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Stefano Boeri's "vertical forest" nears completion in Milan

Stefano Boeri's "vertical forest" nears completion in Milan | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A pair of skyscrapers by Boeri Studio are nearing completion in Milan, featuring as many trees as could be planted in a hectare of forest.

The studio led by Italian architect Stefano Boeri came up with the concept of Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, as a way to combine high-density residential development with tree planting in city centres.

The first project born from this concept is now nearing completion in the Isola area of Milan's fast-developing Porta Nuova district. Two towers, measuring 80 and 112 metres, are set to open later this year and are already home to 900 trees.

"The project is set to create a new standard for sustainable housing," said engineering firm Arup, who is working alongside Boeri Studio to deliver the project...

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Spanish Pavilion at Floriade 2012 by Pulgon Diseño

Spanish Pavilion at Floriade 2012 by Pulgon Diseño | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Pulgon Diseño have designed the Spanish Pavilion at Floriade 2012 in Venlo, The Netherlands.

The construction criterion arose from the conceptual approaches that have resulted in the slogan “naturally diverse”, highlighting the importance of diversity and natural richness. Likewise, the idea Cradle to Cradle is also present in the exhibition, and the designed spaces will allude to cycles and continuity as added and essential values, in a modern concept of sustainability and of the use of natural resources.

Some of the materials, serving both as support and as coating and paving, have had different previous uses: wood from fruit boxes, planks and wood from building works, demolition beams, sleepers. Others come from remainders of agriculture products such as nut shells or trunks from burnt forests. This way, the C2C remains unchanged, in terms of conceptuality and formality...

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Nishorgo Oirabot Nature Interpretation Centre

Nishorgo Oirabot Nature Interpretation Centre | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The main objectives of this centre, located in a protected forest and nature reserve in Chittagong District in the south of Bangladesh, are nature education and interpretation tours, in an effort to create awareness and promote biodiversity, conservation and eco-tourism.

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In Harmony with the Site: New Forest House by PAD Studio

In Harmony with the Site: New Forest House by PAD Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

PAD studio have designed a house located in the New Forest National Park, United Kingdom.

The dwelling is set within an 18.5 acres, located within the New Forest National Park. The massing, form and orientation of the new building has been carefully conceived in order that the proposals minimise the impact on the site and its surroundings. The main dwelling and annex building both have low rise green roofs.

They are oriented to maximise solar gain and utilise ground source heat pump technology, and excavated material from the new basement and pool area has been re-used in the earth berming to provide a visual screen to the north and help to reduce the sound impact of the nearby dual carriageway.

The proposal also incorporates rain water harvesting, grey water recycling and a natural swimming pond to further increase biodiversity within the site...

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Lijbers Architects: Biodiversity in the Netherlands

Lijbers Architects: Biodiversity in the Netherlands | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Amsterdam-based studio Lijbers Architects have created 'Biodiversity', an urban planning proposal sited within the Netherlands, which addresses the overall decline of natural environments due to rapid development by humans. Biodiversity of plants and animals have reduced significantly as a direct result of the human need to consume space and raw materials, initiating this design to revert these trends and reclaim as much as possible before it is gone entirely. This initiative is to place frameworks upon existing structures, creating additional surface area to plant and grow flora & fauna.

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