UNStudios green-roofed TBC Forum breaks ground in Tbilisi

January 1, 2019 by  
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Construction has recently broken ground on the TBC Forum, a green-roofed complex in Tbilisi designed by UNStudio to champion openness, sustainability and creativity throughout. Located within the Lisi Lake resort outside Tbilisi’s city center, TBC Forum will consist of the new headquarters for the TBC Bank, an Innovation Lab, and a mixed-use Culture Hub. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding highland landscape and traditional Georgian architecture, the large-scale development features a terraced design covered with green roofs to tie the buildings together with the Lisi green valley. The design for the new TBC Forum was conceived as a contemporary take on the historic highland village of Shatili, a stepped stone and mortar village that embraces the landscape with its clustered towers, large balconies and terraces . As a result, TBC Forum features buildings of varying heights grouped into three main clusters — the Headquarters Cluster, Subsidiaries Cluster and Public Cluster — surrounding a centrally located TBC Plaza and public esplanade. The Subsidiaries Cluster will include the Innovation Lab, a new center for research and development, while the Culture Hub will offer gallery spaces, restaurants, a children’s daycare facility and co-working spaces. Health and social sustainability were key driving features in the design of the interiors that are filled with natural light, plants and natural materials. In contrast to the “closed and introverted working model” traditionally used in the banking industry, UNStudio wanted to create an open environment conducive to socializing, collaboration and connection with nature. The headquarters will include diverse and flexible workplace environments, from seated work areas and standing desks to open lounge areas and flex spaces in the corridors and stairways. Related: UNStudio unveils twisting “Green Spine” high-rise proposal for Melbourne “UNStudio has carried out extensive research into the design of optimal work environments and the positive impact these can have on the health, wellbeing, creativity and therefore, productivity,” the firm said in a press release. “Within the design, both physical vitality and psychological wellbeing are understood to be synonymous, while the creation of community is considered fundamental to the encouragement of communication, interaction, knowledge exchange and creativity. In the design of the TBC Forum, environmental concerns are not merely related to the energy performance of the building, but to social sustainability and the performance of its users.” + UNStudio Images by Luxigon and Aand3 via UNStudio

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The 5 ‘Ls’ of leadership on Twitter

June 20, 2018 by  
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There are some secrets to self-perpetuating social sustainability.

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June 20, 2018 by  
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Here’s how Paris is building the eco-community of the future

June 20, 2018 by  
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The Clichy-Batignolles eco-district aims to set a new standard in sustainable urban design.

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June 20, 2018 by  
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The Clichy-Batignolles eco-district aims to set a new standard in sustainable urban design.

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Shipping Container Social Housing Project is a First for Canada

September 30, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Shipping Container Social Housing Project is a First for Canada Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Atira Women’s Resource Society , british columbia , eco design , first shipping container social housing project in Canada , green design , material reuse , shipping container architecture , shipping containers , social housing , social sustainability , sustainable design , upcycle , Vancouver Canada        

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BP Attempts to Shrink Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Estimate, Reduce Fines

September 30, 2013 by  
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The BP Deepwater Horizon trial has been pottering on in the New Orleans Federal Court since February, and as it enters its second phase today , BP will attempt to argue down government estimates as to how much oil was spilled in the April 2010 disaster that killed 11 people. While the US government claims that the blowout caused 4.2 million barrels of oil to leak into the Gulf of Mexico, BP claims the total was up to 40% less. This detail could make a difference of billions of dollars in what is set to be the the largest environmental penalty in U.S. history. Read the rest of BP Attempts to Shrink Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Estimate, Reduce Fines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , british petroleum , clean water act , court case , crude oil , deepwater horizon , environmental destruction , environmental fines , epa , fines , gulf coast , gulf of mexico , halliburton , macondo well , oil slick , oil spill , penalties , well blowout        

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Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

September 30, 2013 by  
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There’s no shortage of environmental concerns associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline . From projected annual spills of 34,000 gallons of oil to the ticking carbon bomb of 360 to 510 billion tons worth of emissions locked up in the tar sands, there’s a lot to be worried about . Now a new report from the Center for Biological Diversity has documented the threats to the animal kingdom, and finds that at least 12 threatened and endangered species along the pipeline’s route face serious harm—and even possible extinction—if Keystone XL goes ahead. Read the rest of Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , carbon emissions , center for biological diversity , endangered species , environmental destruction , Fish and Wildlife Service , ground disturbance , keystone xl , oil , oil spills , pipeline , pipeline spills , power lines , tar sands , threatened species , water pollution , whooping crane        

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