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Paul Lukez Architecture will produce three short videos to document the design (Video 1), construction (Video 2), and sustainable engineering concepts (Video 3) involved in building a Net-Zero home in Harvard, Massachusetts. Thanks to new technologies, this home will produce more energy from renewable sources than it consumes. Click the headline above to view the first video, and look for our next video early this fall, when construction of the house is well underway.
Are you looking for a position with an award-winning firm where you can be involved in all aspects of a project, from schematic design through construction administration? Do you like taking on lots of responsibility, meeting with clients, contractors, consultants and working directly with decision makers? Do you want to be in a studio environment where the team values design, research and learning as part of its core mission? If so, Paul Lukez Architecture Inc. (www.lukez.com) is seeking talented and committed young architects with 2 – 8 years’ experience. Applicants must have strong design skills, complimented with a love and … Continued
As an architect and educator, I love to study da Vinci’s Codex (“manuscript”), a series of portfolios of richly detailed drawings and writings. Historians estimate that some 30 of the Codex’s 90-odd portfolios survive in some form. Each sheet reveals a new set of incredibly intricate images depicting anatomical sections, mechanical devices, fortifications, buildings, and studies in mathematics and geometry. The Italian notes and texts were written backwards (right to left) so they could be read in a mirror. Digitally leafing through the Codex portfolios invites surprise and wonder. da Vinci composed the panoply of drawings, diagrams and texts in … Continued
A Glimpse into a Greener Future: The “Swiss-US Innovation Days” Conference in Zürich By Paul Lukez Introduction As majestic alpine profiles come into full view, Daniel Lepori, CEO of Designergy, a building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) manufacturer, warns us as we glide onto the highway on-ramp, “Keep your heads up against the headrest, unless you want to bruise your brain.” But suddenly Nico Lauer and I find ourselves traveling over 100 km (≈ 62 miles) per hour – all in 3.2 neck-snapping seconds. Absent was the growling baritone of the Ferrari Testarossa. Instead, with noiseless efficiency the electric power generated by … Continued
The latest “2.0” proposal for the Boston Olympics 2024 received mixed reviews from the press and public. While its images and renderings are stunning, many big questions in many quarters remain about the proposal’s finances. According to 2.0, the Olympics will bring in about $5 billion in revenue through ticket sales, TV rights and other revenue streams. After budgeting for all expenses (new construction, amenities, operations, and services), an anticipated profit of $210 million, or just under 5%, is projected. The organizers note that design and construction contingencies are built into the budget, as is an insurance plan to cover … Continued