TU Delft Library, Delft, Netherlands - Mecanoo Architects
29 June 2007
28 June 2007
Some of the key environmental issues targeted for consideration during the design included: ecosystem protection, energy and water conservation, pollution prevention, and indoor environmental quality. The completed project also won the 2002 Washington DC Chapter AIA Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design.
RTP in the News Link
23 June 2007
"Accepting his 2006 TED Prize, Cameron Sinclair demonstrates how passionate designers and architects can respond to world housing crises. The motto of his group, Architecture for Humanity, is "Design like you give a damn." Using a litany of striking examples, he shows how AFH has helped find creative solutions to humanitarian crises all over the globe. Sinclair then outlines his TED Prize wish: to create a global open-source network that will let architects and communities share and build designs to house the world."
WorldChanging Sinclair Bio
Architecture for Humanity Link
Open Architecture Network Link
22 June 2007
19 June 2007
The center was designed by Lucchesi, Galati Architects Inc. and incorporates the following elements in order to obtain the platinum certification:
- Rammed-earth walls utilizing local materials
- Window design maximizing natural daylight use
- Recycled materials minimizing new resource demand
- Passive cooling and renewable heating of buildings
- Reclaimed water to reduce tap water needs
- Electrical energy created by solar array panels
The building consists of three zones, the Sustainability Gallery, the Inside Out Gallery and the Design Lab & Dialogue Center. The Sustainability Gallery focuses on various aspects of sustainability while the Inside Out Gallery peels back the inner structure of the building itself to reveal and teach the fundamentals of green buildings. The Lab focuses more on academic and research endeavors as they relate to the environment.
18 June 2007
For the past few months ecAr2.0 has featured a poll in the sidebar asking our readers to choose under which famous master architect they would have wished to have interned.
17 June 2007
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12 June 2007
"History. From 1997 to 2007 the UCLA Cultural Virtual Reality Laboratory (CVRLab), the UCLA Experiential Technology Center (ETC), the Reverse Engineering (INDACO) Lab at the Politecnico di Milano, and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) of the University of Virginia collaborated on a project to create a digital model of ancient Rome as it appeared in the late antiquity. The notional date of the model is June 21, 320 A.D."
Rome Reborn 1.0 Website
Below is an excerpt from the architects website:
"Research conducted at the Graduate Engineering Center focuses on systems integration with concentrations in lightweight design, manufacturing, and electronics with a chaired professorship for each. The specific program elements associated with each element concentration are clustered around the chaired professor’s suite of offices and research labs. Because a multitude of individuals will be working on projects related to or within the research coordinated by these chairs, there are a variety of flexible spaces. While each individual pursues his or her own work, there is collaboration, room for informal discussion, and a sense of community. A component of the research sector is the introduction of industry, both in the presence of individuals from the various fields as well as support of certain research. The results of the research being performed at the center benefit both the university and industry.
The teaching component of the Graduate Engineering Center curriculum centers on mechanical engineering. The school is comprised of masters degree, post-doctoral, and doctoral students as well as faculty members, visiting faculty, partners, and assistant faculty. The center also houses complimentary administrative functions. The school anticipates an initial annual enrollment of forty graduate students with the expectation of growth to over one hundred students per year.
The third component of the building is the public function which includes classrooms, auditorium, café, library, and lobby/display spaces. While several portions of the building may not be physically accessible, many are visually accessible encouraging a broader exchange with the general public."
CU-ICAR Official Link
Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects Link
09 June 2007
06 June 2007
"Architect and designer William McDonough asks what our buildings and products would look like if designers took into account "All children, all species, for all time." A tireless proponent of absolute sustainability (with a deadpan sense of humor), he explains his philosophy of "cradle to cradle" design, which bridge the needs of ecology and economics. He also shares some of his most inspiring work, including the world's largest green roof (at the Ford plant in Dearborn, Michigan), and the entire sustainable cities he's designing in China."
William McDonough + Partners Link