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Innovation + Technology at Cornell University's Gates Hall by Morphosis

Innovation + Technology at Cornell University's Gates Hall by Morphosis | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Morphosis Architects incorporates an innovative stainless steel facade screen to mitigate heat gain for new academic building.

Los Angeles–based Morphosis delivered a 100,000-square-foot, five-story building that is currently completing construction on Cornell University's Computing and Information Sciences (CIS) program structure.

While in essence a simple, efficient, rectangular plan and elevation, the design features several elements—including a twisting stainless steel sun screen and a protruding arm of the upper floors hovering above the main entrance—that make it an unmistakable product of Morphosis as well as a suitable looking enclosure for a discipline forged by the realities of the digital age.

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IDEAbuilder's curator insight, October 18, 2013 4:48 PM

Digital High-Performance.  An interesting convergence of technologhy and design

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Tyrolean Festival Hall Reflects the Dramatic Landscape of the Austrian Alps

Tyrolean Festival Hall Reflects the Dramatic Landscape of the Austrian Alps | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A concert hall carves its own niche in the Austrian Alps while bowing to the neighboring midcentury playhouse and the breathtaking landscape.

In the picturesque Austrian village of Erl, where the rugged Alps descend to meet the undulating valley below, a striking, angular structure, the Tyrolean Festspielhaus, or Festival Hall, pierces the landscape that inspired it. “We conceived of the building as tectonic plates shifting over one another,” says Sebastian Brunke, a project architect from the Viennese firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects. “The opening between the two plates forms the foyer, which glows at night and through which the Alpine landscape flows like a carpet.” Reflecting the mountains above, the upper volume's sharply pointed cantilever juts out almost 100 feet.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, October 10, 2013 6:57 AM

Me gustaría asistir a algún concierto allí.

Como gesto arquitectónico, me parece de una fuerza increíble. Además encaja perfectamente posándose en el paisaje e integrándose en él. Arquitectura o escultura?

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A Modular, Pre-fabricated Hospital in Puyo, Ecuador Surrounded by Gardens

A Modular, Pre-fabricated Hospital in Puyo, Ecuador Surrounded by Gardens | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The 'Hospital in Puyo' is composed of eight volumes, lined-up next to one another that are separated by lush green gardens.

The county of Puyo in Ecuador has received a new healthcare facility, composed of three rows of eight staggered volumes that are each shaped with the silhouette of a house. The long pavilions are arranged next to one another, and at certain points are physically connected by pitched roof structures from the exterior, with linking hallways along the interior below. Glazing runs along the inner and outer lengths of the walls, offering visitors, patients and staff of the hospital, views of lush green landscaping planted between openings throughout the site. The challenge posed when building the complex was that it needed to be constructed in record time– less than one year– while still emerging as a first-class leading facility for the area. To finish within the time frame, the architects developed a modular architecture, with a high degree of fabrication as seen by the identical nature of the building components.

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António Sousa Correia's curator insight, October 4, 2013 8:17 AM

Great idea for a quality healthcare facility in developing countries.

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Camouflaged in Slatted Timber Screens: Motuoapa House in New Zealand

Camouflaged in Slatted Timber Screens: Motuoapa House in New Zealand | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Mark Frazerhurst Architect completed the design and development of Motuoapa House, a modern residence overlooking the shores of Lake Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand. Overlapping planes of various tactile materials, slatted timber screens to filter sunlight, and a materials palette which will age naturally and weather gracefully all act to complement the natural environment and respond to the local context...

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River Place: A Contemporary Cantilever with a Strong Energy Conservation Agenda

River Place: A Contemporary Cantilever with a Strong Energy Conservation Agenda | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This contemporary project is located at the end of a single lane road cut into a hillside, on a dry west-facing slope near Juliaetta, Idaho.

To restore the pioneer vineyard for use, the two structures incorporate innovative construction methods in response to unique site requirements.

The location presented a number of challenges: temperatures that can reach 110+degrees F, periodic river flooding, and limited access for construction equipment. A strong energy conservation agenda was also an important requirement and the building forms were influenced by the site and environmental conditions.

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JMS1kiddz's curator insight, September 26, 2013 3:38 PM

absolutely stunning architecture. - Madi Chaput 

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Meadowbrook Residence: Phoenix, Arizona

Meadowbrook Residence: Phoenix, Arizona | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Jay Atherton Architect’s Meadowbrook Residence was initially inspired by fluctuating seasons of light. Situated in Phoenix, Arizona abounded by an undemanding audience, the architectural formwork is an overt abstraction; yet consciously unspoiled and quiet. Despite the employment of natural materials and local stone, the building itself sits framed by its surroundings, as well as resting respectfully amongst it...

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JMS1kiddz's curator insight, September 24, 2013 5:56 PM

the residence is built/ designed to accomodate the varying light that it recieves throughout the seasons. A really cool concept and interesting way to percieve architecture - Madi Chaput

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Point King Residence by HASSELL

Point King Residence by HASSELL | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Point King Residence is located at Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia.

The site is characterised by its cliff top location and orientation towards the north. The entire house sits almost two metres below ground level, limiting the visual mass and as a means to address the scale of the building while linking it to the site.

Generously scaled rooms foster light and natural ventilation flows with ease. The interiors reflect the architecture of the house, using limestone excavated from the site and recycled timber battens.

The palette is sympathetic to the local climate and the client’s desire to ground the house, both physically and figuratively.

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Kiruna City Hall in Northern Sweden by Henning Larsen Architects

Kiruna City Hall in Northern Sweden by Henning Larsen Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The sustainability concept for the new city hall in Kiruna takes its starting point in Henning Larsen Architects' method, ‘Design with Knowledge’. The method is about reducing and optimising a building's energy consumption as early in the design process as possible.

The project's daylight strategy is linked to the circular facade and ribbon windows. The material and design of the windows ensure daylight reflects into the offices located along the outer facade. At the atrium, the white surfaces of the roof structure and the bright surfaces of the building's interior ensure optimum daylight conditions.

The materials list for the project describes the goals of reducing the environmental impact while at the same time ensuring good working conditions during and after construction.

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Stunning Modern Building Breathes New Life Into Bergen's Historic Fish Market

Stunning Modern Building Breathes New Life Into Bergen's Historic Fish Market | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A local fish market in Bergen has been transformed by Edel Biesel Arkitekter into a beautiful modern space that harks back to the city's heritage.

Completed in 2012, the renovation carefully balances the site's historic heritage with its contemporary use. The project is titled “History Continued," and it honors these principles by telling the story of the site while creating a symbol of modern architecture in the center of the city.

An angular, daylight-filled “floating” volume and glass wall on the ground floor provides a view out through the market hall. The building’s transparent facade provides shelter from wind and rain, but on beautiful sunny days the space can be opened up to connect market activities outside to those occurring inside.

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Casa Transportable house ÁPH80 by Ábaton

Casa Transportable house ÁPH80 by Ábaton | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Casa Transportable house ÁPH80 by Ábaton that fits on the back of a lorry and moved by road, with cement board walls and hinged panels.

Ábaton chose dimensions of nine by three metres to provide just enough space for two people and also allow the transportable house to be hoisted onto the back of a truck.

Externally the home is clad entirely in grey cement-board panels that hinge open to reveal sliding glass doors in the front and windows to the sides.

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Pre's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:36 PM

This is a unique house, it looks like a box but it totally different. 

IrineLogs's comment, September 4, 2013 7:36 AM
Nice!
Mehdi BH's comment, September 5, 2013 10:39 AM
Great Idea :)
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Architectural Innovation: Amazon's Biomorphic Spherical Headquarters in Seattle

Architectural Innovation: Amazon's Biomorphic Spherical Headquarters in Seattle | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, the online everything store Amazon.com submitted a new proposal for offices in downtown Seattle, featuring three biomorphic, spherical buildings.

The central element of NBBJ’s proposal for Amazon’s headquarters is a trio of conjoined Catalan-sphere modules, each built with a structural-steel skeleton. According to the proposal, which is the second submission to reach Seattle City Hall, these spheres would range from 80 to 95 feet in height and contain five floors of office space. The rounded, pentagonal facets of the spheres would meet in star-shaped intersections.

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oliviersc's comment, August 28, 2013 1:06 PM
Inspiration : Richard Buckminster Fuller ; soyons clair !
Norm Miller's comment, August 28, 2013 1:29 PM
These will be the new icons for Seattle instead of the fish market. Very cool.
Norm Miller's comment, August 28, 2013 1:31 PM
These will be the new icons for Seattle. It is about time we see something besides flying fish.
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Architecture That Drives Ecological Innovation

Architecture That Drives Ecological Innovation | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A gallery of the buildings that house the industries working to preserve the planet's natural ecology.


We constantly hear about the "green revolution" in building, whether it's performative facades that reduce cooling needs or grey water recycling that cuts down on water usage. However, the drive to reduce our environmental impact isn't just about designing the next LEED Gold skyscraper.

Integral to our collective efforts are a unique set of green institutions and industries, all of which require special architecture to function. These organizations not only leave a light ecological footprint, they also find ways for us to do the same: whether reducing carbon emissions or engineering better seeds that can sustain our growing population. 


It's not just green design; it's design that promotes new ways of being green.

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Lili Dávila's curator insight, August 20, 2013 2:41 PM

LEED is old news, there are new ways of being green. 

Michaela Jansen's curator insight, August 29, 2013 2:48 AM

this is great, i think we all need to step it up and move forward from recycling and substituting materials. "Go big or go home," right? 

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Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium / BIG

Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium / BIG | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

From the architect. BIG conceived a large multifunctional space that could be used for sports, graduation ceremonies and social events.The new hall comprises a sunken 1,100 m2 space, placed five meters (16.5 feet) below the ground in the center of the school’s courtyard, ensuring a good indoor climate, low environmental impact and high architectural quality.

The exterior wooden decked surface consists of untreated oak wood and white enamel coated steel benches, also designed by BIG. The only light sources at night are the benches and BIG designed seating which are outfitted with tiny LED lights beneath lighting up the entire courtyard.The edge of the roof is designed as a long social bench, its lattice design ensures the penetration of daylight below. Solar panels placed strategically around the existing buildings provide heat for the hall.

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Taiwan Skyscraper's Facade Covered in Thousands of Wind Turbines

Taiwan Skyscraper's Facade Covered in Thousands of Wind Turbines | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

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.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, October 13, 2013 2:25 PM

Qué os parece una fachada compuesta por miles de pequeñas turbinas que generan  energía para el consumo del edificio?

Un propuesta de belleza orgánica y filosofía sostenible para esta torre de Taichung City, en Taiwan,

JMS1kiddz's curator insight, October 15, 2013 10:42 AM

new and innovative way to produce power for an entire building. The source of energy is embedded in the architecture. - Madi Chaput

JMS1kiddz's curator insight, October 16, 2013 7:17 AM

Yet again another environmentally friendly design. This building has been designed to generate its own energy and power LED lighting throughout the building. This is done through the power of wind turbines which the building is completely surrounded by. It is becoming the newest trend in design to create buildings and structures that are helpful to the environment.

-Heather Leigh Arends

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Allianz Riviera Stadium by Wilmotte & Associés

Allianz Riviera Stadium by Wilmotte & Associés | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The newly-built Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice, France, located 15-km away from Nice’s historical centre, and sitting in the heart of the Éco-Vallée of Plaine du Var, is actually comprised of three projects – a 35,000-seat multi-purpose stadium, a sports museum and an extensive, mixed real-estate development plan – all designed to meet specific environmental and urban integration requirements.

This large-scale intervention works in a coherent and intelligible manner so as to encourage urban synergy.


Largely inspired by a flying bird, the stadium’s overall shape essentially reflects the aim to reinforce the surrounding urban fabric. Likewise, shifting services like parking, underground allows for generous green spaces connecting the building to the rest of the neighborhood.

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Going Green at the Great Park: Solar Decathlon 2013

Going Green at the Great Park: Solar Decathlon 2013 | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

For the first time since its inception in 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon is being held at a location other than the mall in Washington D.C.

The competition challenges collegiate teams to 'design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive', and the twenty projects featured this year do just that by showcasing innovative green building technologies, products and strategies that visitors can incorporate into their own homes.

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JMS1kiddz's curator insight, October 1, 2013 7:17 PM

-Nonhlanhla Mahlobisa

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A Lush Living Wall Skirts Aedas' New Composite Building in Hong Kong

A Lush Living Wall Skirts Aedas' New Composite Building in Hong Kong | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Aedas decided to create an apartment building that reinterprets Hong-Kong's traditional architecture.

Located in the Mongkok District, with a population density of 130,000 people per square kilometer, the new tower features a lush living wall that enhances quality of life in the neighborhood.

The architects decided to add greenery at the pedestrian level with a green wall that will seemingly protrude from the solid façade of the podium and link the building to the historical cityscape...

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Croft by James Stockwell Architects

Croft by James Stockwell Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Along the South coast of Victoria near Inverloch, the geography turns away from the prevailing wind. The house forms a protected garden from which peripheral vision of the sea and sky is permitted by tapered facades.

The design reinforces the language of the rural context of corrugated iron and purposefulness. More broadly itʼs ambitions are to illustrate the suitability of low embodied energy local materials in contemporary architecture and that architecture be able to tell a story of place and vernacular of local craftsmanship and materials...

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Susan Schuler Blake's comment, September 27, 2013 2:14 PM
não pra mim mas ecológico
Susan Schuler Blake's comment, September 27, 2013 2:16 PM
hmm... uma ideia ecológica ao menos
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Second Life: Using Recycled Materials For Architecture

Second Life: Using Recycled Materials For Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Using salvaged stuff not only has a positive environmental impact by reducing waste, it also offers architects materials typically unavailable.

According to the National Association of Homebuilders, “If all the lumber used to build the 1.2 million new homes constructed in the U.S. each year were laid end to end, it would extend 2 million miles—a sobering statistic.

Dutifully sorting waste, separating the metal and plastic from the paper for different recycling streams is part of modern life. Some areas even have food waste collection for community compost.

Architects and designers are taking notice of the opportunities offered by recycling and reuse. Using salvaged materials not only has a positive environmental impact by reducing waste, it also offers architects materials typically unavailable, such as old growth lumber.

Visit the link for some prescient products and projects using recycled materials for architectural purposes.

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Amber Harsnett's curator insight, September 23, 2013 10:09 AM

I love this look of this building! It looks so organic and natural

Catherine Devin's curator insight, September 27, 2013 5:41 AM

La démarche requiert une structuration des filières de tri, collecte et recyclage sur les matériaux clefs, à une échelle industrielle et régionale si l'on veut généraliser l'emploi des matériaux recyclés et avoir un impact positif significatif sur plusieurs critères de développement durable qu'on pourrait associer au projet.

Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, September 28, 2013 4:07 PM

We need to find uses for 100% of our "waste" and resources that end up in architectural structures will tend to stick around longer before being recycled yet again.

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Energy Box by Pierluigi Bonomo

Energy Box by Pierluigi Bonomo | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Using nearly zero energy, this house designed by Italian architect Pierluigi Bonomo was built in replacement of a heavily damaged building from the 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila, the region of Abruzzo in central italy.

Conceived as a volumetric insertion, the ‘Energy Box’ is defined by its new solid box perimeter. The conservation of the original building is visible with stone traces in the walls on the first level. The new structure emerges from the ground with the reminiscent pieces gradually disappearing, making way for a new physical and symbolic meaning between the heavy memories of the site’s past and the hope for a stable and better future. Acting as a mediation between the two elements, the technologically advanced new house is contained within a compact box volume.

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Green Technology and Contemporary Design in Joshua Tree: The iT House

Green Technology and Contemporary Design in Joshua Tree:  The iT House | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The iT House brings together raw industrial aesthetics with the tactics of green design to forge a new home in the sunbaked wilds of California’s east. 

The project is an exploration of the owners' architectural ideas and brings the precise and the cool together with the wild and untamed. Solar panels catch the sun's energy; wide expanses of open doors and windows provide cross-ventilation; and strategic overhangs shade against the desert's endless heat...


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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, September 10, 2013 5:21 PM

A rugged beautiful setting with a home designed with the latest green technology and a modern, minimalist decor.

JMS1kiddz's curator insight, October 9, 2013 10:46 AM

Its all about going green these days and more and more archeatects are finding inovative ways of designing houses that use natural energy and resourses instead of wasting the earths materials. this project in particular makes use of solar pannels to regulate all power in the house. If only all houses could be built this way.

-Heather Leigh Arends

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Paolo Venturella + Angelo Balducci's 'Twilt Tower' Captures the Sun

Paolo Venturella + Angelo Balducci's 'Twilt Tower' Captures the Sun | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Disagreeing with the 'Eurosky Tower' by Franco Purini, located in a modern area on the outskirts of rome, italian architects Paolo Venturella + Angelo Balducci have delivered an alternative concept. 


Examining the idea of 'integration' between architecture and renewable energy, the architects offer a radically different shape for the same building. Called 'the Twilt Tower' the name is based on a combination of the words 'twisted' and 'twilted'. The tower integrates photovoltaic panels not just on the roof but evenly across the volume, dictating its form. the tilting and rotating of the panels towards the sun's rays, allows for direct sun radiation throughout the whole day.

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A Mixed-Use Cultural Center in Koblenz, Germany

A Mixed-Use Cultural Center in Koblenz, Germany | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The project designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects started as a won competition for the redevelopment of the “Zentralplatz”. The program included approximately 20,000 sqm of retail space, urban functions and a 6,000 sqm square.


This separation of functions allows for two autonomous and highly functional buildings, which can develop long-term and independently. Because of the precise positioning of the buildings and their outline, the pedestrian flows are organized in an effective and logical way.  The combination of these different cultural institutions offers the chance to exploit the synergies between the various institutions.

The areas intertwined with escalators offer orientation points, divide the building and provide the interior with natural light. Above the stores are adjoining rooms and a parking lot organized around a central landscaped courtyard.

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Paramount - Alma Residence by p l a s m a studio

Paramount - Alma Residence by p l a s m a studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This project was conceived to fulfill a two-part problematic: (1) Residence Alma--a Tyrolean guest house with 6 holiday apartments from the 1960s adorned with a pitched roof--was due for a common circulation and service core, and (2) the project architect, Ulla Hell, was looking for a new home for her young family of five in the mountain community of Sesto, Alto Adige.


The result: an under-utilized roof space gave way to an angular crown, connected to a ground floor reception space and architectural office by the host’s renovated spine.

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Calin Birzu's comment, September 18, 2013 1:40 PM
Lauren, I find out, that your projects is very good. I like it. I m an artist (restorer), and I think that architecture is an art conception. Thanks
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Design Details: Building By Day, Canvas For Light And Shadow By Night

Design Details: Building By Day, Canvas For Light And Shadow By Night | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

How do you design a building to stand out? Easy: make it sculptural and subtly shaded by day and an exuberant show of light and shadow by night.


That's what Piuarch did with the Bentini Headquarters in Faenza RA, Italy. By setting windows in deep angled depressions the architects created a playground for darkness and illumination. At night the interior lighting bursts onto the building's varied surfaces to stunning effect. Elsewhere, lighting transmits through the fully glazed exterior to showcase its full energy. Lastly, the building's hallways and rooms are surfaced in pure white to echo the play of shadows outside.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 28, 2013 1:30 PM

Great example of passive design!