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Entries in Sustainability (31)

Friday
Oct232015

A Warm Weather Walk in Shanghai

Image © Gensler

Shanghai is one of 17 cities worldwide that recently hosted a walking tour focused on outdoor urban spaces, organized by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The outdoor spaces that participants visited were selected based on their relationship with the buildings that shape them. The September “warm weather” tours followed a similar event this past January during the winter weather. The topics of better urban design and more efficient use of outdoor spaces surrounding tall buildings are particularly relevant to CTBUH and its http://www.ctbuh.org/tabid/6686/language/en-US/Default.aspx?group=20Urban Habitat/Urban Design Committee. In 2016, the committee will publish a technical guide for the design and development of urban public spaces.

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Tuesday
Oct062015

The Tower at PNC Plaza – A Breath of Fresh Air

The Tower at PNC Plaza. Image © Gensler

On October 1, The Tower at PNC Plaza opened to the public, completing a five year design and construction process that started with a powerful and singular vision: create the world’s greenest skyrise. The Tower represents the culmination of a 10 year journey Gensler has taken with PNC, beginning with the first high-rise erected in Pittsburgh in decades (the mixed-use Three PNC Plaza) and followed by the first LEED Platinum office building in Washington, D.C., a net-zero bank branch building, and countless LEED-certified workplaces and bank branches across the country.

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Friday
Apr242015

Parks in the sky? Subterranean bike paths? Meet the livable city, designed in 3-D 

The Shanghai Tower. Image © Gensler

Some of the most cutting-edge things going on behind-the-scenes in architecture today involve advanced 3-D modeling and digital design technology. Architects and designers are now using game engine technology for better/faster visualization and design.

And then there’s 3-D printing technology. Several teams around the globe are working to bring 3-D printed houses to market. It’s incredible, but houses can now be made (potentially, in one day) by a huge, computer-controlled, 3-D printer that extrudes a concrete mix in successive layers through a giant nozzle.

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Tuesday
Feb032015

Creating High Performing Urban Cities through Placemaking

“James John Jetel for Chicago Loop Alliance | jjjetel.com.

As we wrap up another year of outdoor activities in downtown Chicago, I am blown away by the increasing livability of urban environments in the United States.

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Tuesday
Feb032015

London’s Unchartered Territory

Gensler's London Underline won Best Conceptual Project at the 2015 London Planning Awards. Image © Gensler

As highlighted in the Monday edition of the London Evening Standard, London has now reached the highest level of population in its 2,000 year history. This means the city has reached uncharted territory, and the government and development community are for the first time in over 70 years faced with the prospect of planning for real growth. With the population now growing at a rate of 2,000 people per week, London’s GDP growth hovering at 4%, and the city now considered the number one global visitor destination, London could quickly become a victim of its own success.

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