You may have read the post on the New York Times Wheels blog last month about ex-BMW design chief Chris Bangle's brief tenure at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The 13 architecture students in the "GINA Studio" course - only offered last fall - created housing projects inspired from Bangle's fabric-wrapped GINA concept car, which bends and flexes according to the driver's needs.
Today's Globe highlighted a few more eye-popping drafts from the course, but oddly enough, none of the projects here mention space for a garage. More photos and descriptions follow in the full entry.
All photos courtesy Harvard University.
Gina TeleburbKent Gould designed this web of homes to withstand harsh environmental conditions "such as lava fields, barren areas, and flood plains." They're connected by enclosed roads that collapse and expand.
Cloud SuburbiaFrom Justin Chen: "Some time in the next 50 years, when suburbs run out of places to sprawl and need to colonize the air space above the freeways. The house is made from materials still to be developed, such as stretchable ETFE, elastic structural frames, and flexible tensile skins."
"Since not all functions in the house are used simultaneously, each cell, or room, in the house can expand and contract as needed to make the most out of a given area and volume. Courtyard cells are essential to the design, as they allow for natural light and ventilation into internal areas such as sleeping or eating areas."
Playing ArchitectureIgnacio Gonzalez Galan's suburban complex has roofs that extend upward during the day and shrink at night to conserve heat.
CoilHausThe Target of the future? This residential and commercial building by Megan Panzano has stretchy walls should more space be needed.
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|Clifford Atiyeh is an automotive writer and car enthusiast . He has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own.
In the garage: 1995 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (by association)
|Bill Griffith is a veteran Boston Globe reporter, having reviewed cars for more than 10 years and serving as assistant sports editor for 25 years. He was also the paper's sports media columnist.
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|John Paul is public affairs manager for AAA Southern New England, a certified mechanic, and a Globe columnist. He hosts a weekly radio show on WROL.
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In the garage: Mazda 5, Dodge Neon
|George Kennedy is a senior writer for WheelsTV in Acton, which produces video reviews for Yahoo, MSN, and other auto websites.
In the garage: Lifted 1999 Jeep Cherokee