Writing about sustainable design: architecture, interiors, engineering, landscape architecture, construction and urban planning to transform the built environment.
The campus of Novus International Inc. begins, really - as a place, a statement, a regenerative landscape - two miles away, inspired by the bluffs that overlook the Missouri River.
Natural light makes spaces more vibrant and boosts energy levels and mood.
Remember that feeling of sunlight on the first day of spring? Bright, warm, unexpected — it seemed to change your surrounding...
That smell of a freshly-painted room? It’s caused by VOCs (volatile organic compounds) released into the air as the paint dries – and it may not be good for you.
This is the story of how a resilient community and some fast-moving designers transformed a former big-box store into a 21st century learning space for students.
Ten years later, the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College continues to evolve.
Chapter Seven: Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse: "At the Heart of Justice"
Inside and out, the streamlined design of the federal courthouse speaks to honor, tradition, safety and as a place for people – all within a setting that looks to the future.
Elegant, functional and sustainable, this new green high-rise is a catalyst for change in Portland’s West End.
At PNC Firstside Center, the first LEED-certified building for PNC Bank and Astorino, green isn’t just the color of money.
The Kansas City firm does not just advocate for building green, but has come to drive the sustainable-design movement—leading by example, always.
Design Principle 3: "Use Nature As A Guide"
For Mithun, using nature as a guide is a premise central to the firm’s growing body of work in building, interior and landscape design and master planning. In the northwest, Mithun’s design signature has long been nature – true to form, raw, respectful, responding to time and location. it becomes the shape of buildings to reflect the geology of a site. Or solar meadows as a clearing in the forest to optimize the performance of PV arrays. Or a street design that mimics the natural drainage of a pristine landscape.
Through its design and modified operations and maintenance practices, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center & Park achieved LEED certification twice.
Relying on a broad set of sustainable MEP solutions, a West Coast data center looks to exemplify “the new norm.”
Chapter Nine: York University Computer Science Building: The Future Has Arrived
Autonomous robotics, computer vision, theoretical models of computation, artificial intelligence, human and computer interaction–all are part of the future of computing. And the future has already arrived at Canada’s York University.
From now through the end of 2007, HNTB is helping to make one of the world’s widest highways — the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago — better, safer and state-of-the-art.