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The Guardian Bijoy Jain: building architecture that 'contains the life' of its environs The Guardian Jain opened Studio Mumbai in 1995 and quickly gained attention, receiving the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture from L'Institut Francais...
Australian leaders in sustainability join global green schools network Architecture and Design “Too many students in Australia learn in school buildings that are too cold in winter, too hot in summer, badly lit and poorly ventilated.
While the place is important, the “making” builds connections, creates civic engagement, and empowers citizens—in short, it builds social capital. As architect Mark Lakeman of Portland’s City Repair organization puts it, “the physical projects are just an excuse for people to meet their neighbors.” … The relationships that grow out of the “making” are equal to, if not more important than, the places that result.
The Libeskind Villa is a 2 floor (with full basement), 4 bedroom, 5,000-square-foot signature series home that can be constructed anywhere in the world. The Villa creates a new dialogue between contemporary living and a completely new experience of space.
Built from premium wood and zinc, this German-made, sculptural living space meets the highest standards of design, craftsmanship and sustainability. In addition to the design standards, it meets compliance with some of the toughest energy-saving standards worldwide.
A trio of interlocking architectural bands envelops the Villa in striking angles, creating a dramatic, asymmetrical interior of spiraling, two-story peaks and smooth transitions to secluded terraces. Design details reveal style and functionality: A balcony adjacent to the master bedroom is adorned with elaborate metalwork; light wells direct daylight into a sauna; and recessed wardrobes streamline dressing spaces.
In addition to large floor-to-ceiling windows, the aluminum façade, adorned with mullions and concealed fittings, offers maximum thermal insulation, noise reduction and weather resistance...
Learn about the importance of indoor air quality in sustainable building from GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
Jim Gramata's insight:
Use Greenguard when specing your next built project at scale. I love their definition of sustainability too:
"the mission of sustainability is focused on balancing environmental, economic and social concerns in order to “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”
a balance between profit, planet and people is achievable. We don't throw any of the three out the window.
No Rules Just Architecture has created DOM(E), an prefabricated off-grid home that is an eco-friendly and portable shelter. DOM(E) provides optimal living conditions no matter where it is located and is less expensive than traditional construction, while making the best use of natural energy resources.
DOM(E) can be folded for transport and assembled on-site. Its shape provides for natural ventilation while utilizing an underground duct system for heating and cooling. Solar panels connect to a hot water tank and rainwater collection systems can be made part of the drainage system that surrounds the enclosure.
Huffington Post The Naked Table Project: Building a Sustainable Table With Charles Shackleton Huffington Post In this ever faster-moving world, a growing number of people want access to a simpler more sustainable way of life, in which traditions...
Jim Gramata's insight:
Everyone should build their own home but if you're not up for that large of an undertaking then why not start with a table? Cool idea!
Passive housing is catching on across Europe, but Växjö boasts innovative highrise project to help country realise goal of eliminating CO2 emissions by 2050 (#Sweden plans to completely eliminate CO2 emissions by 2050 & building 'passive houses'...
What does a LEED certified home look like architecturally? And how does it compare with what a sustainable house should look like?
A LEED certified home, as you’re about to see from the photos in this article, can pretty much look like anything you want. The strength (and weakness) of the LEED for Homes rating system is that it attempts to reconcile sustainable building objectives with the current reality of the green building market and the range of options that are realistically available to the majority of people...
Light, volume & space were the primary influences behind this passive solar residence designed for multi-generational living. A central courtyard with two storey mezzanine walkway forms the focal point of the home.
The free form living area features a central polished plaster ethanol fireplace and is adjacent to the state of the art kitchen with a concealed cool room and pantry. The remainder of the ground floor is comprised of a library, powder room, laundry and a separate master wing with dressing room, ensuite and private courtyard.
Starting an employee wellness program requires strategic planning, well-thought-out goals and ongoing evaluation. (Tips for Starting an Employee Wellness Program: Introduction Good health is good business.
Safety fears and lack of employer engagement are holding back a cycling revolution, writes Wayne Visser (Londres espera reducir el 60% de la polución a punta de Bicicleta.
Jim Gramata's insight:
Good question. I love seeing the bike share in Chocago really taking off. Daily I see empty bike racks which hopefully means people are using them on a regular basis. Get out and walk or bike this summer!
Rem Koolhaas and his Rotterdam-based firm OMA have defeated two teams made up of local powerhouse architects to win a one million square foot mixed-use development project in Downtown Santa Monica on Arizona between 4th and 5th Streets. OMA’s winning proposal, which is being called the Plaza at Santa Monica, was part of a package submitted in response to an RFP issued by the City of Santa Monica earlier in the year. A selection committee made up of officials from several city departments chose the scheme.
This will be OMA’s first ever project at this scale in Los Angeles. They have tried to break into Los Angeles on three other occasions with proposals for LACMA, downtown’s Broad Museum, and Universal Studios in the San Fernando Valley. This time, the City of Santa Monica granted them their wish...
Sustainable Architecture: 5 Reasons To Love Green Buildings Huffington Post The images in this article depict ECO Modern Flats, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Multifamily Platinum project located in Fayetteville,...