Perfect Solutions and the Pretty Good House

Posted on Mar 31, 2017
Perfect Solutions and the Pretty Good House

Like most architects, I am susceptible to believing two things: That a perfect solution to a design problem has yet to be discovered, and If I think enough about said design problem, I can discover a previously undiscovered solution to it. As I have researched the various possibilities for wall assemblies at Mullet Hall, I […]

CLT and Double Stud and PERSIST, oh my!

Posted on Mar 14, 2017

Those who have been around me any time during the last few months will know that one of the main topics on my mind has been the appropriate wall system for the No-name Passive House (working title: Mullet Hall). We began this quest looking primarily at Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) Block. As I explained in […]

PDX Backyard Habitat featured in Green Builder Magazine

Posted on Jun 6, 2016
PDX Backyard Habitat featured in Green Builder Magazine

The Figure Ground Studio’s PDX Backyard Habitat , located in southwest hills of Portland, Oregon, was recently featured in the March-April 2016 issue of Green Builder magazine. Our very own Erin Muir, who served as Landscape Architect on this job, is quoted extensively about her design in the article, discussing the theory and practice of […]

Soak it Up: Understanding Stormwater, Rain Gardens and Lawn Care

Posted on Jun 25, 2015

Erin will be speaking to the Salt Pond Coalition in Rhode Island on Thursday, June 25, 7PM at Kettle Pond Visitors Center in Charlestown, RI. She will discuss how your yard directly impacts your watershed. She will describe the link between stormwater that falls on your property and the waters of Rhode Island. Erin will explain […]

Two New Trees for Arbor Day

Posted on Apr 26, 2015
Two New Trees for Arbor Day

It feels like Spring is finally upon us. Cold Spring residents woke up this Arbor Day 2015 to find nice medalions on all of our street trees which proclaimed: The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Village of Cold Spring Arbor Day, April 25, 2015. […]

A Celebration Of Ecological Systems In Architecture

Posted on Mar 2, 2015
A Celebration Of Ecological Systems In Architecture

[THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN 2006] WATER-BASED TECHNOLOGIES BEAUTIFY A NEW MEXICAN RESORT BY ETHAN TIMM EL MONTE SAGRADO RESORT IN TAOS, N.M., exemplifies a comprehensive ecological design solution for a high-desert development, combining traditional architectural techniques and hydrologically appropriate water systems. Water conservation has a long and beautiful history in the desert Southwest. In keeping with this tradition, water-based eco-technologies were employed […]

Determining Solar Access at Storefront Window

Posted on Feb 22, 2015
Determining Solar Access at Storefront Window

We are lucky to be proposing a storefront which is on the north side of Main Street in Cold Spring. The window has decent solar access and gets quite warm even on a cold winter day. It beckons for plants. This side of the street gets solar gain throughout the year – even when the […]

In the News: Off the Grid

Posted on Nov 11, 2014
In the News: Off the Grid

Timm believes the more practical approach to lessening the climate impacts of fossil fuels involves changes in development policy and patterns, more efficient heating and cooling technologies, and increased education about and awareness of the benefits of renewable energy. “It’s about reducing our energy demand,” he said. “We can reduce this demand with better insulating, […]