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Beachcombing and the Design Process

This morning I was remembering some of my favorite finds on the beach when I was a kid.  One was a baby abalone shell, only about an inch on the long side.  Another was a large conical shell that was uncommon for our beaches in Southern California.  Both finds filled me with exhilaration; finding a […]

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Bathers by a River

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Bathers by a River Text from AIC NYT.com Interactive Feature Matisse worked on Bathers by a River over the course of at least 8 years. During its long evolution, it became an important vehicle for his methods of modern construction, and its many stages reveal the deep connections with many works made during the 1913–17 period. The idea […]

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The Painter’s Box

The Painter’s Studio: A painter’s studio is a particularly fun project.  In this case, the client wanted a simple and elegant solution within a modest budget.  The site has a defunct “stable” at the entry and a rambling Santa Fe home already built.  We have placed the studio as a link for the existing structures, […]

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NY Passive House Apartments

We’re making progress on the 10 story Passive House building in Manhattan.  The program has changed a bit.  We’re hoping to have more update soon.  Here is a snapshot of the project.

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2016 MFA / LIHTC Project Award

We are pleased to announce that WAMO Studio received the highest score for the 2016 MFA awards for Tierra Montosa.  This project will provide much needed affordable housing in the city of Taos; 44 rehab units and 26 new units which have been designed to Passive House standards.  We have also preserved space for the […]

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VolksHouse 3

Here is the glimpse of our next Passivehouse project, Volkshouse 3, in Flagstaff, Arizona. This project will be 6 rental units about 10 minutes south of downtown Flagstaff. The walls and floors, including the installation of the windows, will be manufactured off-site to Passivehouse standards and using certified components. This project is aiming to be […]

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The Vietnam War Gave Birth To Container

via DIGG – Whatever the bleating from the White House about trade, this is a story that we’re all entangled in every time we buy a toaster at Target or a t-shirt at TopShop. That’s because almost no matter where you live and how you shop, the vast majority of everything you buy came over to […]

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Volks House 2.0 makes its way past weather delays!

After weather delays, we’re back on Volks House 2.0. This is our next Passive House in the series of Volkshouses. We have completed the retaining walls as the site has quite bit of slope! The retaining walls are located outside of the thermal envelope to eliminate any thermal bridges.

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The Next Generation of Passive House

VolksHouse 3 The Next Generation of Passive House After building several certified passive houses, WAMO Studio is beginning construction of the first panelized passive house in the Southwest.  One of the objectives in designing this house in a more traditional Southwest style is to demonstrate that the Passive House science of construction does not dictate […]

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Passive House New Mexico

Since May 2012 a group of dedicated Passive House professionals and enthusiasts have been gathering to discuss the creation of a New Mexico Passive House group or organization that could serve to increase shared educational opportunities and the dissemination of the Passive House Approach. PASSIVE HOUSE NEW MEXICO was launched on July 2015 The primary […]

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