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The Green Building Council of Australia Launches Community Ratings for Sustainable Practices

Courtesy of Athanasios Polyzoidis & Katerina Petsiou
Courtesy of Athanasios Polyzoidis & Katerina Petsiou

The Green Building Council of Australia has released Green Star – a new comprehensive rating system that can assess the degree to which communities, as a whole, succeed in creating livable and sustainable environments. This is a new and dynamic way to look at the culture of sustainability. “Green building” is not only reflected in individual buildings; it is the accumulation of the buildings, the infrastructure, the urban planning and design, the amenities of the community and the lifestyles that communities live. Projects such as DIY Urbanism in the Netherlands by MVRDV and “e_co_llectiva” by Athanasios Polyzoidis & Katerina Petsiou have this kind of regard for the development of holistic community. Read on for more after the break.

A Bright Future for Willets Point - Redevelopment on an Environmentally Marred Peninsula

© NYC EDC
© NYC EDC

The New York Economic Development Corporation and Mayor Bloomberg of NYC announced the completion of the final plan for Willets Point - a peninsula on the Flushing River in Northern Queens, New York. The development of Willets Point is part of the urban renewal project associated with Citi Field – the Mets’ new stadium. Nicknamed the Iron Triangle, the project will include housing for mixed incomes, retail and entertainment amenities, a hotel, a convention center, office space, parks and open space, and a new public school, all of which falls under the umbrella of LEED-certified buildings and infrastructure. As with every redevelopment plan, there are positives and negatives to restructuring the community. Read on for more after the break.

Green Carceri (Highline 4.0) / TARQUITECTOS

The Green Carceri, designed by TARQUITECTOS, arises as a natural extension of the High Line Park, connecting himself with the High Line and flying over the river, thus enabling a continuation of the public space underneath with the neighborhood to the height of the street and the docks. Winding around a series of vertical communication cores, the building allows both internal transit users and visitors to descend to the level of the street without having to enter the building. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Life of Gerhard Kallmann

At 97 years of age, the architect Gerhard Kallmann passed away on Tuesday in Boston.  Kallmann’s career was ignited with the design of Boston City Hall, a neo-brutalist building that received mixed feelings of criticism and praise upon its completion.  After escaping Nazi Germany in 1937, Kallmann studied at the Architectural Association in London before moving to the United States and teaching in Chicago and New York.  It was in Columbia University where Kallmann met Michael McKinnell and the two would grow to co-found Kallmann, McKinnell & Knowles in 1962 – the same year they won the competition for City Hall. More about Kallmann after the break.

Cycling Center / We Are You + Erik Hallberg

Courtesy of We Are You + Erik Hallberg
Courtesy of We Are You + Erik Hallberg

Presented at the bike festival of Gothenburg just about a week ago, the Cycling Center by We Are You + Erik Hallberg aims to promote cycling and bring together different cycling communities in the city. With Gothenburg being a city strongly dominated by cars, more than other large Swedish cities, this project has started to turn this around and make Gothenburg a ‘bike city’ with role models such as Amsterdam and the neighboring and great example Copenhagen. In this work of switching over from cars to bikes, their proposed cycling stadium would act as a catalyst. To become a ‘bike city’, the perception of the bike and the cyclist among city inhabitants is crucial. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: NA House by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Above is a video by Vincent Hecht, an architect and filmmaker in France, which highlights the NA House by Sou Fujimoto Architects. The video is part of a new collection of architecture movies about Japanese architecture. Designed for a young couple in a quiet Tokyo neighborhood, the 914 square-foot transparent house contrasts the typical concrete block walls seen in most of Japan’s dense residential areas.

Seed House / Peter Kovacs DLA, Istvan Lengyel

  • Architects: Peter Kovacs DLA, Istvan Lengyel
  • Location: Debrecen, Hungary
  • General Desing: Archiko Kft. and Lengyel Epiteszmuterem Kft.
  • Associate Architects: Lajos Barabás, Tibor Bartha, Ottó Ferenczi, György Kazamér, István Kecskés, Éva Molnár
  • Gross Floor Area For The 1st Phase: 2.591 sqm
  • Gross Floor Area For The 2nd Phase: 3.500 sqm
  • Client: University of Debrecen Centre for Agricultural and Applied Economic Sciences.
  • General Contractor: HUNÉP Zrt.
  • Cost: 3.416.083 €
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Tamas Bujnovszky

© Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky © Tamas Bujnovszky

Green Forest Athletic Complex / Modus Studio

  • Architects: Modus Studio
  • Location: Green Forest, Arkansas, USA
  • Architectural Team: Josh Siebert, Assoc. AIA (principal in charge), Chris M. Baribeau, AIA (principal architect), Chris M. Lankford
  • Site Area: 200.000 SF
  • Owner: Green Forest Public Schools, John Calaway, Superintendent
  • Construction Costs: $1.600.000
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Timothy Hursley

© Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley © Timothy Hursley

RING / APOLLO Architects & Associates

  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Architecture: APOLLO Architects & Associates - Satoshi Kurosaki
  • Structural Engineer: Kenta Masaki
  • Mechanical Engineer: Zenei Shimada
  • Area: 104.36 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge / Santiago Calatrava

  • Architects: Santiago Calatrava
  • Location: Dallas, USA
  • Lenght Of Bridge: 367,6 m (1,206 ft)
  • Height Of Pylon: 136 m (446 ft)
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Alan Karchmer

© Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer © Alan Karchmer

CGM House / Ricardo Torrejon

  • Architects: Ricardo Torrejon Schellhorn
  • Location: Los Aromos, Limache, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Contractor: Joaquín Velasco, Alex and Dany Hernández
  • Area: 310.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ricardo Torrejon, Joaquin Velasco

© Joaquin Velasco © Ricardo Torrejon © Joaquin Velasco © Ricardo Torrejon

Etxezabala Office Building / AH Asociados

  • Architects: AH Asociados
  • Location: 20800 Zarautz, Spain
  • Design Team: Miguel A. Alonso del Val, Rufino J. Hernández Minguillón, Álvaro Cerezo Ibarrondo
  • Collaborators: Víctor Ugarte, Maite Lorenzo, Iñaki Llanes, Miguel A. Maestre. David T. Goss, Adelaida Barreiro
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: José Manuel Cutillas

© José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas © José Manuel Cutillas

Maison du Maroc / ACDF*

  • Architects: ACDF* Architecture
  • Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Design Team: Maxime Frappier, Louis-Philippe Frappier, Gabriel Villeneuve, Jean-Philippe Parent, Patrick Morand, Laurence Lebeux, Laure Giordani, Robert Dequoy, Simon Orman, Mathieu St-Hilaire, Veronique Taillefer, Denis Dupuis
  • Structure: PASQUIN ST-JEAN
  • M&E: PMA
  • Client: Royaume du Maroc
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: ACDF*, James Brittain

© ACDF* © James Brittain © James Brittain © James Brittain

House for two families / Triendl und fessler architekten

  • Architects: Triendl und fessler architekten
  • Location: Hadersfeld, 3422 Sankt Andrä-Wördern, Austria
  • Landscape Architects: Lindle Bukor
  • Area: 374.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Karoline Mayer

© Karoline Mayer © Karoline Mayer © Karoline Mayer © Karoline Mayer

Footbridge over the River Segre / Ravetllat Ribas Architects

  • Architects: Ravetllat Ribas Architects
  • Location: Carrer Major, 19, 25007 Lerida, Catalonia, Spain
  • Architects:  Ravetllat Ribas Architects
  • Project Team:  Pere Joan Ravetllat, Carme Ribas, Nicolás Markuerkiaga, Andreu Estany
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011

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Laneway Wall Garden House / Donaghy & Dimond Architects

  • Architects: Donaghy & Dimond Architects
  • Location: Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
  • Architects: Donaghy & Dimond Architects
  • Project Team: Will Dimond, Marcus Donaghy, Bruno Manuel Vidal, Elizabeth Burns, St. John Walsh
  • Area: 122.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Ros Kavanagh

© Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh © Ros Kavanagh

Flashback: Tower Flower / Edouard François

  • Architects: Edouard François
  • Location: Rue Hérold, París, Francia
  • Architects:  Edouard François
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 0

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