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Green Village in Bali, Indonesia by IBUKU

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

connected to the earth, connected to the world

Green Village: A Green Residential Community A Short Walk to Green School

Set within a rural landscape along Bali Ayung’s river, Green Village is a planned community based on design concepts and sustainable principles established by the artisans and craftsmen that built Green School.

Green Village by IBUKU

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GGA Offices in Washington DC by Group Goetz Architects (GGA)

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

GGA’s objective was to create a forward thinking workplace for its business with a new paradigm focused on flexible and collaborative space that would be a contributor of a healthful environment and lifestyle. Expanding on a simple program, GGA designed the 16,000 SF offices without walls to improve communication and collaboration, to encourage learning and sharing of information, and to take advantage of the enormous amount of natural light permeating the perimeter glass walls of the space. The commitment to openness started at the highest level in the organization and therefore the workplace has no private offices. The design culminated in achieving LEED® 2.0 Platinum Certification from USGBC, as the first design office in the Washington, DC area to achieve this distinction.

GGA Offices

  • Architects: Group Goetz Architects (GGA)
  • Size: 16,000 SF
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Year Completed: January 2009
  • Photo Credit: GGA Staff
  • Contractor: Dietze Construction Group
  • MEP Engineer: CS Consulting Engineers
  • Developer: Carlyle Group

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The Morphing Kinetower by Kinetura designed using Maya

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Responsive architecture, a tower as an energy-regulator


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The Kinetower is Kinetura’s concept for a building whose façade elements responds to the sunlight or for the user inside

  • Design by Kinetura: Xaveer Claerhout and Barbara Van Biervliet.
  • Article source: Kinetura
  • Software used: Maya

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University of Minnesota, Morris, Welcome Center by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle designed using Revit

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Located on Minnesota’s vast western prairie, the University of Minnesota, Morris, is a national leader in campus sustainability—through sustainable development and the addition of its own wind power generator and biomass energy plant. This renovation of a two-story, 18,700 square-foot 1915 historic building serves two purposes: to act as a gateway for all visitors (including prospective students, parents, and alumni) and be a centerpiece for the campus’ commitment to sustainable design.

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  • Architect: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd., Architect & Interior Designer
  • Name of Project: University of Minnesota, Morris, Welcome Center
  • Location: Morris, Minnesota
  • Year: 2009
  • Collaborators: Karges-Faulconbridge, Inc., Mechanical/Electrical Engineers, BKBM Engineers, Structural/Civil Engineers, Oslund and Associates, Inc., Landscape Architect, JE Dunn Construction North Central, General Contractor
  • Area: 18,700 square-feet
  • Photo credits: Lara Swimmer Photography
  • Software Used: Revit

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Solar Plaza Fargo in Fargo, North Dakota, USA by ShortList_0 Design Group (designed using Maya and Revit)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

PROPOSAL FOR FARGO, ND:  This new downtown destination is a place to congregate, shop, eat, live and work.  It also generates its own solar power.  The Solar Plaza’s unique sculptural shape, with sweeping solar panel surface and curvaceous wraparound glass, adds a new dimension to the progressive development of renewable resources.

Solar Building Plaza Entrance

  • Architect: ShortList_0 Design Group LLC
  • Project Name: Solar Plaza Fargo
  • Location: Fargo, North Dakota, USA
  • Sustainable Design Proposal: ShortList_0 Design Group
  • Designer: Bill Caplan, 2010
  • Site Area: approximately 90,000 sf
  • Program:   Mixed Use retail, office, residential and civic plaza
  • Space Allocation (8 stories): 54,000 sf retail; 38,000 sf office; 76,000 sf residential
  • Parking: 400 cars on two sublevels
  • Primary Sustainable Design Technology: Building Integrated PV Solar Panels
  • Annual Output Capability: 850,000 kWh
  • Average Monthly Capability: 70,000 kWh/mo
  • Software Used: Revit, Maya

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Masdar Plaza, Oasis of the Future, in UAE by LAVA

Monday, March 21st, 2011

The City of the Future

The future well being of cities around the globe depends on mankind’s ability to develop and integrate sustainable technology.
Masdar City is the city of the future; positioned at the forefront of integrating sustainable technology into modern architectural design. Rome, Athens, Florence; most great historical cities have had the plaza, forum, or square at their epicentre – where the life, values, ideals, and vision of the population evolved. Equally, the centre of Masdar must be an iconic beacon that attracts global attention to sustainable technology.

Perspective Plaza Day - (c) MIR

  • Architect: LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) l-a-v-a.net
  • Location: Masdar, UAE
  • Client: Masdar Future Energy Company
  • Status: competition win. Construction 2009-2013

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Arizona Medical Education Building in Phoenix by CO Architects

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Arizona Medical Education Building Breaks New Ground; Award-Winning Design Exemplifies New, Interdisciplinary Teaching, Research

PHOENIX: The physical manifestation of a new, interdisciplinary approach to health sciences education and research is rising from the flat pans of downtown Phoenix in the form of an architecturally expressive, world-class, sustainable educational facility. Currently under construction, the project recently won a 2010 NEXT LA Citation Award given to “on-the-boards” projects by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Phoenix HSEB North Facade

  • Project Team:
  • Owner: City of Phoenix
  • Client: Arizona Board of Regents
  • Users: University of Arizona/Northern Arizona University
  • Design and Executive Architect: CO Architects
  • Associate Architect and Master Planner: Ayers Saint Gross
  • Preconstruction/Construction Manager at Risk Contractor: DPR • Sundt, a Joint Venture of DPR Construction and Sundt Construction, Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: JJR
  • Lighting Designer: Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Lighting
  • Structural Engineer: John A. Martin & Associates
  • MEP Engineer: AEI Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: Dibble Engineering
  • Climate Engineer: Transsolar Energietechnik
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Professional Service Industries
  • Fire Protection/Code Consultant: Rolf Jensen & Associates
  • Loading/Vertical Transportation Consultant: Lerch Bates
  • Audiovisual Technology: The Sextant Group
  • Cost Estimator: Davis Langdon

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E2 Ecology and Economy in City of Kouvola, Finland by BIG

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Corbusier’s DOM-INO system was developed to industrialize construction with the new technologies of concrete structures at the time, and bring qualitative space to the masses. Today we face different challenges that call for new solutions.

Model 01

  • Architect: BIG
  • Name of Project: E2 Ecology and Economy
  • Location: City of Kouvola, Finland
  • Program: Housing
  • Publish date: March 15, 2011
  • Type: Prequalified Competition
  • Size: 15,000m2, 8-story prefabricated wood construction
  • Client: City of Kouvola, Finland, SITRA-Finnish Innovation Fund
  • Collaborators: AOA, Pirmin Jung Holzbauingenieur, Vahanen, Stora Enso
  • Status: 1st Prize / In Progress
  • Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
  • Project Leader: Brian Yang
  • Team: Krista Meskanen, Jelena Vucic, Alina Tamosiunaite, Alessandro Ronfini, Cecilia Ho, Elisha Nathoo, Sunming Lee, Long Zhuo, Mads Bjorn Christiansen

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Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8 Headquarters, Denver, Coloradon by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Located on the corner of Wynkoop and 16th streets in Denver’s Lower Downtown District, the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 8 Headquarters building sits on an urban brownfield that formerly housed a U.S. Postal Annex.

EPA Headquarters

  • Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, LLP
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • Completed: January 2007

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Hydra Skyscraper by Vlastic, Vuk Djordjevic, Ana Lazovic and Milica Stankovic

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

What would happen when the ultimate source of energy could be free for all humans, when it could be possible to replace all fossil fuels with   alternative ? In an effort to reduce global climate change, we made a facility which can produce the most rewarding alternative sources of sustainable energy – Hydrogen . As we know hydrogen does not exist alone in nature, and it is a very important element because it can be used as a non-toxic energy storage and transport medium. Hydrogen can provide a promising method to help the World to achieve energy independence, make strides in environmental stewardship, and develop a thriving economy.

Research Facility

  • Architects: Milos Vlastic, Vuk Djordjevic, Ana Lazovic and Milica Stankovic
  • Project: Hydra Skyscraper

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