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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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    PUMA opens environment-friendly solar powered store in India

    PUMA seems to have taken a solemn oath of going green and to begin with, the company has just flung open the doors of its greenest store in India. Located in Indiranagar, a suburb in Bangalore, this store spread over 800sqmeters sports a bunch of energy-efficient and eco-friendly elements and includes space for a retail area and a ‘PUMA Social Club’ cafe and bar. For its construction, the store has made use of recycled steel obtained from old DVD players, bicycles and lunch boxes and uses natural lighting to illuminate nearly 90% of store-space. That apart, this green store is 100% solar powered using photovoltaic cells generating nearly 10,384 kwh units annually and makes use of higher insulation levels, decreasing the need for air-conditioning.


    Posted in Architecture on August 25, 2012
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    Dubai to play home to Emirates’ first sustainable building

    Dubai will soon play home to 340,000 square feet worth of pure green architecture, the first sustainable building to show up in the Emirates. Commissioned to be used by the water and civil division of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, this sustainable piece of modern architecture will generate nearly 600kW of solar energy on-site, which will be used by the building to reduce its complete reliance on grid power. To be completed over the next few months, the building is located at Shaikh Zayed Road in Al Quoz and will make use of high efficiency insulation and smart building systems. Apart from this, the building will also make use of LED lighting technology and is termed as one of the greenest buildings in the Emirates!

    Posted in Architecture on August 21, 2012
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    The World’s Least CO2-emitting building is constructed by Shimizu Corporation

    The recent calamity and energy crisis has been a blessing in disguise for many of Japan’s technology-oriented companies. Not that they made money out of it, but the setback has pushed them to develop and innovate new energy-efficient infrastructure. Shimizu Corporation, a large architecture, engineering and construction firm is one such company that has heightened awareness of energy efficiency and renewable energy. They recently opened their new headquarters which is dubbed as the least carbon-emitting building in the world. The Shimizu Corporation headquarters is projected to emit only 25 pounds per square foot of CO2 per year, which is 62% less than a regular Tokyo office building. The building is incorporated with the HVAC system all throughout, reducing the carbon emissions by 30% compared to buildings with conventional HVAC systems.

    Posted in Architecture on August 7, 2012
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