THE STACK addresses the need for moderate-income housing in Manhattan. It finds opportunity on a small, difficult urban site through the alternative method of offsite construction. Offsite construction offers an accelerated schedule and shorter financing period, turning sites that might otherwise be considered risky and turning them into opportunities. It is a pilot project for developing a quality and economically viable housing solution to strategically rebuilding and filling gaps in outmoded housing infrastructure in the city.
Although not necessary to its construction methodology, the design of this 7-storey residential building expresses its offsite modular construction. Each individual unit is legible but also reads as part of a knit-together whole. Inside, different combinations of units provide structural integrity, as well as a diverse selection in the kinds of layouts for tenants.
Built for an English family living on a large plot of privately owned land, this stunning stone residence takes maximum advantage of the property’s scenic beauty in all directions. Starting with a central point defined by a very traditional two-story farmhouse, the firm of Found Associates expanded in two opposite directions with a single-story, contemporary structure.
Hub Creatic | TETRARC architects
Dear “Weird Al,” we’re really glad you never became an architect.
Stationary Bikes Get Brazilian Prisoners Closer to Freedom | Via
For prison inmates in Brazil, good behavior isn’t the only thing that gets them closer to freedom—pedaling a bike to help power a nearby town can, too.
Through an innovative—and eco-friendly—program, prisoners can cut down their sentences by putting in some time on stationary bikes hooked up to car batteries, according to the Associated Press. As the inmates pedal, the car batteries are charged.
The charged-up batteries are then used to illuminate 10 street lamps in the nearby town of Santa Rita do Sapucai. The town’s mayor told the AP he came up with the idea after learning about gyms in the United States that use electricity generated by exercise bikes.
Volunteers in the medium-security prison earn one day off their sentence for every three eight-hour shifts they spend on the bikes, which were salvaged from the local police department’s lost and found. One inmate has already reduced his sentence by 20 days, and his weight by about 9 pounds, thanks to the two-month-old program.
The power provided by those incarcerated in Santa Rita do Sapucai has revived a riverside promenade once abandoned after dark, according to locals. Now with the street lamps powered, the area attracts dog walkers, joggers, and kids on bikes.