Monday, March 31, 2008

Nader Khalili Dies at Age 72

One of the forefathers of the modern humanitarian design movement passed away on March 5th. Nader Khalili, an Iranian born architect, was the founder of the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture. Khalili invented the Geltaftan Earth-and-Fire Building System and the Superadobe construction technique and revolutionize adobe building around the world. He won the Aga Khan Award in 2004. Part architect, part poet his great optimism embodied what it truly means to design for others.

Architecture for Humanity, Khalili Article

Monday, March 17, 2008

Giant Vat of Cow Crap to Provide Power

The CA Poo Power project in Riverdale, CA will turn the effluent of 5000 cows into enough methane gas to power approximately 1,200 house per day. The vats are effectively 33 feet deep X 5 football fields in size.

Inhabitat Article

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Worlds First Positive Energy Building

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Masdar Headquarters are setting new design standards for green building, with their scheme that generates more energy than it consumes. The Masdar Headquarters building outside of Abu Dhabi is also the first building in history to generate power for its own assembly, using a solar roof pier that will be built first to power the rest of the construction.

Inhabitat Article