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Charles Correa - India's greatest architect?

Charles Correa - India's greatest architect? | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it
From peaceful sanctuaries, to high-rise urban living - celebrating the work of leading Indian architect Charles Correa
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Mahindra World City: the future of gated communities? | Green Futures Magazine

Forum for the Future is a non-profit organisation working globally with business and government to create a sustainable future.
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More reasons to stop putting trees on skyscrapers - Per Square Mile

More reasons to stop putting trees on skyscrapers - Per Square Mile | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it
Robert Krulwich, disagreeing with me: Two residential towers, dense with trees, will have their official opening later this year in downtown Milan, Italy, near the Porta Garibaldi railroad station.
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A Few Favorite Green Buildings... - MYD Blog - MYD studio

A Few Favorite Green Buildings... - MYD Blog - MYD studio | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it
Sustainable architecture is a term that represents a broad range of concepts, processes and ideolo...
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Creatively Adapted to A Moderate Climate: Yatsugatake Villa in Japan

Creatively Adapted to A Moderate Climate: Yatsugatake Villa in Japan | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it

This countryside retreat by MDS features contemporary massing and beautiful wood interiors. Located in the foothills of the Yatsugatake mountains, in a relatively moderate climate, the residence reflects a lifestyle connected to nature and the surroundings. The project was developed using three adjacent volumes of different heights, with overhangs to control natural light and heat.

 

Wood is visible in the exposed beams, floors and window frames. Cross-ventilation is ensured through strategically placed windows. Two narrow terraces sheltered beneath the roof overhangs contribute to the building’s originality. “The fan-shaped design – opening to the south – means plenty of sun streams in during the cold winters: no matter the time of day there’s always a place to bask in the sun”, explained architects Kiyotoshi Mori and Natsuko Kawamura.


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, March 28, 2013 9:36 PM

An example of beautiful architecture highlighting a combination of location-responsive design strategies along with a vernacular aesthetic, resulting in a unique, yet comfortable and pragmatic, dwelling...

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Off-Grid, Design/Build: The House on Limekiln Line

Off-Grid, Design/Build: The House on Limekiln Line | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it

An extraordinary off grid home built with local materials, that fits right into the rural Ontario landscape, the House on Limekiln Line is an extraordinary artifact, addressing a 220 year old heritage, with a modern aesthetic.

 

From the architects:

The House on Limekiln Line, a design-build off-grid house, is sited in a rich agricultural landscape.The house is understood as both a mediator to and a microcosm of its immediate cultural and climatic context. An “observation shed”, the house is composed of a series of scales of spaces, each with distinct vantage points, visual alignments, and framed vistas to the larger context beyond, facilitating stewardship of and respect for the productive landscape in which it sits...


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Natalie Curtis's curator insight, April 19, 2013 9:22 AM

Off grid living at its finest- definitely needs to be explored more in some cases. The local materials are a great way of resourcing too!

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Green Innovation: First Bio-building Powered by Algae Opens in Hamburg

Green Innovation: First Bio-building Powered by Algae Opens in Hamburg | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it

The world's first algae-powered building is being piloted in Hamburg.

Designed by multinational firm Arup, features panel glass bioreactors on a facade containing microalgae that generate biomass and heat, serving as a renewable energy source.


The systems provide insulation for the building- 129 bioreactors have been fitted to the southwest and southeast faces of the building. They are controlled by an energy management center in which solar thermal heat and algae are harvested and stored to be used to create hot water.

 

Jan Wurm, Arup’s Europe Research Leader, said: 'Using bio-chemical processes in the facade of a building to create shade and energy is a really innovative concept. 

'It might well become a sustainable solution for energy production in urban areas, so it is great to see it being tested in a real-life scenario.'


The news comes after Arup announced their vision for the future of skyscrapers which suggested that buildings would be 'living' buildings powered by algae that respond automatically to the weather and the changing needs of inhabitants...


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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, April 11, 2013 7:05 PM

I am interested to follow this story and to learn more details about the specific sources for the algae and a bit more of the science behind it.

ParadigmGallery's comment, April 11, 2013 10:59 PM
Thanks so much for your thoughts.....
Noor Fatima's comment, April 12, 2013 11:32 AM
welcome:)
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Sustainable Architecture: IE´s Paper Pavilion | IE & Asia-Pacific

Sustainable Architecture: IE´s Paper Pavilion | IE & Asia-Pacific | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it
Last week Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was at IE Business School in Madrid for the official opening of his latest construction, a temporary pavilion made of.
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Sustainable and Futuristic Architecture in Stuttgart: OLS House

Sustainable and Futuristic Architecture in Stuttgart: OLS House | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it
Organic shapes achieved with unexpected curves are the defining elements for the design of OLS House near Stuttgart, Germany. The reinforced concrete r.
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Forget the green gizmos and bamboo floors; Green building is all about ... - Treehugger (blog)

Forget the green gizmos and bamboo floors; Green building is all about ... - Treehugger (blog) | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it
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Martin also has suggestions for what to ask your architect or designer, the most important of which is: What makes a house green?
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Changes needed to save resources

Changes needed to save resources | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it
Governments need to improve material efficiency to avoid a global resource crunch and dangerous climate change, say scientists.
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Earth Day 2013: Philippines unveils building made from plastic bottles

Earth Day 2013: Philippines unveils building made from plastic bottles | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it
A building powered by solar and built from plastic was opened to showcase renewable energy and highlight the problem of waste (RT @greenroofsuk: #Earthday 2013: #Philippines unveils building made from plastic bottles #Environment #sustainable #architecture...
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Eco living: why we're rediscovering stone - Telegraph.co.uk

Eco living: why we're rediscovering stone - Telegraph.co.uk | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it
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Farmington stone, soft enough to be 'plucked' by diggers out of the ground and carved by hand to produce very little waste, has relatively low embodied energy.
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Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability?

Wooden Skyscrapers: A New Level of Sustainability? | Sustainable by Design | 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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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, April 20, 2013 11:38 AM

The Case For Tall Wood                               Michael Green Architecture

I find this hard to truly picture, but the story is solid...."the last century there has been no reason to challenge steel and concrete as the essential structural materials of large buildings. Climate change now demands that we do.....Wood is the most significant building material we use today that is grown by the sun. When harvested responsibly, wood is arguably one of the best tools architects and engineers have for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and storing carbon in our buildings."

 

“I’d put my money on solar energy…I hope we don’t have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
~Thomas Edison, In conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone March 1931

 

http://mg-architecture.ca/portfolio/tallwood/

 

 

“Known as the birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago is an optimal location for a prototype in mass timber construction,” writes Carlos Arzate

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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Off-grid itHouse: efficiency, passive systems & environmental design

Off-grid itHouse: efficiency, passive systems & environmental design | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it

The itHouse is a design system developed by Taalman Koch that utilizes a series of components prefabricated off-site to better control the construction waste, labor, and quality of the finished product.

 

Conceived as a small house with glass walls and open floor plan, the itHouse maximizes the relationship of the occupant to the surrounding landscape while minimizing the building’s impact on delicate site conditions.

Energy efficiency is achieved in the itHouse through passive heating and cooling, utilizing site orientation and cross ventilation, radiant floor heating, hi-efficacy appliances & equipment and the use of solar photovoltaic & thermal panels...


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Experiential Learning Building at University of Calgary by Perkins+Will

Experiential Learning Building at University of Calgary by Perkins+Will | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it

Located at the University of Calgary, the Energy Environment Experiential Learning (EEEL) building is a five-story teaching facility that allows students to learn in an experiential and hands-on environment.

WIth approximately 11,000 sm of teaching laboratories and 2,500 sm of classroom space, space is provided for up to 3,000 sm of future research labs. The structural module and arrangement of the building systems allows the university long-term flexibility to convert spaces efficiently from one use to another.

The project also incorporates a number of solar control strategies, such as sculpted aluminum spandrel panels and solar shutters that actively track the sun to provide fully daylit but glare-free interior spaces. Additional environmental strategies include the use of thermal mass, an efficient envelope, natural ventilation, earth tubes, and low-energy systems, which contribute to the project using 45% less energy compared to a conventional laboratory building.  Low-flow fixtures and use of captured rain water mixed with recycled process water for toilet flushing reduces potable water use by 64%.


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Truro Residence: Contemporary Green Architecture by ZeroEnergy Design

Truro Residence: Contemporary Green Architecture by ZeroEnergy Design | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it

Designed by ZeroEnergy Design, this modern green home featuring a spectacular water and sunset view is located in Truro, Massachusetts.

 

The west-facing orientation for glazing isn’t ideal for energy performance, so the rest of the building envelope was designed to offset the expansive view windows. Double stud framing allows a continuous layer of foam insulation and a geothermal system, coupled with a radiant heating system, will supply all of the heating and cooling for the year. In addition to energy efficient appliances and water heaters, all of the spaces are well illuminated using energy efficient fixtures.

The roof sports a large solar electric array to offset energy usage through the use of net metering. A battery back-up and energy management system will store electricity from the solar array; the combination the energy efficient building envelope and systems will allow the home to produce nearly as much energy as it uses over the course of a year...

 


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Why Architects Must Lead on Sustainable Design | ArchDaily

Why Architects Must Lead on Sustainable Design | ArchDaily | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it
This article, which originally appeared on GreenBiz, is by Lance Hosey, the chief sustainability officer of the global design leader RTKL. Sustainability leader Hunter Lovins once called the building industry “dynamically ...
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Sustainable Design and the Future of Architecture: An Interview with ...

Sustainable Design and the Future of Architecture: An Interview with ... | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it
A new crop of highly-efficient and sustainable towers are springing up in China. What does this mean for the future sustainable design?
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Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia | Sustainable by Design | Scoop.it
Modscape designed this stunning prefabricated Northcote home in Australia, which combines minimalist and passive design (I like to look at new #home designs: Stunning prefab sample of #sustainable concept in #Australia.
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