Jade Signature; Herzog and de Meuron

Herzog and de Meuron's has designed a elegant structure combined with both contemporary and modern elements.  The 57 story Jade Signature tower will rise in Sunny Isles, Florida.  Units will feature ample outdoor terrace space, spanning up to 25 feet, and large windows to frame views of the horizon.  Six Sky Villas feature double height living areas and the two Signature penthouses each boast 360-degree views and a large terrace pool.

Deep terraces and living rooms were created to have simultaneous views to the ocean in the east, and to the Intercoastal to the west.  Common areas ares designed for the ground level, connected with the beach.  Primary elements such as cantilevering floor slabs together with walls projecting from inside-out, create a finely textured expression on the facade.

Wooden Skyscraper; Stockholm

Berg I C.F. Moller Architects proposed a 34-story skyscraper made of wood for HSB Stockholm's architectural competition 2023.  In this joint proposal with Dinell Johansson and consultants Tyrens, the team chose to build upwards, with a wooden frame over a concrete core.

The team chose wood because it is one of nature's most innovative building materials: the production has no waste products and it binds CO2. Wood has low weight, but is a very strong load-bearing structure compared to its lightness.  Wood is also more fire resistant than both steel and concrete.  This is due to 15% of wood mass being water, which will evaporate before the wood actually burns.

In addition, logs get charred which protects the core.  Wood secures a good indoor climate, perfect acoustics, helps regulating the inside temperature and can be exposed without being covered with plaster or other costly materials.  In this project, the pillars and beams are made of solid wood.  inside the apartments, all the walls, ceilings and window frames are made of wood as well and will be visible from the exterior through the large windows.  Each apartment will have energy-saving, glass-covered veranda, while the building itself will be powered by solar panels on the roof.

Miami, Global Warming... Is the Denial of Lawmakers Stirring the Pot for Disaster in Paradise?

Think Progress reports on Jeff Goodell's Rolling Stone article "Goodbye Miami: By century's end, rising sea levels will turn the nation's urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis.  But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin."

Goodell has talked to many of the leading experts on Miami including Harold Wanless, chair of University of Miami's geological sciences department.  The reason climate change dooms Miami is a combination of sea level rise, the inevitability of ever more severe storm surges, and its fatal geology and topology, which puts "more than $416 billion in assets at risk to storm-related flooding and sea-level rise."

The latest research "suggest that sea level could rise more than six feet by century's end", notes Goodell, and "Wanless believes that it could continue rising a foot each decade after that."  the article addresses the severity of significantly cutting CO2 immediately, for Manmade Carbon Pollution has already put us on track for 69 feet of sea level rise.  Aggressive mitigation combined with massive spending is needed to develop completely new adaptive solutions for Miami to have a serious chance of surviving this century intact.  Unfortunately some Florida lawmakers cringe at the mention of climate change, denying humans have anything to do with its rapid progression, making it difficult to see any progress in the State.

Read more Here at Thinkprogress.org


Point 92 Tower: Zlg Design

Point 92 is a 19-storey tower with 200,000 sq feet of office space completed in late 2012.  The building was named after the size of the site itself, a small site of 0.92 acres.  The building is situated on a sloped site, overlooking Damansara Perdana in Selangor, Malaysia.  Staying true to the intention of creating an ambiance that includes the context to the inside of the building, visitors will get to experience a breathtaking view of Damansara Perdana as they arrive at the lobby through a slowly rising escalating step way above the drop off.

Despite its small size, the planting of about 500 trees around the site give rise to the feeling of dense vegetation around the main arrival floor.  This deck allows visitors to take in the view by providing randomly placed precast concrete benches that encourages respite while wooden lanterns with marine plywood ceilings buttoned tightly against a raw concrete under croft create a soothing canopy.    The reception desk with a pandomo recessed and undulating rebated wall greets the visitor and reminds them of the graphics and geometry of the building's facade walls.

The generating feature of the floor plate is a cut-out space which comprises of several levels of voids connected through gardens and meshes of vertical planting.  the center support column is braced to either side with different thickness of beams each corresponding to different floor forces framing the vertical space that is the garden.  The terrace is specially lit and designed grandly to give viewers from outside a taste of the garden.

Point 92 is also a certified green building by the Green Building index (GBI) of Malaysia.  A key green feature is the insitu placed white concrete facade, which comprises of 150mm thick walls with only 38% openings for windows, minimizing heat gain while maintaining optimum natural light in the office spaces.


Rucker Philly; Help rebuild Ralph Brooks Park

Urban Roots is a non profit organization that is dedicated to revitalizing Philadelphia's communities by enhancing specific urban redevelopment projects, through mentoring youth and fine art.  They have teamed up with the City of Philadelphia and a local Non-Profit (I.am.SP) to strengthen Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood by rebuilding the local basketball court and playground to create a hub for community building and renewal.  Urban Roots has launched a crowd funding campaign with a goal to raise $315,000.

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Aeronautical Cultural Center; Spain

The Aeronautical Cultural Center sits in a business park linked to the Barcelona Airport at El Prat de Llobregat.  The Cultural Center is a multipurpose building that also functions as a hangar where public uses ( recreational an cultural) are mixed with trade and economic ones. It's designed to host, display and repair aircraft from the World War II and the Spanish Civil War.  It is also designed to host aeronautical business events, presentations and discussions of developments.

The project explores historic construction methods found in early hanger design and ancient aircraft.  Mixing the past with the present, the outer concrete skin is continuous supported by an inner skeletal steel structure designed to support the weight of hanging aircraft.

The 3,200 m2 facility has two zones.  Zone 1 contains the great showroom with real aircraft and a restoration workshop.  The first floor is part of the exhibition tour and also works like a viewpoint over the great showroom.  Zone 2 contains the administration area and the auditorium.