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Manhattan ranked 16th on 2019 List of Best, Affordable Places to Live | MarketWatch

“Far from the hustle and bustle of New York City is “The Little Apple” — better known as Manhattan, Kan. — home to Kansas State University, a blossoming food scene and a charmingly restored downtown.”

 
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Frazier Home Design | Instagram

Raleigh, NC Home Designer Tony Frazier caught our eye on Instagram with a shared passion for timeless #architecture. Check our #frazierhomedesign on IG, their website at frazierhomedesign.com, or click on some of their work below to check out their IG page.

 
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Why Graphene hasn’t Taken Over the World Yet | The Verge

Here is a really interesting video from The Verge about a technology that made a lot of waves about 15 years ago, spurring things like space elevators and super light armor on to viral popularity. So, where did graphene go?

 
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Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide Back into Coal | Dezeen

“Carbon dioxide could be removed from the atmosphere and stored as a solid in a bid to manage climate change, using a new technique pioneered at Australia's RMIT University.”

 
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A Quote We’ve been Thinking About | Norman Foster

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa | Chile, South America

Architecturally inspired by the wind and waves.  The modern architecture of the Tierra Patagonia is striking, yet it blends seamlessly into the natural environment of the dramatic Torres del Paine National Park. Set back from the shore of Lake Sarmiento, this beautiful hotel provides breath-taking views of the parks' famous peaks, Lago Sarmiento and the windswept Chilean landscapes.

 
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Mashpi Lodge, Mashpi Rainforest Reserve | Ecuador & Galapagos, South America

Offering an unusual, unique and breathtaking location, Mashpi Lodge has been designed to present its guests with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Suspended in the cloud forest of the Mashpi Reserve, this enchanting destination is the epitome of sustainable luxury and recently featured in the BBC series, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby. It is also a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

 
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VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa | Portugal & Madeira, Europe

This colonial-style resort with Moorish buildings is in landscaped gardens and bordered by two white sandy coves. The authentic décor includes bright blue doors, hand-made linens and local Porches pottery, and there are numerous pools, lakes and gardens to relax in. Take the steps down to a secluded golden-sand beach with access to sun loungers, or hop on the shuttle to nearby Armacao de Pera Beach for a choice of watersports. 

 
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Mowani Mountain Camp | Namibia, Africa

In the heat, dust and stunning landscapes of Damaraland, there is a sanctuary – Mowani Mountain Camp.  Dwarfed by massive ochre boulders, the camp is absorbed into the landscape, making it one with our shared history of life in this prehistoric land.  Every soft curve or ragged edge frames the landscape in a different way, as if you are seeing for the first time, every time. 

 
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Amangiri Resort | Utah, USA

Surrounded by thousands of square miles of untouched scenery, Amangiri neighbours the largest Native American reservation in the US. Among the passionate team of Navajo artists working with Amangiri is Eli Secody, who highlights the harmonious living of the Navajo people with this region, its wildlife and the Earth. 

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Abandoned Potash Factory in Antioch, Nebraska

An Album of Photos from Mike’s travels.

Visited by our very own Mike Mecseri, this refinery pulled pot ash out of the Nebraska sand hills for a limited time during World War I. After the war the supply from Europe resumed and this place has become a ruin. It's stout construction guarantees it will be around for awhile. This inspired us to do an abandoned theme for this week’s post.

 
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Technology: 3D scans of Abandoned Ruins of Casa Sperimentale

An article on Dezeen

The Casa Sperimentale, also known as the Casa Albero is a concrete and steel treehouse designed by Giuseppe Perugini, Uga de Plaisant and Raynaldo Perugini. It was built from 1967-1975 in Fregene, a small coastal resort near Rome, Italy. It was designed as a holiday home but has been abandoned since 1995. Over the last few years it has been vandalized, used as an illegal party venue, and even acted as the set for a music video by the Italian band 777. The following video is a 3D scan of the entire site and home, as it was in April of 2018.

You can also find this interesting place on Atlas Obscura and there are a lot of pictures and 360 degree views on Google.

 
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A Curated Collection of Abandoned Places

Instagram: itsabandoned.

 
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Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Missouri

More information at Missouri State Parks

Both Joe and Chris grew up in Missouri, and have visited this State Park.

“Ha Ha Tonka State Park with its intriguing history and outstanding geologic features, Ha Ha Tonka State Park is one state park that should not be missed. The park is a geologic wonderland with sinkholes, caves, a huge natural bridge, sheer bluffs and Missouri’s 12th largest spring. The ruins of a turn-of-the-century stone castle overlook these wonders and offer impressive views of the Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka Spring.”

 
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Abandoned Places Exploration on YouTube

A Subculture unto itself, known as Urban Exploration.

There are a lot of YouTube channels dedicated to exploring abandoned places, each with their own tone and philosophy. We recommend The Proper People.

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Just for Fun: la Clairvoyance

A painting by Rene Magritte

We really enjoyed this painting when we stumbled across it recently.

“With his highly cerebral Surrealist imagery, René Magritte breathed new life into seemingly conventional subject matter. He often painted everyday objects out of context, in juxtapositions forcing the viewer to reconsider things normally taken for granted. … Magritte’s highly figurative style of Surrealism is often discussed along the work of Salvador Dalí and Giorgio de Chirico, and his persistent interrogation of objects has both influenced and paved the way for seminal artistic movements, from Conceptualism to Pop art.”

 
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Something We Learned About This Week: Permeable Paver Systems

Learn more about Eco-CityLock Permeable Pavers at Keystone Hardscapes

We like to learn something new every day, and this week that included a continuing education class on Permeable Paving. This alternative to concrete or asphalt allows water to absorb into the ground instead of running off into the storm drain system. It's a win-win, but we also learned these systems require annual maintenance, essentially running a street-sweeper over them once a year should do it! Here’s a video that describes how the systems works and an article about how it and other pervious pavements could help cities manage storm water runoff problems.

 
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Fascinating Website: Movie Sets you can Visit over Spring Break

An Interactive Map, theMovieMap.com

In Honor of the Oscars this past week and the possibility of upcoming travel for Spring Break, check out this interactive map that shows actual film locations from various movies, all over the world. You can even submit new locations to add to the map! If you happen to be on your to Chicago in the next few weeks, why not recreate some famous scenes from Ferris Bueller’s Day off?

 
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Case Study: Chicken Coops in Turkey by SO?

An Article from Dezeen

We thought this was a beautiful way to use very standard materials to create a beautiful and functional agricultural structure.

“House of Chickens, designed by architecture studio SO?, is a modular coop for 800 chickens on an artist's farm in Turkey. Istanbul-based practice SO?  designed the coop on the Palanga Art and Architecture Farm in Erzincan, a project of Kutlug Ataman, who is commissioning structures for animals and wildlife in the neglected rural area.”

 
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Technology: Black Panther's Oscar-winning Costumes include 3D-printed Designs

An Article from Dezeen

“Black Panther took home the 2019 Academy Award for Best Costume Design for outfits that included an intricate collar and crown created using 3D printing.

Costume designer Ruth E Carter accepted the award at the Oscars ceremony on 24 February 2019, when the superhero movie based on Marvel comic books received three prizes in total.

Among the elaborate costumes worn in the movie were a crown and huge shoulder mantle donned by Queen Ramonda, played by American actress Angela Bassett.

These designs were created in collaboration with Los Angeles-based Austrian architect Julia Körner, who has previously worked on 3D-printed haute couture for Iris Van Herpen and Chanel.”

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Infographic: How America uses its Land

A Blog Post from Brandon Donnelly about a Bloomberg Article:

You can scroll through a series of infographics and get a really good sense of how we use our space in the United States, seeing each usage compared proportionally to the whole country.

“There are many statistical measures that show how productive the U.S. is. Its economy is the largest in the world and grew at a rate of 4.1 percent last quarter, its fastest pace since 2014. The unemployment rate is near the lowest mark in a half century.

What can be harder to decipher is how Americans use their land to create wealth. The 48 contiguous states alone are a 1.9 billion-acre jigsaw puzzle of cities, farms, forests and pastures that Americans use to feed themselves, power their economy and extract value for business and pleasure.”

 
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Video: Primitive Technology

The Original YouTube Channel on the Subject

Learn how to survive using nothing but a pair of cargo shorts and what you can find in the forests of Northern Queensland, Australia.

"Primitive technology is a hobby where you build things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. These are the strict rules: If you want a fire, use a fire stick - An axe, pick up a stone and shape it - A hut, build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without utilizing modern technology. I do not live in the wild, but enjoy building shelter, tools, and more, only utilizing natural materials. To find specific videos, visit my playlist tab for building videos focused on pyrotechnology, shelter, weapons, food & agriculture, tools & machines, and weaving & fiber."

 
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Article: Unusual Home Plans

An Article from Dezeen

Check out these interesting house plans of all different shapes and sizes. A side note, Solo House II (called 'the wedding ring' in the article) was featured in Netflix's "World's Most Extraordinary Homes" on Episode 1 of Season 2 Part B, "Spain." We highly recommend this show, in which an Actress and an Architect travel the world to tour and stay in some of the most unique homes on the planet.

 
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Case Study: Massive, Organic Airport in China.

An Article from the Atlantic

This airport is amazing to look at simply because of the tremendous scale of construction and the complexity of the project. As far as design, it's interesting because airports are almost always additions onto additions onto additions, it seems rare that you get to start from scratch!

 
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Video: Take a Virtual Tour of a Modern Office space for Manhattan, KS

A Timber & Stone Project on YouTube

A quick 3D mock-up and animation in Sketchup to study how a professional office might use an existing office space.

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Tools of the Trade: Need some inspiration and enjoy fonts?

Try this app called Fontspark

Test out how your text might be perceived as you click through randomly generated Google Fonts, free to use. You can even filter them by serif/san-serif and weight.

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Gallery: Construction Photos of a Lake Home in Progress

A Timber & Stone Project

Things are really starting to come together on this Lake Home near Alma, KS. We’re excited to see the owner’s dream come to life and we can’t wait to share some finished images.

 
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Case Study: Teaching Center in Vienna

A Project by BUSarchitektur

"We envisage the new academic space located at the north-east of the new Campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business as a venue for multiple networking. More than a mere building, the Teaching Center is a learning platform that promotes spontaneous communication while also making it possible to undertake the classes and activities that occur within."

Here at Timber & Stone, we also appreciate that it has a slight resemblance to a Sand Crawler from Star Wars while still being an example of excellent design in the world.

 
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Technology: Star Trek Replicator technology is not far away.

A new way to 3D Print

"They nicknamed it ‘the replicator’ — in homage to the machines in the Star Trek saga that can materialize virtually any inanimate object.

Researchers in California have unveiled a 3D printer that creates an entire object at once, rather than building it layer by layer as typical additive-manufacturing devices do — bringing science-fiction a step closer to reality."

 
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8 Reasons We Should All Care More About Landscape Architecture

An article From Architizer

Get inspired by a handful of case studies that are great examples of how amazing landscape architecture can take a building project to a whole new level.

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Technology: Laying Bricks with augmented reality

An article from ArchDaily

A 3 minute video of real masons using cutting edge tech to place bricks in a geometrically complex pattern.

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Case Study: Eladio Dieste

A Google Image search on Architect Eladio Dieste

In contrast to cutting edge augmented reality to place bricks above, this architect didn't have computers when he defied gravity and the eye when he created impossibly thin structures from brick. Bonus reading, check out his Wikipedia page.

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Quotes We Love: The Race to the Bottom

A Page from Seth's Blog

"The race to the top makes more sense to me. The race to the top is focused on design and respect and dignity and guts and innovation and sustainability and yes, generosity when it might be easier to be selfish. It's also risky, filled with difficult technical and emotional hurdles, and requires patience and effort and insight. The race to the top is the long-term path with the desirable outcome."

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Something We're Thinking About: The Planning Fallacy

An article from Wikipedia

Optimism is important, but it can distort the best laid plans. On your last project around the house, how long did you think it was going to take? How long did it really take? This something we’re trying to understand better in helping us plan.

"The planning fallacy….is a phenomenon in which predictions about how much time will be needed to complete a future task display an optimism bias and underestimate the time needed."

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New + Old: Apple Store in a Historic Building

An article From Architect

Apple is know for super modern glass, aluminum, and wood in their products and their building details match that level of care. In this case, the architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, helped Apple fuse historic architecture with their modern feel seamlessly.

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What Kind of Architecture Does Timber & Stone Do?

What Kind of Architecture Does Timber & Stone Do?

Timber & Stone focuses on projects that make our community more unique, beautiful, and viable while having as much fun as legally allowed. This often brings us projects in the landmark parts of the city, renovations to historic homes, downtown buildings, or projects that bring something unique to Manhattan and the surrounding community. You can also get to know us by what we don’t do. We don’t like to take on projects that…

What Are Timber & Stone's Core Values?

What Are Timber & Stone's Core Values?

The culture of a company is not something that happens by accident - it is intentionally created and protected by its company.  At Timber & Stone, we want to be driven by our core values and make decisions based on them. By building a matrix to filter our decisions, we believe we can deliver better results internally and for our clients. These values shape our dreams, actions, and determine what risks we take.  We recruit and hire based on them. And of course, we hope to attract clients who share them. They are the heart and sole of our company. We would like to introduce them to you…

Why the name Timber & Stone?

Why the name Timber & Stone?

It all started with a question: Where did architecture begin? Any firm is of course influenced by the unique experiences and tastes of its owners. For Timber & Stone, this means an avid appreciation for and an unquenchable thirst for understanding history and it's architecture.  If you could break down architecture into periodical elements, what were they? Also, what sounded cool? After many considerations like, (Rock & Wood, Wood & Stone, and Stone & Stick), Timber & Stone was born. We could have named the company…

How Much Do Architects Cost?

How Much Do Architects Cost?

For once, I have a pretty easy answer here… just like sales tax, architects will cost about  8% - 15% of construction costs. So on average if you are planning to build a $300,000 house, your architecture fees will be somewhere between $24,000 to $45,000 for a set of house plans and administration during construction. Typically, the larger the project, the lower the percentage. So million dollar projects will have 5%-10% fees while smaller $100,000 projects will have 10% to 15% fees. This is due to the start-up costs that are involved in beginning any architectural project.  A bigger question is however….

How Long will Design Take?

How Long will Design Take?

I wish I could give you a straight answer here. This question depends on many factors like intricacies and size of the project, architect’s time, and your time. But before we break those down, I want to start with a sign you may have seen hanging on the wall in a variety of businesses from an auto repair shop to a graphic design firm, but this sign would also be right at home in any architecture firm….

What is the Architectural Process?

What is the Architectural Process?

Each architectural firm will have their own spin on specifically what their client experience is like, but we would like to at least introduce you to some terms. This process ensures we get you from where you are now, to us handing you the keys to your space that meets (and hopefully exceeds) your dreams and expectations.

Once your architectural agreement is signed and ready, these are the steps that you typically go through to produce good design and start building your project. Before design can happen, we start with what we call Pre-Design…

How Do You Hire an Architect?

How Do You Hire an Architect?

So you have a project that needs an architect - where do you begin? Most people don’t have an existing relationship with an architect, but there are a couple ways to find one that will be a great fit for your project, or maybe even more important, a good fit for you and your project. Design of your building or home and the construction of it can represent one of the larger time and money investments you will ever make. You will want to make sure you mesh well with this person (and their team) as you share your hopes and dreams, and personal financial details along the way…

When Should You Hire an Architect?

When Should You Hire an Architect?

Every client starts off in a different place (no ridiculous architecture pun intended). Some have a clear vision of where they want to go, and others are not sure where to begin. They know they have a need - perhaps more space for their home or business; or a vision for how they want to live based on images they see online or in magazines. Or, it might be that they wonder how the characters on Friends can afford such swanky apartments in the notoriously expensive New York City. Either way, we suggest you should call an architect when…

Why Hire an Architect?

Why Hire an Architect?

It's amazing the number of choices we make everyday. What to eat, what to do, what socks do I wear today? Occasionally we face larger decisions like what house to buy or where to live. Some people are quite decisive, while others need more help.  It's amazing how much time we can spend on a relatively small decisions throughout the day. When it comes to building or remodeling your home or business, the number of decisions needing made and moving parts involved are endless….

Little Apple Love

Little Apple Love

What we love about our town…

We have been asking lately what is Manhattan’s greatest strength. It is something we sense but it can hardly be put into words. I think essentially Manhattan has a unique personality which attracts those who live here. It is a small town with exceptional amenities. It has this energy, youth, and brain trust from the University. It has several economic engines (Ft. Riley, KSU, and others) that inject investment and vitality.  And it is full of outdoor venues to enjoy and appreciate the Kansas Flint Hills….

Wood Swimmer

Wood Swimmer Video on YouTube

Why do we as humans love wood as a building material so much? I have a theory, and it is that trees are so much like us it’s uncanny. At first glance, the same species of tree looks very similar, but upon closer visual inspection you can see that no two trees are quite alike, and their branches divide and grow in a way that distinguishes each tree from their neighbor. Further study will reveal that each tree’s fate and visual presence is further distinguished by the life it leads. Lightning might strike it or its animal neighbors may alter it. It might have a few scars from a hard drought or a particularly nasty storm.

Trees vary by location, their environment, and their fruit. Some mature slowly over time, others sprout and grow quickly. It’s fun and so easy to draw parallels between our personalities and those of trees. One thing is clear, that although there are so many types of trees, each one is uniquely beautiful and contributes to the environment around it.

 

Marriage...

Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam wifin a dweam…

After we get your attention, our job isn't to win you over through a value proposition or sales pitch, it's more akin to a courtship where we both evaluate if we should get married.

The relationship between Client and Architect is defined ­as an "agency", which means we as professionals have an obligation to represent the interests of our clients as if we were an extension of you. We take an exorbitant amount of time before we even start designing to understand your wants and needs. And we will work tireless hours trying to make you as happy as possible. Much like a marriage, if one person isn't happy, it’s almost impossible for the other person to be happy.

This means that perhaps the single most important factor in our relationship is the single most important factor in any relationship: trust. You will be trusting us to create a design, trusting us with your finances, trusting us to lead a team, trusting us to meet your deadlines, and trusting us to have your best interests at heart the whole time.

This is why, once we get your attention by strutting our stuff, or perhaps a friend of yours recommends us, the proceeding process is more akin to a courtship than a product evaluation. We will be working together for a long period of time on perhaps the largest financial and stressful endeavor of your life. That’s why before you sign anything, we want to get to know you. We want to start with a conversation, and build a strong foundation of trust.

 

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