Monday, December 12, 2011

Environmentally forward in Taiwan

Wednesday, December 14 
Washington, DC
Sponsored by
Johns Hopkins University's Environmental Studies Program
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO)
Arthur Huang, architect for EcoARK
Stephen Hunter, documentary's executive producer, National Geographic Channel
Davis Bookhart, Director of the Office of Sustainability at Johns Hopkins University
Arthur Huang
The EcoARK Pavilion, Taiwan's greenest building, is built from nearly 1.5 million recycled plastic bottles. It was designed and built by architect Arthur Huang for the Taipei International Flora Expo. The nine-story building imitates the honey-comb structure of beehives, making it strong enough to weather sub-tropical typhoons and survive Pacific Rim earthquakes. The air pockets in the recycled bottles provide natural insulation, and an aerodynamic design captures prevailing winds to provide a no-energy solution to air conditioning. The entire 21,500 square-foot exhibition hall can be disassembled and re-assembled anywhere in the world.

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