“We need to build big buildings with high asses and huge tits!”
Colbert may need to change the format of his show to discuss architecture more frequently – like all the time. That, or Paul Goldberger may need to let him get a word in on some of his New Yorker articles.
::clip via Where::
*ahem* My Ninjas, PLEASE!
This shit right here is killing me. The UK-based ‘Brown Corporation‘ [self described as 'a solid company'] has developed the ‘Shit Box’ – literally a cardboard box in which you can do your bidness. Ridiculous.
[ed. note: hell's yeah I put this in the 'green' category...]
::AMNP thanks to Hee for the link::
â€œWe will not ever use trailers again.â€
-FEMA Director David Paulison at a press conference in New Orleans with Center for Disease Control Director Julie Gerberding, on Thursday, Feb 14, 2008.
I’m not even going to front – I’ve copied all the info on this project straight from it’s webpage. In my defense, there isn’t that much information on MIT’s ‘FEMA Trailer Project’ anyways – but when I heard mention of it this morning on NPR I couldn’t help but toss it up on AMNP. Hopefully there will be lots more on this class project in the future – for now, here’s what they’ve got over at MIT:
The MIT FEMA Trailer Project
Research as Artistic Practice: The FEMA Trailer Project: Course 4.303/4.365 (MIT Visual Arts Program)
The FEMA Trailer Project is a cross-disciplinary, community-engagement, hands-on, design-build, research-oriented project with two components: 1) The course “Understanding the Problem: Research as Artistic Practice” in the MIT Visual Arts Program, and 2) The MIT FEMA Trailer Challenge, produced in collaboration with the MIT Public Service Center. The FEMA Trailer Project brings together a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students and departments across MIT to research historical, social, and design aspects of surplus FEMA Trailers and develop proposals for the eventual transformation of a surplus FEMA trailer into an alternative vehicle which critically addresses the frequency and complexity of emergencies and disasters in contemporary society. The FEMA Trailer Project will identify and work with a community partner to convert the trailer and donate the transformed trailer to a community. In collaboration with the MIT Public Service Center directed by Sally Susnowitz, the MIT FEMA Trailer Challenge will launch a competition open to the MIT community for solutions to various problems associated with FEMA Trailers–formaldehyde off-gassing, disaster surplus, psychosocial challenges, and the lack of adequate housing to replace FEMA Trailers. A surplus FEMA Trailer, donated by FEMA via the Federal Surplus and Law Enforcement Property Division, will be initially sited at 620 Putnam Avenue, former paint factory on the MIT Campus, and will serve as a temporary exhibition space as the interim Center for Art, Media, and Politics while it awaits transformation and donation.
FEMA Trailer Project Team:
- Jae Rhim Lee, SMVisS ’06, Visiting Lecturer, MIT Visual Arts Program, Dept of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning
- Ute Meta Bauer, Assoc. Professor and Director, MIT Visual Arts Program, Dept of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning
- Sally Susnowitz, Assistant Dean, Student Life, and Director, MIT Public Service Center
- Camilla Brinkman, Communicatins Coordinator, MIT Public Servie Center
- Allison Dee UG ’09, UROP, Management Sciences
- Maryann Chu UG ’08, UROP, Civil Engineering
- Jason Rockwood G’09, Graduate Student, Comparative Media Studies
- Tarick T. Walton, UG ’10, Program Assistant, Civil Engineering
- Priyanka Shah G’08, Teaching Assistant, DUSP/Architecture
- Jegan Vincent De Paul G’09, Teaching Assistant, Visual Arts Program
I’ll see what else I can dig up.
Preston, green ninja master over at Jetson Green, writes:
Forget the fact that I lived in Japan and absolutely love its culture, I didn’t know that Toyota had a homes unit. And they’ve been in the business of making homes for over twenty years! The company adapts automobile manufacturing technology to build stylish, earthquake-resistant homes for sale within Japan. The Toyota Homes unit accounts for only .5% of the company’s $262 billion in annual sales, and Toyota would like to beef that up a little bit. Plus, with the roll-out of the plug-in hybrid beginning in 2010 (remember all that discussion here about solar homes and plug-in hybrids replacing gas stations?), Toyota would like to do more with their environmentally-friendly, prefabricated homes.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Toyota Homes are built from six or more modules in under 45 days. They have a conservative home model called the Smart Stage that sells for $200k. It’s about a 1000 sf, two-story home. There’s also a more expensive, custom-built 2600 sf home that sells for around $800k. Toyota Homes are strong and guaranteed for about 60 years, which is twice the average lifespan of a home in Japan.
::article written by Preston, founder + editor of Jetson Green – original article entitled Toyota Looking to Expand Stylish Prefab Homes Unit. These articles from Jetson Green on MNPâ€™s Green Tuesdays are part of a feature you can find here every week – just click any Tuesday in the calender and enjoy! And for more â€˜greenâ€™ news + info, head on over to Green.MNP::
For the Fourth, I bring you a post from the main site a few months back – the ‘Back-of-the-Envelope Design Contest‘. Pretty ridiculous, sure – but wicked entertaining at the same time. Enjoy, and happy Fourth, my ninjas.
The Chronicle Review has held a competition to design a presidential library for Dubya – on the condition that all entries appear on standard sized envelopes, as if quickly sketched by an architect meeting with the president. The responses are HILARIOUS.
[Image: It's hard to read the text, but this submittal has a mock white house propped up out front, with a cemetery beyond that. The library itself is a cross shaped pit, representing Bush's presidency as a 'hole' - with a reflecting pool suggesting a bottomless pit of lies. My ninjas, please!]
Check out the rest of the entries here, and and decide for yourself which library is best suited for our soon-to-be ex-president.
I’d love to question why people love these lists so much – but really, they’re great ‘free’ advertising for AMNP [and stroke my ever-inflating ego], so I won’t talk shit.
I have some questions about how this ordering was actually established – since YAMOPO differs greatly with Michiel’s MOPO 2008 – but it’s got us at #5 [the order in the image above is the actual list], so I’ll just bask in all my awesomeness over here and keep my mouth shut.
…apparently two can be alike.
To be honest, I don’t really know what the deal is here. I received an email from Vincent Callebaut Architectures a couple week’s ago now about his new LILYPAD , A Floating Ecopolis for Ecological Refugees project, and forgot to post it – then today I see this article on Archinect commenting on the similarities between Callebaut’s project and PLOT‘s Mermaid proposal.
Ah, controversy – got to love it. You be the judge, and we’ll try to find out some additional info. Maybe it’s just an incredible coincidence.
[Image: Vincent Callebaut’s LILYPAD , A Floating Ecopolis for Ecological Refugees
What do you ninjas think?
::Ed. Note: My apologies, the ‘Mermaid’ proposal was by PLOT – which split into JDS and BIG. Sometimes these guys get confusing…::