When schools grow too big for their existing facilities, they often have to resort to inefficient modular classrooms, which take a lot of energy to be run and make it seem like your kids are going to school in a trailer park. Gen7 Modular Classrooms by American Modular Systems is working to change that with their energy-efficient, affordable, and environmentally-friendly classrooms that provide healthy and productive learning environments. Over the summer, Gen7 installed a set of six modular classrooms at the Bolsa Knolls Middle School in Salinas, California. In less than a month and a half, the school had six new classrooms, which are far more energy-efficient and healthier than the buildings surrounding them.
Longtime FORM contributor Jack Skelley is expanding his voice at FORM with a new online column. Found under the VIEWS tab above, Skelley's writing will probe into issues of sustainability and urban design here in Los Angeles, which he calls "the capital of urban planning disasters" and "an unexpected source of successes." Expect to find a lively discourse that takes an intelligent look at both extremes.
Click here for his first post.
PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world. For LA, 2010 will mark the fourth year of participation.
The finalists of the International Highrise Award have recently been selected to compete for the award and EUR 50,000 in prize money: In Frankfurt/Main, Germany, an international jury of architects, engineers and property specialists chose five projects for the final shortlist.
This important international architectural prize for high-rises is open to architects and developers, whose buildings must be at least 100 meters high and have been commissioned within the last two years.The jury judged 27 high-rise projects from 16 different countries in line with six fundamental criteria: pioneering design, aesthetics, integration into the urban setting, sustainability, innovative technology, cost efficiency.
Even from across the country, Angelenos can have a say in who wins the Sukkah City Competition in New York CIty. With 600 participants from 43 countries, the competition challenged designers across the globe to try their hand at making a temporary structure fusing a traditional religious festival with contemporary architectural strategies. You can vote at NYMag.com will determine which structure will be the winner.