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21
Sep
07

Archive for the ‘Global Warming’

 

The Big Picture

Posted by Stefan on 16th May 2007

 

Architecture & Design Backgrounder

Source: GreenBiz.com

Buildings produce roughly a third of carbon dioxide emissions and other emissions that harm air quality. Additionally, buildings generate waste during construction and operation; can have poor indoor air quality, affecting worker health; and often don’t consider the impact made on the community through increased transportation, sprawl, and cultural and historical impact. By integrating natural resource, human health, and community concerns into building design and construction, architects and designers can create buildings that are cleaner, healthier for occupants and the environment, and which deplete fewer resources. Read the rest of this entry » Continue reading ‘Archive for the ‘Global Warming’’

10
Jun
07

Architecture


Intricate tile designs on the Masjid-i Shah in Isfahan
Courtesy of IslamiCity
http://www.islamicity.org

The most important building in the Islamic world was the mosque, followed by the royal palace. Mosques, as the centre of worship, were among the first buildings erected in the Islamic world. Many early mosques were in fact converted Christian churches or Zoroastrian fire temples in the newly acquired Islamic lands. Invading armies did not require elaborate buildings in which to pray; as long as they knew the direction of Mecca in order to face it when praying, Muslims were then – and are still today – able to perform their prayer duties. The first mosques Muslims constructed, therefore, were simple squares. As the Islamic empire grew in size and power, mosques became larger and more elaborate. In the areas around the Mediterranean Sea, most mosques followed a so-called “open plan,” with a courtyard in the centre, roofed arcades, and the first minarets – towers that extend vertically from the mosque. Examples of this style include the Great Mosque of Kairouan (7th century), the Great Mosque of Damascus (early 8th century), and the Mosque of Cordoba in Spain (late 8th century). In Iran and Central Asia, a slightly different sort of mosque developed under the influence of Sassanid architecture. Four hallways led out from the open court, and minarets often came down to the ground, instead of resting on the top of the building. The Seljuk Masjid-i Jami in Isfahan (1072-92) and the Safavid Masjid-i Shah (1612-38) exemplify this style of mosque. Continue reading ‘Architecture’

16
May
07

The Big Picture

Architecture & Design Backgrounder

Source: GreenBiz.com

Buildings produce roughly a third of carbon dioxide emissions and other emissions that harm air quality. Additionally, buildings generate waste during construction and operation; can have poor indoor air quality, affecting worker health; and often don’t consider the impact made on the community through increased transportation, sprawl, and cultural and historical impact. By integrating natural resource, human health, and community concerns into building design and construction, architects and designers can create buildings that are cleaner, healthier for occupants and the environment, and which deplete fewer resources. Continue reading ‘The Big Picture’

16
May
07

Energy Use Backgrounder

Energy Use Backgrounder

Source: GreenBiz.com

The Big Picture

Energy prices and atmospheric temperatures are rising—putting energy efficiency on everyone’s front burner as a smart environmental and business practice. Reducing energy consumption—particularly from nonrenewable sources—will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and operating, manufacturing, and consumption costs. Continue reading ‘Energy Use Backgrounder’

14
May
07

Building ‘green’ reaches a new level

PORTLAND, Ore. — Michelle Walsh looks out a wall of windows in her airy new condo high above the Willamette River. Across hills and forests loom snow-capped Mount Hood and, when it’s clear, Mount St. Helens. Below? Construction chaos all around.

Walsh revels in it. She and her husband, Edward, proudly wear “urban pioneer” buttons the builder handed out to early move-ins at the nation’s first large-scale redevelopment to go 100% “green.” Continue reading ‘Building ‘green’ reaches a new level’

14
May
07

Green Building Timeline

  • Pre-20th Century – structures were designed and built by builder-architects who had an ability to understand the entire building from design through construction and lifetime operations. They incorporated enduring passive design and simple mechanical systems to heat, cool and light buildings. Architects in the 21st Century will look back upon these ideas to relearn the basics of climatic design.

  • 1930s – new building technologies began to transform urban landscape. Advent of air conditioning, low-wattage fluorescent lighting, structural steel, and reflective glass made possible enclosed glass and steel structures that could be heated and cooled with massive HVAC systems, thanks to availability of cheap fossil fuels. These technologies began a sadly regressive movement in architecture in which architects began to ignore climate issues and their effect on buildings and occupants. Increasing complexity in the industry also brought about specialization in professionals, leading to the loss of the generalists, the builder-architects.  This specialization led to an increasing lack of communication between the professionals and therefore of lack of whole systems thinking in designing the various parts of the building. This problem will only begin to be addressed by the start of the 21st Century through the integrated design process. Continue reading ‘Green Building Timeline’

11
May
07

Green Building Revolution


The green building movement is starting to make serious progress, reports E – The Environmental Magazine in its January/February 2007 cover story (now posted at http://www.emagazine.com). Eco-friendly construction is on the rise, from single-family houses and planned communities to schools, hospitals and other large built environments. Continue reading ‘Green Building Revolution’




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