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Donna Taylor

Donna Taylor

After years of working in software delivery, Donna seized the opportunity to head back to university and this time study a lifelong passion: Architecture. Originally from the U.K. and after living in many countries, Donna and her family are now settled in Western Australia. When not writing Donna can be found at the University of Western Australia's Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts Department.

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America's "greenest street" provides a blueprint for sustainable urban development

By - January 7, 2013 7 Pictures
A streetscape that includes natural landscaping, bicycle lanes, wind powered lighting, storm water diversion for irrigation, drought-resistant native plants and innovative “smog-eating” concrete has earned Cermak road in Chicago the title of “greenest Street in America” according to the Chicago Department of Transport (CDOT). Opened in October 2012, the first phase two mile stretch is part of the Blue Island/Cermak Sustainable Streetscape project which was introduced in 2009 with the aim of reducing overall energy usage by 42 percent. Read More
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Pittsburgh's "breathing" building aims to be the world's greenest skyscraper

By - January 1, 2013 15 Pictures
The PNC Financial Services Group hopes to exceed LEED Platinum requirements along with promoting a healthy indoor workplace with its latest development – the Tower at PNC Plaza. Located in downtown Pittsburgh on the corner of Fifth and Wood Streets, the building will be approximately 800,00 gross sq.ft (74,322 sq.mt) in size with a construction budget of approximately US$240 million. The "breathing" design created by architecture firm Gensler moves away from the traditional closed air-conditioned environment and has the lofty aim of becoming the greenest skyscraper in the world. Read More
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Palais Lumiere: Pierre Cardin designs "Habitable Sculpture" for Venice

By - December 18, 2012 15 Pictures
Fashion designer Pierre Cardin has proposed a controversial high-rise complex to be built in Venice – a UNESCO World Heritage city that also has a long and distinguished history of innovative architecture. Dubbed Palais Lumiere or "Light Palace" due to its abundance of transparent walls, the design was conceived by the 90 year old Cardin with the help of architect nephew Rodrigo Basilicati has been approved by the Mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni. Read More
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World's largest indoor ski park planned for Denmark

By - December 16, 2012 5 Pictures
Danish architecture firm CEBRA is working with the travel company Danski on a proposal for a huge alpine style ski dome to be situated in the city of Randers, Denmark. The ski park will provide over 3 km (1.86 miles) of indoor and outdoor slopes under its snowflake-inspired arches and if built it will take over from SkiDubai as the largest indoor ski park in the world at 100,000 square meters (1,076,000 sq.ft). Read More
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8 Spruce Street New York City wins Emporis Skyscraper Award

By - December 11, 2012 21 Pictures
Ever since skyscraper construction was conceived developers have continued to push the boundaries to build the biggest and best mega structures imaginable. These giants of construction are constantly reviewed and rewarded by global building information specialist Emporis in its annual award which selects the best skyscrapers completed in the previous year. This year's winner is Frank Gehry's first venture into skyscraper design – 8 Spruce Street New York City. Read More
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Air Purifying Art: Edmonton International Airports Living Wall

By - December 10, 2012 13 Pictures
Edmonton International Airports Living Wall has been greeting passengers now since May of this year and continues the success of Vancouver based design company Green over Grey in the trend of living vertical installations. The 1,420 square feet (132 sq m) vertical canvas consists of over 8000 plants and includes several species identified by NASA as being more efficient than mechanical filters at purifying the air of toxins. Read More
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