The Studio 46: Humpback Whales

by Tim Alatorre

We dissect why you might want to rethink being an architect, the world’s largest chimney, and would you want to live over a freeway?

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Show Notes

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Cal Poly News

  • “Deconstructing Japanese Architecture”
    • Lecture by Prof. Don Choi
    • Thursday, November 4th, 2010 11:00 to 12:noon
    • Bldg. 186, Room C-103.
    • Don’s lecture is part of the Asian Studies Lecture Series presented by the Asian Studies Minor.
    • Don is currently writing a book that addresses major themes of architecture in modern Japan form 1850 to the present.
  • Hearst Lecture: Jason K. Johnson and Nataly Gattegno, Future-Cities-Lab
    • 4-5pm in the rotunda
    • Grasshopper Workshop with Future-Cities-Lab
    • Saturday, November 6th, 2010, 10:00am – 4pm, Berg Gallery, Room 05-105
  • AIAS Cal Poly Presents: Pecha Kucha Night
    • See 6 Current 3rd year professor present information about their studios in the unique format of 20 slides for 20 seconds each for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
    • Monday, November 8 · 6:00pm – 9:30pm
    • The Fishtank (Courtyard Gallery, 21-105A)
  • Vellum Competition winners

Pop Culture Feature

General News

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  • Exactly how many architects in the U.S. are unemployed?
  • Foreign work keeps Denver firms flying
  • Tallest structure proposed
    • Planning is underway for a $700 million “solar chimney tower” that would be more than twice as tall as the Empire State Building. David Zax reports that EnviroMission hopes to get its concept going after receiving a contract for green power from the Southern California Public Power Authority. “The tower represents a hybrid of solar and wind technology,” Zax writes. “The bright surface at the bottom of the artist’s rendering is an expansive glass-covered greenhouse that bakes in the sun, heating air that pours into the 1,000-meter-high chimney, churning 35 electricity-generating turbines.”
  • Freeway views
    • Architect Ronnie Self has built himself the ultimate Houston home, with skyline views and a freeway at his front door. William Middleton reports that the architect built his house in Houston’s Third Ward for its artsy vibe and inexpensive real estate. And the location next to 20 lanes of highway protects his views from Houston’s notoriously lax zoning rules. “It seemed that it was pretty much a guarantee that no one was going to block your view,” Self says.

About the Author

Tim Alatorre