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Artek Pavilion by Shigeru Ban, Green UPM ProFi

Artek Pavilion

This is the Artek Pavilion, aka "The Space of Silence," which was designed by Shigeru Ban and built with primarily one material: an environmentally-friendly, paper plastic composite known as UPM ProFi.  Debuting in the U.S. this weekend at Design Miami, the pavilion is roughly 131 long x 16 feet wide and can be assembled and taken apart quickly.  It’s a nomadic installation in the beauty and power of next generation materials in real world applications.  The main material, UPM ProFi, comes in three modern colors and is made from scrap paper and plastic.  UPM ProFi is normally used in decking, but this installation proves that it’s durable and flexible enough to be used with variety.  I’ll update the images if I can get some shots from the Miami exhibition. 

More images: @Helsinki + @Milan

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Prototipo di Casa Unifamiliare, Low-Energy Green

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AKA Architetti just won an international competition for their development of a single-family home prototype that’s low-energy and very stylish.  Their design, pictured above and below, will be commercialized in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, with the first units in Darb, Germany in 2008.  The residential prototype calls for eco-friendly materials, photovoltaics on the pitched roof, and energy-saving devices and appliances.  The home will be sufficiently roomy at a decent 1,400 sf big, too.

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Chipotle, Minimal and Uniquely Green

Chipotle

I’m writing this article on Chipotle, and I can’t help but think how nice a little midnight chicken burrito would taste.  I love this place.  Minimalist.  Exposed.  Clean.  And.  Green.  Ever notice the fact that no two Chipotle Restaurants look alike?  They put their restaurants in all sorts of locations, old and new.  We just got a new one in an old building, but the restaurant is nice.  It’s fantastic.  Their napkins are made of recycled content, and if my memory serves correctly, I remember reading on one of their cups that they source their beans fair trade.  But that’s not all.

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The Casey, Probably the Greenest Condos in U.S.

The Casey

Portland has tons of LEED buildings, but they’re hoping to claim the greenest residential condo tower in the United States.  The Casey Condominiums is on track to be the first residential building in the U.S. to receive LEED Platinum certification.  Sitting on the corner of NW 12th and Everett, which is smack dab in the Pearl District, this 16-story tower will have 61 units averaging just over 2,000 sf in size.  Word is they’re 70% pre-sold, too.  And in addition to 4,200 sf of ground-floor retail space, the luxury, eco-tower will feature a multi-faceted glass art installation (as you can see in some of the images).

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Green Cabinetry on the East Coast!

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Breathe Easy is a break through in the green market for all us eco East Coasters, especially those of us in the Northeast.  Breathe Easy is based in New York with a number of dealers along the East Coast.  This is exciting news for those of us who have been eying green cabinet options such as AlterECO, which is only available to those on the West Coast.  Breathe Easy uses responsibly harvested woods, water-based, non-toxic glues and paints, and formaldehyde-free plywood box frames.   

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[Video] Recycling On the Job, Deconstruction

There’s a new online video show hosted by Alex Pettitt called Mainstream Green.  Their videos are high-quality and super informative.  Sometimes, it helps to see how things work, so I love to show video as often as possible.  The video above is on recycling and deconstruction.  The deconstruction guy says the cost of on-site deconstruction is comparable to waste removal.  That’s a good.  Generally, people are self-interested and when it becomes profitable to do the right thing, more and more people will start doing the right thing.  Makes sense doesn’t it?

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