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BUILDING GREEN: blending traditional craft and cutting-edge technique, David Hornblow’s house in Bali is contracted almost entirely of bamboo - photography: Stephen Johnson - text: Aaron Peasley - styling: Michael Reynolds - AD May 2017

  • On the lowest level of the four-story master suite, homeowner David Hornblow dozes in an oculus chair by Ibuku.

Italian Architect Stefano Boeri, famed for the Bosco Verticale of Milan is now working with China for a proposed series of “forest cities.”

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“We have been asked to design an entire city where you don’t only have one tall building but you have 100 or 200 buildings of different sizes, all with trees and plants on the facades,” Boeri told the Guardian. “We are working very seriously on designing all the different buildings. I think they will start to build at the end of this year. By 2020 we could imagine having the first forest city in China.”

The first such settlement will be located in Luizhou, a mid-sized Chinese city of about 1.5 million residents in the mountainous southern province of Guangxi. The architect said believed Chinese officials were finally understanding that they needed to embrace a new, more sustainable model of urban planning that involved not “huge megalopolises” but settlements of 100,000 people or fewer that were entirely constructed of “green architecture”.

“What they have done until now is simply to continue to add new peripheral environments to their cities,” he said. “They have created these nightmares – immense metropolitan environments. They have to imagine a new model of city that is not about extending and expanding but a system of small, green cities.”

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Matthew Mazzotta. CLOUD HOUSE. Springfield, MO. USA. photos: Tim Hawley – Photography. seen on: Floornature.com

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MODERN VIEWS (2010)

This documentary looks at the creative legacies of several Seattle-area Mid Century Modernists, and at the factors which contributed to the development of a distinctly Northwestern architectural style.

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DESIGN: This Is What An Eco Friendly, Completely Sustainable NYC Would Look Like

This concept, called “New York City (Steady) State”, produced over six years by Sorkin’s Terreform, is not designed simply for aesthetic pleasure; it’s not even an attempt to make the city more sustainable (although sustainability is the key motivation behind the project).

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