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Apr
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Puzzled about this building…

Yes – the worlds largest Rubik’s Cube is here! A specially designed electronic puzzle interface uses Bluetooth to interact with this building facade in Austria. People passing by were encouraged to give it a try… I sure would!

Puzzle Facade from Javier Lloret on Vimeo.

Source: Javier Lloret

Mar
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Antique Mechanical Desk

Built in the late 1700′s by Abraham and David Roentgen, this amazing secretary cabinet was owned by King Frederick William II of Prussa. Yes, it is beautiful but what I really like is the gadgetry it contains… You have to check out the hidden compartments and the amazing mechanism used to expose its secrets. The home of the cabinet is in the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin but often is part of a traveling exhibit, most recently shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New york.

Feb
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The Nest Thermostat

Our thermostat died and man it was cold! I decided to install the ‘Nest’. It is beautifully crafted and easy to install and use. It connects to your wi-fi and will send you email reports, let you control it via your phone and more! Below is a quick video of the install and my impressions.

The Nest Thermostat from michael huber architects on Vimeo.

Feb
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Flat Pack Timelapse

Jean Prouve designed this (and other) flat-pack houses in the 1940′s. The Maison Demontable was intended to be used in French colonies in Africa. Only 3 were built – this one survived and even today still can be assembled as intended. I love the center structural element. Take a look!

Source: core77

Jan
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Typical Morning this Winter!

I thought I would share a little video of what seems to be a morning ritual happening twice a week this winter. How does this relate to design and architecture? – Umm… reconnecting with nature, fresh air, confirming the Midwest work ethic? Not sure but it has to be done! I hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying the season wherever you are!

Plowing from michael huber architects on Vimeo.

Jan
0

More then a Craftsman

Beautiful and inspirational story about a man finding his way in the world using woodworking as a guide. Eric Hollenbeck created the Blue Ox School to help children at risk, and himself. Worth a watch.

Jan
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Modern Homes in Film

James Munn pulled together a variety of movie clips showcasing modern residential architecture as sets. Some homes you may recognize, others maybe not… Very fun to see how design can add to the story (and in some cases steal the show!).

DESIGN IN FILM THE MODERN HOUSE – UPDATED from James Munn on Vimeo.

Dec
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Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Holiday and New Year!

Nov
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The Voice Array

Wow -this may bug the heck out of your eyes but I think the thought that went into it is pretty cool. You say something that then is heard alone and then with everyone who went before you. The sound is also transmitted as an LED flash on a wall. Check it out.

“Voice Array” at MCA Sydney (2011) by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer from bitforms gallery on Vimeo.

Source: Lozano-Hemmer

Nov
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Podcast #37 – Spray Foam Insulation

Scott-GloweIt had been a while since my last video discussion with Scott Glowe of St Croix Insulation. We are specifying more and more spray foam insulation in our projects and thought it would be great to have a conversation with Scott about the product. Some off the things we discuss are:

-What is spray foam insulation?
-How does it compare to other types of insulation?
-How is it applied and in what applications?
-What are the costs and benefits of spray foam insulation?

Feel free to contact Scott through his website or via email at scott@stcroixinsulation.com
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Oct
0

Shoveling & Clean Water

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization is a past Client and are experts in everything water. With winter on the way, they have put this video together on tips to keep salt and other pollutants out of our streams and rivers. Great information!

Oct
0

Project Update – Before & After

Project Update – Before & After

Some friends that I hadn’t been in touch with for 20 some years searched me out to help them remodel a home they just purchased. I love it! Besides the fun of reconnecting, they were looking to transform a basic stock house into a modern styled home. We kept the same shape and bones of Read More…