Architect Michelle Kaufmann is launching a new series of prefabricated homes. The Zero series homes include the Ridge0™, the Vista0™ and the Contours0™. These new homes are designed to be net zero energy (where they produce as much energy as the need), healthy, comfortable, and smart. The spaces are designed to blur the boundary between the interior and exterior, “borrowing” space from the outdoors, and using the strategy of designing big rather than building big. Getting more out of less.
The Contours0™ and the Vista0™ homes have outdoor rooms as much as indoor rooms and utilize strategically placed windows, glass doors and skylights to maximize natural ventilation and sculpt in natural light. The Ridge0™ is designed using Passivhaus principles of good insulation, southern orientation with shading, efficient windows and frames, air-tight building envelope, energy star appliances and lighting, and passive preheating of fresh air, all resulting in a low demand for space heating and cooling. In addition, the homes are designed to also incorporate alternative energy systems such as PV solar as well as water conserving systems such as rain catchment and gray water systems.
Vacant buildings are coming down and a new bridge is going up along Canoga Avenue as part of the $216 million extension of the Orange Line between Canoga Park and Chatsworth. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority finished acquiring properties — including tire shops, metal supply stores and used-car dealerships — along the east side of Canoga Avenue in May and those buildings are now being demolished to make room for the four-mile-long busway.
The Orange Line extension will create a landscaped busway and parallel bike path from the terminus near Victory Boulevard and Canoga Avenue, north to the Chatsworth Metrolink Station. Stations will be located at Sherman Way, Roscoe Boulevard and Nordhoff Street. It will connect with the busway that opened in October 2005, a 14-mile route between Warner Center and the Red Line subway station in North Hollywood.
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AIA|LA is proud to announce the recipients of the 2010 Presidential Awards. The Honorees will be celebrated together with the Design Award Winners at the 2010 Design Awards Party being held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on October 27, 2010.
The full list of 2010 Presidential Awards and Honorees are as follows:
Twenty-Five Year Award:
Jane Burrell, Hon. AIA|LA – VP Education and Public Programs, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Brenda Levin, FAIA – Principal, Levin & Associates Architects
Firm Award of the Year:
Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects (LOHA)
Excellence in Education:
Ralph Knowles – USC
Carol Schatz – President & Chief Executive Office, Central City Association
Urban Design and Planning:
Bill E. Roschen, FAIA, LEED AP – President, City of Los Angeles Planning Commission
Humanity + Architecture Award:
Skid Row Housing Trust
Allied Profession Award:
Paul J. Matt – Chief Executive Officer, Matt Construction
Patron of Architecture:
Wallis Annenberg – Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Annenberg Foundation
The Architect's Newspaper
Building Team of the Year:
W Hollywood Hotel & Residences (listed alphabetically)
- Daly Genik
- DCI Engineers
- designstudio ltd
- Gatehouse Capital
- HKS Inc.
- KGM Lighting
- Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
- Rios Clementi Hale Studios
- Roschen van Cleve Architects
- Sussman Prejza