The Gateway Center at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) was covered in the AIA’s EcoBuilding Magazine as part of their coverage of the 2014 AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten award winners. The intensive, 10,000 square foot green roof designed to accommodate rare plant communities from New York state is currently being monitored by faculty and students to track plant colonization, insect density, soil moisture, temperature, and humidity.
Alexander Gronsky, Norilsk is an industrial city in Russia north of the Arctic Circle. Built in 1935 by forced labourers of the Stalinist regime to exploit the mines of the region, it is now ranked among the most polluted places in the world.
While wind power is one of the cleanest sources of renewable energy in the world — and the top source for new U.S. electricity generation as of 2012 — many people still take issue with turbines and their noise. Though some people living near turbines say that the low hum doesn’t cause much trouble, others report daily annoyance, with some controversially linking the noise to physical ailments.
But a Dutch company called Archimedes has set out to change that mindset by releasing the Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine, a $5,400 model set to roll out next January. The company promises to boost efficiency and cut your electricity bill, while making little to no noise in the process.
Jeju is a small volcanic island off the southern coast of South Korea that is home to some of the nation’s most beautiful landscapes - including the highest mountain in the country. The diverse and wild land is celebrated in the design of the Jeju Natural Heritage Center by architecture firm poly.m.ur. The project’s undulating form topped with a green roof mimics the volcanic formations of the island. Rather than being placed in the landscape the Center is formed out of the landscape, providing a unique relationship for visitors who can explore every facet of the building.
The TidGen Power System takes advantage of one of nature’s most consistent energy sources: the tide. It sits on the floor of a bay or deep river, where water rotates foils that drive a permanent magnet generator, sending roughly 150 kilowatts of electricity to shore. The first TidGen unit, installed off the coast of Maine last year, was the first ocean-energy project of any kind to connect to the U.S. grid. An environmental assessment released in March showed no adverse impact to the marine ecosystem.
This villa in Singapore, by architects Terre Pte Ltd, is one of three properties on this plot that belongs to the homeowner, the other two being homes for the owners two grown sons. The brief for all of these dwellings was to create a place that worked in unity with nature…
With 230 square meters of livable space, this project exists to prove that environmentally conscious living isn’t reserved for the wealthy.
“In constructing a net zero energy house, it is most important to manage energy than to produce it, therefore insulation is the most important factor. Sosoljip is built with external insulation to block heat or cold before it even enters the structure. Not a single centimeter of the building is directly exposed to external air. The reinforced concrete structure is wrapped with 20 centimeter styrofoam insulation. During the summer, the building relies on the insulation layer and natural ventilation for cooling without air conditioners, because the electricity consumption by air conditioners cannot be met with photovoltaic production. The client will gladly wear sweaters in the winter and sweat a little in the summer, which is only natural.”