Escraper, Imbuing Green in Vertical Design [S2]

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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By |March 30th, 2008|Categories: Land Use, Modern architecture, Nature, Skyscraper|0 Comments

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

Green with worry. LEED is Just Not Enough. Developers expect benefits from LEED certification. The impact of the green building movement. Vegas finds gold in going green. Is this […]

By |March 29th, 2008|Categories: LEED, News, Week in Review|4 Comments

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

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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By |March 28th, 2008|Categories: LEED, News|Tags: |0 Comments

Tehama Grasshopper, a Green Warehouse Rehab

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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By |March 27th, 2008|Categories: Modern architecture, Modern design|Tags: , |6 Comments

Solar Harvest, a Positive Energy Home

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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By |March 26th, 2008|Categories: Single Family, Solar|Tags: , |3 Comments

1111 East Pike, a Tom Kundig Urban Infill Project

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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By |March 26th, 2008|Categories: Condo, Modern architecture|Tags: , |0 Comments
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