Sunday, August 17, 2008

Universal Design - Accessibility

Here is a home designed for Universal Design in Washington D.C that was sponsored by AARP:
http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek08/0627/0627p_aarp.cfm

I know that it is tempting to design homes with doors that are less than 3'-0" or bathrooms that are not wheelchair accessible, but after taking care of my grandmother in my 1970s home, I will make sure that my firm will at least follow fair housing guidelines and at most go with the ANSI 117.1 standards or a Universal Design. Most of the design elements that are in Fair Housing Guidelines are not cost prohibitive and actually make good design sense, so for any type of residential construction this should be required.

For the Fair Housing Design Manual, please go to this HUD link:
http://www.huduser.org/Publications/pdf/fairhousing/fairintro.pdf

Here is a link for Universal Design:
http://www.design.ncsu.edu/cud/pubs_p/docs/UDinHousing.pdf


BeauSoleil - Louisiana Solar Home

Geoff Gjertson, who is an Associate Professor at University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a formal employee of Holly & Smith, presented the BeauSoleil project during a lunch on Wednesday. The BeauSoleil is a solar home that is based on regional architecture and will be submitted to the Solar Decathlon in Washington, DC from 09/17 to 10/06 of 2009. For more information on the project, please go the following link:
http://www.beausoleilhome.org/

Friday, August 15, 2008

Piecing Together Community in New Orleans

Wayne Troyer Architects (WTA) has completed a facility for the Homeless in New Orleans that provides good design under a restrictive budget. It really shows that good design does not need to cost a lot.
http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek08/0815/0815p_rebuild.cfm