Henning Larsen unveils green, mountain-inspired buildings for Shanghai

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Henning Larsen Architects has unveiled designs for the first phase of the “The Springs,” a mixed-use development currently underway in Shanghai that aims to embrace a “green living” lifestyle. Inspired by a style of traditional Chinese landscape painting called ‘shan shui,’ the Danish architecture firm crafted the buildings in the image of the dramatic mountain landscapes found throughout rural China. Trees and gardens will grow on top and around the stepped towers to create an immersive… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



19 mayors, thousands of buildings, zero carbon emissions by 2030

A coalition formed by 19 mayors of major U.S. cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. have proposed a plan that will ensure all new buildings be net-zero carbon by 2030. The mayors are part of an extraordinary group of climate sustainable cities pledged to climate action known as the C40. Together, building and construction account for 39% of energy related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions globally, as well as 36% of final energy use. The initiative is part of a longer… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Edoardo Tresoldis massive wire mesh buildings rise at Coachella

Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi unveiled his largest installation yet at this year’s Coachella, an annual music festival in Indio, California that just wrapped up festivities yesterday. Built in the image of Neoclassical and Baroque architecture, “Etherea” comprises three massive site-specific wire mesh structures constructed to allow glimpses of the sky and California landscape to pass through and become one with the piece.

Built entirely of wire mesh, Etherea consists of three… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Denver might require green roofs on new large buildings

In November, voters in Denver will go to the polls to approve or disapprove a new ballot initiative that would require most new buildings of at least 25,000 square feet to include a “green roof,” one covered with trees, vegetables or other plants that adds aesthetic value and helps to counteract the urban heat island effect. Although the idea of green roofs is broadly popular, the mandate to require them, something that even liberal San Francisco has not implemented, is somewhat controversial. “I… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Denver to vote on green roof mandate for new large buildings

In November, voters in Denver will go to the polls to approve or disapprove a new ballot initiative that would require most new buildings of at least 25,000 square feet to include a “green roof,” one covered with trees, vegetables or other plants that adds aesthetic value and helps to counteract the urban heat island effect. Although the idea of green roofs is broadly popular, the mandate to require them, something that even liberal San Francisco has not implemented, is somewhat controversial. “I… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Parasitic wooden cubes slash Parisian building’s energy consumption by 75%

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National laboratory scales up quantum-dot solar windows that can power entire buildings

Related: Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

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National laboratory scales up “quantum-dot” solar windows to power entire buildings

Related: Revolutionary new solar windows could generate 50 times more power than conventional photovoltaics

+ Los Alamos National Laboratory

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These are the world’s best buildings

World Architecture Festival has announced a shortlist of stellar finalists like Zaha Hadid Architects, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Foster + Partners, Bjarke Engels Group, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and dozens more for their annual awards festival. Over 340 architectural projects are competing for the title of Building of the Year in the renowned competition. Projects include a mountainous housing project, a 3D-printed office in Dubai and an undulating modern extension onto the University… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

5 buildings around the world that memorialize tragic losses of life

9/ll Memorial image © Amanda Silvana Coen for Inhabitat; other images via Daniel Libeskind, Koji Fujii/Nacasa & Partners, 1 Week 1 Project, and jaime.silva on Flickr View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building