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The Adventure of a Straw-bale Building

Today as I was serving breakfast tacos I talked to a customer about Community Rebuilds. She is a regular at the saloon where I work. Her name is Lisa and she has big arm muscles, which she usually displays by…

What Is the Architect’s Role When It Comes to Energy Reform?

Solar Retrofit (in product development phase), image via itac.utah.edu Last week we explored different energy efficient, cost-efficient, and resource-conscientious approaches to architecture and construction. This week, we continue the conversation with ITAC director, professor Ryan E. Smith. Let’s begin by…

Building as Business

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.  By Wilkinson Eyre & Atelier Ten Singapore’s nearly complete “Gardens by the Bay”—a 110-hectare botanical garden with indoor waterfalls and a photovoltaic tree canopy—makes an important point about the state of 21st century architecture. Today,…