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.
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Longtime FORM contributor Jack Skelley is expanding his voice at FORM with a new online column. Found under the VIEWS tab above, Skelley's writing will probe into issues of sustainability and urban design here in Los Angeles, which he calls "the capital of urban planning disasters" and "an unexpected source of successes." Expect to find a lively discourse that takes an intelligent look at both extremes.
Click here for his first post.
The finalists of the International Highrise Award have recently been selected to compete for the award and EUR 50,000 in prize money: In Frankfurt/Main, Germany, an international jury of architects, engineers and property specialists chose five projects for the final shortlist.
This important international architectural prize for high-rises is open to architects and developers, whose buildings must be at least 100 meters high and have been commissioned within the last two years.The jury judged 27 high-rise projects from 16 different countries in line with six fundamental criteria: pioneering design, aesthetics, integration into the urban setting, sustainability, innovative technology, cost efficiency.
The 4th annual Opportunity Green Business Conference, held September 22-24 at LA Center Studios in partnership with the UCLA Anderson Price Center for Entrepreneurship, is a convergence of the most innovative and successful design, technology and business leaders driving today's green economy.
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.
[via Jetson Green]