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27th November 2010

rosylavie7:25pm: Houses made of recycled material: Be creative!
I just watched this presentation by Dan Phillips at TED. He made beautiful houses mostly (70 to 85%) out of recycled material. He explains how we must change our way of thinking when it comes to build a house and how it's important to valorize discarded materials:


And here's another video, if you want to visit some of the houses he built:

I learn in this video that these houses are built part of an affordable houses program for the poor! Wow, great work, Mr. Dan Phillips! :-)

1st April 2010

rosylavie12:34pm: Postopolis, Ball-Nogues Studio
by Regine Debatty

"From Day 3 of Postopolis, the 5-day blogathon of presentations, interviews and panel talks about landscape and the built environment that ended last Saturday, i'm going to write only about the talk of Benjamin Ball from Ball-Nogues Studio. My first encounter with their work happened 3 years ago through blogs and magazines that were raving about Maximilian's Schell, a temporary outdoor installation that the Californian duo had installed in the courtyard of Materials & Applications in Los Angeles. I finally got to experience one of their works last Autumn at the Venice Architecture Biennial. Titled Echoes Converge and made of thousands of coloured string catenaries, the installation attempted to create a visual sensation reminiscent of the audio phenomenon of an echo while it kinetically registered the gentle currents of air as visitors experienced its cloud like volume."

17th February 2010

rosylavie9:41pm: Japan’s Styrofoam Dome Homes
I guess some of you will find this concept interesting, although I'm not sure if the material used is ecological and healthy:


Current Mood: optimistic

3rd November 2009

rosylavie2:50pm: Experimental Utopia in America

Nice account of community/cohousing projects architecture



27th July 2009

rosylavie5:00pm: Dragonfly horizontal organic farm for New York city

Dragonfly - Green Vertical Farm for NYC

Vincent Callebaut Architects developed an incredible concept design of a vertical farm that resembles the wings of a dragonfly, which is why it was dubbed simply Dragonfly.

The concept is proposed to be built around the Southern bank of Roosevelt Island in New York City. It is worth mentioning that this is the Belgium studio's latest design that has the intention of easing the continuously increasing demand for ecological self-sufficiency in the megapolis.

According to the idea of the concept, the vertical farm will help develop agriculture, farming as well as provide renewable energy in an urban environment.

The farm will include 128 floors, being 700 meters high and expanding over two rectangle towers. Vincent Callebaut Architects says that its urban farm will feature enough space for housing, offices, laboratories and vertical farming. The latter would be very important in a densely packed region such as Manhattan.

The Dragonfly will be able to accommodate 28 various agricultural fields where people could cultivate fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and dairy. The concept of the building is 100 percent self-sufficient due to the fact that it can generate both solar and wind power.

Dragonfly's features two towers, each being 600 meters high. The towers are arranged around a large greenhouse that connects them. The greenhouse is made of glass and steel, thus making plant and animal farming possible. The glass and steel construction also allow preserving the nutrient levels of soil, reports World Architecture News.


24th June 2009

rosylavie11:58am: Petal chambers, Auroville
I'm sure you will love this personal account of Christine Rhone into the Petal Chambers of the Matrimandir in Auroville.

"While the Inner Chamber of the Matrimandir has been open for some years, all the Petal Chambers around the Matrimandir have opened only recently. The Mother specified the colours for each of them and equated each of the twelve colours with one of the twelve qualities of the Universal Mother. In the order of the colour spectrum, starting with red and ending with violet, these are: Courage, Progress, Receptivity, Aspiration, Perseverance, Gratitude, Humility, Sincerity, Peace, Equality, Generosity, and Goodness."

She experienced 4 of the 12 chambers. This is a photo of the Petal chamber called "Aspiration".


22nd April 2009

avad5:12pm: Home- an art exhibit w/Darlene Charneco, Ted Victoria and YC3 @ArtSites, NY

Growthland Shares (detail)



May 2 – June 7, 2009

Collaborative project by
until October 18, 2009

Reception for both: Saturday, May 2, 5-7 PM

@ art sites
651 West Main Street (Route 25), Riverhead, New York 11901 T: 631- 591-2401

Gallery Hours: Thursday –Sunday, 12-5 PM.


The idea of home usually evokes a sense of nostalgia and family, but both artists look with fond, humorous, and critical eyes at habitation.

Darlene Charneco’s mapping series looks at people, networks, homes, and communities as part of a larger organism's growth stage. Clusters of houses sharing or sequestering resources and shorelines are pondered as sustainability experiments within imaginary petri dishes. Ms. Charneco’s works take wonder in ‘where we are’ while exploring mnemonic and technological tools that allow us to grow our networks and broaden our sense of community. She imagines humanity’s overlapping experiences and shared interests creating new interactive maps of possibilities- hopeful that vital local and global challenges can be more collaboratively solved. A resident of Southampton, she has shown and lectured at numerous museums and galleries, including Morgan Lehman in Chelsea, the Katonah, Parrish, Hunterdon and Hecksher Museums. Her works will be featured in CARTOGRAPHY: Artists + Maps, by Katharine A Harmon, published by Princeton Architectural Press in Sept 2009.

Ted Victoria’s constructions are a constant delight, while tinged with a shadowed image. His moving images are physical, the assemblages of a home-grown inventor, but culled from pieces of the work-a-day world. While using simple actions derived from the camera obscura, the interior of his pieces are 3d mazes of bulbs, wires, lenses, debris and familiar items. The image first conveyed to the audience is often a mysteriously simple tableau, unexpectedly invigorated by movement and juxtapositions of scale and meaning. Titles such as The Magic Chair, or Watching TV on LSD, give a sense of the inner, imaginative world that the shell of home encompasses. Ted Victoria is a native son of Riverhead, where he filled the storefronts with images of swimming sea monkeys. As well as being a printmaker and photographer, he taught painting at Kean University for thirty-seven years. He shows with the Shroeder Romero Gallery in New York City and has a large installation, titled “Infestation” opening October 31 at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut.


YC3 an acronym for Yurt City 3, is the 3rd incarnation of a collaborative outdoor installation project to be installed this summer on the grounds at art sites. Co-ordinated by New York based Canadian artists Sheila Ross and Laura Ten Eyck, YC3, like earlier Yurt Cities, will consist of various prefabricated tents, yurts and handmade structures, in which guest artists will be invited to respond by adding artwork interventions to the structures.

The title and tent city aspect of YC3 are evocative of “Y2K” and a “back to the land” sensibility. YC3 also riffs on tent names - Eureka K 2 XT and Marmot Thor 3P3. For this installment of Yurt City, Ross and Ten Eyck have invited guest artists, Fletch, Todd Knopke, Jose Krapp, Ted McGurn, George Schmidt and Derrick Wilson to participate. As in previous installations, Ross’ colourfully embellished Yurt will serve as a meeting ground around which the other structures will be installed. Ten Eyck, in collaboration with guest artist Ted McGurn, is planning on erecting a trailhead that will serve as an appropriate point of entry into YC3, which will be dispersed across the 2-acre grounds of art sites.

Initially Yurt City was conceived in response to New York city’s current housing crisis of unaffordable rents and studio spaces. Both Yurt Cities were located in neighbourhoods currently undergoing a transformation of rampant development, displacing residents, including the local artist’s community. Yurt City is a response to this lack of space for artists to make and exhibit their work. Yurt City provides a venue for artists to participate, collaborate and foster a sense of community. The venue will serve as an outdoor laboratory for the development of temporary, ad hoc and vernacular architecture and adjunct forms in relationship to personal, practical and utopian notions of community and landscape. Yurt City also pays homage to the importance of the guest in Nomadic cultures, as the inclusion and participation of the guest artist is integral to the concept of this project.

Part camping experience, part tent city response to the urban housing issues, and part homage to Nomadic yurt dwellers of Central Asia, YC3 uses the architectural elements to reflect on different experiences of structure in the urban landscape. While indebted to the spirit of tent cities, or the shantytown phenomenon called Gecekondu, Turkish for “built in one night,” the structures of YC3, their modifications and additions will be built sturdily enough to remain for the several month duration of an exhibition. In keeping with the ad hoc spirit of the nomadic, temporary tent city or Gecekondu, YC3 will be transformative for viewers and guest artists alike.

27th March 2009

rosylavie6:56pm: Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe - Whitney Museum
rosylavie6:35pm: 150 Strange Buildings of the World

Follow this link to see the 150 strangest buildings of the world (according tho this website): http://coolpicturegallery.blogspot.com/2009/01/150-strange-buildings-of-world.html

Here is a preview:

61. Cob House (Vancouver, Canada)

106. Low impact woodland house (Wales, UK)

146. Theater in Ibirapuera Park (São Paulo, Brazil)

147. Reversible Destiny Lofts (Mitaka, Japan)

Enjoy! :-)

20th March 2009

rosylavie11:05am: Crazy Banyan Treehouse Cafe in Japan

Although this towering concrete treehouse isn’t really green, (unless tree imitation counts as ‘green’), we couldn’t help but be awestruck by its sheer craziness. We thought it worth a post, just for the picture alone. The Naha Harbor Diner in Okinawa, Japan is a life-size rendition of a banyan tree, also known as gajumaru. The aptly-named Banyan Town shopping center near the entrance of Onoyama Park features a twenty foot tall tree with a pan-Asian restaurant nestled amid its branches. Accessible by a spiral staircase around back and an in-trunk elevator, the restaurant specializes in locally grown and organic harvested foods fresh from the farm.


11th March 2009

rosylavie12:57pm: Visions of Paradise on Earth
Hallo Brothers and Sisters,

Since  you and I don't want to see any catastrophy scenario to happen on this planet, I invite you to join in a sharing of thoughts and visions about Paradise as we want it to materialize on Earth, or beyond!

I had created this community a few years ago, and when I had the idea to create it this week I was surprised to find it already existed (because I have created it), but there was no entry yet, so it's all new.

Visions of Paradise on Earth


Please share your icons with me, if you have a nice image of Paradise, since I don't have any image editing software on my computer right now, and had to borrow one from Google Images. :-)

Peace, love and action,


8th March 2009

rosylavie1:12pm: "The House of the Century"

Mojo relic
The House of the Century, 1972

Here you can find the whole story how it was built: http://www.youtube.com/user/mandaclair

26th September 2008

rosylavie11:28am: How to build a LEGO geodesic dome

rosylavie11:19am: The World's Best Photos of Buckminster and Dome. Flickr Hive Mind

Some of my pictures taken at the "Biosphere" in Montreal (ancient pavilion of the United States at the 1967 Universal Exposition) by myself are part of this collection. I just discovered them with great surprise.


18th June 2008

rosylavie11:42am: The Buckminster Fuller Challenge - See the movie

Bucky had it right. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

That’s why we’re awarding a $100,000 prize each year for comprehensive solutions that radically advance human well-being and ecosystem health. The 2008 prize will be conferred June 23rd in NYC.

The 2009 Challenge begins this fall. Stay tuned..! .

If you would like to receive email updates about the 2009 Challenge, please send a request to challenge (at) bfi (dot) org with the word “subscribe” in the subject line.

22nd April 2008

rokkitz2:24pm: Reading the Streetscape: Idea Incubators
With the onset of spring I am trying to envision low-cost solutions to pretty up the backyard. Picturing an archway over the entrance to my backyard and light fabrics to cover up the horrendous green corrugated roofing. How a few small changes will affect the experience of the space is something I like to speculate on. Likewise I like to look at particularly interesting buildings in Toronto with multiple intended users and daydream about their subtle structures...
  • MaRS Discovery District: With biotech/biopharmaceutical firms, affiliated research institutes, the university of Toronto, and several teaching hospitals in the area adjacent to the MaRS building I, this is the most concentrated center of scientific research in Canada. The next phase of building was awarded to Alexandria, a real-estate development company whose logo is a lighthouse that supplies premiere lab and research facilities. It blows my mind to imagine a whole world of high-end development that most people need to know next-to-nothing about.
  • Center for Social Innovation: A place that is more an incubator than an office, home to over 100 social mission groups. My sister works from here sometimes when she's on this side of the country.
  • 401 Richmond St. W: A city within the City. Home to over 140 cultural producers and microenterprises, as well as a spectacular, much-loved green roof where many take their lunch under the rooftop shade of an urban oasis.
  • Aga Khan Trust for Culture: had a presentation here last week about their work in preservation of historic Muslim cultural/religious monuments around the world. The restoration works in war-torn Afganistan were intended to create community centers around historic local identifying monuments. One of the first such projects was to restore a garden for public use.

2nd April 2008

avad2:50pm: Guess Who's Building a Green City- article in Speigel Online Intl
"In a delicious irony, Abu Dhabi is pouring oil billions into a zero-emissions metropolis in the desert.....:"


"There's a former nursery across from the royal family's private terminal at the Abu Dhabi airport. It doesn't look like much now -- 1,600 acres of sand dotted with small, forlorn trees. But one fenced-in spot on the property hints of a plan so ambitious that it stands out even in a land of seemingly limitless wealth. There, atop concrete slabs, engineers are preparing to test solar collectors. Those collectors are scheduled to power a futuristic 100,000-resident city that will rise from this sandy wasteland by the Persian Gulf. The goal: to create the world's first metropolis that emits not a single extra molecule of carbon dioxide, the cause of global warming.

It's a delicious irony that the Middle East, awash in oil and dollars -- Abu Dhabi alone has nearly 100 billion barrels in reserves -- may be the one region on earth most capable of building the first city for a post-oil world. ...." read the rest of this great article by Stanley Reed here at Speigel Online International.

© Copyright 2006 Michael Sorkin Studio

22nd March 2008

avad12:34am: City of the Future/ Hydro-Net
check out City of the Future: A Design and Engineering Challenge and vote for your favorite.
I love Hydro-Net!

flickr set on Hydro-Net HERE

5th February 2008

urkadur8:45am: BFI Challenge
Good news chez Urkadur!

I am one of the 24 semi-finalists in this year's Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

Please take a look at my fledgling website:

The Water Bullet - High-Speed material transport.

The second set of judges will be visiting the site over the next few weeks, so in addition to repairing my dead links and doing some cosmetic changes, I need hits - lots of hits, preferably from all over. Please pass this on to anyone you know who's a bucky fan, or who believes that technology is the only shot we have to get out of the mess that technology has brought us.


31st January 2008

theirea11:03am: By Roger Dean
ROGER DEAN has designed a house for the new millennium: artistically beautiful, environmentally kind, but cheap and quick to build. It began as a college project to design a child's bed and grew into a radically new form of architecture for a world awakening to the damage done by post-war housing and office development.

Dean's paintings and album covers are known around the globe, and his futuristic style has been much imitated. The mythical beasts and dazzling clarity of light and colour are his trademark, but at the heart of much of his work are the wondrous buildings that mushroom into his cobalt skies. Fantastic as they may look, these are architectural drawings of structures that can be built.


29th November 2007

avad12:26am: Aqua Art Miami dec5-9 Petri Playgrounds



Aqua Hotel
1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Fl
During ArtBasel
Dec 5-9, 2007
w/ Morgan Lehman Gallery


Would love to see you there!
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