I originally found/posted on these guys back in July but they keep coming back...a little bigger and better each time. They have created a green building system made out of comparmentalized segments or "blocs." This video is better animated that the previous ones, which allow you to see the application of their work a little better. Check it out and enjoy!
All right, the details of this topic are still in the works but I have been thinking a lot lately about suburban sprawl and ways to mitigate its effects. There are a few case studies out there, one of which looks at the similarities between the Japanese suburb and the anti-sprawl movement in North America, also called "smart growth." I am not sure of the details but it sounds interesting and I shot an email to the institution sponsoring the study with hopes of getting my hands on a copy. If I do, I will do a post and relate my findings.
In the meantime, I found some cool pictures of an architectural project called "A New Suburbia," which is a Japanese residential housing proposal that combines the natural form of landscape with the regular form of suburbia to create a clever, creative project about the suburban condition and alternate ways of living. Pretty cool and you don't distribute the land. Not sure how feasible though.
Hey everyone...sorry my posts have been a little less frequent the last couple of days. I am studying for the CPA exam and I took the first of four tests on Sunday. So, when it comes to the actual day of the test...my time just before and just after are...well, I just don't have any. Anyway, I am back in the saddle. At least until the next test.
This month's addition of Business 2.0 magazine features 10 companies that they feel are going to be industry "disrupters" and change the world.
The ecocube is pretty cool...designed from start to finish by London firm Ecospace. Sustainable wood structure, organic roof, environmentally-friendly appliances, high performance insulation, low carbon footprint, cool website, etc.
Living Steel is sponsoring this the 2nd annual international steel design competition. Launched on World Architecture Day, Living Steel challenged architects from around the world to provide designs for responsible and innovative housing in one of three locations: Brazil, China and the United Kingdom. Over 1,100 submissions were received and now it is down to the top 18 (6 submissions per country). nArchitects came up with a truly innovative design to create an apartment building ("Living Steel Housing") in Wuhan, China that responds and integrates with the local sub-tropical climate and demographics.
Came across this cool company that builds prefabricated structures and structures out of the ever-versatile shipping container. Formed in 2003, Hybrid's team focuses on "generating thought-provoking and ecologically sensitive solutions to our present and future urban cultural conditions." They coined the term "cargotecture" (not sure if they were the first) in 2003 to describe any building system that uses ISO shipping containers. Its cool to see a company trying to make prefab housing a little bit more attainable and mainstream for the masses. Check out their work...they have some cool designs and concept art.
Groupo Danhos, one of the largest real estate development companies in Mexico, commissioned the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) to design Torre Bicentenario, a mixed-use skyscraper that will be built in the heart of Mexico City. The 300 meter tall tower will have over 160,000 square meters (1.72 million square feet) of office space, museums, fine dining and retail establishments. According to OMA, "Torre bicentenario will be a building of the future and an example of how a sustainable and integrated design approach can achieve maximum building performance."
I came across this video of a wind turbine off the coast of the UK. Its only 44 seconds long and it is shot from a helicopter but I was amazed at the size of this thing. Its unbelievable! Too bad its not moving.
Jetson Green has a post up about a cool-looking commercial building that was designed with natural light in mind. The slits in the curved facade allow natural sunlight in the building without exposing the building or its tenants to too much direct sunlight. Easy on the eyes and easy on the utility bills! Check it out.