December 17, 2004 


Rotating Apartments

Curitiba, Brazil: The more I think about this amazing revolving apartment buliding in Curitiba the more I wonder why anyone would really want such a thing, especially since you've got a 360 degree view to begin with. But still, something... [read on...]

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 March 01, 2004 


Yurts!

Flagstaff, AZ: In the surpisingly chilly highlands near Flagstaff, AZ, weary skiers are invited to take shelter in a surprisingly cozy Yurt. Inspired by traditional Mongolian structures, the Yurt has taken off as an inexpensive, enironmentally benign, and incredibly practical... [read on...]

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 December 31, 2003 


Minor Brick Adjustment

Chicago: While strolling through Bucktown the other day, I came upon this interesting use of bricks that makes an average building stand out nicely. Just twist a few rows and you get instant ornamentation. A simple gesture that goes a... [read on...]

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 December 01, 2003 


Seemingly Trivial Elements that Matter

Girona, Spain: Spanish cities are often plagued by a ring of really horrendous high-rise neighborhoods that look straight out of the apocalypse. This building, however, has been greatly improved by the addition of some colored graphic elements on the balconies.... [read on...]

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 November 26, 2003 


Greenest Building of them all?

Santa Monica: Not exactly sure how you rank buildings for their "greenness", but the new headquarters for the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) achieved the following: "uses 60 to 75 percent less energy than a conventional building of its size,... [read on...]

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 November 17, 2003 


The Solaire

New York: Billed as the first "green" high rise in the US, the Solaire claims it will use 35% less electricity than a comparable building and 50% less water. It even has photovoltaics on one side to help out a... [read on...]

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 July 17, 2003 


Shipping Container Building

Los Angeles: Shipping containers are finding new life as elements in building construction. This New York Times article is particularly inspiring. Readily available (even on EBay) for a few thousand bucks, recycled containers are incredibly durable, waterproof, and with a... [read on...]

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 May 07, 2003 


Office to Residential Conversion

San Francisco: Faced with an unprecidented glut of post dot-com office space, SF developers have begin converting office buildings into residences. Some of them, such as the building next to the Powell St. cable car turnaround should be especially spectacular.... [read on...]

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 March 04, 2003 


Utilizing Space Under Freeways

Paris: There is a huge perimeter freeway encircling Paris, and a huge Expo Center at Porte de Versailles right next to it. The designers of one of the halls didn't see the freeway as an obstacle, but rather built a... [read on...]

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 December 16, 2002 


More on Green Roofs

The City: Continuing the discussion on Green Roofs, here is an interesting article from Metropolis mentioning two more interesting benefits that go beyond the building itself: Reduced ambient summer temperature, thus less need for air-conditioning, and in turn less energy... [read on...]

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 December 05, 2002 


Grass Roofs

Munich: Well, this particular building is not the most attractive grass-roofed structure I've ever seen, but I thought it was a nifty because of how it imbeds itself in the earth, hobbit-like. This kind of building not only let's... [read on...]

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