INTERVIEW: HOK's Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum

by , 07/24/13
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Earlier this year we reported on the opening of the stunning Salvador Dalí Museum located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Dalí works, and since its debut this past April, the dazzling venue has already welcomed over 300,000 visitors. With its clean minimalist lines juxtaposed against a sparkling geodesic glass atrium, the spectacular structure designed by HOK stands as a work of art in its own right, while still paying homage to the spirit of Salvador Dalí. The building also brings more to the table than just its looks. Housing over 2,000 pieces of Dalí’s most important works, the museum is sited within a corner of the country that often finds itself battered by severe storms with catastrophic results. To prepare for the worst, HOK designed the shell of the structure to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. The design also features numerous green systems, including a solar hot water powered dehumidification system, high efficiency HVAC and ventilation systems, and strategic daylighting to illuminate the interiors. We recently sat down with principal architect and Senior Vice President of HOK Yann Weymouth who enlightened us on the intricacies of the design, and what it took to get the museum built. Jump ahead for our exclusive interview with Yann as he explains the design, and how his team of architects and engineers used Building Information Modeling to build a space that’s not only beautiful and sustainable, but disaster-proof.

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Artist Benjamin Jones About His Incredible Sustainable TreeHouse

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Some of us were lucky enough to have moms or dads build treehouses for us – for the rest of us, there’s Benjamin Jones. The artist recently brought his colorful TreeHouse made of sustainable materials to Governor’s Island in NYC for the annual Figment Festival and it was an instant hit with kids and adults alike! We wanted to know more about the inspiration behind the arboreal home’s recycled design so we caught up with Benjamin to ask him everything from where he sourced his supplies to what cool interactive art projects he’ll be hatching next. Read on to see what he shared with us – including the real reason he decided to go for building the treehouse (read: a girl)!

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architecture for Humanity's Co-Founder Kate Stohr

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INTERVIEW: Panasonic's Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to CodeGreen Solutions' Stephen Rizzo About Greening Existing Buildings

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Interview with Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner

by , 07/18/13

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A few years ago, I had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner about prefab architecture and sustainability. I asked him about his trajectory as a designer, and what opportunities he sees for prefab to have a larger impact on a wider, more affordable market. His response was thoughtful and optimistic, and provided some great insight into the mind of a forward-thinking and increasingly green designer. Hit the jump to watch the interview or read below for the full interview transcription.

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The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating "Ocean Cleanup Array"

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As the policy director of the ocean conservation nonprofit, I can tell you that the problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. In case you didn’t know, an ocean gyre is a rotating current that circulates within one of the world’s oceans – and recent research has found that these massive systems are filled with plastic waste. There are no great estimates (at least scientific) on how much plastic is in the ocean, but I can say from firsthand knowledge (after sailing to four of the world’s five gyres) that it’s so pervasive it confounds the senses. Gyre cleanup has often been floated as a solution in the past, and recently Boyan Slat’s proposed ‘Ocean Cleanup Array’ went viral in a big way. The nineteen-year-old claims that the system can clean a gyre in 5 years with ‘unprecedented efficiency’ and then recycle the trash collected. The problem is that the barriers to gyre cleanup are so massive that the vast majority of the scientific and advocacy community believe it’s a fool’s errand – the ocean is big, the plastic harvested is near worthless, and sea life would be harmed. The solutions starts on land.

Editor’s Note: This piece was written in response to a story published in 2013. As of 2014, Boyan Slat has conducted a feasibility study for the Ocean Cleanup Array and published a 530-page report that addresses criticismcheck it out here.

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BOOK REVIEW: Angela Youngman's Light and Enjoyable Read Will Increase your Green Roof Smarts

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Author Angela Youngman has released a guidebook that will immerse you in world of green roofs through case studies, imagery, and must-know terminology related to design, build, and installation of these vegetated scapes. Green Roofs is not a self-help manual, but rather a light read that takes a broad stroke look at many of the variables and considerations surrounding what should really be called “living buildings.”

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HGTV’s David Bromstad Shares 5 Tips to Maximize Your Tiny Apartment

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Looking for ways to give your small space big style? Inhabitat recently got a chance to tap HGTV Design Star David Bromstad for some of his top tips for making the most of tiny apartments. From playing with color to reducing clutter, read on to see the advice he shared with us.



INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of 'Urgent Architecture'

When Inhabitat’s Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating different options for temporary shelters and disaster relief housing. This exploration gradually broadened to a larger focus on design for disaster-preparedness; seeking out what type of shelters can best withstand earthquakes, hurricanes, rising sea levels and tornados. Now I’m thrilled to say that after years of research, Bridgette has just published an incredible new book entitled Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World. Urgent Architecture showcases inspiring and innovative ideas for resilient design – design that will withstand the test of time – surviving climate change, rising sea levels, manmade and natural disasters. I recently had a chance to interview Bridgette about her new book at Inhabitat HQ in NYC, and she gave me some fascinating insight into her inspiration for the book, the impact climate change will have on future housing and what she believes is necessary to create a more sustainable and responsive built landscape. Watch the video above for the interview, and if you want to learn more, you can get your own copy of Urgent Architecture here.

A full transcript of the interview with pics is available after the jump.

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to botObjects Founders About ProDesk3D, The World's First Full-Color 3D Printer

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Just over a month ago, we showcased a product with the potential to revolutionize the still-new 3D printing industry: the ProDesk3D by botObjects. Hailed as the world’s first full-color 3D printer, the ProDesk3D allows designers to pick a desired palette and quickly print the final product with a five-color, re-usable PLA cartridge system. Since the ProDesk3D is only in the pre-order phase (and we were eager to know more), Inhabitat reached out to botObjects founders Martin Warner and Mike Duma to dig deeper into the development process of this ground-breaking product. Read on to find out why the ProDesk3D pushes the boundaries of 3D printing technology, and how it was designed to make self-fabrication accessible to a larger audience.

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INTERVIEW: Artist R Nelson Parrish Talks About His Eye-Popping Bioresin Color/Fast Installation

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Waterstudio's Koen Olthuis on FLOAT!

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VIDEO: Inhabitots Interviews Dr. Alan Greene About Toxic Chemicals and Your Family’s Health

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Over on Inhabitots I recently had the chance to speak with Dr. Alan Greene, pediatrician, father of four and leading authority on the subject of green and healthy parenting, about how to keep your family safe and healthy by avoiding hidden toxins in common household products and cleaners. Dr. Greene and I chatted insecticides, autism, BPA and the risks (if any) related to soy products. I foud my chat with Dr. Greene pretty fascinating and I hope you will enjoy it. Check out our video and exclusive interview here.



INTERVIEW: Freeman Thomas, Director of Strategic Design at Ford Motor Company

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Freeman Thomas won his first drawing competition in the first grade—it was a fire truck. Today, Thomas is credited with delivering some of the hottest designs in the automotive industry. A pioneer in his field, he has designed everything from the New Beetle to the Audi TT, and he’s been steering Ford’s Strategic Design department as Director since 2005. In anticipation of our ‘Design with a Conscience’ webcast—a thought-provoking event, which brought together visionary California architects and automotive designers eager to talk about the intersection of car and building design—we asked Mr. Thomas to answer few questions for us about the future of car design, as well as some of the things that inspire his work. Read on to hear what he had to say, and then find out what was discussed in the webcast here.

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

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Last week we reported on the groundbreaking new media platform Earth 2 Hub which aims to create a space for the world's most creative artists, designers, scientists, and storytellers to…

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INTERVIEW: Ecouterre Chats with Russell Simmons About His New Cruelty-Free Fashion Line

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It's no secret that we're big advocates of cruelty-free fashion, but we also think there's a lot of money to be made by companies who make clothes without harming animals. Well, who…

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Elizabeth L. Cline has spent over three years researching the American fast-fashion industry. The result? Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, the insightful story…

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