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For many years, architects and city planners from around the world have been trying to create the green ideal: an entire city built to strict environmental standards- highly functional while still retaining aesthetic value.
Here’s a look at some green building and community design that caught our attention in recent months and may (or may not) become reality in the next several years. Their physical footprints may be large, but by using features such as wind power, solar, rainwater recycling and advanced air quality controls, their carbon footprints don't have to be...
The Town Square Initiative is a yearlong volunteer effort in which Gensler designers set out to unearth and re-imagine unexpected open space in cities around the globe. All 43 Gensler offices were invited to participate in the conceptual project, in which we challenged our designers to identify open space in the city and reimagine it as a town square.
Visit the link for more images, diagrams and information on Gensler New York’s design of their future city.
From a solar mansion in China to a floating farm in New York, green buildings are sprouting up in cities around the world. Among their many benefits are curbing fossil-fuel use and reducing the urban heat island effect.
The Science Barge is a floating environmental education classroom and greenhouse on the Hudson River in New York. Fueled by solar power, wind, and biofuels, the barge, which was built in 2007, has zero carbon emissions.
Vegetables are grown hydroponically in an effort to preserve natural resources and adapt to urban environments, where healthy soil, or soil at all, is hard to come by. Rainwater and treated river water are used for irrigation.
The owner of the barge—New York Sun Works—designed it as a prototype for closed-loop and self-sufficient rooftop gardens in urban areas.
Visit the link for more examples of green urban projects and intiatives...
Afin de promouvoir la nouvelle gamme de réfrigérateurs VitaminSafe, spécialement conçus pour préserver la fraîcheur des légumes, Panasonic et l'agence Eccla ont décidé d'investir l'esplanade de la Défense durant 2 jours, en installant des bulles...
The URBACT Programme, with the active support of the European Commission, launched a pilot project for training elected representatives in integrated sustainable urban development.
This pilot training project is opened to Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Councillors of the 200 cities which are partners in the URBACT 3rd Call for Proposals projects. URBACT received about 70 applications and 30 elected representatives coming from all over Europe have been selected.