Archinect - News 2014-11-24T09:16:10-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105962294/winners-of-the-behind-the-green-door-a-critical-look-at-sustainable-architecture-through-600-objects-book-giveaway Winners of the "Behind the Green Door - A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects" book giveaway Justine Testado 2014-08-07T13:00:00-04:00 >2014-08-07T13:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/et/etsckglu42rastb0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Time to announce the winners of the Rotor + Oslo Architectural Triennale <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103269777/win-a-copy-of-behind-the-green-door-a-critical-look-at-sustainable-architecture-through-600-objects-published-by-rotor-and-the-2013-oslo-architectural-triennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Behind the Green Door" book giveaway</a> we had last month.</p><p>Based on the acclaimed exhibition and one-year-long research of Belgian creative collective Rotor for the 2013 <a href="http://oslotriennale.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oslo Architectural Triennale</a>, <em>Behind the Green Door</em> questions the concept of sustainability, its paradoxes, and its widespread influence in architectural development and urban planning in recent decades.</p><p>The winners are:</p><ul><li><strong>Jenny V.</strong> - Chicago, IL</li><li><strong>Wendy L.</strong> - New York, NY</li><li><strong>Michael B</strong>. - San Antonio, TX</li><li><strong>Yaprak H</strong>. - Montreal, Canada</li><li><strong>Chuck F.</strong> - Los Angeles, CA</li></ul><p>Congrats! Thanks to everyone who participated.</p><p>Want to enter another giveaway?<strong> </strong>Check out the <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105955054/win-a-copy-of-the-reprinted-lvaro-siza-viagem-sem-programa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Agrave;lvaro Siza book giveaway</a></strong> we just launched!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95359906/win-a-place-in-the-sun-green-living-and-the-solar-home Win "A Place in the Sun: Green Living and the Solar Home" Justine Testado 2014-07-09T14:21:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T17:00:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9dqxm8figb5qzrln.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Need some ideas for designing a solar home or to make your space a little greener? "A Place in the Sun: Green Living and the Solar Home" could be a helpful guide -- and Archinect is giving away 5 copies to our readers.</p><p>Released this past April, the 228-page hardcover book by green-living writer and advocate Stephen Snyder includes an intro by John Hix of John Hix Architect Studios, over 200 color illustrations, and 28 featured profiles on green residences.</p><p><strong>To enter this random drawing, fill out&nbsp;<a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&amp;formkey=dFJSR2JQMXZyWnVPd3ZLUS1keGJsa3c6MA#gid=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this survey</a>&nbsp;by midnight Friday, July 11.</strong>&nbsp;Winners will be selected at random. Good luck!</p><p>Here's more detail into the book:<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m7gigmfal7u5b5ip.jpg"><br><br>"The book vividly demonstrates that living green does not have to mean sacrificing comfort and living with less...Snyder demonstrates that the new solar home is also the new energy-efficient home, the new geothermal home, the new rainwater-harvesting home, and even the new recycled home. This generation of sustainable residences applies earth-friendly techniques throughout&mdash;in ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99840077/boeri-studio-s-bosco-verticale-in-milan-makes-the-forest-tower-fantasy-a-reality Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale in Milan makes the forest tower fantasy a reality Justine Testado 2014-05-16T14:14:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T20:22:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/94/94bwbzi8ld04y0lx.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1644/stefano-boeri-architetti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boeri Studio</a> will soon realize the dream of the forest tower with Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest -- and they're building two. The thought of a tower "built" out of living greenery has been rendered by architects numerous times, it has reached the point where it's considered <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89295240/eco-porn-competition-results-expose-the-sassy-side-of-green-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a trope of green architecture</a>. But from an idealistic view, seeing the tree-tower design get past the planning stage and move toward completion is quite refreshing, if not intriguing, to say the least.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/le/leosrlvkg74mwzql.jpg"></p><p>Located in Milan's redeveloping complex of Porta Nuova Isola, Vertical Forest was designed to help alleviate the city's increasing air pollution problem and provide a biological urban habitat in a total area of 40,000&nbsp;m2.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0exx4xo3omq1tel2.jpg"></p><p>The towers -- at 110 meters and 76 meters tall -- allegedly have 900 trees (measuring between 3m-6m) already planted in the residential balconies, along with 5,000 shrubs and 11,000 floral plants on terraces up to the 27th floor. As described by the studio, the vast number of plants will not on...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98511939/aia-announces-the-2014-cote-top-ten-green-projects AIA announces the 2014 COTE Top Ten Green Projects Justine Testado 2014-04-22T21:05:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T12:52:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gx/gxg2hz3ezjuyz1u3.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since it's Earth Day, here are the 18th annual Top Ten Green Projects just announced by the AIA and their Committee on the Environment (COTE). The awards program is the best known in the field for recognizing excellence in sustainable architecture and ecological design. Additionally, AIA and COTE awarded one project as the Top Ten Plus Project, which honors a past Top Ten Green Project that demonstrates through quantifiable metrics the impact of sustainable design and technology.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winners will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago this June.</p><p>Have a look at this year's winning projects below.</p><p>Pictured above: <strong>Arizona State University Student Health Services; Tempe, Arizona</strong><br>by Lake|Flato Architects + Orcutt|Winslow&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Bud Clark Commons; Portland, Oregon </strong><br>by Holst Architecture</p><p><strong><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1b52bfjyjvvft0xp.jpg"></strong></p><p><strong>Bushwick Inlet Park; Brooklyn, New York </strong><br>by Kiss + Cathcart, Architects</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nq/nqe6qon687xq8rwd.jpg"></p><p><strong>Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building Modernization; Portland, Oregon&nbsp;</strong><br>by SERA Architects in association with Cutler Anderson Architects<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e0/e0zsb641tkmb8b36.jpg"></p><p><strong>Gateway Center - SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science &amp; Forestry; Syracuse, NY</strong><br>by Architerra</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s10a4d1e7zenagv1.jpg"></p><p><strong>John &amp; Frances Angelos Law Center; Baltimore</strong><br>by Behnisch Architekten and Ayers Saint Gross</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9h/9hg29h9qnlpin5w1.jpg"></p><p><strong>Sustainability Treehouse; Glen Jean, West Virginia Design</strong><br>by Mithun (Architect); BNIM (Executive Architect/Architect of Record)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0u/0uc8dalke9i1t3v2.jpg"></p><p><strong>The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters; Los Altos California</strong><br>by EHDD</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yn/ynf49dpjw50t2yth.jpg"></p><p><strong>U.S. Land Port of Entry; Warroad, Minnesota</strong><br>by Snow K...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98218917/the-urban-algae-canopy-shows-the-power-of-algaetecture-for-milan-expo-2015 The Urban Algae Canopy shows the power of "algaetecture" for Milan Expo 2015 Justine Testado 2014-04-17T19:27:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T20:51:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ld2hb4ishvmadbq0.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Here's another look at what to expect at the <a href="http://en.expo2015.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Expo</a> in 2015. As part of the Expo's Future Food District project, the Urban Algae Canopy shows the great potential of micro algae organisms for integrative greener, cleaner bio-digital architecture. London-based <a href="http://www.ecologicstudio.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ecoLogicStudio</a> designed the pavilion in collaboration with local architect <a href="http://cesaregriffa.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cesare Griffa</a>.</p><p>Full-scale prototypes of the pavilion are currently being previewed at the INTERNI &lsquo;Feeding New Ideas for the City&rsquo; exhibition at Cortile d&rsquo;Onore, University of Milan, Festa del Perdono happening until April 18.</p><p>Once it's fully built, the canopy will be able to produce oxygen equivalent to 4 hectares of woodland and up to 150kg of biomass per day -- 60% of which are natural vegetal proteins.</p><p>Dig into the project details right below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wv/wvemft8agvhqy7bd.jpg"></p><p>"The Urban Algae Canopy, based on ecoLogicStudio&rsquo;s six years long research on building integrated bio-digital systems, is presented here with a 1:1 scale prototype of the world&rsquo;s first bio-digital canopy integra...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90086517/ostim-eco-park-competition-entry-by-onz-architects Ostim Eco-Park competition entry by ONZ Architects Justine Testado 2013-12-30T20:49:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:29:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v6/v6d00naofmoiwzfj.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>ONZ Architects participated in a restricted competition - among eight other teams - to design the Ostim Eco-Park, a green technological and research hub for the industrial region of Ostim in Ankara, Turkey.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Although <a href="http://archinect.com/onzarchitects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ONZ Architects</a>' proposal did not come out as the competition winner, we're happy to present it in more detail below.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bb/bb3gbkv3xkwdbg6w.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fc/fcziwoh4lf46auo1.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ci/cijf324b3epi2fqs.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/an/anwe4b5xd67oc5h6.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0q0j07uvlbjwwuw.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ui/uiq91kmt3icravxh.jpg" title=""><br><br><em>All images courtesy of ONZ Architects.</em></p> <p> Click the thumbnails below for additional images.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89295240/eco-porn-competition-results-expose-the-sassy-side-of-green-architecture Eco-Porn Competition results expose the sassy side of green architecture Justine Testado 2013-12-20T14:29:00-05:00 >2013-12-27T12:40:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vr/vr9j8qi4p4y7kfh4.jpg" width="514" height="797" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Participants in Reality Cues' cheeky Eco-Porn Competition got to have some fun with the green architecture trend. But since there weren't enough submissions to go through with the full judging process, only Honorable Mentions were given.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's a handful of the entries that piqued our interest:<br><br><strong>Floramorphism: Bloominating Inorganic Objects by BanG studio &ndash; Babak Bryan &amp; Henry Grosman</strong><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vz/vzn6wlwa59hxuefj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <br><strong>If Robert Moses had his way in 1941&hellip; by Ida Tam</strong><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5j/5jvhxer73osl2u6o.jpg" title=""><br><br><br><strong>Tower of Babel by Feliks Bochenek</strong><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/atsipycnf9szskc8.jpg" title=""><br><br><br><strong>The Green Roof Trope by Eric Karasek</strong><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/45z2ppdbm33xte5x.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87395137/grimshaw-completes-the-nature-inspired-ecorium-their-first-project-in-asia Grimshaw completes the nature-inspired Ecorium, their first project in Asia Justine Testado 2013-11-25T20:14:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T22:51:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jr/jr6uvm9jxizutl6l.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22827902/grimshaw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> recently announced the completion of the Ecorium at the National Ecology Center in Seocheon, South Korea -- making this the firm's first project in Asia.</p> <p> The newly built ecological educational and research center gives visitors a first-hand experience to learn about the Earth's ecosystems all in one place.</p> <p> Below are more details on the project:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qc100pa9b7xl97w.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "The project, which was secured through a turnkey design and build competition hosted by Korea&rsquo;s Ministry of the Environment, uses nature as an immersive teaching tool to showcase the world&rsquo;s diverse ecosystems. Grimshaw&rsquo;s New York studio was appointed by Samsung Construction and worked alongside Samoo Architects and Engineers.</p> <p> The project concept is inspired by the form of an oxbow lake, an aquatic body created by the evolving erosion of a meandering river. The masterplan guides the visitor flow through a series of botanical gardens and into Ecorium."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qh/qh4gxwe7mmyd7us2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "Visitors travel through five biomes, seeing, hearing...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79552302/seeing-too-much-green-reality-cues-eco-porn-competition Seeing (Too Much) Green: Reality Cues' Eco-Porn Competition Justine Testado 2013-08-15T21:41:00-04:00 >2014-05-15T18:47:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/49/49b22e9999898272cbec45bd0e69f37e.jpg" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether by accident or on purpose, we've all seen it somehow.</p><p>The <a href="http://realitycues.com/tropes/the-eco-porn-competition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eco-Porn Competition</a>, which launched on August 11, is the latest in Reality Cues' series of tongue-in-cheek competitions that point out the tropes in architecture. The series gives entrants a chance to be sassy yet reverent with their submissions, while opening a broader discussion on various architectural trends. This time around, Reality Cues is looking for some top-notch Eco-Porn in the green architecture trend.</p><p>Sustainability, now a requirement in modern architectural projects, has brought about revolutionary ideas into the field. But there are those questionable renderings that go a little too far, adding excessive greenery and other common eco-friendly paraphernalia to merely sell the project as sustainable (a.k.a. eco-porn). The competition questions the motives behind this trend: Are architects seeing too much green?</p><p>Entries are being accepted until Sept. 21. Winners will be announced by Reality Cues on Oct. 31.</p><p><em>B...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78760079/harvest-dome-2-0-is-finally-afloat Harvest Dome 2.0 is finally afloat Justine Testado 2013-08-05T17:39:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T21:01:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mk/mkhva8jrn27xu09u.jpg" width="514" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> After two years of steadfast trial and inevitable error, Harvest Dome 2.0 was finally docked into the Harlem River at the Inwood Hill Park Inlet in New York during its debut last week.</p> <p> Created by husband-and-wife team Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of <a href="http://sloarchitecture.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SLO Architecture</a>, the first Harvest Dome crashed into Rikers Island where it was later destroyed by NYC's Department of Correction in October 2011. Without losing hope, Schachter and Levi launched a <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/481224446/harvest-dome-20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter fund</a> we helped promote last year to build Harvest Dome 2.0. And to their success, they raised $7,596 out of their $7,500 minimum goal.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uc/uckd5xuhfser74u4.jpg" title=""><br><br> The cactus-like 24-foot-diameter orb was built entirely out of over 400 disposed umbrella skeletons collected around NYC and a ring of 128 two-liter soda bottles to keep it afloat. A bright addition to Harvest Dome 2.0 is the LED lights inserted into each bottle to create a glowing halo that illuminates the river at night.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jm/jmkni0cpczdrdq6a.jpg" title=""><br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4d/4dt4iigqmr39ow5p.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The dome was built as an artistic representation of NYC'...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/45767427/orange-barrel-media-announces-leed-platinum-headquarters-in-columbus Orange Barrel Media Announces LEED Platinum Headquarters in Columbus WalkerEvans 2012-04-21T11:46:00-04:00 >2012-04-21T11:47:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b3jor6lyh6n005t1.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new Orange Barrel HQ will reuse existing concrete storage silos and a renovated 10,000-sqft warehouse with a new 10,000-sqft addition. OBM President Pete Scantland says they&rsquo;re aiming for LEED Platinum certification with the project. Solar panels will be located on the back side of a 120-foot tall structure rising above the new offices, while the front side will provide a showpiece advertising space.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Orange Barrel Media is a nine-year-old outdoor wallscape mural design and advertising firm that serves markets in New York, Boston, Charlotte, Columbus, Denver, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Yesterday, they announced a new headquarters in Columbus that includes an innovative solar-panel advertising tower and 20,000 square feet of space on a former concrete mixing plant adjacent to Downtown.</p> <p> The new development was designed by George Acock of Acock Associates with Landscape Architecture done by Keith Meyers and his team at MSI+KKG.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/16635320/1-5-billion-star-trek-theme-park-announced-for-jordan $1.5 Billion Star Trek Theme Park Announced for Jordan MikeChino 2011-08-12T16:47:56-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gj/gjnuc0hm02zchxx7.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>King Abdullah of Jordan, who was once an extra in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, has given the green light to a $1.5 billion Star Trek-inspired theme park that will boldly take Jordan where no Gulf state has gone before. While the theme park will not be powered by dilithium crystals, it will utilize green technology in order to lower its carbon footprint.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> Hanin Fakhriddin, IP &amp; Brand Protection Manager at Rubicon Group, one of the creators behind the theme park, just contacted us from Amman, Jordan and pointed out that "the Theme Park is not a Star Trek Theme Park, nor a theme park revolving around Star Trek. It will be dedicated to our region&rsquo;s history and culture. A section of the park will be dedicated to the future, and this is where the Star Trek attraction will be."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/15428474/the-6-most-dubious-green-projects-from-dubai The 6 Most Dubious “Green” Projects from Dubai MikeChino 2011-08-01T17:11:22-04:00 >2011-08-01T20:27:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fxia7ayg446ce4iy.jpg" width="514" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite a handful of genuinely sustainable developments taking place in Dubai, the Emirate has an embarrassing reputation for realizing some of the world's most absurd "green" projects. Inhabitat has compiled a list of our favorite to poke fun at, including the world's tallest tennis court.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/11626444/raumlabor-s-big-crunch-is-an-incredible-building-made-from-discarded-materials Raumlabor’s ‘Big Crunch’ is an Incredible Building Made from Discarded Materials MikeChino 2011-06-29T14:29:51-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ti/ti7x5jx77x7t3cll.jpg" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Raumlabor just completed construction on "The Big Crunch" - a recycled building made from a heap of discarded objects. The mound of materials is condensed in a theater plaza from all over the area, seemingly to move like a small wave cresting on the Georg-B&uuml;chner-Platz grounds in Darmstadt, Germany.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/10131653/747-recycled-airplane-wing-house-completed-in-malibu 747 Recycled Airplane Wing House Completed in Malibu MikeChino 2011-06-16T14:15:20-04:00 >2011-06-16T14:34:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6w/6wkn8hq731obie0t.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Built from a decommissioned Boeing 747, the home features a floating roof made out of the plane's wings that results in a curvilinear home with large floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the sights of the Malibu mountains and Pacific Ocean below.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Inhabitat has just received the first photos of David Hertz Architects' completed 747 wing house in Malibu.</p>