Where does your State rank among the USGBC’s Top 10? Comparing LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita within the United States the District of Columbia turned in the highest per capita/per person ratio of 25.15 square feet. Commercial office type and for-profit organization owner type where the most common, as was Chicago and Washington DC for the most represented cities on the list.
Following are the top ten LEED states per capita:
1. Nevada: 10.92 sf
2. New Mexico: 6.35 sf
3. New Hampshire: 4.49 sf
4. Oregon: 4.07 sf
5. South Carolina: 3.19 sf
6. Washington: 3.16 sf
7. Illinois: 3.09 sf
8. Arkansas: 2.9 sf
9.Colorado: 2.85 sf
10. Minnesota: 2.77 sf
“Using per capita, versus the more traditional numbers of projects, or pure square footage, is a reminder to all of us that the people who live and work, learn and play in buildings should be what we care about most. 2010 was a difficult year for most of the building industry, but in many areas, the hunger for sustainable development kept the markets moving,” shared Scot Horst, USGBC SVP of LEED.
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Designed as collaboration between Oyler Wu Collaborative and Michael Kalish, this traveling installation is built as a tribute to the life and cultural significance of Muhammad Ali. The project is aimed at exposing a new generation to this larger than life character by building an appreciation for the nuanced emotional, aesthetic, and technical principles that collectively form experience – a concept that holds true as much for human persona as it does for architecture.
Conceived of as an experiential 2-D image, the core of the project is a seemingly random field of 1300 boxing speed bags that, when viewed from a single vantage point, form a pixilated image of the face of Muhammad Ali. The structure is designed with the intention of simultaneously supporting the clarity and focus from that vantage point, while enriching the experience of the piece from all others, through a combination of dense structural bundles, material effects, and geometrical repetition.
Oyler Wu Collaborative Project Team: Dwayne Oyler, Jenny Wu, Mike Piscitello, Jacques Lesec, Vincent Yeh, Paul Cambon, Huy Le, Nathan Meyers, Han Zhang, Scott Starr, Jake Henry, Vincent Yeh, Ehab Ghali, Sanjay Sukie, Chris Eskew, and Matt Evans
Michael Kalish Project Team: Michael Kalish, Robert Lepiz
Engineering: Buro Happold Engineers
Photography: Dwayne Oyler
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We in the profession all understand architecture can mean many different things, both types of knowledge, and ways of thinking. But to the general public, architecture means expensive, “designer” buildings. The qualifier “expensive” must be added because this is how the non-architectural population perceives it. From that narrow perspective, it requires the mobilization of equal amounts of three elements to have a building designed and built capital, a willingness to assume risk, and a generous measure of psychological instability. Maybe the latter comes after the project is complete.
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Designed by Cunningham Architects, the Wimberley House quietly sits among dense brush and native Oak and Juniper trees nestled on the edge of a bluff in the Texas hill country. Accessed via a winding half-mile driveway and a short walking trail from the garage, this 5,000 sqf residence provides a peaceful respite for its inhabitants.
Project description, images, and drawings after the break.
Architect: Cunningham Architects
Location: Wimberley, Texas, USA
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: MEP Systems
General Contractor: Burnette Builders, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Hocker Design Group
Project Area: 5,000 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tre Dunham, Gisela Borghi, and Cunningham Architects
This design for a large media company brings several previously dispersed publications together in a consolidated location on Queen Street East in Toronto. The site is unusual in that it includes the third and fourth levels of adjoining 19th-century warehouse buildings. The introduction of a sky lit interior street unifies the space and the company identity, bringing together over 250 employees of 12 popular Canadian magazines (including Toronto Life and Saturday Night).
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Architect: Teeple Architects
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Principal in Charge: Stephen Teeple (OAA, FRAIC)
Project Team: Cheryl Atkinson, Robert Ree, Yan Cai, Andre D’Elia, Don Collins, William Elsworthy
Associate Architect: Superkul Architects Inc.
Structural Engineer: Blackwell Engineering Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Hidi Rae Consulting Engineers Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Hidi Rae Consulting Engineers Inc.
General Contractor: Panigas Group
Project Area: 35,000 spf
Project Year: 2004
Photography: Tom Arban
Architects: Arhitektura Jure Kotnik
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Project team: Jure Kotnik, Andrej Kotnik
Client: Mestna občina Ljubljana
Structural engineering: CBD d.o.o.
Mechanical engineering: Linasi Peter
Electrical engineering: Iztok Zlatar
Builder: Riko Hiše d.o.o
Project area: 130 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Miran Kambič
“Marcel Breuer and Postwar America”, an exhibition from the Breuer archives, is on display through March 29 in Slocum Gallery at Syracuse University School of Architecture. It features images of 120 drawings, as well as photographs, documenting 13 of Breuer’s major postwar buildings and projects. Full-scale reproductions highlight themes that characterized some of Breuer’s lesser-known major work and document his responses to the needs and opportunities of postwar American society.
The show was curated by architecture students as part of a seminar on the Bauhaus architect taught by visiting professor Barry Bergdoll, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, with Jonathan Massey, Syracuse Architecture associate professor and undergraduate chair. The exhibition is the outcome of their work in the extensive Breuer archive at the Syracuse University Library Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Hours M-F, 9-5. Closing reception March 22 at 5 pm.
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As a part of MIT’s 150th anniversary celebration, a student competition was held for a installation to become part of the festivities. Yushiro Okamoto‘s winning proposal, ICEWALL, has recently been completed and has been submitted to share with us here at ArchDaily. Follow after the break to browse through a large collection of photographs of the project.
American University School of International Service / William McDonough + Partners and Quinn Evans | Architects
How can we design a building that inspires students to dream? This charge— articulated by the dean of the country’s largest foreign service program— guided the design team for this new building on the American University campus. Serving as a symbol of the school’s tradition of global service, the anticipated LEED Gold certified building provides a vibrant setting for teaching, research and public dialogue.
Architects: William McDonough + Partners and Quinn Evans|Architects
Location: Washington DC, USA
Design Mechanical Engineer: Taylor Engineering
Mechanical Engineer of Record: GHT Limited
Structural Engineer: McMullan Associates
Daylighting Consultant: Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates
Civil Engineer: Delon Hampton & Associates
LEED Consultant: Sustainable Design Consulting
Fire Code and Suppression Consultant: PEG
General Contractor: Whiting-Turner
Client: American University
Project Area: 75,000 sqf
Photographs: Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners