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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.

The Impact of the "Happiness Industry" on Architecture

10:00 - 19 May, 2019
The Impact of the "Happiness Industry" on Architecture , "Lava dwellers” in Kalapana State Wayside Park on the island of Hawaii. Image © John Sanphillippo
"Lava dwellers” in Kalapana State Wayside Park on the island of Hawaii. Image © John Sanphillippo

Although The Architecture of Happiness did not gain momentum after its publication in the mid-2000s, the ideology of architecture and well-being has remained a topic of intrigue until today. To further explore this ideology, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), with the curation of Francesco Garutti, have put together an exhibition that explores how the “happiness industry” has controlled every aspect of contemporary life after the 2008 financial crash.

Our Happy Life, Architecture and Well-being in the Age of Emotional Capitalism is a non-archival show that exhibits work from architects, artists, and photographers. Metropolis’ Samuel Medina spoke to Garutti to discuss the notion behind the exhibition, social media, and architecture’s new spaces of meaning.

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.

PPA Offers Unique Nature-Integrated Experience in Proposed Italian Forest Development

13:00 - 26 February, 2019
PPA Offers Unique Nature-Integrated Experience in Proposed Italian Forest Development, Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture
Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture

Milan-based architecture and design firm Peter Pichler Architecture has proposed a new sustainable tree-house concept, offering a unique maximized connection with nature.

Tree House Section Tree House Room Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture Courtesy of Peter Pichler Architecture + 7

Rwanda’s Bugesera International Airport to Set Records for Sustainability

04:00 - 20 February, 2019
Rwanda’s Bugesera International Airport to Set Records for Sustainability, © Airport Design Management
© Airport Design Management

Rwanda’s largest publicly funded project, Bugesera International Airport is on track to be the first certified green building in the region. A few pieces of this net zero emission complex include: a 30,000 square metre passenger terminal, 22 check-in counters, ten gates, and six passenger boarding bridges. Funded by Public Private Partnership, the project is cost estimated at $414 million USD. The international hub was only one of several initiatives discussed by the Africa Green Growth Forum (AGGF) in Kigali at the end of last year.

The Trends that Will Influence Architecture in 2019

08:30 - 4 February, 2019
The Trends that Will Influence Architecture in 2019, © Alberto Cosi. ImageBamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School / Chiangmai Life Construction
© Alberto Cosi. ImageBamboo Sports Hall for Panyaden International School / Chiangmai Life Construction

It is, once again, the time of year where we look towards the future to define the goals and approaches that we will take for our careers throughout the upcoming year. To help the millions of architects who visit ArchDaily every day from all over the world, we compiled a list of the most popular ideas of 2018, which will continue to be developed and consolidated throughout 2019.

Over 130 million users discovered new references, materials, and tools in 2018 alone, infusing their practice of architecture with the means to improve the quality of life for our cities and built spaces. As users demonstrated certain affinities and/or demonstrated greater interest in particular topics, these emerged as trends. 

Maple Street School Preschool / BFDO Architects + 4Mativ Design Studio

14:00 - 16 January, 2019
Maple Street School Preschool  / BFDO Architects + 4Mativ Design Studio, © Lesley Unruh
© Lesley Unruh

© Lesley Unruh © Lesley Unruh © Lesley Unruh © Lesley Unruh + 15

Chalmers Department for Architecture and Civil Engineering / White Arkitekter

02:00 - 13 January, 2019
Chalmers Department for Architecture and Civil Engineering / White Arkitekter, © Kalle Sanner
© Kalle Sanner

© Kalle Sanner © Kalle Sanner © Kalle Sanner © Kalle Sanner + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Ulla Antonsson, Kristina Olsson, Viktor Göthe, Anders Åkeflo, Agne Revellé, Annie Leonsson
  • Area

    25000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Unitarian Universalist Society / Neumann Monson Architects

09:00 - 22 December, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Society / Neumann Monson Architects, © Integrated Studio
© Integrated Studio

© Integrated Studio © Integrated Studio © Integrated Studio © Integrated Studio + 11

Thirteenth International Prize for Sustainable Architecture Fassa Bortolo - built projects division

06:13 - 21 November, 2018
Thirteenth International Prize for Sustainable Architecture Fassa Bortolo - built projects division

The Prize is open to new works, redevelopments, existing building expansions, urban-scale interventions, landscape design and in any other project that clearly expresses the ideals of sustainability. The Prize has involved during the years over 1000 built projects in more than 30 countries of the five continents. Jury: Thomas Herzog, Anne Lacaton, Xu Tiantian, Theo Zaffagnini, Nicola Marzot.

Cristopher Cichocki's Places Art in Architecture to Spark a Discussion About Environmental Sustainability

12:00 - 20 October, 2018
Courtesy of Geoplast
Courtesy of Geoplast

Cristopher Cichocki's Root Cycle combines installation art with existing architecture in an effort to spark a discussion regarding the relationship between design, both contemporary and historical, and environmental sustainability.

Cichocki partnered with Geoplast, a local Italian designer and manufacturer dedicated to producing innovative sustainable design products. The artist uses a particular Geoplast elevator product and Aloe Vera plants as the main components for the artwork.

Biohm's "Vegan Insulation" System offers a Future for Green Construction

11:00 - 11 October, 2018
Biohm's "Vegan Insulation" System offers a Future for Green Construction, © Biohm via Global Construction Review
© Biohm via Global Construction Review

UK entrepreneur Ehab Syed has developed a mushroom-based insulation with his company Biohm, embodying techniques that are “completely natural, biodegradable and vegan.”

As reported by Global Construction Review, the material will come to the market in the coming months, with interest expressed by Tata Steel, Heathrow Airport, and leading UK house builders.

Francis Kéré: "I Draw on Paper, but I Prefer to Draw on the Ground"

08:00 - 27 September, 2018
Francis Kéré: "I Draw on Paper, but I Prefer to Draw on the Ground", © Eduardo Souza
© Eduardo Souza

This phrase caught my eye during Diébédo Francis Kéré's speech at the AAICO (Architecture and Art International Congress), which took place in Porto, Portugal from September 3 to 8. After being introduced by none other than Eduardo Souto de Moura, Kéré began his speech with the simplicity and humility that guides his work. His best-known works were built in remote places, where materials are scarce and the workforce is of the residents themselves, using local resources and techniques.

Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet

03:30 - 4 June, 2018
Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet, Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet
Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet

Climate change is the biggest challenge facing our planet. There has never been a more important time to understand how to make the best use of local natural resources and to produce buildings that connect to ecosystems and livelihoods and do not rely on stripping the environment or transporting materials across the globe.

The culmination of years of specialist research, Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet, a once-in-a-generation large format publication, gathers together an international team of more than one hundred leading experts across a diverse range of disciplines to examine what the traditions of vernacular architecture and its

Kjellander Sjöberg Wins Competition For a New Sustainable Landmark in Sweden

06:00 - 17 May, 2018
Kjellander Sjöberg Wins Competition For a New Sustainable Landmark in Sweden, Courtesy of Kjellander Sjoberg
Courtesy of Kjellander Sjoberg

Kjellander Sjöberg Architects have won the competition for Nacka Port, a new sustainable and dynamic urban block. The award-winning architecture firm, which is one of the leading architectural offices in Scandinavia will build the project in an area between Nacka and Stockholm, Sweden.

Out of the three architecture offices who were invited to compete, the latter being held in discourse with the Nacka Municipality and Architects Sweden, Kjellander Sjöberg’s proposal contributes to a “vibrant urban context with an inviting and varied program."

Nacka Port West Facade Nacka Port Site Plan Courtesy of Kjellander Sjoberg Courtesy of Kjellander Sjoberg + 12

Nepal's "Vertical University" Will Include 6 Campuses In 5 Climatic Zones to Teach About Climate Change

09:30 - 4 May, 2018
Courtesy of KTK-BELT Studio
Courtesy of KTK-BELT Studio

KTK-BELT Studio, a not-for-profit organization based in rural Nepal, is currently working with local communities to create a fascinating "Vertical University," which will teach students about biodiversity and environmental conservation in 6 "living classrooms" positioned along a vertical forest corridor that stretches from 67 meters above sea level to the top of an 8,856-meter peak. These 6 stops encapsulate the 5 climatic zones of Eastern Nepal: tropical, subtropical, temperate, subarctic and arctic.

The project explores the specific impacts of climate change in each climatic zone, creating “classrooms” where students can walk from Koshi Tappu to Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third tallest peak in the world, and learn onsite from indigenous farmers about the biological diversity of each area. By teaching place-based skills in these micro-conservation hubs, the project aims to conserve and activate local knowledge. Each of these “classrooms” responds to the visual and cultural cues of its unique landscape, with one campus focusing on a flood-proof design in a heavy monsoon area, and another mimicking the semi-nomadic lifestyle of local yak-herders.

Courtesy of KTK-BELT Studio Courtesy of KTK-BELT Studio Courtesy of KTK-BELT Studio Courtesy of KTK-BELT Studio + 16

Sky Farm / VRAP

19:00 - 1 May, 2018
Sky Farm / VRAP, minimal intervention. Image © Jiang Wang
minimal intervention. Image © Jiang Wang

productive spaces back to village in city. Image © Minjie Si minimal intervention of black boxes. Image © Lei Yang birdview. Image © Lei Yang effective production space and unique consumer space. Image © Jiang Wang + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nantou Village, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Minjie Si, Lei Yang, Jiang Wang
  • Design Team

    Weixiong Jiang, Jingyi Du, Yunlu Hong, Huan Zhang, Jun Ma, Xinfei Guo, Chi Ma
  • Area

    400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Call for Submissions / 2018 Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design

16:42 - 5 March, 2018
Call for Submissions / 2018 Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design, Immerse yourself in design this summer on the Berkeley campus!
Immerse yourself in design this summer on the Berkeley campus!

UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design is now accepting applications for the 2018 Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design! The Summer [IN]STITUTE gives participants the opportunity to test their enthusiasm for the material and culture of architecture, landscape architecture and sustainable city planning. The Institute is geared towards post-baccalaureate participants with no previous experience in design, or experienced designers who wish to explore an aspect of environmental design outside of their primary discipline.