This is East Village Lofts in the Revitalization District of East 11th Street in Austin, Texas. The structure, designed by Bercy Chen Studio, makes a bold statement about the intersection of art and sustainability with a multifaceted facade of colorful steel panels. The panels, as you would imagine, double as a shade device and guardrails for condo balconies.
East Village Lofts, or Block 19, was shortlisted in the Design for All competition held by Design Boom and Seoul Design Fair 2010.
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The warmth generated by human bodies in the Parisian metro will help heat a public housing project in the city center, the capital's largest owner of social housing said Friday. The building, located near the Pompidou museum, is being renovated in an environmentally friendly way, due to it's connection to the metro through a stairway. Francois Wachnick from Paris Habitat states that had there not been a way to directly capture the heat from the metro, such as the staircase, the project would have been impossible.
Called Cloudscapes, the installation is created by pumping three layers of air into the space: cold dry air at the bottom, hot humid air in the middle and hot dry air at the top. A spiral walkway guides visitors up through the layers to emerge above the cloud, before they descend back down through the vapour to the floor. The installation forms part of the exhibition People Meet in Architecture, directed by Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA.
Stefan Gzyl's new project “Parc Disponible” is one of the finalists on an international competition recently held in Paris on ways to incorporate nature into the urban environment in original ways. “Parc Disponible” is a glass box enclosing a mini-park for individual use within the city.