Smart Architecture

France’s Europa City Pushes Urban Design Limits

Europa City, a planned development outside Paris in Triangle de Gonesse, seeks to meld a dense urban environment with a lush, green landscape. The result is a Starship Enterprise-like design that could easily double as a sci-fi set and bears little resemblance to a typical city. A central artery will accommodate bikes and electric-powered people movers. Other features…

NPR Creates DC Buzz with Green Roof, Apiary

The Washington City Paper has the lowdown on National Public Radio’s new environmentally friendly headquarters in DC. — a LEED Gold certification building that features a plant-laden “green roof” that helps cool the structure and an apiary, or beehive, that is the network’s way of combatting colony collapse disorder. Here’s how NPR describes the new state-of-the-art headquarters: “NPR at 1111 North Capitol Street…

Amazon Proposes Dome-Shaped Greenhouses for Seattle Campus

Amazon has proposed to construct three enormous, intersecting dome-shaped greenhouses at its planned 3-block campus in Seattle — now under construction — that would be a mash-up of office space, dining and retail, according to The Verge and Seattle area newspapers. The Verge: Amazon Planning Giant Greenhouse Offices Pugest Sound Business Journal: Amazon Changes Building Design from Boxy to Spherical…

Santander’s Digital Nervous System of 12K Sensors

Spain’s most high-tech city boasts 12,000 electronic sensors attached to buses, power lines and dumpsters that cost $11.1 million to implement, according to an article in Bloomberg Businessweek. “This digital nervous system puts the city of 180,000 at the forefront of one of the hottest trends in urban management: streaming real-time data to the public in an…

Buildings in 2050: Algae-Covered Modules; Robots Required

According to a report from Arup, buildings at mid-century will be “alive” with algae facades that produce biofuel and membranes that convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. Other features could include modular components that could easily be rearranged or swapped by robotic arms and wind power and water collection systems designed for rooftops. Access the full report here