Bahrain WTC Wind Turbines, Coming Soon (S2)

The word on the street is that the three wind turbines on Bahrain World Trade Center will starting generating electricity the last week of October.  As you can see from the images below, construction of the towers is moving along nicely.  The turbines are expected to generate roughly 11-15% of the buildings’ energy needs, or 1100 to 1300 megawatt-hours per year.  Architecturally, this building explores new territory by integrating large-scale wind turbines with the structure.  I’m sure Atkins Architecture has worked out all the modeling on noise and vibration, so the world is excited to learn from this experience.  Enjoy the images below. 

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By |October 7th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, Skyscraper|Tags: , |0 Comments

Project Drop House, Minimalist Home Inspiration

A partial prototype was installed at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris at the time, and now, the stunning structure has been brought to life in full form – all 48 gorgeous square meters. Architects Antoine Cordier, Olivier Charles and Armel Neouze created the Drop House concept to exemplify “private housing, industry and customization.” The design is turning heads for its potential to minimize waste, reduce energy and settle in style with the option to move on a whim.
By |October 6th, 2007|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Green Labeling, Sourcing Wind Energy, Sustainable Development + Landscape Design Rating System (WIR)

Most Americans and Canadians say "green" labeling just a marketing tactic. Harnessing the Wind to Fuel India’s Growth – as nations examine their carbon output, wind turbines provide one alternative to coal. […]

By |October 6th, 2007|Categories: Land Use, News, Vegetation, Week in Review|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

[Video] The Green Building Revolution

It’s Friday, why not watch a little video?  High quality video content like this is hard to find online, so I thought I would share it.  A lot of people think green building […]

By |October 5th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets, Land Use, LEED, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

National Solar Tour Day – October 6, 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s that time again:  October 6, 2007 – The National Solar Tour.  The ASES National Solar Tour is the largest tour of sustainable energy technology for buildings in the […]

By |October 4th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, News, Solar|Tags: , |0 Comments

Modern Green Cherokee Lofts

Update 12/13/09: Platinum Lofts @ Cherokee Studios Now Complete!

There's a lot to mention with REthink Development's project called Cherokee Lofts:  history, sustainability, modern design, materials innovation, etc.  This Pugh + Scarpa-designed development is on track to be named the first, privately developed, LEED Gold Certified, mixed-use project in Southern California.  The project will have 12 loft units, all ranging in size from 1,000 – 2,000 sf, and 2,800 sf of commercial space. 

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By |October 3rd, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, LEED, Materials, Modern architecture, Nature, Solar|Tags: , |0 Comments
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