Everything is changing and architecture is no different. However, since the last couple of years, thanks to the overreaching arms of the internet and social media, this change is accelerating at an extreme pace. The things that were en vogue just last year might not be en vogue this year. Although one notices this trend much more in fashion, it is also evident in the architecture. But it doesn’t matter whether we are talking about fashion or architecture, this change hides a harsh reality behind it. Since we are changing things so quickly, we also discard things much more than we used to. Movements like green architecture are countering this very trend.
Construction of buildings was responsible for about 40-50% of the waste material in landfills, and 20-30% of the toxic gas emissions. The design and operation of a building is thus very important for the health and well-being of the occupants and the environment. Architects are realizing the importance of good design based on design principles, which can minimize the impact of construction throughout the design process, from land efficiency, sourcing of material, nature of design, building process and the future impact of the completed building. Take a look at some of the sustainable design principles which are being followed now:
When constructing a building opting for green architecture designs might be one of the options that you have. In fact, owing to government subsidy in many countries, it has become competitive with normal architecture in all respects. However, despite that, because of the lack of knowledge, many of us ignore it as just another fad. Nevertheless, it is much more than that. In fact, switching to green architecture could be one of the best moves on our part to save the environment. Here’s everything you might want to know about it.
There are many structures that claim to be earthquake-resistant. But, it is only during the times of earthquakes that we discover the bitter truth. Especially in an area that’s earthquake-prone, making such false claims could result in the loss of many innocent lives.
In fact, since making an earthquake-resistant building is more affordable than ever, it should be forbidden to do otherwise. The high death tolls of even the recent earthquakes show that we still have much to learn.
Many man-made structures collapsed as they were not built to withstand massive earthquakes. New seismic technology is there now to resist severe jolts. In fact, there are some buildings worldwide which have been made to survive the worst of earthquakes. Read on to find out more about these structures:
With a growing population and migration, owning a house in cities is becoming more and more difficult. However, on the other hand, it is also becoming ever more important to have one. The biggest problem is that of space. It is impossible to construct new houses without breaking down the old ones. Nevertheless, there are one way out of this situation. Designers are coming up with ‘Nano House‘ designs. Take a look at some of the most innovative housing solutions for people who have to live a nomadic existence. All these designs are products of revolution in portable green housing.
In a world that drives on technological innovations, it might seem hard to stay updated and still stay eco-friendly. However, as the gap between normal and eco-friendly materials is narrowing down, it is becoming easier day by day. Building designs like Inflatable Dome Home show how even with a very out of the box design, you can still stay environmentally friendly. Here is everything you might want to know about this building along with how, by learning more about green building materials and construction, you too can make your house eco-friendly.
Human population has risen exponentially over the last few decades. However, when you come to think of it, the earth doesn’t multiply itself according to this population. Right now, we have more humans than we ever had to utilize more resources than they ever did in the past. Therefore, in order to maintain this growth but to help nature, we must go eco-friendly with our construction. Provided that the material is locally available, one efficient way of doing so is by opting for bamboo hut designs.
Sustainability is now no longer just a trend. Keeping in mind the shape that our planet is taking, it is a necessity. This fact is especially true for building materials. Owing to their overexploitation, the quest for more and more building materials has led us to destroy many natural habitats. We derive important building materials like wood and concrete by deforestation or excavation. In both cases, mother nature is on the losing end. Therefore, opting for something like eco-friendly concrete is always a better option.
Dubai can also be dubbed as the city of architectural marvels. Here creativity and design goes to a new level altogether. Nowhere in the world can we see as magnanimous works modern architecture than in Dubai. It is more than just Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. There’s much more to it. Moreover, it isn’t just all about modern architecture, the same is true when it comes to green architecture marvels. Even in this relatively new trend, Dubai is amongst the leaders in the world. Let us check out 20 marvels of sustainable architecture proposed for Dubai that are set to make it an inspiration for the rest of the world.
It’s the 21st Century and now we are using all sorts of building materials. In fact, there are designers around the world who even ancient building materials like rammed earth, etc. However, one trend that we all should support is architecture technique that uses recycled materials. Can you imagine an entire house made up of recycled materials? Yes, you heard it correct. You no longer have to seek a construction material firm to find building materials for your house. Now, you can even go to the nearest junk dealer for the same. Apart from being inexpensive, these eco-friendly building materials have many other added advantages as well. Given below is an introduction to most fantastically designed houses. All these are made out of reclaimed materials and are therefore extremely sustainable.