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Sustainable architecture: LEED Platinum for Oregon’s largest education building

Portland’s green reputation just got a big boost—the city’s Collaborative Life Sciences Building was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification. Funded by a public-private partnership model, the recently completed two-building complex will be used by three of Oregon’s top universities: Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland State University, and Oregon State University. The remarkable 650,000-square-foot building incorporates […] Read more

Sustainable conversions: textile factory into cultural hub

In an industrial area of northern France, D’Houndt+Bajart Architectes has completed the construction of a media library that serves as a vibrant cultural hub for the local community. The project involves the renovation of the previously existing textile factory and the addition of a new structure that leans elegantly against the brick façade. Composed of […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: The Best of Building Award winners announced

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the winners of its first annual Best of Building Awards. The Best of Building Awards recognizes the year’s best green products, projects, organizations, and individuals making an impact in green building. The members of USGBC exclusively selected the nominees and winners. Professional Services •    Best Architecture Firm […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia, Poland

The international architectural  design competition of the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia was won by AEC Krymow & Partners, an architectural office from Warsaw. The current area of the Technology Park is more than 80 thousand sqm. Inside the ultra-modern building complex there are offices, laboratories, workshops, conference spaces, whilst  on the ground […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: greenest tower in South Africa

DHK and Louis Karol Architects recently completed Portside, a 450-foot-tall commercial building that is the greenest tower in South Africa. Completed in March 2014, Portside is also the tallest building in the city of Cape Town. The landmark high-rise achieved the country’s first 5-Star Green Star SA rating and is equipped with LEDs, electric car […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: First LEED-certified building in Moscow, Russia

Mebe One Khimki Plaza has been recognized as the first LEED-certified building in Moscow after achieving LEED Gold certification in May 2014. The building has a gross floor area of 44,000 square meters (approximately 474,000 square feet) on 19 floors. Developed by Mebe, a Moscow-based developer and builder of commercial, residential and industrial projects, as […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: Santiago Calatrava’s new moving construction

The Innovation, Science, and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic University designed by Santiago Calatrava  is a spectacular daylit building wrapped with a lightweight aluminum trellis that cuts solar gain by 30% – an important consideration in sunny Lakeland, Florida. The interior features vaunted chambers filled with natural light, and the entire building is is topped […] Read more

Sustainable architecture: carbon neutral building turns paper waste into energy

Office buildings are notorious for wasting paper, but not so with the heritage-listed Legion House. Australian architectural practice Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp designed a multipurpose energy-efficient development in Sydney that includes a commercial tower, retail space and an ambitious green refurbishment. The architects designed two new levels for the 1902 Legion House and deployed state-of-the-art technology […] Read more

Used shipping containers transformed into schoolrooms

Shipping containers are commonly seen on the backs of trucks all over the world, but few of us are accustomed to seeing them in our schools! You can find them for sale in Perth, New York, London, Cape Town, and just about any other major town or city throughout the world, and their durability makes them ideal for long-term […] Read more

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