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Italcementi i.lab, Bergamo, Italy

By Damir Beciri
25 January 2013

italcementi-i-lab-1Italcementi, one of the top five cement manufacturers in the world, wanted to make a statement about their dedication to integrate Sustainable Development with their long-term growth plans and constructed new Italcementi i.lab in Bergamo, Italy. Prominently positioned at the eastern end of the Kilometro Rosso Scientific Technology Park in Bergamo, the new building has… »

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HGTV Dream Home 2013

By Damir Beciri
18 January 2013

hgtv-dream-home-2013-1Located in a beautiful setting Kiawah Island, South Carolina, the luxury HGTV Dream Home 2013 radiates with a positive vibe. The distinctive look of this luxury home was inspired by the region’s centuries-old humble farmhouse building traditions of tidewater South Carolina with a modern twist from Asian-inspired motifs common in the Pacific Northwest. Aside its… »

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Sisma Calce fabric is aiding in building integrity during earthquakes

By Damir Beciri
9 January 2013

kit-sisma-calce-fiber-earthquakeBy now, it is likely that you’ve seen how devastating earthquakes can be. Thoughtfully planed construction and investment into better material and increased safety pay off for the damage and threatened lives. A group of researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, have developed a reinforcing fabric that could be used to fasten… »

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Constructing “living” façades with biological concrete

By Damir Beciri
24 December 2012

biological-concrete-1A group of researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and BarcelonaTech (UPC), Spain, have developed a type of biological concrete that supports the natural, accelerated growth of pigmented organisms. The material has been designed for Mediterranean climates, and it is adapted to offer environmental, thermal and aesthetic advantages over other similar construction solutions. Unified… »

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Green architecture – Clarkson University Student Center

By Damir Beciri
12 November 2012

clarkson-university-student-center-1Clarkson University’s new Student Center is a great example how functionality can be combined with sustainable features in order to minimize the impact of the building onto the environment. The goal of its construction is to unite student programs in one building and to link the new center to the other academic buildings on campus…. »

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Green architecture – University of Wyoming Visual Arts Center

By Damir Beciri
7 November 2012

uw-visual-arts-center-1The University of Wyoming wanted a green design for its new Visual Arts Center that would incorporate the latest technology, provide a safe and healthy environment for all users promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and provide a welcoming gallery/lobby to encourage community outreach. The resulting building managed to achieve all those goals, while being sustainable and aiming… »

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Green architecture – Williams-York Residence

By Damir Beciri
31 October 2012

williams-york-residence-1The Williams-York family lived in their ranch style home for 28 years before they decided to build their modern dream home with both passive and active solutions to increase its sustainability. The new Williams-York Residence in Leawood, Kansas has recently been awarded with LEED Platinum certification, the highest certification level from LEED for Homes by… »

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Green architecture – 25 York Street (Telus House Toronto)

By Damir Beciri
One Comment21 October 2012

25-york-street-telus-house-toronto-1Although it represents an office building whose sustainability in general is sometimes questionable, the 25 York Street (Telus House Toronto) still serves as an example how office buildings can be improved in order to conserve resources and provide healthier working environment. Located on the northeast corner of York Street and Bremner Boulevard in downtown Toronto,… »