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Be sure to check out the first of 4 episodes on NBC’s Open House featuring the construction progress of the Montagnaro House. In this episode, Glenn Callahan and David Jackson of American Green Home Builders touch upon some green design strategies that everyone should consider when building a new home. Hats off to the greenest and most camera-ready GC team out there!

Be on the lookout for Mapos in a forthcoming episode dedicated to smart water management!

A view from the crow's nest looking West to North.

After one of the snowiest winters and rainiest springs on record, summer is finally here, and the hammers are flying in Ghent! The crew has raised the rafters and the space and form of the new house can at last be experienced in full scale reality. Whenever this milestone is achieved on a project, it is among the most exciting moments for an architect and client alike.

This week, as we finally ascended to the top floor of the Ghent House with the client, experiencing the intoxicating panorama of the Upper Hudson Valley from this crow’s nest, every decision, every risk, every fight for design that occurred during the process of design, was immediately, and joyfully, validated.

A panoramic view of the Catskill Mountains to the West, from atop the dirt pile outside of Hudson, NY. Foundation formwork can be seen on the right.

We architects like to daydream… in fact that’s what got most of us here in the first place.

A dream becomes a vision, that vision slowly gestates, and through monumental efforts of a team of individuals, believing in and adding to this vision, not to mention commendable stamina, this vision forms into a reality. With the right team and the right client, this entire process can begin to take on a poetic rhythm.

The in-progress foundation pictured above is just such a project. A dream site with unobstructed views of the Catskill Mountains to the west, an incredible client seeking the latest in cutting edge sustainable practices with an open mind to design, and an energetic and knowledgeable general contractor dream team (American Green Home Builders, who provided this photo, a byproduct of their aforementioned energy).

We’ll keep you Mapostles updated on the progress of this new home as it magically forms over the next several months, and share with you our thoughts along the way!


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Sun Shade made from cooking oil cans, India. By Sanjeev Shankar.

The founding members of Mapos will be speaking at two upcoming events for the International Interior Design Association and the Retail Design Institute over the next 2 days. The presentation will analyze current trends in the green movement as it relates to historical precedent, and will cover a handful of case studies, including the venue for both events, the Green Depot Flagship Store.

The successful 1 square-mile suburban development of Vauban, Germany is putting pedestrians first.

The successful 1 square-mile suburban development of Vauban, Germany is putting pedestrians first.

Much to our delight, a suburban, car-free utopia has sprung up near the Swiss border of Germany.

We expect that this indicates the beginnings of a trend towards more sustainable and humane suburban development– one that finally puts the car where it belongs (in the back seat). 

The amount of smiling people in this slideshow would suggest consensus that Germany is moving in the right direction. This makes Mapos’ heart mill go round and round. Ahhhh.