Tag Archives: simplicity

Sagaponac House

Beautiful Sagaponac House designed by architect Richard Meier of New York-based architecture firm TsAO & McKOWN. This “custom-designed house for a hypothetical client explores the universal human desire for both orderliness and spontaneity, while firmly rooting itself to the landscape and creating privacy by shaping the terrain.” This 4,500 square foot house in an east Long Island community looks oh so inviting…see more projects by TsAO & McKOWN here!

Big Dig House by SsD Architects

SsD Architects designed the beautiful Big Dig house in Lexington, Massachusetts. I love when a building can look both simple and modern, and warm and “homey”…the Big Dig house definitely achieves this…check out more projects by SsD Architects here!About the Big Dig house: “As a prototype building that demonstrates how infrastructural refuse can be salvaged and reused, the structural system for this house is comprised of steel and concrete discarded from Boston’s Big Dig utilizing over 600,000 lbs of salvaged materials from elevated portions of the dismantled I-93 highway. Planning the reassembly of the materials in as if it were a pre-fab system, subtle spatial arrangements are created. These materials however are capable of carrying much higher loads than standard structure, easily allowing the integration of large scale roof gardens. Most importantly, the project demonstrates an untapped potential for the public realm: with strategic front-end planning, much needed community programs including schools, libraries, and housing could be constructed whenever infrastructure is deconstructed, saving valuable resources, embodied energy, and taxpayer dollars.”

The Dark Side Of The Lens

The Dark Side Of The Lens is a short film that shows a side to surfing that few of us, as observers or surfers, will glimpse: the life of the photographer. Renowned surf photographer Mickey Smith worked with Allan Wilson (director of photography) from the Astray Collective to show what drives him to spend countless hours in cold and hostile waters in search of a single shot…“I wanted to create that something that would give insight into what it takes to grind out a living as a water-based photographer in the surfing industry,” Smith explains, “to provide a short, experimental glimpse into life lived in the shadow of what is, for me, an obsessive pursuit.”We at (echo)witness love the message of the film: “If your life is spent simply observing and documenting what you see, are you ever really present? It’s this willingness to go unnoticed, to hide in the shadows and sacrifice personal notoriety for the sake of one’s art…”