adg lighting - architectural detail group

Category Archives: Sustainable Architecture

World Architecture Festival Judges

World Architecture Festival Announces Judges for 2019 Awards

The World Architectural Festival (WAF) has announced the judges for the 2019 awards.  The festival is one of the most significant events in the architecture industry. 

The event is held on an annual basis. The judges review a shortlist of 200 projects, which compete for 31 awards in various categories. From those 200 shortlisted projects, the World Building of the Year will be awarded based on the judges’ interviews and evaluations. 

The World Architecture Festival was first held in 2008 and hosted in Barcelona for four years. The host city then was awarded to Singapore for four years. Since 2016, the host city has rotated between Berlin and Amsterdam. All the entries are published in the World Buildings Directory online database, and each year the World Architecture Festival publishes a list of the winners of the awards.

“This was a real eye opener and a brilliant event in that everything happening around the world is brought to a single event. I was really impressed with the topics and speakers especially on how architecture sees the future of the world and the global issues that are being addressed.”

~Gansen Govender, Senior Project Manager, GHD

The 2019 World Architecture Festival Judges

Shirley Blumberg – Partner , KPMB Architects

Lesley Lokko – Head of Graduate School of Architecture , University of Johannesburg 

Peter Cook

Tom de Paor

Yui Tezuka 

Complete Panel of Judges Here

From the Factory Floor

 Oil rubbed bronze fountains heading to a home in Malibu. Designers and architects know that we have a skill set that gives them the advantage! 

 adg factory custom lighting

by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting

sustainable architecture, adg

Sustainable Architecture Sets the Standard

Sustainable architecture is now at the forefront of design for the future. Scientific studies have proven time and time again that global warming is a real threat to the health of our planet. As we move forward as a global society, we must consider the effects of sustainability in every aspect of our lives. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that close to 50% of all CO2 emissions come from our buildings. It creates a sense of urgency in the architectural community to embrace sustainable architecture.

Since the late 60s and early 70s, the concept of sustainable architecture has gradually taken hold in the architecture community. In recent years, it has become standard practice in many countries, but many others continue to ignore the value or impact of the practice.

The idea behind the practice is to use only environmentally friendly techniques and materials during the building process. It also seeks to minimize the negative impact of buildings through efficient energy consumption and development space. Architects who practice sustainable architecture look to renewable resources such as harvested wood, concrete, and rock, along with recycled materials like glass and lumber. They also look to reuse architectural components of other buildings, including doors, windows, and flooring. Setting aside materials, sustainable architecture also focuses on how efficiently energy will be used and how to effectively conserve. Thoughtfully designed buildings also rely on solar energy or other alternative energy sources.

Sustainable architecture provides not only an eco-friendly alternative to traditional construction techniques but also added energy efficiency and superior style. There’s no doubt that sustainable architecture is the way of the future. With the known impact of global warming, willfully ignoring the impact of our architectural practices could have a catastrophic impact on our society. Sound practices exist for sustainable architecture and more countries need to embrace these concepts and make them the standard, not the option.

From the ADG Job Site

 Custom made order for a client out of San Francisco

custom-lighting-adg

by Gerald Olesker, CEO, ADG Lighting