Building toward sustainable, resilient cities in 2050

Posted on 17. Jul, 2014 by .

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  By 2050, seven out of every 10 people on Earth will be an urban dweller. What the cities of the future look like depends largely on decisions we make today. Will we design a future where driverless cars zip around under skyscraping vertical gardens in hyperconnected, energy-efficient “smart cities”? Or will we be trapped in […]

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Cape Quarter to save an estimated R1m per year through green energy reductions

Posted on 16. Jul, 2014 by .

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The Cape Quarter, the flagship property within the Tower Property Fund portfolio, has recently undergone a lighting retrofit as part of a greening transformation planned for the centre. This retrofit is expected to see an impressive R1 million per annum saving in energy costs for the property. Other initiatives soon to be rolled out are […]

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PwC Creates The Most Sustainable Building in The World

Posted on 26. May, 2014 by .

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The UK’s first “air rights” building – constructed on top of an existing structure – 1 Embankment Place was built over Charing Cross Station in the early 1990s. This 40,000 sq ft (3,716 sq m) floor space has since been occupied by PwC, whose office is on the ground floor below the busy station and […]

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Sustainable Design: Living Wall in Toronto

Posted on 26. May, 2014 by .

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Design: Diamond Schmitt Architects Location: 207 Humber College Blvd, Toronto, ON M9W 5L7, Canada Large indoor plant system an icon of sustainable design A Canadian invention that improves indoor air quality and reduces a building’s energy costs turns ten years old this spring. The living wall biofilter – an installation of tropical plants adorning office, […]

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How A Giant Mall Parking Lot Turned Into A Park And A Walkable Community

Posted on 26. May, 2014 by .

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Instead of paving paradise for a parking lot, this Seattle shopping center is showing how America’s suburbs are changing: There are now nearly 400 LEED-certified apartments going up where cars once parked. If a sprawling mall parking lot is one of the symbols of suburban America, this particular lot is a perfect example of how […]

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House Without Heating: Office Building in Austria

Posted on 26. May, 2014 by .

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In Lustenau, near Bregenz, be baumschlager eberle have erected a manifesto against technology overkill in modern buildings. Named “2226″ – nomen est omen – their office building is designed to guarantee continuous comfortable temperatures of between 22 and 26 degrees, all without heating, cooling or mechanical ventilation. Architects: be baumschlager eberle Location: Millennium Park 20, […]

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Getting Green Roofs Right in Australia – 6 of The Best

Posted on 26. May, 2014 by .

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By Geraldine Chua, Although we are still playing catch up with America and Europe, incorporating green roofs in our buildings is not a new concept for Australia. Here, the bulk of work has been concentrated in urban centres, particularly in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. Progression to other capital cities has been gradual, but taking place. […]

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Ecocity versus Duplicity

Posted on 26. May, 2014 by .

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By Ian Sacs, The term “eco city” is used to describe a very broad range of projects. Unfortunately, not all so-called “eco cities” are as sustainable as they aim or claim to be. As they mature, some of the world’s most heralded eco cities may suffer from a few sustainability alligators in their sewers. While […]

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Design As A Moral Enterprise

Posted on 26. May, 2014 by .

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 When lay people look at a circumstance–problems, things not coordinated, mistakes made, tensions and oppositions abounding–they generally assume that either someone screwed up, that there was incompetence, or even worse, malfeasance. That is human nature. When architects look at the same situation, the default position is, if tensions and oppositions abound, we must be alive…and […]

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Cities on frontline of climate change struggle

Posted on 26. May, 2014 by .

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By Paul Rincon Half of the world’s population now lives in cities, and this proportion is set to rise to two-thirds by 2050. Yet cities are particularly vulnerable to the worst impacts of climate change precisely because their locations are fixed. The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) re-emphasises the vital […]

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