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Illuminating Engineering Society The Advanced Energy Design Guide series provides a sensible approach to easily achieve advanced levels of energy savings without having to resort to detailed calculations or analysis. The four-color guides offer contractors and designers the tools, including recommendations for practical products and off-the-shelf technology, needed for achieving a 30% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999. The energy savings target of 30% is the first step in the process toward achieving a net-zero energy building, which is defined as a building that, on an annual basis, draws from outside resources equal or less energy than it provides using on-site renewable energy sources.

Lofted Forest Home: Organic Curves & Natural Materials Good things come to those who wait – particularly in a work of uniquely detailed and highly curved architecture. Nearly a decade in the making, this structure by Robert Harvey Oshatz is much like a tree house – lofted toward the top of the canopy around it – only bigger, grander, more complex and curved than most any tree house in the world. The perimeter of the structure is pushed out into the forest around it, curving in and out to create views as well as a sense of intimacy with the coniferous and deciduous tree cover. The wood and metal detailing is incredible in its variety and customization – each piece designed to fit a particular form and function. Wood and stone carry naturalistic themes from the outside in and even the metal looks naturally rusted. The curved, organic mix of materials continues to the interior of this elevated forest home – a conceptual play on the fluidity and complexity of music (the source of inspiration for the architect and client in the design).

Graphic V&A Discovering Architecture Guide April 13th, 2014 London’s world-famous Victoria & Albert Museum has an outstanding educational department, working on diverse programmes to inspire families and young people during their visits to the site. The Discovering Architecture guide forms the centrepiece of the latest of the V&A’s line of award-winning family back-packs, which are full of hands-on activities, including jigsaws, stories, puzzles and construction games.

Touchscreen Landscapes [Image: Screen grab via military.com]. This new, partly digital sand table interface developed for military planning would seem to have some pretty awesome uses in an architecture or landscape design studio. Using 3D terrain data—in the military's case, gathered in real-time from its planetary network of satellites—and a repurposed Kinect sensor, the system can adapt to hand-sculpted transformations in the sand by projecting new landforms and elevations down onto those newly molded forms. You can thus carve a river in real-time through the center of the sandbox, and watch as projected water flows in— [Image: Screen grabs via military.com]. —or you can simply squeeze sand together into new hills, and even make a volcanic crater.

Books on architecture, design and urban development Townhouse DesignChris van UffelenView Mediterranean LivingManuela Roth View Bars, Clubs & LoungesSibylle KramerView Yoga and Spiritual RetreatsSibylle KramerView Pedestrian ZonesChris van UffelenView Library Architecture + DesignManuela Roth View Studios & WorkshopsSibylle KramerView Tropical LivingManuela Roth View The BoxSibylle KramerView Living in StyleChris van UffelenView ArchitectureUrban PlanningGamesInterior DesignLandscape ArchitectureDesignArt & Photography Chalets Add to cart 15 Examples of Creative Packaging This post showcases the most unusual and creative packaging designs. Peelable Bottles Creative bottles with fruit inspired textures were made for the launch of new flavors of Smirnoff Caipiroska. [link] Nobilin Pills Packaging

Graphic-ExchanGE - a selection of graphic projects This new deck by Joe White follow the Contraband one. You know Joe and his amazing detailed design as we work together on the (sold out) 2015 edition of the calendar and he designed the front cover. Every single playing card within the High Victorian deck was designed from scratch - even the Aces, Jokers, and court cards exude the grand excess of ornamentation quintessential to the Victorian era. In a word: breathtaking. Antler is a deck designed by Tom Lane, who also creates this year edition of the front cover of the letterpress calendar! This Tobacco Brown back design features two Twin Bucks enshrined within beautiful flourishes that mimic the lush forest of Yosemite National Park. The "New" Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker Pens - A Review — The Clicky Post The Shaker comes with the Easy Flow 9000, one of my favorite Parker refills, but can now also accept the popular P8126 rollerball (which I swapped into mine) which is a major plus. The Mover comes fitted with the 0.38mm Pilot G2 refill, a great refill for small letter writers, but a wide variety of refills can be swapped in like the Pilot Juice, or the Pilot Precise V7 which I loaded into mine. While writing, not sure why but the Mover tends to have a little more tip movement (although minimal...) than the Shaker. Perhaps this is due to the spring being used. I am fairly sensitive to this and can say that even though there is some movement, it isn't on the offensive end of the spectrum.

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