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    Orproject’s Bubbles project could help Beijing citizens breathe better air

    Beijing has been chocking off late given the fact that the quality of air in the city has been dropping to new lows. The record-breaking air pollution in this Chinese city has grabbed the attention of environmentalists and designers from across the globe, who’ve been pouring in solutions to the problem. Architects at London-based Orproject came up with the Bubbles project to help Beijing’s population breathe easy. The project involves the use of giant Bubbles filled with fresh air that cover open spaces like parks and botanical gardens.

    Posted in Architecture on February 25, 2014
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    Palace for Nature, a modern-day oasis destined for Qatar

    Qatar may have been better known for its oil and pearls but this Arab state has never really had too much to do with greenery, untill now. Just a short way into the future, Qatar could soon play home to a one-of-a-kind self-sustaining botanical area dedicated to flora and fauna. Designed by Sanzpont Arquitectura, the Palace for Nature is literally what its name terms it to be, a place where biological creations can grow and thrive in the middle of a desert! A modern day rendition of an oasis, this “garden” is based on the concept of the Sidra Tree.

    Posted in Architecture on December 27, 2013
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    Amazon shows off its plans to build glass dome-shaped HQ in Seattle

    The Amazon has always been a place synonymous with greenery and the company that has adopted the name of this region has decided to follow suit too. in a move that has left us pleasantly suprised, Amazon has added a dash of green to its futuristically eco-friendly headquarters destined for Seattle. The building will house about 1,800 of the company’s employees and will make use of grenhouse-like domes. The structure uses three interconnected glass sphere, up to 30m tall, and will be surrounded by enough greenery.

    Posted in Architecture, Featured on December 27, 2013
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    Mumbai’s Namaste Tower to feature a windmill and a solar-panel canopy!

    Mumbai, India’s financial capital, is a quickly growing city that has begun sprouting up vertical architectural wonders off-late. Most recently, we came across this new development that could soon stand tall in Mumbai’s skyline. Called the Namaste Tower, this high-rise by WS Atkins, is planned to be completed by 2015. Besides its phenomenal shape that depicts two joined hands positioned in the traditional gesture for a “hello”, this tower is green and eco-friendly!

    Posted in Architecture on March 13, 2013
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    Tjep unveils the green and self-sufficient retreat house, the Isolée

    Holidaying could soon be a not-so-environmentally-harmful affair, thanks to this development by the Dutch design studio, Tjep. A self-sufficient retreat, the concept manages to brilliantly combine technology and integrated design and can be set up in a remote area without the need for grid connections! Called the Isolée, this three-storey structure is designed to cause as less harm to its surroundings as possible.

    Posted in Architecture on March 5, 2013
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    Future buildings will be eco-friendly and work as “living organisms”

    Skyscrapers in the future will be more than just structures carved out of steel, glass and concrete. These energy-efficient buildings have been envisioned to have a mind of their own, with robots working as the nervous systems. According to the Foresight + Innovation team at architecture/design firm Arup, these futuristic buildings will resemble living organisms and will function on a “synthetic and highly sensitive nervous system.” The buildings will function in a green and environment-friendly way, blending into the surrounding eco-system.

    Posted in Architecture on February 26, 2013
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    PNC Financial Services Group’s 33-floor Tower to use “breathing” design

    The LEED Platinum certification is indeed the most desirable standard just about any green-building designer would wish to achieve. The PNC Financial Services Group however aims higher and has come up with a building design that could exceed the standards of the LEED Platinum certification! Located at Pittsburgh on the corner of Fifth and Wood Streets, this 800,00 gross sq.ft structure will sport a “breathing” design that was envisioned by Gensler, an architectural firm.

    Posted in Architecture on January 3, 2013
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    Green Village in Bali plays home to bamboo-made residences

    Recently, we came across this environment-loving community called the Green Village in Bali, the epitome of green living to be precise. Built using a local architectural design called Ibuku, these houses are made from bamboo and assure high quality structures and life. Each built uniquely; these houses were built in conjunction with the Green School. Also, these homes aren’t designed like conventional urban residences, and are built to blend into nature. A beautifully green way to live, these bamboo homes provide residents with all the comforts they’d look for in a concrete and steel home!

    Posted in Architecture on October 19, 2012
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    London’s first carbon neutral building packs solar panels and extensive green roofs

    London has just welcomed home its first truly green and completely carbon neutral building. By the Nomura Group, a Japanese financial services company, this building located on the north bank of the Thames sports green roofs and solar panels and was designed by London-based Fletcher Priest Architects. Using 30% of the infrastructure from a former project on the same site in an attempt to reduce costs and building material, this five-storey office makes use of timber and packs a total floor space of about 800,140 square feet. Complete with a high-performance façade that makes optimal use of natural lighting and a lot of thought put into efficiency of water usage and electricity use, this swanky green building will pave the way for green architecture in the city of London.

    Posted in Architecture on September 10, 2012
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    SeaScraper iceberg-like structures helps filter ocean water and collect waste

    Our oceans today are being ridden with waste, particularly plastic and non-degradable materials taking to the sea. This in turn proves treacherous for the eco-system and marine life and destroys both gradually, having an adverse effect on the environment. Behold the SeaScraper, an architectural brainchild designed to keep our water bodies clean. Structured like icebergs, these are largely submerged beneath the surface of the sea and use three separate zones to collect waste including a dedicated waste collection unit, recycling and energy recovery facilities in the middle and housing/recreational estates above sea level! An innovative way to clean up our oceans that could pretty much prove to be extremely practical if built sustainably, these SeaScrapers could do the eco-system a huge favor if they’re ever turned into a reality.


    Posted in Architecture on September 6, 2012
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