Delving Deeper into the 2030 Palette

February 4, 2014

This week, seven “In-Depth Information Pages” were published in the 2030 Palette, providing a comprehensive and technical understanding of transit development, natural ventilation, and passive heating and cooling strategies. These relate to four Swatches at the District and Building scale: Transit-Oriented Development, Direct Gain: Glazing, Solar Shading, and Stack Ventilation [...]

2030 Palette featured at the University of Southern California

January 16, 2014

During the Fall Semester of 2013, the 2030 Palette was incorporated into the third year Bachelor of Architecture design studio at the University of Southern California. Students used the 2030 Palette during the semester as a schematic guide in designing multi-family housing in Arch 302a – Multi-Family Housing Studio. Studio Coordinator Liz Falletta, and Sustainability Coordinator Tim Kohut [...]

Swatch Profile: Direct Gain: Glazing

January 9, 2014
Phipps Conservatory Center for Sustainable Landscapes

A Direct Gain passive heating system integrates the components of the system, solar glazing (solar collection) and thermal mass (heat storage medium), directly into building elements. The most important factor in collecting the sun’s energy is the placement and size of glazed openings. Direct Gain: Glazing reviews the various strategies [...]

Featured Image: Floreac Administrative Headquarters

December 20, 2013

Floreac, a large horticultural retailer in Belgium, commissioned a new administrative headquarters building to cultivate and display a variety of plants for purchase. EVR-Architecten conceived the building as a large greenhouse that provides a comfortable environment for both occupants and plants. A layer of glass envelops each building and provides passive heat gain, while filtering […]

Featured Image: Development Along a Transit System Corridor

December 16, 2013

In Curitiba, Brazil, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system has become the predominant method of mass transportation for the city’s inhabitants. Zoning along the BRT’s route was modified to allow higher residential and commercial densities, enabling large numbers of inhabitants to be served – over two million riders use the BRT system each day. The […]

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