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ECOPIA - Intelligent Building, Sustainable Living

The architecture of the future is here, now. One key aspect of this new kind of architecture is "sustainability" - and it's become a huge challenge for architects and engineers all over the world.

14.12.2012 DW Im Focus Ecopia 01

ECOPIA - Intelligent Building, Sustainable Living

19.12.2012 DW im Focus Blake Kurasek Tower-Chicago

Vertical Farming: Agricultural Concepts In The Design Of High-rise Buildings

In the five parts of the documentary series ECOPIA, we show you their visionary projects. But what exactly does "sustainability" mean, as far as 21st century architecture is concerned? The definition is long and complex. It includes the use of environment-friendly construction materials, the conservation of building fabric, the use of energy-efficient technology, and the impact that the project will have on the local culture.

19.12.2012 DW im Focus Nationalbibliothek Riad 2

King Fahad National Library In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Gets A New, Energy-Efficient Façade

The Dortmund-based Gerber architecture firm is redesigning the King Fahad national library in Saudi Arabia to make it more energy efficient. But sustainable construction is still a relatively new phenomenon in the Middle East and other parts of the world. It's often difficult for architects to convince clients that these projects are worthwhile. In New York, we meet Blake Kurasek - an architect who's come up with an alternative design for a skyscraper that would be used exclusively for growing food crops. Kurasek plans to build the 120-storey "eco-tower" right in the middle of Manhattan.

19.12.2012 DW im Focus Uluwatu Resort 2

Recycled Wood Products Enhance Construction Of the Uluwatu Resort In Bali

In Asia, Singapore is on the cutting edge of sustainable construction. The architects at the WOHA firm have incorporated extensive "green space" into their projects. Their use of vegetation to enhance the environmental profile of residential- and hotel towers has been nothing less than revolutionary. In Bali, WOHA designed a luxury resort that was built exclusively with locally-available construction materials. For example, the facades of the villas feature recycled wooden telegraph poles and railway.

19.12.2012 DW im Focus Dalian Conference Center

Spectacular New Conference Center In Dalian, China, Uses Seawater To Keep Cool In Summer

China is also moving toward sustainable construction. In fact, it's specifically mentioned in the government's current five-year economic plan. A new international conference center and opera house in the seaport of Dalian was designed by Austrian architect Wolf D. Prix. The facility will keep energy use to an absolute minimum - in part, through the use of thermal energy, natural ventilation and solar power. It's a futuristic concept that's aimed at allowing the structure to generate as much of its own energy as possible.

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Part 1: The Sky's the Limit

19.12.2012 DW im Focus Morgan&Morgan Tower2 Panama

Panama: One Of The First Green Office Towers In Latin America

Never before have so many skyscrapers been planned or under construction all over the world at once. Now a new generation of ultra-modern skyscrapers has been designed to help revive city centers, spare the climate and check urban sprawl. Building "green” has now become an economic necessity, most especially in Asia’s burgeoning megalopolises. The key question here is whether it is possible to build a high-rise that is both green and efficient. The first certified sustainable office high-rise is currently going up in Panama City. From Vertical Farming in New York City to the "Garden City” of Singapore, environmental skyscrapers are swiftly becoming one of today’s key technologies.

 

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