I received an email from a reader recently about the progress of 300 North LaSalle, which is a 60-story office tower under construction at the northwest corner of North LaSalle Street and the Chicago River in Chicago. It received LEED-CS Gold pre-certification and should be ready for occupation near January 2009. Back in 2005, developer Hines signed Kirkland & Ellis to occupy a mind-numbing 24 floors. (too many lawyers in Chicago?) The rest of the building, comprising about 400,000 sf will be available for lease. And unlike many of the wicked shapes we see in some green buildings, the pragmatic, modern 25,000 rsf floor plates are good for tenants that like to use what they’re paying for. The building was designed by Pickard Chilton, an architectural firm that is becoming increasingly known for their green office and professional buildings. I’ve included some interesting background and images/renderings below.
Trump's Stalled Golf, $1 Trillion Clean Energy Market, Small Wind Obstacles, Stylish Prefab, + Green City Branding (WIR)
- Donald Trump’s "Greatest Golf Course" hits bird bunker – seven bird species, and plenty of Scots, hold up $2 Billion development.
- Morgan Stanley estimates that clean energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, and biofuels could grow to as much as $1 Trillion a year by 2030.
- Wind turbine on your roof? Not so fast. Obstacles include cost, output, noise, and even damage to your home (but even obstacles are surmountable).
- It’s a Fab, Fab World – Modular homes are stylish and affordable.
- Eco-friendly City Branding – Sacramento looking to become green.
UPDATE: 5/1/08 – you can buy the original Inhabit now at Dwell.
Imagine stacking 50 to 100 prefabricated, modular units to create a high-tech, green, multifamily apartment building. That’s what Unico is all about. Over the last 18 months, Unico has been perfecting the development of a 15′ x 45′ foot box referred to as "Inhabit." The company started with idea of using shipping containers, but they later decided to build the box from scratch (and may revisit the use of containers later on). They partnered with Mithun and Hybrid Architecture, both major innovators in the modern and green space.
The Working Artists Ventura (WAV) Project by PLACE is a $57 million, state-of-the-art community designed by Adele Santos, Dean of Architecture at M.I.T. In total, the project will include 69 affordable artist spaces with monthly rent from $388-963; 13 market-rate, for sale lofts from $686,000-1,050,000; and 6,000 sf of arts-friendly businesses. The 130,000 sf, 4-floor building will be LEED certified and two blocks from local transit. The community will also have the area’s first car sharing program. Also check the video below.
The word on the street is that the three wind turbines on Bahrain World Trade Center will starting generating electricity the last week of October. As you can see from the images below, construction of the towers is moving along nicely. The turbines are expected to generate roughly 11-15% of the buildings’ energy needs, or 1100 to 1300 megawatt-hours per year. Architecturally, this building explores new territory by integrating large-scale wind turbines with the structure. I’m sure Atkins Architecture has worked out all the modeling on noise and vibration, so the world is excited to learn from this experience. Enjoy the images below.
Green Labeling, Sourcing Wind Energy, Sustainable Development + Landscape Design Rating System (WIR)
- Most Americans and Canadians say "green" labeling just a marketing tactic.
- Harnessing the Wind to Fuel India’s Growth – as nations examine their carbon output, wind turbines provide one alternative to coal.
- Will sustainable development "shake up" architecture?
- Clean energy can’t meet growing demand, which is outstripping supply, pushing up prices, and raising the specter that some states may not meet clean-energy mandates.
- Green Building Moves Outdoors – the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the development of a new rating system for landscape design.