domingo, 8 de junio de 2014

Pearl River Tower. KOREA


A viagem tem por objetivo o estudo do Patrimônio Cultural da humanidade e do Urbanismo no Peru. Especificamente o estudo das cidades de Arequipa e Cusco e, o Complexo Arqueológico de Machu Picchu.
Organização e Coordenação:
Prof. Arq. Juan Carlos Guillén Salas
Profª. Arqta. Luana Miranda Esper Kallas
Período da viagem:
27 de julho a 05 de agosto de 2014
Itinerário da viagem:
BRASIL. Brasília DF - São Paulo
PERU. Lima - Arequipa - Cusco - Machu Picchu

martes, 25 de marzo de 2014

Council House 2. Green Building. AUSTRALIA

From  2001–2005 I was the Principal Design Architect of CH2 for the City of Melbourne, a 12 000m2 mixed use building in downtown Melbourne. This building follows the same principles at those established at Eastgate: the architecture and its visual expression should respond to the natural, socio-cultural and economic environment of its location in the same way that an ecosystem in nature is embedded in its site. The metaphor for Eastgate was the termitary, the metaphor for CH2 is the tree.
CH2 is a mixed development with retail on the ground floor and with nine floors of offices above. It was completed in September 2006 and occupied in November. A post-occupancy survey was made in 2008 by an independent surveyor from London. CH2 achieved 6-star as-built rating in January 2010. It has won numerous awards and international acclaim.


domingo, 23 de marzo de 2014


Turning Taiwan's trash into a treasure.  The EcoARK pavilion is hailed as a new benchmark for the future of green buildings and a spectacular showpiece for the Taipei International Flora Expo. Adhering to the mantra of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”, the nine-storey high EcoARK Pavilion is built largely out of recycled plastic bottles. It weighs 50 percent less than a conventional building, yet it is strong enough to withstand the forces of nature, including fire! (NATGEO)

Documentary suggested by: Taís Stela da Silva Limiro  

domingo, 2 de febrero de 2014

Santiago's energy saving buildings. CHILE

By: Jimmy Langman

SANTIAGO, Chile — The Chilean capital of Santiago is now home to innovative new architecture projects that are helping the country solve its energy challenges.
Called Latin America¹s economic tiger for its high economic growth rates, Chile's vibrant economy has meant rising energy consumption. Chile is projected to need twice as much energy by 2025.
One way Chile tackles that challenge is by re-thinking its buildings. About a third of the world¹s energy is consumed in buildings ­ for heating, cooling, cooking, lighting and appliances. Architects here are moving away from highly-inefficient structures; instead, dozens of buildings that use energy efficient designs are now being built.
A green-building prototype for both Chile and Latin America is the Transoceanica building in Santiago¹s Vitacura neighborhood. It¹s the first building ever in Chile to achieve the LEED gold certification by the international Green Building Council. Finished in late 2010, the building consumes just one-fourth of the energy demanded by a traditional building its size.
The incredible energy efficiency of the Transoceanica building stems in great measure from passive, energy efficient design solutions, which lowers cooling costs, the largest factor in commercial energy use in Santiago.
Another key contributor to efficiency: a geothermal pump draws water from a 75-foot deep well below ground to cool the building.
Chile¹s Ministry of Housing and Urbanization is also doing its part by building 10 model energy efficient buildings to house its own offices around the country. The government is also developing green building standards, and has launched a certification system for residential housing, all pointing the way toward a more eco-friendly future.

Source: Globalpost

Fukuoka. JAPAN

By: Michael Condom

In Fukuoka, the most populated city on Japan’s Kyushu Island, the Acros Fukuoka building rises like a mountain from a central park.
The concept was to create a building that, while man-made, seemed to grow organically from the adjacent green space — which was one of the last of its kind in the city center.
As Japan and the rest of Asia look ahead to save energy, they are turning to the Acros Fukuoka building as a possible blueprint for more efficient urban planning.
The office building — which also houses a symphony hall, international convention center and shopping mall — employs the use of natural light and insulation to save energy.
Studies have shown the areas covered by vegetation on the south side of the building are 10 degrees cooler than concrete areas in the middle of Fukuoka during its intensely humid summer.
The mountain shape also creates a breeze at night which reduces the “heat island” effect of the surrounding area.
An atrium on the south side, together with banks of floor-to-ceiling windows, help reduce energy consumption through the use of raw light, softened by the curtains of vegetation.
Architect Takuji Fukuda explains the building is designed to take advantage not only of the naturally occurring light and insulation, but also rainwater to create a more environmentally friendly office building.
In a post-Fukushima Japan, the nation is undergoing a cultural shift in terms of its energy consumption.
“Everyone is probably saying the same thing — that we are using too much electricity. I think there is no question we do,” he said. “And so, now, we have to save power in Japan.”
Fukuda envisages major cities where natural methods will be increasingly combined with better urban design. Along with the cultural shift, an architectural shift may follow.

Source: Globalpost

miércoles, 29 de enero de 2014

Energias Renovables. Energía Solar. ESPAÑA

Sustainable technologies - closing the circle on renewable energy. GERMAN

One of the biggest problems with wind and solar power is that they can only provide energy when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining. On the other hand, it the grid cannot accomodate any more energy at a particular moment, they have to be shut down. For years, scientists have been looking for ways of storing excess renewable energy, and one of the most promising is the ‘power-to-gas’ model.
Researchers in Stuttgart have now constructed a facility that uses the electrical current from renewable sources to make methane. The plant can be started up and stopped quickly - which is a prerequisite for reacting quickly to constantly changing energy supply and demand.

Source: DW

City of the Future | Tomorrow Today. GERMAN

Less waste, cleaner air, and a good transportation system - these are all things that would make the city of tomorrow more livable and more sustainable.
Researchers at a number of Fraunhofer institutes have joined in the "City of Future” project to find ways to make them a reality. Among the many ideas under investigation are building facades that are equipped with power stations to generate energy, and cars that help clean the air rather than pollute it. Today, these ideas only exist in a virtual model, but we went to meet the scientists who are working to bring about the city of tomorrow.

Source: DW

domingo, 29 de diciembre de 2013

Botanical Architecture. GERMANY

City spaces are being filled with foliage to make them greener. A group of architects from southern Germany use botanical elements for building. Now the concept of botanical architecture is taking root as a research field.

Source: DW

Clean Architecture

We take a look at the futuristic and sustainable designs of Catalan architect Enric Ruiz-Geli. His buildings boast low energy consumption and heat storage systems - and actually produce their own electricity. Just a few of the reasons why his practice Cloud Nine Studio has reaped an array of awards.

Source: DW

Ecopia - The Sky's the Limit | In Focus

Never before have so many skyscrapers been under construction all over the world at once. A new generation of modern skyscrapers has been designed to help revive city centers, spare the climate and check urban sprawl.

Building "green” has now become an economic necessity, most especially in Asia’s burgeoning megalopolises. The key question here is whether it is possible to build a high-rise that is both green and efficient. The first certified sustainable office high-rise is currently going up in Panama City. From Vertical Farming in New York City to the "Garden City” of Singapore, environmental skyscrapers are swiftly becoming one of today’s key technologies.

Source: DW

sábado, 28 de diciembre de 2013

Eco-Cities | In Focus - ECOPIA.

Hamburg’s HafenCity and Tianjin’s Eco-city in China were conceived as model cities for sustainable, environment-friendly building.

In northern Germany, ten new housing developments are taking shape on Europe’s largest inner-city construction site, designed to create a vibrant urban atmosphere on the old Elbe River waterfront. The Tianjin Eco-city in eastern China, on the other hand, is going up on virgin land.  This satellite city is seen as a test for cutting urban Chinese energy consumption.

Source: DW