Grow/ing a Sustainab...

Although I benefit tremendously from understanding something about what my colleagues and fellow professionals are accomplishing in the realm of sustainable design and construction, I have continued to feel like your average informed citizen. Many individuals ask “what can I do?”...

SMOKEFARM 2013

SMOKEFARM 2013: Talks, Food, Tree Houses, Camping, and Rural Splendor. This summer I was invited to speak at  the Smokefarm Symposium 2013, an event run by the Rubicon Foundation at an former dairy farm just an hour outside Seattle.  It sounded intriguing at first, but I will admit, I...

The Afghan Studio: a...

The foundation stone laying ceremony for the new Gawhar Khatoon Girls’ School was held just a few weeks ago–to much fanfare and excitement from the local community in Mazar-i-Sharif. What began as a discussion between our former dean Daniel Friedman, and philanthropist Janet Ketcham, has...

Lighting in Hagia So...

DEMYSTIFYING ANCIENT WISDOM: LIGHTING IN HAGIA SOPHIA Written by Mehlika Inanici, Associate Professor Sometimes it takes centuries, state-of-the art technology, and new approaches to demystify the wisdom of the past and reveal its secrets. The domed structures from Byzantine period provide...

Trans/Form

Trans|Form (or Anything new can do, Old can do better) By Kathryn Rogers Merlino, Assistant Professor American conservation efforts began in earnest during the 1970s when the phrase “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle” was first introduced.  A fact often neglected is that the slogan was...

Targeting 100! New W...

Targeting 100! | Design in Healthcare – New Website Launch!!  We have been very busy over the last year at the Integrated Design Lab!  I’m excited to share the results of one of our most recent projects, “Targeting 100!”  Just last week we officially launched the Targeting 100!...

The 2X4CHAIR

The 2X4CHAIR | Jim Nicholls In the early 1930’s Dutch architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld, inspired by social concerns and aiming to provide well designed furniture as cheaply as possible, designed a ‘Crate’ furniture series and wrote,“… a piece of furniture of fine...

Designing Process

Designing Process | Making the Wawona Sculpture The Wawona sculpture, which is currently installed at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle, was a work heavily derived from the invention of process. The structural design work of ARUP was as unique as the process used by Studio...

Home Economics

Home Economics | The Urban Ecology Partnership at the Bullitt Center Written by Rob Peña • Associate Professor, University of Washington  For decades, the design community has debated the meanings and applicability of sustainability and corollary terms such as sustainable design, green...

Lesson(s) of Rome

The Lesson of Rome is for wise men, for those who know and can appreciate, who can resist and can verify. Rome is the damnation of the half-educated. To send architecture students to Rome is to cripple them for life. The Grand Prix de Rome and the Villa Medici are the cancer of French...

Capturing the Sun

The Villa Pisani in Lonigo is the most celebrated of the works of sixteenth century architect Vincenzo Scamozzi.  Among its remarkable qualities, natural light is repeatedly cited for its primary role in shaping the experience of its interior spaces. While published photographs give a certain...

Hands On

Personal note: in 1976 I fell in love…with a handrail, and thus discovered that buildings can be seductive in ways I hadn”t been taught. Gliding down a wide spiral stair of a London Tube station with my shoulder pressed against the smooth white tile, I began an affair that changed...

Documentary!

Century 21 – Putting Seattle on the Map!  Tyler Sprague, Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture, along with several Seattle structural engineers are working together on this amazing documentary about the structural engineers of the 1962 Seattle World Fair. Read the...

Deployment

Poster from the exhibition: “The only defense against the atomic bomb, once dropped is not to be in that place.” Dr. Irving Langmuir. When I was about ten, there was a column in the entertainment section of our local newspaper entitled “Things I Learned Enroute to Looking Up Other...

The Dark Side of Aff...

The theory of affordances is rooted in the work of J. J. Gibson, a psychologist working in the area of visual perception. Design and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) theorist Donald Norman introduced the idea to the digital design community in the late 1980s in his book now known as The Design...

Building Integrated ...

Building Integrated Agriculture: Closing the Nutrient Cycle for Net-Zero Building Performance Urban Agriculture is the incorporation of food cultivation in cities and buildings. This integration started as a grassroots movement, but in the last few years it has reached the mainstream...

Optical Glass House

Optical Glass House | Hiroshima, Japan A glittering facade of suspended glass blocks veils Hiroshi Nakamura’s winning entry to the ar d Awards for Emerging Architecture  ‘Should we wish to lift our culture to a higher level, then we are obliged, for better or worse, to transform our...

New Moves in the San...

Last summer a small group of us got to play in a sandbox full of new toys — with gizmos, gadgets, widgets, and thing-a-ma-bobs.  Play, of course, is one way of systematically exploring the affordances of a new technology. And sandboxes are designed to be largely free of risk, while...

Designing the World’...

Amory Lovins, physicist and chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute, says that “we don’t care about dirty black rocks (coal) and sticky black liquid (oil); we care about mobility, cold beer and blaring stereos.” We want the services that our modern buildings, machines and devices...

Making and Remaking

I like to make things. I don’t know why, exactly – my parents were not “handy” in the sense that they went looking for the type of projects that I have long been drawn to. They never taught me how to use tools. I guess I had a granduncle that was an amateur architect (I...