An amazing spring thunderstorm rolled in a few days ago, right along with sunset. It was stunning.
A torsion box consists of two skins applied to a core material, usually a grid or framework of some kind. The torsion box functions as a beam, but is considerably lighter than a solid beam of the same size without losing much strength. Torsion boxes are used in the construction of airframes, especially wings and vertical stabilizers, in making wooden tables and doors, and for skis and snowboards.
Here Beth gives an assist with strength testing and some much needed compression.
The assembled grid-core.
This is one of my favorite small house designs that unfortunately was never realized. It is a freestanding master suite for a couple and their visiting grandkids on their Sonoma, California land. The footprint is very compact in order to minimize impact on the site. It is situated adjacent to the existing swimming pool and so becomes somewhat of the pool house, with a generous covered porch to enjoy a poolside view on hot summer days.
It’s form is thin and tall, with an ascending promenade into, up and through the house that culminates at the roof deck which serves as an aerial perch for watching birds and taking in the stunning Sonoma Valley landscape.
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I went with Rene and a new friend Liz this weekend to shoot at an old paper factory that’s being torn down. Liz is a costume designer and brought some of her antiquish wares to juxtapose with the post-industrial scenery. It never ceases to amaze me how even ugliness can be beautiful… if you look at it right.
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Last year, I designed online and print materials for a new conference held in the fall out in San Francisco on Social Enterprise. This year, I refined the look and feel for the conference and created a template for their new website. It should be launching soon at socialcapitalmarkets.net.
I’m working on the first prototype for a line of ‘Pocket Shelters.’ They’re small (under 200sqft) structures that merge green design and building with voluntary simplicity. I’ll be moving into it when it’s complete along with my partner and our 2 year old son.
I’m building the entire thing ‘virtually’ in 3D CAD to allow me to work out the construction details and have a very accurate idea of my materials and methods. Below is a snapshot of my working model.
I shot this series when I was out hiking and camping at a local spot up on the Blue Ridge Highway called Shining Rock. It’s pretty spectacular and your long hike out is rewarded by your encounter with an enormous white granite outcropping on the face of the mountain.
These images are an experiment in camera movement, low light, color and pattern. Click here or on the image to view the full gallery.
My friend Rene and I explored a few of the abandoned factories down near the River Arts DIstrict. These are some of the things we saw.
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