Brian Phillips and Daryn Edwards of Interface Studio Architects of Philadelphia believe that "creativity and innovation are triggered by limitations." And, so, they seem to seek out the most difficult parameters -- budget, site constraints, energy use, and clients -- then turn out projects such as the 100K house for Postgreen and its successors in Philadelphia. Suddenly, tackling impossible budgets and the requirements of the Passivhaus standard seemed entirely beatable. Interface does tough, gritty work in tough, gritty neighbourhoods, which is exactly where the important work will be done -- not by starchitects, but, according to the studio's website, by those with "an umcompromising commitment to design, research, and a pragmatic approach to innovation based in a transparent process of decision-making."
★ Reader's Choice: Alex Maurer of Fab-homes
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