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An Eco-Friendly Home in the Catskills

An Eco-Friendly Home in the Catskills | sustainable architecture |

Lang Architecture designed this two-story, model residence in the Hudson Woods community where 26 architect-designed homes will be crafted from locally-sourced, sustainable materials. The 2,800 square foot house rests within 131 acres of forest in the Catskills/Hudson River Valley area and features a flipped floor plan.

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Sustainable Design at ION Hotel, Iceland

Sustainable Design at ION Hotel, Iceland | sustainable architecture |

A place where luxury and design meet sustainability and adventure, all surrounded by lava fields and glacial lakes.

Iceland is often dubbed "the land of fire and ice"— about the size of Kentucky, Iceland boasts some of the most starkly juxtaposed landscapes in the world. From black sand beaches to glacier fields to jagged peaks, the lava fields of otherworldly green moss to the countless active geysers, Iceland's landscape is stunning—and that's only the beginning. There's no better place to experience these extremes than the ION Hotel.

Consistently awarded for both its design and sustainability, the ION's (slightly) remote location an hour east of Reykjavik makes it the ideal getaway to both relax and explore the country's extremes...

Mehdi BH's comment, July 9, 2014 7:34 AM
Amazing !!
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Sustainable Hothouse by C.F. Møller Architects

Sustainable Hothouse by C.F. Møller Architects | sustainable architecture |

C. F. Møller Architects has won the architectural competition for a new hothouse in Aarhus Botanic Garden. Sustainable design, new materials and advanced computer technology went into the creation of the hothouse’s organic form.

The snail-shaped design is well adapted to its surroundings. Accordingly, it was important to bear the existing architectural values in mind when designing the new hothouse.

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Architects: C.F. Møller Architects
Location: Møllevejen, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
Architect In Charge: C.F. Møller Architects
Area: 3300.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Julian Weyer, Quintin Lake

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Croft by James Stockwell Architects

Croft by James Stockwell Architects | sustainable architecture |

Along the South coast of Victoria near Inverloch, the geography turns away from the prevailing wind. The house forms a protected garden from which peripheral vision of the sea and sky is permitted by tapered facades.

The design reinforces the language of the rural context of corrugated iron and purposefulness. More broadly itʼs ambitions are to illustrate the suitability of low embodied energy local materials in contemporary architecture and that architecture be able to tell a story of place and vernacular of local craftsmanship and materials...

Susan Schuler Blake's comment, September 27, 2013 2:14 PM
não pra mim mas ecológico
Susan Schuler Blake's comment, September 27, 2013 2:16 PM
hmm... uma ideia ecológica ao menos
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Sustainable Treehouse Architecture for a Contemporary Coastal Home

Sustainable Treehouse Architecture for a Contemporary Coastal Home | sustainable architecture |

This house is integrated with nature, sustainably designed and features a pared back palette infused with just the right amount of contrast.

Originally designed by Bark Design, the architects adopted principles of authenticity, economy, durability and simplicity into the design. A change in ownership gave the opportunity to further explore and refine the dwelling for its new occupants.

In the words of the architects, "The basic ‘pavilion’ plan was sketched out in the sand during an early site visit. A simple diagram of two timber pavilions placed either side of a 50 year old Morton Bay Ash ensures that the tree takes centre stage to the scale, proportions and life of the house around it. Celebrating its natural, coastal setting, the house provides its occupants with an inextricable link to the landscape. Exploring ideas of lightness, layers of transparency and integrating indoor/outdoor living within dynamic patterns of light and shadow, the Marcus Beach house is a simple frame to enable a contemporary coastal lifestyle to unfold within a very special landscape.

Becky Schivley Mather's comment, July 16, 2013 9:22 PM
The Swiss Family Robinson would have loved this!
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Bioclimatic Design: ARPT Headquarters by Mario Cucinella Architects

Bioclimatic Design: ARPT Headquarters by Mario Cucinella Architects | sustainable architecture |

Mario Cucinella Architects have designed the ARPT headquarters in Algeria with a fin-like form referencing sand dunes and Mediterranean architecture.

The project is inspired by the Algerian desert landscape, where the dunes are manufactured by wind and sand. An institutional building as the new ARPT headquarters serves as the reference point within a neighborhood and a city where tradition and modernity merge each other to create new symbolic and cultural scenarios.

The desire to create a building that would work according to the principles of bioclimatic architecture and, in particular, by the natural cooling techniques of the past, suggested an aerodynamic shape, convex on the North side to divert the hot winds, and concave on the South side to capture the cool breezes during the night, and thus to promote the natural ventilation of the building.

Form, energy and tradition are transformed then into a new building that will become a symbol of the development of Algeria.

ParadigmGallery's comment, July 8, 2013 3:04 PM
interesting concepts...
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A Connecticut Biomass Plant Features an Undulating Green Roof

A Connecticut Biomass Plant Features an Undulating Green Roof | sustainable architecture |

Centerbrook Architects and Planners developed Hotchkiss Biomass Power Plant, a 16,500-square-foot structure that impresses due to its ingenious architecture and environmentally-friendly features.

The plant burns sustainably harvested wood-chips to heat 85 buildings that total 1.2 million square feet: “Designated a carbon neutral fuel by the International Panel on Climate Change, the locally sourced wood chips are the byproduct of sustainably managed forests; they replace some 150,000 gallons of imported fuel oil per year, cutting emissions overall, most dramatically sulfur dioxide by more than 90 percent“. Waste ash is collected for use as fertilizer for the neighboring vegetable gardens...

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A Sustainable High-Rise Greens the Sydney Skyline

A Sustainable High-Rise Greens the Sydney Skyline | sustainable architecture |

While action toward building ‘greener’ more sustainable structures is gaining momentum in Europe and America, an office tower from down-under is putting Australia on the green buildings map.

A 30 story high-rise office tower in Sydney, Australia’s central business district, 1 Bligh Street a treasure trove of sustainable innovation and design.Designed by Architectus and Ingenhoven Architects, this environmentally responsible office tower is set to create a benchmark in Australia for sustainable high-rise buildings and provide an enduring presence on the city skyline.

“The dramatic, naturally-ventilated central atrium connects the office workers with nature at the inner depths of the plan, giving a sense of openness for the entire building. The series of communal spaces throughout the building, and especially the fantastic rooftop garden, add greatly to the quality of life for the tenants.”

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Norm Miller's curator insight, April 4, 2013 2:32 PM

High rises can be sustainable!


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Floating Light Park Skyscraper Uses Solar Power & Helium to Hover Above Beijing

Floating Light Park Skyscraper Uses Solar Power & Helium to Hover Above Beijing | sustainable architecture |

Light Park is a skyscraper that hovers over the streets of Beijing like a giant airship. Architects Ting Xu and Yiming Chen have conceived the future of high-rises to be a conglomerate of mega-structures that make up for the shortage of urban open spaces on the ground by lifting them up in the air.

The Light Park skyscraper is lifted off the ground with a helium-filled balloon, and it uses solar energy for propulsion, enabling it to function as a non-polluting transportation deck as well as a floating urban park. The technology is based on existing helium balloon designs, using solar-powered propellers, airbags and atmospheric pressure for takeoff and cruise flight. Solar power is utilized to power the uses below, with translucent solar panels located on the top of the aircraft. In order to avoid additional weight and decrease wind resistance, the skyscraper uses a cable-suspended structure to attach the slabs to the mushroom-like cap. The planting slabs are irrigated with rainwater collected on the large cap surface and are distributed in a way which allows maximum exposure to sunlight on each level...

Amber Qureshi's curator insight, April 8, 2013 1:19 PM

Daaamnnn :O 

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Ikr :D
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A Floating School That Won’t Flood

A Floating School That Won’t Flood | sustainable architecture |

Makoko is a water-logged settlement in Lagos, home to about 250,000 people living mostly in makeshift structures on stilts.

Instead of stilts,  Kunlé Adeyemi, a Nigerian-born architect who now lives in Holland, sees floating structures with better access to power and fresh water and more sustainable means of waste disposal.

His first project--what he calls a "seed to cultivate a new type of urbanism on water in African cities"--is a floating school. The three-story structure is 108 square feet at its base, and 33 feet high. It sits on a flotation deck made of 256 used plastic drums. And the body is all wood, which is sourced locally. The building is designed for about 100 students (aged 4 to 12), and has its own power system based around solar panels on the roof...

Ankita Sharma's curator insight, February 12, 2013 6:56 AM

really great work

Natalie Curtis's curator insight, March 7, 2013 10:40 AM

This is an amazingly good use of architecture and it's alternate purposes and uses. It's a creative and innovative way of redesigning the structure and living means of a community that struggles with flooding and is wholly a water-based living society. The main means of transportation is canoe and so where else should their homes and schools be but on the water? These drum-bottomed, 33 feet high structures give this community a school that is practically flood-proof and can sustain itself with solar panels, as well.

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Meme Meadows Experimental House by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Meme Meadows Experimental House by Kengo Kuma and Associates | sustainable architecture |

This translucent cabin by architects Kengo Kuma and Associates is an experimental house in Hokkaidō, Japan, designed to test the limits of architecture in cold climates.

Inspiration came from the traditional architecture of the indigenous Ainu, whose "Chise" style buildings clad with sedge or bamboo grass hold in the warmth of a central fireplace that is never allowed to burn out.

"The fundamental idea of Chise, 'house of the earth,' is to keep warming up the ground this way and retrieve the radiation heat generated from it," say the architects. The Experimental House was constructed around a coated larch frame and it has a thick layer of polyester insulation sandwiched between the polycarbonate cladding of the exterior and the glass-fibre fabric of the interior. This insulation was made using recycled plastic bottles and it allows light to pass into the house through the walls.

As the first experimental house completed for the Meme Meadows research facility, the building will be used by the environmental technology institute to test how different factors affect the thermal qualities of its construction.

Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, January 27, 2013 4:38 AM

There is a new group of trendsetters uniting architects, designers, tech guys and just curious-all-of us, creating new mashups that can turn into future trends some day


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Alaskan EcoEscape Permaculture's curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:39 PM

Interesting green build????  It's certainly not a natural build though.


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Swooping Bamboo Structure Highlights Innovative Use of Local Materials

Swooping Bamboo Structure Highlights Innovative Use of Local Materials | sustainable architecture |

Using local materials, this impressive bamboo structure features a microcosm of imaginative spaces designed for a range of playful activities.

This incredible bamboo structure, by Dutch firm 24H-architecture, is part of the Soneva Kiri eco-resort on the island of Koh Kood, Thailand. Designed as a children's activity and learning center, the fantastic interiors are bound to impress even the most stoic grown-up.

Evoking the fluid shape of a manta ray, the center is located on a rocky slope overlooking the bay, with a large canopy of bamboo shingles sheltering the open interior of "mini-structures". The structure uses locally-sourced bamboo stalks of all sizes, ranging from the large main columns that are anchored into concrete footings to the other structural members that are grouped together using nuts and bolts and natural fiber lashings.

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The design adopts all bioclimatic aspects to suits its humid tropical environment. The roof cantilevers up to 8 metres, acting like a big umbrella providing shade and protection from the heavy rains. The open design with the translucent elevated rooftop and setback floors allow a natural airflow inside and the use of natural daylight, limiting the building’s energy consumption.

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Stacking Green: A Green Facade House

Stacking Green: A Green Facade House | sustainable architecture |

This house, designed for a thirty-year-old couple and their mother, is a typical tube house constructed on the plot 4m wide and 20m deep. The front and back façades are entirely composed of layers of concrete planters cantilevered from two side walls.

The height of the planters are adjusted according to the height of the plants, which varies from 25 cm to 40 cm. To water plants and for easy maintenance, automatic irrigation pipes inside the planters are used. Named “Stacking Green”, this tropical and unique house has façades filled with vital greenery.

The structure is a frame widely used in Vietnam. There are few partition walls in order to keep the view of green façades from every point of the house. During the day, the light varies- in the morning and afternoon, sunlight enters through on both façades, creating beautiful shadow effects on the stone walls. 

The green façade and roof top garden offer protection from direct sunlight, street noise and pollution. Natural ventilation also allows the house to save a energy in the harsh climate of Saigon. With an ecological approach, the design references the bioclimatic principles of a traditional Vietnamese courtyard house...

Diana Rivera's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:50 PM

This is a great way to interpret house plants into you home without taking up esential space in your home.  This also implements simple beautification and beautiful greens to bring good energy to the home.  With this unique building design friends and family will be shocked and overwhelmed with the beautiful lighting the plants shading will bring into the home.

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Solar-powered dormitory houses medical staff in African village

Solar-powered dormitory houses medical staff in African village | sustainable architecture |
Solar panels provide all the energy needed to power this brick dormitory designed by Louise Braverman to house medical staff at a rural village in Burundi.

The Village Health Works Staff Housing accommodates an 18-bed dormitory for the healthcare workers in the 16-hectare village of Kigutu. It was designed by New York-based Louise Braverman as part of a wider masterplan for the area.

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, December 30, 2014 4:12 AM

It is great to use well available resources.

A. Perry Homes's curator insight, December 31, 2014 2:12 PM

Tech and design, together, can make beautiful things

Stafford Battle's curator insight, January 8, 2015 4:34 PM

Africa will help lead the solar revolution.

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An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles

An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles | sustainable architecture |
A net-zero prefab home design is set to reinvigorate a down-at-the-heels Los Angeles neighborhood.

In 2011, Restore Neighborhoods Los Angeles (RNLA), a nonprofit that invests in housing, sent out a request for affordable, sustainable designs for lots in the city’s South Central area. “We very much want to introduce new design ideas and new technologies to low- and moderate-income districts,” explains John Perfitt, executive director. “Good design and new construction methods can, over time, have a very positive influence in restoring neighborhoods.”

After whittling down the field from nine proposals, they selected a net-zero prefab design submitted by Habitat for Humanity and Minarc, a Santa Monica–based architecture firm known for its innovative, energy-efficient kit houses. Thanks to a streamlined, waste-free construction method and affordable materials, like cement board cladding and Cradle to Cradle–certified panels, the firm’s three 1,200-square-foot homes came in at the requisite $150 per square foot—including foundation, trans- portation of the modular components, and rooftop solar panels that offset 95 percent of the structures’ energy demands...

Jim Gramata's curator insight, October 27, 2014 12:17 PM

Pre-fab + net zero + affordable = new housing development model

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Libeskind's Vibrant Proposal for a New Architectural Icon in Paris: the Tour Signal La Defense

Libeskind's Vibrant Proposal for a New Architectural Icon in Paris: the Tour Signal La Defense | sustainable architecture |

Every building tells a unique story reflecting both the programmatic content and the singularity of the site, and the Tour Signal La Defense proposal for Paris by In Studio Daniel Libeskind radiates a new spirit with a vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use development.

The powerful, unique icon is expressed in a dynamic volume- a reflection of the aim to create a building before its time. Two intertwined ribbons spiral together formally and programmatically, creating a tower, and open space between, with south-facing vertical gardens to act as biotopes for workers, visitors and residents.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, December 17, 2013 9:32 AM

Libesiind does it again. 

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Green Rooftop Spruces Up ‘Museum Of Art’ In Seoul

Green Rooftop Spruces Up ‘Museum Of Art’ In Seoul | sustainable architecture |

It is hard to find a green space in a big city, so the firm SAMOO Architects and Engineers decided to incorporate a rooftop garden into the Buk Seoul Museum of Art. 

The environmentally friendly, geometric rooftops filter rainwater and insulate the museum, while its quirky shapes invite people to experience art on the rooftop gardens. 

Visit the link to take a closer look at this eco-friendly museum. 

Duane Craig's curator insight, July 26, 2013 9:18 AM

They also become a sort of oasis in a sea of concrete and asphalt.

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New Forest House by PAD Studio

New Forest House by PAD Studio | sustainable architecture |

British architects and interior designers PAD Studio have designed the New Forest Park House, a contemporary and eco-friendly home located in the south of England.

According to the architects: “The dwelling is set within an 18.5 acre plot, located adjacent to ancient woodland and heath, within the New Forest National Park. The massing, form and orientation of the new building has been carefully conceived to minimise the impact on the site and its surroundings. The main dwelling and annexe building both have low rise green roofs. The buildings are orientated to maximise solar gain, using ground source heat pump technology and a log boiler for heating and hot water requirements."

The design also incorporates rain water harvesting, grey water recycling and a natural swimming pond to further increase biodiversity within the site. The materials used throughout are sustainable, durable and in harmony with the site and its surroundings.

The Team @ E-Side's comment, July 10, 2013 5:38 AM
Love it!
James Hurt's curator insight, October 5, 2013 4:47 PM
Very Cool ECO house
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A Sustainable Campus: Central Arizona College by SmithGroup

A Sustainable Campus: Central Arizona College by SmithGroup | sustainable architecture |

This new campus aims to create a unique and authentic identity for the growing Central Arizona College in the higher education marketplace while creating a highly sustainable prototype.

Masterplanned for significant growth in the next twenty years, three buildings and a central plant represent an initial phase that will create a campus design language for future development to follow.

Conceptually rooted in its historic agricultural roots and Native American legacy, the structures are conceived as a series of honest ‘academic sheds.’ Deep overhangs let interior academic spaces flow outdoors seamlessly. Corten steel and rammed earth create the primary exterior language eliminating the need for long term maintenance. Structural steel and galvanized acoustical decking create the main interior volumes, while continuous north facing clerestory glazing harvests daylight, coupled with numerous large ‘daylight scoops.'

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New Zealand retreat by Fearon Hay Architects

New Zealand retreat by Fearon Hay Architects | sustainable architecture |

Conceived as a camp, this luxury family retreat was designed by Fearon Hay Architects as an arrangement of freestanding structures around a courtyard, set in a saddle above Matiatia Bay on Waiheke Island in New Zealand.

Care had to be taken to reduce exposure of the home to high winds; natural undulations of the saddle have been subtly emphasized to form a protective setting for three structures, comprising living, sleeping and studio areas. Retractable glass panels and perforated aluminium screens offer variations of enclosure to the living and sleeping spaces. The raw and robust materials are countered by the placement of fires, the invitation of leather cushioning around a sunken sitting area and the use of linen fabrics and oiled natural timber throughout the spaces.

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Libeskind's Villa: Sculptural Design & Prefab Construction

Libeskind's Villa: Sculptural Design & Prefab Construction | sustainable architecture |

The Libeskind Villa is a 2 floor (with full basement), 4 bedroom, 5,000-square-foot signature series home that can be constructed anywhere in the world. The Villa creates a new dialogue between contemporary living and a completely new experience of space.

Built from premium wood and zinc, this German-made, sculptural living space meets the highest standards of design, craftsmanship and sustainability. In addition to the design standards, it meets compliance with some of the toughest energy-saving standards worldwide.

A trio of interlocking architectural bands envelops the Villa in striking angles, creating a dramatic, asymmetrical interior of spiraling, two-story peaks and smooth transitions to secluded terraces. Design details reveal style and functionality: A balcony adjacent to the master bedroom is adorned with elaborate metalwork; light wells direct daylight into a sauna; and recessed wardrobes streamline dressing spaces.

In addition to large floor-to-ceiling windows, the aluminum façade, adorned with mullions and concealed fittings, offers maximum thermal insulation, noise reduction and weather resistance...

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Green Architecture: Student Designs for Low-Income, Sustainable Housing

Green Architecture: Student Designs for Low-Income, Sustainable Housing | sustainable architecture |

It’s hard for homes to be green. Despite long-term energy savings, it’s even harder for low-income homes to afford upfront costs of some sustainable materials. But ecological design doesn’t have to mean more “green” from your wallet. In fact, using recycled and sustainable material, as one local project has shown, can be both economically viable and environmentally friendly.

The San Antonio Alternative Housing Corporation (SAAHC) is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and support services for low and moderate income communities in the central Texas area.  When they construct new housing units, they want to minimize up-front construction costs as well as long-term operational expenses.  They were open to exploring alternate construction techniques, but wanted an opportunity to test the viability of these options.

As it happened, Taeg Nishimoto, Associate Dean of the UTSA College of Architecture, had been working for several years to develop a program that would give architecture students experience throughout the entire process of realizing a project from conception through construction...

Immotopic's curator insight, March 4, 2013 4:22 AM

Futur is green architecture.

Fabián Salazar Bazúa's curator insight, March 11, 2013 7:04 PM

Una forma diferente de construir, pero sin quitarle la efectividad y creatividad.

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Sustainable Development: South Chase housing by Alison Brooks Architects

Sustainable Development: South Chase housing by Alison Brooks Architects | sustainable architecture |

Suburban housing development in Essex by Alison Brooks Architects that reinterprets the local rural architecture of wood and sloping roofs..

London firm Alison Brooks Architects used dark-stained timber and sloping rooftops for this suburban housing development.

Describing the goals of the development, Alison Brooks says she wanted to create "a completely new and more sustainable suburban housing typology where open-plan flexible houses are integrated with outdoor spaces to increase the sense of space and light".

The architect also emphasised the importance of creating "dedicated working spaces" in each house, adapting to the growing number of people who work from home and "helping to create an economically active suburb". In line with this, each house comes with an accessible loft that can be converted into an office and the larger houses also include a ground-floor study that doubles up as a spare bedroom...

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Prefab House is Living Lab for Energy and Water Conservation

Prefab House is Living Lab for Energy and Water Conservation | sustainable architecture |

The New Norris House continues a tradition of simple, affordable design but with less impact on local resources.

While it serves as a test case for innovative building systems and techniques, instead of promoting the use of resources, the 1,006-square-foot prefab cottage is focused on conservation and self-reliance.
Certified to and exceeding LEED-Platinum standards by 30 percent, the project works with natural resources such as sunlight and rainwater to reduce its environmental footprint. It uses no fossil fuels, thanks to the TVA’s hydropower dams, and uses 50% less energy than similar-sized homes in the area...
Peyton Conner's curator insight, December 2, 2015 9:58 AM

This articles shows a good insight on how conserving energy is so simple that it can be included in almost  every feature of this home. These energy techniques are both old and new but they both are effective and efficient.PC

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Skyscraper Facade Reinvented for Extreme Desert Climate

Skyscraper Facade Reinvented for Extreme Desert Climate | sustainable architecture |

The traditional fully-glazed façade so common in towers throughout the Middle East has been reinterpreted by students at the University of Nottingham who were tasked with designing a skyscraper for Abu Dhabi.

The proposal, by Alexandre Carrasco and Omelmominin Wadidy of the Masters in Sustainable Tall Buildings Course at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment instead combines a mixture of thin transparent and opaque elements aimed at emphasising the building’s elegance and vertical nature while improving environmental performance.

The overall design is inspired by sikkas, the narrow alleys between buildings in old Middle East cities. It aims to create comfortable spaces which are shaded from the harsh desert sun and wind while providing suitable areas for circulation, leisure, social and communal activities.

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