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ELEMENT Hotel, Details of Starwood's Green Extended-Stay Hotel Brand

I’m pleased to share some information and renderings on ELEMENT, Starwood Hotels & Resorts new extended-stay hotel brand set to open in 2008.  The idea behind ELEMENT is to make smart choices intuitive and support the lifestyles of guests while they are away from home.  ELEMENT Hotels performed research on guest behavior, which revealed that socially conscious hotel guests are more likely to leave their good habits at home when traveling.  That’s because, depending on the hotel, it may be difficult to recycle, conserve water, or maintain a lower impact lifestyle.  ELEMENT Hotels aims to change that.  Key smart design features of this green hotel include the following:

Shampoo/conditioner dispensers will eliminate multiple mini-bottles; Low-flow sink faucets and dual flush toilets will lead to an estimated conservation of 4,358.6 gallons of water per room each year; Eco-friendly materials will be used throughout, including recycled content carpets; Low-VOC paints for improved indoor air quality for guests and staff; CFL light bulbs will be used throughout the building to reduce energy consumption; and Biophilic design that maximizes natural light and sightlines to the outdoors will help connect occupants to their natural surroundings. 

Feel free to click on over to this PDF brochure to read more about the ELEMENT Hotel and what it will look like.  The hotel design is pretty incredible, as you will see from the images below the fold. 

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By |July 10th, 2007|Categories: Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Hotel, Materials, Modern architecture|Tags: , |0 Comments
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New Disruptors Video: The (LEED) Gold Making Greenbridge Developments

Previously, I wrote about Greenbridge Developments, which is a mixed-use development in North Carolina expected to receive LEED Gold certification.  This development is an incredible example of the business case […]

By |July 10th, 2007|Categories: LEED, Modern architecture|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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The Business of Modern Prefab, a Rocio Romero Perspective

Rocio Romero is a 35-year-old designer, manufacturer, and entrepreneur.  She’s well known for her minimalist, modern LV Home.  Do you know the history behind Rocio Romero?  Christy Marshall authored an excellent article on her and her growing business in modern prefab.  Romero is a graduate of University of California-Berkeley and Southern California Institute of Architecture (aka SCI-Arc).  One of her first designs was a summer house for her parents in Laguna Verde outside of Santiago, Chile.  That home was modified slightly and has become the LV Home that we see popping up all over the country.  As for pricing, here’s what you can expect:

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By |July 10th, 2007|Categories: Materials, Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , |0 Comments
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Are Starchitects Resistant to Environmentalism + Humanitarianism?

There’s an opinion piece by Christopher Hawthorne in the LA Times about the potential absence of star architects, lazily referred to as ‘starchitects’, from the realm of humanitarian architecture.  When […]

By |July 9th, 2007|Categories: Affordable, Materials, Modern architecture, News|0 Comments
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Telus Tower of Toronto (S2)

Telus Tower is going to be one of the first new towers constructed in Toronto in a long time.  It could also be one of the most technologically advanced towers in Canada.  Using the LEED certification system as a guideline for design, the Telus Tower will pursue Silver level certification.  It’s expected to cost about $250 M to build, with about 30 stories comprising 780,000 sf of office space.  Telus will occupy about 60% of the building when it is completed by the beginning of 2009. 

In addition to the LEED elements, Telus Tower is going to be a showcase of "Future Friendly™" Technology in both building automation systems and tenant environments.  This will include floor-to-ceiling windows, raised floors for underfloor distribution of hot/cool air, and state-of-the-art communications cabling and electrical power. 

Good Links:++Telus Announces New Office Development in Toronto [Telus]++New Towers Paint the Town Green [thestar.com]++Toronto Downtown Towers Going Green [treehugger]

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By |July 8th, 2007|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Modern architecture, Skyscraper|Tags: |0 Comments
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07.07.2007 – Thoughts on Live Earth, John Mayer + David de Rothschild

Unless you’re completely oblivious to what’s happening on Earth, you know there’s a world full of concerts going on.  Live Earth.  With some things, I like to exercise a modicum of skepticism to make […]

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