China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade
In this rush to urbanize, China also has an enormous opportunity to move toward a “new pattern of urbanization.” Chinese cities could fulfill their potential to be the most energy-efficient human habitat rather than stoking energy consumption.
With a projected urban population of one billion by 2030, China needs a few more cities—but it needs them to be sustainable, a challenge that could be met if smart growth and planning is instituted now. According to this article, no perfect eco-city model exists yet, but certain practices could... View full entry
Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: Tatiana Bilbao's solution to Mexico's housing shortage
Housing – its affordability, accessibility, and form – is a key preoccupation of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. While not necessarily the core concern for most of the Biennial's participants, housing gets a significant share of the exhibition's floorspace.Several participants'... View full entry
Philippe Starck + Riko realizes first prototype of custom eco-prefab house
First launched in 2013 after years of technological development and collaboration, French designer Philippe Starck and Slovenian wooden prefab building company Riko released the second generation of their customizable Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes (P.A.T.H.) to the global market... 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
Winning designs of Cambodian Sustainable Housing competition now built
It's a well-known fact that a safe and comfortable home is essential to one's well-being. From Building Trust International's 2013 "The Future of Sustainable Housing in Cambodia" competition, over 600 registered entrants proposed sustainable housing solutions for low-income families in Cambodia.
The jury -- which also comprised of the families who moved into their new homes -- chose 3 joint-winning designs recently constructed in Phnom Penh.
The winners are:Courtyard House by Jess Lumley & Alexander Koller (UK)Open Embrace by Keith Greenwald and Lisa Ekle (USA)Wet + Dry House by Mary Ann Jackson, Ralph Green, Muhammad Kamil & Nick Shearman of Visionary Design Development Pty Ltd. (Australia)More details on Bustler.Also check... View full entry
Richard Rogers' Homeshell built in 24 hours at London's Royal Academy
The pre-fabricated, flatpack homes of Pritzker laureate Richard Rogers are a centerpiece for his 50-year retrospective, “Richard Rogers: Inside Out”, currently at London's Royal Academy of Arts until Oct. 13. The homes, which are an adaptation of his 2007 Oxley Woods housing... View full entry
Artist Damien Hirst's eco-homes vision to regenerate town is unveiled
ARTIST Damien Hirst has unveiled plans to build more than 500 landmark eco-homes in Ilfracombe, which he hopes will regenerate the town and provide a national blueprint for environmental housing.
Architects working for Hirst, said to be the richest living artist in the world, hope to submit a planning application for the development at Winsham Farm in six months.