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Sustainability & Education at Shanghai's Largest Organic Farm

Sustainability & Education at Shanghai's Largest Organic Farm | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

Tony’s Farm is the biggest organic food farm in Shanghai, which produces certified vegetables and fruits. But it's more than just a place for vegetable production. The vision is to integrate the consumer and therefore promote a natural lifestyle.


To link the activities of the working people with the visitors of the farm, playze developed a building complex, which combines the main reception, a lobby, (working also for the future hotel rooms) and a vip area, with the new offices and an existing warehouse, where the fruits and vegetables are being packed. The building provides transparency within the manufacturing process. Thus it supports the vision of integrating the visitor and helps to reinforce the consumer confidence in the products of the farm. At the same time the building design is driven by the concept of sustainability, combined with it's iconic qualities, it communicates and promotes the core concept of the Farm...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 5, 2013 3:41 PM

An interesting project that incorporates relevant social issues and educational opportunities within the context of a working farm...

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[CHINA] Huangshan Mountain Village: sustainability grows in the Chinese landscape

[CHINA] Huangshan Mountain Village: sustainability grows in the Chinese landscape | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

 

MAD has unveiled plans for a towering village of apartment blocks beside the Huangshan Mountains in eastern China. 

 

Inspired by the topographical layers of the landscape, the buildings will have organically shaped floor plates and will emerge from amongst the treetops on a site beside the Taiping Lake.


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Parkview Green: China's LEED Platinum Mixed-use Development

Parkview Green: China's LEED Platinum Mixed-use Development | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it
Green features are adopted in creating a sustainable mixed-use development
Parkview Green is a LEED®-CS Platinum certified mixed-use development with grade-A office space, a six-star hotel and retail facilities. It is four buildings encased in a glass and ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) envelop that creates an easily controlled microclimate which keeps energy bills at a minimum over the projects lifecycle.

The project is designed by Hong Kong-based architects Integrated Design Associates, while Arup provided structural, MEP, façade, fire, building physics, geotechnical and traffic engineering.

Key passive and active green features adopted in this development include an environmental envelop, earth pre-cooling system introducing air underground before entering the interior, chilled ceiling radiant cooling, and under-floor air conditioning. These well-orchestrated passive and active systems significantly reduce cooling and heating energy...


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Smart Cities + Green Megaprojects of the Future

Smart Cities + Green Megaprojects of the Future | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it

For many years, architects and city planners from around the world have been trying to create the green ideal: an entire city built to strict environmental standards- highly functional while still retaining aesthetic value.

 

Here’s a look at some green building and community design that caught our attention in recent months and may (or may not) become reality in the next several years. Their physical footprints may be large, but by using features such as wind power, solar, rainwater recycling and advanced air quality controls, their carbon footprints don't have to be...


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

This is going beyond Mazdar in Dubai.  The reality is that we need to transform existing cities since starting from scratch is rare.  We need to retrofit cities more than build new ones, but still it is interesting.

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Sustainable Urbanism: a high-density, car-free vertical city in Chengdu, China

Sustainable Urbanism: a high-density, car-free vertical city in Chengdu, China | Digital Sustainability | Scoop.it
Work is about to start on a high-density, car-free "satellite city" for 80,000 people close to Chengdu in China.

 

Designed by Chicago firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the 1.3 square km 'Great City' will feature a high-rise core surrounded by a buffer landscape of open space (60% of the total area). Residents will be able to walk from the city center to its edge in just 10 minutes.

“The design is attempting to address some of the most pressing urban issues of our time,” said architect Gordon Gill. “We’ve designed this project as a dense vertical city that acknowledges and in fact embraces the surrounding landscape.”

“The sustainability framework for Great City, custom-designed based on the principles of LEED-ND and BREEAM, follows an integrated approach toward meeting the overall objectives of environmental, economic and social sustainability,” notes Peter J. Kindel, AIA, ASLA, AS+GG’s Director of Urban Design. “Great City will incorporate innovative technologies and infrastructure systems to achieve 48% energy savings of a conventional urban development.”

 

The architects also note that the city will use 48% less energy and 58% less water than conventional developments of this size, producing 89% less landfill waste and generating 60% less carbon dioxide...


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