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Halle am Wasser Art Centre: a self-sufficient urban complex in Berlin

Halle am Wasser Art Centre: a self-sufficient urban complex in Berlin | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The new Arts Centre "Halle am Wasser" by the Berlin and London based practice Pott Architects is part of a self-sufficient urban accommodation complex featuring an Arts Campus, Marina, flats, offices and restaurants.


A key element of the development of the whole area was the transformation of an old derelict warehouse into an extensive art gallery, a cultural hub for the whole district. The art forum takes the shape of a folded sculptural element, with a membrane streching across the outside of the existing building, transforming it into a home for all forms of art with 6 main galleries varying in size. The canopy covering allows natural light inside and significantly improves the appearance of the warehouse. The steel skeleton of the building is successfully adapted to accommodate the flexible open-plan gallery spaces that can be easily adjusted according to the requirements of the artists...

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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, February 8, 2013 2:47 AM

Self Sufficient os a good approach, even if i think future buildings are not mandatory auto sufficient. But shall they have this approach with an index and ataxes compensation in large means, we will give a hugh step towards sustainability.

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

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Green Roofs are Changing Architecture and Planning

Green Roofs are Changing Architecture and Planning | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Green roofs are not new; they have been used for thousands of years because they helped insulate, thrived in the sun instead of rotting, and other than the increased structure, they were cheap as, well, the dirt that they were planted in. Then flat roofs came in and were covered in tar and asphalt, which needed a lot of maintenance. Engineers and architects didn't worry much about them; nobody could see them. Roofs became parking lots for equipment.

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What is green architecture?

What is green architecture? | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Green architecture, or durable construction, has the goal of using nature in a better way, without harming it. A green building has its own life cycle, encompassing everything- from rough construction to the smallest detail, following the laws of comfort and rationality. Passive houses are like living creatures; they are oxygen powered- upon taking in air, they process it, releasing the used air to the outside, keeping the temperature inside steady and disallowing the formation of moisture in the process.

Check out this Green Architecture image gallery for more green designs and a description of the sustainable features found at each project...

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Seven sustainable architecture trends...

Seven sustainable architecture trends... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Human beings are inside buildings almost 75% of their time daily and a small increase of efficiency will save energy and increases the ecological value. That’s why today architects are planning for sustainable building with eco-friendly materials and designs that will help to conserve energy use the natural power source such as solar power and water.

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Green Roof Design: 10 Stunning, Sustainable Works of Architecture

Green Roof Design: 10 Stunning, Sustainable Works of Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

While the practice of building green roofs is centuries old, it has experienced a renaissance as the structural philosophy of the future. A living green roof reduces the costs of heating and cooling, encourages the local wildlife and naturally filters the rain water it receives. Here, we celebrate the work of some of today’s most talented, most progressive architects, who have adopted green roof design techniques to yield beautiful, sustainable works of architecture.

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Roca London Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects

Roca London Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) were chosen by Roca in 2009 to create a versatile reference space capturing the essence of the brand and its values. It is also the latest in the series of Roca Galleries globally, which include the Roca Barcelona Gallery, the Roca Madrid Gallery and the Roca Lisbon Gallery.

The Roca London Gallery expresses Roca’s commitment to innovative design, sustainability and wellbeing through an architecture that offers visitors a unique experience which is both visually and interactively engaging. Taking its inspirational cue from the idea of a space created by water in its various different states, ZHA’s bespoke design defines a flowing and porous space for the 1100m2 Roca London Gallery.

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Five of The World's Most Sustainable Sports Stadiums

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Five of The World's Most Sustainable Sports StadiumsGreen Building ElementsSustainability is one of the most important aspects of any new architectural design and in recent years we've seen this spread into the world of sports stadiums.

Sustainability is one of the most important aspects of any new architectural design and in recent years we’ve seen this spread into the world of sports stadiums. Traditionally, the concept behind sports stadiums has been to create a colosseum-like structure which adds theatre and creates an incredible atmosphere with little prior thought ever given to sustainability. Recently, things have begun to change and we’re now seeing more and more architects giving sustainability the attention it deserves when designing new sports stadiums...

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Jonathan Griffith's comment, September 22, 2013 6:27 PM
The World Games Stadium presents an innovative idea of using the green energy for supply to the surrounding neighborhood.
William Harkins's curator insight, December 22, 2013 6:18 AM

Stadiums can be green and still look astounding 

Jackson Hoffman's curator insight, September 7, 2014 6:48 PM

1. What did you learn? I learned about how different companies recently have worked together to build stadiums with sustainable designs.

2. What information did you find interesting and educational? I think it is interesting how these companies have been designing these structures, and what they have been using to build them with.

3. Why did you select the article? I selected this article to learn about how companies are conserving important materials such as water.

4. How will this information help you in the sport management industry?

This will help me in the industry since I will be able to use this information to make suggestions as to how to improve facilities in the sport field. 

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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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mmdm arquitectes

mmdm arquitectes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Obsession for the proper adaptation of the project with the topography+the use of durable materials and clear geometries=a simple and useful architecture.

mmdm arquitectes is an architecture office founded in 2003 by Frans Masana and Joan Dalmases, based on previous collaborations.

The projects that come out of the office have points in common that are the main features of our architecture. On one side, the proper adaptation with the topography to avoid great earthworks and, consequently, an excessive environmental impact. On the other side, the use of durable and not expensive materials that influence both the constructive solutions and the same image of the buildings that we project. Finally, the use of clear geometries in the design of the floor plan and of the volume. The result of this way of projecting is a simple and useful architecture.

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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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2011 Zerofootprint Award Winners at Greenbuild

2011 Zerofootprint Award Winners at Greenbuild | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The 2011 Zerofootprint Re-Skinning Award Winners were highlighted last week during the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo held in Toronto. The annual competition aims to ‘jump-start the discussion on how we might retrofit entire cities to fight climate change’.

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The World’s Greatest Bioclimatic Architecture | This Big City

The World’s Greatest Bioclimatic Architecture | This Big City | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
For a building to be called ‘worldclass’, sustainability must be integral to the design. These four buildings draw on the local climate to maximise natural shelter, warmth, light and ventilation, conserving water and energy in the process.
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