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Sustainable Modernist Dwelling in South Downs National Park, England by G M Moore & Associates

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Article source: G M Moore & Associates

To design a replacement eco-friendly replacement dwelling.

The site is situated relatively high in the downs above the village of Rodmell near Lewes, East Sussex.

Image Courtesy © G M Moore & Associates

Image Courtesy © G M Moore & Associates

  • Architects: G M Moore & Associates
  • Project: Sustainable modernist dwelling
  • Location: South Downs National Park, England, UK


Belvedere for Koblenz in Germany by Dethier Architectures

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Article source: Dethier Architectures

Investing a historic site with cultural purpose

In 2011, Koblenz was chosen as the site for the Bundesgartenschau, a biennial horticultural show that drew 3.6 million visitors. Various structures were erected for the occasion, including a belvedere designed by Dethier Architectures. In addition to providing a lookout point, the belvedere has become a symbol of the city.

Image Courtesy © Thomas Faes

  • Architects: Dethier Architectures
  • Project: Belvedere for Koblenz
  • Location: Bleidenberg, 56068 Koblenz, Germany
  • Photography: Thomas Faes & Polizeiprasidium
  • Client: Federal Horticultural Show Koblenz 2011 GmbH forts and country Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Structural Engineering: Ney & Partners
  • General contractor: Timber Engineering Mohr GmbH

G-M House in Apulia region, Italy by Bart Conterio Architect

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Article source: Bart Conterio Architect

The G-M house is located in the South-Eastern extremity of Italy , and it is surrounded by the green typical olive trees and the blue Mediterranean Sea. The project is based on the principles of bio-climatic architecture and green building, through the perfect integration of architecture, landscape and micro climatic comfort. (consume less for a better life !!!).

G-M House

  • Architects: Bart Conterio Architect
  • Project: G-M house
  • Location: Capo di Leuca, province of Lecce, Apulia region, Italy
  • Software used: Energyplus, Autocad, Ecodesigner, Archicad, Google Sketchup, Maxwell Render EG


Detroit Sustainability Center in Michigan by Inform Studio

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Article source: Inform Studio

The Green Door Initiative, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and the Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum have partnered to develop the Detroit Sustainability Center (DSC), which envisions the resurgence of Detroit as a vibrant urban hub where all can thrive in environmental, economic and social health. The heart, pride and creativity of Detroit are the roots and catalyst for local and regional change.

Exterior Proposed

  • Architects: Inform Studio
  • Project: Detroit Sustainability Center
  • Location: Detroit, Michigan
  • Total Project: 14,747 sq. ft.
  • Construction Cost: $7.9 million
  • Client: The Green Door Initiative, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
  • Architect Team: Kenneth Van Tine, Gina Van Tine, Michael Guthrie, Cory Lavigne, Jordan Whitted, Anna Haezebrouck, Jeremy Ervin, Robert Miller
  • Landscape Architect: Conservation Design Forum
  • Mechanical/Electrical/Structural: URS Corporation


Viborg Town Hall in Denmark by Henning Larsen Architects

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Article source: Henning Larsen Architects
More projects by Henning Larsen Architects


With an energy-efficient design, solar cells on the roof and thermo-active slabs, Viborg Municipality will get Denmark’s first sustainable town hall – designed to provide the very best framework for the meeting with the citizens as well as an attractive work environment for the more than 900 employees in the central administration.

Exterior View (Photo by Thorbjoern Hansen Kontraframe)

  • Architect: Henning larsen architects
  • Name of Project: Viborg Town Hall
  • Location: Viborg, Denmark
  • Photos: Thorbjoern Hansen Kontraframe


San Francisco Waldorf High School receives LEED Gold Certification

Sunday, September 25th, 2011




SAN FRANCISCO – September 16, 2011¬– As the first school in San Francisco to be awarded the coveted LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council,  San Francisco Waldorf High School begins the 2011-12 academic year with a tremendous accomplishment to celebrate. The award was received for San Francisco Waldorf’s new 1.7 acre high school campus in West Portal, located in what was formerly a Pacific Bell call center. The centerpiece of the project, led by David Bushnell of the San Francisco based 450 architects, involved the conversion of a 1970s-era 23,000-square-foot concrete structure into a sustainable learning environment featuring classrooms, science labs, art studios, a library, and administrative spaces. This marks the first time that a school in San Francisco has obtained LEED Gold certification.

The overall goal of the project was to create an environment that is in harmony with the philosophy of Waldorf Education. Perhaps the greatest reflection of this success is the fact that the building itself will be incorporated into the curriculum as an educational resource for environmental studies. The principals of the Waldorf philosophy and the actual building serve as a teaching tool for students, demonstrating how to become actively involved in today’s social issues.

In order to achieve the LEED Gold designation, the design team sought improvements that not only make the school environmentally friendly, but also have a positive impact on the daily lives of the students, faculty, and staff. The architects designed Waldorf High School to connect the students to their environment by visually integrating the building with the surrounding eucalyptus grove.  In addition to reducing water usage, increasing energy efficiency, and using a high percentage of recycled and repurposed materials, the architects of the project created better air and light quality that are conducive to learning.  To that end, they installed a state-of-the-art HVAC system that monitors and controls the level of carbon dioxide in the classrooms, as CO2 levels are known to directly affect brain function.  They also replaced the existing fixed windows with operable wood windows to provide fresh air and give the learning spaces a connection to nature. One teacher remarked that the quality of the light and air was so refreshing that she felt like she was outside.

The Waldorf curriculum is designed to help students achieve their full potential. Every aspect of the high school experience, from the science lab to the playing field, to internships and community service, is viewed not only from the standpoint of academic preparation, but also from its contribution to the student’s developing sense of self. Through its emphasis on ethical values and social responsibility, Waldorf education helps students become a force for transformation in the world. Studies have found that Waldorf students have a tremendous degree of social responsibility and are unusually oriented towards improving social conditions.

“The reaction to the new campus has been tremendously positive,” said 450 architects principal David Bushnell, AIA.  “With one daughter a recent graduate and one a current student, I have a unique insight into how the facility is meeting the needs of our young people.  And what I’ve seen continues to amaze me.  The school’s main goals are to provide our students the basis on which to develop into free, morally responsible, and integrated individuals and I can’t think of a better way to do this than to demonstrate our commitment through putting into practice these philosophies in a concrete building project.  They are inspired by what we’ve done and are now coming forward with projects that build upon lessons learned from our project.”

Founded by Bushnell and his partner, Richard Lee Parker, 450 architects has a common vision that architecture is an art that can be formed as well as give form to who we are and how we feel, both in the present and for generations to come.  The studio exemplifies dedication to the client and attention to detail, while being fully committed to green building principles and embracing a spirit of advocacy and activism.  The firm has worked on a variety of projects including (we chose these from the website/can be edited by Bushnell) The Argonne Child Development Center, Japanese Weekend commercial building, and residences extending from Sonoma County to Europe.

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Media Contact:
David Bushnell
450 architects

Mitch Mitchell
San Francisco Waldorf School

A New School Vision in Cleveland, Ohio by ShortList_0 Design Group (designed using Autodesk Revit)

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Article source: Bill Caplan

Proposed for Cleveland Ohio’s new Campus International School (CIS), this unique world of learning emerges from below street level, clad in triple-pane glass and solar panels. With an open classroom plan situated on the continuous spiral of wedge shaped platforms, traditional floor planes are eliminated, an outside-the-box experience to inspire learning and participation at all ages. Each platform elevates one step around a central atrium, This ADA compliant spiral commences at street level, from which the Elementary School winds down 18ft (5.5m) to the Physical Education platform, and up 42ft (12.8m) from street level for the Middle and High Schools. With an inviting arc of exterior steps, the CIS relates to the Cleveland State University Payne Avenue campus and to the Cleveland community via a bridge to the 18th Street arrival area.

The southwest elevation, with its integrated photovoltaics, emerges from a surface below street level

  • Architects: ShortList_O Design Group
  • Project: A New School Vision
  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Design Proposal: ShortList_0 Design Group LLC
  • Project Name: Campus International School – A New School Vision
  • Designer: Bill Caplan, 2011
  • Site Area: approximately 5.5 acres (22,000sm)
  • Building Footprint: 53,000sf (4,900sm)
  • Program: School with Grades Kindergarten through 12
  • Sustainable Design Technologies: Building Integrated PV and Solar Thermal panels
  • Annual Output Capability: 90,000 kWh
  • Software used: Revit


Harvest Green Project by Romses Architects

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Article source: Romses Architects


“We can not overestimate the transformative power of food and agriculture. A sustainable agri-food system can be harnessed to realize enormous benefits to BC community objectives such as improving BC health, strengthening local economies, and reducing climate emissions. Planning communities in BC around food to create sustainable food and agriculture systems is not only possible, it is essential. “Foregrounding” food across this province is one of the top priorities for BC in the 21st century.”

Mark Holland and Janine de la Salle,

“12 Big Ideas to Shape B.C.’s Resilient Future”, Vancouver Sun

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Broken House near Katowice, Poland by KWKpromes

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Article source: KWK Promes arch. Robert Konieczny

The building is located on the outskirts of Katowice, near a forest, on land deteriorated by 4th category mining damage, where tectonic faults are a possibility.

How a House may Balance on Sinking Ground



Architects: KWK Promes arch. Robert Konieczny
Client: Private
Structural Engineering: Jaroslaw Kamiński
Site Area: 3500 Square Meters
Usable Floor Area: 330 Square Meters
Volume: 1036 Cubic Meters
Design: 2000
Construction: 2001-02


O’ Mighty Green by Beatriz Ramo

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Article Source: Beatriz Ramo
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Sustainability currently shares many qualities with God; supreme concept, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; creator and judge, protector, and (…) saviour of the universe and the humanity. And, like God, it has millions of believers. Since weWwW humans are relatively simpleminded and suspicious and need evidence before belief can become conviction, Green has come to represent sustainability; has become its incarnation in the human world. But sustainability, like God, might not have a form, nor a colour…


Eco-Pantheon, Rome 126AD


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