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45 posts from March 2008

March 31, 2008

Escraper, Imbuing Green in Vertical Design [S2]

escraper

Imagine you are tasked with creating an innovative skyscraper that takes into consideration historical and social context, the existing urban fabric, human scale, and the environment.  Your skyscraper design can take any height or shape on any site in the world, but it must be technologically feasible and environmentally responsible.  Any ideas?  Evolo Architecture held a skyscraper competition with the above constraints and announced three winners and six mentions.  Of those nine, Daekwon Park has received some attention in the last week.  It's a pretty interesting concept.  I also like the escraper by Sohta Mori and Yuichiro Minato. 

Escraper connects three twisted buildings in a modern, but natural way.  It has six major green spaces or parks, as well as a mini garden on each level. 

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March 29, 2008

Green Worry, LEED or Not, Impact of Green Buildings, + Carbon Footprints [WIR]

Week in Review

*WIR = Week in Review; a Saturday showcase of excellent links.

March 28, 2008

Green Buildings Financially Crush and Outperform Non-Green Buildings!!

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Flat out, this news is big!  CoStar just released details of their study of LEED and Energy Star buildings, and I have to say, I was surprised by the numbers.  They analyzed roughly 1,300 LEED and Energy Star buildings representing 351 million square feet of commercial buildings.  The green buildings were compared with non-green properties of similar size, location, class, tenancy, and year built characteristics to extrapolate the economic case for green buildings.  The result:

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Tehama Grasshopper, a Green Warehouse Rehab

TEHAMA GRASSHOPPER TEHAMA GRASSHOPPER

The April 08 issue of Metropolitan Home features an article entitled Urban Eco-tecture by green guru Eric Corey Freed.  The focus of the article is an 8,500 sf warehouse in San Francisco's SoMA District.  Jason Shelton and Amy Shimer bought the warehouse and hired architect Anne Fougeron to convert the place into a modern live/work location.  The result is an intriguing fusion of modernism, sustainability, and adaptive reuse.

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March 27, 2008

Solar Harvest, a Positive Energy Home

Solarharvest

There was a fantastic article in the NY Times on a positive energy home dubbed Solar Harvest.  Solar Harvest generated more electricity in 2006 than what it took from the grid, so Xcel Energy sent the owner a check for $8.45.  Nice!  Solar Harvest was built by Eric Doub and his company, EcoFutures, in Boulder, Colorado for $1.38 million, including land.

[+] Solar Harvest Flickr Album

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1111 East Pike, a Tom Kundig Urban Infill Project

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This is Tom Kundig's first condo project, Eleven Eleven East Pike -- a retail- residential use, urban infill structure in Seattle's Pike/Pine neighborhood.  Details of the project are being released today, but I have some inside bits of information for sustainability enthusiasts.  In addition to being an urban infill project, Eleven Eleven East Pike will be Built Green 3-star certified and have a Walk Score of 98 (tops = 100).  Which means sustainability is integrated with the culture and soul of the neighborhood.  Owners will have an opportunity to use their cars less and stay active in the community. 

The work of Tom Kundig is highly respected and widely celebrated.  I see the same for Eleven Eleven East Pike, which will have five floors of residential (27 homes), ground level retail, and two floors of subsurface parking.

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March 26, 2008

Heath Ceramics, California Made Tapestry Tiles

Flemish Bond Gunmetal Stitch Volcano Argyle Morrel

Check out these cool tile tapestry patterns from Heath Ceramics.  I'm partial to the flemish bond gunmetal (shown top left and below).  Heath Ceramics has a factory/kiln in Sausalito, California where they create these incredible tiles.  Their Tapestry Collection has three patterns: argyle, stitch, and flemish bond, which can be face-mounted in 12x12" squares.  Prices vary depending on the pattern, but if you're looking for a specialty application, try the overstock tiles offered at 75% off retail. 

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March 25, 2008

Oulu Bar & EcoLounge, Brooklyn's First Living Wall

Oulu Bar & EcoLounge

This is Oulu Bar & EcoLounge in Williamsburg, home to Brooklyn's first living wall installation.  The 2,500 sf building was designed by Evangeline Dennie and it's currently seeking LEED Gold certification.  You'll find a few different photos below, including a before shot, for your viewing pleasure.

What do you think?  The green wall makes quite the design statement, doesn't it?  It's tough to deny the modern appeal of vertical greenery, I say.   

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Maine Cottage, Local + Quality = Green

Main Cottage

Maine Cottage is a Maine-based furniture company specializing in colorful, fun furniture.  The company, which did not start out as an environment focused company, is actually quite green.  90% of their products are made by artisans in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and North Carolina.  Of course, local production means less travel and fewer harmful emissions.

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March 24, 2008

Popular Architecture's Mile High Eco Tower [S2]

Popular Architecture Super Tower

This is a concept tower by Popular Architecture envisioned for Tower Hamlets in East London.  The design is a reaction, at least in part, to sprawl issues.  London is expected to need housing for 100,000 new people per year until 2016, and currently, most of housing that's being built is low-density projects in commuter towns.  Popular Architecture's Super Tower could house up to about 100,000 people with a seriously low site requirement (considering the number of people within the structure). 

The 1,500 meter tall tower would have about 500 floors.  You'd find floors or sections for needs such as a university, farmer's market, pubs, a town hall, sky gardens, etc.  Anything and everything would be in the building.  There's even a fire station on the 419th floor!  Which raises the question: what do you do if there is a fire above or below the 419th floor? 

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