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A cross-shaped, self-sufficient MICRO home built from containers

A cross-shaped, self-sufficient MICRO home built from containers | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Georgian architect Dachi Papuashvili has developed a concept for a cross-shaped micro home built from shipping containers to house a member of the church.

Papuashvili, who is based in Tbilisi, wanted to design a residence that could accommodate either a cleric or a layman as a retreat for study. The intention is to use waste materials, including shipping containers, to produce a prototype that can be easily constructed and would be entirely self-sufficient.


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Catherine Devin's curator insight, May 12, 5:30 AM

Autre projet encore de résidence temporaire ultralégère en énergie grise et en consommation énergétique (autosuffisante) au quotidien.  Plutôt qu'un lieu de vacances, un lieu de retraite et d'étude.

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Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability?

Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability? | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

A new breed of high-rise architecture is in the process of being born, thanks to the collaborative efforts of modern design pioneers. Envisioned as the best sustainable option for meeting world housing demands and decreasing global carbon emissions, wooden mega-structures are now one step closer to becoming a reality.

 

“Big Wood,” a conceptual project to the eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition, builds on the premise that wood, when harvested responsibly, is one of the best tools architects and engineers have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating healthy communities. Aspiring to become one of the greenest skyscrapers in the world, Big Wood challenges the way we build our cities and promotes timber as a reliable platform to support tomorrow’s office and residential towers...


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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 20, 2013 4:47 PM

Whoa..Chicago!

Geovanni's curator insight, May 8, 2013 9:32 AM

Fascinating place. Must of been a lot of wood to be created.

Bubba Muntzer's comment, May 13, 2013 11:44 AM
It takes around 30 years for a seedling to grow into the kind of wood that can be used in construction. A little maintenance is required during that period. Meanwhile it's soaking up CO2 and making oxygen. The only industrial processes required are to cut it down and cut it into boards and 2 x 4s. If you stagger your planting you have an endless supply.
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South Korea’s Expo 2012 Pavilion: Active Facade Design

South Korea’s Expo 2012 Pavilion: Active Facade Design | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Opened last month in the coastal city of Yeosu, South Korea, the 2012 International Exhibition’s theme, “The Living Ocean and Coast,” is a way for attendees to examine challenges and solutions to development on oceans and coastlines. As the architect of the expo’s thematic pavilion, Vienna-based Soma Architecture designed a kinetic media facade to act as a counterpart to the show’s location by the water and to its multimedia presentations. Working with Stuttgart- and New York-based structural engineering firm Knippers Helbig as facade consultant, the team developed a constructible solution for building one of the largest adaptive structures in the world...


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Inspired by Nature: Loft 24-7 by Fernanda Marques- São Paulo, Brazil

Inspired by Nature: Loft 24-7 by Fernanda Marques- São Paulo, Brazil | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Wood, stone and books… 3 elements that don’t seem to have very much in common create the main characteristics of the living roomof this loft of 250m, where Fernanda Marques succeeded to make a dream escape from urban frenzy.

The nature plays much more than a mere supporting role: one just has to note the intense use of daylight. The use of materials in their rough state was a fundamental idea for its decoration. Daylight, highlighted textures, fully open to the outside… the key to furnish a house somewhere in between a country villa and a modernist home design.


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Materials Of The FUTURE: 7 Amazing Trends For 2014 And Beyond

Materials Of The FUTURE: 7 Amazing Trends For 2014 And Beyond | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

The history of architecture is deeply engrained in technological developments of the time. Skyscrapers would have never reached such heights without developments in steel, for example, and facades would have never slimmed down without thin-shell concrete.


In a time that is so buzzing with technological development, we cannot help but salivate a little at the material prospects for architecture that are just on the horizon. With 2014 just beginning, we want to take a moment to see what drastic innovations may be leaking into the world of architecture in the near future.


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Stunning wood-clad house in Chile...

Stunning wood-clad house in Chile... | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Metamorphosis 1 is the remodel of a home in Chile by architects Jose Ulloa Davet + Delphine Ding. The project is organized according to a helical path which, through the extension of an existing deck and the overhang of the new room, allows the user to go up to two new panoramic terraces on the house.

The skin on the project is designed as an autonomous unit, through modulated square openings with measures based on a 30 centimeters module and a skin with a changing rhythm. New areas of the house blend into the existing through the ventilated timber skin, whose function is to avoid accumulations of water and moisture in the structure wall...


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Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center

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Replacing a lone turnstile and guard’s hut behind the Brooklyn Museum with a series of glass-wrapped, green-capped pavilions and a plaza, the new Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) Visitor Center by New York–based Weiss/Manfredi is a sight for sore eyes. Nestled within a rich context and history—the nearby Prospect Park was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in the late 19th century and the Gardens by his two sons in the early 20th—the Center’s most impressive feature, its steel-frame design, is also its most vital. The custom-made structure forms a curving vertebrae that is formally elegant and light on the ground, yet structurally robust.

“We wanted it to be an inhabitable topography,” said Manfredi. Indeed, the center’s serpentine form responds to the site’s existing undulations and is shaped to accommodate the grade differential and maximize sunlight and views to the gardens, as well as reap the geothermal benefits of a berm. To successfully do this the exposed 10x6 columns have been welded to varying roof beam depths, ranging from 10x6 to 18x6 to form frames that are organized in a curvilinear, 12-foot on-center grid in an east-west configuration.


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The UK’s largest prefabricated straw bale building

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One of the largest prefabricated straw bale buildings in Europe will be officially opened at The University of Nottingham tomorrow Wednesday 8 February 2012.

 

Designed by Make Architects the new Gateway Building has been constructed with straw bale panels harvested on the University’s very own farmland – just 200 yards from the site. Make Architects have produced the video Story of Straw about the technology behind the £5.2m development.

 

“Our aim is to create an inspiring and harmonious place to study and work reflecting the University’s impressive ‘green’ credentials. This innovative new building is part of a multi-million pound drive to expand and upgrade the University’s teaching and learning facilities.

 

This building, along with many other new facilities on our campuses both in the UK and Asia and will enhance the institution’s position as one of the most popular destinations among applicants to UK universities.”


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