150 Best Eco House Ideas by Marta Serrats

By Marta Serrats

The latest quantity within the hugely profitable “150 Best” series—joining 150 top condo rules and one hundred fifty top house Ideas150 most sensible Eco residence Ideas is a finished instruction manual showcasing the newest in sustainable structure and environmentally-friendly domestic layout. ideal for architects, designers, interiors decorators, and householders alike.

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Indd 46 2/28/2013 10:06:26 AM Q+A Steve Pike with Sneha Patel STEVE PIKE is an architect, researcher, and founder of arcolony, a forum for experimental architecture. He spent a number of years as a designer before he studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, receiving his Masters degree in 2003. His work and on-going research has focused on the examination and exploration of microorganisms within architectural design, highlighting the parallels between the conditions of form, organization, material, and composition present within their domains and the humanscaled environment.

SymbiosisO is unique in the way it combines novel techniques and familiar technologies, introducing intuitive interaction by utilizing well-known materials and objects. SymbiosisO is playful, interactive and unexpected but without the demand of one’s full attention, therefore providing a new level of engagement. We encourage ambient interfaces and fluid communication aiming to balance the pace of our lives. Our objective is to develop organic, cutting-edge objects that bring the natural rhythms back to the cityscape.

Qualities are definitively fixed to the material. However, these qualities—the facts of the material—are a result of our own particular interpretation of the ontological status of matter. How might we understand the history of architecture differently if we approach materials as if they have a biography—as if they come into being, live, and eventually die? Exploring the biographies of materials owes a debt to recent scholarship in the history of science such as that of Lorraine Daston (2000). “Biographies of materials” obviously borrows from her edited collection of essays, Biographies of Scientific Objects.

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