Henning Larsen to revitalize Brussels region with rooftop farming and co-housing

April 6, 2018 by  
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A post-industrial region in Brussels will find a new lease on life thanks to the vision of Henning Larsen Architects . The Dutch architecture firm, in collaboration with Architects A2RC , recently won a design competition to redevelop Brussels’ Key West development with a strong focus on livability. The masterplan will introduce new housing, community facilities, and stronger ties to the waterfront and urban farming. As part of a plan to redevelop its old industrial areas, the Government of Brussels launched the Canal Plan, the biggest urban development project in the Brussels region. The Key West development, headed by Henning Larsen Architects and Architects A2RC, aims to bring greater socio-economic cohesion to a challenged region, particularly Anderlecht, a municipality with a rough reputation. The masterplan will inject new life along the canal and add 46,000 square meters of housing in addition to 17,000 square meters of community spaces including public spaces, sports facilities, and urban farming initiatives. “We were inspired by the Government of Brussels’ ambitions to tap into the spirit of the old industrial area by introducing ‘second generation industries’ ? local production facilities such as e.g. microbreweries, a cookie factory, coffee roasting facilities. As architects involved in urban planning one of our most distinguished tasks is to create the physical framework for an area like Key West to regain economic growth and community cohesion,” says Partner at Henning Larsen, Jacob Kurek. Related: Natural light floods this solar-powered business school in Frankfurt In addition to an inviting mixed-use streetscape, Key West will enjoy a stronger relationship to the canals through new waterfront infrastructure that will use biotopes to improve water quality and rainwater collection to handle impervious runoff. Residences will be stacked atop first-floor retail and restaurants and will include co-housing options that offer large 8 to 9 bedroom apartments for shared living. Rooftop urban farms will be made visible from the street and the locally grown produce is tied into a scheme for a farmers market to be located in the south-facing town square. The Key West development is slated for completion by 2022. + Henning Larsen Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Henning Larsen Architects

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EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting

December 2, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of EcoVillage at Ithaca Offers Sustainable Living in a Community Setting Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , “sustainable architecture” , alternative living , co-housing , common house , Community Supported Agriculture , compost toilet , CSA , EcoVillage at Ithaca , energy efficient , Finger Lakes region , green architecture , green housing , green living , Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming , inhabitat , intentional community , Joan Bokaer , Liz Walker , New York New York State , passive solar , PV panels , shared housing , solar panels , sustainable housing , sustainable living , upstate New York , work teams

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Beautiful Modern Home Keeps Cool Buried Beneath the Chihuahuan Desert

December 2, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Beautiful Modern Home Keeps Cool Buried Beneath the Chihuahuan Desert Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , buried house , chihuahua desert , concrete house , energy optimisation , green interiors , mexico , minimal decoration , natural light , productora , renewable energy , sloping roofs , soil thermal mass , Sustainable Building , Terraces

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Sociopolis, the Rurban Housing Project Brings the Campo to the City (Photos)

October 28, 2010 by  
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Inhabiting the Huerta. Photo Credit: Guallart Architects Five years ago, we first heard about Sociopolis , a “shared habitat” in Valencia (Spain)

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Design It Yourself, Shoes On Demand

October 28, 2010 by  
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Photo: Milk and Honey Shoes If you invest a pretty little penny, or two, in shoes from department stores–that turn over seasonal footwear collections faster than you can ask: does the shoe fit?–there’s a slower fashion alternative. Enter Milk and Honey Shoes ; they let you design your own own shoes from your own computer, meaning you get the style, fit, and color that you want, when you want it, and you don’t have to worry about their twin siblings being

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Is the Emperor of Exmoor Really Dead?

October 28, 2010 by  
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Photo: DailyMail The magnificent red deer stag know as the Emperor of Exmoor was shot and killed three weeks ago. This happened just a few days after his photograph appeared in national newspapers across the country. Who could resist a photo of such a magnificent stag.

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When Neighbors Remove Fences and Start Gardens (Video)

October 18, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Peak Moment TV From PassivHaus cohousing to the BedZED ecovillage , TreeHugger has covered a lot of different types of intentional community.

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10 Futuristic Electric Cars From the Paris Motor Show (Slideshow)

October 18, 2010 by  
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Photo: Alex Davies Attracting car enthusiasts from all over the world October 2-17, the 2010 Paris Motor Show , had a lot of highlights — every major automaker, and many more smaller ones, had their best work on display. But walking through the show’s seven exhibition halls, one got the sense of an unofficial theme: The future is electric. All sorts of electric vehicles, charging systems, and battery innovations were on display.

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