Sustainable ‘Vertical Village’ For Dubai Designed By GRAFT Architects

From GRAFT Architects:

‘Expected to gain gold LEED certification, the Vertical Village by Graft Architects is another Eco architecture found in the desert of Dubai. Designed by Graft Lab, the structure is a multi-use development designed to house residential, hotel, and entertainment facilities while collecting solar energy up to the maximum. Designed to reduce solar gain and maximize solar production, the Village has buildings that are massed as self-shading slabs in the north side of the site on the east-axis in order to reduce a lengthy sun penetration.

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Foster + Partners Win Competition For Major Sustainable Masterplan In South Korea

Foster + Partners, together with PHA and Mobility in Chain, has won an international competition to design the masterplan for the expansion of the Incheon Free Economic Zone, an extensive mixed-use scheme encompassing the islands of KangHwa and OnJin-gun, to the north west of Seoul. Conceived as a self-sufficient, sustainable development, the 300 square-kilometer masterplan will extend organically from a central transportation spine, creating a center for green industry and serving a population that is expected to grow from 35,000 to 320,000 residents and commuters.

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LAVA Chosen To Design Masdar’s Entertaining City Center


International architectural firm LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) recently won a international design competition for the heart of Masdar, world’s first sustainable city masterplanned by Foster + Partners.

Giant umbrellas, with a design based on the principles of sunflowers, will provide moveable shade in the day, store heat, then close and release the heat at night in the plaza of a new eco-city in the United Arab Emirates. The ‘sunflower umbrellas’ are one aspect of the winning design by the international practice LAVA for the city center for Masdar in the UAE – the world’s first zero carbon, zero waste city powered entirely by renewable energy sources.

Masdar is a planned city located 17 kilometers from Abu Dhabi. A government initiative, the city is being constructed over seven phases and is due to be completed by 2016.

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The Barents Secretariat Tower: World’s Tallest Wooden Building

Reiulf Ramstad Architects (RRA) developing plans for the world’s highest building ever constructed in wood. The cultural center will become a monument of 16-17 floors, all built in natural materials with innovative and environmental solutions in all parts of the building. If the plans are realized it will surpass the current tallest wooden structure which stands 144 feet tall in Arkhangelsk, Russia.

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SUV 12 // Lima // Peru // Suv12 Architects

Exploring the idea of a neighborhood contemporary architects Suv12 proposed densify ground of approximately 17 hectares, located in one of the most important economic and commercial centers of Lima.

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Sun Rays Pavilion By Michael Jantzen

Internationally acclaimed artist and designer Michael Jantzen designed the Sun Rays Pavilion, which consists of 12 massive columns that rise out of the earth like giant crystals reaching for the sun. Appropriate, because the acutely slanted building relies on the sun’s rays alone for power. Jantzen has many other designs for renewable energy pavilions, like his Wind Turbine Observation Tower or his R-house.

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ECO CITY Hamburg, Germany

Germany’s historic Hamburg-Harburg Harbor recently announced the development of a sustainable ECO CITY that combines industry, entertainment and pedestrian life into one super green package.

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Houses // Nicosia // Cyprus // Iosa Ghini Associati

Italian architects Iosa Ghini Associati have designed four houses for a new residential district near Nicosia, Cyprus.

The family houses, to be built by developer Full Circle, incorporate solar panels and rainwater recycling.

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