LEED Silver museum’s shimmering, iridescent facade evokes flames in Kansas

October 2, 2018 by  
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When Boston-based architecture practice Verner Johnson was tapped to design the $17.3 million Museum at Prairiefire in Overland Park, Kansas, it saw an opportunity to push back against the area’s new suburban sprawl with a site-specific project. Drawing from the region’s landscape history and their experience with museum design, the architects crafted a building that brings the prairie fires of the American Great Plains to life with a striking flame-inspired facade made with dichroic glass. The composite glass also doubles as insulation, which aided the energy-efficient museum in achieving LEED Silver status. Opened in May 2014, the Museum at Prairiefire was created through a collaborative effort with the American Museum of Natural History. The stunning building houses exhibitions on topics of natural science and history in three primary locations — The Great Hall, The Discovery Room and the American Museum of Natural History Exhibition Gallery — in a total area of 41,500 square feet. The museum design references the prairie landscape and prairie fires through the selection of materials. Five types of locally sourced Kansas limestone were used as cladding to evoke striated rock formations. The cladding was applied to the building wings that were contoured to mimic the shape of rolling hills. To allude to fire, the architects used Light Interference Color (LIC) stainless steel metal panels and insulated dichroic glass developed exclusively for the project to create a striking curtain wall for the museum lobby. At different angles and times of day, the dichroic glass appears to change color from blue to gold, flickering like flames. Related: Energy-savvy art museum is anchored atop a historic Dutch dike “The project’s LEED Silver Certification attests to its environmentally sound design and construction practices, echoing the architectural concept rooted in sustainability — the preservation of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem,” the architects said. “This design does not accept and conform to the shortcomings of suburban sprawl. It defines the environment’s unique identity, forges emotional connections between the people and the place and allows the suburb to become a proud, independent and sustainable community.” + Verner Johnson Via ArchDaily Exterior images via David Arbogast, interior images via Michael Robinson

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Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Sick?

August 21, 2014 by  
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“What is the influence of street network design on public health?” This question prompted a recent study that has just been published in the Journal of Transport & Health. While much has been said about the impact of various aspects of the built environment on obesity levels, heart disease, cancer rates and so forth, this study particularly focused on street layouts: comparing the health of residents of car-friendly cul-de-sacs with residents of walkable, densely networked inner cities . So, which of these makes you more sick? Read the rest of Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Sick? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cars , commuting , Daniel Piatkowski , diabetes , do cul-de-sacs make you fat , heart disease , Norman Garrick , obesity , public health , Savannah State University , suburban sprawl , University of Colorado Denver , University of Connecticut , Urban design , walkable cities , Wesley Marshall

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How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

May 27, 2014 by  
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Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the way we design our living spaces, we affect many things in both good ways and bad. In this article, I will focus on the negative effects of American sprawl , since it is widely acknowledged to be a wasteful and inefficient design model. Read the rest of How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , exercise , fast food , global warming , greenhouse gas , Health , lawns , obesity , Pollution , poor urban planning , sprawl , suburban sprawl , suburbs , traffic , Urban design , urban planning , urban sprawl , wastefulness , water issues

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Alejandro Cartagena’s Insightful Photo Series Explores the Carpooling Phenomena In Mexico

June 19, 2012 by  
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NRDC Slams New Apple Campus Design as Car-Dependent Suburban Sprawl

March 16, 2012 by  
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While many of the conversations regarding Apple today will center around the launch of the iPad 3 , the Natural Resources Defense Council has taken to its blog to attack the computer giant over its plans for its new Cupertino campus . The proposed Foster+ Partner -designed campus impressed us with its expansive glass facades and significant commitment to renewable energy sources, but the NRDC’s Kaid Benfield all but directly calls for a boycott of Apple products in light of its violation of “the most basic tenets of smart growth and walkability in the sprawling, car-dependent design of its new headquarters.” Read the rest of NRDC Slams New Apple Campus Design as Car-Dependent Suburban Sprawl Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , apple , apple campus , apple inc. , carbon emissions , cupertino campus , Foster + Partners , Natural Resources Defense Council , renewable energy , retrofitting suburbia , silcon valley , solar panels , Steve Jobs , suburban sprawl

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The Vissershok School is a Colorful Shipping Container Classroom for Kids in South Africa

March 16, 2012 by  
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6 Incredible Green Train Stations Ready For Your Departure

March 16, 2012 by  
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Has the Sun (Finally) Set on Suburban Sprawl in California?

December 22, 2011 by  
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A study just issued by the Urban Land Institute confirms what many of us living in California already know — sprawl has had its heyday, and more and more people are choosing to live closer to where they work and play.

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‘Build a Better Burb’ Competition Revitalizes Suburban Areas

July 14, 2010 by  
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Read the rest of ‘Build a Better Burb’ Competition Revitalizes Suburban Areas http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , Build a better burb , design competitions , green technologies , green transportation , hydroponic farming , Katelyn Mulry , local agriculture , Local Farming , renewable energy , Solar Power , suburban planning , suburban sprawl , Sven Peters and Ana Serra , Tobias Holer , urban density , urban planning , zero carbon transportation

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NASA’s X-Hab Contest Wants Your Best Inflatable Space Habitats

July 14, 2010 by  
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We’re not ready to give up on our polluted planet quite yet, but it never hurts to look towards the stars. NASA just launched their eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Competition , which challenges university students to produce “innovative habitat inflatable loft concepts” that can be attached to NASA’s standard hard shell space lab. Read the rest of NASA’s X-Hab Contest Wants Your Best Inflatable Space Habitats http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: exploration habitat , green design , moon habitat , nasa

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