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Green Architecture: Student Designs for Low-Income, Sustainable Housing

Green Architecture: Student Designs for Low-Income, Sustainable Housing | sustainable architecture |

It’s hard for homes to be green. Despite long-term energy savings, it’s even harder for low-income homes to afford upfront costs of some sustainable materials. But ecological design doesn’t have to mean more “green” from your wallet. In fact, using recycled and sustainable material, as one local project has shown, can be both economically viable and environmentally friendly.

The San Antonio Alternative Housing Corporation (SAAHC) is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and support services for low and moderate income communities in the central Texas area.  When they construct new housing units, they want to minimize up-front construction costs as well as long-term operational expenses.  They were open to exploring alternate construction techniques, but wanted an opportunity to test the viability of these options.

As it happened, Taeg Nishimoto, Associate Dean of the UTSA College of Architecture, had been working for several years to develop a program that would give architecture students experience throughout the entire process of realizing a project from conception through construction...

Immotopic's curator insight, March 4, 2013 1:22 AM

Futur is green architecture.

Fabián Salazar Bazúa's curator insight, March 11, 2013 4:04 PM

Una forma diferente de construir, pero sin quitarle la efectividad y creatividad.

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Student Housing for TU Delft Campus / Studioninedots + HVDN

Student Housing for TU Delft Campus / Studioninedots + HVDN | sustainable architecture |
Studioninedots + HVDN shared with us their winning proposal for the student housing competition for TU Delft Campus.

The project parameters were to design a volume of 67 meters long and 5 storeys high, with its own strong identity and a collective space on the roof including a rain water harvesting element.

Along with a collaborative bid of contractor Jan Snel, the winning entry was defining in its dynamic façade, with the collective space having a central location in the building instead of on the roof. This creates a more interactive relationship between the residents, the building and its surroundings, leaving the roof to be fully planted with moss-sedum. The new building will be finished to all probability at the start of 2013...

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Curvy Desert Home Mimics the Snail...

Curvy Desert Home Mimics the Snail... | sustainable architecture |

If you think this curvy desert dwelling looks a bit like a snail, then you definitely aren’t going crazy! Tasked by the Biomimicry Institute’s Student Design Challenge with finding solutions to every day challenges by looking to nature, Elnaz Amiri, Hesam Andalib, Roza Atarod, and M-amin Mohamad from the Art University of Isfahan in Iran decided to design a house that is self-cooling – just like a snail. Step into our lair for more details about this very – ahem – cool home.

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