SOM’s net-zero Paris skyscraper will be one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe

March 20, 2018 by  
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Prolific firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) just unveiled plans for Charenton-Bercy, a net-zero Paris skyscraper that’s designed to be one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe. The 180-meter tower would include multiple green features, including rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling, green roofs, and waste-to-energy conversion systems. As part of its “garden in the sky” design, the project would also feature a  band of vegetation running the length of the tower’s facade, leading into a tree-filled plaza at the tower’s base. The architects would place the skyscraper on the banks of the Seine in southeastern Paris. The building will house a mix of residential units and a hotel, with shops and outdoor cafes in the adjoining plaza. The master plan calls for  green space to occupy more than one-third of the site. In fact, the developer working with the architects has committed to planting one tree on-site per residential unit. Related: SOM unveils impressive LEED-targeting medical campus for Egypt’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) The plans reflect the firm’s goal of creating an icon of sustainability while blending the design into the traditional cityscape of Paris. In the words of Daniel Ringelstein, director at SOM London, the architects “saw [their] role as bringing a fresh perspective from an international point of view, refined in close collaboration with [their] local team to ensure a sensitive integration within the existing community.” + SOM Architecture Via Dezeen Images via Som Architecture

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Translucent ‘hugging’ towers could help clean Hong Kong’s air pollution

February 20, 2018 by  
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Architect Suraksha Acharya from Midori Architects has proposed a pair of ultra-green translucent towers for the Hong Kong skyline. The futuristic Aero Hive skyscrapers are clad in an organic facade interspersed with greenery that leads up to the towers’ expansive open-air rooftop gardens . The concept is based on creating an iconic symbol of sustainable design for the city – a unique highrise designed to adapt to the challenges of the local climate and reduce CO2 emissions in the area. Acharya’s design, which recently won the Skyhive Skyscraper Challenge , is meant to provide the bustling Hong Kong skyline with an icon of sustainability. Although aesthetically apt for Hong Kong’s profile of soaring skyscrapers, the Aero Hive is also strategically designed to withstand the local climate. The shape and size of the two towers, as well as the materials, were all chosen to adapt to the city’s subtropical weather and extreme winds. Related: Futuristic floating skyscraper ‘heals’ the effects of climate change According to the architect, the design is meant to change ideas when it comes to green skyscrapers, “Aero Hive aims to challenge the common belief that contemporary tall buildings cannot be ventilated naturally due to their ultra-heights and offers pause from typical hermetically sealed glass-boxes, serving as a model of sustainability” The curvaceous form of the towers is designed to be self-shading, meaning that the angles of the buildings are precisely aligned to allow them to mutually shade each other throughout different times of the day. Additionally, the porous cladding allows optimal air circulation throughout the building. The double glazed windows that make up the cladding are also optimized to bring in diffuses natural light to the interior while restricting direct solar radiation. Topping the twisty towers are two flared rooftops, which will be open to the public as city gardens. The greenery is two-fold – helping preserve the city’s public green space, but also address the “urban heat island” effect common in Hong Kong’s tropical climate. The lush rooftop gardens will help create a natural habitat for local birds, as well as filter pollutants and reduce CO2. + Midori Architects + Midori Architects on Facebook + Midori Architects on Instagram + Midori Architects on Twitter + Midori Architects on G+ Images courtesy Midori Architects

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Synth[e]tech[e]cology Pollution-Harvesting Skyscraper Extracts Carbon From Petrol Fumes To Make Biofuel

June 25, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Synth[e]tech[e]cology Pollution-Harvesting Skyscraper Extracts Carbon From Petrol Fumes To Make Biofuel Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , biofuels production , carbon from petrol fumes , Chang-Yeob Lee , eco-friendly towers design , green technology , London Pollution , petrol fumes , pollution-harvesting skyscraper , Royal College of Art , student work , sustainable skyscrapers , Synth[e]tech[e]cology        

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Volkswagen Passat TDI Sets 77.99 MPG World Record For Fuel Economy in 48 State Drive

June 25, 2013 by  
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The Volkswagen Passat TDI clean diesel just set a world record by achieving 77.99 mpg – the lowest fuel consumption for a non-hybrid car. VW announced that the new Guinness World Record was achieved by drivers Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger, who piloted the diesel Passat around the lower 48 U.S. states. The achievement also beats the hybrid vehicle record of 64.6 mpg by more than 13 mpg. Read the rest of Volkswagen Passat TDI Sets 77.99 MPG World Record For Fuel Economy in 48 State Drive Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bob Winger , diesel , Guinness World Records , volkswagen , Volkswagen diesel , Volkswagen Passat , Volkswagen Passat TDI , Wayne Gerdes        

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Architect envisions future theme park as a sustainable vertical structure

October 20, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable facility powered by renewable energy. With a decrease in land available for farming and housing New York-based architect Ju-Hyun Kim is envisioning the future of theme parks, which according to him is in the sky. Borrowing the idea from Disneyland to create different worlds the architect has come up with a theme park for a future metropolis

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