China’s first vertical forest is rising in Nanjing

February 2, 2017 by  
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Stefano Boeri Architetti is bringing the vertical forest concept popularized in Milan to Nanjing, China with the Nanjing Towers . The two green towers could provide the city with a breath of fresh air, producing around 132 pounds of oxygen every day as they absorb carbon dioxide. They’ll accomplish this air-cleaning feat with 1,100 flourishing trees from 23 local species and 2,500 cascading shrubs and plants . The two towers at 656 feet and 354 feet tall will rise above the Nanjing Pukou District, which Stefano Boeri Architetti’s press release describes as an area that will likely lead modernization efforts in the south of China’s Jiangsu province and help develop a Yangtze River economic zone. Nanjing Yang Zi State-owned Investment Group Company Limited is promoting the towers and is listed by Stefano Boeri Architetti as an investor in the project. Related: Vertical forest Mountain Hotel will clean the air in Guizhou, China The taller tower will hold offices, a museum, a green architecture school, and a rooftop club. The second tower will host a 247-room Hyatt hotel and rooftop swimming pool. A podium 65 feet high will include shops, restaurants, and a conference hall. Balconies on the buildings will allow inhabitants to get up close to the nature thriving on the building facades. 600 tall trees and 500 medium-sized trees will grow on the towers, and Stefano Boeri Architetti says the trees and cascading plants will help regenerate biodiversity in the area. Not only will the green towers be the first in China, but in all of Asia . And they probably won’t be the last – the ambitious architecture firm aims to design vertical forests in Shanghai, Guizhou, Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, and Chongqing. Stefano Boeri Architetti aims to continue to popularize the concept with a book edited by their China office and published by Tongji University Press, A Forest City . The book is scheduled to come out in April. The Nanjing Towers are slated for completion in 2018. + Stefano Boeri Architetti Images courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

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Foster + Partners unveil design for a pair of hurricane-resistant high rises in Miami

November 4, 2016 by  
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Foster + Partners just unveiled their design for the tallest building south of Manhattan, an elegant pair of hurricane-resistant high rises designed to integrate Miami’s dynamic urban fabric. Instead of creating a closed volume at ground level, the architects envisioned the podium as two levels of car parking wrapped with retail and housing units. The SE 12th Street project comprises two interconnected towers made from reinforced concrete . That choice was made to provide shade for apartments while also maximizing daylight . Special strategically-positioned louvers that mitigate the effects of high winds can also be lowered over the central plaza to function as wind breakers. Thanks to the presence of beams that brace the two structures together, the development can withstand hurricanes. Related: Foster + Partners’ China Resources University opens in Shenzhen “We share the city of Miami’s vision for increased urban density, and the design of these high-rise towers frees up space on the ground to create a public plaza , with shops, restaurants and art galleries that will serve the local community as well as the new residents in the tower,” said Norman Foster, Chairman and Founder of Foster + Partners. “The base of the building continues the axis of SE 12th Street, drawing life back to the bay.” + Foster + Partners Images by DBOX

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BIGs battleship-inspired LEED Gold office opens in Philadelphia

November 4, 2016 by  
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Located at the Navy Yard Corporate Center, the four-story office building design was shaped by Robert Stern’s 1,200-acre Navy Yard master plan of rectangular city blocks and James Corner Field Operations’ award-winning circular Central Green Park . The building’s double-curved facade bows inward on two sides in reference to the docked battleships nearby and to respond to the “shock wave” of the park’s circular running track. In addition to the maritime-inspired facade, a functioning periscope is inserted in the heart of the building to project views of the Navy Yard basin into the center of the elevator lobby and to bring in additional natural light. Related: James Corner Field Operations designs an iconic circular park for the Philadelphia Navy Yard “In many cases, architects design big, boxy buildings that could be placed anywhere and don’t connect directly to the site,” said Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, RIBA, Partner, BIG. “You would really be hard-pressed to place 1200 Intrepid anywhere else, due to how it connects with its surroundings. Our commission involved creating a speculative office building, for which no tenants were committed. The key challenge here was to create a reason for tenants to be here with the constraint of a stringent budget.” Liberty Property Trust developed the 92,000-square-foot LEED Gold building. Precast concrete panels of varying sizes clad the exterior in a basket-weave pattern. The panels were locally manufactured using locally sourced materials that include recycled and recyclable content to reduce construction waste. + Bjarke Ingel Group Images via Bjarke Ingel Group

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Shanty Megastructures envisions a colossal vertical slum in the heart of Lagos

October 13, 2016 by  
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The towers of the imaginary city are intertwined with improvised structures, patches of weathered materials, all linked by a network of roller coasters . The project takes its name from the phrase “Shanty town”, which describes improvised housing developments usually located on the outskirts of cities. This type of development in Lagos is located near the Atlantic Ocean, where architect Kunlé Adeyemi built his highly publicized floating school . Related: Abandoned Skyscraper in Venezuela is the World’s Tallest Shanty Town “These images juxtapose sites of privileged and much coveted real-estate throughout Lagos , Nigeria, with colossal vertical settlements representing marginalized and impoverished communities,” said Jeyifous about the project. + vigilism Via Dezeen

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The Toyota Prius Prime is the most efficient electrified car you can buy in the US

October 13, 2016 by  
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Back in March Toyota unveiled their shiny 2017 Prius Prime , said to have the best MPGe rating for a plug-in hybrid ever at around 120 MPGe . But according to EPA estimates, that was a conservative figure. The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime actually clocks in at 133 MPGe – which makes it the most efficient electrified vehicle for sale in the US. Drivers can switch between hyrbid mode and EV mode in the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime, and the ranges for both are impressive. The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime can get up to 54 miles per gallon, and it can drive 25 miles in EV mode. Although that’s less than some vehicles – the Chevy Volt has an electric range of 53 miles – the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime’s total 640 mile driving range is higher than the Volt’s 420 miles. Related: Toyota’s new Prius Prime has the world’s highest MPGe for a plug-in hybrid The 2017 Prius Prime can drive further than past Prius models due to larger batteries and ” more powerful motors .” With a standard plug, the car can be charged in under five and a half hours. At many public charging stations, the car can be charged in just two hours and ten minutes. According to Toyota, the battery will “last for the life of the vehicle.” The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime solidly beats out the competition in terms of MPGe. The second most efficient , the BMW i3 hits 124 MPGe. The Volkswagen e-Golf and Nissan Leaf rate at 116 MPGe and 114 MPGe, respectively. The Tesla Model S 60D has a rating of 104 MPGe. Toyota says streamlined design is part of what makes the car so efficient. The hatch and rear glass window are aerodynamically formed, and LED signals and taillights, and “Quad-LED projector headlights” allow for efficient lighting. Toyota said in a statement on the new car, “The Prius Prime will please anyone who wants to reduce trips to the gas pump, and it makes a great road trip car, too. The Prius Prime is designed to drive in EV mode in more situations, helping to enhance total vehicle driving range.” Via Carscoops Images via Toyota

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Vincent Callebaut’s Twisting Citytree Towers Generate More Energy Than They Consume

October 15, 2014 by  
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Sustainable mixed-use ‘Hyper-Tower’ has a soccer pitch on top

August 13, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Ecological skyscraper features green terraces at each level.

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Researchers to address power plant’s energy conundrum with liquid nitrogen

August 13, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Power plant’s peak loads to be managed using liquid nitrogen. Peak loads on power plants sometimes cause such immense stress that the plant faces blackouts. To deal with this problem, researchers at University of Leeds have found an innovative method that could store excess energy affordably and then use that during the peaks

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