Architect: A mirror into the future of the bathroom

The FutureHAUS Bathroom is featured in a video on Architect Magazine’s website and an article in Builder, linked below:

A mirror into the future of the bathroom, Feb. 14, 2016

http://www.architectmagazine.com/videos/research-futurehaus-bathroom

“Professor Joseph Wheeler and his Virginia Tech students demonstrate features of the future at the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, in Las Vegas, with their FutureHaus bathroom, which seamlessly integrates technology into its design while affording multidisciplinary opportunities for academia and the industry alike.”

 

Builder: ProjeKt Runway – Five key take-away learnings from KB Home ProjeKt

FutureHAUS’s “integrated modularity is a win,” says Hanley Wood Editorial Director John McManus in this article in Builder: ProjeKt Runway – Five key take-away learnings from the KB Home ProjeKt initiative and its impact on the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

“Lesson No. 2, integrated modularity is a win. We worked with Joe Wheeler and his team of architecture and design students at Virginia Tech on the engineering and assembly of one of the home’s most magnetically popular features–a highly scaleable, high-tech embedded, moving mechanical wall that both retracts and converts living, working, and sleep space back-and-forth as homeowners needs morph in real-time. Kitchens, bathrooms, moveable walls–any software-rich bundle of homeowner benefits that involve integrated electric, plumbing, mechanicals, or other systems–can now be developed and produced as plug-and-play units that drop into place like Lego-system pieces.

“The added benefit here is that for a remodeling some years later, these same modular components can be removed and swapped out for an upgraded and expanded set of features and functions.

“Lesson No. 3, some form of hybrid construction model–site-built and offsite pre-fabrication–seems almost inevitable in the next several years, especially as consolidation plays out through the current cycle. Labor capacity constraint, climatic disruption, need-for-velocity (a blend of speed, accuracy, and economic productivity), and increasing risk around warranty and repair liabilities, not to mention advances in packaging and shipping of pre-fab components and cartridges all suggest that as larger players reset their supply chains, the on-site-off-site workflow model may emerge in the next few years.”

http://www.builderonline.com/builder-100/strategy/projekt-runway_o

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TEDxVirginiaTech speakers will share ideas of inspiration Nov. 10

In its fifth year, TEDxVirginiaTech will bring together Virginia Tech faculty, students, alumni, and members of the local community for a night of inspiring and thought-provoking ideas.

The event takes place 6 p.m. on Nov. 10, at the Moss Arts Center. In the tradition of TED events, each of the 10 speakers will focus on a theme. This year, the theme is Spark, as in the moment of inspiration that sets one on course to research a certain topic, question a set norm, create or perform a piece of art, or start a journey. TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design.

Joseph Wheeler, professor in the School of Architecture and Design, part of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies is presenting on the “FutureHAUS.”

Read more here: https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2016/10/Science-tedxvirginiatech2016.html

 

At the 2015 TEDxVirginiaTech event, Willie Caldwell, of Salem, Virginia, an M.F.A. arts leadership student in the School of Performing Arts, emceed the night's lineup of speakers and entertainment.
At the 2015 TEDxVirginiaTech event, Willie Caldwell, of Salem, Virginia, an M.F.A. arts leadership student in the School of Performing Arts, emceed the night’s lineup of speakers and entertainment.

 

Virginia Tech to build FutureHAUS Dubai for 2018 international solar competition

The FutureHAUS was featured in Virginia Tech News:

After winning the top collegiate prize for the world’s best solar house in 2010, Virginia Tech is gearing up to do it again.

On Wednesday, three members of the Virginia Tech Solar Decathlon team took the stage at the World Green Economy Summit in Dubai, kicking off the university’s bid to win the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East.

Virginia Tech is one of 22 universities chosen through a competitive process for the global competition and the only U.S.-based team. Over the next two years, the interdisciplinary faculty-student team will design and build FutureHAUS Dubai, a high-performance, net-zero energy home that meets the city’s complex space and climate needs.

This is Virginia Tech’s first time back at the event since it won the Solar Decathlon Europe six years ago with LumenHAUS. The solar home has been exhibited worldwide and earned the first American Institute of Architects Honor Award ever presented to a university team.

http://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2016/10/caus-decathlon-me.html#.V_Yk-HrqLFE.facebook

Dennis Grove (left), Michael Folta, and Robert Schubert represented Virginia Tech at the Solar Decathlon kickoff in Dubai.
Dennis Grove (left), Michael Folta, and Robert Schubert represented Virginia Tech at the Solar Decathlon kickoff in Dubai.

Chicago Tribune: Wired toilets and other reasons to design a high-tech bathroom

The FutureHAUS was featured in the Chicago Tribune.

As bathroom remodels continue to embrace technology — the Virginia Tech Center for Design Research created a FutureHAUS Bathroom predicting future bathrooms that will include flooring that sends out alerts if someone falls — there are also options for those concerned that technology is changing so quickly that by the time they finish their bathroom remodel, the technology will be outdated.

Read the rest of the article at:

Wired toilets and other reasons to design a high-tech bathroom, Sept. 13, 2016

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Joe Wheeler named one of the nation’s most innovative people in housing by Hanley Wood for his work on FutureHAUS

Congratulations to Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design ‘s Joe Wheeler on being named one of the nation’s most innovative people in housing by Hanley Wood for his work on FutureHAUS. He joined prominent awardees, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, in Los Angeles to accept a HIVE 100 Innovators Award.

Read more here:

http://www.hiveforhousing.com/hive-100/business-management/joseph-wheeler_o

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