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Escraper, Imbuing Green in Vertical Design [S2]

escraper

Imagine you are tasked with creating an innovative skyscraper that takes into consideration historical and social context, the existing urban fabric, human scale, and the environment.  Your skyscraper design can take any height or shape on any site in the world, but it must be technologically feasible and environmentally responsible.  Any ideas?  Evolo Architecture held a skyscraper competition with the above constraints and announced three winners and six mentions.  Of those nine, Daekwon Park has received some attention in the last week.  It’s a pretty interesting concept.  I also like the escraper by Sohta Mori and Yuichiro Minato. 

Escraper connects three twisted buildings in a modern, but natural way.  It has six major green spaces or parks, as well as a mini garden on each level. 

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Solar Harvest, a Positive Energy Home

Solarharvest

There was a fantastic article in the NY Times on a positive energy home dubbed Solar Harvest.  Solar Harvest generated more electricity in 2006 than what it took from the grid, so Xcel Energy sent the owner a check for $8.45.  Nice!  Solar Harvest was built by Eric Doub and his company, EcoFutures, in Boulder, Colorado for $1.38 million, including land.

[+] Solar Harvest Flickr Album

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1111 East Pike, a Tom Kundig Urban Infill Project

1111eastpike

This is Tom Kundig’s first condo project, Eleven Eleven East Pike — a retail- residential use, urban infill structure in Seattle’s Pike/Pine neighborhood.  Details of the project are being released today, but I have some inside bits of information for sustainability enthusiasts.  In addition to being an urban infill project, Eleven Eleven East Pike will be Built Green 3-star certified and have a Walk Score of 98 (tops = 100).  Which means sustainability is integrated with the culture and soul of the neighborhood.  Owners will have an opportunity to use their cars less and stay active in the community. 

The work of Tom Kundig is highly respected and widely celebrated.  I see the same for Eleven Eleven East Pike, which will have five floors of residential (27 homes), ground level retail, and two floors of subsurface parking.

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Oulu Bar & EcoLounge, Brooklyn's First Living Wall

Oulu Bar & EcoLounge

This is Oulu Bar & EcoLounge in Williamsburg, home to Brooklyn’s first living wall installation.  The 2,500 sf building was designed by Evangeline Dennie and it’s currently seeking LEED Gold certification.  You’ll find a few different photos below, including a before shot, for your viewing pleasure.

What do you think?  The green wall makes quite the design statement, doesn’t it?  It’s tough to deny the modern appeal of vertical greenery, I say.   

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Popular Architecture's Mile High Eco Tower [S2]

Popular Architecture Super Tower

This is a concept tower by Popular Architecture envisioned for Tower Hamlets in East London.  The design is a reaction, at least in part, to sprawl issues.  London is expected to need housing for 100,000 new people per year until 2016, and currently, most of housing that’s being built is low-density projects in commuter towns.  Popular Architecture’s Super Tower could house up to about 100,000 people with a seriously low site requirement (considering the number of people within the structure). 

The 1,500 meter tall tower would have about 500 floors.  You’d find floors or sections for needs such as a university, farmer’s market, pubs, a town hall, sky gardens, etc.  Anything and everything would be in the building.  There’s even a fire station on the 419th floor!  Which raises the question: what do you do if there is a fire above or below the 419th floor? 

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First LEED Certified MLB Stadium [Nationals]

Washington Nationals

HOK and Devrouax +Purnell teamed up to design what could be the first LEED certified Major League Baseball stadium around.*  As the new home of the Washington Nationals, the stadium has a slew of green features such as high-efficiency field lighting, a 6300 sf green roof, state-of-the-art wastewater system that uses sand filters, and an in-house recycling center.  Originally, architects estimated an extra cost of $10-20 million for certification, but it ended up being only $2 million.  Plus, the up-front costs are expected to be returned in lower operating costs.  For a frame of reference, though, the owners agreed to spend $611 million for the stadium. 

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