Just yesterday, architecture firm RMJM announced plans for a $1 billion, landmark green project for the Atasehir district of Istanbul, Turkey. The Varyap Meridian development is slated for a new residential and business district — and just might transform into a new financial district for Turkey. Of course, the buildings will each seek LEED certification, and if obtained, it could be the first green development of its kind in the country.
The Guardian just published an interesting article about the world's first Active House. An Active House, as compared to a super low-energy Passive House, is a highly efficient home that captures more energy than the occupants need for heat and power. In particular, this Denmark Active House should generate enough electricity over 30 years to cancel out the energy costs of building it. And it operates like a machine: a computer monitors the temperature and climate of the interior and opens, closes, and adjusts windows accordingly.
This is a quick public service announcement from Phil Clark, a journalist at UBM Built Environment in the UK. He blogs at Zerochampion and previously wrote a guest article on this site.
Want to hear from experts and professionals on their experiences of sustainable design and construction? All from the comfort of your home or office? Well a new virtual event I’m running next week, called Sustainability Now, may well be up your street. It’s free to attend and offers a flexible way for finding green content, from reports, articles, and data to video and audio shows. You can also connect directly with your peers in green architecture, engineering, and building at a lounge area, which offers instant messenger communication for users.
This is the first citizenM hotel near Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Designed by Dutch design firm Concrete Architectural Associates, the hotel is made with prefabricated pods (or rooms) built in citizenM's own production facility. The rooms have been prefabricated not only to reduce construction waste and save time, but they're also built this way to provide a consistent room experience to guests. So when guests walk into a room, not only do they get a tightly designed and constructed space, but they get one that's full of geeky tech.
Just last week, DesignBoom brought us news of this cactus-inspired design for the Minister of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture building in Doha, Qatar. It's a fascinating example of biomimicry — the skin of one of the hardiest plants of the desert is applied to the design of the facade of a desert building — with hundreds of smart shades that open and close depending on the strength of the sun.
A competition for a community plan in China recently declared a winning entry entitled "The Tree of Light." The local government of Miyi County was looking for a way to create a landmark body of architecture to serve as a foundation for further development in the area. From the banks of the Anning River rises a comprehensive master plan addressing needs for education, environmental restoration, and community identity.