The repetition of simple forms and materials give The Ironbank Building in Auckland, NZ a lot of design punch.

Regrettably, the federal government failed to show the same creativity when it came to conceptualizing the Canada House venue for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.  This eco-pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo 2010, with Cirque du Soleil in the lead, showcases Canadian design, natural materials and green building technology.  Images of the newly constructed pavilion can be viewed here.  Well done Cirque and well done Canada!

Dutch company Peer+ has launched a new glazing product called “Smart Energy Glass” that provides three different states of shading (bright|dark|privacy) and generates electricity that can either be used in the building or contributed to the grid.  The first pilot projects in the Netherlands are currently under way.

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