Architect Gary Handel on designing the world’s tallest Passive House residential project

Handel Architects' Cornell University Residences. (Courtesy Handel Architects)

Handel Architects’ Cornell University Residences. (Courtesy Handel Architects)

As designers and builders around the world have, in recent years, embraced Passive House standards, one question has remained: will it scale?

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William McDonough’s multi-use ICEhouse can be quickly assembled using local materials

ICEhouse in Davos. (Courtesy Brady Johnson, William McDonough + Partners)

ICEhouse in Davos. (Courtesy Brady Johnson, William McDonough + Partners)

Architect William McDonough‘s Innovation for the Circular Economy house (ICEhouse) was a gathering space during the 2016 World Economic Forum. The temporary meeting space was designed to exhibit the “positive design framework described in the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, the sustainable development goals of the United Nations, and the reuse of resources implicit in the circular economy.”

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French proposal to pave roads with solar panels could provide power for 5 million people

(Courtesy Joachim Bertrand, COLAS)

(Courtesy Joachim Bertrand, COLAS)

French authorities have announced that it plans to lay over 600 miles of solar roads within five years. Research from a five year study in collaboration with highway company COLAS indicates that the roads could provide power to up to 5 million people, or 8 percent of France’s population. However, some claim that the French government is merely subsidising French companies and not following the best road for alternative energy solutions. Read More

Facades+AM DC to focus on environmental concerns and the building envelope

Facades+AM returns to Washington, DC on March 10. (Alan & Flora Botting / Flickr)

Facades+AM returns to Washington, DC on March 10. (Alan & Flora Botting / Flickr)

On March 10, Facades+AM, the half-day spin-off of the popular Facades+ conference series, returns to the nation’s capital. Read More

Enrique Peñalosa plans to give Bogotá the best transit system in the developing world

Enrique on a bus headed from Denver to Boulder (ITDP / Flickr)

Enrique on a bus headed from Denver to Boulder. (itdp / Flickr)

An economist who once advised Colombian President Virgilio Barco, Enrique Peñalosa is now a revered urban planner in the city of Bogotá. Having once served as Bogotá mayor from 1997 to 2001, Peñalosa is now back for his second stint and pledges to provide his city with the best public transportation system in the developing world.

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AN’s 2016 Facades+ conference series kicks off in Los Angeles

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“We don’t need walls anymore.  We need living, breathing systems that provide so much more to the urban realm than keeping in conditioned air and keeping out noise and pollutants.” – Will Wright, AIA|LA

Los Angeles’ 2016 Facades+ Conference, presented by The Architect’s Newspaper, is the 18th event in an ongoing series of conferences and forums that have unfolded in cities across the nation, including New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, D.C., and Chicago. Held at the L.A. Hotel Downtown, the conference incorporated architects, engineers, fabricators, and innovative material manufacturers into a multidisciplinary two-day event covering the state of building envelope design thinking today.
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Going green at ULI’s VerdeXchange: The L.A. River, development, and the future of Los Angeles

The green future of the L.A. River is the subject at the VerdeXchange. (@andresjcruz/ Instagram)

The green future of the L.A. River is the subject at the VerdeXchange. (andresjcruz / Instagram)

If words were water, the Los Angeles River would be overflowing its banks. If pronouncements were viable projects, a very green sustainable Southern California is in the offing. There certainly were a lot of words and pronouncements at the industry heralded “FutureBuild” convocation in L.A. this week, staged over two days by the venerable VerdeXchange conference with the Urban Land Institute.

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WRNS Studio to expand Microsoft headquarters in Mountain View with green roof, creekside habitat

A field of green for Microsoft's campus overhaul and expansion. (Steelblue/ WRNS Studio)

A field of green for Microsoft’s campus overhaul and expansion. (WRNS Studio / Rendering SteelBlue)

Last week Microsoft submitted plans to the city of Mountain View to expand its Silicon Valley headquarters. As with Apple’s upcoming building and Google’s proposed campus, this one is also pastoral and eco-minded. A rendering by shows the low-rise office buildings enmeshed in a riparian landscape and topped by an expanse of verdant meadow.

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Department of Energy names Solar Decathlon teams, but mum about competition site

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(Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Brace yourself O.C.: It’s unclear if the battle of the Solar Decathlon will return to Irvine’s Orange County Great Park in 2017. This week the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced 16 participating teams who are gearing up for the task of designing and building a solar-powered house, but the feds have yet to announce the competition site.

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Facades pro Hagy Belzberg to architects: bring engineers on board sooner

Belzberg Architects' Gores Group Headquarters remodel. (Bruce Damonte)

Belzberg Architects’ Gores Group Headquarters remodel. (Bruce Damonte)

Architects have long relied on engineers to help execute formally or functionally complex concepts. But, as Belzberg Architects founder Hagy Belzberg points out, “architects usually work out a schematic design” in response to a client’s needs, “only later to invite the engineer to help substantiate their idea.”

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New York City to receive $176 million in federal funding for East Side coastal resiliency project

Rendering of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. (Courtesy City of New York)

Rendering of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. (Courtesy City of New York)

New York City will receive $176 million in federal funding for disaster recovery. The funding would be put towards a section of the project extending from the northern portion of Battery Park City to Montgomery Street on the Lower East Side.

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Pictorial> Here are the four winners of the Field Constructs Design Competition in Austin, Texas

Winner of the 2015 Field Constructs Design Competitions: OP.AL + And-Either-Or (Igor Siddiqui/FCDC)

Winner of the 2015 Field Constructs Design Competitions: OP.AL + And-Either-Or (Igor Siddiqui/FCDC)

In November, Field Constructs Design Competition presented site-specific installations by emerging architects and landscape architects at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in East Austin. AN recently reported on the winners, but check out the full set of imagery for each project below.

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