Design Team: Geotectura / Axelrod-Grobman Architects / Chen Architects
This augmented reality of the PSES building was comissioned by Dr. Joseph Cory as part of his "Ecological Ripples" Exhibition in order to raise awareness towards sustainable design and to show key features of the building in a new pioneering way. The building is the first of its kind in Israel. Built to reflect the broad environmental vision of its foundres, it implements a range of green principles and ideas. For more information press the AR tab.
How do you build with zero budget, a zero energy home? One that you can eat off the floor? And can you win a Green Olympic with your students? Architect Joseph Cory claims that Kermit the frog was wrong -- being green is easy!
The i-rise by Dr. Joseph Cory from Geotectura and Eyal Malka manifests an ecological approach that is far removed from the romantic attitude of the common single family house. The i-rise is an experiment of both practical and theoretical level transforming the single family house from its traditional horizontal land wasting state into a vertical state which is much more economical and ecological. The footprint of the new residential structure is only 5 meters by 7.5 meters. The re-configuration of the house holds great potential in reducing existing social, economical and technological gaps. The construction of the i-rise is significantly cheaper and faster, due to industrial prefabrication of the structure, easy transportation options, and a quick building process. People will be able to inhabit the i-rise in several weeks. The process of "planting" the building in the foundations is very similar to the process of planting a tree, and does not require extended infrastructure preparations. It is just as easy to uproot the construction in order to recycle it or to move it into a new location. The Brain Unit functions as a heat isolated hanging roof and contain other systems such as a simple solar system, utilizing 3-D pyramidal panels that expand the active surface area of the unit, thus achieving maximum exposure to the sun. Energy utilization through simple and easily-sustainable technologies on the one hand, and energy saving through built-in recycling systems on the other hand are all basic necessities in the sustainable era and should not be luxuries and expensive elements. By bringing the ecological awareness to the majority of the people we will be able to make a positive impact on our planet. Frederick Kiesler once said that: "The answer is not in the comforts of technology The answer lies beyond the idea of function. As we can see around us, the whole idea of function is in constant evolution, and I think it is the duty of the architect to foresee, to plan, to forefeel his way toward the future in order to be planning properly for today."
Israeli Pavilion 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale
Additions: Architecture along a Continuum”
Dr. Joseph Cory and Tzahi Vazana present Additional Hope, a project of extensive additions on 1950's modernist residential blocks in the city of Haifa, as the blocks' aesthetical values and social heritage are casted into the add-ons. The add-ons are equipped with ecological systems, serving as added values to the blocks.
What are our houses but coffins towering up from the earth into the air?
One storey, two storeys – a thousand storeys. Walled up on two sides, on ten sides.
Stone entombed – or wood, clay, concrete. Coffins with airholes.
Cemeteries have more air for the skeletons of their dead than our cities for the lungs of their living.
Each grave has its lawn, its piece of meadow, a gravelled path to separate it from its neighbors.
Each grave an islet of green. Each his own master: each his own settlement.
And our cities? walls, walls, WALLS...
We will have NO MORE WALLS, these armories for body and soul, this whole armorized civilization; with or without ornament.
1. Transformation of the surrounding area of space into cities.
2. Liberation from the ground, abolition of the static axis.
3. No walls, no foundations.
4. A system of spans (tension) in free SPACE.
5. Creation of new kinds of living, and, through them, the demands which will remould society.
We are satiated with architecture. We want no new editions, be they ever so well contrived.
Instead of the old bedizzened single-faced models, plain four-faced models; for baroque curves, straight lines; for ogival windows, rectangular windows.
The expert is bankrupt.
What interests everyone is: how does one LIVE among these curved or straight walls?
from what sort of life, of NEW life, do these four or x faces arise
Frederick Kiesler, 1930
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