Philip Jodidio's just-released 100 Contemporary Green Buildings (Taschen 2013), a handsome two-volume tome depicting 100 recent sustainable structures and built environments around the world, features a unique urban ecological corridor created by Portland State University Professor of Architecture Sergio Palleroni and collaborators. The Zhong-Xiao Urban Ecological Corridor includes a campus garden, a "green" pavilion and a bioswale on the campus of the National Taipei University of Technology. Students in architecture, planning and engineering as well as local construction industry members participated in the design and building of the project, which also included solar panels and mesh screens for plants to grow on, and featured passive cooling and low-energy lighting.
"This initiative is exemplary both in terms of student, community, and professional participation, and also in the mixture of different techniques employed, ranging from the expected passive strategies to landscape solutions," writes the author.
"The most exciting new buildings in the world are now almost all environmentally aware, sustainable, and conceived to consume far less energy than ever before," says the publisher's web site. "That architecture is one of the major sources of greenhouse gases in the world makes this new trend all the more significant. This book brings the best examples of green projects from the Architecture Now! series together with numerous new, never-seen-before projects."
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