The Abstract City

The Abstract City, as installed in the Orlando Museum of Art

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.

Amby Valley

Diagrammatic Project Statement

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.

                              

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Wyndham Vacation Club

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.

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Energy Efficient Remodeling for Homeowners and Builders

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Orlando Chapter is presenting Energy Efficient Remodeling for Homeowners and Builders at OUC Plaza Downtown Orlando beginning at 5:30pm Tuesday evening.  Richard Reep will be on the panel of experts to review the latest strategies for energy efficient residential construction.

“The homeowner’s vested interest in energy efficiency is clear, because the same person paying for construction will usually also be paying the power bill,” stated Richard Reep.  “Unlike the commercial market, where ownership, use, and tenancy is fragmented, the homeowner benefits greatly from energy-efficient construction measures.”

Mr. Reep will detail a case study of a recent residential project incorporating design strategies and technology to reduce energy efficiency and increase the long-term environmental value that the home contributes. As President-Elect of the Orlando chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Reep’s participation in the panel brings the architect’s perspective to the discussion.

For more information on this event, click on http://www.aiaorlando.com/weeklynews/2010/01-29/usgbc-central-florida-chapter-event-020210.shtml.