An architectural twin study
A six-percent upfront investment reduced energy consumption by 19% — and carbon emissions by 34% — in a pair of 100-year-old brick buildings. Add solar panels and those numbers drop to 39% and 65%.These are among the findings of an ongoing experiment conducted by students, faculty and staff... View full entry
See the newly revealed 2016 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects
Just in time for Earth Day, the AIA and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) revealed a new set of Top Ten Green Projects for 2016. Over the last two decades, the annual awards program is considered to be the profession's most rigorous awards program for sustainable design excellence throughout the U.S.
The jury chose the projects that best convey a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology.
Here's a peek of the winners:Rene Cazenave Apartments; San Francisco by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and Saida + Sullivan Design Partners, Associated ArchitectH-E-B at Mueller; Austin, TX by Lake|Flato Architects, H-E-B Design + Construction, Selser Schaefer ArchitectsThe J. Craig Venter... View full entry
Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015
The sun beat down onto the asphalt grounds of the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, where a village of 14 solar-powered houses popped up for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. Multi-disciplinary teams of college students worldwide dedicate two years to designing and... View full entry
AIA + COTE showcase new set of Top Ten Green Projects for 2015
The AIA and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) search the U.S. for sustainably designed projects that convey a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology in the annual Top Ten Green Projects. Now in its 19th year, the program is considered to be the most... View full entry
Philadelphia University offering free Sustainable Design online course once again
After a successful first run last June, Philadelphia University is inviting students, industry professionals, and all who are interested to enroll in the free massive open online course (MOOC), Principles of Sustainable Design. The graduate-level course, which starts today until April... View full entry
Sheila Kennedy of KVA MATx wins 2014 Berkeley-Rupp Prize
Sheila Kennedy — a principal of KVA MATx and the first woman to hold the title of Professor of the Practice of Architecture at MIT’s School of Architecture & Planning — was announced today as the 2014 recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Prize.Awarded every two years by the UC Berkeley... View full entry
Italian team wins first place at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014
The top three winners of the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 were recently announced during the awards ceremony this past weekend in Versailles, France. For two years, the 20 student teams worked to build a full-scale, fully functioning solar-powered house.
(Pictured above) 1st Place/Overall: "Rhome for Dencity" by Team Rhome (Universitá Degli Studi di Roma TRE)2nd Place: "Philéas" by Atlantic Challenge (Nantes, France)3rd Place: "A Home with a Skin" by Prêt-à-loger (TU Delft, The Netherlands)(Previously on Archinect)Head over to Bustler for more. View full entry
Win "A Place in the Sun: Green Living and the Solar Home"
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.Released this past April, the 228-page hardcover book by green-living writer and... View full entry
Baumgartner+Uriu’s "Apertures" shell structure challenges the conventions of sustainable design
Baumgartner+Uriu looked to none other than Mother Nature for their Apertures installation, which was publicly displayed at the SCI-Arc Gallery in Los Angeles this past spring. If B+U's Apertures sound familiar, perhaps you may recall their "Animated Apertures" Housing Tower that was exhibited at... View full entry
AIA announces the 2014 COTE Top Ten Green Projects
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.
The winners will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago this June.Have a look at this year's winning projects below.Pictured above: Arizona State University Student Health Services; Tempe, Arizonaby Lake|Flato Architects + Orcutt|Winslow Bud Clark Commons... View full entry
Finding playground potential in the Energy Carousel in Dordrecht
For a kid, a lifesize light-up spinning top that you can play in right in your neighborhood sounds like a dream come true -- and such is the case in Dordrecht, The Netherlands.The Energy Carousel by Madrid-based firm Ecosistema Urbano is a play structure that is both engaging and educational. As... View full entry
Winning projects of the 2014 U.S. Wood Design Awards
The winners of the WoodWorks 2014 U.S. Wood Design Awards sure know how to prove wood as a versatile material in architecture. Out of 140 entries -- the most the competition has ever received -- the jury selected nine of the most outstanding projects in wood architecture.
During the recent ceremony at the Southeast Wood Solutions Fair in Charlotte, NC, awards were given in nine categories. Four Regional Winners were also awarded.
Check out the winning projects below(Above) Institutional Wood Design: James and Anne Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, MD. Architect – GWWO, Inc./ArchitectsGreen Building with Wood: Biomass Heating Plant, Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT Architect – Centerbook Architects and PlannersWood... View full entry
Shigeru Ban named as 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been announced as the 2014 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Established by the Pritzker family of Chicago in 1979, the prestigious award is widely regarded as "the Nobel Prize" in the architecture profession.Shigeru Ban will be the seventh Japanese... View full entry
Cabin design results for CFI’s International Sustainable Architecture Competition, New Brunswick
If designing cabins is your thing, maybe you can find ideas from the Community Forest International's International Sustainable Architecture Competition in New Brunswick, Canada...The submissions presented new approaches to cabin design, but the jury decided "The Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin", by recent master's graduate Nathan Fisher from Toronto, was most suitable to be built at CFI's developing Rural Innovation Campus.
1st Prize – The Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin. Designer: Nathan Fisher, B.Arch Sci, M.Arch (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)1st Runner Up – Acadian Abstraction. Designer: Belle Stone, BA, M.Arch (New York, NY, USA)Judge’s Award for Architectural Poetry – Hearth. Designers: Kyle Schumann, B.Arch... View full entry
YAP winner The Living selected to re-design MoMA PS1's courtyard this summer
After winning the 2014 Young Architects Program out of five finalists, emerging architect David Benjamin and his firm, The Living will temporarily transform the outdoor courtyard of MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York when the summer season rolls in.YAP projects had to provide seating, shade... View full entry