[Video] Green "Rotating Tower" Planned for NYC?

I’ve not blogged about this interesting and innovative Rotating Tower, which was designed by David Fisher of Dynamic Architecture, because critics have downplayed the concept saying it’s not capable of being built.  But now comes news that the Rotating Tower is not only on the cusp of construction in Dubai, but it’s in advanced design phase for Moscow and intended for New York.  Let me say that again: Fisher intends to design a Dynamic Tower for the Big Apple!  If you haven’t heard about it yet, make sure to watch the above video.  Here’s the general idea:

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Top 10 Green Building Products [Sustainable Industries]

Sustainable Industries Top 10 Green Building Products

Just recently, Sustainable Industries announced their list of the Top 10 Green Building Products for 2008.  To get that magic number of 10 products, SI accepted roughly 80 nominations and narrowed those products down based on their ability to meet the following criteria: LEED compatibility, environmental performance, value, scalability / market impact, innovativeness, and design aesthetic.  Without further ado, here are the Top 10 Green Building Products for 2008:

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Non-Green Buildings to Cost More Money

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At this point it is my experience green buildings are receiving the same financing they would get for any high quality building with a good tenant … what I think will change is that lenders will start assessing a premium on financing for any building that is not designed to green standards.

Comparing green buildings to the advent of air conditioning, the quote continues:  “At first buildings that came equipped with air conditioning were seen as luxury developments.  But within a short period of time any building that didn’t have it was considered functionally obsolete.

– Jim Amorin, president-elect of the Appraisal Institute [via]

Surfing Coyboys Brings Vintage Hip to Venice Beach

Surfing Cowboys

Surfing Cowboys, located in Venice Beach, California is a hip spot for vintage shopping.  The store offers furniture, accessories, lighting, artwork, and a unique collection of vintage surfing and skateboarding items.  And if you can’t make it to Venice Beach, you can shop their store online. 

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Welcome Park City TV Viewers!

Mountain Morning Show

I want to take this quick opportunity to welcome any viewers dropping by from the Mountain Morning Show on Park City TV.  I was on the show for a quick little bit talking about green building and what’s going on right now.  For a guy that’s trying to work off four hectic years of grad school weight, the camera angle isn’t that great, but we’re making progress on that front.  I want to thank the wonderful hosts and crew for having Jetson Green on their award-winning morning show!

[+] Mountain Morning Show – 6/23/08 – 1:50 – 1:57

Foster + Partners' Newest Energy-Efficient Structure for Amsterdam [S2]

Construction just finished on this 24-story building designed by Foster + Partners for Vivaldi Park area in Amsterdam.  It’s quite the efficient structure — exceeding Dutch environmental regulations by 10%, and features flexible floor plates that are perfect for big name tenants such as Ernst & Young.  The design calls for an ecological pond, fully glazed windows on sun-exposed facades, and the retention of 65% of rainwater.  In addition to its energy efficient elements, probably one of the more interesting aspects of the structure, and one that has grown on me, is Foster + Partners’ signature use of the aluminum-clad, steel diagrid structure.  Any thoughts relating to the diagrid pattern on the building exterior?

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