Within minutes of Downtown Orlando’s Creative Village, the 1948 Washington Shores Shopping Center will receive a strategic insertion of a 2-story business incubator powered by photovoltaics. The shopping center’s original canopy was hurricaned, and will be replaced by a green-roof solution that provides much-needed shade and color on this south-facing storefront.
In contrast to the ever-changing face of western civilization, Stann Creek in Belize remains as it has been for thousands of years. Located just south of Dangriga, near Hopkinstown, the Preserve is a pristine natural wilderness that spans from the coast of the Caribbean Sea up into the Maya Mountain highlands.
All Pines will consist of 40 treehouse villas built by native Maya craftsmen on a peninsula straddling the Sapodilla Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. Access will be by water taxi from the mainland. Each villa features a cistern and open ventilation. The hotel is completely off-the-grid with zero impact on the land.
RS21 began as a discussion group regarding new directions in art. This group gained momentum and became a vehicle to test new ideas, and the 17 participants were asked to exhibit at the Orlando Museum of Art’s “First Thursdays” event in February 2009.
My contribution is based on notions of the Abstract City, and how the rise of ecommerce, the internet, and virtual reality affects our physical built environment.
The site of a 16th century Maharashta fort near Pune, India, Amby Valley is a 10-square-mile new development meeting ISO 14001 environmental management standards. Programming and planning for this original development required deep immersion into the physical aspects of the site, its natural resource capabilities, and early infrastructure design (below).
The diagrammatic concept of the community (above) represents the essential blueprint for an integrated employment base, residential community, and sacred spaces. This development by India’s Sahara Corporation has the potential to feed power into the nearby generation plant as it is further developed.
This enormously popular destination resort necklaced a natural wetlands with a narrative of Old Florida. A story told through the water parks, wooden bridges, and local vernacular elements is the
focus of the vacation with an elegant high-rise residential backdrop.
The sixth tower development inserted 300 villas into a “C:” shaped footprint cupping a gorgeous view of the tropical Florida landscape, and provides convenient access to world-class theme parks.