Hotels, by their very nature, can be some of the least-environmentally places around, but these days that reputation is changing. Hotels—both their designs and their furnishings—are looking more sustainable as developers and owners increasingly go for LEED certification for reasons both altruistic and practical.
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In the past week or so, a lot of ink has been spilled (both real and digital), and a lot of airtime has been filled about Marissa Mayer’s recent decision to bring Yahoo employees back into the office. Battle lines have been drawn and pundits have weighed in about the virtues of one way over the other.
San Francisco-based architecture firm, KMD Architects, developed an innovative design for a 700,000 shopping mall with three levels of parking that will be built entirely underground in Mexico City. Directly above it will be the city's Central Park - complete with trees, a jogging track, grass and a performance area.
The mall will be one of Mexico's most sustainable buildings. The green-roof park will insulate the building, reducing air conditioning; on-site solar electric facilities will reduce energy consumption; and massive conical skylights will allow natural light into the building.
The design was the winner of the Design Competition for an Urban Park in Mexico City.
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