Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Legendary Sustainable Design Architect Norman Foster on "Building the Green Agenda"

--art + architecture + design--

Architect Norman Foster of Foster + Partners is legendary in his sustainable design work, spearheading projects that impress in extraordinary scale and vision. From the 6 million square meter Masdar sustainable development in Abu Dhabi (top image above), to the Moscow City Tower (middle image above) which will have an innovative "energy cycle" that will pioneer sustainable development in Moscow, to the Hearst headquarters in New York City (bottom image above) designed to consume significantly less energy than a conventional New York office building (becoming a model of sustainable office design) - the company and the Foster name has become synonymous with what is possible in green design.

Here is an impressive presentation given by Normon Foster at the Design Life Design Conference in Munich, courtesy of TED.com. Foster discusses his own work to show how computers can help architects design buildings that are green, beautiful and "basically pollution-free." He shares projects from throughout his career, from the pioneering roof-gardened Willis Building (1975) to the London Gherkin (2004). He also comments on two upcoming megaprojects: a pipe to bring water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, and the new Beijing airport.

To learn more about the amazing work of Foster + Partner see their SITE

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