Techne: The Carbon Calculator for Buildings and Sites

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At the University of Minnesota’s College of Design several projects have been developed to advance more cost-effective, more environmentally aware buildings, infrastructure, and even communities. One very useful program they’ve developed falls under the Building Evaluation category. It’s called the CBSR Site and Building Design Carbon Calculator. What does it do? It measures the carbon footprint of any building or site. In other words, it measures greenhouse gas emissions from sites and from building development. Even better, it can be used by both professionals and the general public alike, for either existing or future structures. Indeed, after downloading the calculator, which is very well-researched and comprehensive, it is clear that this tool is self-explanatory and very easy-to-use.

Winners selected for round two of the Moscow City Agglomeration Competition

Photo Credit: RIA Novosti

The international team, lead by well-known Russian urbanist Andrey Chernikhov, and including McAdam Architects, Tower 151, Georgi Stanishev and Ginsburg Architects placed first in round two of the Moscow City Agglomeration Development Concept competition. The winning consortium sparked debate by suggesting Moscow officials should consider redeveloping the abundant brown field sites and other available infill spaces within the existing city boundaries before proposing new development. They highlighted vast areas occupied by goods railways and disused industrial sites from Soviet times as prime areas for regeneration and expansion, as well as a re-thinking of transport networks to alleviate pressure on existing systems.

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit / London Olympics / Kapoor + Balmond

/ Anish Kapoor + Cecil Balmond

Is it the perfect blend of sculpture and engineering, or it is a twisted form of nonsense?  Opinions are quite varied on the subject of Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond’s observation tower, ArcelorMittal Orbit, which will serve as a permanent reminder of ’s hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games.  The red steel structure will rise close to 400 feet – taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty and ’s Big Ben – to be Britain’s largest piece of public art.  Criticized for undertaking such a massively expensive project during the country’s recession, Mayor Boris Johnson has claimed that the Orbit will not only enhance visitors’ experiences at the Olympic Games but will also be “the right thing for the Stratford site” beyond the summer time, calling on its potential to become ”the perfect iconic cultural legacy”.

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Recasting / Donaghy & Dimond Architects

© Ros Kavanagh

Architects: Donaghy & Dimond Architects
Location: Dundrum, , Ireland
Project Team: Will Dimond, Marcus Donaghy, Conal Ryan, Elizabeth Burns, St. John Walsh
Engineer: David Maher
Area: 150 sqm
Completion: Completion 2011
Photographs: Ros Kavanagh, Donaghy & Dimond Architects


Process-Zero, a Net-Zero Retrofit of a Government Building in Los Angeles, originally built in 1965. Courtesy of HOK and Vanderweil
Process-Zero, a Net-Zero Retrofit of a Government Building in Los Angeles, originally built in 1965. Courtesy of HOK and Vanderweil

The Katerva Awards – Open for Nominations

Katerva isn’t looking for ideas that will improve the world in small increments. We are looking for paradigm-busting ideas. Our Award winners don’t simply move the needle when it comes to efficiency, lifestyle or consumption; they change the game

Courtesy of DL+A _ SIZE*
Courtesy of DL+A _ SIZE*

Klaksvik City Center Proposal / DL+A _ SIZE*

In the proposal for the Klaksvik City Center, DL+A _ SIZE*… perceives the need to interact and present the city to the world as an open culture. As a pioneer in the city growing master plan in the region, this

Kumutoto Toilets / Studio Pacific Architecture


Architects: Studio Pacific Architecture
Location: , New Zealand
Design Team: Stephen McDougall, Bret Thurston, Guy Marriage, Peter Mitchell
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: SPA

The Offices of Buck O’Neill Builders / Jones | Haydu

© Bruce Damonte

Architects: Jones | Haydu
Location: , , USA
Project Team: Paul Haydu, Hulett Jones
Project Area: 1,200 sqft
Photographs: Bruce Damonte

Courtesy of KCAP
Courtesy of KCAP

Brazza Nord Bordeaux Masterplan / KCAP

KCAP…’s urban design for the transformation of the Garonne waterfront in Bordeaux-Brazza was recently finalized and officially approved by Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux, and by Bordeaux’s City Council. The project site is a 67 ha area within Bastide

Carroll County Airport Terminal / Modus Studio

© Rett Peek

Architects: Modus Studio
Location: , Arkansas, USA
Architectural Team: Chris M. Baribeau, AIA (principal architect), Josh Siebert, Assoc. AIA, Chris M. Lankford, Austin L. Chatelain, Assoc. AIA
Completed: February, 2011
Effective Area: 2,450 sf
Cost: $291,748 | $119 per SF
Site Infrastructure: $43,000
Photographs: Rett Peek 


HUD Lanches Competition to Rebuild Sandy-Affected Regions

© Governor’s Office / Tim Larsen

In an effort to promote resilience for the Sandy-affected region, U.S. Housing and Urban Development () Secretary Shaun Donovan has launched a multi-stage regional design competition that is intended to attract world-class talent, promote innovation and develop projects that will actually be built. Dubbed Rebuild by Design, the competition will accumulate a variety of design solutions, ranging in scope and scale, for review. Once the best ideas are identified, HUD will incentivize their implementation using funds made available through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program as well as other public and private funds to actually build the project.

Police Station of Manzanares / Estudio Lamazeta

© Antonio Arévalo

Location: Antigua Carretera de Madrid, , Spain
Design Team: Lucía Manresa, David Mata, María Moreno
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 554 sqm
Photographs: Antonio Arévalo

Fire Station in Vilnius / Laimos ir Ginto Projektai

© Raimondas Urbakavičius

Architects: Laimos ir Ginto Projektai
Project Team: Gintautas Vieversys, Laima Tumynienė, Adomas Šablevičius, Valdemaras Stupak, Dovydas Čipkus
Completion: 2012
Project Area: 4,000 sqm
Photographs: Raimondas Urbakavičius

greenhouse - water square
greenhouse - water square

Shan Shui Grape Garden – Yanqing Wine Park, Greenhouse and Winery / LocalDesignStudio

The double landscape and architectural competition proposal for Yanqing Grape and Wine Park and Yanqing Greenhouse and Winery by LocalDesignStudio… was organized ahead of the World Grape Conference to be held in 2014 in Yanqing County. The park was meant

Temporary Dormitories / Albert Company Olmo + Jan Glasmeier + Line Ramstad

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Architects: Albert Company Olmo, Jan Glasmeier, Line Ramstad, Alejandro Buzo, Maria Nuñez and Eduardo Novo
Location: Mae Sot,
Construction: Ga Yaw Ga Yaw
Students involved: Marta de las Heras Martínez, Luis Rodríguez Carnero, Alejandro Buzo, Maria Nuñez and Eduardo Novo
Project Area: 72 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Line Ramstad, Allyse Pulliam

AD Classics: Maison de Verre / Pierre Chareau + Bernard Bijvoet

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Designed by and , the Maison de Verre translated as “House of Glass,” is a milestone in early modern architectural design. Built in 1932, the house uses various industrial and mechanical fixtures juxtaposed with a traditional style of home furnishings all under the transparency and lightness of the façade. More after the break.

First Half of TED’s City 2.0 Award Winners Announced

The year is half way through, and so are TED’s City 2.0 Awards. The Award, which offers $10,000 to 10 innovative ideas in Urban Transformation, has been awarded – so far – to an eco-artist, a Wikipedia of house-building, a noise mapper, a couple of sign-post rebels, and a public-health activist and educator.

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Álvaro Siza wins Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Vieira, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. Courtesy: Álvaro Siza office

Álvaro Siza Vieira’s birthday week just got even better, as he has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition. The decision was made by the Board of la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, under Director David Chipperfield’s proposal. Siza will be honored at the Giardini of la Biennale, during the opening and award ceremony on August 29th, 2012.

“It is difficult to think of a contemporary architect who has maintained such a consistent presence within the profession as Álvaro Siza. That this presence is maintained by an architect that lives and works at the extreme Atlantic margin of Europe only serves to emphasize his authority and his status.”

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