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A New Culture Hub in the Netherlands Exemplifies Dutch Architecture

A New Culture Hub in the Netherlands Exemplifies Dutch Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Crowned with three cantilevered structures, this hub unites the city library, regional archives, and arts spaces in a stellar example of Dutch architecture.

The Eemhuis, designed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects of Rotterdam, never quite sits still. There is a movement of people, a play of lines and an interweaving of functions. This lively energy, combined with a strong urban presence, befits the building’s role as the new cultural heart of Amersfoort.

The layered exterior reveals the 16,000-square-metre centre’s stacked program, organized organically by purpose. The library resides on the open lower floors, while the arts school is perched on top, with each department – theatre and dance, visual arts and music – housed in one of the cantilevered metal structures. Anchoring the new community hub are the archives at the building’s core.

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Aprilli design studio grows vertical urban skyfarm in Korea

Aprilli design studio grows vertical urban skyfarm in Korea | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Brooklyn-based design studio aprilli has presented prototypical plans for a vertical farm to be built adjacent to the cheonggyecheon stream in downtown Seoul, Korea. The vertical farm, located within the city’s heavily populated central business district, would support local food production while simultaneously contributing to the improvement of environmental quality through water, air filtration and renewable energy output.

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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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Landmark Reincarnate: Palazzo Campari in Milan

Landmark Reincarnate: Palazzo Campari in Milan | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Considered ahead of its time even in the 1960s, when it was first built, the Palazzo Campari building, (now La Serenissima) located in the historic centre of Milan is today a refurbished modern wrap.


New owners commissioned firm Park Associati to refurbish the landmark on the corner of via Turati and via Cavalieri in the historic centre of Milan, with careful attention to the preservation of its character. They also wanted to turn an inefficient building into an efficient one and provide a modern make-over. 


Other distinct features like reclaiming space on the ground floor opened up the areas, while pulling back elevations made it possible to eliminate cold bridging.


This, along with other energy-conserving measures got the building a Gold LEED certification. Useful floor area was relocated, allowing new spaces to be built and given away for tertiary use. Meanwhile, the landscaped courtyard, which forms the heart of the complex, has been reinterpreted in a contemporary setting...

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Going Green in the US: Three Groundbreaking Eco-Friendly Buildings

Going Green in the US: Three Groundbreaking Eco-Friendly Buildings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Going Green in the US: Three Groundbreaking Eco-Friendly BuildingsGreen Building ElementsAs people become more concerned about the state of the environment, all industries are making efforts to go green.

As people become more concerned about the state of the environment, all industries are making efforts to go green. Though progress has been made across the board, architecture is an industry that has enjoyed significant success. All over the world, cities are building eco-friendly structures and renovating their existing buildings in order to lessen the strain on the environment. To design a green structure, architects rely on the rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council, which is known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Read the complete article for three of the greenest buildings in the United States, as determined by the LEED rating system...

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LiveWork and Be Sustainable, Net Zero

LiveWork and Be Sustainable, Net Zero | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

With their LiveWork project for a net zero carbon development in Athens, Georgia, USA, Suzanne Steelman and Eric Laine from the Clemson School of Architecture won the first prize of the Dow Solar Design to Zero competition.

The aim is to reduce carbon emissions in the built environment and live in an environmentally friendly way, while enjoying a feeling of community at the same time. Like other examples of zero carbon developments, such as c_life in Helsinki, LiveWork stresses on the importance of behavioural change in order to truly bring about a sustainable way of living. The architects of the LiveWork project in Georgia define a net zero carbon building as “environmentally, socially and economically responsible”. Only by embodying these three characteristics can we achieve a truly sustainable design...

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Green architecture projects for a sustainable lifestyle

Green architecture projects for a sustainable lifestyle | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Green technology is gaining force in several forms across the world. Someway, people turn their surroundings and habitats greenish with grasses and plants. In some other way, people go for electric vehicles and alternative power sources for a greenish life. In fact, with the global warming looming as a huge threat overhead, people have largely recognized the importance of “going green.” In this article, we talk about a number of architecture projects that are built in liaison with the environment. Despite being massive structures, they provide relief for nature enthusiasts, because they are sanctified with alternative power options and many other much-esteemed green credentials...

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AIA’s Top 10 Green Buildings in 2011

AIA’s Top 10 Green Buildings in 2011 | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE) has announced the 2011 COTE Top Ten Green Projects, naming the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The program celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology. They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve occpant comfort, and reduce environmental impact through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality. Here are the winners...

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8 Of The Most Exciting Green Building Projects On The Horizon | Slideshows

8 Of The Most Exciting Green Building Projects On The Horizon | Slideshows | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Green building has caught on, becoming a booming business and fostering innovative ideas about how to construct homes, offices, and skyscrapers that use as few resources as possible. By 2015, the amount spent on green building is going to more than double, to $163 billion from $71 billion today. Here are some of the most remarkable buildings that all that cash may be spent on.

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Up on the Roof | ArchitectureWeek

Up on the Roof | ArchitectureWeek | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
More than half of all the single-family homes in the United States were built in the last three decades of the 20th century, and it is estimated that half again of the current total number of dwellings — about 80 million — will need to be built in the next three decades of the 21st century...
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Wingårdhs designs prefabricated housing made entirely from wood

Wingårdhs designs prefabricated housing made entirely from wood | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Swedish architecture office Wingårdhs has designed an eight-storey residential building constructed entirely from wood in the Stockholm suburb of Sundbyberg.
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Pollution-guzzling, Air-cleaning Buildings

Pollution-guzzling, Air-cleaning Buildings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Seven million premature deaths in a single year were the result of air pollution exposure, the World Health Organization reported recently. That’s one in eight of total global deaths in 2012. This new finding doubles previous estimates, confirming that air pollution is now the world’s single largest environmental health risk. Cities around the world are increasingly turning to technology for solutions, and here are some of the most innovative designs...

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Norm Miller's curator insight, May 31, 11:46 AM

More integration with nature and more technology that caotures pollution.

Stephen Kavanagh's curator insight, June 1, 8:29 AM

We have a right to clean air!!! Support our environment!!!

TavistockCollegeGeog's curator insight, June 30, 9:25 AM

Great synoptic links to the Technological fix unit in A2 Geography. Good case study for health risk management. Where does this fit on the Kuznet Curve?

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Pop-Up House by Multipod Studio

Pop-Up House by Multipod Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Multipod Studio have designed the Pop-Up House, a housing concept that is low cost, uses recyclable materials and can be built in four days.


The structure, compiled of insulating blocks and wooden panels, delivers affordable thermal insulation. Heating represents close to 28% of global energy consumption and is also one of the main household costs. Determined to develop solutions, Multipod Studio have patented a unique approach to passive construction that delivers outstanding thermal insulation at an affordable cost.

No special tools required, the house is assembled using lightweight and recyclable materials for quick installation.

The materials used are inexpensive and the thermal envelope means no additional heating is necessary. 
The Pop-Up House is an innovative concept that aims to challenge passive house construction.

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, March 28, 7:02 AM

This ise also an interesting option for seasonal, holiday use, optimizing the building lifecycle for this particular type of use.... while giving also some flexibility in this type of business.

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The Top 6 Green Buildings at the 2012 London Olympics

The Top 6 Green Buildings at the 2012 London Olympics | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The 2012 London Olympics could very well be the most sustainable Summer Games on record...

No Olympic organizers have worked harder to make this massive event more environmentally responsible than London 2012. That commitment has carried over to many of the Games’ buildings, including the main Olympic Stadium, the lightest ever built. The 80,000 seat stadium boasts a bevy of sustainable construction features, including rainwater harvesting, a fabric roof and interesting choices in recycled materials. With no disrespect to the Game’s focal point, we here at Inhabitat have come up with what we believe are the six greenest buildings built for the 2012 London Olympics.

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23 Diverse Deployments of Cargo Containers

23 Diverse Deployments of Cargo Containers | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Shipping containers are low-cost, stackable building blocks ideal for incorporating into all kinds of architecture including homes, stores and restaurants.

Portable, durable, stackable and readily available all over the world, shipping containers are the ideal building blocks for smart structures of practically every variety. Some require just a little bit of renovation to transform into tiny houses or mobile offices, and others are barely recognizable. Often left with their exteriors as-is to pay tribute to their industrial origins, shipping containers can be used to form exterior walls and integrated into other types of building materials. Here are 23 examples of shipping container architecture in the form of homes, schools, offices, retail stores, hotels and restaurants...

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Bustler: Goettsch Partners’ New Music Building for Northwestern University

Bustler: Goettsch Partners’ New Music Building for Northwestern University | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Chicago architecture firm Goettsch Partners has designed the signature building that will be the new home of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and provide additional space for the School of Communication on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. The university is planning to break ground and begin construction in May of this year. The project is slated to be completed and ready for move-in in fall 2015.

The new 152,000-square-foot building features a recital hall, an opera rehearsal room/black box theater, and a choral rehearsal room and library. The project also includes classrooms, teaching labs, academic faculty offices, teaching studios for choral, opera, piano and voice faculty, practice rooms, student lounges, and administrative offices. The building design emphasizes a sustainable approach throughout, with a minimum of achieving LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council...

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8 Amazing Green Buildings That Break Even on Energy Consumption

8 Amazing Green Buildings That Break Even on Energy Consumption | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
As zero-energy housing becomes an increasingly successful industry, home owners are taking notice. Check out these sleek options.

 

A zero-energy building is one that produces as much energy as it consumes, making it a net-zero energy property and eliminating energy bills for its owners. Although zero-energy homes and buildings are quite rare today, increasing concerns about energy waste have set the stage for a growing market.

Home buyers are beginning to take interest in proactively saving money on energy, and developers are taking note of the trend, too. It appears that most developers building zero-energy homes have only built a few custom properties, Other developers, though — such as KB Home and New Town Builders — have begun rolling out production-scale zero-energy model homes at prices only marginally higher than their non-zero-energy counterparts, making such the construction process more scalable and less expensive than custom plans.

 

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US Treasury Building's Green Investment Pays Off in LEED-Gold

US Treasury Building's Green Investment Pays Off in LEED-Gold | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Work to make the U.S Treasury Building more resource efficient has earned the third-oldest federal building in Washington, D.C., gold-level LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council...

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Green Catalyst - Energy Efficiency, Technology

Green Catalyst - Energy Efficiency, Technology | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A 2003 AIA COTE Top Ten project, the Chicago Center for Green Technology may have helped kick-start the city's green-building boom.
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A World of Opportunity | Green Building and Design

A World of Opportunity | Green Building and Design | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Catalyzed by the Great Recession, American architecture is going global—and global architecture is going green. Writer Matt Alderton talks to six firms that have seen success abroad about navigating differences in design, business, and culture.
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