Rabbit Island Architecture Competition: A Rock and Wood Design Studio
Introduction:Rabbit Island is a remote 91 acre forested island in Lake Superior three miles east of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. The island has never before been developed and is composed of a forested northern…
Talen and Koschinsky Win HUD Sustainable Communities Grant
09/09/2011”Emily Talen, Professor at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and Director of the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory, and Julia Koschinsky, Assistant Research Professor and Research Director of the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation, are one of six grantees of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Planning (HUD)’s 2010 Transformation Initiative: Sustainable Communities Research Grant Program, selected from among several hundred applications nationwide. Talen and Koschinsky’s proposal was one of only three to be funded at the full amount of $500,000 over two years.
Talen and Koschinsky’s proposal to research “Affordable Housing and Walkable Neighborhoods: A National Urban Analysis” involves an in-depth, large-scale investigation of the link between subsidized housing and the walkability of urban neighborhoods. The researchers will investigate where, and to what degree, walkability and affordability are in alignment, and, whether the benefit of affordable housing in walkable neighborhoods is compromised by negative factors such as crime, foreclosure risk, low market strength, and racial segregation. They plan to uncover the neighborhood profiles that are associated with different degrees of walkability and affordability.” source Geo Data Center for Geo Spatial Analysis and Computation
Computer-aided design (CAD) products are popular among engineers, designers and students for creating 3D product designs. But the software is often too advanced for the average consumer to design his or her own products. In the future, however, CAD will allow the average consumer to design his own custom products that are both manufacturable and affordable. Consumers will be able to use simple software to combine predefined, configured product features. They’ll be able to personalize further by adding their own color palate, pictures, shapes and even personalized sizing. 3D Printing (3DP), like that from Dimension, is another amazing technology that will take a 3D CAD model and “print” layers of material, one on top of the previous, to produce a real physical model. It can create almost any shape, even those that can’t be made by traditional manufacturing.
The downside today is that the process is slow, costly, and often doesn’t produce parts strong enough for real world use. The technology in this industry is always advancing, and in the future, it will be able to produce robust parts quickly and cheaply. 3D Printing in an industrial setting is often referred to as “additive manufacturing.” As products are ordered online, versatile manufacturing stations controlled by robots will quickly and affordably crank out custom-manufactured products. The robots will be controlled by process software that will be integrated with future CAD.
Online custom products are slowly gaining popularity. You can go to NIKEiD and design your own customized Nike shoes. The downside is that they are pricey and will take several weeks to get to you. Other websites such as ShapeWays and Ponoko are useful for many DIYers. The mass market appeal of sites like these will grow in the future (when combined with the simpler CAD described above) with fast, flexible and inexpensive manufacturing.
I’ve never understood this concern that bringing a bike inside will cause “scuffed floors and chipped paint”. Sure, a bike can be a bit wet and grubby at times, but an office chair will scuff a floor worse than a bike and an umbrella or a bag of shopping is more likely to scratch paintwork.
“At Braun they were always willing to take a risk - nobody could tell you if a product would become successful. We as designers cannot work in a vacuum. The entrepreneur has to want it; the people at the top of the company have to want it.”—Dieter Rams
Solveig is a female given name of Old Norse origin. It is most common in Norway, Sweden and Iceland. Its exact meaning and origin are uncertain. name consists of two parts, where both parts have different theorized origins.
Sol- Old Norse salr ”house, hall, home” Old Norse sól ”sun” Old Norse sölr ”sun-coloured, yellow”
-veig Old Norse veig ”strength” Old Norse víg ”battle” Old Norse vígja ”to hallow”
Generally speaking, the most common version is Solveig. However, alternate versions are used in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Latvia and on the Faroe Islands. Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish Sólveig Solvei Solveij Solveg Icelandic Solveig Sólveig Latvian Solveiga German Solveigh
Website from nyc.gov that will guide you through the process of opening a food establishment and touches on facility design. “This information is designed to help you understand the permit application requirements for construction and renovation of a food establishment.”