NYC and EPA Launch Third New York City Green Building Competition

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and EPA Regional Administrator Alan J. Steinberg announced the opening of the third New York City Green Building Competition. This national competition seeks projects and ideas that promote the New York City as the pre-eminent cultural and sustainable urban epicenter. Design projects are encouraged that integrate whole-building principles, employ the tenets of green building construction and end-of-life considerations, anticipate post-occupancy concerns, and complement the community in which they reside.

“Green building is now in the mainstream here with visionary and innovative construction projects gaining a full head of steam all over the city,” Regional Administrator Steinberg said. “This competition helps create more visible examples of building green in the mosaic of everyday city life.”

“Promoting energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design in both old and new buildings is critical to our future, and the core of PlaNYC, our long-term plan for a sustainable New York” said Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York “I am happy to announce once again that New York City will be holding a green building contest to highlight those who to create a greener future for New York through smart and innovative design.”

To find out how to enter the New York City Green Building Competition visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/planyc2030/html/news/competition.shtml. Project submissions are due by Friday, May 30, 2008.

Source: US EPA – NYC and EPA Launch Third New York City Green Building Competition

Urban, social and ecological master plan for Cagliari, Italy

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has presented its concept Masterplan of Saint’Elia, a fishing port in the south of Cagliari, the capital of the Italian island of Sardinia. With an initial foreseen investment of €30 million, OMA’s masterplan aims to address the complex social and environmental issues in the neglected area.

The concept Masterplan was presented by OMA partner, Floris Alkemade, to the president of the region of Sardinia Renato Soru, and Francesco Licheri the president of the social housing agency AREA, responsible for the existing homes in the area. This follows an agreement signed last week between the city of Cagliari and the region of Sardinia to redevelop St. Elia, a 73 hectare area on prime location on the waterfront in the south of Cagliari.

The Cagliari project is lead by OMA Partners Floris Alkemade and Rem Koolhaas with project leader Cristina Murphy.

Source: OMA – Urban, social and ecological master plan for Cagliari.

Brings a new meaning to the concept of ‘Green Roof’

Sod is not the only green substance growing on King’s Court English College House’s recently-installed green roof.

A King’s Court resident was arrested yesterday after maintenance staff discovered he was growing marijuana on the college house’s roof, which was completed this January.

Read more @ the Source: The Daily Pennsylvanian – ‘When green goes wrong’ .

West Lake urban area scheme announced – Vietnam

The Ha Noi Department of Planning and Architecture late last week announced details of the West Lake urban area project.

The urban area, which has a total investment capital of US$314-mil in its first phase, will cover an area of more than 200ha and can accommodate around 20,000 people.

The new urban area will consist of housing, office buildings, high-end hotels, parks, banks and commercial centres.

The project is expected to have the land clearance phase completed in 2009 and basic building completed in 2011

Source: VietNamNet – West Lake urban area scheme announced.

Architects must encourage real progress on green building, not ‘greenwash’

Buildings are the biggest source of emissions and energy consumption in Canada.

They play a major role in the environmentally unfriendly trends projecting energy consumption to increase by 37 per cent and greenhouses gases by 36 per cent over the next 20 years in North America alone. Add to that that these buildings are interconnected by a series of roads and highways and you begin to see the magnitude of the issue.

There was an estimated $30-billion worth of building-construction plans in architects’ offices in cities across Canada as 2007 began. Once completed, these more than three million new buildings will have a lifespan of between 50 to 100 years – during which time they will consume energy in the form of electricity, and generate greenhouse gases by burning fuel oil, natural gas or liquid propane. Enter the role of the architect

Read more @ the Source:  Daily Commercial NewsArchitects must encourage real progress on green building, not ‘greenwash’ by Kiyoshi Matsuzaki, FRAIC

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