LEED-H certified and GreenPoint Rated home goes up in California

July 1st, 2008

A developer makes sense of sustainability, starting with his own home’s greenroof. By Chris Kelsey In the foothills outside Oakland, California, a gorgeous and entirely LEED-certified home is going up. It’s also the first house to be not only LEED-H certified but GreenPoint Rated. The project’s construction was even filmed recently by the Planet Green […]

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Graphics for better buildings

July 1st, 2008

Enlivening building façades and streetscapes to create places for people. By Paula Rees It is time that designers take a breath of responsibility and think creatively. Fabric architecture’s uses, new materials and technological advances offer endless options and incredible design possibilities. As an environmental designer, the main focus of my work is with how places […]

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Portable building serves as airship terminal and promotional venue

July 1st, 2008

Tectoniks Ltd. | Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom This project, which won an Award of Excellence in the air structures category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, involved the design, manufacture and installation of a portable building to serve as an airship terminal and promotional venue at The Palm in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In order […]

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Sphere provides unique event space

July 1st, 2008

Lindstrand Technologies Ltd. | Shropshire, United Kingdom This structure, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the air structures category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, is a huge sphere supported on an aircell collar. From inside, high-definition video images are projected onto the dome’s surface while semi-transparent fabric makes images visible both inside and […]

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Portable building goes on tour to publicize game console

July 1st, 2008

Tectoniks Ltd. | Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom This project, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the air structures category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, involved the design and manufacture of a unique portable building for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, to serve as a venue for a promotional tour to publicize the launch of […]

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Moving illuminated object opens new possibilities in membranes

July 1st, 2008

Taiyo Kogyo Corp. | Tokyo, Japan This illuminated object, called “Flower Dance,” is a moving illumination, intended to open new possibilities in membranes. The object, which won an Award of Excellence in the commercial interiors category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, is located in Midland Square, a building complex in front of Nagoya Station […]

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Tensile structures: Do it yourself

July 1st, 2008

At the Free University of Brussels, Dr. Marijke Mollaert’s architecture students design and then build their fabric structure. By Lars De Laet “Design and build your own Tensile Surface Structure!” This unique opportunity and challenge is what students from the 1st and 2nd Master in Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering can expect in the course […]

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