Vincent Callebaut's luxe, green Agora Garden Tower twists up the Taipei skyline
After his firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures was awarded the bid to create the building in 2010, Callebaut decided to erect a structure that was "like an inhabited tree," that could create a green urban landmark for the city with a minimal carbon footprint.
Slated for a completion in September 2017, the tower will stand 20 stories tall with a 90 degree twist that is achieved with a 4.5 degree turn per floor as the building ascends.
Vincent Callebaut, the Belgian architect known for audacious, ecologically-minded design proposals now has a project under construction in Taipei. We previously featured Callebaut's "LILYPAD, A Floating Ecopolis for Ecological Refugees" in 2008.Related on Archinect:Architecture Dean Poh says... View full entry
Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero."
“Right now (the industry is) setting targets of 30 to 40 per cent reduction in energy savings from the current business as usual. I think that’s just not enough. I am for net zero,” he says. [...]
“The time scale between what we know can be done and should be done, and when the technology and processes become the norm, needs to be shortened. Currently it takes about 10 to 15 years.”
Related stories in the Archinect news:Masdar abandons its dream of becoming the first zero-carbon cityFrance Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings2015 Solar Decathlon winner Stevens Institute of Technology addresses post-Sandy resiliency with the SURE HOUSEAlso, don't miss Deans List... View full entry
France Mandates "Green Roofs" for all new buildings
A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.
Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer. They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff, and also offer birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.
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Süha Özkan Looks Globally to Find Architectural Innovation
What is the architectural legacy of May 1968? The question framed Süha Özkan’s talk last Tuesday at SCI-Arc, which he began by invoking his own memories of being a young man in Paris during that year's turbulent month of student-worker protests. “Let us be reasonable and ask for the... View full entry
Winners of the "Behind the Green Door - A Critical Look at Sustainable Architecture through 600 Objects" book giveaway
Time to announce the winners of the Rotor + Oslo Architectural Triennale "Behind the Green Door" book giveaway we had last month.Based on the acclaimed exhibition and one-year-long research of Belgian creative collective Rotor for the 2013 Oslo Architectural Triennale, Behind the Green Door... 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
Boeri Studio's Bosco Verticale in Milan makes the forest tower fantasy a reality
Boeri Studio 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 trope of green... 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
The Urban Algae Canopy shows the power of "algaetecture" for Milan Expo 2015
Here's another look at what to expect at the Milan Expo 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 ecoLogicStudio designed the... View full entry
Ostim Eco-Park competition entry by ONZ Architects
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.
Although ONZ Architects' proposal did not come out as the competition winner, we're happy to present it in more detail below. All images courtesy of ONZ Architects. Click the thumbnails below for additional images. View full entry
Eco-Porn Competition results expose the sassy side of green architecture
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.
Here's a handful of the entries that piqued our interest:Floramorphism: Bloominating Inorganic Objects by BanG studio – Babak Bryan & Henry Grosman If Robert Moses had his way in 1941… by Ida TamTower of Babel by Feliks BochenekThe Green Roof Trope by Eric Karasek View full entry
Grimshaw completes the nature-inspired Ecorium, their first project in Asia
Grimshaw Architects 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. The newly built ecological educational and research center gives visitors a first-hand experience to learn about the... View full entry
Seeing (Too Much) Green: Reality Cues' Eco-Porn Competition
Whether by accident or on purpose, we've all seen it somehow.The Eco-Porn Competition, 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... View full entry
Harvest Dome 2.0 is finally afloat
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. Created by husband-and-wife team Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture, the first Harvest Dome... View full entry
Orange Barrel Media Announces LEED Platinum Headquarters in Columbus
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’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.
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... View full entry