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How Working with the Rolling Stones Made Talo Architect Greener and Wiser

Tapani Talo Architect

Since 1980, Tapani Talo has worked in the architectural field developing a persona in the design industry. Working from 1980-2002 as a Principal Designer and Project Manager for the luminaries in Architecture world, he honed is craft in the industry. In 2002, Talo Architect was created with a bright future in the architecture world. From… Read more »

The Best Way to Profit from Real Estate is Going Green

Green building from Talo Architect

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 »

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 »

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 »