Save this picture!© Winquist Photography+ 21 Share Structural Engineer: CopyHouses•Tucson, United States Area: 5500 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project House in Sabino Springs / Kevin B Howard Architects House in Sabino Springs / Kevin B Howard ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse in Sabino Springs / Kevin B Howard Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/791219/house-in-sabino-springs-kevin-b-howard-architects Clipboard Photographs “COPY” ArchDaily “COPY” Manufacturers: Poliform, ASL Home entertainment, Bonnema Pools, Fractured Earth, Morrison Barker Steel, The Garden Gate Year: Architects: Kevin B Howard Architects Area Area of this architecture project United States Projects Talavera Engineer 2016 City:TucsonCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Winquist PhotographyRecommended ProductsGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60 PassivhausGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing in Art & SignageDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalText description provided by the architects. There are only a few instances in an architectural career where a client and an architect’s vision unify into an immaculate and complete expression of art and architecture. We were very fortunate to work with a couple who, devoted to the ideals of minimalism’s stark allure, asked us to design a house in the foothills of Tucson, Arizona, located in the profoundly diverse Sonoran Desert. The owners’ refined sense of contrast required a “modern, minimal home: a pristine box that seemed to have landed in the desert.”Save this picture!© Robin Stancliff PhotographyThe house’s hillside location required that we take advantage of the boundless vistas while protecting the owners’ carefully curated collection of art and modernist furniture as well as the desert itself. These diverging conditions resulted in the elevation of the major living spaces to the upper floor. The considerable programmatic shift reduced the footprint and the construction impact, as well as reiterating the owners’ vision of gently touching down upon the earth. Kevin Howard’s assertion that “The desert is very slow to heal” can be seen in the surgical location of the residence around and within the numerous Saguaros on the site.Save this picture!© Winquist PhotographySave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Robin Stancliff PhotographyThe inclusion of gallery space and its appropriate protective measures overlaid the architectural program. Miesian glass walls were replaced with a studied array of spotless shadow boxes protecting deeply recessed glass panes. The clients shared their inspiration and enthusiasm for Renzo Piano’s Atrium in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. The interior stair acts as a tectonic centerpiece, contrasting the formal execution of the main atrium while matching its clarity and refinement in detailing. This Atrium houses the bulk of the owners’ art collection and connects the upper and lower floors of the residence. The height allows the living spaces to breathe and provides a new appreciation of the various pieces of art as they are viewed from different positions in the house. A single continuous skylight centered down the middle of the gallery marks the passage of time without harming the cherished art held within. The main living and dining spaces face south, framing the view of the desert below in a perfect unobstructed volume.Save this picture!© Winquist PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessOMA and West 8 Team-up in The Search for The Student That Will Be Tomorrow’s Archite…Misc26 Things All Architects Can Relate ToArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/791219/house-in-sabino-springs-kevin-b-howard-architects Clipboard Houses Photographs: Winquist Photography, Robin Stancliff Photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeKevin B Howard ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTucsonUnited StatesPublished on July 18, 2016Cite: “House in Sabino Springs / Kevin B Howard Architects” 18 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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The Harvard Kennedy School hosted two iconoclastic mayors on Monday (Jan. 25), both of whom entered government in their countries as a second career and changed their cities by shaking up politics as usual.The discussion involved the visionary urban landscapes of Edi Rama, a former artist and mayor of Tirana, Albania, and Antanas Mockus, once an academic and a former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia. Addressing an overflow audience, the former mayors outlined the offbeat methods by which they helped to transform their cities, in a discussion titled “Dialogue in Cultural Diplomacy and Urban Transformation.”“We see ourselves as moral subjects, but others as legal subjects. We obey for positive reasons, but we think others obey for negative reasons,” Mockus said.As mayor from 2001 to 2003, Mockus used humor, peer pressure, and visual reinforcements as tools of cultural persuasion in Bogotá, a period in which the homicide rate fell by 70 percent, traffic fatalities dropped by half, water conservation increased, and drinking water and sewer service reached nearly all homes for the first time in the city’s history. He prompted 60,000 people to pay an extra 10 percent in taxes — voluntarily.How did he help to foster those changes? By handing out thousands of thumbs-up and thumbs-down cards to citizens who used them as a peaceful way to judge one another’s behaviors in the public sphere, by hiring mimes to make fun of traffic violators, and by placing yellow stars at all the locations in which there had been a pedestrian death in the previous five years, just to name a few. The approach worked, he said, because it combined three regulatory systems: law, morality, and culture.Rama’s approach was quite different, but proved equally effective. As a former artist, he started with paint when he was elected in 2000 “with a landslide but no budget” to head the capital city of Albania, a country with a troubled history that came under communist rule in 1946. In 1992, communism fell and ushered in an era that shifted rapidly from collectivism to “total individualism.” Problems exponentially increased as Albanians from the countryside flocked to Tirana in search of jobs, increasing the city’s population nearly threefold in just two decades.Using money from the World Bank, the European Union, and other international organizations, Rama razed many of Tirana’s often illegal, generally derelict buildings and transformed others by having bold colors and abstract patterns painted on their facades. He cleaned up the piazzas, introduced green space, improved infrastructure, and literally brought light to a city that, when he took over, had only 78 working streetlamps. “This basically permitted us to regain the spirit of citizenship,” Rama said. “So, from a no man’s land, we now have a city with problems.”Both men admitted that their ideas have not solved all of their cities’ challenges and that they were initially greeted with skepticism. “People were [saying] that the mayor is a clown,” said Mockus. “I remember a lot of taxi drivers saying, ‘I voted for you; we will see.’ And I remember saying, ‘Help. Don’t be a spectator.’”Rama, who, in addition to being mayor is also the leader of Albania’s opposition Socialist party, had a similar experience. “Of course they said I was crazy,” he said. But in the buildings that had been refreshed, the city suddenly attained a 100 percent tax-collection rate and saw crime plummet. “All from a simple gesture of painting a building,” Rama said.“But the deeper [effect] was to give to people a sense of belonging and also pride in the city where they were living.” Well into the project, a survey of Tirana’s citizens found that although only 63 percent said they liked the painted buildings, 85 percent said they wanted the painting to continue. “So half of the people who didn’t like it wanted it to continue,” Rama said. “This told a lot about the energy that this was creating.”The discussion was sponsored by the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, and co-sponsored by the Cultural Agents Initiative and the Public Diplomacy Collaborative.
EdX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), announced its spring course and module offerings today.With an emphasis on the humanities and the social sciences, topics include the concept of the hero in classical Greek civilization and literature, the riddle of world poverty, and global environmental change.Harvard will offer four new courses during the spring season and several “beta” learning modules. Although students will be able to register for the HarvardX and edX courses immediately, the start and completion dates of each will vary.The three fully open HarvardX courses are:“The Ancient Greek Hero,” taught by Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of comparative literature, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS);“Justice,” taught by Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, FAS; and“Human Health and Global Environmental Change,” taught by Aaron Bernstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health and a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Children’s Hospital.In addition, “Copyright” will be taught by William Fisher III, WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Harvard Law School, and director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society.“Copyright,” which will explore the law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how that law might be reformed, will be offered as an experimental course, exploring different combinations and uses of teaching materials, educational technologies, and the edX platform. Enrollment is limited, based on the belief that high-quality legal education depends, at least in part, on supervised small-group discussions of difficult issues.Five hundred learners will be selected through an application process. There will, however, be open access to course materials via Fisher’s personal website.Although edX was launched just six months ago, nearly 200,000 people registered for the first two Harvard courses (CS50x: “Introduction to Computer Science I” and PH207x: “Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research”).All told, more than 500,000 unique users are engaging with the edX platform. In addition to courses from the two foundational partners, Harvard and MIT, in the coming year students will have opportunities to experience offerings from the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Texas system; Wellesley College; and Georgetown University.“We have been surprised and gratified by how faculty have responded to edX/HarvardX and the opportunity it provides to fundamentally rethink how we approach teaching,” said Rob Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology and faculty leader for HarvardX. “It’s also clear that our first round of courses have had an outstanding impact on learners around the world. The feedback we have received from HarvardX students has been tremendously positive, and there is so much more to come.”On campus, CS50 and CS50x instructor David Malan is using data insights and self-reports by course bloggers to tweak and enhance one of the most popular classes at the College.Beyond campus, the global reach of the edX platform is already showing the power of massive open online courses (MOOC). U.S. Air Force pilot Michael Dunn, who is currently stationed in Afghanistan, wrote a letter to the CS50x teaching team thanking the members for “an amazing experience.” He also conveyed what he saw as the promise of widening educational access, writing, “Please continue to make education available to the masses. It’s the only way we’ll have a permanent, lasting impact in the lives of the many.”Given the growing interest by faculty and instructors to learn more about how to build appropriate course content on the platform, Lue will lead a series of practical workshops in January and February.“We view edX and HarvardX not only as a way to expand access to high-quality educational content, but also as an opportunity to enhance teaching and learning on campus,” said Provost Alan M. Garber.HarvardX is only one part of a broader University effort to develop novel teaching and learning activities and gain insights on learning and learning outcomes through research. The Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching (HILT), created through a gift from Gustave and Rita Hauser, and the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning both plan to collaborate with the new endeavor.“Ultimately, HarvardX will strengthen on-campus learning, which is and will remain the foundation of a Harvard education,” said Michael D. Smith, FAS dean.