Arrowhead by SOM in South Quay, London (S2)

With the weird looking skyscrapers, there’s a business problem of having expensive, unusable space.  Often, the most pragmatic, profitable shape is the plain old rectangle.  So for the sake of staying grounded […]

By |June 17th, 2007|Categories: Gadgets, Modern architecture, Nature, Skyscraper|Tags: |0 Comments

Sprawl Lawsuit, Green Multifamily, Greener Hotels, & CB Richard Ellis (WIR)

Citing the threat posed by climate change, California State Attorney General Jerry Brown has filed suit against San Bernardino County for failing to rein in sprawl.  AIA releases a web feature on […]

By |June 16th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Hotel, News, Week in Review|0 Comments

Espace Mobile, Salzburg, Austria (F2)

This is the Espace Mobile hailing from Salzburg, Austria.  According to the website, the interior and exterior is fully customizable, with the shell made of spruce wood and aluminum metal sheeting.  Like many pre-fabs, the price doesn’t include land, foundation, connection or set-up fees, or transportation.  Nonetheless, it’s designed to be affordable, mobile, and environmentally friendly.  I think all that depends on how you customize and specify construction.  See fact sheet.

"F2" is short for "Flickr Friday," a weekly short posted on Friday with an image from Flickr and a quick description.  Feel free to email me your F2 ideas.

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By |June 15th, 2007|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , |1 Comment

First 1 Hotel & Residences, Starwood's Green Brand, Breaks Ground in Seattle

It looks like the joint-venture partnership of AvStar Seattle LLC, which is the combo of Starwood Capital Group Global LLC (SCGG) and Avalon Holdings, broke ground on the world’s first 1 Hotel & Residences […]

By |June 14th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Hotel, LEED, Skyscraper|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Siberian Mixed-Use Ecological Tower by Foster + Partners

When I first saw the concept renderings, I thought I was looking at a diamond perched upon a hill.  To the contrary, the images show a new mixed-use sustainable tower concept, or "ecological tower," by Foster + Partners for Khanty Mansiysk, Siberia.  The tower rises on the foundation of two podium buildings, each diamond-cut in style to allow light to penetrate the atrium.  The apex of the tower will have a panoramic viewing platform and restaurant for guests to gaze out into the city.  Paramount to the design is the desire to facilitate solar gain (it’s cold in Siberia) and allow natural lighting.  Encompassed by a densely wooded area, the architects designed the building to minimize disturbance to the landscape. 

Good Links:++Designs Revealed for New Ecological Tower in Siberia [Foster + Partners]++Siberia’s Sparkling Eco Tower [WAN]

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By |June 13th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Land Use, Modern architecture, Skyscraper, Vegetation|Tags: |0 Comments

EcoUrban's LEED Platinum Home + Missouri's Newest Modular Developer [Updated]

Being Green Can Be Easy.  EcoUrban Homes Proves It.  The first of several up and coming EcoUrban homes was recently completed, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was on location to celebrate the grand opening.  It just so happens that this home is probably one of the greenest homes in Missouri — it has obtained LEED Platinum rating.  Located at 3140 Pennsylvania Avenue in St. Louis, this 3-bedroom, 2-bath, modular home has a bamboo stairs, fiber cement board siding, double-pane low-e windows, R-40 Icynene insulation in ceilings and floors, built-in security system and recycling center, solid wheat board interior doors, ultra-low VOC paints, dual-flush high-efficiency toilets, and Energy Star lighting and appliances, to name a few green amenities. 

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