Flexible Design. Also called "loose fit, long life," this design principle anticipates and allows for future adaptations needed to extend a building's useful life. Design for End of Life. This principle encourages design for the disassembly, reuse, and/or recycling of building components and materials at the end of their useful life.
Eco-City is an essential approach for create sustainable development for the time being .The development aspects of Eco-City must be achieved, and it is one of the most effective way to proceed sustainable development of city. Sustainable development is major to improve the quality of life of the citizens and to reduce the effect of cities upon resources outside the urban context. Eco-cities enhance the comfort of citizens and society through integrated urban planning and management that fully harnesses the benefits of ecological systems. Also Eco-City serves as a fundamental catalyst for change, improving environmental quality of the natural and built environments for future generations, and upgrading conditions for sustainable development, the current situation of environmental problems is more serious than we think. Thus, it is very important for us to turn our eyes to the environment and to find out a positive way to live with nature .
Keywords: Eco-City; Sustainable City; Sustainable Development; Planning Eco-City.
Located in the Southeast of Hanoi City, adjacent to the Phap Van – Cau Gie – Ninh Binh intercity highway, the Hong Ha Eco City new urban area has an area of more than 16.7 hectares. With the goal of spatial organization planning to realize the idea of a “green urban area” with full modern facilities, but promoting the organic linkage between housing and utility projects. nature, trees, urban spatial organization planning plans have been continued, but always consistent with the intention throughout.
Located in Hoa Binh province. The project encompasses a series of new pavilions that loosely enclose by these neighbor new version of French Colonial villas style . Treated as a found object, perceptions of the original building are framed by the new interventions, which reference its scale, proportion and materials. The pavilions are articulated as autonomous rectilinear sculptural volumes, but in turn frame views back to the villa, refocusing attention on its form and details. The primary claddings of the new buildings—timber shingles and vertical slats—draw attention to the subordinate use of the same materials in the original architecture local, there utilized only on the front gable end and window shading, and on the sub-floor skirt respectively. The exterior spaces to the sides and front and back of the property are divided into room-sized courtyards by the new building volumes and the swimming pool look down to the hills and the pond next by to the traditional well, treated as another architectural volume—lending exterior spaces the quality of interiors, and vice versa.
Illustration: : Antonio Lopez
Sustainable homes have three key elements.
1. Environmental sustainability
The house is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save water and energy and reduce waste during construction and the house’s lifetime.
2. Social sustainability / universal design
The house is designed to prevent injuries through built-in safety features. It has security elements to reduce crime and improve the occupants’ sense of security. Features are also used to provide flexibility and comfort for people of varying abilities and at different life stages, including
children and people with limited mobility.
3. Economic sustainability
The house is designed to save money during construction and over the lifetime of the house. Careful planning avoids the need for major future renovations and reduces costs associated with energy use, water use and maintenance.
Minimalist interior design is becoming so popular today because people are getting busier and overwhelmed with constant pressure from demanding careers and personal lives.
Home should be our sanctuary or a retreat for our entire family at the end of a hectic day to get away from the overstimulated world. Minimalism fosters mental clarity and calming so it can increase our ability to focus and process information. A minimalist home has less stuff to clean so you can spend more time on your personal pursuit in life thereby increasing your life satisfaction.
Less is more. A minimalist home not only has minimum furniture but each piece is minimal in itself. This doesn’t necessarily mean the home will look cold, stark, unfinished and sterile.