Among the first Passive Houses in France, this bamboo-clad farmhouse by the Parisian firm Karawitz Architecture brings a bit of green to tiny Bessancourt.
When architects Milena Karanesheva and Mischa Witzmann—the couple behind Paris-based Karawitz Architecture—decided it was time for more space, they knew that they’d have to move their private lives outside of the French capital. After much research they settled on the small town of Bessancourt, about 17 miles northwest of Paris, because it offered an easy train ride into the city and a five-minute walk to the Montmorency Forest, ideal for their two young kids. But as for the house they’d live in, as Karanesheva puts it, “We wanted to use the opportunity to experiment.”
They commenced building in 2008, with German Passive House standards as their sustainability polestar. By construction’s end they had created a 1,733-square-foot home that uses only 4,200 kilowatt-hours per year—about a tenth of what a conventionally constructed house in France might use. With no other means of heating or cooling than those generated by the structure—a tenet of Passive House design—the new home is modeled on the French country dwellings of the area. Regional aesthetic codes also made their presence felt—out went any plans for a terraced roof, in came the barnhouse slope—but the resulting bamboo-clad abstraction of a farmhouse makes a strikingly modern addition to the rural landscape...
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How can cities be designed for sustainable living?
A new interactive exhibition from the Guardian, 'Our Urban Future', explores the importance of cities in making the world a more sustainable place. The exhibition at The Crystal in London's Docklands seeks to challenge and reinvent the way we think about cities and gives visitors the chance to learn how they can make a contribution to sustainable living.
Scroll through the gallery showcasing snippets from the exhibition, and read responses on how cities can be designed for sustainable living and share what you think urban environments will look like in future...
Visit the link for a slideshow of exhibition highlights, including:
The immersive Forces of Change theatre: a global view of the challenges and opportunities that climate change, demographic change and urbanisation raise.
The Creating Cities game: exploring issues around city management and urban planning.
The Go Electric Zone: the challenges and solutions to balancing energy supply, demand and storage.
The Water is Life Zone: harvested rainwater is used to shed light on desalination, purity and resources.
The ‘Future Life’ film gallery: how London, New York and Copenhagen look forward to 2050, and envisioning how our cities could develop if sustainable solutions are embraced.
A property developer hired Morag Myerscough to design and build a pop-up cafe to spruce up the area around the Greenwich rail station for the London Olympics. The result was the eye-popping Movement Café (MVMNT Café), which is built from recycled shipping containers, reusable scaffolding, and brightly painted wood walls. Constructed in only 16 days, the cafe was open just in time for the start of the Olympics to serve up locally sourced, food and drink - including homemade vegan-friendly gelato - to spectators headed out to Greenwich Park
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Jerszy Seymour‘s ‘Amateur Masters’ colorful chairs are made from polycaprolactone wax – a strong and 100% biodegradable material. They are part of the NgispeN collection, which was developed under the art direction of Richard Hutten.
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With a multitude of workshops, news bulletins, symposiums, et all propounding the intelligent use of natural resources world over, there are several diligent minds painstakingly ticking on actually accomplishing the needful. The Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) with a ‘projects’ division headed by architect Rodrigo Rubio has created a research prototype of a new self-sufficient solar-optimized prefabricated skin system...
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