Renzo Piano reveals designs for Toronto courthouse targeting LEED Silver

March 2, 2018 by  
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Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) teamed up with NORR Architects & Engineers to design the new Toronto Courthouse, located just northwest of Toronto City Hall. Designed to strengthen the city’s civic core, the new courthouse will embrace the streetscape and offer a variety of public amenities. The building will be RPWB’s first project in Canada and aim for LEED Silver certification. After over a year’s worth of collaboration between the two firms, the recently unveiled designs for the Toronto Courthouse present a vision of transparency with an emphasis on public space . At the heart of the project will be a 20-meter-tall glass atrium that RPBW says “creates an immediate and strong image which will extend the public realm into the building, as well as expressing the public nature of the courthouse within the city.” The new building will also help consolidate the law courts currently spread out across Toronto . Related: Toronto’s waterfront to undergo major futuristic redesign thanks to Google’s Sidewalk Labs Despite its highly transparent appearance, the Toronto Courthouse will be fitted with high-security features. The building will also house an education center on the history of and challenges facing the indigenous justice system. The project is expected for completion in 2022. + Renzo Piano Building Workshop Via ArchDaily Images by PIXELFLAKES and RPBW

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Plush green-roofed cultural center replaces 2004 Olympic Games facilities in Athens

July 1, 2016 by  
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The Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center looks like an artificial hill that rises towards the south part of the site to a maximum height of 32 meters (104 feet), offering great views of the sea and the bay of Kallithea. A sloping park, planted with indigenous species and conceived by New York landscape designer Deborah Nevins , tops the opera house and the library. Related: London to get another Renzo Piano-designed tower at Paddington Station A large solar array was installed on the roof of the complex, which Piano calls the “flying carpet.” Inside, various functions and programs are organized around a central gathering space inspired by the agora, a typology dating back to ancient times. Over 5,000 manuscripts and documents are housed inside a large library. Various other spaces like a business incubator for entrepreneurs, a music recording studio and play areas for kids and teenagers are distributed across the first two floors, while the adjacent opera house features two auditoriums for traditional and experimental performances. + Renzo Piano Building Workshop Via Dezeen

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Lundberg Design’s Moss Room Adds a Dramatic Breath of Fresh Air to the California Academy of Sciences

July 17, 2014 by  
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Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind Solar Hybrid Installation

July 17, 2014 by  
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The world’s largest wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project was recently put into operation in Kingston, Jamaica. The WindStream Technologies array was commissioned for the rooftop of the prominent local law firm, Myers, Fletcher, & Gordon. Expected to generate approximately 106,000kWh annually with a return on investment in less than four years, the plant should save the firm approximately $2 million in energy costs over the course of its 25-year lifetime. Read the rest of Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind Solar Hybrid Installation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , & Gordon , island nation , Jamaica , Jamaica Public Service , JPS , Kingston , Myers Fletcher , renewable energy , Solar Power , solar wind hybrid , SolarMills , WindStream Technologies , world’s largest wind solar hybrid

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Renzo Piano’s Bulbous Pathé Foundation Headquarters Nears Completion in Paris

June 5, 2014 by  
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Design Flaw at Renzo Piano’s The Shard Gives Guests Embarrassing Views

May 12, 2014 by  
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Renzo Piano ’s The Shard in London is giving guests more than they bargained for. Because of a design flaw in the glassy skyscraper, guests at the Shangri-La Hotel have been able to see the reflection of private spaces in neighboring rooms that should be hidden from view. When the lights are on at night in Europe’s tallest building , angled reflections from the windows provide a clear view of other guests – in their bedrooms. Read the rest of Design Flaw at Renzo Piano’s The Shard Gives Guests Embarrassing Views Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , Embarrassing Views , Europe’s tallest building , green design , renzo piano , Shangri-La Hotel London , sustainable design , the shard , The Shard design flaw , Voyeuristic Views

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Incredible World of Origami Masterpieces Coming to NYC This Summer

May 12, 2014 by  
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If you’re fascinated by origami, you won’t want to miss “Surface to Structure: Folded Forms” , a new show coming to NYC’s Cooper Union in June. The exhibition will showcase the works of some of the world’s foremost origami masters as well as other emerging paper artists. Check out our gallery for a sneak peek at some of the incredibly intricate pieces that will be on display at the show. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , art nyc , cooper union , folding paper , Japanese technique , origami , origami animals , origami art , origami at cooper union , Paper Craft , Surface to Structure: Folded Forms

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Coloni: Exotic Mini-Gardens for Small Spaces

May 12, 2014 by  
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Not everyone has a green thumb, but Swedish gardening house Coloni has found a way to allow anyone to create a beautiful indoor garden of their own. They’ve scoured the globe for some of the prettiest (and hardiest) specimens from Australia , Africa, North and South America for its first collection: four different themed kits that include a planter, seeds, soil, fertilizer, and information about each plant. (There are also instruction booklets on how to care for and water them, don’t worry. Read the rest of Coloni: Exotic Mini-Gardens for Small Spaces Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cacti , cactus , Coloni , coloni cactus , coloni planter , coloni planters , coloni seeds , DIY garden , flower seeds , indoor garden , succulents

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Renzo Piano to Design Residential Tower Next to London’s Shard Building

January 16, 2014 by  
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London’s controversial Shard building will soon be joined by a 27-storey residential tower also funded by investors from Qatar. Not surprisingly, Italian starchitect Renzo Piano has been picked to design the new tower, which will join the Shard – currently the tallest building in Europe. Qatari investors plan to transform the area surrounding the Shard on the River Thames into a residential block that will include a renovation of the existing Fielden House, as well as 150 apartments, a roof garden and retail shops. Read the rest of Renzo Piano to Design Residential Tower Next to London’s Shard Building Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , London , London Bridge Quarter Estate , Qatar London investments , renzo piano , Renzo Piano projects in London , residential tower near Shard , River Thames Residencies , Shard Building , sustainable design , the shard , vertical city        

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Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

October 25, 2013 by  
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As we shift away from fossil fuels, many utilities have focused on building the biggest and most powerful wind turbines possible to meet growing energy needs. Architect Renzo Piano has taken a different approach, however, focusing his efforts on a compact, yet super-efficient wind turbine that anyone can erect in their backyard. Called the “ Dragonfly Invisible Wind Turbine ” the two-blade design mimics the delicate dragonfly’s ability to float on the slightest of breezes. Based on the physics of dragonfly flight, Piano’s mini-turbine can harvest energy from winds that blow as slow as four miles an hour. Read the rest of Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “wind power” , biomimicry , Design , Dragonflies , ENEL Green Power , italy , renewable energy , renzo piano , wind turbines        

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