• wiredlivinghome

A Preview of the WIRED LivingHome

A Showcase of the Best in Sustainability, Technology, and Design.  Plans are in motion on the first-ever WIRED LivingHome, a modern, luxury residence that will attain at least a Gold rating under the LEED for Homes Program by the USGBC.  Located in an exclusive, modernist home community of Los Angeles called Crestwood Hills, the large 4,057 sf WIRED LivingHome is set to be finished by Fall 2007.

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By |June 18th, 2007|Categories: Modern architecture, Prefab|Tags: , |0 Comments
  • som_arrowhead

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
  • WIRv2

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
  • espacemobile

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
  • seattle1hotelresidences

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
  • ecologicaltower

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
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