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These articles address food, water and environment issues that relate to farmers and consumers to enable their personal and local control over those matters
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Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture

Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Today, architecture finds itself at a crossroads.

Building materials and new construction, along with the operation and maintenance of buildings, account for a significant sum of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Faced with this fact, how are architects to responsibly pursue the act (and art) of architecture without further deteriorating the planet’s environmental make-up or depleting its resources?

What forms of high and low technology can be developed to curtail the injurious side of building?

Can good—or even great—architecture be sustainable?

 

The answer, of course, is yes. The best buildings have always shown a concern for their immediate environs and how they fit in them, whether they were conscious of “sustainability” or not. Now, all architects and buildings are expected to be engaged with sustainable standards, such as LEED titles, photovoltaic cells, or green roofs—all things that these 10 projects have in common. Check out our favorite projects in architecture + sustainability...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 17, 2013 6:32 PM

A curated collection of (relatively) recent sustainable building projects that highlight innovative approaches to environmental design and green building, with links provided for additional information and details.

Paige's curator insight, August 6, 2:47 PM

Green architecture! I've dreamt and have considered going into a field of real estate specializing in the building and selling of eco-friendly homes!

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Kuala Lumpur’s Iconic Sustainable Tower

Kuala Lumpur’s  Iconic Sustainable Tower | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

Sitting within a short distance of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the future Datum Jelatek development is set to become the most iconic tower in Malaysia.

 

The new retail and residential development will host a range of sustainable features, and recently won the Most Iconic Design of the Year at the 2012 Malaysian Reserve Editor’s Choice Awards. Located in Jalan Ampang, the project consists of four residential towers- four retail towers and one level of office suites. The concept  to embody ‘Infinite Living – The Point of Life,’ tying in with the prediction that it will be awarded a Green Building Index Platinum certification.

The design incorporates a curvilinear balcony, providing shade at the interior spaces, while the extensive landscaping will limit solar radiation and heat gain. Water features, such as the rainwater harvesting system, will reuse and store water for the needs of the irrigation system.

Each of the towers will be topped by a Sky Garden and all will be connected by the Sky Bridge, Malaysia's first of its kind, serving as a means of connection and site for outdoor activities.


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