Perkins+Will Conducts Survey of International Tall Wood Buildings

Perkins+Will Conducts Survey of International Tall Wood Buildings

The Perkins+Will research team of Kathy Wardle, Rebecca Holt, and Jana Foit undertook a survey of 10 international tall wood buildings for Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) and the Bi National Softwood Lumber Council (BNSLC). FII and BNSLC believe that collaborating with global leaders in taller wood construction to share experiences and information may help to...

Living Future 2013 Keynotes: Jason F. McLennan, David Suzuki, Paul Hawken

I just found out that the Living Future 2013 Keynotes are available as a video recording. I really enjoyed this conference. Too bad I will not go this year ;-(

CBC Podcast – Are the Highrises of the Future made of Wood?

With developers planning to build the world’s tallest residential building in Quebec City, we ask McGill Architecture prof Avi Friedman if the skylines of the future will be wooden.

VELUX Daylight Symposium 2013 – Presentations

Here are some great presentations from the VELUX Daylight Symposium 2013 that I stumbled across lately. As this is just a selection of a few please go to this Youtube playlist to see them all. Lisa Heschong – The Daylighting Potential of Existing Office Buildings Christoph Reinhart – The Lorax Project Signe Kongebro – What...

What Starbucks Gets that Architects Don’t or Form Follows Feeling

I like this article by Christine Outram on the idea of ‘form follows feeling’.  She emphasizes in a way the fact that “Performance Indicator’ in building simulation should eventually be more along the lines of Bhutan’s ‘Gross National Happiness‘. Happiness and well-being should be the ultimate indicators in our economies beyond energy use and financial...
TED Talk: Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers / Michael Green

TED Talk: Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers / Michael Green

Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of … wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it’s not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it’s necessary.
Second Nature 'The Biomimicry Evolution' Trailer

Second Nature ‘The Biomimicry Evolution’ Trailer

Second Nature: The Biomimicry Evolution explores the emerging discipline of biomimicry, the science of emulating nature’s best ideas to solve human problems. Set in the wilds of South Africa, the film follows biologist, author, and Time magazine “Hero of the Environment” Janine Benyus and the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute team as they illustrate how organisms in...

Inside The Greenest Office Building In The World

Seattle’s Bullitt Center goes way beyond LEED certification. It has entirely zero impact, from clean materials, composting toilets, and rainwater harvesting. Take a walk inside. Seattle is not the place you would think to build an entirely solar-powered building. But that’s part of the idea behind the Bullit Center: If it can make it as...

Blue Vinyl – Documentary Highlights of the Toxic Plastic

Blue Vinyl is a 2002 documentary film directed by Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand. With a lighthearted tone, the film follows one woman’s quest for an environmentally sound cladding for her parents’ house in Merrick, Long Island, New York. It also investigates the many negative health effects of polyvinyl chloride in its production, use...
Energy by Design

Energy by Design

The first episode of the AIA’s Design: Art+Science educational video series, which focuses on the key design ingredients behind high performance buildings, Energy by Design introduces the viewer to building energy use, high performance energy codes, energy modeling, and energy modeling tools. It emphasizes integrated design and collaboration, and sets a solid foundation from which...
Wood: An Integral Part of a Net-Positive Building

Wood: An Integral Part of a Net-Positive Building

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), located in Vancouver, British Columbia, is an interdisciplinary academic centre; the building is home to multiple research projects and the subject of ongoing studies on the long-term effects of sustainable design, construction and operation. CIRS is expected to be UBC’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design...

Singapore: Biophilic City

Thought I share this interesting story on Biophilic Urbanism in Singapore: “A whirlwind week in Singapore chasing up amazing biophilic stories with CUSP Institute Prof Peter Newman and Uni of Virginia Prof Tim Beatley.”