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Math for Architects

A post from “Coffee with an Architect” of math “equations” for architects.  Sad but true + humor ;)

http://www.coffeewithanarchitect.com/2011/09/29/architecture-equals-awesome-minus-reality/

I want this…

Flexible, easily transportable gardening bags for urban living

http://www.bacsac.fr/en/

Think Small

A simple, beautiful home in South Korea — focusing on the landscape, the quality of the materials, and the owner’s interactions with people, not the owner’s possessions.

When designed with enough attention to detail and composition, even an empty room feels complete.

A provoking quote from the Archinect feature:

“People typically are born into small bodies and return to an even smaller final resting place.  Why, then, do we desire houses that are too big for us?  Our possessions swell to an unnecessary magnitude, and in the end we are burdened by their weight…Like clothing that does not fit, houses that do not fit their owners appear unnatural. Where do we draw the line between too small and too large? People believe that if their houses grow as their life progresses, they have achieved success. An extravagant house, however, does not guarantee happiness or satisfaction.”

When many are boasting about more and more square footage, this home looks perfectly complete at less than 800 sq. ft.

Check out the full article here.

 

Pro Bono Work

An interesting [and clarifying] article about the facts and misconceptions surrounding pro bono work.  It’s easy to see how it can be misconstrued.

“Contrary to popular perception, pro bono doesn’t mean for free. Its literal Latin translation is “for good,” shorthand for pro bono publico, “for the good of the public.” (The accurate Latin phrase for “free” is gratis.)” ~ John Cary

Check out the “Five Myths About Pro Bono Design”

Linked in the article is an entertaining graphic about when it is ok to work for free [and when it's not].  It’s called “Designers, Should You Work for Free?”

Here’s a small part of it [designed by Jessica Hische]

connecting

        

…and now for some non-thesis work

“Recycled” end tables (1 of 2).  The tables are built from scrap wood, table legs from Goodwill, and left over paint.  Thanks to all the friends and family who contributed to the bottle cap portion!

Table #1 of matching set

A week of family bonding generates old stories, new memories, and lots (LOTS) of new bottle caps…

Once you start collecting caps, you can’t stop, so the next project is now underway :)

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