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The Top 100 Green Design Firms Interest in sustainable design has been building over the past 10 years and continues to gain momentum. Further, market sectors that once looked askance at the notion of green building as an unnecessary up-front capital expense now are embracing the long-term value of energy savings promised by sustainability. However, the market for sustainable design has not yet reached the saturation point in the construction industry, so a downturn in a few key sectors can affect the overall market. This state of affairs can be seen in the results of ENR's Top 100 Green Design Firms list. As a group, the Top 100 generated $4.18 billion in design revenue in 2012 from projects registered with and actively seeking certification from third-party ratings groups under objective sustainable-design standards, such as the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The table below shows only rankings and firm name.

Women in Architecture | The Good Oil All occupations, of course, should be gender-neutral. Much as we hate to say it, we are led to conclude that women often get a raw deal in their education in architecture school, and in their careers in architectural practice. You should also take a look at Part 2 of this article, in which we come to a very, very reluctant conclusion. Don't send us a nasty email about how we discourage women from entering architecture. We aren't saying don't study architecture, as others have wilfully misinterpreted us. Research about women in architecture In this article, we're only offering our own observations. First, visit the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation. Then take a look at the writings of Prof Sherry Ahrentzen, probably the world's leading theorist on the subject of women in architecture and in architecture school. When you've done with all that, read Women Architects and Their Discontents by Bridget Fowler and Fiona Wilson Sociology 38(1): 101-119. Easy targets for harassment Environmental Impact Of Building Construction Can Now Be Predicted A team of researchers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) has developed a method that makes it possible to evaluate the environmental impacts caused during the construction of buildings in advance. Before beginning the works, with just the project data, the new method makes it possible to predict up to 37 environmental impacts. This information, according to the creators, could help improve environmental management in the construction processes. "This model identifies in advance the environmental impacts associated with carrying out a particular construction project, making it possible to program the inclusion of environmental improvement procedures or apply preventive measures right from the project study, planning and preparation phases", Marta Gangolells, a member of the Group of Construction Research and Innovation (GRIC) at UPC and one of the authors of the study, explained to SINC. New environmental indicators

About the Aga Khan Development Network The agencies of the AKDN are private, international, non-denominational development organisations. They work to improve the welfare and prospects of people in the developing world, particularly in Asia and Africa, without regard to faith, origin or gender. Its programmes are designed to bring a critical mass of economic, social and cultural activities to bear on a given area. Its projects encompass many of the determinants of the quality of life, including the natural and built environments in both urban and rural areas, food security, health, education, access to financial services and economic opportunity, as well as the cultural areas of traditional music, architecture and art. Some programmes, such as specific research, education and cultural programmes, span both the developed and developing worlds. Organisational Information The AKDN works in 30 countries around the world. About the Ismaili Community History The Community in the 20th Century

Lofted Forest Home: Organic Curves & Natural Materials Good things come to those who wait – particularly in a work of uniquely detailed and highly curved architecture. Nearly a decade in the making, this structure by Robert Harvey Oshatz is much like a tree house – lofted toward the top of the canopy around it – only bigger, grander, more complex and curved than most any tree house in the world. The perimeter of the structure is pushed out into the forest around it, curving in and out to create views as well as a sense of intimacy with the coniferous and deciduous tree cover. The wood and metal detailing is incredible in its variety and customization – each piece designed to fit a particular form and function. Wood and stone carry naturalistic themes from the outside in and even the metal looks naturally rusted. The curved, organic mix of materials continues to the interior of this elevated forest home – a conceptual play on the fluidity and complexity of music (the source of inspiration for the architect and client in the design).

Debate Series 2010 - Building Futures In 2010, Building Futures will continue to host its popular series of public debates around provocative contemporary and futures oriented issues. In 2009, the series saw collaborations with Urban Lab at UCL and the BFI and we will be forming new partners to bring in new participants. The series is a lively and informal way of reaching out to new and diverse audiences and a great opportunity to guage opinion and generate feedback on a range of issues that matter not just to architects, but to the wider public. Simply email us to reserve your place, turn up, enjoy refreshments, lend us your ears and your voices and at the end of the debate vote to back or oppose the house! We have a framework of four debates held at BDP (Spring, Summer, Auntumn and Winter), in addition to our partner debates. Podcasts are available from each debate to download shortly afterwards. Building Futures welcomes enquiries for sponsors, media partners and joint ventures Debates in 2010

Architectural Digest Éasca - Environmental & Sustainable Construction Association - Ireland Solar Oval Cob Plan Small Cob Series No permit required - passive solar - small cob buildings SOLAR OVAL ONE is a compact passive solar design with a loft which can be an outbuilding for many possible uses. It has many valuable and green/sustainable features: Building with cob allows the use of local sustainable materials. In many areas the earth at your site can be used and only water, sand and straw will need to be brought to your site to make your cob. The cob is mixed right where you are building and stacked up on an impervious foundation. Floor Plan THE SMALL COB SERIES is a set of small cob structures designed to not require building permits. Solar Oval One is a 120 interior sf. cob design intended to not require a building permit. Section looking North The introduction of irregular, non rectilinear and curved walls into your building creates a link between you, your building and the natural world. The materials needed to make a cob structure are generally very simple and there are many options:

House T By Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects Tokyo-based studio, Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects, have designed House T, with unique interior design that allows each floor level to seem like a floating stage. Located in Tokyo, Japan … Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects Basé à Tokyo, le studio, Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects ont conçu la House T, avec un design intérieur unique qui permet à chaque étage de ressembler à une scène flottante. Animal Architecture Animal Architecture, founded in 2009 by Jonathan LaRocca and Ned Dodington, is currently on the hunt for "exciting projects that engage the lives, minds and behaviors of our alternate, sometimes familiar companion species—insects, birds, mammals, fish and microorganisms—each one with unique ways of world-making." [Images: The "Bee Station" by Jamie Hutchison]. Animal Architecture thus "invites your critical and unpublished essays and projects to address how architecture can mediate and encourage multiple new ways of species learning and benefiting from each other—or as we say it here: to illustrate cospecies coshaping." [Images: The "Bat Billboard" by Chris Woebken and Natalie Jeremijenko]. [Images: From "Animal Estates" by Fritz Haeg]. On the other hand, of course, there is another, equally fascinating strategy of spatial inhabitation—available to humans and nonhumans alike—and that is is infestation. [Images: From a design for a zoo in St. [Image: An archipelagic zoological park in St.

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