Innovation in Green Building design
So, in surfing around the web over the past few days I found a set of interesting articles in line with green building/sustainability.
This article below is an imaginative design for a completely self sufficient high rise, having a vertical farming component as well as a-typical company space. Although very unlikely to come to fruition anytime soon - its an intriguing design for multi-use highrises. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/05/new-york-city-dragonfly-a-locavore-wet-dream.php
Also, a pretty cool new building material has been created almost solely from refuse. Not quite sure how the design works, im positive its probably a 'trade secret' - but it is always good to question the effects of how these products are made. Any insight on this material? It could be very beneficially used for substandard housing around the world if properly utilized, and if it is all its creators say it is...http://greenopolis.com/goblog/derekmarkham/recycled-building-material-stronger-concrete
Also, I'm sure the idea has been flung around - but has anyone looked into potentially having an 'experimental' student run green living space on campus? What I mean is: take a older house in the area or build new to be completely sustainable, both in build and function. The house would potentially serve as a community of individuals who both experiment and live green design and process. Maybe eve look at forming a small smart grid between a few buildings to test on? I know this has been attempted elsewhere with great success, what are your thoughts?