In the U.K., a creative recycling project finds success and expansion

May 17, 2019 by  
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Hubbub and Ecosurety are rolling out an initiative that has doubled recycling rates in Leeds City Centre, creating a replicable model for other cities to follow.

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Canadas largest net-zero energy college building opens in Ontario

December 11, 2018 by  
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The Canadian port city of Hamilton in Ontario has recently welcomed its first net-zero energy institutional building — the new Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation at Mohawk College’s Fennel Campus. Architecture and engineering firm mcCallumSather collaborated with B+H Architects to design the striking solar-powered building, which has also been billed as the largest net-zero energy institutional building in Canada. Conceived as a living lab on sustainability, the Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation will also be the future home to the Centre for Climate Change Management. Spanning an area of 96,000 square feet, the $54 million Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation boasts state-of-the-art research, learning and lab facilities all powered by solar energy . To minimize reliance on artificial lighting, the architects organized the building around a large, light-filled atrium that also doubles as a social activator and central hub. The classrooms, co-working spaces and laboratories that branch off of the atrium are modular for flexible environments. All materials used in the contemporary interiors — from the steel and concrete to the timber and stone tile — were locally sourced. The building is also the first out of 16 selected buildings in Canada completed under the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) new net-zero carbon pilot program. Students will also be trained on best energy practices and learn how to interpret the building’s real-time energy performance data to help the Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation meet its net-zero energy targets. Related: Perkins + Will’s KTTC building blends beauty and sustainability in Ontario The building is powered with 2,000 solar panels installed on a set of “wings” elevated above the four-story structure with dramatic overhangs that give the Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation its signature shape. The overhangs also provide shade and protection to the outdoor terraces. In addition to the solar panels and optimized building envelope, the net-zero energy building is also equipped with 28 geothermal wells, a rainwater harvesting system capable of storing up to 342,000 liters as well as occupancy sensor-controlled heating, cooling and LED lighting. + mcCallumSather + B+H Architects Photography by Ema Peters via B+H Architects

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RIBA International Prize reveals shortlist of the worlds most significant and inspirational buildings

October 27, 2016 by  
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Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre Formerly an 1890s sweet potato distillery, the Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Centre in The Azores is a stunning example of adaptive reuse that goes beyond the average restoration project. Menos é Mais and Arquitectos Associados with João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto renovated the structure but preserved elements of the building’s history, including its eye-catching black Basalt exterior. The old cloisters and cells unearthed from the old distillery basement have been brought back to life and provide ancient backdrops for contemporary programs. Heydar Aliyev Centre Zaha Hadid Architects’ Heydar Aliyev Centre is a curvaceous beauty created to celebrate Azerbaijan’s independence and first president Heyday Aliyev. Located in the capital of Baku, the contemporary building is a powerful symbol of the break from the Soviet era both in its diverse and arts-oriented program and in its stunning wave-like design. The Heydar Aliyev Centre, built in 2013, also received the 2014 Design of the Year Award . Museo Jumex The beautiful travertine-clad Museo Jumex by David Chipperfield Architects houses the world’s largest private collection of Latin American contemporary art in the heart of Mexico City. Despite its modern design and program, the building is topped with a sawtooth roof with original factory roof lights in homage to the site’s industrial heritage. The luxurious and light-filled contemporary arts museum is a calming oasis in a bustling and overcrowded city. Stormen Concert Hall, Theatre and Public Library The Norwegian town of Bodø, located 100 kilometers inside the Arctic Circle , may be small but it’s also home to the impressive Stormen Concert Hall that’s considered comparable to the New York’s Carnegie Hall for symphonic music. Designed by DRDH Architects, the project comprises two extremely popular and beloved civic buildings: the larger theater building and a smaller library building. The walls are made from engineered stone with 70% marble aggregate that glisten, glow, and change colors in the presence of the Arctic sunshine. The Ring of Remembrance The Ring of Remembrance is a war memorial in Northern France engraved with names of the thousands who died in the region during World War I. Agence d’architecture Philippe Prost (AAPP) designed the memorial, which is set on the Hill of Lorette in Notre-Dame-de-Lorette with panoramic views over the battlefields of the plain of Artois. Made from black fiber-reinforced high strength concrete, the elegant elliptical structure cantilevers out into the landscape and symbolizes unity in the form of a human chain. UTEC – Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología Grafton Architects designed Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC), a new academic building for a 50-year-old engineering university in Lima that provides more than just an education. Crafted in the likeness of a modern-day Machu Picchu, this geometric concrete building is draped in greenery and symbolizes a bold and positive future for Peru. A variety of meeting spaces punctuate the building both in the interior and exterior. + RIBA Images via RIBA

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Solar-powered hospital heals patients with sustainable design in New Zealand

June 16, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Solar-powered hospital heals patients with sustainable design in New Zealand Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “green wall” , day lighting , high insulation , hospital design , Kathleen Kilgour Centre , Kathleen Kilgour Centre by Wingate + Farquhar Architects , natural ventilation , New Zealand , rainwater harvesting , solar hot water heating , Solar Power , solar shading , thermal mass , Wingate + Farquhar Architects

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The 18th Maggie’s Centre is a Tranquil Prefab ‘Treehouse’ for Cancer Patients

November 26, 2014 by  
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LAN Wins Award to Revamp the Extraordinary Grand Palais Exhibition Center in Paris

March 5, 2014 by  
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e2a Architects Renovate Old School into Aluminum-Clad Centre of Hearing and Language

December 27, 2013 by  
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Canberra’s National Arboretum & Visitor Centre Protects 100 of the World’s Endangered Trees

August 22, 2013 by  
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How the business of biomimicry is happening at the zoo

February 26, 2013 by  
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Believe it's true  —  nature and tech are partnering at the San Diego Zoo's Centre for Bioinspiration.

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CZWG Incorporates Rain Harvesting Technology into Maggie’s Centre in Nottingham

November 1, 2012 by  
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