University of Oregon Graduate Wins 2011 Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship

via Bustler  another vertical farm proposal – I ma never sure here in Africa why these are so facinating – with millions of square kilometers of arable land in Africa, it is not this kind of technology but a basic infrastructure such as water and improved transport systems that are required to turn Africa into the worlds food basket culture of valuing the land and people who tend it . Still I find these designs are ‘pretty….’

Daniel Toole, an architect at Perkins + Will in Seattle and a 2008 University of Oregon architecture graduate, has won the 5th Annual Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship award for his design, “Whittier Organic Food Center Towers,” a system that “flips” greenhouses vertically to incorporate on-site energy generation from wind and solar exposure, gravity-fed hydroponics, housing for students and farm laborers, and space for farmers’ markets.

On the 12-week, $10,000 fellowship, Toole will travel to 10 countries in Southern Europe and Scandinavia this summer to catalog climate-responsive models of urbanism, landscape and infrastructure in northern and southern Europe.

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The Whittier Sustainable Food Center seeks to achieve a porous, dense, vertical form of biologically responsive architecture. Image: Daniel Toole

The Whittier Sustainable Food Center seeks to achieve a porous, dense, vertical form of biologically responsive architecture. Image: Daniel Toole

The jury praised Toole’s project as “a comprehensive solution with attention to keeping a small footprint.” Sustainable construction technologies, passive environmental control systems, recycled/renewable materials and finishes were critical criteria. Continue reading

BIG to Design Major Cultural Center in Albania

This seems an unsurprising commercial collaboration between BIG architects, Martha Scwhartz  Landscape, both who have tackled the issue of being contemporary, exiting, outrageous  and of advancing environmentally responsible design , with a Global ASset Management who  in their website opening statement are upfront about their aims: “GCAM is a global cultural asset management company that pursues a cluster of overlapping lines of business related to the expansion of art, culture, and art museums in a global economy.” The surprise is the clients embracing this view , again showing how the economic needs of cities are served by both protecting and advancing cultural capital.

BIGMartha Schwartz LandscapeBuro HappoldSpeirs & MajorLutzenberger & Lutzenberger, and Global Cultural Asset Management were today announced as the winning team of the international design competition for a new 27,000 m2 cultural complex in Albania, consisting of a Mosque, an Islamic Center, and a Museum of Religious Harmony.

Competition-winning design for the new Tirana Mosque, Islamic Center, and Museum of Religious Harmony

Competition-winning design for the new Tirana Mosque, Islamic Center, and Museum of Religious Harmony

Visualization with large gathering

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Winner of ResilientCity.org Design Ideas Competition Announced

With the idea of “resilience” replacing or updating the tired, overused and misunderstood “sustainable ****”  , here are some  refreshing to views of these concepts from Bustler

Winners have been announced at this year’s ResilientCity.org Design Ideas Competition. Of the twenty finalist entries, the concept “Living with the Water Paradox” by Nok Ratanavong, Sang Ok Kim, and James Kim was selected as the First-Place winner. Winner of the special prize for Best Insights was the proposal “full of fuel”, and two Honourable Mentions were given to “Manifestations for a City” and “FIH in Fairview Mall”.

Typical water system for commercial/residential buildings with rooftop farming

The 2010 ResilientCity.org Design Ideas Competition invited architects, city planners, urban designers, engineers, landscape architects, and students of these fields to contribute their ideas about creating more resilient cities as we move into a century where cities will be subjected to the combined environmental and economic impacts of climate change and energy transition.

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