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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Living as One with the Landscape

Buildings that are beautifully and uniquely designed are only made better when they tie in with their surroundings and bring out their individual landscapes. The following are four examples of buildings that become one with their environment and both bring out the brilliance in the other. Nature, nurture, design and intent all mesh into a space of alluring creativity. The first building is an entryway to an underground mystery space. The building is the Jewel Cave Visitor Center at Yallingup,…

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Shigeru Ban is Awarded The 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize

Everyone has their heroes, their role-models, their if-I-could-be-like-anyone-it-would-be persons and I am no different. I wrote about his past accomplishments, including his cardboard cathedral and paper tube relief houses on GBE a couple of years ago and now my career hero was given the ultimate award in architecture this past month. He is Shigeru Ban and the award is the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The award goes to a living architect whose work has contributed to humanity and the built environment.…

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Rising Up; The Tallest Building Award Goes To…

As a lover of all things built, this article could become a story of a million pictures. There are books about it and every few years a new creation tops the list, literally. I’m talking about the contest that is never ending, the drive to make the world’s tallest building. Before the 1800’s this title was given to many different cathedrals, reaching for the heavens. They ranged from London’s Old St. Paul’s Cathedral that climbed 149 meters to Ulm’s Minster…

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Building Sustainable Communities; WeFeed is Launched

As a society, we forget that when small communities come together, establish a way of life that is beneficial for living and surviving, the world becomes a much more inviting place. If life’s necessities are accessible then life becomes more enjoyable. There are millions of charities in the world today and Americans are continuously willing to give. But when only monetary donations are turned into food or water and those are given, a community can become dependent on those contributions…

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Shipping Containers and Tree Houses: New Homes to Consider

Many buildings are being re-constructed of existing goods or concepts but in new ways. This article highlights some of those designs that are unique and smart in their creation beginning with the re-use of shipping containers. Articles on Hi Consumption show the 15 greatest shipping container homes on the planet and another article shows some truly innovative grown-up tree houses. The shipping container homes range in size, price and use. Some of them make up the construction of the whole…

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Prototype Transitional Housing in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a city, like many others, that is facing huge population and industrial growth but does not have housing enough to meet all those needs. There are more than 280,000 individuals living in Hong Kong that are without permanent forms of housing and they resort to building and residing in illegal temporary structures for survival. In 2013, architects AFFECT-T created a micro-dwelling prototype house that could change Hong Kong’s homeless statistic. The built example is a transitional living…

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A Bright Beginning: U2 Adapter Campaign

There are tons of inventions that may be small in scale but are big in economical value. Simply put, finding another use for an item that will go in the trash is a huge value. There are multiple web sites available to help beginner inventors get their start, such as Kickstarter, Invent Help and Indie Gogo and millions of ideas flying around that can become the next huge breakthrough. A small invention for the lighting world is the U2 Adapter.…

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Can a Bubble Protect Beijing?

There was a silly movie called Bubble Boy that was released in 2001. It was about a boy who did not have an immune system so he lived his life in a bubble. Can places adapt this same bubble-like existence to create a safe, sterile environment? What does this have to do with today’s world? Is this a fantasy future where a city is enclosed? Can this really solve the problems of the environment that our society has created? Well…

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Introducing the Elio

It is always nice to have choices or alternatives to the newest trends. As an individual, if you aren’t sold on driving a hybrid car or owning a fully battery-operated vehicle, what is the next best economical choice? The answer may be a three-wheeled invention by Paul Elio. The rightly named Elio’s program will be rolled out this year and the first of the car’s owners will be driving away at the beginning of 2015. The concept for the car…

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The Living is the Winner

Annually the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1 recognize upcoming, young architects from the Young Architects Program (YAP). YAP was established in 2000 and designed to solidify the affiliation between MoMA and MoMA PS1. They hold a contest each year with the objective to provide visitors a new outdoor recreational area for the summer. The structure must be a creative design for a temporary outdoor installation that provides shade, seating and water. This year’s winner is The Living…

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History Preserved in Architectural Forms

When people question the need for preservation or restoration, there are a million examples of why these two processes produce exceptional results. One big example is Rome, where every layer of earth produces a new layer of the past and every new structure must have a historical preservationist on the team to become a static part of the ever-changing ‘Eternal City.’ The historical significance of Rome, of all of Italy, cannot be summed up in a single paragraph but the…

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Vertical Glass House

Architecture, like all art forms, has its lovers and its critics. If a new structure did not draw attention of both, then there would be nothing new to celebrate or berate. A new residential structure built for West Bund in China is one dwelling that is causing a stir. The building is the Vertical Glass House and was designed by architecture firm, Atelier FCJZ. It was originally designed by Principal Architect, Yung Ho Chang as an entry into the Shinkenchiku…

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