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Hygroskin: living material surfaces

‘It is a question of surrendering to the wood, then following where it leads by connecting operations to a materiality, instead of imposing a form upon a matter‘ – gilles deleuze and félix guattari   Professor at the Institute for...
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Bosco Verticale: metropolitan forestation

Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest), by Stefano Boeri studio in Milan, is a project of metropolitan forestation which helps to regenerate the environment and urban biodiversity without an expansion of the city in the territory. It is a new model of...
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RMIT Design Hub: translucent skin and energy performance

The purpose of the Design Hub is to provide accommodation in one building for a diverse range of design research and post graduate education. The Hub provides a collegial research base where post graduates in fields such as fabric and...
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Concept MFC 2020: passive house energy’s producer

Concept MFC 2020:behind this title referring to concept cars, stands a marvel of technologies for future individual low-energy housing solutions. Here, we are far higher from passive houses, that have “only” very low energy consumption. The Concept MFC 2020 goes...
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Polli-Bricks: recycled plastic

The creative minds at miniWIZ recently debuted the Polli-Brick, a recycled polymer bottle that can be interlocked to build an incredible array of structures. Made from recycled PET bottles, the lightweight bricks offer excellent acoustic and thermal insulation and can...
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Kengo Kuma: Green cast

It’s Kengo Kuma’s project that speaks of the continuous interest in reconnecting architecture with nature or, to quote the architect, the need “to recover the place”. Using architecture as a frame of nature, the project seems to echo a need...
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BedZED: prototype of eco-neighbourhoods

BedZED (Beddington Zero Energy Development) is the UK’s first and largest carbon-neutral eco-community and is located in Sutton, a residential town 40 minutes South East from London. BedZED consists of 82 residential homes with a mixture of tenures – 34...
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Composite membranes: flexible, efficient and sustainable architectures

The new iGuzzini Ibérica S.A. headquarters is located between AP-7 and C-16 highways (Barcelona metropolitan roads). The building has two parts, each with a different function: one is low, extensive and underground, with no natural light and built in concrete;...
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Straw Bale Cafè: innovation made of straw

Straw Bale Cafe: wood, straw and innovation This project comprises an extended 100 seat cafe, refurbished kitchen and cafe terrace. It is conceived as a learning aid in low-impact environmental design, featuring: Prefabricated Construction: To minimise disruptive on-site works, the...
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King Fahad National Library: fabric membranes in facade cladding

The King Fahad National Library, one of the most important cultural buildings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was completed and went into use for its intended purpose in November 2013. This project sees Professor Eckhard Gerber and his Gerber...
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ModCell® Straw Technology. The Eco-Innovate European Research

ModCell® is one of the first products to make large-scale, carbon-negative building a commercial reality. The ModCell®system utilises the excellent thermal insulation qualities of straw bale and hemp construction to form prefabricated panels, made in a local Flying Factory™. ModCell®...
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Innovative coatings: architecture and colour

The proposed concept for the site was to transform a single-use office building into a genuinely mixed use development incorporating office, retail, restaurant and residential use; seeking to create a new destination integrated within the local area. The architects chose...
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Tor Vergata: a bioclimatic Campus in Rome

Energy efficiency, low construction costs, quicker completion rate, recycled and recyclable materials, long-lasting finishings and furnishings, green areas and public services seem to be the main features of housing models with a strong social dimension. And the Tor Vergata Campus...
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Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute: a new interlayer technology for High UV transmitting glasses

DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions announces the commercial launch of DuPont™ SentryGlas® N-UV ionoplast interlayer a new interlayer technology for durable architectural safety glass with unsurpassed transmission of natural UV light into spaces containing special light-requiring flora and fauna. Located in...
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ArboSkin: Durable and Recyclable Bioplastics Facade

The spiky modules used to build this curving pavilion in Stuttgart, Germany, are made from a bioplastic containing over 90 percent renewable materials. Students and professors from Stuttgart University’s ITKE  (Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design) designed the freeform...