Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category

[ Architecture ] Studio Gang Working the Calumet Region

December 16th, 2010

Redesigning Mecca

May 21st, 2009

A proposed master plan

Thomas Architecture

Taipei Performing Arts Centre Competition Winners

March 21st, 2009

The office of metropolitan architects (OMA) has been awarded first prize in the design competition to build the taipei performing arts centre (?)

[ OMA ]





{ Previous Post } NL Architects Submission.

Thomas Architecture

Sustainable Development: BedZED

March 7th, 2009

BioRegional Development Group ]

The Beddington Zero Energy Development, or BedZED, is the UK’s largest eco-village.

The multi-award winning development is one of the most coherent examples of sustainable living in the UK.

Initiated by BioRegional, BedZED was developed by thePeabody Trust in partnership with BioRegional Development Group and designed by Bill Dunster Architects.

Located in Wallington, South London, BedZED comprises 100 homes, community facilities and workspace for 100 people. Residents have been living at BedZED since March 2002.

BioRegional are working to show that eco-construction and developing green lifestyles can be easy, accessible and affordable, and provide a good quality of life. For example, the heating requirements of BedZED homes are around 10% that of a typical home. We have produced research reports and training to save industry professionals time and money.

I was looking at Bedzed a lot while President of the East Chicago Redevelopment Commission.  I considered redeveloping Marktown and parts of the North Harbor Project into green communities. For Marktown it was a perfect marriage of garden city meets sustainability. Part of the plan was to create renewable energy districts and thus lower the costs for homeowners.

Thomas Architecture, Case Studies

Green Architecture > Vertical Farms

March 6th, 2009

[ Vertical Farm Project ]

"Farming the Urban Skyline" by Blake Kurasek

[ NY Times Article: Country, the City Version: Farms in the Sky Gain New Interest ]

"Living Tower" by SOA Architects


Farm3, by Fabrice Henninger and Alexander Dabringhausen
Farm3, by Fabrice Henninger and Alexander Dabringhausen

In the past couple of years the large west-coast argi companies have begun to purchase property near urban markets in the east, to remain competitive as transportation costs continue to raise. This bodes well for regionalism and locally grown food. When you think of the challenges we face the vertical farm has its advantages.
Advantages of Vertical Farming

Year-round crop production; 1 indoor acre is equivalent to 4-6 outdoor acres or more, depending upon the crop (e.g., strawberries: 1 indoor acre = 30 outdoor acres)
No weather-related crop failures due to droughts, floods, pests
All VF food is grown organically: no herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers
VF virtually eliminates agricultural runoff by recycling black water
VF returns farmland to nature, restoring ecosystem functions and services
VF greatly reduces the incidence of many infectious diseases that are acquired at the agricultural interface
VF converts black and gray water into potable water by collecting the water of
VF adds energy back to the grid via methane generation from composting non-edible
parts of plants and animals
VF dramatically reduces fossil fuel use (no tractors, plows, shipping.)
VF converts abandoned urban properties into food production centers
VF creates sustainable environments for urban centers
VF creates new employment opportunities
We cannot go to the moon, Mars, or beyond without first learning to farm indoors on
VF may prove to be useful for integrating into refugee camps
VF offers the promise of measurable economic improvement for tropical and subtropical
LDCs. If this should prove to be the case, then VF may be a catalyst in helping to reduce or even reverse the population growth of LDCs as they adopt urban agriculture as a strategy for sustainable food production.
VF could reduce the incidence of armed conflict over natural resources, such as water
and land for agriculture

Thomas Architecture

Taipei Performing Arts Center: Competition Submission

March 6th, 2009


NL architects have designed the taipei performing arts center aiming to make the building accessible to everybody. the public character of the center is guaranteed by the elevation of a substantial part of its program, creating a public square underneath it. as such the square becomes part of the building inside of it.

Thomas Architecture

Tianjin Urban Planning Museum, China

March 6th, 2009

Dutch firm cie architects receives first prize in the competition to design the tianjin urban planning museum, china.

The conceptual framework for the project emerged from superimposing different urban fabrics from the traditional city plan of tianjin to produce a bored block of varying porosity. block strategies were used for accessibility allowing daylight  and ventilation in the building. furthermore, through a combined analysis of historical  building methods and materials indigenous to the region, the proposal was able to engage  with the chinese building tradition while developing a distinctly modern and highly sustainable museum project. de architekten cie collaborated with arup amsterdam on issues of sustainability and structure and was assisted throughout the design and presentation process by their partners in shanghai, UNIT architects.

Thomas Architecture

Economic Development - Mayor Pabey’s Way

February 7th, 2007

Today At Indianapolis and Chicago

August 23rd, 2005

I wasn’t intending to take images. I just happen to be at the corner today.

Thomas Architecture, East Chicago