Architecture

Big Dig House: Nothing but 600,000lbs of Infrastructural Refuse

July 7, 2009 / No Comments

The natives of Boston, MA will definitely remember the Big Dig Highway project or more aptly the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (CA/T). There were 600,00lbs of refuse for that project which instead of being dumped, has been all converted into an uber stylish modern private house in Lexington, MA. It didn't come easy though as the Big Dig House started as a ...

Sears Tower, tallest building in the US, to go green

June 28, 2009 / 1 Comment

The Sears Tower in Chicago is to undergo a “green” change that will cost a cool $350 million. The plan is to make the 110-story office tower,the tallest building in the United States as well as in the Western Hemisphere at a height of 1,450 feet, “a beacon for environmentally sound space.” American Landmark Properties, which owns Sears Tower, expects to ...

Blue Sky Homes’ Prototype Prefab Home Ready

May 22, 2009 / No Comments

The prototype of the prefab home of Blue Sky Homes in Yucca Valley in California, the United States, is now complete, weeks after installing the footings. And the photos of the prototype, released by Dave McAdam, owner of the Yucca Valley, show what one expert described as “an excellent example of clean, efficient, contemporary, desert architecture.” [caption id="attachment_5250" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Blue ...

Dragonfly – the high-tech vertical farm for space-starved metros

May 21, 2009 / 1 Comment

The concept of urban farming has taken the shape of the wings of a dragonfly in the Roosevelt Island in New York City. The initiative aims at relieving shortage of food as well as “reconnecting” consumers with producers. [caption id="attachment_5230" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Dragonfly Vertical Farm in New York"][/caption]

Susi Q Senior and Community Center in Laguna Beach

May 18, 2009 / No Comments

In the modern era, sustainable living has to be a priority if we care about our planet. Laguna Beach is thronged with architecture that defines sustainable living at its best as it has long embraced the environmentalist movement. The latest addition to the Laguna Beach is the Susi Q Senior and Community Center. The building has been laid on a 8,200 ...

Proposal to turn Amsterdam’s abandoned sewage treatment silos into climbing gym, turned down

May 14, 2009 / No Comments

Here is a mighty good example of how apparently “useless” objects— however big they are, could be put to good use. Since the officials of the city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, were not prepared to let go waste three abandoned sewage treatment silos, they invited proposals, on a competitive basis, in order to settle on the best use that these structures ...

Dubai’s Food City – The Green Utopia?

May 13, 2009 / No Comments

Dubai's free zone— the Food City, as it was named by the city's Chamber of Commerce, has been designed by the creative architects from GCLA as a self sufficient metropolis. An off-the-grid structure that doesn't lack on sustainable features, the future-forward urban quarter is going to sport vertically stacked green walls and aquatic farms, artificial roof landscapes, renewable energy and ...

Idaho Red Riding Hood

May 11, 2009 / No Comments

The Obama administration has said its open season on hunting of gray wolves in Idaho. Red Riding Hood will be safe again on her way to grandma's house. Bush's administration removed the wolves from the federal endangered species list in Montana and Idaho. Earthjustice says it is too early. They prefer the Big Bad Wolf to Little Red. Wolves take a huge ...

Clayton Homes Announces Green Modular i-House

May 7, 2009 / 1 Comment

Clayton Homes unveiled their green modular i-House at last week's Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting. With a focus on energy saving, the i-House is expected to be 30% more energy efficient than traditional homes. Monthly energy bills are expected to go south of $70. Or you could move into Silicon Valley where are monthly energy bills are less than that ...

Sky-Terra Towers, Cities in the Sky

April 27, 2009 / No Comments

Sky-Terra Towers, the name is somewhat of an oxymoron— sky is sky and terra is ground. So, which is it? It doesn't matter. A San Francisco based designer, Joanna Borek-Clement, is seeing cities in the skies. Not in San Francisco, however. The non-firma terra makes it a non consideration. Her inspiration is the shape of neuron cells. The cities in the skies ...