Saturday, December 18, 2010

Architecture in Art

I choose to write on the topic of architecture. The magazine article that I choose to write a review on was called “The Urban Remodeler.” This article was about Mitchell Joachim and his architectural and futuristic proposals. Mitchell Joachim is an architect who has new visions for the future. He has come up with ideas like jetpacks tethered together in swarms, houses grown from living trees, low-altitude blimps in New York City with chairs so pedestrians can use them like ski lifts. Joachim has even come up with ideas for robots that would grind and compress waste into I-beams or even make the resulting cubes into furniture components. These are designs that could come into life today. Instead of cubes of cardboard, plastic or steel you could make waste into the cubes with metal bands just like recycling plants do now. All you would have to do to change the shape of your furniture or I beam is to change the shape of your mold. Kind of like a Play-Doh mold. Joachim says that “We could do this yesterday”. H e says that our cities will become healthier, friendlier and more sustainable with the use of these new ideas for the future. Terreform ONE is a nonprofit design collective that Joachim co-founded to look at sustainable, fully intergraded urban planning has been imagines how future cities may best serve their citizens on a large scale. They make experiments on small scales to predict what would happen in the real world. The group will be converting a roof top in Brooklyn into a test bed for modular growing, making designs for maximizing available sunlight and making ultra-lightweight soil mixes that are needed for rooftop garden growing. He has also come up with a way to make “living homes” that by grafting trees together around scaff olds and growing them on the job site. The other futuristic plans that Mitchell Joachim has mainly focus on mobility. He believes that transportation both shapes and is shaped by urban design. In his vision he would like to have individual cars replaced with car-share systems that work like luggage carts in an airport. He thinks that you could pay, get into a smart car that talks to the city grid. You drive to where you want to go that leave the car there. The cars would be made of a soft springy outside with inflatable protective bladders and transparent foil that would make the cars bump together as they traveled in “flocks”. He says that no one would ever die in a car accident again. He has also made jetpacks for the Martin Aircraft Company that is to go on sale later this year. Joachim forgos lucrative commercial projects and sticks to running a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the reimagining of a future. Joachim is looking 150 years down the road. He is planning for how cities will have to function within the environment around them if civilization is to grow and last. Joachim admits even if the technologies are around today these changes will not just happen overnight. It took about 15 years to get the first hybrid car off the lot and. I takes 40 years to make a large shift with the way that buildings are constructed. He thinks that it will take 100 or even 150 years to change entire cities. He is staying busy with making growing living walls, making jetpacks, and planting organic lettuce on urban rooftops.

I liked this article. It was very interesting. I have always wanted to go and see a garden rooftop. I love the idea of having a garden roof top. I think that it would be good for people who live in apartments. They would be able to get out and see beautiful flowers and foods and get fresh air. I think that Spokane should look into getting some garden roof tops! I would live to see that. It would make Spokane greener and more interesting. I would also love to see the furniture that is made out of waste. I think that that is a good solution for not filling up the landfills and rivers with garbage. I would buy furniture made out of waste as long as it was cleaned out good and didn’t stink!

Written By: Gutter Chic

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Author: John Bradley

Document type: News


Publication Title: Popular Science: New York: Jul 2010 Vol. 277, Iss. 1; Pg. 46, 2 pgs

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