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How Can We Reduce Carbon Emissions in Architectural Projects?

05:00 - 18 July, 2019
How Can We Reduce Carbon Emissions in Architectural Projects?, Westborough Primary School / Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture Ltd.. Image © Anthony Coleman
Westborough Primary School / Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture Ltd.. Image © Anthony Coleman

Since the 1970s, humanity’s resource consumption began to exceed what the planet could renew in a year. That is, we are withdrawing and polluting nature more than it can naturally recover. According to the World Bank, if the world's population reaches even the projected number of 9.6 billion people by 2050, it will take almost three Earth planets to provide the natural resources needed to maintain humanity's current lifestyle.

Every day an enormous amount of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere through industry, transportation, burning fossil fuels and even respiration of plants and living things. As the consequences of climate change become clearer, both governments and private sector companies are setting targets for carbon emission reductions, since these are regarded as the main greenhouse gases, and their high concentration in the atmosphere lead to air pollution and acid rain, among other consequences.

INSTALLATION: MADWORKSHOP x UCLA Architecture and Urban Design x Succulent Walls

12:11 - 27 June, 2019
INSTALLATION: MADWORKSHOP x UCLA Architecture and Urban Design x Succulent Walls

Succulent Walls tackle how architecture can respond to Southern California’s precarious relationship to water and lack of disaster preparedness. The work of a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.I) Research Studio taught by Heather Roberge, this collaboration between Mary and David Martin's MADWORKSHOP and UCLA Architecture and Urban Design prototypes a series of residential water catchment systems. By integrating a system for easily installed water storage and food production into the residential vernacular, the class of eleven graduate students hopes to transform our laissez-faire attitude towards this critical and finite resource into one of proactive self-sufficiency. Five group projects were distilled

How Herman Miller's GreenHouse Inspired the Construction of Sustainable Buildings in the US

08:30 - 24 June, 2019
How Herman Miller's GreenHouse Inspired the Construction of Sustainable Buildings in the US, Herman Miller GreenHouse (interior), William McDonough, Holland, Michigan, 1995. Image Courtesy of Herman Miller Archives
Herman Miller GreenHouse (interior), William McDonough, Holland, Michigan, 1995. Image Courtesy of Herman Miller Archives

While the United Statesgreen-building industry was still relatively slow in the early 1990’s, Herman Miller, who are known for their architectural experimentation, decided to construct a new facility for Simple, Quick, Affordable (SQA), a company that bought used office furniture to refurbish them and sell them to smaller businesses. To do so, they chose to build sustainably, a design approach that was not yet utilized in the region.

Designed by New York architect William McDonough, the 295,000 sq ft building (approx. 90,000 sqm) was built in Holland, Michigan in 1995. The facility’s design qualities, such as storm-water management, air-filtering systems, and 66 skylights, helped set the standards for the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Certification.

Learn How to Avoid Energy Loss in Your Buildings

07:00 - 24 June, 2019
Learn How to Avoid Energy Loss in Your Buildings, ELEMENTAL's UC Innovation Center subverts the traditional office building, forming a glazed lobby in its interior, and creating fewer openings. Image © Nico Saieh
ELEMENTAL's UC Innovation Center subverts the traditional office building, forming a glazed lobby in its interior, and creating fewer openings. Image © Nico Saieh

Thermal comfort becomes very evident when it is not attended to. When thermal conditions are adequate in one location, our body is in balance with the environment allowing us to perform activities normally. On the other hand, when a space is too hot or too cold, we soon see changes in our mood and body. Dissatisfaction with the thermal environment occurs when the heat balance is unstable, that is when there are differences between the heat produced by the body and the heat that the body loses to the environment.

ArchDaily's Sustainability Glossary : G-H-I

07:00 - 18 June, 2019
ArchDaily's Sustainability Glossary : G-H-I, © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

It is expected that within the next few of decades, Earth will have absolutely nothing left to offer whoever/whatever is capable of surviving on it. Although the human race is solely responsible for the damages done to the planet, a thin silver lining can still be seen if radical changes were to be done to the way we live on Earth and how we sustain it.

Since architects and designers carry a responsibility of building a substantial future, we have put together an A-Z list of every sustainability term that you might come across. Every week, a new set of letters will be published, helping you stay well-rounded on everything related to sustainable architecture and design. Here are the terms that start with letters G, H, and I.

Saint-Gobain Announces Winners of International Student Design Competition

10:00 - 15 June, 2019
Saint-Gobain Announces Winners of International Student Design Competition, "Co.Living" - Exterior view. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain
"Co.Living" - Exterior view. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain

Competing in this year’s 15th annual Multi Comfort Student Contest, Saint-Gobain had over 2,200 students from 199 universities worldwide. The final was narrowed down to 60 competing teams from 34 countries, all of whom traveled to Milan to present their designs to an international panel of experts from the Municipality of Milan. This year’s brief was to design a project to rehabilitate and reconnect the urban area around Crescenzago subway station in Milan in line with the city’s #milano2030 development plan. The competition also focuses on Saint-Gobain’s concept of Multi Comfort: thermal, visual, and acoustic comfort, as well as good indoor air quality.

"Urban Villa" - Exterior view. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain "Induction" - Exterior view. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain "Diversity in Regularity" - 3D Model. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain "Social Canopy" - Exterior view. Image Courtesy of Saint-Gobain + 21

Barreca & La Varra Wins Milan Sustainability Competition with Zero Carbon Masterplan

11:00 - 7 June, 2019
Barreca & La Varra Wins Milan Sustainability Competition with Zero Carbon Masterplan, © Barreca & La Varra, Wolf Visualizing Architecture
© Barreca & La Varra, Wolf Visualizing Architecture

Barreca & La Varra has won the “C40 Reinventing Cities” competition with their proposal for a zero carbon “Housing Sociale” scheme in Milan titled INNESTO, working in collaboration with Arup Italia.

© Barreca & La Varra, Wolf Visualizing Architecture © Barreca & La Varra, Wolf Visualizing Architecture © Barreca & La Varra, Wolf Visualizing Architecture © Barreca & La Varra, Wolf Visualizing Architecture + 7

ArchDaily's Sustainability Glossary : D-E-F

07:00 - 22 May, 2019
ArchDaily's Sustainability Glossary : D-E-F, © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

It is expected that within the next few of decades, Earth will have absolutely nothing left to offer whoever/whatever is capable of surviving on it. Although the human race is solely responsible for the damages done to the planet, a thin silver lining can still be seen if radical changes were to be done to the way we live on Earth and how we sustain it.

Since architects and designers carry a responsibility of building a substantial future, we have put together an A-Z list of every sustainability term that you might come across. Every week, a new set of letters will be published, helping you stay well-rounded on everything related to sustainable architecture and design. Here are the terms that start with letters D, E, and F.

Urban Farming: Food Production in Community Parks and Private Gardens

06:00 - 18 May, 2019
Urban Farming: Food Production in Community Parks and Private Gardens, Casa Torre / Andrew Maynard Architects. Image © Peter Bennetts
Casa Torre / Andrew Maynard Architects. Image © Peter Bennetts

As urban dwellers become more aware of the environmental impacts of food production and transportation, as well as the origin and security of what they consume, urban agriculture is bound to grow and attract public and political eyes. Bringing food production closer, in addition to being sustainable, is pedagogical. However, generally with small size and other restrictions, the concerns of growing food in cities differ somewhat from traditional farming.

Urban gardens can occupy a multitude of places and have varied scales - window sills and balconies, slabs and vacant lots, courtyards of schools, public parks and even unlikely places, such as subway tunnels. They can also be communitarian or private. Whatever the case, it is important to consider some variables:

No Restaurante Tuju, projeto de vapor arquitetura + Garupa Estúdio, todos o paisagismo é feito com espécies comestíveis. Image © Pedro Napolitano Prata Cortesia de US Department of Agriculture Planter Box House / Formzero. Image © Ameen Deen Urban Farming: Food Production in Community Parks and Private Gardens + 19

How Designing for Air Quality May Determine the Outcome of Your Meeting

04:00 - 16 May, 2019
How Designing for Air Quality May Determine the Outcome of Your Meeting, © Max Lee. ImageRain of Light / Yuan Architects
© Max Lee. ImageRain of Light / Yuan Architects

Humans can survive for 30 days without eating, 3 days without drinking, yet only 3 minutes without breathing. Of course our need for air is also constant, we rely on it at all times indoors and outdoors although can often be less clean than we would hope. Unpleasant odors make us aware of bad air, but many irritants and unhealthy gases are not easily detectable by smell while still affecting our health. Smells are the most obvious signal, as they are consciously perceived by the brain and nervous system, allowing us to make judgements about our environment.

Learn more about where poor indoor air quality comes from, why it's important to address within the built environment, and how to design for good indoor air quality and comfort.

© Vivek Muthuramalingam. ImageBiome Environmental Solutions © Javier Callejas. ImageAlberto Campo Baeza © Ishita Sitwala. ImageDesign Work Group  © Nelson Kon. ImageMipibu House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Image + 17

In Lake|Flato’s Eco-Conservation Studio, Sustainability and Education Go Hand-in-Hand

04:00 - 5 May, 2019
In Lake|Flato’s Eco-Conservation Studio, Sustainability and Education Go Hand-in-Hand, Known primarily for their ranch houses, which combine modern forms and rich local material traditions, Lake|Flato Architects have also developed an architecture of “eco-conservation.” An example is their Big Bend Fossil Discovery Exhibit in the middle of Texas’s Chihuahuan Desert.. Image © Casey Dunn
Known primarily for their ranch houses, which combine modern forms and rich local material traditions, Lake|Flato Architects have also developed an architecture of “eco-conservation.” An example is their Big Bend Fossil Discovery Exhibit in the middle of Texas’s Chihuahuan Desert.. Image © Casey Dunn

This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine.

Green building was always part of the firm's DNA, though a little more than ten years ago Lake|Flato formed an internal studio that would focus on landscape and resource management.

For over three decades, San Antonio’s Lake|Flato Architects have advanced the cause of critical regionalism in South Texas. Founding partners David Lake and Ted Flato met in the office of O’Neil Ford, an early Texas Modernist whose work combined structural innovation with local building traditions. When they started their own practice in 1984, Lake and Flato carried this germ with them, turning out a series of ranch houses that garnered attention for their deft blending of modern modes of living, indigenous materials, and agro-industrial vernacular.

ArchDaily's Sustainability Glossary : A-B-C

07:00 - 30 April, 2019
ArchDaily's Sustainability Glossary : A-B-C , © ArchDaily
© ArchDaily

It is expected that within the next couple of decades, Earth will have absolutely nothing left to offer whoever/whatever is capable of surviving on it. Although the human race is solely responsible for the damages done to the planet, a thin silver lining can still be seen if radical changes were to be done to the way we live on Earth and how we sustain it. 

Since architects and designers carry a responsibility of building a substantial future, we have put together an A-Z list of every sustainability term that you might come across. Every week, a new set of letters will be published, helping you stay well-rounded on everything related to sustainable architecture and design. Here are the terms that start with letters A, B, and C.

Colors Of the Earth: Ghana's Incredible, Rammed Earth Walls

05:30 - 12 April, 2019
Colors Of the Earth: Ghana's Incredible, Rammed Earth Walls, Courtesy of Hive Earth
Courtesy of Hive Earth

Rammed earth constructions are not a novelty, on the contrary, some sections of the Great Wall of China were made using this technique. Relegated and replaced by modern methods of construction, the mud walls are currently re-emerging as an economic, sustainable solution, with low environmental impact. Even Joelle Eyeson, a young African entrepreneur, is betting that it may be the answer to the housing deficit in her region.

This is a rudimentary construction system in which earth is compressed into wooden boxes. The clay is horizontally placed in layers of 15 cm in height, and compacted with manual or pneumatic tools, to achieve its ideal density creating a resistant and durable structure.

Courtesy of Hive Earth Courtesy of Hive Earth Courtesy of Hive Earth Courtesy of Hive Earth + 22

Architect-Designed Light Fixtures at the 2019 Salone del Mobile

09:30 - 11 April, 2019
Architect-Designed Light Fixtures at the 2019 Salone del Mobile, Sergey Makhno Architects. Image Courtesy of ArchDaily
Sergey Makhno Architects. Image Courtesy of ArchDaily

As Milan Design Week continues to set avant-garde design trends for the upcoming years, the 2019 Salone del Mobile’s lighting biennale, Euroluce, saw a nod to classic designs mixed with contemporary craftsmanship.

Two dominant trends at this year’s Euroluce are ‘rediscovering the past’ and a ‘reference to nature’. Vintage lighting pieces were rediscovered, not only to serve as valuable tokens of the past, but as foundation for new research. The reference to nature is evidently the most dominant design trend at this year’s lighting biennale, as designers found inspiration from natural, organic forms, and produced their pieces with eco-friendly material.

However, some of the most unique pieces at this year’s Euroluce were developed in collaboration with heavyweights in the world of design. Profound architects found their way into the 2019 Euroluce, bringing together their design skills with the engineering solutions of design companies.

How to Implement Passive Solar Design in Your Architecture Projects

04:00 - 10 April, 2019
How to Implement Passive Solar Design in Your Architecture Projects, Conservatory. Image © Onnis Luque
Conservatory. Image © Onnis Luque

Although the sun is almost 150 million kilometers away, this star has had the most impact on our planet. But while some are busy chasing the sun for sun-kissed skin, architects are all about creating sun-kissed spaces.

In definition, “passive solar energy is the collection and distribution of energy obtained by the sun using natural means”. The simple concept and process of implementing passive solar energy systems have provided buildings with heat, lighting, mechanical power, and electricity in the most environmentally-conscious way possible.

In this article, we will provide you with a complete guide of implementing passive solar systems in your designs.

Triple-Glass Facade. Image © Adrien Buchet Passive Office Building in Belgium . Image Courtesy of Neutelings Riedijk Architects Maison + Agence. Image © Philippe Ruault Sun Rain Room. Image © Edmund Sumner + 27

BIG and UN Collaborate on Floating, Modular Eco-City

08:30 - 5 April, 2019
BIG and UN Collaborate on Floating, Modular Eco-City , © Bjarke Ingels Group
© Bjarke Ingels Group

As part of UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda, Bjarke Ingels Group has proposed a vision for the world’s first resilient and sustainable floating community, designed to accommodate 10,000 people. “Oceanix City” is a response to the prediction that by 2050, 90% of the world’s largest cities will be exposed to rising seas, resulting in mass displacement, and the destruction of homes and infrastructure. The scheme is anchored in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, enacting circular flows of food, energy, water, and waste.

© Bjarke Ingels Group © Bjarke Ingels Group © Bjarke Ingels Group © Bjarke Ingels Group + 15

A Sustainable Solution for South Africa's Toilet Crisis by the Community, for the Community

05:00 - 29 March, 2019
A Sustainable Solution for South Africa's Toilet Crisis by the Community, for the Community, Courtesy of Nicole Moyo
Courtesy of Nicole Moyo

This article was made in partnership with Design Indaba, a website and annual festival that uncovers innovation for good. Global Graduate Nicole Moyo presented her project Day 1 of the 2019 festival. Click here to learn more about the annual event.

Our planet is home to almost 7 billion people. Out of these 7 billion, more than 5 billion have access to mobile phones, but less have access to working toilets, and more than 1 billion still discharge waste in the open.

Courtesy of Nicole Moyo Courtesy of Nicole Moyo Courtesy of Nicole Moyo Courtesy of Nicole Moyo + 16