Archive for the ‘International’ Category

Portable Living

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

An exciting interdisciplinary collaboration between the veterinary and architecture departments at Virginia Tech was recently highlighted by Dwell magazine.  This outstanding masters degree thesis project is by industrial designer turned architect, Nathan King, a graduate student at Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies.  The small building functions as a portable research station for biologists researching primates in western Tanzania.  Each piece of the dissembled structure can be carried by two people through the jungle and the entire building can be assembled without any tools.  Here is a link to the Dwell magazine article:  http://www.dwell.com/blogs/plug-projects-jungle-research-station.html

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Helveticia

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

The Swiss Embassy in Washington is comprised of a spacious landscape with two buildings.  The newer of the embassy buildings is an epitomizing statement of minimalist architectural aesthetics.  The plan is a clear evocation of the national symbol, the cruciform, which can be found in many levels of detail on the site, down to the permeable paving units in the drive and the pattern of the mechanical air intake vents on the older mid-twentieth century modernist embassy building.

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Stepping out

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

These are not in DC.  But they are probably one of my favorite staircases ever.  This  museum at Castelvecchio in Verona was given a modern upgrade by 20th century Italian master Carlo Scarpa and is considered widely to be one of the best renovations in all of architectural history.

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