Pritzker Prize for RCR Arquitectes – Wonderful and Sad News

I have been involved with cutting-edge design from the very start of my career in architecture, but to me, the saddest thing is that we have not evolved. RCR Arquitectes recently received the Pritzker Prize. The firm is a remarkable manifestation of artistic and material excellence, very much like Tadao Ando with his Alvar Aalto… Read more »

Philip Johnson in Memoriam

Helping the Unknown Young Architects Remembering some of the round table conversations we had while we worked on designs. The things I wanted to share today are not normally associated with Philip Johnson. Last week I made some comments on Glass House, which took two years to design. And, as he said, it takes a minimum… Read more »

Real Income for USA

Trillions of dollars each year if we think correctly using proven methods – Think and operate like Apple does. We just had a political earthquake, but instead of fixing matters it is opening fissures that will hinder real innovative thinking by the brightest professionals and overall growth. It is no one’s fault but our unique… Read more »

How Are Construction and Poor Code Meeting Design Costs Passed to Clients?

Imagine if doctors were told to listen to Fox News for what to do to patients. Most commercial projects are using between 200 and 300 kBTU/square foot annually, while some landmarks like Seagram and Lever House use way more – closer to 400-plus. The cost for commercial and high-rise housing over 30 years is equal… Read more »

Saving $300K to $600K Without Effort in 30 Years

Plan before having children with near or full passive house savings Now that we have a summer holiday from super-high energy costs, it is actually the best time to plan ahead as they will be returning with a bang soon enough. But how many of us understand the potential guaranteed savings in 30 years of… Read more »

World’s Tallest Buildings

We have a love affair with super tall buildings – those 3,500 to 4,000 feet tall, or the “mile-highs.” It not only needs to be safer than others, it has to be flexible and green, and preferably meeting a passive standard. In one design this year for another super tall building, I was very unhappy… Read more »

Building Better in USA, India and Globally, with Inspiration from Chef Dan Barber

Talo – Green Passive Architect – since 1984 Tapani A. Talo, AIA Building Better in USA, India and Globally, with Inspiration from Chef Dan Barber The Third Plate, Chef Dan Barber’s book on how to create new, better food systems, has a fairly simple premise for good food. To summarize, food should be grown in… Read more »

Why Should Solar PV Be the Last to Be Installed?

Solar PV Should Not Be Installed Until…. If one was to add up the usual culprits for an energy bill, it’s always best to start with the worst, largest abusers? Not just the largest, but also with ones that bring real comfort and safety home? We certainly spend more time under our roof than in… Read more »

Diminishing Resources and the Role of the Architect in Society

Tapani Talo Architect est. 1984 Tapani A. Talo, AIA Principal Architect and Artist   To: The United States of America Re: Trillion a year wasted energy alone since 1977 original speech by Jimmy Carter Architect’s 50th year Trillion-dollar ‘Moral Equivalent of War Speech – 2014 version!   A short background and reason for this speech. As… Read more »

An Architect’s Profession: Career and Value to Society

WE admire beauty, to the extent that we admire even F.L. Wright, whose buildings often reached 10 or 20 times their original budget. We architects working today cannot even add 7% to the building budget that would make it totally passive, green and over a lifetime produce enormous savings and comfort to the owners. What’s… Read more »