Italia spezzata in due tra Centro-Nord e Sud secondo la classifica stilata da FORUM PA in base ad oltre 100 indicatori legati all’economica, ambiente, governance, qualità della vita, mobilità, capitale sociale.
Smart Cities and the Smart Grid: There are natural parallels between the Smart Grid and smart cities in terms of concepts and deployments, though cities have much more experience at evolution than the traditional electrical grid. After all, they have been adopting new technologies that disrupt the status quo for centuries. The Romans created aqueducts and fundamentally changed how water could be controlled and distributed in cities. Discoveries in hygiene and disease transmission and control allowed people to healthily live in population densities with minimized odds of large scale epidemics. And then automobiles exerted their influences on cities. In each case, city systems, policies, and people changed to accommodate new technologies, new knowledge and new practices.
Now, ambitious goals such as zero net energy buildings will change the relationships that physical structures have within cities, and in turn change the relationships that occupants (full or part-time) have within buildings and within cities.
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While photovoltaic panels are typically used on roofs – an otherwise unused surface – the Endesa Pavilion proposes going a step further towards the implementation of green tech in commercial housing.
Thanks to its modular panels and inclined surfaces (which maximize sunlight impact), the pavilion is able to make the most of the energetic resources available. It can work as a testbed for informational grid technologies.
Dubbed the Solar House 2.0, the project was designed by IaaC with the support of Endesa. It will be on show at the Marina Pier in Barcelona for the Smart City Expo Congress, and for a year it will act as a meeting point for knowledge exchange.
Canadian architects Kristoffer Tejlgaard and Benny Jepsen have slightly altered the mathematical elements of a geodesic dome to form a new modular pavilion.
By using different sized triangular frames with both spherical and perpendicular surfaces, a new lattice form was birthed from that of a traditional geodesic dome. The result is a method of construction that allows surfaces to be extruded, scaled, pushed and pulled while maintaining logic. Through this altered composition, small niches and crevices opened. Steel footings connect the wooden frame, made of locally-sourced pine. Steel nodes were made to fit standard rafter sizes, making the whole design movable. The façade's curved surfaces are covered with recycled wood panels, creating opaque faces. Perpendicular surfaces made of PVC film allow light to enter while opening views to the outside. The project was commissioned by BL (Denmark Public Housing) for the Peoples Meeting in Denmark.
Firmato il protocollo d'intesa per la costruzione del Water Discus Hotel, che accoglierà i propri ospiti a 10m di profondità nel Golfo di Dubai, per valorizzare l'ecosistema marino attraverso la tecnologia.
While Morphosis is known for their jagged steel surfaces and off-center forms, the firm has always been interested in sustainability. The ultimate representation of this thinking is its own new office in Culver City, which is the largest net-zero energy building in Los Angeles, and one of the greenest offices in the country.
The fairly rectangular structure, located just a few feet from the new light rail Expo Line’s elevated tracks in Culver City, gets most of its energy from photovoltaics—a 2,800-square-foot array sitting on top of a shaded parking canopy outside. But what makes it all work are the energy savings: It significantly reduces loads through several low-tech, high-tech, and even revolutionary techniques.
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A once decaying industrial area has transformed into an exciting, sustainable urban environment with a bright future. Sustainability inspired the architects behind this eco-city within a city. The Western Harbour now has its own energy supply and waste treatment system, very few cars – and plenty of satisfied residents.
Clean soil is the start of the eco-city: After decades of industrial and port activity, the soil at Western Harbour was so contaminated by oil residues that a clean-up was necessary before the area could be start its urban renewal.
Water: Surface water is managed via a network of open canals and dams. The system slows down rainwater flow and lush vegetation and vortex technology ensure favorable oxygen content and reduced algae growth. Green roofs on a significant number of the buildings add to the eco-friendly atmosphere.
Energy systems and eco-efficient buildings: The district is self-supporting in terms of energy use. A system powered by renewable energy produces heating, cooling and electricity for residents and is connected to the city's heating grid and power supply network.
Core of the energy system: The Aktern heat pump plant is the heart of the energy network and produces energy for heating and cooling. The energy is then stored seasonally in natural aquifers in wells. A local wind power plant provides the electricity needed to power the heat pumps and also supplies 1,000 apartments with electricity.
Solar cells on the roof: Rooftops and walls are fitted with solar collectors, meeting 15 % of the the region's heating requirements. The system also includes solar panels.
Transportation: Planned as a standalone community with close access to goods and services, the Western Harbour has virtually no cars. Most residents walk to their homes. Bicycles and pedestrians have priority, and the area can be easily reached from the rest of Malmö on biogas buses operated by the local public transport company.
L'evento dedicato al Social housing affrontato nei suoi molteplici aspetti, tra evoluzioni normative e nuove esigenze lasciando spazio ai nuovi scenari dell'emergenza e dell'efficienza energetica 'agevolata'...
Vincitore al World Architecture Festival nel giardino naturale più grande al mondo tecnologie ingegneristiche per la produzione di energia rinnovabile e botanica riescono a convivere in perfetta simbiosi.
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