The PARKROYAL in Singapore, a new green space..

Balconies covered in tropical plants and contoured surfaces based on rock formations surround this Singapore hotel by WOHA, which topped the hotels category at the Inside Festival awards last week. Singapore studio WOHA designed the PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel as an extension of Hong Lim Park, a new green space located next to the site in the centre of the city’s […]

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Masdar: The City of the Future

Masdar City is a project in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. Its core is a planned city, which is being built by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, with the majority of seed capital provided by the government of Abu Dhabi. Designed by the British architectural firm […]

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Station Center Family Housing Wins 2013 ULI Global Award

  Congratulations to developer MidPen Housing and David Baker Architects, one of my favorite San Francisco architecture firms to work with, for winning the 2013 ULI Global Award for Excellence for its LEED Platinum certified project, Station Center Family Housing in Union City, California. Station Center consists of two buildings housing 157 high-density affordable rental apartments, community gardens, a […]

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Net Zero Energy Through Design and Operation Strategies

Net Zero Energy Through Design and Operation Strategies Posted by Mignon O’Young October 16, 2013 The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters: main entrance courtyard. (Photo by Mignon O’Young) On October 15th, the Packard Foundation announced that it had “achieved the goal of operating its headquarters building at net zero energy by generating more than enough electricity to meet […]

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Autarkhome: Sustainable Floating Passivhaus

This is a floating home that is entirely self-sufficient and docked in Maastricht, Netherlands.  Designed by Pieter Kromwijk and referred to as Autarkhome, the solar-powered project was built to the Passivhaus standard and is 10 times more energy efficient than the average dwelling of similar size. There are no dock connectors for energy or water; energy is provided […]

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