A green-roofed underground extension breaks the mold for school architecture

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When Singaporean architecture firm Park + Associates was tapped to design an extension for Nanyang Girls’ High School in the heart of the city, they knew that they’d have to think creatively. The brief called for two large four-story blocks that would house a variety of programs, including classrooms, a large performing arts center and a multipurpose indoors sports hall. To meet these requirements without overshadowing the school’s existing architecture, the firm built the spaces below ground—an… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Google Street View cars will map air pollution in cities worldwide

Air quality sensors are coming to a Google Street View car near you. The tech giant just announced plans to introduce sensors from a San Francisco company called Aclima that test air quality in cities and towns all across the globe.

The Google Street View cars take photographs and incorporate them into Google Maps. Aclima is installing the air quality sensors in vehicles based in Mexico City, Houston, and Sydney. The sensors will detect amounts of carbon dioxide, nitric oxide, carbon monoxide,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building