KA-CHING: New Thoughts on the Value of Green

Harpoon House, a simple efficient home in that’s expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The 28-foot tall home has one bedroom, one bathroom, a root cellar, and a roof garden. Photo by Matt Kirkpatrick at www.idwellingdeisgn.com.

PORTLAND–A recent study by Portland-based Earth Advantage Institute reveals that and LEED certification for new and existing homes not only saves money but might also raise resale value. The study, conducted over four years in the six-county Portland metropolitan area, found that newly constructed homes with third-party certifications for sustainability and energy efficiency sold for 8% more on average than non-certified homes, and existing homes with certifications sold for 30% more. A similar study was also conducted Seattle, showing 9.6% price premium with certification. While the results are inconclusive, they are compelling.

From the Washington Post Writers Group VIA Los Angeles Times:

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/28/business/la-fi-harney-20110828

Tea Pavilion on the Water / Tze-Chun Wei

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Architect: Tze-Chun Wei
Location: ,
Collaborators: ARJR Architects Associates
Project Area: 166 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Tze-Chun Wei

Community Center / MARP + Dévényi és Társa

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Architects: MARP / Márton Dévényi, Pál Gyürki-Kiss + Dévényi és Társa Ltd. / Sándor Dévényi
Location: Sásd,
Project Team: Ádám Holicska, Dávid Loszmann
Client: Sásd Town Council
Mechanical Engineer: Ltd. / László Skrobák
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 2,600 sqm
Photographs: Zsolt Frikker

Boulder Regional Fire Training Facility / Roth Sheppard Architects

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The Boulder Regional Fire Training Facility holds many different programs. Its exterior metal shell is as red as an iconic fire truck, and stands out as a modern interpretation of a traditional building type. The facility was designed by Roth Sheppard Architects to accommodate all of the varied needs of the Boulder’s Fire Training Facility, united in one design.

Architect: Roth Sheppard Architects
Location: Boulder, Colorado,
Consultants: TCA Architecture Planning, Scott Cox & Associates Inc, Abeyta Engineers, R2H,  Studio NYL, Design Studio West, Spec by Design, Walsh Environmental Scientists and Engineers, YRG
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Roth Sheppard Architects

MAX & Co / Duccio Grassi Architects

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Architects: Duccio Grassi Architects 
Location: IFC – , China
Client: Max Mara Fashion Group
Project Area: 157 sqm
Project Year:  2011
Photographer: Virgile Simon Bertrand

 

Sneeoosh / zeroplus

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Architect: zeroplus
Location: , , USA
Project Team: Joshua Brevoort, Principal; Lisa chun, Principal; Casey Borgen, Intern
Fabricators: River Ranch LLC and Meadow Works
Manager: Bud Searle
Carpenters: Neil Harrington, Mark Schrader
Project Area: 1200 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: zeroplus

How small U.S. Architectural Firms are Profiting from China’s Economic Boom

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It is a known fact that larger architectural firms have been commissioned work in China for years, giants such as Steven Holl Architects and Goettsch Partners are known to have well-established satellite offices in Shanghai. Without a doubt, Chinese work has filled the void left by the less than impressive American economy, but it is only within the past decade that these projects have been extended to smaller architectural firms within the .

Find out how small U.S. architectural firms are profiting from ’s economic boom after the break.

EG House / Marcelo Alvarenga

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Architects: Play – Marcelo Alvarenga
Location: , Brazil
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 823.00 sqm
Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

10 reasons Architects can fix it

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1. Architects broke it

It’s probably our fault to begin with. I don’t really know the exact numbers, but Buildings use more fossil fuels than cars, construction debris makes up the highest percentage of our landfills, building roofs and parking lots account for the majority of storm water run-out issues, and Market driven greed for greater and greater return on investment fueled a decade of speculative office and housing developments at a scale never seen before. And, now entire communities sit vacant and waiting for a recovery that may never happen. Can Architects be trusted to come up with solutions for problems we played a major role in causing in the first place?

More reasons after the break:

Acoustic Environments / AREA and Electrotexture Lab

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The Acoustic Pavilion Project, developed by AREA and Electrotexture Lab, is created from evolutionary algorithms that search the optimum form and reflective environment for electronic music within the context of ’s harbor front. More images and brief project description after the break.

OÖ Science-Center Wels I / Archinauten Dworschak + Mühlbachler ZT Gmbh

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Architect: Archinauten Dworschak + Mühlbachler ZT Gmbh
Location: Weliosplatz 1, 4600 Wels, Austria
Client: OÖ Science-Center Wels Errichtungs-GmbH.
Operating Company: OÖ Science-Center Wels Betreibs-GmbH. „Welios“®
Project Management:
Photographs: Dietmar Tolerian

Update: Foreclose: Rehousing the American Dream / MoMA

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This weekend, we had the opportunity to attend the Open Studio event at ’s PS1.  As we mentioned earlier, this project posed the daunting question of how to re-think, re-organize and re-energize the concept of an American suburb in the wake of the foreclosure crisis.  As MoMA’s Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Barry Bergdoll explains, “Projects will aim to challenge cultural assumptions concerning home ownership and associated settlement patterns, such as suburban sprawl, and assist the public in contemplating a potentially different future for housing and cities. The workshop and exhibition are premised on reframing the current crisis as an opportunity, an approach that is in keeping with the fundamental American ethos where challenging circumstances engender innovation and out-of-the-box thinking. It is our hope that new paradigms of architecture and regional and transportation planning become the silver lining in the crisis of home ownership.” The five multidisciplinary teams chose five different American to explore, and this Saturday, we jumped from Oregon to Florida, to Illinois, to California and New Jersey, to observe their five quite different solutions.

Check out our preview of the teams’ work-in-progress projects which will be exhibited at the MoMA this February.

Mile Hi Church Sanctuary / Fentress Architects

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Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, has added a new dome to their campus. The expanding congregation commissioned Fentress Architects to create a new Sanctuary to accommodate their growing needs for space. The design is a contemplative space with attentive consideration for the church’s needs and the campus history influencing the design.

Architect: Fentress Architects
Location: Lakewood, Colorado, United States
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Jerry Butts, Ben Tremper Photography, Mile Hi Church

Fecomércio Complex Proposal / Estúdio 41

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Man transforms the environment, interferes with nature producing spaces that harbor their daily activities. This is done by provoking change,building objects, and inserting devises into the the natural environment. This intervention, a design by Estúdio 41, suggests a reflection on the relationship between nature and artifice, proposing buildings that build: artifacts and landscape, cover and relief, shelter and open space. As the 1st place prize winner, their design creates a place where working means life quality, surrounded by leisure facilities, designed for outdoors experience. A place to exchange experiences, to learn, teach and meet. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Zahner Factory Expansion / Crawford Architects

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Architects: Crawford Architects
Location: Kansas City, Missouri,
Project Year: 2011
Structural Engineer: Wallace Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: M.E. Group, Inc
Electrical Engineer: M.E. Group, Inc
Project Area: 6,200 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of Crawford Architects

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Reconstruction Plan for Haiti / Trans_City Architecture and Urbanism

Over the last 18 months, Trans_City architecture and urbanism…, has developed a comprehensive plan for the reconstruction of Jacmel, Haiti based upon the concept of satellite cities located at the edge of the existing, earthquake-ravaged city center.(A concept developed

C.P.C Headquarters / Schwartz Besnosoff Architects

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Architects: Schwartz Besnosoff Architects
Location: ,
Client: CPC Israel
Project Team: Gaby Schwartz, Julia Grinkrug, Abraham Rotal, Gilad Ulman
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Schwartz Besnosoff Architects

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Pylon Competition Design Proposal / New Town Studio

Inspired by the existing lattice pylon originally designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield RA in 1927, New Town Studio…, who was recently shortlisted for the Pylon Design Competition, uses a lattice steel framework to create a vertical structure which retains