Assignment 1 – Part 1 and 2

24 نوفمبر


Group GWAM

Many people are against constructing massive buildings and projects, because of how much space and materials they consume.  However, the designs given through giant eco-friendly building designs can solve many problems.  Green building is good for the environment because it’s energy efficient, which reduces the need to burn fossil fuels and helps fight climate change—one of society’s most pressing environmental issues. This type of design building could be directly beneficial to us since we do live in the large urban environment of Atlanta.  It would not only help us today, but it will help the future of earth. The benefits from implementing these buildings are endless:

It provides accessible green spaces for dense urban living, grows fresh produce in the ‘concrete’ jungle, and just provides an overall cleaner atmosphere for living in.

This type of design could also be incorporated into business buildings to help them be self sustaining and efficient.  This can be done by collecting rain water and recycling it through filters using it throughout the building in its gardens and other facilities that require water.  Cutting down costs and energy is key for this to be efficient and beneficial to the future.

Some new possible taxonomies:

  • Urban Living Design
  • Concrete Farming Design Within a City
  • Eco-friendly Design with New Innovation

Initial Negotiations:

  • Between the grower and the consumer, how the design project is financed and how it is paid for, between the people and the green space

Negotiations out of text:

  • the Green Giant and the Earth, energy used and energy conserved, initial cost and maintenance, productivity of employees of the building and the surrounding environment


  • the Green Giant and the Earth:  It will have positive impacts on the earth bringing a more stable atmosphere and other Eco-friendly benefits.
  • energy used and energy conserved: it will be a more efficient building in that it will use less energy and water to maintain its structural status.
  • initial cost and maintenance:  It may cost a little bit more in the beginning building the green giant, but in the long run, it is able to stay kept up with less maintenance.
  • productivity of employees of the building and the surrounding environment:  there was a concern in traditional office buildings that having all glass exterior walls to let light in hindered the work of the employees because it irritated them when the beam of light became to strong.  With the implementation of the greenery system incorporated into the building it would help reduce this preventable aggravation.

Two Negotiations:

  1. The first negotiation would have one of the initial negotiations that we came up with.  That one would have to be between the grower of the produce and the consumer of the produce.  We found this relationship intriguing because it is unusual to find farm in a concrete, urban area.  Therefore it would take the consumer by surprise and change his or her whole experience buying fresh produce to a whole new level.
  2. The second negotiation we found interesting was the one between the energy used and the energy conserved.  The Green Giant would be Eco-friendly therefore it would be good for the environment.  By being good for the environment, this mean it would be using less energy to operate.  The building would incorporate solar panels into its window frame and/or rooftops, it would collect rain water and process it within its own filters, and it would require less energy to operate an air conditioning system throughout the building with an open floor plan.


8 تعليقات to Assignment 1 – Part 1 and 2



ديسمبر 14th, 2010 at 10:05 م

The negotiation of energy used versus conserved is very interesting in this case study. The idea of utilizing buildings to harness energy, collect rain water, and produce crops is something that would completely alter how people look at buildings and urbanized areas. Taking advantage of this new use for buildings would be instrumental in creating a new standard for green building and efficiency.

– Trey



ديسمبر 15th, 2010 at 12:24 ص

At first I was a bit confused about how this project was implemented, but after the video I realized that this particular design project represents a phenomenal way of problem solving based on adaptability. By architecturally juxtaposing a dynamic vegetative community with a thriving business urban structure a sense of balance and completeness that typically is ignored in cityscapes. Have structures like this actually been built or is it purely conceptual? And if they do exist, are they located regionally?



ديسمبر 15th, 2010 at 12:32 ص

^Blinic Design post by Jasmine Burton



ديسمبر 15th, 2010 at 3:29 م

An interesting negotiation for this project is initial cost vs. long-term cost. Are people willing to look past the initial price of being green if the long-term cost is lower? In this particular case, I believe they will, as this project combines energy conserved with actual plants. This concept has the potential to change the way the world views skyscrapers.




ديسمبر 15th, 2010 at 7:03 م

Vertical horticulture and growing is a lot easier than most people think. Practices such as the ones named in this project are already being practiced in urban cities like New York. As for a cure to many of the world’s hunger problems, this concept may not be the solution but it is a rather simplistic, yet attention grabbing, step in the right direction. One negotiation I felt was left out was the fact that these builder would have to give up office space or residential space, which translates to money, to replace it with gardens.




ديسمبر 15th, 2010 at 7:36 م

I think another negotiation here is in the idea of the building being the color green more so the environmentally friendly green. One square meter of even an extensive (bare bones, small grasses on dirt) green roof adds about 90 kilograms, so having enough green roof to grow gardens would require a huge initial cost both for installing the system and in adding sufficient structural support. Environmentally, one has to think about how much CO2 is released in the transport of those additional materials and energy burned in the manufacture of the supports. Just to sequester enough CO2 to cover its manufacture and installation would be quite a feat to accomplish before the decommissioning of the building. Furthermore, I’m puzzled as to how the building will use less water- the rain collection system seems like a good idea, but the need to water that many plants and the fact that green roofs typically absorb 70% of storm water makes me wonder if a significant change could occur so far as water use within the building is concerned. -David


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ديسمبر 16th, 2010 at 4:06 م

I agree with David, I think that the cost of the production of this kind of building verses the actual “green” effect that it might have on the environment is the major negotiation that has to be focused on in this style of building. Personally I think of this style of building more as an astetic novelty that really does not promote that much of a effecientcy advantage. The fact that water is trying to be recycled but you have put in place plants that require water means that the grey water reservoir will not be as full as it could potentially be, and buildings of this scale use huge amounts of water daily just to flush the toilets. Also the fact that the roof space and sides of the building are taken up with “green” space means that they need to have sun available from as many angles as possible, this means the use of solar panels becomes minimal in the construction leaving that effect greatly crippled. I think that the idea is great, I personally do not know if i would eat food grown in the smog of Atlanta, but the thought process is here, there just needs to be some research done on whether the environmental effect will be as great as expected. -Taylor



ديسمبر 16th, 2010 at 9:44 م

I also agree with the past statements of their being a problem in the sustainability with this project. But I do believe that there is another plus factor that comes out of creating the “green” space on the roof. I feel like growing food and such makes people come together as a community, whether at an office or housing complex. Also I feel like if this green space was placed in an office building, it gives the employees a place to relax and regroup. I think the new CULC building on campus utilizes green space on the roof by having plants and trees on the rooftop. I know I cannot wait until this is open because I have a feeling I will be visiting this terrace for a relaxing study break.
-Rebecca Ramia

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