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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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Kinetic “Cloud Seeding” pavilion creates shade with 30,000 tiny balls made of recycled plastic bottles

Kinetic “Cloud Seeding” pavilion creates shade with 30,000 tiny balls made of recycled plastic bottles | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Kinetic Cloud Seeding pavilion creates shade with thousands of tiny balls made from recycled plastic bottles.

This lightweight pavilion may look like a simple canopy structure, but it's actually a fantastic kinetic environment that creates shade thanks to thousands of constantly rearranging tiny plastic balls made from recycled water bottles. Designers at MODU named the project "Cloud Seeding" which is supposed to reflect the effect of passing clouds the pavilion creates.


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Boston's EpiCenter: Plans for the Largest Energy Positive Commercial Building on the East Coast

Boston's EpiCenter: Plans for the Largest Energy Positive Commercial Building on the East Coast | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Behnisch Architekten has big, green aspirations for its latest project, the EpiCenter, fittingly located in Boston’s Innovation District, the burgeoning neighborhood designed for such far-reaching goals. The firm just unveiled plans for a new expanded headquarters for the non-profit, Artists for Humanity (AFH), an organization dedicated to helping underserved youth through paid employment opportunities in the arts.

According to Behnisch, the addition will make the existing LEED Platinum certified building—the city’s first—designed by local firm Arrrowstreet, even greener, with the hope of becoming the largest energy positive commercial building on the East Coast. The building already was an AIA COTE Top Ten winner.

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Australian Garden Shelters by BKK Architects

Australian Garden Shelters by BKK Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Australia Gardens Shelters are Australia's only botanical gardens to feature solely Australian native plants, and the architecture responds directly to the landscape context both conceptually and physically.

The 3 of the 5 structures completed during the initial phase explore notions of what shelter is and the history of shelter from its most primitive forms to the more contemporary vernacular.

Mostly open to the environment, they are still highly insulated to protect from radiant heat, and all material selection and detailing was developed for low-maintenance and durability, reducing life-cycle costs. Timber cladding, both internally and externally, was selected for its environmental performance, sourced from managed plantations; low VOC paints, oils and finishes were employed throughout and lighting is limited, with low energy fittings.

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Sustainable Design: The Holcim Foundation Names 13 Winners in North America

Sustainable Design: The Holcim Foundation Names 13 Winners in North America | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The triennial competition awarded $330,000 to projects that the design jury determined as pushing the envelope of sustainability.

Because the cutting edge in sustainable design is constantly edging forward, building technologies that were deemed innovative a decade ago have become standard in architecture. To celebrate the latest thinking in design performance and efficiency, the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, based in Zurich, Switzerland, announced the recipients of its 2014 Holcim Awards for North America on Sept. 18. About 250 people attended the awards ceremony, which was held in the Evergreen Brick Works event space—itself a 2008 Holcim Acknowledgement prize winner—in Toronto.

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University of Chicago opens first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America

University of Chicago opens first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
UChicago's new ecological field station in Southwestern Michigan raises the bar for sustainable and energy-efficient educational facilities.

The Warren Woods Ecological Field Station is the first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America and only the fifth worldwide. Built to Passive House standards — an innovative design process that results in minimal energy requirements for heating and cooling —the field station and accompanying cabins set a new benchmark for sustainable and energy-efficient educational facilities.

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Andy Nolan's curator insight, July 31, 2014 9:07 AM

Really interesting case study here - especially in light of the work we are undertaking at The University of Nottingham: http://nottingham.ac.uk/estates/developments/csc.aspx ;

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Heatherwick Studio To Build “Learning Hub” in Singapore

Heatherwick Studio To Build “Learning Hub” in Singapore | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

London based Heatherwick Studio have won a competition to design a Learning Hub at Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore. The construction of the Hub, part of a £360 million scheme, will be the first redevelopment of its campus in twenty years. Having already won the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award for Sustainability from the Singaporean Government, the design seeks to redefine the aspiration of a university building. Within this new context the purpose of the university is to “foster togetherness and sociability” so that students can meet and learn in a space that encourages collaboration.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, August 1, 2014 11:47 AM

Cool University Building

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How a Green-Roofed School is Educating the Next Generation of Innovators

How a Green-Roofed School is Educating the Next Generation of Innovators | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Marcel Sembat High School in Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France by Archi5 is an example of how architecture uses technology in surprising ways. 

Part of a larger rehabilitation of the high school, the new workshop building features a series of linear bars, each with a sloped green roof. Small patios between these volumes open to create skylights, with daylight entering through large windows created by the offset of the linear volumes, illuminating the large workshops.

The environmental technology in the building is mostly passive. Located on a site between a park and the city with a large, the north-facing facade opens up to city views, while the southern side has smaller windows shaded by overhangs. The difference between the two heights creates the shape of the building, while the green roof helps deflect wind and creates a low-maintenance green plaza.

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Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, May 27, 2014 10:57 AM

So so so Green! 

Judit Urquijo's curator insight, June 4, 2014 5:25 AM

Este sorprendente proyecto se localiza en las proximidades de la ciudad de Rouen, al NO de París. 


Obra del estudio de arquitectura francés Archi5 en colaboración con B. Huidobro, ha sido premiado en el certamen Architizer A+ Awards de 2014 en la categoría de "Tipología". 


Como se puede observar en la imagen adjunta, su principal características es el techo verde con el que se ha cubierto el edificio destinado a la enseñanza de mecánica. La integración con un cercano parque urbano es impresionante.


La comunidad bonaerense de arquitectura y diseño Arqa se hizo eco de este proyecto en 2011, incluyendo en su entrada imágenes de algunos de los planos. En los mismos se puede apreciar que uno de los principales escollos que se tuvieron que salvar fue la calle que divide los distintos edificios de los que se compone el liceo. No obstante, el problema se solucionó con la construcción de un edificio-puente.


Más imágenes en la web de Archi5

Euridice Hollis "Neal's Yard Independent Consultant"'s curator insight, June 13, 2014 4:00 PM

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A Farming Kindergarten in Vietnam with a Spiraling Green Roof

A Farming Kindergarten in Vietnam with a Spiraling Green Roof | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

In Dongnai, Vietnam, Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed the construction of ‘farming kindergarten’, a large pre-school designed to accommodate up to 500 children. The project is envisioned as a model of sustainability set within the tropical climate, allowing the school’s young inhabitants to understand the importance of sustainable education and design.

A fully accessible green roof drawn in a triple-ring-shape creates three courtyards enclosed by the looping structure, providing safe and secure playgrounds for the kindergarten’s occupants. The different levels and gradients created by the building’s spiral form offer a series of distinct outdoor learning environments, where children are able to forge a close relationship with the natural world.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, May 5, 2014 6:14 PM

Patios ajardinados en una cubierta con distintos niveles para el recreo de los niños.

Ati Energia's curator insight, May 6, 2014 10:30 AM

Sustainability in Vietnam and educating children at the kinder garden level. 

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A Sustainable Water Treatment Facility for Portland by Skylab Architecture

A Sustainable Water Treatment Facility for Portland by Skylab Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Seven concrete fins provide a green roof that collects rainwater at this new engineering facility for a wastewater treatment plant in Portland, Oregon.

The new single-storey building was oriented along the path of the sun featuring seven folded cast-in-place concrete roof forms that channel storm water sustainably through the eco-roof. The storm water then drains along the berms into a visible storm water collection system leading back to the Columbia Slough.

As an intentional demonstration, the building and its immediate landscape employ signage and educational elements to celebrate the Columbia Slough ecosystem where the project is located as well as share information about the regional watershed. Inspired by the native landscape and its industrial past, the building is an elegant combination of landform, indigenous planting, formal geometry, and durable construction systems that support staff and the public interface.

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Betty Fitzgerald's curator insight, April 17, 2014 3:01 PM

Not far from home! Think I'll need to go check out  this awesome  sustainable building .  #pnw  #sustainability

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Light Matters: 7 Ways Daylight Can Make Design More Sustainable

Light Matters: 7 Ways Daylight Can Make Design More Sustainable | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Daylight is a highly cost-effective means of reducing the energy for electrical lighting and cooling. Education often reduces the aspect of daylight to eye-catching effects on facades and scarcely discusses its potential effects – not just on cost, but on health, well-being and energy.

This Light Matters will explore the often unexplored aspects of daylight and introduce key strategies to better incorporate daylight into design: from optimizing building orientations to choosing interior surface qualities that achieve the right reflectance. These steps can significantly reduce investment as well as operating costs and so much more...

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Mary H Goudie's comment, February 28, 2014 4:38 AM
My husband CANNOT live without his sunshine. Here in Lisbon they used ceramic tiles to move more light into the rooms. We angle a mirror to reflect the sunshine into our kitchen on cold days - toasty!
Lola Ripollés's curator insight, March 1, 2014 12:52 PM

La luz es importantísima par ala eficiencia y para el confort.

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20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon

20 Teams to Compete in 2015 U.S. Solar Decathlon | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 20 collegiate teams to participate in the 2015 Solar Decathlon at Irvine, California’s Orange County Great Park. The eight returning teams will compete against 12 new teams, with partners from four international schools, to build “solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation, and design excellence” within the allotted two-year period.

View the full list of competitors at the link.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, February 14, 2014 6:09 PM

Solar Decathlon vuelve a la carga!

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The Hotel at the end of the Earth by Saunders Architecture

The Hotel at the end of the Earth by Saunders Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Fogo Island Inn and art gallery designed by Saunders Architecture is situated on the rugged coast of Newfoundland, Canada. The 29 guest rooms all face the ocean and look onto the fishing grounds that originally attracted people to Fogo Island centuries ago.


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Ecological and self-sustaining systems were subtly integrated from the beginning of the project, incorporating technologies to reduce and conserve energy and water usage. The inn is a highly insulated steel frame building and the windows have the equivalent rating of triple pane glazing. Rainwater from the roof is collected into two cisterns in the basement, filtered, and used for the toilet and laundry water and also to be used as a heat sink for all of the kitchen appliances. Solar thermal panels supply hot water to the in-floor radiant heating as well as the laundry and kitchen equipment. The sound transmission classification of 69 between guest rooms ensures that guests hear only the sound of the nearby waves. The outbuilding houses wood fired boilers and solar thermal panels on the roof. The required number and orientation of the solar panels dictated the form of the outbuilding.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, February 1, 2014 7:01 PM

Ecological and self-sustaining systems were subtly integrated from the beginning of the project, incorporating technologies to reduce and conserve energy and water usage. 

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A Unique, Compact and Energy Positive Concept Home

A Unique, Compact and Energy Positive Concept Home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architect Paul Lukez has come up with a concept for a compact home, which would be super insulated and energy positive. While still in the concept stage, it does look quite promising. The design of the home was inspired by New England’s barns and New York’s lofts and that is quite a mixture...

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, September 15, 2015 2:40 AM

Double inspiration pour un projet de maison à énergie positive, qui au delà d'assurer le confort thermique, cherche aussi à procurer un habitat au quotidien agréable et stylé.

SustainOurEarth's curator insight, September 15, 2015 3:21 AM

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Vulcan Reviews's curator insight, October 9, 2015 6:51 AM

This is an energy-saving house.

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Dune House Mimics Its Sandy Surroundings

Dune House Mimics Its Sandy Surroundings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Despite its distinctly geometric form, the Dune House could almost be mistaken for one of the sandy formations that surround it. The home, which is situated on the small island of Terschelling in the northern Netherlands, is clad in a silvery natural wood that easily blends with the sand and windswept grass. The neutral palette chosen by Dutch architect Marc Koehler gives the impression that the home appeared from the earth and was carved by the wind, sea and sun.

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, June 4, 2015 3:05 PM

Exquisite design, in the interior and exterior with great attention and appreciation for the unique aspects of the location.

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Studio Gang to regenerate former power plant as a student centre

Studio Gang to regenerate former power plant as a student centre | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Chicago studio Studio Gang Architects has revealed plans to convert a decommissioned power plant in Wisconsin, USA, into new facilities for an arts college.

Beloit College has asked Studio Gang to develop the site between the institution's existing campus and the riverfront of Beloit, located close to the state border with Illinois. 

The decommissioned coal-burning power plant will be overhauled to include both educational and recreational spaces for students, including a coffee shop, lounges, a conference centre, a lecture hall and a theatre.

"We're excited to work with Beloit College to transform an outmoded source of electricity into a wellspring of human energy," said studio founder Jeanne Gang. "Our hope is that by reclaiming the Beloit waterfront for people, our project will inspire other communities around the globe to see human well-being as vitally interconnected with a healthy and clean environment."

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Winai Kajompetch's curator insight, November 7, 2014 3:14 AM

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Energy Positive Relocatable Classroom / Anderson Anderson Architecture

Energy Positive Relocatable Classroom / Anderson Anderson Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

sOne in four students in Hawaii currently study in poor-quality portable classrooms. The states plans to replace 10,000 of these units over the next ten years.

This factory-built energy-positive portable classroom provides a high performance, healthy educational environment, while minimizing energy use through careful daylighting and natural ventilation, employing photovoltaic panels to generate substantially more power than consumed. The classroom also serves as an educational tool, with natural forces and systems highlighted, and building performance monitored and broadcast to students inside, as well as to the web. The life-cycle cost is projected lower than previous generation energy-consuming portables.

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, October 3, 2014 2:28 AM

Un autre exemple d'un projet tourné vers les enfants pour les préparer au monde de demain et les sensibiliser aux bons comportements à adopter dès aujourd'hui sur des enjeux critiques comme la maîtrise de la consommation d'énergie.

Reste à souhaiter qu'on initie les enfants avec autant de talent à l'intérieur du bâtiment à adopter de bonnes pratiques, qu''on a mis au service de la construction de leur école.

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A New University Building Design Promotes Sustainable Development In Vietnam

A New University Building Design Promotes Sustainable Development In Vietnam | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Vietnam-based architect firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed an environmentally-friendly structure for FPT University that is located about 34 km away from Hanoi.
The façade of the seven-story building is designed to look like a checkerboard, with huge floor trees placed in the openings. The openings also let in lots of natural sunlight, saving on energy.
Measuring at 11,065-square-meters, the structure will also feature a green roof to protect the whole building from too much sunlight.
According to the architects, “the structure is intended to promote sustainable development in Vietnam,” and “instill sustainable practices in the future generations”.

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Andy Nolan's curator insight, August 16, 2014 4:32 AM

University sustainable design in Vietnam:

Norm Miller's curator insight, August 18, 2014 2:14 PM

Again Asia is really showing a lot of innovation.

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Re-Thinking the Future 2014 Competition Awards: BIG, UN Studio, HOK & more

Re-Thinking the Future 2014 Competition Awards:  BIG, UN Studio, HOK & more | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The winners of Re-Thinking the Future’s 2014 design competition – a competition that asked architects, designers, planners, and students from all over the world to submit “radical solutions for the present day problems” of climate change – have been announced.

Requesting both built and conceptual works, the jury of 20 architects from firms such as SOMAEDAS, and Perkins+Will evaluated the projects across a range of categories, from mixed-use and residential buildings to urban and landscape design.

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Siemens Middle East Headquarters by Sheppard Robson

Siemens Middle East Headquarters by Sheppard Robson | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

By 2025, Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City (planned by Foster and Partners) will have 50,000 inhabitants and be the world’s first zero-carbon community. Sheppard Robson’s latest addition to the plan, Siemens Middle East Headquarters, is one of the project’s most sustainable buildings to date – realised at a cost of a conventional office

The optimisation of the office’s interior – being wholly column-free, divisible into 32 separate offices and punctured with shaded light-wells, as well as highly efficient use of building materials – meant that more budget could be allocated to the much-needed, high-performance envelope. Furthermore, it is hoped that the spatial flexibility of the interior will expand the building’s functional lifespan.

This results in the use of highly insulating, airtight façade and aluminium fins that block out direct sunlight.

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Double Helix Rising: A Green High-Rise Under Construction in Taipei, Taiwan

Double Helix Rising: A Green High-Rise Under Construction in Taipei, Taiwan | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A spiraling, green high-rise designed by Paris-based Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut is currently under construction in Taipei, Taiwan. It will add interest to XinYi District’s existing mixture of buildings which range from LEED Platinum EBOM-rated Taipei 101, the world’s tallest green building, to a traditionally Chinese-styled Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall built in 1972.

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Celebrate Earth Day with These Low-Impact Prefab Homes

Celebrate Earth Day with These Low-Impact Prefab Homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Alchemy Architects, a small firm based in St. Paul, MN, has devoted their work to sustainable building practices—often through the process of prefabricated modular designs. By utilizing recycled and reused matters, along with building strategies that reduce waste, Alchemy rethinks the prototypical vacation home by striving for simplicity and minimal use of materials. Their rustic, often oxidized buildings have a way of sitting harmoniously within their settings, while yielding a minimized carbon (and physical) footprint.

To celebrate Earth Day, check out Alchemy's weeHouses, which exemplify the firm's eco-conscious reputation.

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, April 23, 2014 10:04 AM

Une nouvelle proposition pour de petites unités d'habitation préfabriquées, propres à un usage saisonnier... des architectes du Minnesota les ont conçues, en métal recyclé oxydé, différemment d'autres options vues récemment en bois.

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Snøhetta reveals snake-like hotel for a Norwegian island

Snøhetta reveals snake-like hotel for a Norwegian island | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Architecture firm Snøhetta has unveiled images of a snake-like hotel that will wind across a rocky outcrop in Norway's Lofoten archipelago.

The site extends out to sea to the south and west, linking the contact between ocean and the tall, shielding mountains to the north and northwest. The location is spectacular, sunny, in the mighty landscape elements, yet in touch with old settlement and sheltered harbors.

Snøhetta has developed a project and looked at a number of factors: the landscape "critical load" vs. new construction, functional and technical aspects of access, infrastructure, ecology and sustainability, connection to outdoors areas and existing buildings. The main goal is to find the development patterns and shapes that trigger the functional, architectural and experiential triggers the plot's formidable potential. We think it will be essential to find a building program and a scale that "hits", both in terms of economy, market and individual experience opportunities.

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Guy Antognelli's curator insight, March 20, 2014 4:38 AM

 

Nice

Frédéric Liégeois's comment, March 20, 2014 5:08 AM
strange, isn't it?
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PARK PASSIVE: Seattle's First Certified Passive House by NK Architects

PARK PASSIVE: Seattle's First Certified Passive House by NK Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Park Passive is Seattle’s first certified Passive House, reducing heating consumption by nearly 90% to meet the rigorous standards for certification by the Passive House Academy and authorized by the Passivhaus Institut. Located on a small infill lot in Madison Park, this striking three-story modern home features a day-lit open stairwell with punctuated views to the street, double-height vaulted kitchen ceilings that visually connect the main living area to an upstairs kids play area, and an open floor plan that flows into a small yard. Park Passive is a model of innovative design that blends livability with sustainability.

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Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere Designed to House 100 People Under the Sea

Self-Sufficient Sub-Biosphere Designed to House 100 People Under the Sea | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Phil Pauley's Sub-Biosphere 2 is a self sustaining underwater city for 100 inhabitants.

London designer Phil Pauley is a modern day Jules Verne who has spent the past 20 years designing an underwater city . For Pauley, Sub-Biosphere 2 is a viable structure he hopes to see built in his lifetime. The self-sustaining, futuristic biosphere is designed to house 100 inhabitants underwater, and it’s the latest in a slew of projects that aim to ease housing shortages for a growing global population...

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Catherine Devin's curator insight, February 6, 2014 7:11 AM

Une utopie ?

Un lieu de curiosité et de villégiature temporaire ?

A quel prix environnemental ?

Il nous reste aussi des réserves de créativité pour construire des logements pour tous à terre.