The Port of Portland recently consolidated their headquarters into a green office building designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects (ZGF). Situated right next to the PDX airport, the new Port of Portland Headquarters is a LEED gold office that unifies the entity responsible for Portland's airport, shipping terminals and more. The project was finished in May of 2010 and it includes a green roof, a living machine to process waste water, geothermal heating and cooling, plus a plethora of other sustainable strategies.
Dutch designer Chris Kabel designed this circular bench for an installation at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art called Shared Space III. The bench is constructed from one 10 meter wooden beam. Kabel cut the long beam into trapezium-shaped pieces then fitted them back together to form a ring that retains the grain of the wood. These pieces are then held in place by a metal strap.
This year, Greenbuild returns to Chicago's McCormick Place West, the site of Greenbuild 2007 but with twice as much space! As one of the first cities to adopt LEED for public buildings and the city that is home to more LEED-certified buildings than any other, Chicago is truly committed to leadership as a "next-generation" city the perfect place for us to celebrate being part of Generation Green. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together at Greenbuild for educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events. Through doing so, attendents and speakers will define what the future looks like in cities and towns around the world.
For more information on the event, visit the Greenbuild 2010 Website.
This past Wednesday I attended one of my favorite events of the business year—the presentation of the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region. For those of you not familiar with this annual event, Otis partners with the LA Economic Development Corporation to assess the size, breadth, and impact of the creative industries locally. This year it was held in the theater at the Colburn School downtown. It is always at the crack of dawn and preceded by coffee and pastries, a chance for me to catch up with artistic friends that I don’t happen across the rest of the year. Otis President Sammy Hoi is truly one of LA’s treasures.
Brick roads are beautiful and durable, but due to the effort it takes to produce them, they are often overlooked as a time efficient option. What once was a labor-intensive, back-breaking job has now become a snap with this automatic Dutch paver laying machine, called the Tiger-Stone. The device rolls out a beautiful and sustainable hardscape, creating an instant road anywhere it travels. While the process may look magical, the secret lies in a smartly designed gravity-based system.