A highlight of the annual London Design Festival is the presentation of the London Design Medal; given to a designer who has made a significant contribution to design and London having achieved international acclaim for their work. This year, Thomas Heatherwick has been awarded the Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to design. Heatherwick designed the UK Pavilion, shown above, at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, among his many designs.
Designed by San Francisco based architect David Baker and built in tandem, these two affordable designed housing communities, Armstrong Place and Armstrong Senior Housing, compose a new landscaped neighborhood that fills an entire city block. Encircling a vast public courtyard, Armstrong Place offers 124 affordable for-sale townhouses targeted to keeping families in San Francisco. Across a shared pedestrian mews, Armstrong Senior Housing brings 116 affordable senior homes, prepped for aging in place, to the area, as well as retail space for a teen health clinic and and organic juice bar. The Senior building, which features solar panels, a rain garden to manage storm water and, a "quilt wall" inspired by traditional African fabrics, was recently awarded LEED Gold Certification.
Chicago is home to over 200 green roofs, covering 2.5 million square feet, more than any other American city. This garden-topped building, entitled Green Roof City is designed by Yi Huang, Tian Tan & Xu Zhang. The building seeks to build upon Chicago’s existing green roof infrastructure of over 200 green roofs and projects a future vision of the city with avenues of greenery linking rooftops together at height.