Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Organization Ideas


personal --> community --> global

Friday, March 18, 2011


Going 70mph:
1 minute = 1.1666 miles
1.1666 = 6159.648 feet

30 seconds = .583 miles
.583 miles = 3078 feet

Vertical clearance. Minimum vertical clearance under overhead structures (including over the paved shoulders) of 16 feet (4.88 m) in rural areas and 14 feet (4.27 m) in urban areas, with allowance for extra layers of pavement. Through urban areas at least one routing should have 16 feet (4.88 m) clearances. Sign supports and pedestrian overpasses must be at least 17 feet (5.18 m) above the road, except on urban routes with lesser clearance, where they should be at least 1 ft (0.3 m) higher than other objects.

Tunnel clearance. Tunnels should in theory be equivalent to long overcrossings, but because of cost the standards can be reduced. Vertical clearance is the same as under bridges, including the provision for alternate routing. Width should be at least 44 feet (13.41 m), which consists of two 12 feet (3.66 m) lanes, 10 feet (3.05 m) outside and 5 feet (1.52 m) inside shoulders, and 2.5 feet (0.76 m) safety walkways on each side. If necessary to meet the dimensions of the approach, this can be shifted left or right. A reduced width is acceptable due to high cost. In this case, the minimum width is 30 feet (9.14 m), with at least 2 feet (0.61 m) more than the approach for the sum of the shoulder widths, but at least 24 feet (7.32 m) total, and at least 1.5 feet (0.46 m) on each side for a safety walkway. If there is no safety walkway, a 3-foot (0.91 m) offset with a "safety shape" in the wall is acceptable.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Master Chief Monument

Urban Awakening: Luke and Kate

Urban Awakening: Architecture for a Better Living

To reflect Le Corbusier’s entirely new way of living revolving around practicality, purpose, and functionality; breaking free from the crowded commotion of industriousness and reflecting back upon nature.

When we began this project, looking into the life of Corbusier and the reasoning behind his essay 5 Points Toward a New Architecture there were several ideas that resonated with us. One specifically was Corbusier’s idea, after World War I, of a backlash to all the destruction and killing, taking strong social consideration on making life better. In tandem with this idea, he was also influenced by the problems of industrial cities, their lack of moral landscape, overcrowding, and dirtiness; with the essay and its 5 Points, Corbusier envisioned creating not only harmony within the space but also harmony with nature. His idea that the roof garden simply replaces the ground the building was constructed upon further justifies this point, and this fusion of industry and nature is best resulted in the Villa Savoye. Demonstrating each of the 5 Points as well as providing a place to reflect back upon nature and break free from the hustle and bustle of industry.

This leads us the our exhibition, exemplifying the 5 Points in a persuasive manner that is both enlightening and practical. And from a grander standpoint we hope to have portrayed the ‘middle ground’ between the dirt of industry and the revitalization of nature through the practical breakdown of Corbusier’s argument reflecting upon freedom and the overall improvement of living.