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November 27th, 2007
Building Equity Into Green Homes
Patrick Rollens in WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future
Yesterday, 9:11 PM
Residential home ownership is in a state of extreme flux right now. The mortgage industry is in shambles, and the fallout is reverberating through the U.S. financial markets. In the ensuing chaos, people are starting to question the age-old idea of home ownership as the ultimate goal for a family....
Callebaut Architectures: French Anti-Smog
Some of you may remember a series of posts [listed below] we featured here on Vincent Callebaut Architectures back in March of 2007, where we covered a number of the young designer’s projects - showcasing his incredible renderings and unique/individual architectural aesthetic. We here at MNP recently received an email from Vincent Callebaut informing us that his site has been updated - and linking to the most recent project: ANTI-SMOG [An Innovation Centre in Sustainable Development in Paris].
NYT: In Miles of Alleys, Chicago Finds Its Next Environmental Frontier
ASLA.org - The Dirt
Yesterday's New York Times article on the Green Alley project in Chicago is fascinating. With nearly 2,000 miles of alleys in the city, Chicago is moving to porous concrete and asphalt for repaving. From the article:
In a green alley, water is allowed to penetrate the soil through the pavement itself, which consists of the relatively new but little-used technology of permeable concrete or porous asphalt. Then the water, filtered through stone beds under the permeable surface layer, recharges the underground water table instead of ending up as polluted runoff in rivers and streams.
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Zaha Hadid, Weil am Rhein, originally posted by "A Daily Dose of Architecture" - if this is the building now..., uploaded by thegoatisbad.
modrocks tile by modwalls
Justin in materialicious
ModRocks Recycled Glass Pebbles: 100% Recycled Clear Glass Pebble Tile
Consumer bottles are crushed into small pieces, tumbled and then mesh mounted onto 12″ by 12″ interlocking sheets. These are 100% recycled glass, and since there is no melting involved, very little energy is used in the production process. The clear color plays well with whatever light source is available, and they pick up grout and surrounding colors beautifully. The example shown is grouted with pure white grout. Ideal for wet and dry areas both indoor and outdoor including floors, pools and spas.
79 million trees
Indonesia plans on planting 79 million new trees…all in one day! MYNINJAPLEASE! It’s being reported that each of the 71,000 individual villages, plus some 8,000 other administrative areas of the country, have each been ordered to plant 1,000 trees to meet Indonesia’s planting goal…
Grow a House with Terreform
I recently came across the video of Mitchell Joachim speaking at POSTOPOLIS, discussing his work on the Terreform project. I had already watched the majority of the POSTOPOLIS videos [including this one], but at the time we were unable to embed videos here at MNP - but no longer! After watching Mitchell describing the project and its implications again, I couldn’t help but throw the video up here for this week’s Green Tuesday. Enjoy!
Looking at Sellwood Bridge Prototypes
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
Multnomah County has, on its Sellwood Bridge website, unveiled six prototypes for a replacement span. “Depending on the type of bridge that is chosen,” the website explains, “a replacement Sellwood Bridge could blend with or completely redefine the landscape of Portland’s south Willamette River area.” I couldn't tell you which of those is more important; is it naive to think it could be both?
Exploring Forgotten Chicago
Lynn Becker in ArchitectureChicago PLUS
Despite Blogger.com's best efforts, including those annoying word verification fields (which I never seem able to get right at first attempt), spam still occasionally makes it through to the comments area of my blog - unrelated plugs for resorts, remedies for mold and, increasingly, invitations to websites written in Chinese that seem to be pitching vendors for various types of equipment. A recent Chinese language spam lists the word "reactor" over a dozen times - I can only hope they don't mean nuclear. As I soon as I find any of these spam listings, I delete them.
Study in Mass
Geoff Manaugh in BLDGBLOG
I've mentioned architect Minsuk Cho, of Mass Studies, on BLDGBLOG before: he designed the so-called "ring dome" for the Storefront for Art and Architecture's Z-A event last month in New York City, and he collaborated with Jeffrey Inaba's SCI-FI studio to propose an "urban district above the water" in Seoul.
I'd say that Mass Studies is hard to beat for sheer spatial interest and originality; witness their Torque House, Pixel House, or Cheongam Media Headquarters, for instance – let alone the famously freaky Seoul Commune 2026.
November 26th, 2007
27November2007 LAM examination
Young in Architecture
After graduation from Tongji University 6 years ago, I got another examination today. LAM(Lembaga Architect Malaysia) will exam my school syllabus and work. However, only the last semester's work during school time is submitted. The others are just the one you can see in my my profile and other working experience I got from other firms and practices. After 5years of graduation, only now I am submitting my part I/II...
Chronicle Books Treats UnBeige Like Family
Yesterday, 6:02 PM
Our favorite purveyor of all things bound, Chronicle Books has its Friends & Family Holiday Sale running now through...
Connectivity Wherewithal (Guest Post by Jim Russell)
Brendan in Where
Where is Pittsburgh? Capturing the essence of a place is not easy. Manufacturing a place may be impossible. But the location of a place is relatively straightforward, yes? I'm here to tell you that where Pittsburgh is might surprise you.
China's Air Quality and the Olympics
Mara Hvistendahl in WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future
As an amateur runner in Shanghai's half-marathon on Sunday, I wasn't overly concerned with my time. But what was I doing to my lungs? There's reason to worry: In August, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge warned that endurance events at next summer's Beijing Olympics might have to be postponed because of air pollution.
PNCA vs. Public Market and the Emergence of NW Broadway
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
It's really a shame: the 511 Building on Northwest Broadway, ideally situated just a few blocks north of Downtown between the Pearl District and Old Town, has undergone a tug of war between two very worthy candidates. First the Portland Public Market somewhat abruptly went for the striking Italian Renaissance structure, abandoning its previous plan to target Union Station.
More on John Silber's 'Absurd'ity
A little more oon John Silber's much talked about new book Architecture of the Absurd, which you might recall us talking about the other day. This time, its a review from The Wall Street Journal (so you know it's a legit opinion or something)....
Algae Hydrogen Balloon Fuel by 20/2 Collaborative
Ali in Inhabitat
While the hydrogen fuel cell might not be viable for commercial vehicles for years, here’s some hope for the promising element. A group of Philadelphia-based creatives known as the 20/2 Collaborative have designed a unique concept that enables on-site production and distribution of biologically produced hydrogen fuel for vehicles....