An architecture firm that was founded in 2004 in Amsterdam by Hans Vermeulen, Hedwig Heinsman and Martine de Wit called DUS Architects is in the middle of a 3-year research project that may change the construction industry forever. They are working on building the first 3D-printed house called the 3D Print Canal House. The 3D
When a city exhausts its buildable land, the natural inclination is to expand vertically. Therefore, it seems only natural that the impulse to include agricultural land within the urban environment would follow suit — hence the popularity of the multistory greenhouse or “vertical farm” as a conceptual design solution. Over the years, vertical farming has come under a great deal of criticism for understandable reasons—while it brings food production closer to where people live, it thrives only when it optimizes natural light. Yet stacking greenhouses on top of each other makes it impossible to provide crops with uniform natural light. The energy required to artificially light these greenhouses is expensive and ultimately cancels out many of the potential benefits of such a project.
To be completed in 2014, the 'super market in sanya lake park' proposal by dutch firm NL architects features an underground extension of public space under an elevated terraced garden in the southernmost city of china. The complex located in sanya resort will include three residential towers standing 21 stories tall with integrated semi-enclosed gardens. Between the structures, a considerable amount of landscaping and pavilion designs are being implemented to create an interactive environment activated with social, commercial, and recreational activities. The triangular shaped supermarket will occupy much of this shared exterior space, and unlike a traditional supermarket that extends horizontally, imposing on a large expanse of land, the sanya market will instead be located partially underground, connecting to each of the towers subterraneously and concealing the logistical factors of waste removal and product delivery from public view. The roof plane is composed of a series of extruded stepped contours containing lush gardens that grow at the vertices to expose large curtain walls, smaller retail shops, and marking the entrances to the structure. from the surrounding towers, the market structure appears to be a raised green terrain while at street level exposes the layering of program and circulation towards a market core.
A super market proposal for a residential master plan in southern china introduces a new typology for commercial food spaces under a stepped contoured green roof.
Lo último en arquitectura sostenible son las viviendas desenchufadas, que generan su propia energía y consumen diez veces menos que las normales. Sus inquilinos pagan facturas irrisorias.
Josep María Adell, arquitecto y catedrático de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), apaga la luz de la sala donde trabaja y enciende un proyector en el que comienza a mostrar diapositivas delprototipo de casa sostenible B&W. Me encuentro en la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la UPM, rodeado del equipo de casi 30 arquitectos, ingenieros y diseñadores que, dirigidos por Adell y con el patrocinio del Ministerio de Vivienda, participarán en el concurso Solar Decathlon 2009 que se celebrará el próximo otoño en Washington (EE UU). La casa que presentarán dispone de un techo solar móvil y se mantiene off the grid, es decir, no necesita enchufarse a la red general para conseguirenergía. "Es muy competitiva y se abastece sola porque no está condicionada por la orientación. Sólo hay que encontrar un promotor que se arriesgue a construirla y venderla por unos 20 millones de las antiguas pesetas".
Este artículo hace un interesante repaso por algunas estrategias de sostenibilidad, ejemplificadas con algunas investigaciones y proyectos que se están llevando a cabo, representando la tendencia en arquitectura y urbanismo.
Danish architects Tredje Natur and PK3 have designed a series of artificial islands that will transform Copenhagen's harbour into a recreational area filled with wildlife and water sports.
"Research shows that there is a clear connection between the physical activity level of humans and the experienced accessibility to nature – the easier the experienced accessibility to nature is, the bigger desire for physical activity. Other research indicates that stays in nature have a positive influence on the mental health of humans and on the reduction of stress," said the architects.
Artificial islands to transform Copenhagen harbour into a recreational area with wildlife and water sports by Tredje Natur and PK3.
Located in Jonage, in the eastern suburbs of Lyon, this innovative and harmonious campus houses a professional training centre for environment, energy, transport, waste and water sectors. It is designed to reflect the Veolia group’s level of excellence in the field of environmental issues, and is arranged around a garden designed as an Agora. The campus is open, and south-facing to protect from northern winds, and displays optimum use of natural elements.
Particular attention has been paid to the roof covering, so as to ensure good architectural and environmental coherence, combining green roofs and solar panels. This ambitious project enables Veolia Environnement to illustrate the demanding nature of its environmental concerns, by constructing and operating a sustainable campus.
In the future we will print 3D bone tissue, grow living breathing chairs and construct buildings by hatching swarms of tiny robots. The future is closer than we think; in fact, versions of it are already present in our midst.
At the core of these visions lies the desire to potentiate our bodies and the things around us with an intelligence that will deepen the relationship between the objects we use and which we inhabit, and our environment: a Material Ecology.
A new model of the world has emerged over the past few decades: the World-as- Organism. This new model inspires a desire to instill intelligence into objects, buildings and cities. It is a model that stands in contrast to the paradigm of the Industrial Revolution, or the World-as-Machine.
Neri Oxman is a designer, architect, artist and founder of the Mediated Matter group at MIT’s Media Lab.
The new eco-resort of Parque de Pedras Salgadas, Portugal, consists of a set of seven small houses in perfect harmony with the surrounding outstanding nature.
Designed in a modular prefabrication system but flexible to adapt to the specific places within the park, these houses result in several different combinations of the same three modules (entrance/bathing – living – sleeping) creating different morphologies and different dialogues with the surrounding nature, wisely occupying the empty spaces between the trunks of large trees and, at the same time, allowing each home to be unique, special and worth visiting.
This video shows a live demo of some functionalities of the Energy Atlas Berlin. The Energy Atlas is an analysis and decision support tool for strategic energy planning at the city scale. It is based on the semantic 3D city model of Berlin (http://www.businesslocationcenter.de/en/3d-model-of-berlin), modeled and represented according to the CityGML standard issued by the Open Geospatial Consortium (http://www.citygml.org).
The "Energy Atlas" includes all data from the Solar Atlas Berlin including the rating of the suitability of all individual roofs for each of the 550,000 buildings in Berlin for the production of photovoltaic energy and solar thermal energy. It also integrates heating energy demand estimations and estimates of the energetic rehabilitation possibilities for all buildings. Furthermore, the potential for shallow and deep geothermal energy production for the entire Berlin region is being determined and represented allowing to make an integrated assessment of different types of renewable energy production alternatives and the corresponding energy demands.
This Energy Atlas show a way to management the city. We can and should reduce the energy consumption in our cities. This system give to assessment different energy production alternatives at the city scale.
La economía ecológica es una disciplina que acepta como punto de partida que el sistema económico es un sistema abierto que se interrelaciona con los ecosistemas y con los sistemas sociales, influyéndose mutuamente.
Entre otras razones, la fe en la capacidad de la tecnología para solucionar (por sustitución o reparación) los daños en el medio ambiente que provoca la actividad económica, ha retrasado en general, y en concreto del mundo académico, la preocupación por intentar evitar esos daños. Cuando en los últimos tiempos, la economía ha intentado integrar los impactos degradantes dentro de su objeto de estudio a través de los desarrollos de la economía ambiental o la economía del bienestar, se ha topado con el conflicto que se halla entre los principios de la economía convencional y el funcionamiento de la naturaleza.
Un colectivo internacional de arquitectos expone los proyectos de construcción de zonas de encuentro en lugares mancillados por la guerra y el odio racial. Han desarrollado planeamientos urbanos y construcciones en Belfast (Irlanda del Norte), Nicosia (Chipre), Mostar (Bosnia-Herzegovina) y Mitrovica (Kosovo). Quieren que el drama de los territorios divididos por muros o vallas no se vea como un problema 'lejano', sino un problema social contemporáneo.
With the help of LiDAR data, MIT researchers have charted the most accurate and user-friendly solar map yet
MIT researchers have developed a new technique that can be used to accurately predict the annual yield of a photovoltaic solar array located anywhere on the planet, taking into account local climate, panel orientation, and obstructions from nearby buildings. As a proof of concept, the scientists have mapped out the 17,000 rooftops of Cambridge, Massachusetts and created a user-friendly web interface that residents can use to look up their homes and get an accurate projection of the cost and return on investment of placing a PV panel over their heads.
The broader social aspect of the project was part of the brief, which was developed with the school principal and head of the village to answer community needs rather than simply those of a primary school. A public library separates the two classrooms and the ends of each classroom, or the two ends of the school can be opened up, creating open stages at either end of the building that are integrated with the public spaces outside. The stage at the northern end can be used for performances, with the toulou as a backdrop. The result is a project that has successfully invigorated the entire community, encapsulating social sustainability through architectural intervention.
Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut has developed a concept to introduce natural ecosystems into cities with designs for "farmscrapers" made from piles of giant glass pebbles for a site in Shenzhen, China.
As a response to the rapid urbanisation going on in the country, Vincent Callebaut wanted to completely rethink the current structure of cities and do away with suburbs. "The more a city is dense, the less it consumes energy," he explains.
He continues: "The challenge is to create a fertile urbanisation with zero carbon emissions and with positive energy. This means producing more energy that it consumes, in order to conciliate the economical development with the protection of the planet."
The architect proposes a new type of urban habitat based on the rules of the natural world, with stacks of giant pebbles housing entire communities. All energy would be sourced from the sun and wind, anything produced would be recyclable and local expertise would be capitalised wherever possible.
Residents of each tower would also work there, reducing the need to travel. All food and commodities would be produced within the building, in suspended orchards and vegetables gardens, plus all waste would be fed back into the ecosystem.
Portable Beach House Small blocks of land get left behind in urban development but to conquer the inevitable, architects are taking on the challenge of creating livable spaces on very little land.To avoid contributing to urban sprawl, even the ...
With amenities such as a heat pump, radiant heating, rainwater collection and high-performance insulation, this modern bamboo-clad house by Belgian design firm AST 77 is as energy efficient as it is attractive.
Upending the stereotypical image of the flat countryside of Flanders, a new low energy house mixes modernism and organic materials to blend into a steep, forested hillside near Rotselaar, Belgium.
The chief exterior materials of are bamboo poles lined up in precise rows along the rectangular 86-foot-long steel-frame box, broken up by a series of square windows positioned for natural ventilation and passive solar.The overall visual effect is reminiscent of a tree trunk rising out of the hilly terrain...
New York City's High Line - the now famous abandoned train-track-turned-park - has become well known around the world as a spectacular example of urban revitalization through smart design, even inspiring copycat elevated parks. Now Manhattan is considering another abandoned train track park renovation project called "The Low Line" - this time in the Lower East Side neighborhood. The catch with this new proposal is that the abandoned train station in question is entirely underground (below Delancey Street) - a subterranean challenge which would require a high-tech, innovative approach to lighting in order to facilitate plant growth and human comfort. (Anyone who has ever been inside a NYC subway station knows that a lot of work would be required to transform one of these dank dark caves into a tranquil, pastoral setting). That's why we're loving this ingenious proposal for the new Low Line underground park by architect James Ramsey, the principal of RAAD, in part with Dan Barasch of tech think tank PopTech, and a money manager, R. Boykin Curry IV, to pump natural sunlight into the subterranean space with fiberoptic cables and mirrors, somewhat like a solar tube or a sunlight transport device (which we've covered here and here on Inhabitat), allowing plants to grow and creating a serene and sunny underground urban oasis.
Designed by architect James Ramsey, the principal of RAAD, in part with Dan Barasch of tech think tank PopTech, and a money manager, R. Boykin Curry IV, this ingenious design dubbed “The Low-Line” is a sustainable urban outlet with an ambitious underground program focusing in on subterranean photosynthesis
A new resort in Sri Lanka has earned LEED Platinum, the first-ever such designation for the country’s tourism sector.
The 16 units at the Rainforest Ecolodge border the southeastern edge of the Sinharaja Rainfores. The property, sited on a 500-acre portion of the Enselwatte Tea Estate, plunges visitors in the middle of nature and provides 360-degree views of the tea bushes and surrounding forest reserve.
It has successfully adopted a number of environmentally sensitive attributes, such as a stormwater management system, rainwater harvesting, green roofs, and water-efficient landscaping. The facility has achieved energy savings through the use of windows for natural ventilation and daylighting, reducing reliance on HVAC and electric lighting.
“The eco-lodge initiative remains central to the strategy of building sustainable tourism based on Sri Lanka’s unique biodiversity richness,” said Prema Cooray, chairman of the Rainforest Ecolodge. “The lodge conforms to environmental best practices in design and management, following international ecotourism guidelines in Sri Lanka for the first time, and also supports conservation activity in the forest buffer of the threatened Sinharaja Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
Principal Designer Michael McDaniel believes that in order to adapt urban transportation infrastructure to the changing needs of the 21st century, we must take a radically new approach. At the PSFK Conference in San Francisco, Michael introduced a proposal developed at frog to update existing urban transportation networks with a system of gondolas that could inexpensively and efficiently replace our current model of public transport.
In 2008 Gensler broke ground on the sustainable Shanghai Tower in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. The tower is currently in construction and it’s one of three supertall buildings in Pudong, including the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center. The elegant structure spirals up to the sky, and once it is completed in 2014 it will become the second tallest tower in the world — only second to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The 632 meter tall structure is a testament to both modern architecture and the potential of engineering, and it also sets a precedent for sustainable super structures. The tower will take the form of nine cylindrical buildings stacked atop each other, enclosed by layers of glass, and hosting public space for visitors including atriums, gardens, cafes, restaurants, retail space, a hotel, and 360-degree views of the city. The building will also include a rainwater recycling system and a series of wind turbines able to generate up to 350,000 kWh of electricity per year. But most notably, the tower’s glass façade was designed specifically to reduce wind loads on the building by 24%, which means that fewer construction materials are needed (including 25% less structural steel). We recently spoke to Gensler‘s Chris Chan, Design Director and member of the tower’s design team, who gave us some insight on what it has taken to get the Shanghai Tower built, and how Building Information Modeling (BIM) has played a crucial role from concept to construction. Jump ahead for our fascinating interview with Chris!
Situated within Même Meadows, Même is an experimental house for cold climates designed by architect Kengo Kuma with technical support from the Tomonari Yashiro Laboratory at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Industrial Science. The house takes for its motif the traditional homes of Hokkaido, but incorporates advanced concepts from both Kuma and Yashiro, including a geothermal floor heating and heat storage system and a translucent white double skin that covers the walls and ceiling and provides excellent insulation. The experimental house also allows for the long-term monitoring of changes in the thermal environment as well as collection of earthquake-related data.
Japan Architects asked Kengo Kuma about the project.
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