More Eco-Development Optimism

Images: courtesy RMJM

What global recession? Only a week after South Korean developers announced the completion of phase one of a $35 billion eco-city, the architecture firm RMJM is promoting its own $1 billion ultra-green mixed-use development in Istanbul. According to a press release, the four-million-square-foot development, which is expected to serve 20,000 people, is moving ahead despite worldwide economic woes, slated for completion in 2011. More images after the jump.

Montage_high_res_smSet in the Atasehir district of Istanbul, the project includes a 60-story tower, 1,500 residential units, a five-star hotel, offices and conference facilities, plus landscaped public areas.

01_Atasehir-villas01_high_res_smGreen design features include rainwater collection sites, cooling water pools, and a “co-generation plant” that will produce electricity for the development.

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According to the press release, RMJM’s plans for LEED certification will make this “the first, sustainable mixed-use development of its kind in Turkey.”

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