New Arizona highrise takes sustainable luxury to another level

September 7, 2020 by  
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This 12-story residential tower doesn’t just boast an impressive luxury highrise  condominium  design, but also an award-winning green building design. The luxurious 7180 Optima Kierland is located in one of North Scottsdale’s most desirable areas, with lavish amenities throughout and a vertical landscape system with self-containing irrigation. The building debuted a new  green  design created by David Hovey Jr., Optima’s president and head architect. The architectural firm has already earned a reputation for its unique buildings that marry design with innovation and sustainability. Related: A massive green wall grows up the side of this luxury Italian hotel Both the rooftop and ground level feature  luxury  amenities. The 12th floor Sky Deck includes a cutting edge design that utilizes railings just beyond the skyline to create a negative-edge view, giving residents the sensation of floating above the city. The top floor Sky Deck also contains the state’s first rooftop running track, a heated lap pool, various seating areas and a spa complete with cold plunge pools, a steam room, a sauna and hydrotherapy capabilities. There is also an outdoor theater, indoor screening area, a fire pit area and an indoor/outdoor fitness studio. On the ground floor, residents enjoy an additional gym and spa, a covered dog park and dog wash, a game room, a catering room and more. Sustainable elements include perforated panels on the facade along with sun-screening louvers to create textured shadows. During construction, builders used post-tension concrete and aluminum. A variety of energy-efficient and carbon-reducing design aspects, combined with water-conserving plumbing fixtures, give the building added eco-friendly elements. The building’s most impressive  sustainable  feature has to be the innovative vertical landscape system; built-in self-containing irrigation and drainage allow for vibrant, colorful plants that start at the edge of each floor and grow up and over the building. A six-acre park accented by a water feature and landscaped with  drought-resistant , desert climate plants surrounds the building. This green space helps reduce ambient temperature, creating a microclimate that lowers the temperature by between five and nine degrees. + Optima Kierland Images via Optima Kierland

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Top 6 Ecouterre Eco Fashion Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

December 28, 2011 by  
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If you remember a time (just a few short years ago) when eco fashion consisted of oatmeal-colored t shirts and hempy linen shorts, you can appreciate just how sophisticated and even high tech sustainable style has become now that it’s 2011. And it’s interesting to see what types of stories Ecouterre readers gravitated towards most this year – from a cutting edge solar powered bikini to an app that can turn your drawings into real dresses to (because it wouldn’t be the internet without one of these), a highly controversial dress made out of cow nipples . Which eco fashion story do you think best exemplifies the year in sustainable fashion ? Vote now to let us know! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: best eco fashion posts , best fashion stories of 2011 , best of ecouterre , eco-fashion , green fashion , inhabitat readers choice winners , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , Top 6 eco fashionStories of 2011 , top eco style stories of 2011 , top fashion posts , top green fashion stories 2011

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Top 6 Original Photo Stories of 2011 – Vote For Your Favorite!

December 28, 2011 by  
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From New York City to Abu Dhabi , Inhabitat has covered a lot of ground in 2011, always with our cameras in hand. This year, we brought you more on-the-ground reporting and original photography than ever before. We covered quirky stories like the world’s largest pumpkin being carved into a creepy zombie sculpture to highly anticipated events that the whole world was watching, like the opening of the National 9/11 Memorial . Every opportunity we’ve had to capture green design in the real world has been a thrill, and now we’re taking a look back at our most popular photo posts. Check them out below and vote for your favorite! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2011 photos , 911 memorial , bronx zoo lego animals , bronx zoo lego photos , Foster and Partners , high line section 2 , high line section 2 photos , inhabitat original photography , inhabitat original photography 2011 , inhabitat photo posts , inhabitat photos , masdar city , original photography posts , oyster 800 wave power generator , oyster 800 wave power generator photos , pumpkin zombie carving , september 11 memorial photos , top photos of 2011 , world’s largest pumpkin

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French Artisan Takes Recycled Metal to the Dark Side with an Awesome Darth Vader Bust

December 28, 2011 by  
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French artisan Alain Bellino took his craft to the dark side when he welded a number of leftover metal pieces together to create this surprisingly realistic  Darth Vader bust. Bellino saves and restores a bevy of items from chandeliers to sculptures to tea sets to door knockers and his handmade Vader sculpture is made of everything but the kitchen sink (including two recycled spoons for the eyes and an entire helmet of decorative ornaments). If you’re impressed with Bellino’s Star Wars tribute, check out his other creations which include a chrome skull, a lamp made of out forks and spoons, and even the Statue of Liberty on his online portfolio ! + Alain Bellino Via design you trust Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alain Bellino , Art , darth vader , darth vader art , darth vader sculpture , eco-art , eco-materials , france , french sculpture , green art , green materials , green sculpture , Metal , Nice , recycled art , Recycled Materials , recycled sculpture , recycled sculpture france , sculpture art , star wars , star wars art , sustainable art

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Share Your Message for the World with mosaic:EARTH and Harmony

November 16, 2010 by  
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Photo credit: TckTckTck HRH The Prince of Wales has released his latest book, Harmony , detailing a new approach to understanding the world—and living in it. In an effort to bring these ideas to the largest audience possible, a film, inspired by the book and sharing the same name, will air on NBC this Friday

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Today on Planet 100: Putting a Human Face on Climate Change (Video)

November 16, 2010 by  
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New 2011 Hyundai Elantra Rated 40 MPG on Highway

November 16, 2010 by  
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Photo: Hyundai Joining the 40 MPG Club (On the Highway, Anyway…) As usual with these types of announcements, I feel ambivalent: On one hand, it’s not a major breakthrough, it’s one more gasoline car (better to walk, bike, or take transit)…

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