Siamo abituati a pensare ai container come a moduli di trasporto oppure riconvertiti in alloggi temporanei nei momenti di emergenza, eppure negli ultimi anni sono sempre più le persone che scelgono queste soluzioni per creare uffici, studi ma anche...
Perché sostenibilità ambientale ed economica si rinforzano vicendevolmente...
Richard Rosan è Presidente dell' Urban Land Institute
It has been concretely demonstrated in some innovative cities that ecological sustainability and economic sustainability can significantly reinforce each other and benefit a range of stakeholders. Watch: Richard Rosan, President of Urban Land Institute discusses ‘sustainable cities’
BUTARO HOSPITAL Burera District, Rwanda Client: Partners In Health
The Burera District was one of the last two districts in Rwanda without a district hospital, and the Butaro hospital is now the first in this region, serving over 400,000 people. Situated on the site of a former military base, Butaro Hospital serves as both a reminder of and a symbol of Rwanda’s incredible transformation since the devastating war of 1994. Using the expertise of infectious disease doctors from Partners in Health and the Harvard Medical School, the Butaro hospital uses innovative design solutions through patient flow and natural ventilation to help mitigate and ultimately reduce the transmission of airborne infections like Tuberculosis.
The intermittent use of this structure near the Seine estuary, built as a holiday home, strongly influenced the environmental choices of the project. The challenge was to give priority to passive devices and architecture, offering a gain in terms of energy performance, but also for the comfort of the occupants.
The exposure has been a main priority : East-West orientation, oversized opening to the South, natural shades and solar control strategy, North side blind.
Great attention has been given to thermal insulation. Choosing wood slab, and a wood panelling structure insulated from the outside, has allowed us to obtain good levels of insulation and air tightness. Furthermore, the low-thermal-mass building, offered by the wooden structure is interesting in the context of a weekend home, that needs to heat up quickly, for short periods. A wood stove thus is sufficient to heat the home.Finally, the building is based on the dry process framework, with the benefits of prefabrication : quality building, swift assembly, and site protection...
Located on the east coast of Great Barrier Island in New Zealand is a house designed like "a black rough sawn timber box" facing north to the sea.
Created by Fearon Hay Architects, the dark exterior palette is enhanced with a layer of perforated metal screens, allowing the moderation of light and air as well as providing security. Internally walls and floors are clad with oiled oak boards that provide a warm contrast to the robust exterior. A pair of symmetrical bedrooms and ensuites are set around a central living space.
Care has been made to limit the scale of the building and the home is off the grid and powered by solar panels with independent systems for water collection and treatment.
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has completed a temporary pavilion made from cardboard tubes at the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid.
The Paper Pavilion, which was recently inaugurated, is constructed in the university's Serrano garden and will serve as a multi-purpose space for events, meetings, talks and exhibitions.
The project had a restricted budget, so Shigeru Ban designed a system of cardboard roof trusses and columns which were cheap to install and can be easily recycled when the building is eventually dismantled. The tubes were manufactured and waterproofed locally in Spain and were assembled by members of the surrounding community.
The IE School commissioned the pavilion, supported by the Japan Foundation. The opening event was a lecture by Ban entitled "Appropriate Architecture"...
Contemporary Architecture in Africa is a problem apart. It means to deal with not one but thousands of Africa: regions, tribes, languages and climates very different one from each other. In many places and countries of this big continent something is changing, showing how the logic of the global consensus is not the only alternative possible. Contemporary Architecture in Africa is a journey through some of the most representative XXIst century sustainable and socially committed works, featuring projects from: Francis Kéré, ./Studio 3, tamassociati, Dustin Tusnovics, Peter Rich, Smale and Partners, Field Architecture, CMAI architects, and many others; a chapter is dedicated to the history of the 20th Century, focusing on events that have been particularly important, achievements that must not be forgotten because they still constitutes an important lesson. A sharp, richly illustrated and engaging work which shows the commitment, the quality of the architectural researches, the social awareness of the profession, but also the contradictions with which one must deal choosing to be architect this way.
A mantra here is that "the greenest building is the one already standing." There have been far too many posts about the loss of yet another Paul Rudolph houseor the razing of yet another brutalist classic. Often it is claimed that modern buildings are energy sinkholes and are impossible to modernize.
Then there is the Williams-Levant house, built by architect and former Frank Lloyd Wright employee Barry Byrne in 1934 for the pianist/ comedian Oscar Levant in Westport, Connecticut. It not only has been saved and modernized, but it actually has been renovated to Passivhaus standards, no easy feat, by Doug Mcdonald of Mudagreen.com, with Ken Levenson and Gregory Duncan as Passive House consultant...
The original Passivhaus standard was designed for new construction, with siting and sun angles being an important consideration. You can't do much about that in a renovation, so a special standard, EnerPHit, was developed by the German Passivhaus Institute. It calls for a reduction in thermal bridges, improved air tightness, high quality windows and a LOT of insulation, resulting in energy savings of between 75 and 90%...
Read the complete article for more on the strategies employed in the modernization of this historic structure.
More than 90 percent of all public drinking water systems rely on ground water to supply the population with drinking water. And millions of Americans rely on ground water from aquifers to supply their private wells...
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