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a+u 2009:04 Green Architecture

a+u 2009:04

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English + Japanese / 134 Pages / 219 x 292 mm / 510 g

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Cover: California Academy of Sciences by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Photo: Tom Fox, SWA Group.

Feature: Green Architecture


de Architekten Cie Wins Competition for Tianjin Urban Planning Museum

Beckmann-N’Thépé Architects to Build the New Korkeassari Zoo in Helsinki

MoMA and P.S.1 Select MOS as Winner of Tenth Annual Young Architects Program

Coop Himmelb(l)au Announced Final Plan for Dalian International Conference Center in Shenzen, ChinaBranding through the Architecture of the Audi Terminal


Markus Allmann

Design of the Audi Terminal


Dominique Boesch

, CEO of Audi JapanCars in the Context of Society and the Environment


Green Architecture

Ecology and sustainability are established and increasingly important topics in architectural design. Today it seems almost impossible to discuss architecture without taking the environment into consideration.Amid various approaches to sustainability, one that is recently seen more frequently is to literally cover roofs and walls with greenery – so-called “living roofs” and “living walls”. This issue examines the advantages for sustainable design of this type of green architecture by introducing examples that range from simple roof gardens to a temporary pavilion, green houses and interior designs, and public architecture.The new California Academy of Sciences building by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop has earned LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. As a new home for a world-class natural sciences institution, it features a living roof as perhaps its most symbolic feature. But it is also based on comprehensive strategies for the efficient use of energy, as evidenced by the data in this issue for the use of natural light, heat, water, and recycled building materials.We are already familiar with building materials like stone, wood, brick, steel, and concrete. Perhaps that list needs to be expanded to include plants as well.  

Renzo Piano

Building WorkshopCalifornia Academy of SciencesEssay: Artificial Wilderness – Patrick Blanc’s Vertical Gardens

Anna Lambertini VenhoevenCS

Sportplaza Mercator


Mountain Dwellings

Mass Studies

Ann Demeulemeester Shop

Vector Architects

CR Land Guanganmen Green Technology Showroom

Import.Export Architecture

Fragile Lab

Jensen & Skodvin

Bad Gleichenberg Thermal Bath

Emilio Ambasz

Eye Bank of Veneto + Venice-Mestre Hospital

Martijn de Geus


Philip Mannaerts



Harmonia 57

Valdimar Hardarson

– ASK arkitektarGata – Summerhouse



CHANG Architects

Elok House

Germán del Sol

Termas Geométricas