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industry Pave the Way Istanbul, Turkey—The New York and Istanbul studios of U.K.-based RMJM are working on a $1-billion development for Istanbul’s new Atasehir residential and business district, which will be one of the “greenest” projects in Turkey. The Turkish government intends to transform Atasehir into the country’s new financial district and business center. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to create a landmark community in Istanbul’s up-and-coming financial district,” says Chris Jones, RMJM design principal, who leads the firm’s new Istanbul office. “RMJM’s design not only addresses Istanbul’s culture, climate, architectural heritage, and cosmopolitan attitude, but also sets a new standard for sustainable design for Turkey. “ The RMJM design team intends to take an innovative approach to the planning and sustainability. The development is designed to achieve LEED certification, making it the first sustainable, mixed-use project of its kind in Turkey. The luxury 372,000-sq.-m. development is set on a 107,000-sq.-m. site that features panoramic views stretching from the Bosphorus Strait in the west to the Princes’ Islands and the Sea of Marmara to the south. The project includes a 60-story tower, 1,500 residential units, a five-star hotel, offices, and conference facilities with landscaped public areas and parking facilities. Design features include rainwater collection sites and facilities to optimize water usage and reduce energy consumption, wind turbine technology, cool- ing water pools that enhance the external landscape, and a co-generation plant that will produce electricity. The unique context and culture of Istanbul is incorporated into the design, as in a spectral tiled facade, ranging from terracotta to blue to white. Expected to serve 20,000 people, the project is slated for completion in 2011. Waves of the Future San Francisco—On May 28, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom unveiled the inaugural power-producing bus shelter from 3form and local design firm Lundberg Design Group. The project was realized in collaboration with Konarka Technologies and Clear Channel Outdoor. Achieving the form and function of Lundberg Design’s blueprint, the 3form Product Technology Team developed custom red and amber structures produced from 40 percent pre-consumer recycled polycarbonate and integrated photovoltaic cells. This element powers the shelters using the sun’s rays, providing an intercom, LED lighting, and even WiFi. Excess power goes back to the city’s grid. It is shaped in the form of a geometric sine wave, mimicking the rolling hills of San Francisco. The design was not possible in glass, and 3form was able to provide an innovative and original solution with its Varia Ecoresin—recycled resin panels that can encapsulate textiles, organic materials, textures, and custom images. “Photovoltaics and design have never overlapped. 3form technology and fabrication capabilities have allowed this marriage to occur,” says John Willham, 3form chief technology officer. “It is unprecedented yet essential to bring photovoltaic technology into mainstream architecture and design.” Newsom plans to build 1,100 more similar structures and facilities in the next five years. Photo by Ryan Hughes, Jundberg Design. 18 contract september 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - September 2009

Contract - September 2009
Don’t Judge A Floor By Its Cover
Smart Workstations
Green Collar Jobs On The Rise
From Castle to Treasury
Make Me A Star
Green Apple
A Different Ball Game
Creative Energy
Quiet Riot
Books Stored
Reading Room
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Contract - September 2009