Talk about innovation! 3-D “Floating” designs are being used to improve city mobility! Can’t wait for this to come to LA!


Experiments in Motion

Experiments in Motion is a research initiative conducted by the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), in collaboration with Audi of America and LowLine. The aim of the initiative is to explore new forms of urban motion and new spaces for mobility, with special emphasis on New York City.

Students from the program have spent the summer researching all transportation systems in New York City, exposing the potential of underground spaces. Three studios have researched different aspects of movement in contemporary cities: Paradigms in Motion, Design in Motion and Participation in Motion. A fifty foot floating model of Manhattan made from aluminium displays Manhattan’s road infrastructure, while the plexiglass below presents a never before seen view of the architectural volumes of every subway station on the island. A network of subways, tunnels, bike lanes and bridges are presented as flows of movement, revealing a new reality of the city life – it exposes the city as an interconnected system for mobility.

The exhibition marking the end of the first year of Experiments in Motion will feature nine different projects that explore ideas about the future of New York transportation. It will be open to the public at the Essex Street Warehouse in New York City September 15-27.”

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These articles by TIME touch on many of the changes that will come with the Smart Home. One of the things that they fail to examine, however, is the building process of the smart home. What do we mean? We’ll have a blog post explaining our thoughts in a few days. In the meanwhile, we highly recommend that you take a look!

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Retired Marine Sergeant John Peck lost all of his limbs when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan in 2010.

After he was once pronounced dead, spent three months in coma, and went through years in recovery, he came to live in a home built by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Peck worked with the foundation to design a home tailored to his individual needs. With high-tech features such as moving cabinets, tablet-controlled lighting and an automated shower, his house is an example of how smart homes can enable those who are disabled to be more self-sufficient.

“The house can’t really solve your problems, it can help make your life easier,” Peck said.

In the video above, Peck gives TIME a tour of his home – and shares his passion for cooking.

The former marine, who dreamed of becoming a chef ever since he was 12-years-old, is now…

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The Internet of Things began at your desk and is now following you to your couch!

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Today’s news that Nest is throwing open its developer program with integrations from vendors that range from Logitech to LIFX looks like Google’s answer to Apple’s HomeKit program. So we asked Cory Sorice at Chamberlain, about the garage door company’s participation in both programs (I like the MyQ product it offers). Sorice couldn’t offer many details, but he did discuss a vendors point of view when it comes to choosing which firms to integrate with and the tensions between providing a product and an overarching service.

Before we get into that, Kevin and I discuss the recent spin out of Wink by Quirky and what Wink will need to be a success in the consumer market against all of the other players trying to tie the smart home together. We also theorize about the future of Nest and Dropcam after Friday’s announcement that Nest would spend $555 million to…

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 ”That’s been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”—Steve Jobs
For 24 more inspirational quotes from history’s foremost minds, visit OPEN Forum.


 ”That’s been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”—Steve Jobs

For 24 more inspirational quotes from history’s foremost minds, visit OPEN Forum.


A Proto Home is a smart-home capable of working alongside any smart-home software that a homeowner desires. Even Apple. Everyone should keep an eye out for Apple’s Smart Home Software Platform at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC). We know we will!

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Apple is going to make a big play in the connected smart home space, according to a new report from the Financial Times. The company is planning a platform that would turn its iOS devices, including the iPhone, to control their smart home devices, doing things like controlling lights, security systems and connected appliances. This platform would be built into the iPhone, centralizing control rather than spreading it over multiple third-party apps, the FT says, and it’ll be shown off at WWDC next week.

It’ll incorporate not only the iPhone and iPad, but also the Apple TV, the report claims, which will get an update to its hardware later this year. Combined, these will allow users to do things like set lights to turn on automatically when they enter their home, for instance, or turn on their security systems when they leave the house. The system would work like…

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Earth Week 2014: April 21st-April 25th

Earth Week 2014: April 21st-April 25th

Earth Week is here! And with it comes a plethora of articles, images, and videos encouraging everyone to participate in campaigns to “reduce, reuse, recycle”, “conserve water”, “save energy”, and many more environmentally-friendly activities.

For those of you wondering, “Earth Week”  is an annual event, held in late April, during which events occur worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Week revolves around Earth Day (pun intended), and aims to raise awareness of pressing environmental issues, as well as teach us ways in which we can be more environmentally-conscious in our daily lives.

One of the ideas that Earth Week emphasizes is sustainabilitythe ability to meet your current needs without having a negative impact on the needs of future generations. Most people aim to live a more sustainable lifestyle by doing things like eating less meat, taking public transportation, and using less electricity. Little do most of us realize that the homes we build and live in have a large impact on our mission to be more sustainable.

In fact, it is only recently that both consumers and the building industry, have realized that sustainability in our homes has the potential to be a beautiful, efficient and affordable thing.

Interestingly…of all the features that a Proto Home offers…sustainability isn’t one of them. Why? Because sustainability is already engrained in all of our designs. At Proto, being “green” isn’t a revered exception…it is the rule.

Sustainable Landscaping

Proto Home in Burbank, CA. Sustainable landscaping is beautiful and less water-resource intensive.

We use sustainable materials and building methods to create a house whose green aspects are integral to the structure itself, and then we fit it with equally efficient finishes, fixtures, and appliances. In addition, we partner with companies that share the same vision for a more responsible approach to design and manufacturing.

Below are just a few of the building methods, products, and materials we use to make affordable, low-maintenance, and efficient homes in almost no time.

Proto Home Entry-way. Location: Los Angeles County

Building Methods Used in Proto Homes:

  • Light-reflective “Cool Roof” reflects sunlight–minimizes heat gain of the house.
  • Recyclable and reusable exterior metal and eco-cladding panels–add to the life cycle benefits of the house for years to come.
  • Central infrastructure core (Proto Core) minimizes initial construction costs, utility and energy expenses over the lifetime of the house.
  • Passive solar design of the floor plans minimizes heat gain during the day and allows daylight to play a significant role in the use of the home.
  • Cross-ventilation of operable windows and doors creates a pleasant living environment without the use of forced air-cooling systems.

Products Used:

  • KitchenAid Energy Star appliances
  • Dual-flush low-flow toilets by Duravit
  • Takagi Energy Star Tankless water-heater
  • LifeMaster No VOC Paints by Glidden Professionals
  • Lightolier XCeed LED fixtures (throughout the house)

Being “green” isn’t an afterthought at Proto Homes–It is engrained in everything we do. That is why at Proto…every week is “Earth Week”.

Have questions about our products or design process? Please contact us at or simply type your comment below!

‘Til Next Time,

the Proto Team

For more information on the building materials and products we use to build Proto Homes, take a peak at our Sustainability Sheet.

For more information on how you could make your home more sustainable, please visit the links below:

5 Ways to Make My Home More Sustainable

Going Green at Home

Sustainability Tips (for your home)

Energy Saving Tips and Sustainability (for your home)