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AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Building Projects of 2008

Projects showcase excellence in sustainable design principles and reduced energy consumption

Washington, D.C., April 22, 2008 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2008 National Convention and Design Exposition in Boston.

About Architecture at its Best: 10 Futuristic Design Concepts

Einstein once said that imagination is the starting point of everything we do in life, being the preview of life’s coming attractions. He was so right! For example, if we speak about architecture, things have evolved in such a manner that the exuberant imagination of architects has no limits when put into practice. The 21st century buildings are an undisputed evidence of that: innovative concepts, stunning iconic designs, incredible facilities, latest construction technologies.  They all are designed with an increased emphasis on minimizing the negative environmental impact of buildings by enhancing efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space. Thus, it’s no surprise that they differ greatly from the ones designed in 20 century. It can be said a lot about architecture these days, but we let you enjoy these 10 futuristic design concepts, examples which bring to us images of a new level in architecture field.

1. Spaceport America – New Mexico, USA

The world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, as it was described, the construction of the Spaceport America in the State of New Mexico writes a new chapter in space transformation. The international competition to build it was won by the Foster + Partners international studio for architecture who worked in partnership with URS Corporation during 2006-2011. The striking iconic design together with unique geographic benefits and the tradition of New Mexico space leadership are coming to create a new way to travel into space. The sinuous shape of the building in the landscape and its interior spaces seek to capture the drama and mystery of space flight itself, articulating the thrill of space travel for the first space tourists. Photos: ©

Generation Kingspan Architecture Student Competition

Kingspan Insulated Panels North America, a global manufacturer of insulated metal panels for building construction, announced today bigger prizes will be offered for the Generation Kingspan™ Architecture Student Contest. The contest encourages U.S. and Canadian students to create an innovative, Net-Zero Energy, and low-impact environmentally designed building using Kingspan’s Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) and reflecting Kingspan’s sustainable corporate philosophy.

Prefab Treehouse Riga is a Modular and Flexible Housing System in Lisbon

Treehouse Riga, Appleton Domingos, lisbon, modular housing, prefab housing, small space living, compact home Punibach, Hydroelectricity, Italy, Monovolume, Natural Materials, Green Roof, Daylighting, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Eco Design