Sustainability for York National Railway Museum Central Hall

April 1, 2020 by  
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London-based architecture practice  Feilden Fowles  has won an international design competition to create the new Central Hall for the National Railway Museum in York, England. Slated for completion in time for the museum’s 50th anniversary in 2025, the new centerpiece building will vastly improve the visitor experience while introducing an ambitious energy strategy to dramatically cut the site-wide operational carbon footprint by 80%. Following the firm’s low-tech philosophy, the design will minimize reliance on concrete and steel in favor of prefabricated timber materials while emphasizing passive design strategies.  In winning the two-phase design competition organized by Malcolm Reading Consultants, Feilden Fowles beat 75 other design firms with their Central Hall proposal that pays homage to the site’s former uses. The building’s central two-story rotunda is directly inspired by the history of locomotive roundhouses and railway turntables. Recycled patinated copper will clad the structure, the interior of which will feel warm and inviting thanks to a predominately timber palette and the abundance of natural light that flows through high clerestory glazing  and a skylight fitted in the center of its beautifully engineered roof structure. The new welcome and orientation space will host a wide variety of programming, including gallery spaces for the  museum’s  world-class collection, recreational areas, retail and public-facing community spaces. The Central Hall also connects to the five museum portals: the main entrance, Great Hall, Wonderlab, Exhibition Hall, the shop and a new cafe.  Related: Kengo Kuma unveils bold timber museum in Turkey that pays homage to the region’s Ottoman heritage Sustainability is a major driving factor behind the Central Hall, a timber-framed building that will be built with traditional, locally sourced materials wherever possible. In addition to the creation of a new energy center with air-source or ground-source heat pumps powered by  solar  energy, the building follows passive solar principles to enhance thermal comfort and reduce reliance on mechanical systems. Larger spanning and prefabrication of timber elements will also be used to ensure higher quality control and to reduce construction waste.  + Feilden Fowles Images by Feilden Fowles

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Trump administration rolls back fuel efficiency standards

April 1, 2020 by  
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While most of the nation shelters in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 , the Trump administration continues to dilute Obama-era environmental regulations. In his latest move, Trump has rolled back vehicle emission standards. Instead of Obama’s requirement of 5% increases in fuel efficiency through 2026, Trump dropped that figure to 1.5%. This more relaxed policy will save automakers at least $1 billion in compliance costs, according to the Trump administration. Business groups lauded the change. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce called the policy a “workable path forward on a unified national program that provides regulatory certainty while strengthening fuel economy standards and continuing emissions reductions,” Reuters reported . Related: EPA suspends environmental law enforcement But environmentalists aren’t going to accept a lax attitude on pollution without a fight. At least 23 states plan to challenge the new policy, including California. Xavier Becerra, attorney general of California, said Trump is weakening “standards that protect our health and environment from polluting contaminants emitted by cars and trucks.” Under Obama’s rules, the U.S. vehicle fleet would average 46.7 miles per gallon. The Trump administration’s policy will see an average of 40.4 miles per gallon. The administration estimates the rollback will result in Americans consuming an additional two billion barrels of oil , releasing 867 to 923 more metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and paying an extra $1,000 in fuel costs over the life of a single vehicle. This is the latest of the Trump administration’s reversals to environmental policies. Last week, the administration suspended the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement of environmental laws for the duration of the pandemic, so businesses won’t face any consequences for pollution during this time. Trump has also removed the United States from a global climate accord. Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, rebuked the Trump administration “for exploiting the cover of a pandemic to roll back the clean car standards, which are crucial public health safeguards.” Via Reuters Image via Pixabay

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Episode 148: How to strategize for the next quarter (century)

November 9, 2018 by  
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Featuring, three interviews on innovation — including one with CEO Aron Cramer — collected during the BSR gathering this week in New York.

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We calculated how much money planting trees can save for your city

June 8, 2018 by  
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From Beijing to Cairo to Mexico City to New York.

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3 ways EVs could sideswipe the ‘rules’ of urban living

July 20, 2017 by  
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Or, what I learned by attending the inaugural Formula-E championship race in New York.

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The Mask House looks like an ethereal mirage hovering among treetops in Ithaca

January 19, 2017 by  
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The Mask House, designed by WOJR , provides privacy while emphasizing views of the natural surroundings, and acts as a sort of habitable passage into another world, commemorating the loss of the owner’s brother who drowned in the nearby lake. An envelope made of dark wood battens blurs the line between this secluded 587-square foot house and its forested surrounding, while stilts make it appear that the house is floating above the forest floor. Dubbed “A Space of Myriad Sanctuaries”, the 587-square-foot house functions as a place of seclusion, peace and tranquility. From the front, it looks like a mirage that hovers above the ground and can disappear at any moment. Related: Black House Blues is a gorgeous woodland haven for music lovers The wood battens hide a single-family residence built on stilts. A large open space with a hanging chimney occupies the center of the building and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape through huge floor-to-ceiling windows . + WOJR Via Ignant

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Tilting "performance architecture" house spins 360 degrees

August 16, 2016 by  
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ReActor is located at Ghent, New York , just over half an hour south of Albany, at the Omi International Arts Center . The 44-foot by 8-foot house made of concrete and wood rests atop a 15-foot tall column, and can rotate a full 360 degrees. The house moves depending on the movement of the inhabitants, or the wind and weather. Related: Zinc-Clad Leaning House Tilts Upwards to Let in Buckets of Sunlight According to an Omi International Arts Center Facebook post, the artists described their experience of living in the house : “We’re spacemen in the wilderness.” Both artists kept journals aboard ReActor, and described the movements of the tilting house as “graceful and oceanic.” Shelley said, “We almost never stop drifting in circles. It takes only the slightest breeze to set us in motion.” Schweder said, “A view that is always changing, sleep that comes and goes with the sun’s light, and a sense of connectedness with your roommate through knowing what he is doing and feeling mediated by the building – in short, this building is breaking our habits.” For five days, the artists experienced a novel connection to the environment and to each other, as they had to be conscious of where they moved. They enjoyed the gentle movement of the house but also at times felt their movements were constrained, as they continually had to make small adjustments in favor of balance. Schweder and Shelley have worked together since 2007, and ReActor is their first work set outdoors. Though they’ve left the spinning home for now, they’ll return September 24-25 and October 6-10 for further performances. ReActor will grace Omi International Arts Center’s Architecture Omi Field 01 for two years. + Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley + Omi International Arts Center Via The New York Times Images via Omi International Arts Center Facebook

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Hamptons home built with salvaged materials marries luxury and sustainability

August 9, 2016 by  
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The 3,800-square-foot residence sits on a 160-acre reserve located in between Gardiner’s Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Part of one of the seaside communities of the Hamptons, the house draws from the region’s rural architecture, but accommodates all the needs of the 21st century homeowner. Related: Resolution 4’s gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to the Hamptons It features foot vaulted ceilings incorporating wooden beams made from salvaged pine, and large glass doors opening towards a swimming pool with a pool house and 2,500 square feet of decking. The folding doors connect the swimming pool with the kitchen and dining area nestled under a vaulted ceiling . The rest of the ground floor accommodates the living room and a pair of bedrooms, while the master and two other bedrooms occupy the first floor. One of the most noticeable features of the house is the luxury finishing-white oak flooring and grey marble in the bathrooms and kitchen countertops. + Studio Zung

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Atmospheric 1950s home renovated as a school facilitates self-guided education

June 22, 2016 by  
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The building sits in a residential neighborhood with strict building regulations that forced the architects to stick to acceptable geometry and materials. It is designed to become a “third teacher” with a flexible learning environment . Using a design strategy that accentuates fluidity, the architects created a variety of spaces and established the connection between interior and exterior spaces. Related: The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China In order to comply with building regulations and still come up with an interesting design solution, the team used standard materials in an interesting way. This attitude resulted in a configuration of different scales and sequences of folds and patterns . They also integrated the existing 1950s pitched roof into the design to facilitate solar energy and rainwater harvesting . + Scalar Architecture Photos by Miguel de Guzmán

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Why sustainability is a team sport

February 21, 2013 by  
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Reaching company goals requires cooperation from a set of decentralized players, so even CEOs can't do it alone, execs reported at GreenBiz Forum New York.

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