I came across the most marvelous structure through an article from my Zite app on my iPhone. I love Zite! One of my interest is green building. Literally green. The much renowned architectural firm, NL Architects out of Netherlands designed a grocery store that literally has a park on its roof. How cool is that! I went to their web site and looked at other projects. WOW! I can't get enough. I've long been a fan of rooftop gardens. NL also designed a metal tree that houses small wind turbines. At their home page click on Projects to see many more designs. Inspired by NL, I now plan to design a city.
On TED Talks I found a talk by Danish architect, Bjarke Ingolls. You can watch it on Utube. His company designed an apartment complex that offers each resident its own rather large balcony garden. Other really nice features abound too. To find out more you'll just have to watch the talk: HERE More fantastic inspiration!
With all the negative press our schools systems get these days it's nice to see an organization that gets it. The Manchester Bidwell center in Pittsburgh is all about changing lives through "diverse programming combined to create empowering educational environments for adults-in-transition as well as urban and at-risk youth, enriching Southwestern Pennsylvania and, [as they state] eventually the world." It's fantastic and I'll have an opportunity to visit the center in June. I'm hoping to develop a replication site in collaboration with the National Center for Arts and Technology. I designed a much smaller program in 2007, but was not in the right location to develop an actual center. Now that I'm in Houston, I believe I found my place. Becoming an affiliate site takes my original plans to a much higher level.
Everything that fuels my passions is about building and changing lives, whether it's a program, a building or city, or a story. Designing and building fulfill me. If it fulfills you too and you'd be interested in working on the design of a green city or if you're in Houston and are interested in becoming a part of a Houston Center for Arts and Technology (HCAT), let me know.
Until next time, "Happy building!"