The Best Way to Profit from Real Estate is Going Green

The Surest and Best (Quickest Way) to Profit from Real Estate is Going Green When markets change, real-estate softness or downward evaluations can drag on. From our past experience, we have found that properties done REALLY WELL GREEN or NEAR PASSIVE, move lightning fast and have sold for more than the asking price. Naturally, every… Read more »

Saving $500,000 in Energy Costs Over 30 Years in a 7000-SF Home

As the markets hover between euphoria and caution, one thing remains VERY steady in all of our lives: Annual energy usage – be it heating or cooling – and comfort. The images here demonstrate the tangible economic and practical benefits of passive energy savings. Thanks to the improvements we made in this 7000-square-foot home in… Read more »

Additional Thoughts on Sustainable Megatall Building Design

There are plenty of towers that qualify as “super” or “megatall,” and many are like the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, a good example of the “needle” approach. But, if something serious happens in the middle part of the building (as it did few months ago when flames engulfed several floors of the iconic Marina… Read more »

Design Details of the World’s Tallest “Megatall” Building

In my last blog entry, I introduced my vision of Gartner Wise Tower—a theoretical megatall building designed first and foremost with safety and sustainability in mind. Today I’ll revisit this idea in greater detail, describing the inner-workings of its construction. Safety Safety and security are major parts of any super tall project, and I designed… Read more »

Conceptualizing the World’s Tallest “Megatall” Building

As a preface I would like to give enormous thanks to following persons who have guided and inspired me to think of safer, better and more fun designs. First and foremost, Leslie Robertson: a structural engineer who inspires everyone who come into his sphere – including me! Rick Barker: a true genius in elevator engineering… Read more »

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 »