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At Home in the Future: An Urban Warehouse Renovation

At Home in the Future: An Urban Warehouse Renovation | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it
As two Chicago Art Institute professors create a living art project in an abandoned warehouse—a home much greater than the sum of its parts—they’ve collected a “complete set” of alternative energy technologies.

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, May 12, 2014 6:03 PM

A refined Chicago conversion.....

Capturing the sun 

One of Frances and Jim’s motives for renovating a decades-old warehouse is to show that, with a little imagination, abandoned city buildings can be reused. In a neighborhood sitting between industrial and residential areas, their home demonstrates the elegance of reuse, the power of good design and the promise of new energy technology.

 

Isabel de Yzaguirre's curator insight, May 14, 2014 1:28 PM

La remodelació d'una casa abandonada a Chicago que utilitza energies alternatives. Molt interessant!

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Prefab House Mini Modern by MAPA

Prefab House Mini Modern by MAPA | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

This beautiful prefab house called the Mini Mod by MAPA utilizes prefab construction, allowing for the home to be built in a controlled environment, creating less of an impact on the construction site. What you see here is just a version of what can be built, expanded and created using the modular system that MAPA has designed.


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Osku Penttinen's curator insight, January 21, 2014 8:58 AM

The ultimate bachelor house. I would love one even just as a small cottage. Only thing is, you need to be far from neighbours and other people unless you want to know what a fish in an aquarium feels like.

Patrick O'Carrigan's curator insight, January 21, 2014 9:57 PM

Lovely crisp execution of a well tracked idea

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Best of 2013: Energy-Efficient Buildings Off The Grid

Best of 2013: Energy-Efficient Buildings Off The Grid | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

The phrase "off the grid" is quite literal: It means these buildings are not connected to the power grid or sewer systems. There is no need for trash collection and removal, and building materials are often harvested locally—making it beneficial for the environment and your wallet.

Off-the-grid architecture originally had mixed connotations, but off-the-grid living has moved beyond the typical remote shack with no lighting systems. New chemical-free stains and finishes transform reclaimed wood into rich materials for façades, while sustained rammed-earth and recycled steel lend a certain rugged appeal. It has also allowed architects to be more inventive in terms of space, creating structures that provide the privacy of typical homes—without the carbon footprint.

The future of off-the-grid looks promising—perhaps in 2014 we'll see the trend implemented in pre-existing structures in urban areas. Until then, check out the best (and most sustainable) off-the-grid buildings from 2013...


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Norm Miller's curator insight, December 25, 2013 12:09 PM

Homes off the grid need energy storage and that is still the major issue, but TESLA is now making batteries for homes and someday they will be less costly.  For now such solutions are exotic and economically unreachable.

Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's curator insight, December 27, 2013 9:16 PM

Wouldn't it be good to stay in one of these buildings, even for just a short while ....I'm sure it would inspire more of us to think along the lines of sustainability for the built environment of the future. To think outside the box.

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Over Water by Design Workshop

Over Water by Design Workshop | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

“To build on the lake surrounded by mountains is always a challenge, cause whatever one builds and however beautiful it may be it still takes away that much from nature.

The strategy then is to build a glass house perched on the land and providing privacy for the inhabitants, at the same time to make sure the lake view gets highlighted from inside for the inhabitants

The structure is wood steel and glass, supported on 2 RCC columns, perched like a bird on land.”


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A Beautiful Home from a Repurposed Warehouse

A Beautiful Home from a Repurposed Warehouse | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

Located in Fitzroy North, Melbourne, Australia, the House in a Warehouse project was designed by Fitzroy-based Splinter Society Architecture.


The home is built into the discarded shell of an old warehouse, transforming the space into a residence that is warm and innovative...


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A Connecticut Biomass Plant Features an Undulating Green Roof

A Connecticut Biomass Plant Features an Undulating Green Roof | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

Centerbrook Architects and Planners developed Hotchkiss Biomass Power Plant, a 16,500-square-foot structure that impresses due to its ingenious architecture and environmentally-friendly features.


The plant burns sustainably harvested wood-chips to heat 85 buildings that total 1.2 million square feet: “Designated a carbon neutral fuel by the International Panel on Climate Change, the locally sourced wood chips are the byproduct of sustainably managed forests; they replace some 150,000 gallons of imported fuel oil per year, cutting emissions overall, most dramatically sulfur dioxide by more than 90 percent“. Waste ash is collected for use as fertilizer for the neighboring vegetable gardens...


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A Net-Zero Energy Campus in the Desert Creates Renewable Clean Energy

A Net-Zero Energy Campus in the Desert Creates Renewable Clean Energy | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

Communities located in harsh climates – such as Palm Springs, one of the driest spots in North America – are often criticized for the enormous resources that are expended to make the climate fit for humans.


A plan for a new college campus in the arid region, however, may change that perception. The firm of GA Architects and Engineers has recently unveiled Phase One of its plans for the new West Valley Campus at the College of the Desert in Palm Springs. According to HGA, despite the harsh climate, the new 119-acre site will become one of the most energy-efficient campuses in the United States and will actually produce more energy than it will consume.


“This project has forward-thinking goals that go beyond net-zero energy to embrace a ‘zero-plus plan’ that creates renewable clean energy rather than simply uses less energy,” said Patrick Thibaudeau, vice president of sustainable design at HGA.


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Barlay Industries, Andrew Barlay's curator insight, June 16, 2013 11:58 AM

Something from nothing is allways the most desirable choice in a Sustainable Mode.

Dawn Mullen's comment, June 17, 2013 8:22 AM
This is what I am talking about. A great deal of the technology is already available today to utilize a forward thinking project like this one. I hope for the sake on the earth, and Grandchildren that this type of building becomes the NORMAL thing to do not the EXCEPTION.
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A Sustainable Civic Center and City Hall for Newport Beach, California

A Sustainable Civic Center and City Hall for Newport Beach, California | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

At a construction cost of $130 million, Newport Beach City Hall and Civic Center is a significant project for Orange County, not only in terms of size and scope, but also with regard to aesthetics and sustainability.


The contemporary steel and glass design has a very distinct appearance, reflecting a sense of movement through the repeated use of curved structural members that create rhythm and add scale.

Louvers at the ceiling and wall planes reguate daylight and add visual continuity throughout the entire project, linking the new city hall to the renovated library and creating a public gathering area for the community.


Set to achieve LEED gold certification, the design features clerestory windows that maximize daylighting while deep overhangs allow for passive cooling. Operable windows allow occupants to take advantage of the mild coastal climate while enjoying views to the park outside, which adds 12 acres of trails, wetlands and recreation space to the city's parklands.


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Acoustic Bath: Most. Relaxing. Bath. EVER!

See how four women express their personalities and find their bliss in the VibrAcoustic bath.
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12 Homes Made From Shipping Containers

12 Homes Made From Shipping Containers | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it
See how 12 architects used low-cost, environmentally-friendly shipping containers as modern alternatives in home design and architecture.


Shipping containers meet a variety of requirements: Modern. Check. Low-cost. Check. Environmentally-friendly. Check.

See a selection of homes that make them work.


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Tony Yustein's comment, May 17, 2013 12:44 PM
I've experienced all the above and still think this is a creative solution to recycling...
Jesús Hernández's comment, May 17, 2013 6:14 PM
Ty!!!!! :-))
Dawn Mullen's comment, June 17, 2013 8:34 AM
Reduce & Reuse some brilliant ideas and uses. Remember everything has a double edge to it. Putting it another way, almost everything has a up side and a down side. Some people can always find a negative within a positive idea.
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Truro Residence: Contemporary Green Architecture by ZeroEnergy Design

Truro Residence: Contemporary Green Architecture by ZeroEnergy Design | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

Designed by ZeroEnergy Design, this modern green home featuring a spectacular water and sunset view is located in Truro, Massachusetts.


The west-facing orientation for glazing isn’t ideal for energy performance, so the rest of the building envelope was designed to offset the expansive view windows. Double stud framing allows a continuous layer of foam insulation and a geothermal system, coupled with a radiant heating system, will supply all of the heating and cooling for the year. In addition to energy efficient appliances and water heaters, all of the spaces are well illuminated using energy efficient fixtures.

The roof sports a large solar electric array to offset energy usage through the use of net metering. A battery back-up and energy management system will store electricity from the solar array; the combination the energy efficient building envelope and systems will allow the home to produce nearly as much energy as it uses over the course of a year...



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India Art n Design Global Hop : Kimbell Art Museum

India Art n Design Global Hop : Kimbell Art Museum | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it
Originally designed by Louis Kahn in 1972, Kimbell Art Museum’s new building that accommodates its growing exhibition and education programmes is designed by Ar. Renzo Piano.
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Maximizing Views with Minimal Environmental Impact: House Ufogel in Austria

Maximizing Views with Minimal Environmental Impact: House Ufogel in Austria | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

This Austrian house Ufogel is a functional home set on a hillside overlooking some of the best mountain views in the area, blending the comforts of a traditional house with the futurism of contemporary design. It is set on stilts to maximize spectacular views while minimizing the environmental impact of its construction. Windows, both small and large, provide light to every part of the building without sacrificing personal privacy, a consideration that’s often missed in the design of compact houses. The interior of the house is fairly minimal in style, dominated by a single wood finish and accented by clever little details in each room.


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I.B.G.-'s curator insight, January 7, 2014 2:42 AM

 ejemplo de eficiencia, funcionalidad y diseño ...

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Launch of world's biggest 'ship'

Launch of world's biggest 'ship' | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

"A floating vessel that is longer than the Empire State Building is high has taken to the water for the first time.  Despite appearances, Prelude cannot strictly be described as a ship as it needs to be towed to its destination rather than travelling under its own power."


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Cam E's curator insight, February 4, 2014 12:34 PM

I've got a weak spot for massive ships, plain and simple. I think there's even a future in ship-based cities which move around the world's oceans. Eventually ships can become so large and so advanced that the normal threats associated with the open ocean will do little to scratch them. For a comparison, the ship pictured is the Prelude FLNG, and it's almost twice the length of the Titanic.

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BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, April 5, 2016 8:19 AM

This is a floating testament that economies of scale will continue to push the limits.  Today, the largest of the massive cargo ships are simply too big to get through the Panama Canal and have to travel down around the tip of South America.  This is one reason why Nicaragua is planning to construct a canal to rival Panama's (Maps 101 readers can read more about the geographic implications of Nicaragua's plans in this article co-authored by myself and Julie Dixon or you can sign up for a free trial subscription to see what Maps 101 has to offer). 


Tags: transportation, Nicaragua, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.

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The Best of Prefab: 7 Green Homes

The Best of Prefab: 7 Green Homes | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

The locations may be far flung—from rural Missouri to Eglisau, Switzerland—the residents might be architects, families, or weekend warriors, but the constant is prefabrication in our roundup of seven of the best prefab homes featured in Dwell.


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Ing. Bruno De Berardis's comment, August 12, 2013 6:58 AM
molto bella
Sumaiya Banu's comment, August 16, 2013 4:37 AM
nice
sams boston's comment, August 16, 2013 6:08 AM
Thank q
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SHADE: A Solar Home Adapts for Sustainable Desert Living

SHADE: A Solar Home Adapts for Sustainable Desert Living | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

Team ASUNM, a collaborative effort between Arizona State University and University of New Mexico, has come together to address the inefficiencies of urban sprawl and to create a model for sustainable desert living, dubbed SHADE (Solar Home Adapting for Desert Equilibrium), which is an entry in the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition that takes place on October 3-13, 2013 in Irvine, California.


Using external vertical screens and a solar canopy for shade, the SHADE home experiences a stable, consistent temperature with the use of a radiant cooling system used alongside an air cooling unit. Team ASUNM is exploring the residential application of thermal storage to chill water at night to create ice that cools a glycol solution during the day.


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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, July 18, 2013 4:15 AM

Exploring the deserts as a place to live may be a trend for the next decades or centuries. Here is one of the best approaches

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com | www.theendoffacebook.com

gawlab's curator insight, July 18, 2013 3:28 PM

would love to know about existence of such solutions in Africa..

http://youtu.be/3AvjpnYE1gQ

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SPOTTED - industrial interior design - a hotel bar built from concrete water tubes

SPOTTED - industrial interior design - a hotel bar built from concrete water tubes | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

We are huge fans of using things for a purpose that they are not perhaps initially intended for. The sense of surprise that this can give to a space is wonderful -that little nugget of shock that turns into realisation and wonder. It is these sorts of moments that bring spaces alive. When we saw this industrial interior design for a hotel bar which is built from concrete water pipes we felt that sense of ‘oooh – nice’…


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Suzy Koch's comment, June 27, 2013 10:30 AM
This is absolutely awesome!
Dawn Mullen's curator insight, July 4, 2013 8:26 AM
Reduce Recycle and Reuse and a very interesting innovative idea. What do you think? Let me know...
ParadigmGallery's curator insight, July 14, 2013 6:18 PM

...very nice interior space as well as "wow" from outside! The bar is also great design....

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Awesome bike parking system sucks your ride into the depths of the earth

Awesome bike parking system sucks your ride into the depths of the earth | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it
Instead of paving large swaths of the ground, it stores your ride vertically underneath it.
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Town Square Initiative: New York - Urban Planning and Design Concepts

Town Square Initiative: New York - Urban Planning and Design Concepts | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

The Town Square Initiative is a yearlong volunteer effort in which Gensler designers set out to unearth and re-imagine unexpected open space in cities around the globe. All 43 Gensler offices were invited to participate in the conceptual project, in which we challenged our designers to identify open space in the city and reimagine it as a town square.


Visit the link for more images, diagrams and information on Gensler New York’s design of their future city.


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The Solar Decathlon's Net-Zero Solar-Powered Start.Home Aims to Transform Green Home Building

The Solar Decathlon's Net-Zero Solar-Powered Start.Home Aims to Transform Green Home Building | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it

The Start.Home is the Stanford University entry in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.


Integrating technology into a home that can grow as needs change, the Start.Home design allows for customization and additions that are based on a pre-engineered, pre-fabricated start.core that can meet net-zero energy efficiency standards.

The Stanford design team aims to provide “efficiency without sacrificing creativity” such that each house can be an expression of its owner. The 12’x15’x10’ start.core features natural lighting, open spaces, a high roof that permits passive ventilation, and an emphasis on connecting the interior to the outdoors. The basic unit provides for a bathroom, kitchen, mechanical component access, and living areas. The start.core can be shipped on a standard truck trailer and installed on a lot for construction and customization.

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CAEXI BEST's curator insight, June 10, 2013 9:45 PM
Net-Zero Start.Home à énergie solaire du Solar Decathlon vise à transformer Green Building d'accueil
GeoMeek's comment, June 13, 2013 8:08 AM
Is habitat building any of these homes?
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In Haiti, 1,800 Solar Panels Power a Brand-New Hospital

In Haiti, 1,800 Solar Panels Power a Brand-New Hospital | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it
In It's Not Easy Being Green, Curbed pulls back the curtain on cutting-edge, environmentally friendly design, from urban passive houses to green tweaks on suburban living. Have a suggestion for...
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Taiwanese Wind Tower is Covered with Thousands of Wind Turbines and LED Lights

Taiwanese Wind Tower is Covered with Thousands of Wind Turbines and LED Lights | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it
Beijing-based Decode Urbanism Office has designed a tower with a façade composed of multiple wind-driven generators.


Thousands of wind turbines will produce enough energy to power the entire building. At night, the diamond-shaped generators are lit with thousands of LED lights incorporated into the building envelope.

The 350-meter (1,150-foot) structure, in Taichung City, China, will house the city’s Department of Urban Development, as well as commercial activities.

The tower’s façade, inspired by the plum blossom — China and Taiwan's  national flower – reacts to changes in direction and intensity of the wind, creating a truly dynamic visual effect. Similarly, mechanical wind power generators have LEDs, illuminating the façade and producing a pulsating flow of light, whose intensity and color adjust to correspond to changes in temperature and season.


The wind harnessing capability, along with the lighting that responds to local atmospheric conditions, makes this conceptual tower a true “decoder of nature.”


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Federico Morabito's comment, May 18, 2013 5:41 AM
This is an example of "Smart Progress" is in an effort to channel the interests of research towards evolutionary solutions, through systematic monitoring of the quality process of mental and physical state of the individual with the 'environment.
Edmund Chan's comment, May 19, 2013 12:45 AM
What about routine maintenance ?
Clem Stanyon's comment, May 30, 2013 11:17 PM
Fantastic!
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Open Concept Interior Architecture Ideas: 12 Mezzanines - Design Milk

Open Concept Interior Architecture Ideas: 12 Mezzanines - Design Milk | Architecture & Design Ideas | Scoop.it
How do you make a two-story home feel more open? With an open concept design, of course! Here are 12 of our favorite lofts and mezzanines.

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