|james ira winder|
THE BLOSSOM HOUSE, FIRST PLACE VELUX DESIGN COMPETITION JANUARY 2008
Competition objectives: Create an architecturally successful residential space that allows for as much autonomy from electric lighting as possible, includes skylights, ensures visual comfort based on a set of criteria, and limits solar gains.
The Blossom House sought to accomplish numerous daylighting effects through an innovative arrangement of space into "petals," like those of a flower.
A PLACE FOR A PIANIST, LEVEL 1 DESIGN STUDIO
Design Scenario: A concert pianist wishes to expand his workspace into an adjacent plot of community gardens in Boston, MA.
BEAM OPTIMIZATION, 4.440 STRUCTURAL DESIGN
Design Scenario: Engineer a balsa wood beam that will fail under a load as close to 100 pounds as possible, but not below!
This balsa wood Howe truss design performed best in the class, failing at a predicted compression member under a load of 115 pounds, and carrying 835 times its own weight.