colab studio, llc

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vali homes infill prototype house

  • Category: architecture, residential
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  • Posted date: September 9, 2013


September 9, 2013

Creating affordable ultra-sustainable housing for infill lots across Metropolitan Phoenix: Working with Vali Homes, a Developer/Sustainable-Consultant and 180 Degrees, a quality General Contractor, our Team has engaged in studying various structures, methods and materials for building on empty lots in well-established Phoenix neighborhoods. These homes are meant as a contemporary equivalent of the “case study” homes of the 1960s- though built for our time and place, and with sustainability in mind. The home surpasses LEED Platinum certification, and has a blower test rating of .68 ach50. Using...

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what we hold dear

  • Category: public art
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  • Posted date: September 8, 2013


September 8, 2013

Exploration of the outward expression of one’s individuality and culture: We asked students at an international program what they bring with them from their culture when they travel abroad. We transformed their answers into cast bronze “vessels” that are worn as backpacks on abstracted concrete figures. Ten independent figures are placed surrounding two oval-shaped lawns, with the figures all facing towards each other. They appear to be walking to meet as a group in the center of the lawn. A small amount of descriptive texts and poems by Ron Phares are attached to the pedestals to provide...

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desert islands 2013 – feast on the street

  • Category: installation, public art
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  • Posted date: September 7, 2013


September 7, 2013

Providing a sense of empowerment over the city with a view: A proposal originally conceived in 1999 to connect two Phoenix neighborhoods became a reality as an addition to the “Feast On The Streets” in April of 2013 put on by Roosevelt Row and Downtown Voices Coalition. The Feast showcased a ½ mile long dining table on a downtown street. Our project placed a scissor lift on either end of the table. We asked people to sign a waiver and put on a harness, then lifted them 35 feet in the air to get a view of the festivities and the surrounding city. They could also view the other person and lift...

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cyclist’s feat

  • Category: public art
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  • Posted date: September 1, 2013


September 1, 2013

Playing with forms of nature: With a modest budget for a streetscape, we decide to use boulders as a form provider and starting point for sculptures. Four sets of boulders are placed in traffic calming “chicanes”. Then formed piping based on the shapes of the boulders that hold several water-jet-cut steel cyclists. The precarious positions of the cyclists relate to how dangerous urban and mountain riding can feel. Some personal stories of moments in Tempe are also included in subtle compositional choices.

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connectocracy



July 1, 2013

Beginning with the question of how to make all 300 million US citizens feel like a cohesive community, we decided to study how people in the US Armed Services work together to get through tough situations while each individual maintains a balance between giving themselves to the group versus keeping a sense of personal identity. The project contains three levels of existence; individual, communal, and universal; which are physically and visually connected throughout the main space with the airport’s USO. 15 installations of typical house-shaped stainless steel boxes are placed flowing from outside...

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estes home designs

  • Category: architecture, unbuilt
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  • Posted date: June 1, 2013


June 1, 2013

Creating a sustainable house in an established neighborhood in Phoenix: A couple asks for a house with the main space as a central hub; A gathering space. The house should fit into the context and relate to the client’s love of local mid-century residential modernism. Two designs are presented; one simple and cost efficient; the other more complex and introverted with a central atrium. Both designs limit east and west heat gain, allow for rain water collection, and would utilize radiant cooling.

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hi-brow



May 1, 2013

A seemingly banal lift station is transformed into a beautiful architectural detail through the addition of a water-jet-cut steel cornice.  Rather than make the lift station simply recede further from view, the station broadcasts his valued use to its community.  The cornice is comprised of patterns derived from water, as well as imagery comparing desert and water based flora, that will cast shadows along the walls throughout the day.  These constantly changing shapes will change hour to hour, day to day, to create an ever-changing artistic display.  At night, eight LED lights cast patterns...

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grassroots



April 1, 2013

A symbol of community, democracy, ecology, and solidarity for a small university: Powder coated aluminum panels containing 263 abstracted acrylic blades of grass will be installed within the existing lobby of the Culture & Society Building on Florida Atlantic University’s Campus. A text panel below the artwork expresses the concept and will have quotes from famous figures relating about the ideas of Grassroots and democracy. Four LED flood lights, mounted opposite, will be controlled to alternate in color and intensity to make the “field” appear to wave in the breeze.

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45th place addition

  • Category: architecture, residential
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  • Posted date: March 15, 2013


March 15, 2013

A couple desire an addition of 600 SF on a budget of $60k, which can act as a separate apartment so they may live in it and rent out the main house in 15 years when they semi-retire. It is decided to utilize a pre-engineered metal building as envelope, which they can finish out themselves to keep costs low. The existing front door of the original house obscurely faces the side, thus the addition is formed to create a clear entry from the street. In the process of planning, a clear geometry arises with three volumes of different sizes but exactly the same proportions in all three dimensions. The addition...

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dunlap venue



March 1, 2013

 Dunlap Venue was designed to be a place for the public to utilize in a variety of ways. It may be used to facilitate public meetings, farmer’s markets, music shows, or simply as a shady spot to wait for a train. Artwork created out of interaction with students from six adjacent schools is displayed in nine art “cones” casting light and shadow onto the plaza below. Associated imagery in the plaza ground-plane will be illuminated by the art “cones” on specific days of the year, strengthening awareness of the city’s built environment. Similar images are also installed at the station...

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