Curvaceous algae-covered towers proposed for Hangzhou

May 11, 2018 by  
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Paris-based studio XTU Architects recently unveiled designs for a futuristic high-rise in Hangzhou that blends sustainable technologies into an organic, sculptural design. Cloaked in a “bio facade” of micro algae -covered panels, the curvaceous towers can produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. Dubbed French Dream Towers, the mixed-use complex would also incorporate rainwater harvesting, a greenhouse, and an aquaponics system. Currently under review, French Dream Towers comprises four buildings clustered around a central water body. The towers feature sloped facades that give the project its organic shape and help facilitate rainwater collection . The mixed-use complex includes a French Tech Hub with offices and co-working spaces; an Art Center comprising galleries, artist residences, and market space; a hotel with wellness facilities; and a luxury restaurant with French fusion cuisine and a bar. Related: Incredible Algae Dome absorbs sun and CO2 to produce superfood and oxygen “The culture of micro-algae on the building facade is a process developed by XTU for several years,” said the architects of their patent-pending micro-algae panels. “It allows the symbiosis: the bio facade uses the thermal building to regulate the culture temperature of algae and at the same time these facades allow a much better insulation of buildings.” + XTU Architects Via Dezeen Images via XTU Architects

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Infographic: Recycling Shingles

September 11, 2013 by  
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Ever wondered what becomes of shingles when they’re no longer serving their purpose on rooftops? Many are used in asphalt to pave roads — which is a much better alternative than being sent to a landfill. Learn more about how …

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Camping Gets Cooler with New Hammock Shelter

September 11, 2013 by  
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Stay dry and protected on your next camping trip — and well off the ground — with the Nubé.

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7 Tips for Donating to Habitat for Humanity ReStore

September 11, 2013 by  
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Follow this guide to making a smooth and successful donation to a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

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Animated Short Film from Chipotle & Willie Nelson Highlights Sustainable Farms (Video)

September 1, 2011 by  
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Image: Screenshot from video below I like Chipotle . And, yes, I know it isn’t the healthiest option , at least not the way that I order my burrito, but I think they do a much better job than most other corporate chain restaurants when it comes to where they source their ingredients. A new ad (video below) … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Weekday Vegetarian: 12 Recipes for the Grill Just in Time for the Long Weekend

September 1, 2011 by  
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Photo: Kelly Rossiter Summer is the time for grilling, and where I live, the Labour Day Weekend is the last of the big barbeque weekends. Lots of people continue to grill throughout the fall of course, but once it gets really cold here in Toronto, it becomes a bit of a challenge. Here are 20 great recipes for the grill for that last hurrah…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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