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Pabellón España Expo Zaragoza 2008, una ventana a la esperanza

Pavilion Spain Expo Zaragoza 2008, one window to the hope

El lema del Pabellón de España fue “Ciencia y Creatividad”, y en él se mostró una visión, moderna y dinámica, que refleja la actualidad científica y creativa de España. También contó con la primera exposición del mundo sobre el cambio climático titulada: “Comprender el clima para preservar el planeta”. Además de esta exposición, el pabellón en sí mismo fue una muestra de que el desarrollo y el respeto al medio ambiente pueden ir unidos, pues el edificio entero es un ejemplo de arquitectura sostenible en el uso de materiales, la construcción bioclimática que permite un gran ahorro energético y la integración de energías renovables.

The motto of the Pavilion of Spain was " Science and Creativity ", and in him a vision showed itself, modern and dynamic, that reflects the scientific and creative current importance of Spain. Also it possessed the first exhibition of the world on the climate change titled: " To understand the climate to preserve the planet ". Besides this exhibition, the pavilion in yes same was a sample of which the development and the respect to the environment can be joined, since the entire building is an example of sustainable architecture in the use of materials, the construction bioclimática that allows a great energetic saving and the integration of renewable energies.

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CopenHill - Amager Bakke - at night…

 

“CopenHill, also known as Amager Bakke, is a power plant located on an industrial waterfront that is capable of converting 440,000 tons of waste into clean energy annually. It was designed by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) to double as public infrastructure, and is complete with tree-lined hiking trails and ski slopes on its roof along with the "tallest artificial climbing wall in the world" on its facade.” (1).

 

“Nearly a decade in the making, the landmark CopenHill waste-to-energy plant has finally opened in Copenhagen. CopenHill is the result of nearly ten years of thought, time and design. To complete the project, BIG worked with SLA, AKT, Lüchinger+Meyer, MOE and Rambøll. The plant aspires to embody the notion of Hedonistic Sustainability while aligning with Copenhagen’s goal of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025. The 41,000m2 project includes an urban recreation center and environmental education hub, turning social infrastructure into an architectural landmark. Beneath the slopes, furnaces, steam, and turbines convert 440,000 tons of waste annually into enough clean energy to deliver electricity and district heating for 150,000 homes. CopenHill features a continuous façade comprised of 1.2m tall and 3.3m wide aluminum bricks stacked like gigantic bricks overlapping each other.

 

CopenHill is a blatant architectural expression of something that would otherwise have remained invisible: that it is the cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in the world. As a power plant, CopenHill is so clean that we have been able to turn its building mass into the bedrock of the social life of the city – its façade is climbable, its roof is hikeable and its slopes are skiable. A crystal clear example of Hedonistic Sustainability – that a sustainable city is not only better for the environment – it is also more enjoyable for the lives of its citizens.” Bjarke Ingels, Founder & Creative Director, BIG.” (2).

 

Sources: (1) Lizzie Crook (October 2019). Dezeen. Available at www.dezeen.com/2019/10/08/big-copenhill-power-plant-ski-s...

(2) Eric Baldwin (October 2019). Arch Daily. www.archdaily.com/925966/copenhill-the-story-of-bigs-icon...

 

At home I live just two miles away from the home of Lever Brothers in Port Sunlight. Here a modern building is the German headquarters.

Designed by a team from Stuttgart, the futuristic Unilever-Haus is a model of sustainable architecture, and has received several awards, including the ‘World Architecture Festival Award 2009’.

 

Hawk and Mesa Ranch

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Pipes Canyon > Pioneertown > Mojave Desert > California

 

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Grimshaw was appointed to work in collaboration with local practice Jackson Architecture on the reorganisation and expansion of Southern Cross Station. As well as the transport interchange and associated track and signalling works, the redevelopment includes a major office building on Collins Street and a retail plaza serving the Central Business District’s west end.

 

The key generators for the station’s design were practical performance, ease of passenger circulation and an improved working environment for staff with sheltered, high-quality ticketing, baggage-handling, and waiting services. These are all equipped with comfortable seating, lighting and passenger information display systems.

 

The design focus of Southern Cross Station is the dune-like roof that covers an entire city block. The roof’s form plays a crucial role as part of the environmental envelope ensuring that it is symbol of sustainable architecture developed in response to the hot external climate and the internal need for diesel extraction and ambient cooling via natural ventilation.

Source: Grimshaw web site

 

Institute for Bio-Sustainability | Architecture by Cláudio Vilarinho

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Fordingbridge designed and built this 120sqm sustainable flexible nursery building for Surestart.

 

Fordingbridge specialise in creating practical, energy and cost effective buildings which are intrinsically sustainable and are available at an affordable price.

 

Our buildings can be adapted to suit a wide variety of uses, from single school classroom buildings for nursery, primary and secondary education to large retail buildings and visitor centres.

 

We use a tried and tested building construction system using pre made elements which are then assembled on site. This minimises construction time and limits disruption to you and your project.

 

The building has an Integral canopy which provides an all-weather shaded play area and creates protection from solar gain.

 

The frame is a curved sustainably sourced FSC accredited Glulam timber-frame and Thermowood timber cladding provides an attractive finish.

 

The building is constructed with low maintenance highly insulated composite walls and roof to reduce heat loss from the building.

 

For more information about the building and our other projects please visit www.fordingbridge.co.uk/portfolio/?Surestart-childrens-ce...

   

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Fordingbridge have recently had the pleasure of creating the new headquarters for The Greenpower Education Trust, an organisation that promotes engineering as a rewarding career to anyone aged 9-25, while also focusing on sustainability, teamwork and the community.The centre was designed as an inspiring learning environment for participants and industry professionals as well as acting as an innovative test bed for low emission technologies.

 

The Centre has been designed with sustainbility at its core, using passive design and realistic low carbon technologies, carefully formulated by the team from Fordingbridge, Passivent and Emission-Zero

If you would like to know more information about the building please visit www.fordingbridge.co.uk

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Fordingbridge have recently had the pleasure of creating the new headquarters for The Greenpower Education Trust, an organisation that promotes engineering as a rewarding career to anyone aged 9-25, while also focusing on sustainability, teamwork and the community.The centre was designed as an inspiring learning environment for participants and industry professionals as well as acting as an innovative test bed for low emission technologies.

 

The Centre has been designed with sustainbility at its core, using passive design and realistic low carbon technologies, carefully formulated by the team from Fordingbridge, Passivent and Emission-Zero

If you would like to know more information about the building please visit www.fordingbridge.co.uk

For more information on this building and it's sustainable features please visit www.fordingbridge.co.uk/portfolio/?Grovelands-Early-Years

[Kandovan, East Azerbaiyan, Iran] The Kandovan rural ancient village near Tabriz, a unique still inhabited troglodyte mountain enclave of homes carved as refreshing caves into the rocks, with some colorful clothes hung up to dry.

  

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[Isfahan, Kashan, Iran] The beautiful and elegant architecture of Kashan in central Iran, with a badgir (wind tower) and palace facade framed by the silhouettes of arches. The badgirs are an essential element of Iranian desert architecture designed to capture the breeze and exhaust warm air out, an ancient system of air conditioning.

  

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One Angel Square

 

One Angel Square[1] is an office building in Manchester, England. Construction work began in 2010 and was completed in February 2013. The landmark building is the head office of the Co-operative Group. Standing 72.5 metres (237.8 feet) tall, the building forms the centrepiece of the new £800 million NOMA development in the northern quarter of Manchester city centre. The building cost at least £105 million to construct and was sold on leaseback terms in 2013 for £142 million.

 

One Angel Square is one of the most sustainable large buildings in Europe and is built to a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating. It is powered by a biodiesel cogeneration plant using rapeseed oil to provide electricity and heat. The structure makes use of natural resources, maximising passive solar gain for heat and using natural ventilation through its double-skin facade, adiabatic cooling, rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling and waste heat recycling.

 

The building's distinctive form has been compared to a sliced egg and a ship.[16] Its design was announced by architects 3DReid in May 2009 and construction began in July 2010 with a projected completion date in March 2013. In December 2012, the scheme surpassed its pan-European sustainability aims and achieved a world-record BREEAM score of 95.32%. It is also an energy-plus building, producing surplus energy and zero carbon emissions. The building has received numerous awards for its striking aesthetic and sustainability aims.

 

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The Academy is now the largest public Platinum-rated building in the world, and also the world’s greenest museum. The Academy earned the platinum rating (highest rating possible) for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). This commitment to sustainability extends to all facets of the facility - from the bike racks and rechargeable vehicle stations outside the building to the radiant sub-floor heating inside the building to the energy-generating solar panels on top of the building!

 

Nearly 10 years and $500 million dollars in the making, it's finally here. The new Academy is a masterpiece in sustainable architecture, blends seamlessly into the park's natural setting, and is filled with hundreds of innovative exhibits and thousands of extraordinary plants and animals.

 

The Academy is a single structure but contains multiple venues, including the aquarium, the planetarium, the natural history museum and the 4-story rainforest. In addition, there's a 3D theater, a lecture hall, a Naturalist Center, two restaurants, an adjacent garden and aviary, a roof terrace, and an Academy store.

 

The building also houses the Academy science labs and administrative offices, including an extensive library and scientific archive consisting of more than 26 million specimens.

 

By any measure, Renzo Piano stands among the world's greatest architects. As the jury awarding him the 1998 Pritzker Prize wrote, “Piano achieves a rare melding of art, architecture, and engineering in a truly remarkable synthesis. He celebrates structure in a perfect union of technology and art.”

 

Picture taken from de Young Museum through a heavy glass.San Francisco. California.

Three Trees House

 

Passive daylighting, recycled lumber, recycled fly ash concrete, and grey water recycling

 

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[Tabriz, East Azerbaijan, Iran] Stairs and door into the air conditioned basement of a 19th century Kashan palace house, an example of an old sustainable building using wind towers and underground chambers for cooling during the hot Iranian summers.

  

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The Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa is regarded as one of the most important and influential Asian architects of the twentieth century. His international standing was confirmed in 2001 when he received the special chairman’s award in the eighth cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, becoming only the third architect and the first non-Muslim to be so honored since the award’s inception.

 

Bawa was born in 1919 and came late to architecture, only qualifying in 1957 at the age of thirty-eight, but he soon established himself as Sri Lanka’s most prolific and inventive architect. Although best known for his private houses and hotels, his portfolio also included schools and universities, factories and offices, public buildings and social buildings as well as the new Sri Lanka Parliament. His architectural career spanned forty years and was ended in 1998 by a stroke which left him paralyzed. He died in 2003.

 

Bawa’s work is characterized by sensitivity to site and context. He produced “sustainable architecture” long before the term was coined, and had developed his own “regional modernist” stance well in advance of the theoreticians. His designs broke down barriers between inside and outside, between interior design and landscape architecture and reduced buildings to a series of volumes separated by courtyards and gardens.

 

One of his most striking achievements is his own garden at Lunuganga which he fashioned from an abandoned rubber estate. This project occupied him for fifty years, and he used it as a test bed for his emerging ideas. The result is a series of outdoor rooms conceived with an exquisite sense of theater as a civilized wilderness on a quiet backwater in the greater garden of Sri Lanka.

Three Trees House

 

Passive daylighting, recycled lumber, recycled fly ash concrete, solar energy, grey water recycling, rain water capture.

 

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Hutchins Residence

 

Location: Los Angeles, California

 

Project: 720 sq.ft. addition to an existing house.

 

Description: The addition is a triple split level floor plan, whose interior steps follow the natural grade of the backyard.

 

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The history of invisible ink

 

Like many believers, Cluff is convinced by the accounts of others who claim to have already found and even visited the “inner Earth”. Chief among them is Karl Unger, a German sailor said to be part of a 1943 U-boat expedition to the South Pole. The submarine apparently entered the Hollow Earth through an underwater passageway, and its crew were greeted by an advanced civilisation in a place called “Rainbow Island”. (Hitler was reportedly a believer, and some conspiracy theorists are convinced he escaped to the Hollow Earth at the end of the Second World War and is still there.) Then there’s Admiral Richard Byrd, a highly decorated US Naval officer whose supposedly hushed-up “secret diary” of a 1947 expedition to the North Pole is believed to contain descriptions of a land full of lush lakes, greenery and woolly mammoths (Byrd was actually in the South Pole at the time). There’s even a retired colonel in the US Air Force, Billie Faye Woodward, who claims that he and his twin sister (both hermaphrodites) were born in the Hollow Earth. Cluff, for his part, tried to reach the Hollow Earth again. In 2003, he received an email from a man named Steve Currey who’d recently inherited his family’s travel firm that specialised in far-flung expeditions. Currey had once heard his father talking about the Hollow Earth and was familiar with Cluff’s book. They decided to plan a new trip. “We worked on it for several years,” says Cluff. The scheme involved chartering a Russian nuclear ice breaker that was used to take tourists to the North Pole. Once the basics were worked out, they began recruiting members. “Steve was charging about $26,000 for a spot on the ship and he actually got about 40 people to put down the money.” Before the voyage, they chartered a plane to fly over the pole to locate the opening. “We were going to leave in August 2006. But in April of that year, Steve found out he had six inoperable brain tumours. Just before we were ready to fly, he died.” Another member of the expedition – Dr Brooks Agnew – was appointed as the new leader. After renaming the operation “The North Pole Inner Earth Expedition” and raising yet more funding, they planned for a summer 2014 departure. But a further unexpected disaster befell the team.“Brooks Agnew resigned last September,” says Cluff. “He said a major stockholder in his company had withdrawn all their money, saying it was because [Agnew] was involved in an expedition to find the Hollow Earth.” When another key member of the team died in an aeroplane crash, Cluff began to wonder if mysterious powers were manoeuvring against them. “There seems to be some force that’s trying to stop this happening,” he says. “I think it’s the international bankers. They don’t want the Inner Earth people messing around with their slaves, here on the outer world.” One of the most famous Hollow Earth theorists, and a true predecessor of Thompson, was a veteran of the 1812 Anglo-American war, John Symmes. In his book Banvard’s Folly, Paul Collins recounts the “theory of concentric spheres and polar voids” that preoccupied the soldier. Symmes published a pamphlet, in which he wrote, “I declare that the Earth is hollow and habitable within; containing a number of solid concentric spheres, one within the other, and that it is open at the poles 12 or 16 degrees.” He pledged his life to promoting his notion, boldly declaring, “I am ready to explore the hollow.” He toured the US with a handmade wooden globe that opened out to reveal its secret layers. Converts, in ever increasing numbers, began petitioning the government to finance his adventures. On March 7 1822 Senator Richard Thompson presented a case to Congress that Symmes be supplied with “the equipment of two vessels of 250 to 300 tons for the expedition, and the granting of such other aid as Government may deem requisite”.

 

During the debate, it was suggested that the Committee for Foreign Relations become involved, as the trip may well bring Symmes and his crew into contact with new races of interior people. But the motion was to fail. Seven further bills were presented to the House.

 

For many centuries, humankind has dreamt of inner worlds. The earth is hollow and habitable within; containing a number of solid concentric spheres. There is a previous draft, the result of the many retouchings of which somebody told you; but in that form it would not have been a 'magnum opus' at all. Besides, it would have been a legend and not a symbol. I therefore started recasting the whole thing; only the best passages and lines of the old draft of pyramids and will remain, altered so as to fit into the new frame.Its central theme revolves around the transcendence of man as the consummation of terrestrial evolution, and the emergence of an immortal supramental gnostic race upon earth.

What are the inner forces humans have? The process is the same for all. Even the great and the strong must pass through the dark field of Nature. In fact, greater the being, greater is the burden it must bear. Hughes Songe leads us and shows the way out of our present limited and ignorant existence and transforming it into a conscious play of the Eternal and the Infinite.Which one is the strongest? How can we control them? Hughes Songe’s journey carries him right up to the borders that join the lower and the higher hemispheres of existence. Thus we see the first part of his yoga coming to a close with ascension out of the state of Ignorance into the wide luminous spaces. He crosses domains of growing Light and, ascending through the Rays of Intuition, stands at the borders of the Overmind. The changes that accompany this ascent are being described subsequently.The design to Self-Realisation

undertaken by Songe is through a stilling of the Mind leading to an ascension into a vast, luminous and powerful Silence Above.

 

WHEN A GREEN architect does a particularly good job, you'll know it by the bling: the silver, gold, and platinum LEED certifications that emblazon buildings' exteriors. But the best eco-conscious constructions don't need a seal of approval—and their builders probably wouldn't appreciate it anyway. Mound termites, native to Africa, South Asia, and Australia, are pros at building self-regulating structures that maintain oxygen levels, temperature, and humidity. And now human architects and engineers want to adapt that ingenuity for their own designs.

 

From the outside, a termite structure just looks like a pile of dirt. But if you slice one in half—difficult considering some can be more than 30 feet tall—things get a bit more complicated. The above-ground mound has an outer wall riddled with holes, which lead to a labyrinth of tunnels that themselves lead to a series of chimneys. And below the mound is a large, oval nest, where the queen resides.

 

That queen needs to breathe somehow. “If we buried ourselves a meter underground we wouldn't last very long if we didn't have some way of getting oxygen from the atmosphere down to us," says Scott Turner, a biologist at the State University of New York, Syracuse. "It's the same logic in the termite mounds.”

 

How does the mound dissipate air through its network of holes? As the sun moves through the sky during the day, the air in the thinner chimneys on the outer edges of the mound heat up quickly, while the air in the mound's big, central chimney stays relatively cool. Hot air rises up through the outer chimneys and cool air in the central chimney sinks, circulating air continuously—injecting oxygen and flushing out carbon dioxide. At night, the flow reverses as the outer chimney air cools down quicker than the inner chimney air.

 

Mimicking termites' strategies, architects and engineers can drastically improve energy efficiency in buildings. Take Mick Pearce, a Zimbabwean architect who designed the award-winning Eastgate Center in Harare, Zimbabwe. Similar to termite mounds, the concrete outer walls of Eastgate are porous. As wind blows through the tunnels on a hot day, the concrete sucks up the heat, cooling the wind before it whooshes into the shopping center. Fans flush the heat out of the concrete at night so it will be ready to store more heat the next day. Following termites' lead, Pearce cut energy use down to about 10 percent of a normal building that size.

 

“Ultimately, we want to bring termite ventilation to buildings because it would allow the buildings to breathe freely,” says Rupert Soar, a biomimetic expert at Nottingham Trent University. The next step: mimicking the *process *of termite construction. Scientists have already programmed computer termites to design complex structures based on real behavior—things like complicated porous walls with intersecting tunnels and ducts.

 

Actually building those structures will be more difficult than designing them. But Soar says the bottleneck is 3-D printing. Once large-scale 3-D printing technology catches on in construction, you may be living in your own termite mound.

 

www.wired.com/2015/11/building-skyscrapers-like-termite-m...

 

(CAMBRIDGE, MA) – Sustainable architecture of the future could be inspired by new insights into how termites construct their climate-controlled habitats. Wyss Institute Core Faculty member L. Mahadevan, Ph.D., led the new study – reported this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – in which his team precisely measured the air flow inside a termite mound. They discovered that diurnal changes in the ambient temperature associated with the day-night cycle results in systemic ventilation inside the mound that flushes carbon dioxide out of the nest.

  

A team led by Wyss Core Faculty member L. Mahadevan traveled to India to investigate mounds of the termite species Odontotermes obesus, pictured. Pictured on the right, thermal images are superimposed on the same photo of the mound. The left half of the mound shows nighttime thermal distribution while the right half of the mound shows daytime thermal distribution. The cyclic day-night thermal oscillations create a closed-loop convection air current inside the mound, flushing carbon dioxide out and bringing fresh air in. Credits: Harvard University / Hunter King, Sam Ocko and Naomi Ocko

Mahadevan is also the Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Professor of Physics at Harvard University.

 

Termites use swarm intelligence and collective behavior to construct mounds on top of their deep subterranean nests. The mounds protect them from the external environment while allowing the insects to exchange energy, information, and matter with the outside world. This controlled micro-climate is constructed by the termites to manage heat, humidity and respiratory gas exchange, providing an optimal environment to grow the brood and fungi, which maintain a symbiotic relationship inside the mound. The fungi produce sugars on which the termites feed.

 

But until now, scientists have lacked direct measurement of the internal air flows of a colony’s mound to understand exactly how the geometry of the structure allows it to maintain precise internal climate control.

 

To investigate, two members of Mahadevan’s team traveled to India to study the mounds of the termite species Odontotermes obesus. Hunter King, Ph.D., Postdoctoral fellow in Applied Mathematics at the Harvard Paulson School of Applied Science and Engineering (SEAS) and Sam Ocko, a graduate student in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, instrumented the mounds to make direct measurements of their internal temperature, air velocity and carbon dioxide.

 

The team’s observations show that thin, outer channels of the mound heat up rapidly during the day when compared to the deeper tunnels in the mound, which causes air to circulate in a closed-loop convection cell. During the day, air moves up along the outer channels and down the center. At night, the flow is reversed. This reversal flushes out the carbon dioxide from deep inside the mound, and the gas then diffuses through the porous walls.

 

"Thus, the termite mound works like a slowly breathing lung, flushing CO2 out once a day and aerating the mound," said Mahadevan.

 

The design of these mounds could inspire novel architectures that similarly would take advantage of diurnal thermal oscillations to ventilate buildings.

 

The work was supported by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Human Frontiers Science Program.

 

wyss.harvard.edu/termite-mounds-could-inspire-new-ideas-f...

The sensitivity of architecture cannot afford to settle with its harmonious integration to the physical environment. Approaching, along with the physical, the built environment of historical inheritance, sustainable architecture is able to create a synergy that ties together ageless nature with distilled memory.

 

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Once upon a time, taking in consideration the concept of environmental care and sustainable architecture "the Tzar" expanded his property and built the bathroom.

 

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Once upon a time, taking in consideration the concept of environmental care and sustainable architecture "the Tzar" expanded his property and built the bathroom.

 

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Nikon L1bc filter

Diafine 3,5+3,5 min

KASHAN, Isfahan province, Iran — Beautiful Iranian desert architectural elements in rooftops of Kashan palaces, including vented domes and badgirs or wind catching towers for air conditioning using the desert wind and underground cold water storage.

 

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SHANGHAI, China — The spiraling curves of the imposing glass facade of the super-tall Shanghai Tower.

 

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The information centre on the main level of the Centre for Alternative Technology (in the southern part of Meirionydd, Gwynedd, northwestern Wales, near Machynlleth, which is in Powys, Mid Wales), on a mostly sunny morning in early May.

 

Like the other structures at the Centre, it is designed as an example of environmentally sustainable, green architecture. In this case, the building recalls traditional Japanese houses.

 

According to the Centre's Website (consulted 1 March 2014), "CAT is an education and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. We cover all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing." It was founded on the site of a former slate quarry in 1973 and has since expanded considerably from its original size and scope.

 

(My husband and I first visited it in 1989, then saw the extent of its growth when we returned in 2012.)

 

Slate blocks, chippings, and structures, such as the pool and fountain in this view, abound on the grounds of the Centre. This building included an information centre and display, a café, and a gift shop.

 

[Centre for Alternative Technology information building pool 2012 may 6 p; P1000256]

School of Medicine...the university portray the beautiful concept of sustainable architecture.Preserving flora and fauna around the campus such an impressive effort by the university.

California Academy of Sciences - www.calacademy.org/

 

This is a must see place if you're in the San Francisco area.

 

"Nearly 10 years and $500 million dollars in the making... The new Academy is a masterpiece in sustainable architecture, blends seamlessly into the park's natural setting, and is filled with hundreds of innovative exhibits and thousands of extraordinary plants and animals..."

Grimshaw was appointed to work in collaboration with local practice Jackson Architecture on the reorganisation and expansion of Southern Cross Station. As well as the transport interchange and associated track and signalling works, the redevelopment includes a major office building on Collins Street and a retail plaza serving the Central Business District’s west end.

 

The key generators for the station’s design were practical performance, ease of passenger circulation and an improved working environment for staff with sheltered, high-quality ticketing, baggage-handling, and waiting services. These are all equipped with comfortable seating, lighting and passenger information display systems.

 

The design focus of Southern Cross Station is the dune-like roof that covers an entire city block. The roof’s form plays a crucial role as part of the environmental envelope ensuring that it is symbol of sustainable architecture developed in response to the hot external climate and the internal need for diesel extraction and ambient cooling via natural ventilation.

Source: Grimshaw web site

  

Lilium Eco House is a contemporary and sustainable home, that combines old and new ways of living. The house is named after the lily flower. It is meant to be an eco-house with solar panels on the roof, large windows facing south and west, vegetables growing in the conservatory and garden, high levels of insulation and daylight and materials absorbing the warmth of the sun.

 

Downstairs you find the combined kitchen and living room. The tiled dark tan floor and the conservatory/greenhouse almost give the room an outdoor feeling. Downstairs you also find a bathroom and a TV-hide-away behind the stairs. Upstairs you find a hobby room, a bedroom and a terrace.

 

The house is built on moduverse plates and once you´ve taken the roof off it can be cut in half showing the full interiors.

 

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IMAS, Hobart

TERROIR were Architects in Association with John Wardle Architects for the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) in Hobart.

 

IMAS received multiple recognition in the 2014 Tasmanian Australian Institute of Architects Awards; The Alan C Walker Award for Public Architecture; Alexander North Award for Interior Architecture; Sustainable Architecture Award; Urban Design Award; COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture

In establishing IMAS the University of Tasmania (UTAS) has recognized the importance of this field of scientific endeavour in the context of a sustainable future - both local and global. The new building will be a portal into an institute that brings together researchers from a number of parallel groups to create what will become an internationally renowned global research hub. Responsive to this vision, the new building will underpin the social, cultural and economic life of the City of Hobart.

Set in the highly contested public realm that is the historic Hobart waterfront the design for the new building recalls the scale and pattern of the traditional wharf structures and responds to the nature of the working port. With a view to engaging with the public realm the new building exposes the activities within, and invites interest through making a substantial exhibition space and theatre accessible to the public.

 

The 7,130M2 building will accommodate academics and researchers from UTAS, IMAS, CSIRO, Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACECRC), and the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). Higher Degree Research students will be dispersed through the building to benefit from direct engagement with this diverse group. Undergraduate students will experience the collaborative learning and teaching laboratory spaces located at the ground floor. These spaces will also be visible from the public thoroughfare.

 

Laboratory facilities will be certified by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service to QC2 requirements. These spaces have been carefully planned to achieve flexibility and serviceability well into the future. Ultra cold rooms operating at -23° will accommodate the precious ice cores that are collected from Antarctica and transported back to Hobart. The Antarctic supply and research vessel Auroa Australis will berth at the adjacent Princes Wharf over the winter months.

 

In keeping with the greater vision for a sustainable future the new building will be heated and cooled by water drawn from the Derwent River. Inherent to the prominent site selected by UTAS this represents the single most significant opportunity to reduce energy consumption. The project will achieve a 5 Star Design rating assessed by the Green Star Education tool (V1)

Source:Terrior

The Senedd (English: Senate or Parliament; Welsh pronunciation: [ˈsɛnɛð]), also known as the National Assembly building,[1] houses the debating chamber and three committee rooms for the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff. The 5,308 square metres (57,100 sq ft) Senedd building was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 1 March 2006 and the total cost was £69.6 million, which included £49.7M in construction costs. The Senedd is part of the National Assembly estate that includes Tŷ Hywel and the Pierhead Building.

 

After two selection processes, the decision was taken that the debating chamber would be on a new site, called Site 1E, at Capital Waterside in Cardiff Bay. The Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Rogers won an international architectural design competition, managed by RIBA Competitions, to design the building. It was designed to be sustainable with use of renewable technologies and be energy efficient. The building was awarded an "Excellent" certification by the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), the highest ever awarded in Wales, and was nominated for the 2006 Stirling Prize.

 

The Senedd was constructed in two phases, the first in 2001 and the second from August 2003 until it was handed over to the National Assembly in February 2006. Between phases, the National Assembly changed contractors and the project's management structure, but retained Rogers as the scheme architect. The building was nearly six times over budget and four years and 10 months late, compared to the original estimates of the project in 1997. Total costs rose due to unforeseen security measures after the September 11 attacks, and because the National Assembly did not have an independent cost appraisal of the project until December 2000, three years after the original estimate. Phase 2 costs rose by less than 6% over budget, and that phase was six months late, due to information and communication technology (ICT) problems.

in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, California

 

Passive daylighting, recycled lumber, recycled fly ash concrete, solar energy, grey water recycling, rain water capture, mobile shade panels.

  

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Photography by Tom Bonner

IMAS, Hobart

TERROIR were Architects in Association with John Wardle Architects for the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) in Hobart.

 

IMAS received multiple recognition in the 2014 Tasmanian Australian Institute of Architects Awards; The Alan C Walker Award for Public Architecture; Alexander North Award for Interior Architecture; Sustainable Architecture Award; Urban Design Award; COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture

In establishing IMAS the University of Tasmania (UTAS) has recognized the importance of this field of scientific endeavour in the context of a sustainable future - both local and global. The new building will be a portal into an institute that brings together researchers from a number of parallel groups to create what will become an internationally renowned global research hub. Responsive to this vision, the new building will underpin the social, cultural and economic life of the City of Hobart.

Set in the highly contested public realm that is the historic Hobart waterfront the design for the new building recalls the scale and pattern of the traditional wharf structures and responds to the nature of the working port. With a view to engaging with the public realm the new building exposes the activities within, and invites interest through making a substantial exhibition space and theatre accessible to the public.

 

The 7,130M2 building will accommodate academics and researchers from UTAS, IMAS, CSIRO, Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACECRC), and the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). Higher Degree Research students will be dispersed through the building to benefit from direct engagement with this diverse group. Undergraduate students will experience the collaborative learning and teaching laboratory spaces located at the ground floor. These spaces will also be visible from the public thoroughfare.

 

Laboratory facilities will be certified by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service to QC2 requirements. These spaces have been carefully planned to achieve flexibility and serviceability well into the future. Ultra cold rooms operating at -23° will accommodate the precious ice cores that are collected from Antarctica and transported back to Hobart. The Antarctic supply and research vessel Auroa Australis will berth at the adjacent Princes Wharf over the winter months.

 

In keeping with the greater vision for a sustainable future the new building will be heated and cooled by water drawn from the Derwent River. Inherent to the prominent site selected by UTAS this represents the single most significant opportunity to reduce energy consumption. The project will achieve a 5 Star Design rating assessed by the Green Star Education tool (V1)

Source:Terrior

Thjs is an image of the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto. The architects for this project were Behnisch Architekten with Architects Alliance. I appreciate how the sustainable design features are integrated into the design of this building. It is a holistic approach to sustainable design.

  

Ashwini, favourite all time record John Denver Leaving On A Jet Plane.

Grafton Way, Fitzrovia London.

 

I was in a car driving when I saw Ashwini. It was after 6.30 so it was quite easy to park but I still had quite a lot of tracking down to do to actually find her but some people just have to be asked. Finally I saw 3 figures go into the Indian YMCA and it was then that I caught her up. Ashwini was talking to a friend when I asked her about the project and the next thing I knew we were in the street talking about her favourite song and talking photographs.

Her favourite song at that moment was Leaving On A Jet Plane because within a few weeks she was.........going back home to Bangalore after a year in London doing a masters degree in sustainable architecture. Arriving just after the riots in England last year and the first time being away from home it was evident Ashwini had a real gracious strength and obvious passion for her future career.

It was all done in a hurry as her mum and sister were arriving from India that evening so we exchanged numbers and arranged to meet again, it's always great to meet up with a stranger and do a longer session, it takes on a whole new dimension.

It was a couple of weeks after this that Ashwini left London to go home, and on the night she left she text me and part of the text said...' I'am missing London....I have only good memories........And was happy to be part of 100 strangers.....couldn't have been a better way to say bye to this city.....going back no more a stranger' which is a great compliment to this city and ultimately to this project !

To all those people on the discussion thread saying what should I do how does it work etc just do it, it's a lot better than thinking about doing it.

 

Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100Strangers.com

 

Here is a link to my 1st 100 strangers gallery

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The design focus of Southern Cross Station is the dune-like roof that covers an entire city block. The roof’s form plays a crucial role as part of the environmental envelope ensuring that it is symbol of sustainable architecture developed in response to the hot external climate and the internal need for diesel extraction and ambient cooling via natural ventilation.

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