Archinect - News 2014-09-01T19:24:20-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/86835362/cradle-to-cradle-innovation-challenge-2013-winners-reinvent-safe-sustainable-building-products Cradle to Cradle Innovation Challenge 2013 Winners reinvent safe, sustainable building products Justine Testado 2013-11-18T13:59:00-05:00 >2014-08-18T17:16:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ug/ugthhc3p7zf7pil4.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Make It Right honored the winners of their Innovation Challenge on Nov. 15 at the Innovation Celebration in New York City. The challenge was established in 2012 as a chance for innovators to reinvent and respond to the issues on how building products are designed, manufactured, and consumed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Starting from 144 applicants to 10 finalists, the jury chose four winners:</p><ul><li>1st place: bioMASON biobrick</li><li>2nd place: Ecovative Mushroom Insulation</li><li>3rd place tie: ECOR Universal Construction Panels and ROMA Domus Mineral Paints</li></ul><p>Ecovative is also the winner of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84774322/mushroom-plastics-initiative-ecovative-wins-2013-buckminster-fuller-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76899458/seaweed-clad-house-in-denmark-combines-natural-materials-with-21st-century-building-techniques Seaweed-Clad House in Denmark Combines Natural Materials With 21st Century Building Techniques MikeChino 2013-07-12T18:17:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T18:20:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/49/49gp9udbqq3gsxka.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Danish non-profit organization Realdania Byg commissioned Vandkunsten architecture studio to design a holiday house that combines the most up-to-date construction techniques with local traditional materials. The architects designed and built a traditional house clad in seaweed&mdash;a material that was once used in hundreds of homes on then Danish island of L&aelig;s&oslash;, of which only 20 remain today.</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/73254561/ed-mazria-announces-his-2030-palette-design-tool Ed Mazria announces his 2030 Palette design tool Andrew Michler 2013-05-16T14:35:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:06:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5k/5k8d913e1insuwka.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2030 Palette is an interactive online tool that puts the principles behind low-carbon and resilient built environments at the fingertips of architects, planners and designers worldwide. Our goal is to inform the planning and design process at the point of inspiration. By curating the best information... highly complex ideas are made intuitive and accessible. Guiding principles are presented as individual &ldquo;Swatches&rdquo;, which together make up the larger fabric of sustainable built environments.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rt/rtckfquvasngjfsw.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The site - <a href="http://www.2030palette.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.2030palette.org</a> - looks like a very useful&nbsp;resource. Could be useful for&nbsp;designers&nbsp;but even more so for client to get by in when trying "new"&nbsp;strategies.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72198848/ideas-and-inspiration-from-ancient-rome Ideas and Inspiration from Ancient Rome Anna Johnson 2013-04-30T11:12:00-04:00 >2013-05-02T06:28:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c0oq5u6npk3mcjh.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Australia, we tend to think of green building as &lsquo;high tech&rsquo; and &lsquo;high spec.&rsquo; However, if we take a look at ancient Roman structures, it is clear that green building was on display even then, and without all of the high tech innovations we have available to us in the 21st century.</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/60051394/piezoelectric-energy-generating-scene-sensor-wins-the-2012-land-art-generator-initiative-competition-for-freshkills-park Piezoelectric Energy-Generating “Scene Sensor” Wins the 2012 Land Art Generator Initiative Competition for Freshkills Park MikeChino 2012-10-25T20:22:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T23:26:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fj/fj6zjutd5m40f68k.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Land Art Generator Initiative just announced the winner of its 2012 design competition moments ago in New York City. "Scene Sensor", designed by artists James Murray and Shota Vashakmadze, is a striking piezoelectric energy-generating art project designed to be installed above and below the surface of the Staten Island park.</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/26648463/africa-s-first-plastic-bottle-house-rises-in-nigeria Africa's First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria MikeChino 2011-11-07T15:07:21-05:00 >2011-11-14T12:21:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kgn4kk7wd0fqdw8p.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Development Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) &ndash; an NGO based in Nigeria &ndash; is almost finished with an incredible two-bedroom bungalow entirely out of plastic bottles. Although many in Kaduna were dubious when the project began construction in June this year, the nearly-complete home is bullet and fireproof, earthquake resistant, and maintains a comfortable interior temperature of 64 degrees fahrenheit year round.</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/20415936/empire-state-building-achieves-leed-gold-certification Empire State Building Achieves LEED Gold Certification MikeChino 2011-09-14T13:44:58-04:00 >2011-09-14T14:23:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ag/agkdx7vfhbgjrlfj.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s official &mdash; the Empire State Building has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Thanks to a massive green overhaul that took more than two years, the landmark is now the tallest building in the United States to receive LEED certification.</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/20306470/sneak-peek-20-energy-efficient-homes-in-the-2011-solar-decathlon SNEAK PEEK: 20 Energy-Efficient Homes in the 2011 Solar Decathlon MikeChino 2011-09-13T14:48:27-04:00 >2011-09-15T10:48:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hd/hdz5544xuuimdpv8.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2011 Solar Decathlon is heating up as 20 teams of students from around the world construct stunning, energy-efficient homes at the National Mall&rsquo;s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. The competition officially opens on September 23rd, but Inhabitat offers a first look at each of this year's solar-powered homes.</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/17208031/passivhaus-institute-ends-relationship-with-passive-house-institute-us Passivhaus Institute Ends Relationship With Passive House Institute US MikeChino 2011-08-17T15:55:49-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3n/3nn4uysf7bwphugw.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The founder of Passivhaus and director of Passivhaus Institute PHI, Dr. Wolfgang Fiest, has just sent word that the Passive House Institute United States (PHIUS) will no longer be able to provide building certifications, and will no longer be considered a partner of the program.</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/12433302/renzo-piano-unveils-green-roofed-stavros-niarchos-foundation-cultural-center-for-athens Renzo Piano Unveils Green-Roofed Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center for Athens MikeChino 2011-07-06T14:52:00-04:00 >2012-10-17T16:24:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s6/s6vj54bucrowe4q7.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano recently unveiled plans for a new waterfront cultural center and urban park in Athens that includes a massive opera house and a library that is directly connected to the park by a sloping green roof. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center will also incorporate several sustainable technologies with the hope of attaining LEED Platinum certification.</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/10945745/diawa-lease-unveils-solar-powered-transforming-edv-01-prefab Diawa Lease Unveils Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Prefab MikeChino 2011-06-23T15:44:47-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s2p0ll9fozvxaq8j.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Diawa Lease just sent Inhabitat the first photos of their new transforming EDV-1 shelter, which can be set on any terrain, doubles in size with the flick of a switch, and can sustain itself without any outside resources for up to a month by catching and reusing water and generating electricity with a huge built-in solar array.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Diawa Lease just unveiled its solar-powered EDV-1 emergency shelter, which doubles in size with the flick of a switch and features a luminous LED facade.</p>