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Foster + Partners Unveils Design for Droneport in Rwanda

Foster + Partners Unveils Design for Droneport in Rwanda | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for a droneport in Rwanda, proposed in an attempt to bring more efficient medical care and commercial delivery services to communities in Africa where there is a lack of infrastructure required to meet the population's needs.

The droneport includes a health clinic, a digital fabrication shop, a post and courier room, and an e-commerce trading hub, making it a key civic building in its own local area and its design allows the drones to land safely in a densely packed area.

Scheduled for completion in 2020, the complex of three buildings will allow Redline's network to extend to 44% of Rwanda. Foster + Partners also suggests that subsequent phases of the project could see up to 40 buildings across Rwanda, serving not only the whole country but also neighboring countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, September 21, 2015 2:16 PM

Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for a droneport in Rwanda, proposed in an attempt to bring more efficient medical care and commercial delivery services to communities in Africa where there is a lack of infrastructure required to meet the population's needs.   

"Just a 3rd of Africans live within two km's of an all-season road," explains the press release. "It would require unprecedented levels of investment in roads and railways to catch up with the exponential growth in Africa’s population, which is set to double to 2.2 billion by 2050." Foster + Partners instead proposes to leap that development hurdle by making use of 21st century technology - namely drones.

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Students design and build new homes for Navajo families | SmartPlanet

Students design and build new homes for Navajo families | SmartPlanet | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
More than 2.4 million Native Americans live on or close to tribal reservations, and over forty percent live in dilapidated or overcrowded housing where basic conveniences like water, power and plumbing are often severely insufficient.

A educational nonprofit based in Utah is taking the principles of design-build, where designers are involved in construction, to address the situation of housing on the Navajo reservation that straddles Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.

DesignBuildBluff (DBB) gives architecture students at the University of Colorado and the University of Utah the opportunity to design and build new homes for Navajo families living in Bluff, Utah.

The students do all of the design work for a specific family, and the same students that do the designing do the building (hence the design-build name). The designs must focus on sustainability, and the houses must be 1000 square feet or less...

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Flying Colors - Phoenix Children's Hospital Shows Sensitivity to Visitors and the Environment

Flying Colors - Phoenix Children's Hospital Shows Sensitivity to Visitors and the Environment | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Phoenix Children's Hospital shows sensitivity to visitors and the environment.

The serene building exterior comes to life at sunset with purple LED lighting that recalls the Arizona desert’s night-blooming cactus flower. Inside, a three-story lobby stirs the imagination with lights in the floor and a wall of “water” created by textured surfaces and flowing, patterned light. Projected colored-light flowers dance on the wall, while fanciful animal sculptures in each elevator lobby and vibrant accents stimulate the senses.

The facility is oriented on the east–west axis for efficient circulation and daylight harvesting. High-performance glazing and static exterior shades capitalize on the sun’s angles and reduce direct sunlight glare. A two-story opening between the tower’s base and the seven floors of patient beds above creates room for an accessible 5,200-square-foot roof garden that provides a calming outdoor space for families, patients, and staff...

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Spiral House by Joeb Moore + Partners Architects

Spiral House by Joeb Moore + Partners Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Situated along the Connecticut shoreline of Long Island Sound, this single-family house is conceived of as an extension of both its natural and social contexts. The crux of the project lies in the juxtaposition of two systems of geometry—projective and radial—defining the project’s response to these environmental and social conditions in both formal and conceptual ways. Projective geometries render the site as pure landscape; that is, as an expanse of scenery that can be viewed from a single point. The radial geometry at work in the house, tied to notions of water, waves, and sea, creates the spiraling form that relates social spaces to private spaces and seamlessly adjoins interior with exterior.

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Rai Studio & Architecture for Humanity: Social Sustainability through Construction

Rai Studio & Architecture for Humanity: Social Sustainability through Construction | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A collaborative effort between Rai Studio, Architecture for Humanity and the Norwegian Refugee Council proposes an adobe prototype in Iran, updating traditional construction techniques to address issues of erosion, durability and insulation.



The project has been the result of intense research, following Rai Studio's focus on "social sustainability". This investigation sought to identify habits and beliefs in this group of refugees, from construction techniques and timeframes to the importance and meaning of concepts such as "privacy". 

Upon observation and research, the built structure materialized using traditional construction techniques and materials, replicating the functions of previously existing shelters as well as their spatial qualities.

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Vissershok Primary School | container classrooms

Vissershok Primary School | container classrooms | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Set in the picturesque Durbanville wine valley on the outskirt of Cape Town, Vissershok Primary School is a rural school where most pupils are children of farm workers and underprivileged
communities living in Du Noon, a poverty-stricken township several kilometres away.
The Vissershok Container Classroom, sponsored by three SA companies- Woolworths, Safmarine and AfriSam, is a 12m recycled container converted into an independent classroom for 25 Grade R
(age 5-6) pupils.
The first phase of the project started with a design competition called “Making the Difference Through Design”. Run by Woolworths annually, the competition is aimed at introducing design to local
high school pupils. This year the brief calls for creative solutions on how a recycled container can be adapted to help under-resourced schools.

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HOK Teams Up With USGBC to Unveil Sustainable Orphanage and Children’s Center for Haiti

HOK Teams Up With USGBC to Unveil Sustainable Orphanage and Children’s Center for Haiti | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that it has selected HOK as an official design partner for Project Haiti – a building designed to LEED Platinum principles that will replace a Port-au-Prince orphanage and children’s center devastated by the 2010 earthquake. The new structure will provide a safe, healthy home for the kids of the Fondation Enfant Jesus orphanage and children’s center. The design, which was just revealed yesterday, will take full advantage of passive heating and cooling, require minimal maintenance, and be independent from the city’s unreliable power grid.

“The challenge — to design, build and operate a highly sustainable project that will help these Haitian children — is an amazing opportunity,” said HOK Director of Sustainable Design Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C. “We are creating a replicable, living textbook of sustainable design tailored to the Haitian culture that we hope will influence the future of architecture in the region.”

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Stable Transformed Into Contemporary Home in Australia

Stable Transformed Into Contemporary Home in Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Cloud no 9 Residence was designed by Australia studio Andrew Simpson Architects and is located in Melbourne,Australia.
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