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.
San Francisco based interiors company Studio O+A recently redesigned the online directory company Yelp's headquarters, also in San Francisco. The space is casual and interactive, featuring a custom-designed wallpaper, bike zone and plenty of bright accent colors, all to capture the zeitgeist of the company's online community. Yelp corroborates user-generated reviews of local businesses, organized and rated by city. Studio O+A is also well-known for their design of other online companies' headquarters, notably Facebook and Paypal.
Last Sunday, FORM attended the AIA Home Tours series on The Hills: From East to West. We liked what we saw. The four homes were open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The highlight of the tour was the Bel Air abode of builder Mauricio Oberfeld, designed with Zoltan Pali of Studio Pali Fekete Architects. Also showcased were the Lago Vista Guest House, an all glass and green modern villa set in the hills of Beverly Hills, SteelHouse designed by Marc Angell and Sarah Graham of agps architecture, and the Briarcliff View House, designed by John Pugliese of Cambia Designs LLC.
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When schools grow too big for their existing facilities, they often have to resort to inefficient modular classrooms, which take a lot of energy to be run and make it seem like your kids are going to school in a trailer park. Gen7 Modular Classrooms by American Modular Systems is working to change that with their energy-efficient, affordable, and environmentally-friendly classrooms that provide healthy and productive learning environments. Over the summer, Gen7 installed a set of six modular classrooms at the Bolsa Knolls Middle School in Salinas, California. In less than a month and a half, the school had six new classrooms, which are far more energy-efficient and healthier than the buildings surrounding them.