I put ‘green’ in parenthesis because the future is green, whether you, I, or anyone else likes it. That’s where this whole thing is heading. And several countries rely heavily on prefabrication for construction of homes and buildings. So I ask, after looking at the photos, does this Magic Box represent what’s to come in the future? The Magic Box is cubic and versatile and small. It can go anywhere and be used as anything. But is this the future of (green) prefab?
The Tulane School of Architecture Green Build program set about to research, develop, and construct an inventive and experimental prototypical house. A green house. Made in a factory. Specifically for post-Katrina New Orleans. Students first researched everything from construction processes to materials selection parameters. Above all, access to materials, affordability, and sustainability ruled the day. In the end, Tulane Green Build came up with a design for a 1,200 sf home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
Gas Design Group designed this overlay facade, "Topiade", for an already existing Louis Vuitton store. I think the name "Topiade" comes from a combo of the terms topiary and facade, which is pretty creative, if you ask me. The idea of taking wild greenery and applying design and creativity through topiary is something I’ve seen personally in both Japan and Taiwan. It appears to be popular in France, as well. So when applied to the vertical context, the environmentalists get excited. We like green roofs, living walls, and natural buildings.
We featured GreenMobile® last year when we blogged about the Lifecycle Building Challenge winners. GreenMobile® was a winner in the Professional Unbuilt category. Now, mounting success upon success, Michael Berk, creator of the concept, has a prototype in the works to be unveiled in March 2008. Can’t wait to see that! GreenMobile® was awarded $5.8 M from FEMA to further develop the prototype and roughly 80 units are in the pipeline right after that prototype comes through.
Actually, of the 800 projects the AIA received for consideration, 28 of them were selected for an Honor Award. In the architectural category, sustainability played a large part in each of the 13 projects selected. But the projects come in all shapes and varieties. Check some of the cool ones below.