Something about this project is just too compelling to not blog about it. Designed by Iosa Ghini Associati for the distant island of Cyprus, the plan calls for four family houses in the residential district in Nicosia. The fluid, organic shape of the project ties each unit together. When complete, Cyprus Full Circle will have a number of green design elements, including low-E glass panels, adjustable solar panels, rainwater capture and recycling, and heating storage for the winter. The external walls also will be treated with photo catalytic concrete, which will transform harmful organic and non-organic matters into harmless compounds. Anti-VOC architecture? Incredible.
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?
I just noticed fresh news of this newly formed company called Torresol that’s developing a Solar Tower of Power for both Spain and Abu Dhabi. It’s cool news and interesting technology, but it strikes me: Does anyone want to use their celebrity or political influence to bring more of these to the U.S.? Hillary? Obama? Gore? Buffett? Pickens? There’s a ton a raw land in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Texas, etc., and any given state could take a stab at a plan with transmission lines, right? I know we talked about an EnviroMission tower before, but I haven’t seen any movement on that front. It might take a green blogger coalition to get more of these built, but if we can’t figure it out, we’re going to see a new generation of dollars going to the same group of people. If you know what I mean …
A concentrating solar concentrating power plant like the one pictured above could generate power for something like 30,000 homes (17 mw).
Anti-Smog is a prototype project envisioned for a post-industrial area of Paris that aims to invent a new architecture — auto-sufficient, depolluting architecture, reactive to its environment. The Vincent Callebaut Architectures prototype relies heavily on building-integrated, green innovation such as vertical axis wind turbines, rooftop solar panels, and living walls and greenery. The result is a design that not only borders on positive energy as a self-sufficient structure, but one that moves into a refreshing realm of natural architecture that can clean and replenish the surrounding air.
In January of this year, Frontline/World reporter Timothy Lesle published a three-part, video documentary on Huangbaiyu called "China: Green Dreams – A NOT SO model village." Here’s a teaser intro to the report: "The village of Huangbaiyu in rural northeast China was supposed to be a model for energy-conscious design. The initial project was to build 400 sustainable homes, a collaboration between U.S. architect William McDonough and the Chinese. But something went awry. [Timothy Lesle] traveled to the region to investigate." I’m not going to tell the whole story — the series is quite compelling, and Mr. Lesle presents an honest perspective of Chinese urbanization.