Following the announcement of the AIA's Regional & Urban Design Awards and Interior Architecture Awards in recent days, the Institute's Committee on the Environment now unveiled the COTE Top Ten Awards winners. Now in its 25th year, the annual program distinguishes significant achievements in advancing climate action through building design.
Perkins & Will managed to pick up two trophies this year for their Life Sciences Building at the University of Washington in Seattle as well as the Daphne Cock well Health Sciences Complex at Ryerson University in Toronto
To honour Earth Day, we've rounded up 10 ways architects are reshaping the built environment to benefit both people and the planet.
Architecture has a large environmental impact, with the built environment accounting for 40 per cent of the UK's carbon emissions in 2019, according to the UK Green Building Council.With a 2018 United Nations report warning that humanity now has less than 10 years to slow down global warming, the architecture industry is one of many to have been forced to reassess the ways in which it works.From reducing waste and maximising urban greenery to collaboration and lobbying for change, solutions to reduce pressure on the planet are now taking centre stage.
Vietnamese architecture firm MIA Design Studio has used pieces of straw to create this light pavilion in Thu Duc, HCMC, Vietnam.
Named The Straw, the 72-square-metre structure is designed to be a venue for various kinds of architectural events. "When first come to the site, we immediately feel the presence of nature here, of various plants and greenery, and the need to assert it through out our design," said MIA Design Studio. "We decide to create a structure that can be blend itself into its surrounding environment, the special features is all about the mixing, the lightness, the hiding,the penetration."
"The result is an organic structure just like a straw sitting the garden."
The Norman Foster Foundation (NFF) has presented the "On Cities" Masterclass Series to discuss "the most pressing and compelling topics" related to contemporary cities on the future of urbanism.
The series, which are presented as thirty-minute-long masterclasses, present prominent speakers, including Kent Larson, Director, MIT City Science Research Group, Francis Kéré, Founder, Kéré Architecture and Kéré Foundation, acclaimed Indian architect Anupama Kundoo, Principal, Anupama Kundoo Architects, Richard Burdett, Director, LSE Cities, Deborah Berke, Dean, Yale’s School of Architecture, Sou Fujimoto, Founder, Sou Fujimoto Architects and more.
Renders are representations that can convey the three-dimensional aspect of a design through two-dimensional media, i.e., an image, providing a preview of how the project will look in the future. However, unlike what people often imagine, rendering is not always a realistic visualization of architecture.Since it is a tool for visual communication, renderings can have different styles depending not only on the project itself but also on the specific targeted audience and, above all, on the identity of the architect or architectural firm responsible for the design.
To work in a garden of acacias, magnolias and eucalyptus, in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the United States, but sheltered from the noise and pollution; to sit behind a desk and be able to see what's going on outside, without having to give up the "daily show" of the life animating the workplace and the chaotic and lively city of New York – although these could easily be the requirements for a modern-day architecture competition, they actually were the design guidelines that Kevin Roche, the Irish architect who won the Pritzker Prize in 1982, and his partner, John Dinkeloo, followed to create the new Ford Foundation headquarters in Manhattan in the 1960s.
The twelve-story building with planted terraces was described by Domus as an enormous greenhouse, "almost an air-conditioned park" (Domus 462, 1968). The two architects created an open, transparent, and inclusive workplace – an efficient calling card for the American foundation. When lightened up, the "office greenhouse" becomes a nocturnal show for passers-by.