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10 Eco-Friendly Places to Stay in the U.S.

17/05/2011 Comments off

10 Eco-Friendly Places to Stay in the U.S.

These days you’ll find that more and more hotels are putting up placards and hang tags encouraging guests to reuse towels and sheets on multi-night stays. But there are some hostels and hotels that are stepping up their green efforts even more. Kristin Conard of Matador Network recently listed 10 eco-friendly places to stay in the U.S. that will help you leave a smaller footprint as you travel, with options from spending $25 to $300 a night. Read more…

A Campus Turned on End: 41 Cooper Square by Morphosis

13/03/2011 Comments off

A Campus Turned on End: 41 Cooper Square by Morphosis Morphosis Architects’ new academic building for The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City consolidates the college’s three schools — art, architecture, and engineering. Known as 41 Cooper Square, the building was completed just over a year ago. And it’s still turning heads. However jarring, Morphosis’s design creates a vertical campus, providing opportunities for chance encounters and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Francesco Lazzaro

“I think the neighborhood gets 41 Cooper Square’s rough exterior,” Morphosis founder Thom Mayne believes. Likewise, the design reflects the area’s schizophrenic aesthetic and the building already become a fixture among its eclectic neighbors, including the college’s historic and stately Foundation Building, a Ukrainian church topped with a copper dome, and Carlos Zapata’s new hotel, faced with milky fritted glass. Morphosis specified unpretentious, off-the-shelf components for the double-layer cladding: perforated stainless steel panels backed by a more traditional glass and aluminum curtain wall system. This screen system references previous Morphosis projects, including the Caltrans Headquarters in Los Angeles, and the visual effect is similar to that achieved by the nearby New Museum by SANAA: it appears solid at some points during the day but glows from within at night.

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