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eco-friendly house

Wilkinson Residence (Portland , Oregon), designed by Robert Harvey Oshatz architect in 1997 and completed in 2004, is a forest-based house. Located on a flag lot, a steep sloping grade provided the opportunity to bring the main level of the house into the tree canopy to evoke the feeling of being in a tree house. A lover of music, the client wanted a house that not only became part of the natural landscape but also addressed the flow of music. One must actually stroll through the house to grasp its complexities and its connection to the exterior. One example is a natural wood ceiling, floating on curved laminated wood beams, passing through a generous glass wall which wraps around the main living room. But is this tree-hourse truly sustainable? Well, looking at these pictures, we realize the design’s characterized by many elements that do not seem really recyclable or with a low impact on the environment; the location is undoubtly eco-friendly but not sure of the materials and production methods used to build such a marvellous house. What do you think about it?

Talking about forests and the wood material, it is undeniably true that primary forest is an absolute asset for humanity, an ecosystem that has taken millions of years to give as an enormous flora and fauna biodiversity that, once destroyed, can never be reconstructed again. By penetrating the forest, the wood industry devastates gigantic areas, destroying animal and plant species and the cultural, nutritional and medicinal resources on which the native populations depend. The forest is also in danger due to the fires that prepare the territory for other, just as destructive, activities such as breeding and agriculture that prevent the growth of new trees. The forest is also vital for the rain cycle and to preserve the microclimate: in fact, deforestation contributes to the acceleration of global climatic changes on the Earth and increases the greenhouse effect. This is why it is important to avoid using wood coming from the primary forest and to favour species grown in purposely-created plantations or in European woods in which valid and certified forestry projects are in course.
Valcucine has no part in the exploitation of the primary forest and uses only wood species that come from plantations in which there is a balance between felling and planting.



On the 23rd and 24th October 2009 in São Paulo (Brazil) the Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo hosts the second edition of BOOMSPDESIGN – Architecture, Design and Art Forum.
“The Forum will be a nice  get together of speakers from all over  the world, from  different fields. The meeting is, that will be attended by designers, architects, artists, graphic designers, entrepreneurs and university people, aims to promote discussions about architecture, design and art and its impacts on the modern ways of technology, consumption and behavior. Belas Artes  started as an art University a more than 60 years ago. Celebrates its  25th aniversary of its  design course and  30th aniversary  of the  Department of Architecture and Urban Planning. IN this matter it is  quite natural to support an event linked to these three fields.”

It is a great opportunity for our students  to meet fantastic professionals from Brazil and all over the world, “says the advisor of Belas Artes, Patricia Cardim.
“The support of Belas Artes Ubiversity  has been fantastic to our project. This year we also started partnerships with the community  creating a new atmosphere within design studios around the city, stores, restaurants and galleries, promoting new insights into the world of design. The  Brazilian community  will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with great speakers, understand their thoughts and learn more about their projects”, says the promoter of Boomspdesign, Roberto Cocenza.

A new way of looking at the contemporary world that has radically transformed the aesthetics of products and the nature of consumer culture.
A MINI EXHIBITION, with participation of speakers expressing their favorite pieces;
A MINI DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL in the main lounge, exhibitions and other activities around town.

BOOMSPDESIGN – Fórum de Arquitetura, Design e Arte

At the Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo
Rua José Antonio Coelho, 879 – unidade 3 – São Paulo (SP).


Treehugger has selected the green candidates for the category design and arquitecture.
Now it’s your turn to vote for the best of green!
Among all, Valcucine stands out for its Invitrum Base Units’ System. Express your vote by clicking on the number (1-10) on the top of candidates’ pictures. You can vote as many times as you want until the 22nd April.

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