Welcome to the October 2004 newsletter from Design Forward.
Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.
Quote of the Month: "The architect must be a prophet.
A prophet in the true sense of the term ... if he can't
see at least ten years ahead, don't call him an architect."
Lisa Van Veen
Cartoonist Scott Adams and fans from around the globe
help create "Dilbert's Ultimate House"(DUH). DUH is
an energy efficient, eco-friendly, green home with passive
solar and orientation considerations, tankless water
heaters, Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) walls, solar
panels, recycled materials, and energy efficient lighting
and appliances. And since this is an imaginary house
for a cartoon, it was designed with all the features
the average person may have wanted but architects never
- Christmas tree storage closet. Fake tree stays decorated,
on wheels, all year, ready to come out in December.
- Hoseable bathroom for kids includes drain in floor.
All surfaces can take a wash down.
- Basketball court in basement
- Quiet room (doubles as scream room), visible through
- Urinal in Dilbert's master bathroom
- Two dishwashers (one for clean dishes, one for dirty)
- Cat/dog room
- Vacuum robot
- Observatory shaped like Dilbert's head
- Guest bedroom rigged for instant sleepovers
- Home theater
Picture © Dilbert.com
walls in building construction a growth industry
Two-foot-thick rice straw bales were piled Monday
like toy blocks on steel rebar as a 20,000-square-foot
office building at the city of Santa Clarita's new bus
maintenance yard takes shape.
Part of the city's $15.9 million Transit Maintenance
Facility slated to be completed early next year, the
building with straw walls is a bid by city leaders to
promote energy efficient "green building," said Heather
Merenda, the city's sustainability planner. The city
also is pursuing certification from the U.S. Green Building
Council, a coalition of builders promoting environmentally
responsible construction, she said.
But officials were skeptical when project architect
Tom Nelson of HOK Sustainable Design pitched straw bale
as a building material more than a year ago, Merenda
Article © Los Angeles Daily News.
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