The One Bryant Park building in Manhattan serves as one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. As the class reading states, megacities are home to some of the most environmentally threatening issues. They host the most amounts of pollution and waste. This was an issue brought up in order to ensure that new buildings would implement sustainable architecture and technology, which this very building in New York City has successfully done. It marks itself as the first skyscraper to have LEED platinum certification. The building includes “CO2 monitors, waterless urinals and LED lighting, the building also has its own generation plant that produces 4.6 megawatts of clean, sustainable, energy.” Another source adds even further that some of the amenities are “an urban garden room, a 4.6 megawatt combined heat and power plant, an ice cooling system, a building-wide water reclamation system, green roofs that utilize compost from tenant cafeteria waste, state-of- the-art advanced air filtration for exceptional indoor air quality, destination dispatch elevator control, and dedicated backup emergency generators.” These are standards by which future buildings should abide by. These factors are especially fascinating to me because this is exactly the type of work I’d love to get into some day in architecture.
The main goals of this building were to recycle and save as much water as possible. The building actually was very successful in that. In fact, “One Bryant Park will use about eight million gallons of water a year less than a comparable building.” Seeing that this building is now nearly a decade old, we can learn from its accomplishments in order to develop even more successful skyscrapers in the future. As the reading mentioned, there will be an estimated 10 more megacities to come by 2020. For cities over 10 million in population, it is especially important to provide the proper sustainable guidelines for the infrastructure and architecture of those megacities.
This first blog regarding waterless urinals is very much related to my blog because of the fact that mine also discusses about urinals which will help save water. The main goal of the project from my blog was to have a building which would save as much water possible. In order to do this, they had to invest in waterless urinals through out the whole skyscraper. This blog which focuses a bit more entirely on the urinals goes further into depth on the details behind them such as the fact that most urinals use 1.6-4 gallons per flush! The fact that we can eliminate that factor altogether in a WHOLE building is phenomenal.
Green roofs are one of the most frequently used innovative projects for sustainable architecture because they are so effective. This blog speaks of how successful the green roof project was here in Chicago and how it has made it one of the greenest cities around. This relates to my blog in the way that my project being described also implements green roofs as part of its design. Therefore, we can put ideas together such as the ones from these two blogs in order to create more sustainable projects in the future which will have even more success.