Jennifer Shockley

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.

Rhino3 Creates Shipping Container Homes starting with a ‘Queen’

A new creation has come to fruition on the plains of Colorado. The first of its kind is called “Zulu Queen” and it is a Corten steel shipping container ‘high cube’ turned home. The designed home emerged from a team of an artist/architect and an outdoor woman/tech guru of Sam Austin and Jan Burton as they created firm Rhino3 (cubed). Their motto is: “Tiny dwellings at the intersection of art and sustainability” These containers were used to import goods to…

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Progressive Housing by LAS at Young Harris College

Going through architectural and design school, you are told repeatedly to pick a concept and follow it through. This concept can be a specific design element such as a circle, a play in textures or a fictitious illusion such as dreaming. The architectural team for the redevelopment of the Young Harris College (YHC) found a concept and literally the people that reside there get to follow that concept from a freshman in college through graduation. The new resident halls that…

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Strength and Design in Concrete Forms

There is something amazingly raw and beautiful in cast concrete forms and buildings. These forms can become any shape imaginable and all that is required is the form to hold the concrete as it dries. Panels of remarkable sizes can be placed on site in construction zones, allowing buildings to rise in record breaking time spans. Concrete’s developments have continued throughout the years with improvements in its strength and constructability techniques. New developments include high-strength concrete that can be reinforced concrete…

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Letting Nature Live: Antony Gibbons Designs

One of the most interesting and inspiring topics in architecture, to me, is biomimicry. I’ve written about it before in different articles but every time a new structure is nature inspired I smile a little and have to share the innovative designs with everyone. Antony Gibbons is an architect whose designs are centered around nature and being a full part of their environment.  He uses native woods in his projects that will age and blend effortlessly into the surrounding wooded…

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A New Modern Arena Opens in Brazil as Part of Master Plan

On a beautiful coast in northeastern Brazil, where traditional structures have taken over the hillsides, a very new and modern building can be seen among the masses. The building is called the Areno do Morro and is a raw shed-like structure designed to house an indoor athletic field. It is designed as a collaboration project between architects Herzog and de Meuron who partnered with Ameropa, a Swiss fertilizer and grain dealer and a local-to-Brazil organization. The group created a pro…

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AIA’s Top Ten 2014 List

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its Top Ten Projects of 2014. In alphabetical order, they are: Arizona State University Student Health Services Building Bud Clark Commons Bushwick Inlet Park Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building (EGWW) Gateway Center – SUNY-ESF John and Frances Angelos Law Center Sustainability Treehouse The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters Warroad U.S. Land Port of Entry Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse The Arizona State University Student Health Services is an…

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