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BIG's zoo makeover to offer "freest possible environment" for animals

BIG's zoo makeover to offer "freest possible environment" for animals | sustainable architecture |
BIG presents a vision for the future of Denmark's Givskud Zoo where animals and humans "co-exist", and all the architecture is hidden within the topography.

Named Zootopia, the proposal reimagines the 1960s zoo and safari park in central Jutland as a continuous landscape of forests, savannahs and rivers that centre around a sunken courtyard of visitors' facilities. 

"It is our dream – with Givskud – to create the best possible and freest possible environment for the animals' lives and relationships with each other and visitors," said BIG, the office led by architect Bjarke Ingels.

Catherine Devin's curator insight, August 4, 2014 3:02 AM

Comme évoqué avec l'exemple de la bicyclette, c'est aussi en créant l'occasion d'expériences plaisantes que chacun peut s'ouvrir à de nouvelles pratiques plus durables ... et partant, être prêt à écouter aussi des informations relatives à la nécessité de sobriété dans les consommations et les déchets, puis modifier son  comportement ?

Antonios Bouris's curator insight, August 7, 2014 11:13 AM

keyword: Co-existance!!!! 

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NYC's High Line: round 3

NYC's High Line: round 3 | sustainable architecture |

As one of the most well-known and popular urban revitalization projects in recent memory, New York's High Line has proven the effectiveness and impact of adaptive reuse and urban green space...

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Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust by Belzberg Architects

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust by Belzberg Architects | sustainable architecture |

From the architect. 

The new building for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) is located within a public park, adjacent to the existing Los Angeles Holocaust Memorial.  Paramount to the design strategy is the integration of the building into the surrounding open, park landscape. The museum is submerged into the ground allowing the park’s landscape to continue over the roof of the structure.  Existing park pathways are used as connective elements to integrate the pedestrian flow of the park with the new circulation for museum visitors.

By maintaining the material pallet of the park and extending it onto the museum, the hues and textures of concrete and vegetation blend with the existing material palette of Pan Pacific Park. Designed and constructed with sustainable systems and materials, the LAMOTH building is on track to receive a LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council.

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, January 19, 2014 4:26 AM

Interior/exterior, un edificio que se posa con delicadeza en el parque que lo acoge. Si te gusta el exterior, te encantará el interior. Con formas rotundas y limpias, y unas sorprendentes ventanas, un edificio que nos devuelve a el "paseo arquitectónico" del Corbu. Además un edificio que ha recibido la medalla de oro LEED.

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The Greenest Building In New York May Well Be A Public Toilet

The Greenest Building In New York May Well Be A Public Toilet | sustainable architecture |

A new comfort station in the Riverside Park will be the first building in New York certified by the Living Building Challenge.

Frederick Law Olmstead designed New York's Riverside Park in 1875. The infamous Robert Moses ran a highway through it in 1935, but didn't kill it; "Today, the mature trees and sweeping lawns of the park tend to disguise the transport-oriented nature of the park’s construction." Occupying part of the park is the Riverside Tennis Club, which is in need of new washrooms to replace their current porta-potties. They hired Rick Cook of Cook + Fox to design them, and are building the bogs to the Living Building Challenge standard, perhaps the toughest green standard there is...

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