2.28.2008

/// mini mcmansion

Who knew that a 300 square feet driveway could be turned into a 7'-4" feet wide x 113'-8" long, one bedroom house. The Little House was built by contractor Arthur Weedan in 1912 and renovated and upgraded in 1997. This tiny house has nothing to envy a full size house it has a foyer, living room, kitchen, dining area with folding table and chairs, laundry area with stacked washer and dryer, full bath room, front yard garden, patio and space for parking two cars.

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2.26.2008

/// blackout + natural ventilation


The big blackout that occurred today in Miami and some other areas of the State of Florida, made me rethink the idea of the buildings ventilation design in this city. For example the building code for Florida does not require that certain areas of a building have the need of natural ventilation, they do have requirements for all living spaces to have a percentage of natural light but not ventilation as long as there is a means of venting you are good to go, this makes almost every building in South Florida (and most of the states) to rely on mechanical air recirculation, the air conditioning. I am an architect trained in the Caribbean in Santo Domingo having an a/c is a luxury that not everyone can afford, therefore all building (or at least most of them) need to have natural ventilation. South Florida can definitely benefit from having such rule once more added to its code, I mean the climate is beautiful down here and I bet it would be more pleasant to breathe real air, environmentally more energy could be saved and quality of life improved.

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2.18.2008

/// Rooms Alphabet

It's absolutely wonderful
the way typography is part of our environment.
I really admire type artists they seek for insights
that can express emotions in just one letter.
Graphic via Teplin

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2.17.2008

/// A typographic city tale

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2.12.2008

/// mini-nations


Since I was a little girl I have always liked to be in charge, from a very young age I helped my mother keep the house in order and overlook the kitchen affairs. I bring this up because I have an innate desire to "take over".

There are individuals that have self claimed certain pieces of land forming independent entities usually not recognized by formal known countries, with their own flag, coats of arms, currency and even their own websites. Should these mini-countries really be called countries.

The principality of Sealand is a World War II Maunsell Sea Fort of the South shores of England, and it is the worlds best known micronation. It was established by an Englishmen and his family and has a population of 27 people.

The 14.3 acres Republic of Molossia is located near Dayton, Nevada and its population is a family of four.

Having your own nation might be a whimsical caprice of an eccentric mogul, but I still wonder how can I get my own.


Via : Web urbanist

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2.01.2008

/// Sharing Strangers


Cool graphic representation of the challenges between
the relation of nature and public space.

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