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Radical Nature: Sustainable Architecture

Radical Nature: Sustainable Architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
This interesting short film showcases art and architecture inspired by mother nature herself - an unceasing source for design ideas and innovations.

The brief film went with a show called the Radical Nature Exhibition at the Barbican in London back in 2009 – but it’s content and contributors are still as relevant and fresh today.

Listen to Michael Pawlyn, one of the main people behind the Eden Project, talk about his interests in biomimicry. The idea is to look at nature, her forms and principles (at even the most detailed level) and understand how those principles which have evolved over billions of years of trial and error can influence sustainable decisions in the built environment.

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Biophilia at One Bryant Park

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As the second tallest building in New York City, The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park stands out not only against the skyline of the city, but as an example of biophilia, a term coined by the biologist E.O. Wilson to suggest that people subconsciously seek out connections with natural systems.

With a focus on health, well-being and the interconnectedness of people and nature, the Bank of America Tower creates 4.7 megawatts of onsite power with almost 3x the efficiency of the grid.

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CIRS opens as North America’s greenest building

CIRS opens as North America’s greenest building | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The University of British Columbia has opened the most sustainable building in North America, a $37-million “living laboratory” that will help to regenerate the environment and advance research and innovation on global sustainability challenges.

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is one of only a handful of buildings worldwide that will provide “net positive” benefits to the environment. It reduces UBC’s carbon emissions, powers itself and a neighboring building with renewable and waste energy, creates drinking water from rain and treats wastewater onsite.

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