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La Usina del Arte - La Boca

La Usina del Arte (literally The Art Factory) is a concert hall and exhibition center in La Boca, Buenos Aires. The building used to be a factory: it was an electric plant up until 1997 and reopened as a cultural center in 2012. Its remodeling was a great commitment to preserving Buenos Aires architectural heritage and to developing the cultural offer in the popular district of La Boca.

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Green Buildings in Buenos Aires: Banco Ciudad

Green building is a growing tendency worldwide. In Buenos Aires, there are quite a few interesting green buildings. Banco Ciudad headquarters in Parque de los Patricios, a popular area near La Boca, is one of them.

Banco Ciudad building was built to LEED construction criteria. It achieved the LEED Silver category certification.

The project aesthetics is based on the use of concrete, glass and steel. The building is four floors high and occupies a whole block. On the ground floor, a very large atrium regroups most shared services: a reception, cafeterias and dining areas for employees and a bank agency. Working spaces are spread through the three remaining floors, with a very open layout.

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Palermo: Guadalupe Church

This imposing romanic Church is not often mentioned in touristic guides. It should be. Located in the heart of Palermo, on Paraguay St., this architectural beauty is worth visiting.

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Bosco Verticale

Bosco Verticale (“Vertical Forest”) is a green building project in Milan. The project incudes two residential towers and one office builing. The project is expected to host the equivalent of one hectare woodlot.

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Diagonal Norte Buenos Aires

Diagonal Norte, officially called President Roque Sáenz Peña Ave., is one of the major arteries of Buenos Aires city. It also is a symbol of the architectural modernization of the city at the beginning of the 20th century.

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An increasing number of hotels have included sustainability in their program. Green hotels have appeared all over the world, mainly in rural areas and national parks. Travellers are more and more conscious of the importance of respecting the environment and community. They started valorating the existence of a green or a socially responsible program when chosing a hotel.

There are some amazing green hotels  in the world. Here are some of them:

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Buenos Aires

Conde Nast Travel magazine awarded Buenos Aires the first place in South America favorite destinations list. The ranking was established thanks to an annual readers survey, named the “Readers Choice Award”.

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L Oasis d Aboukir green wall - two months after the installation

A green wall is a wall that is completely or partially covered with vegetation. French botanist Patrick Blanc is credited as the inventor of the concept in the late 1980s. Green walls are found most often in urban environments where the plants reduce overall temperatures of the building. Plant surfaces reduce the absorption of solar radiation and heat storage in the building material.

L’Oasis d’Aboukir green wall

L’Oasis d’Aboukir green wall can be found in Paris, at the corner of Rue d’Aboukir and Rue des Petits Carreaux, a densely populated area in the city center. The green wall was installed on the occasion of Paris Design Week in 2013. Installation was realized in less than seven weeks.

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