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The West Coast's Tallest (And Greenest?) Skyscraper


The city of San Francisco has just accepted three proposals for the city's new transit terminal. It will be the end of a proposed high-speed rail line from L.A. and the West Coast's version of www.animationnation.com New York's Grand Central Station.

All of the designs have the ojalafilms.com following things in common:
  1. They are taller than 1,200 feet
  2. They are capped with wind turbines
  3. They must be extreeeeemely earthquake proof.
The three designs will be voted on, and then the selected architect will go back to the drawing board and cialis australia online likely shave a couple hundred feet off the size of the tower, but still, the buildings look to be extremely impressive. It would be an awesome figurehead to the West Coast's burgeoning mass transit system, and, if they work to make the selected tower both beautiful and green, I'm sure it will be a welcome addition to the San Francisco skyline.

To check out the rest of the designs, keep reading the story.

Via Inhabitat and SFGate

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Castle House Skyscraper Makes its Own Electricity


Take up residence in the www.privateeryachts.com Castle House, a proposed London Skyscraper, and you'll find yourself paying as much as 40% less on power, as the building will be generating most of it for you. The building is designed to levitra tabs aerodynamically channel wind through the three nine meter turbines that sit on top of the 43 story building.

If built, the building would have over three hundred apartments and 250,000 square feet.

More pictures if you continue reading.

Via Jetson Green

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Sci-Fi Hotel in an Abandoned Chinese Quarry


The Songjiang district near Shanghai has become a popular destination for tourists...apparently fantastically wealthy tourists with an eye for the peculiarly sustainable. This planned sci-fi luxury hotel with underwater rooms and indoor waterfalls has significantly more humble beginnings. It's located in an 100 foot deep abandoned quarry.

Using an already disturbed site like this is key when building in ecologically sensitive areas. And the architects have done an amazing job incorporating the design of the hotel into it's humble surroundings. But the sustainability doesn't stop there. The hotel extends some of generic cialis from china the natural landscape over itself by covering it's ground-level roof in dirt and greenery. The green roof would also keep the hotel cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Even cooler, because the i recommend levitra overnight delivery quarry was dug so deep, it will be relatively inexpensive to harness the geothermal energy of the site. There's no word on exactly how much of its power will be generated this way, but it could possibly provide all of the hotels heating and buy tramadol no perscription electricity needs.

Aside from all that, the hotel looks ridiculously cool, check out this picture as well.

Via Inhabitat and Atkins Architecture

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Seven World Trade Center: NYCs First Leed Gold


EcoGeek made a little EcoGoof earlier this month in our piece outlining the top ten green skyscrapers titled Uber-Eco-Towers. In the article, I declared that the Hearst Tower in Midtown Manhattan was the first greenscraper in New York City to earn LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council—and that's not entirely true. Our readers at FastCompany.com kindly pointed out that the building that houses their offices, Seven World Trade Center, was, in fact, the first office building to earn LEED gold in the Big Apple.

The devil was in the details as LEED standards can be a bit tricky to decipher. While the Hearst Tower was the first in NYC to go gold for "core and shell and interiors," WTC 7 beat Hearst to LEED gold by several months in "core and shell" (sans interior) certification. In its core, WTC 7 employs a rainwater-powered cooling system and on its shell, state-of-the-art ultra-clear glass is used to harness as much natural light as possible. While the Hearst Tower has LEED gold interiors as well, WTC 7 allows it's tenants to ordering levitra do what they will with the cheap prescription levitra interiors, thus making LEED certification impossible.

To prevent confusion in the future, here's the breakdown of all the different LEED certifications courtesy of EG's own Philip Proefrock: LEED-NC (new construction), LEED-CS (core and shell), LEED-CI (commercial interiors), LEED-EB (existing buildings), and LEED-Homes is coming out this fall, and LEED-ND (Neighborhood Development) is in pilot phase now and LEED certifications for Schools and for Hospitals are forthcoming

 

Uber-Eco-Towers: The Top Ten Green Skyscrapers


Green skyscrapers offer so much for the average EcoGeek to drool over. Each one can contain hundreds of innovations that make the world a cleaner place, they build up, rather than out, and many of cialis discounts them are frikkin gorgeous.

Lucky for us, more and more eco-towers are popping up all the time. In fact, a symposium about greenscrapers called Mixed Greens: An International Survey of State-of-the-Art Sustainable Skyscraper Design just wrapped up last month in NYC.

Lucky for us, Jon Schroeder is on buy viagra from canada the case, and is bringing us the top ten green skyscrapers.

 
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