Austin recently witnessed the groundbreaking of Block 21, a $260 million mixed-use development in downtown being built to platinum certification under the USGBC’s LEED program. Block 21 includes a 250-room W Hotel® and 200 residential condominiums, a new television studio for the world- renowned Austin City Limits, a 2,200 seat live music venue, the Austin Children’s Museum Dell Discovery Center, retail space, restaurants, and an open-air public plaza. The project is expected to be one of the first mixed-use developments in the world built to this level of LEED standards.
The 35-story building will include the five-star W Hotel on the lower levels and 200 units of residential condos on the upper levels. The 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom condos will range in size from 643 to 3,183 sf, with top-of-the-line, luxury finishouts. The development will also include a state-of-the-art spa, a signature restaurant, and 47,000 sf of retail space.
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We’re no longer in rendering stage, this is the real deal. Project7ten is built and ready for viewing. Actually, it’s ready for sale if: (1) it hasn’t already been sold, and (2) you’re in the market for one of the greenest, most modern homes in California. Interestingly, this house is the first conventionally- constructed LEED digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Project7ten_The_Real_Green_Deal’; Platinum home in the state. Located at 710 E. Milwood Avenue in Venice, California, it probably doesn’t get much better than this. Check the images. I get this plush, radiant, rainforest vibe from the images. So colorful and clean. Anyone else agree? This is definitely more contemporary than minimal, or modern even, but I really like what they’ve done. If you watch the slide show, you’ll see a NASCAR-esque wall of sponsors. I bet your friends don’t have that!
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It’s Friday and as I like to say, why not watch a little video? If you’ve been to Dwell lately, you’ll know they just unveiled their new, completely overhauled website. It’s super nice now, with easy access to images and information from their archives. There’s also a new video page with content of some very interesting leaders in design. Hence, the name for their new video series, Dwell Design Leaders. I’ve embedded the video of Michelle Kaufmann above talking about prefab and the mkLotus. The next video below is of David Baker. I found his comments extremely interesting. The last video below is Christopher Deam talking about his modern interpretation and design of the Airstream and his collaboration with Design Within Reach. Very compelling, really inspiring.
Well, it’s that time again and BuildingGreen, a company that also publishes the GreenSpec Directory, today announced their list of Top-10 Green Building Products. It’s not so much that these products are better than everything else on the market, although they may be better, it’s that they’re cool additions to the GreenSpec Directory over the last year or so. Most of the following ten products have multiple environmental attributes, but here’s a slim breakdown: 4 save energy, 2 save water, 3 are made of green materials, 1 helps situate solar power, and 2 avoid hazardous manufacturing/disposal of materials. Without further ado:
UPDATE 3/16/09 – Urban Core International has gone dark. The website was shut down. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact us.
Aaron Newman, founder and managing partner of Urban Core International, sent me the details of his latest project, Urban Rio. Specifically, Urban Rio is a product of Urban Core's prefab and container division called Envision Prefab. It's easy on the eyes, to say the least, and just so happens to be the first sustainable, affordable, container project in Panama.