OMA, BIG and WXY have unveiled proposals to revitalise parts of America devastated by Hurricane Sandy and help protect them against future emergencies.
The Rebuild by Design competition asked ten teams of architects, landscape architects, engineers and urban designers to develop proposals for different sections of America's east coast, which was struck by the hurricane in October 2012.
The competition was initiated last year by US housing and urban development secretary Shaun Donovan. The winning projects will be announced later this year and will be implemented with funding from community grants.
The phrase "off the grid" is quite literal: It means these buildings are not connected to the power grid or sewer systems. There is no need for trash collection and removal, and building materials are often harvested locally—making it beneficial for the environment and your wallet.
Off-the-grid architecture originally had mixed connotations, but off-the-grid living has moved beyond the typical remote shack with no lighting systems. New chemical-free stains and finishes transform reclaimed wood into rich materials for façades, while sustained rammed-earth and recycled steel lend a certain rugged appeal. It has also allowed architects to be more inventive in terms of space, creating structures that provide the privacy of typical homes—without the carbon footprint.
The future of off-the-grid looks promising—perhaps in 2014 we'll see the trend implemented in pre-existing structures in urban areas. Until then, check out the best (and most sustainable) off-the-grid buildings from 2013...
Beijing-based Decode Urbanism Office has designed a 1,150 foot (350m) skyscraper located in Taichung City, Taiwan, to house the city’s Department of Urban Development, commercial concerns, museums, retail areas and exhibitions spaces.
The building’s design was inspired by the plum blossom, the national flower of China and Taiwan. The building’s twisting and turning structure is intended to evoke the experience of plum blossoms bursting into bloom.
To do so, the facade has thousands of small diamond shaped wind turbines, which produce enough energy to power the building. These wind generators are set into the facade grid, oscillating as wind skirts the building.
La articulación entre empresas, Estado y ONGs, el Comercio Justo, la necesidad de transparencia y el cambio cultural -en las formas de hacer- que deben enfrentar las compañías para lograr una producción sustentable, son ...
L'effet de changement de phase de l'eau s'additionne donc à celui d'inertie thermique du mur pour tempérer le climat intérieur du bâtiment. Il est important de comprendre que les constructions en terre crue (pisé, torchis, adobe, bauge …) ...
All over the world, architects are repurposing old shipping containers and turning them into innovative, beautiful houses, hotels, libraries, workspaces, and even seaside observation decks. Shipping container buildings are designed to have a minimal impact on the environment, are cost-effective, and modular designs can easily be moved from place to place.
We hope you'll be as inspired as we are by these 13 buildings made out of shipping containers.
A pesar de que las políticas del Gobierno parecen no impulsar demasiado el uso de paneles solares en España, según I+D, la energía fotovoltaica sigue siendo una de las energías renovables más utilizadas en el país.
In the book, “Sustainable Urban Metabolism,” newly published by MIT Press, the authors set out a new program for doing something that has not yet been achieved: understanding just how many resources cities consume, and establishing, in effect, a holistic framework for producing an environmental balance sheet for every city.
“The world needs to make a shift to become more sustainable,” says Ferrão, who is the director of the MIT-Portugal Program. “Cities are really the engines of growth, so whatever is going to happen in the world will happen in cities, particularly consumption of material resources.” Indeed, some organizations estimate that about half the world’s people now live in cities, a number likely to increase.
“ Studying the role of shadow, sound, seating and more on Philadelphia's The Porch.” To the untrained eye, The Porch outside of Philadelphia's 30th Street Station has been an unambiguous success. Two years ago, traffic engineers paved over a lane of roadway in front of the train station, creating a broad sidewalk 50 feet across and 565 feet long. With about a quarter of a million dollars, the University City District organization then put out some tables and chairs, planters and umbrellas, none of it even bolted to the ground.
100 tácticas creativas para la seguridad ciudadana Editado por: Centro Nacional de Prevención del Delito y Participación Ciudadana (CNPD).
Arq. Rubén Plana's insight:
Sobre el libro: Partiendo de la base que la creatividad y su estimulación ayudan a crear proyectos comunitarios que pueden solucionar las problemáticas de inseguridad de los grupos vulnerables, el presente libro muestra estrategias enfocadas en esto último fundamentadas en la cohesión social, la participación, la recuperación de espacios públicos y la seguridad ciudadana. A través de 100 intervenciones urbanas y festivales de arte público -que están expuestos con una ficha individual- y que han sido realizados en distintas partes del mundo durante los últimos veinte años, la publicación sirve como una herramienta de casos exitosos que sirven de ejemplo a otras comunidades y a las organizaciones civiles interesadas en desarrollar proyectos comunitarios de alto impacto. El libro también incluye una guía para el desarrollo, monitoreo y evaluación cualitativa de proyectos de inserción comunitaria, además de entrevistas y diálogos transdisciplinarios realizados en el Museo Rufino Tamayo (México).
In the Thai town of Mae Sot, the CDC School (Children Development Center) hosts over 500 students and offers accommodation and education for refugees from the conflict in neighboring Myanmar.
The lack of space and the need for immediate accommodation has forced the School to present a new model of temporary low-cost dormitories that is easy to assemble and can be built by using as many recycled materials as possible.
Mae Tao Clinic commissioned Thailand-based architecture firm a.gor.a architects to design temporary dormitories and classroom buildings.
The first of four dormitories was built within four weeks, and meets the modus vivendi by fitting into the local environment in which it is located. The interior layout ensures an open and airy space that offers semi-privacy and includes storage space for the students. The building materials used are locally available and well known to their users, thus allowing for easy maintenance and resulting in low maintenance costs.