law Wednesday, replacing the Toxic Substances Control Act which left Americans exposed to many toxic chemicals.

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Taliesin West students built protective desert shelters using mostly local materials

June 14, 2016 by  
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The project was initially conceived as individual exercises where Daniel Chapman, Mark-Thomas Cordova, Jaime Inostroza, Dylan Kessler, Pablo Moncayo, Natasha Vemulkonda, and Pierre Verbruggen were to design and build their own temporary shelters . The plan changed due to harsh desert conditions, and the students, guided by their instructor David Tapias, ended up designing a collective shelter. Related: Stunning Prefab by the School of Frank Lloyd Wright The students took only 12 weeks to build their designs, which comprise two shelters and a gathering space, using materials found on-site as well as inexpensive materials sourced from warehouses. Future students will use the shelters during their time at Taliesin West  and transform and document them on the little maps website. + Taliesin – Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture + Little Shelters Via Archdaily Photos by Nathan Rist

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Mid-century home by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice receives an earth-friendly upgrade

January 27, 2016 by  
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Was Star Wars’ Naboo secretly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?

December 18, 2015 by  
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A Bay Area commuter approaching Terra Linda from US 101 will notice something strange just east of the freeway in San Rafael. A futuristic, robin egg blue spaceship emerges majestically from the expansive landscape, then transforms into a massive structure that is dwarfed only by the two valleys it spans. This unusual and eyecatching building, the Marin County Civic Center , was nominated in early 2015 for the UNESCO World Heritage List and is best known as Frank Lloyd Wright ’s final and largest public project. But to science-fiction fans the striking structure carries a different meaning, as it was an inspiration to both George Lucas in Star Wars , as well as science fiction director Andrew Niccol. Read the rest of Was Star Wars’ Naboo secretly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?

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Melodie Dearden Creates a Perfect Gingerbread Replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater!

December 24, 2014 by  
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We had to share this ambitious gingerbread masterpiece replicating in small scale Frank Lloyd Wright ‘s Fallingwater, created by culinary artist Melodie Dearden. On Dearden’s  Garden Melodies  blog, she shares the painstaking process of building such an intricate model from baked gingerbread sheets and quite a lot of frosting. For those not familiar with Fallingwater , it was built in the late 1930s in Western Pennsylvania, and it is famous for its cantilevered structures that peer, somewhat treacherously, over a waterfall. This home is a complicated plan that appears to float above the water, making it that much more challenging to recreate with only sugar to hold your building together! Read on to see how Melodie pulled it off. Read the rest of Melodie Dearden Creates a Perfect Gingerbread Replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , baking , Christmas , DIY , Falling Water , frank lloyd wright , gingerbread house , Holiday

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Frank Lloyd Wright House Among America’s Most Endangered Places

June 25, 2014 by  
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