The Perennial, SF

 

The Perennial restaurant in San Francisco features high-end dining amidst sustainable design and a positive food system.

Projects toward this end include carbon farming, perennial grains, aquaponics, and a perennial farming initiative. They pair with like-minded companies to source their food and, together, combat climate change through food.

The interior design of the restaurant features ALL reclaimed, recycled, and efficient materials. LED-lighting, recycled fiber rugs, wood-shaving ceiling, cotton napkins are fed to worms all in part of the sustainable food system, menus are all printed on recycled paper, and every other detail.

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Hypnotic Bridges

Why craft boring suspension bridges or arched overpasses when humanity is capable of building massive architectural feats like this to cross a river? The impressive, undulating design, destined to function as a pedestrian footbridge over the Dragon King Harbour River in China, is the product of NEXT  [Huffington Post]

Rene Cazenave Apartments (San Francisco, Calif.)

Another prize winner in SF. Amazing! This beautiful building accommodates people who were homeless and living on the streets of SF.  Now look where they live!  Read More in Huffington Post:

This supportive housing for formerly chronically homeless individuals replaces a former parking lot and freeway off-ramp with a high density, transit oriented, and healthy living alternative. Filtered ventilation, low emitting materials, ample daylight and views combine to aid the residents, many with mental and physical disabilities. Energy costs for the residents and non-profit owner are minimized by a combination of high efficiency lighting and hydronic heating, a continuously insulated rain-screen building envelope and a roof top solar canopy with both hot water and photovoltaic panels. Water is carefully managed by a vegetated roof, smart irrigation, a courtyard storm water tank and reclaimed water piping.

Exploratorium at Pier 15 (San Francisco, Calif.)

It is really hard to make a Museum environmentally sustainable because museums have such stringent climate control needs. But check out what Huffington Post said about this kids museum in SF:

The Exploratorium is an interactive science museum that also demonstrates innovation and sustainability in its design and construction. The building takes advantage of the historic pier shed’s natural lighting and the 800-foot-long roof provided room for a 1.3 megawatt photovoltaic array. The water of the bay is used for cooling and heating. Materials were used that are both sustainable and durable enough to withstand a harsh maritime climate. The project is certified LEED Platinum and is close to reaching its goal of being the country’s largest Net Zero energy museum and an industry model for what is possible in contemporary museums.