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The Center for Ecological Learnings

Today I’m pleased to have the opportunity to share Architect Kaveh Samiei’s design for The Center for Ecological Learnings in Tehran. Following is a description of Kaveh’s design and drawings which he graciously provided. Thank you to Kaveh for sharing this wonderful project. Follow his writings on The Nature of Cities blog where he recently wrote the wonderful and detailed post, Architecture and Urban Ecosystems: From Segregation to Integration.
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  • Vancouver Convention Centre roof a hive of insect and plant activity:: Three years on and the green roof of the Vancouver Convention Center has been greatly successful for wildlife housing ants, spiders, dragonflies, grasshoppers, bees and sparrows and finches.
  • California Academy of Sciences’ roof is thriving:: Another green roof at three years old, the California Academy of Sciences’ roof has also become successful wildlife habitat including 173 species of arthropods including spiders, bees and butterflies as well as 30 species of birds such as Red-winged and Brewer’s Blackbirds.
  • ‘Natural landscapes’ gone wild:: Yet another article on a subject which is seeing more and more press coverage; natural landscapes as a growing movement which are meeting resistance from cities and neighbors.
  • A Reward for Bird-Friendly Buildings:: The LEED certification program is introducing project credits to designers for using certain criteria that make buildings more bird-friendly.

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Integrated Habitats Design Competition 2010:: Edge Hill Halls

As the 2011 Integrated Habitats Design Competition is getting launched, I’m looking at the winning entries from the 2010 competition in a series of posts.

Edge Hill Halls was the overall winner of the 2010 Integrated Habitats Design Competition. Designed by Maria-Cristina Banceanu, the site is a brownfield which previously accommodated a rail depot, the Edge Hill railway station, located in Liverpool. The design transforms this former rail depot into student housing for over 500 students complete with a greenhouse, underground parking, tennis courts, recreation area and a medical clinic. The former depot building is turned into the green house by enclosing the building which will feed the students.

The terraced buildings themselves have all the bells and whistles of green building design including partially submerged wood structures for better insulation, a south facing aspect for light and heat, rainwater collection and reservoir for non-potable water usage, a double tank…

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