Designs and Architecture

The Doodad

This is my design for a universal furniture I created because I needed one on which to do to do crafts in 1974.
It is posturally correct when you sit with your knees under you and use the desk. It is also a park bench, lectern, bookshelf, and coffee table.
It hangs on the wall out of the way when not in use.
A Danish furniture company's designers loved it and did market research on it in the mid 80's
and while they liked the design, the market study showed that not enough people live
 on the floor to make it worth mass production.
 It weights 12 pounds out of solid oak made with no screws with dowel and pin construction.
 I still love this design .
 I made about 5 copies of it which I know of the current existence of possibly 2.

furniture design

Original graphic Art by Mark Yurman

dodaddesk     bench     podium    table

 desk    shelf   exploded

Sketchup Designs

My page of Designs at the Sketchup warehouse

Aloha and welcome to my Sketchup models page. My father was an architect and builder, so some of my earliest memories are of designing and building models of houses. I went on to help build a few myself, but it is the design process which has been my first love. Since I began using Sketchup, in 2007, I have spent many hours creating these virtual models of ideas which have been floating around in my head all these years. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I have enjoyed making them.

 Here are a few of my favorite screenshots below. Enjoy!

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This is a simple design for a laptop cooling device
fill it with water and freeze it or just put ice shavings or ice water inside.
Metal plate conducts heat away from laptop bottom

This is my design idea for the replacement for the Hubble Telescope.
All of the large structures would be made of inflatable parts which then lock and become rigid upon reaching their final shape. Protection from space debris would be provided by certain nanomaterials.(See this article) Use of carbon nanotubes, inflatable plastic mirrors, sunshield, solar panels and telemetry dish, as well as a tensigrity mast/unfolding sensor array support tube/data cable conduit would allow the entire package to fold up easily in to a small rocket, then unfold by solar heating upon arrival at orbit. This is a concept design only and many details/problems have yet to be worked out.

thrusters far     antenna 
                             Telemetry dish Steering Thruster Array, Fuel tank                               View from Solar Panel        
     x ray all 
                                       View down telescope mirrors and sensor array mast               X-ray view from opposite end

     x ray

Detail X-ray view of Mirror array



far view

Overview showing Savonius, laundry, pump/generator merry-go-round, storage tank

laundry close
Closer view
This is a result of viewing this Ted talk which proves the need for such a device. Whenever the wind is blowing, the children are playing or the sun is shining (if solar panels are affordable) this facility pumps/purifies water, provides a laundromat, and thus frees millions of (mostly) women from hours of mindless work.


Power Tower

power tower

This is the design I conceived in 1974 after I spent the night in a tipi and the wind blew 125+ mph.
(+ Because the University of Colorado anemometer 1/4 of a mile away ripped out of its concrete moorings after going off the scale at that windspeed.)
Combining the Buckminster Fuller Aerodynamic windmill design with the tipi gave me the power tower. If the outer skin of the tower is transparent, then it also becomes a greenhouse. Therefore, any time the wind blows from any direction, anytime the sun shines, Electrical Power will be generated by the rising hot air turning the blades at the top , accelerated by the Venturi effect. Not included in this model would be a wasp waist around the fan blades similar to a jet aircraft engine (to further speed the wind), as well as internal vanes which would block the air inside the structure from blowing around the conical structure inside the outer skin. These possibly could be spiraled for greater effect, and reverse Dyson-fan-type external air intakes may also be an option.(Needs mathematical modeling + testing.) (Look for V2.o of this model coming someday.) Collaboration is welcome. A similar design was proposed, budgeted, disposed of, re-budgeted and is possibly some day being built in Australia by this company (without wind scoop effect however)In windier areas, the scoops could be larger, In sunny areas, the circumference of ground level could be increased.(Needs mathematical modeling + testing.) Mahalos to Simpsonizer for the fan blades and jjjasper123 for the curved conical structure.

fan detail

Detail of generator and blades blades on top.(For visual info only, needs mathematical modeling + testing.)

fan detail

If one this size (Eiffel tower included for scale)a small town could be built underneath the central cone,with warmed. protected, climate control farms encircling it

The recent reefing of the cruise ship Costa Concordia has dramatized the need for a device such as this to be deployable on large ships . It is a simple modification of the system used on large passenger aircraft.

spiral house

This is a house which could be built like a Nautilus shell, able to expand by opening up a larger chamber.  

Cliff house

Cliff house
Cliffhouse showing stairs to elevator and the single steel beam inset into the cliff from which the house is suspended.
Vertical property is cheap!

Waterfall bathub

waterfall bathtub

Waterfall bathtub  (in Roundhouse bedroom) 


roundhouse exterior

View of roundhouse from outside

roundhouse kitchen

  Roundhouse kitchen from outside showing island,
half-round refrigerator, sink, stove, glass cabinets and part of living room

Greeley kitchen

Greeley kitchen

Planter, still working 1958 GE washer, dryer, 70's avocado green stove,
microwave with garage roof visible thru open roof drawing of Greeley house.

This is an idea to generate hydropower without all of the negative effects of dams on fisheries, erosion, silting, etc.

This would be one of many anchored in the center of a stream or river,
(scale up for the Amazon, down for the creek behind your house,). Generators

 would be housed in the rods which also connect the line to the anchors/powerout points. Slow rotation geared up would not hurt a minnow. Could also be anchored underwater with neutral buoyancy in areas of constant ocean current (Moloka'i channel)

This is my design for a tube the thickness of two lighters which would house a roll-up
and stiffen screen and keyboard. Could be used as a pad and/or as a notebook device.
Use as a relay baton invalidates Applecare
iTube SketchUp page
Folding iTube SketchUp page

Could also function as a phone/cam when folded