Architecture
Cradle to Cradle Inspired Buildings

Cradle to Cradle Inspired Buildings

Our aim is to design buildings like trees and cities like forests. The Cradle to Cradle concept drives the design of the built environment toward a beneficial footprint that goes beyond sustainability. In this sense, the projects seek effectiveness instead of efficiency-which only means reducing the bad impacts on the occupants and the environment. Our...
Webinar - The Bullitt Center: Meeting the Living Building Challenge

Webinar – The Bullitt Center: Meeting the Living Building Challenge

The Bullitt Center, a six-story heavy timber building recently completed in Seattle, is predicted to be the world’s most energy-efficient commercial building. It has been designed to last 250 years and to achieve the highest benchmark of building sustainability—Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification. A performance-based certification program, the LBC requires buildings to be evaluated after...
URBANMODELING [v2.0] for Rhino Released

URBANMODELING [v2.0] for Rhino Released

Umi is a Rhino-based design environment for architects and urban planners interested in modeling the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities with respect to operational and embodied energy use, walkability and daylighting potential. Umi is being developed by the Sustainable Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with support from a National Science Foundation...
Heron Hall – A Living Building Home

Heron Hall – A Living Building Home

Designed by the founder of the Living Building Challenge and CEO of the International Living Future Institute, Jason F. McLennan. Pursuing all petals of the Living Building Challenge 2.1 and destined to become one of the world’s greenest homes. Check out http://heronhall.softfirmstudios.net/ to find out more about the design and design philosophy. I am especially...
The Wood Innovation and Design Centre

The Wood Innovation and Design Centre

It is a beautiful building indeed, the charred wood on the facade is really interesting … The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) is the tallest wood building in Prince George and the tallest contemporary wood building in North America. Completed in October 2014, the WIDC is a six-storey plus mechanical penthouse, 29.5 metre-high structure...
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...