Recycled wind turbine blades proposed as a playscape for Burning Man

April 23, 2020 by  
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Washington-based architect and designer Michael Mannhard has unveiled designs for BladeYARD, a proposal for a Burning Man 2021 installation built from recycled wind turbine blades. Created as a visual warning of the effects of climate change and shortsighted solutions, the installation mimics a large-scale ruin with parts of the blades submerged in the sands of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Part of Mannhard’s inspiration for the project stems from a recent Bloomberg News article that says wind turbine blades can’t be recycled, and as a result, they are piling up in landfills at a rate of nearly 8,000 blades a year. “What does it mean when this symbol of hope fails us so greatly?” asks Mannhard, who recalls growing up in the Midwest and marveling at sights of the massive turbines. “How is it that the most prominent symbol of our sustainable future was designed in such a way as to simply be buried in the ground at the end of its working life as a blade? These objects are now layered in new meaning as symbols of our shortsightedness in how we approach our built world and the incredible challenge of designing for the whole life cycle of products.” Related: Windwords proposal turns wind turbines into public art The BladeYARD project would explore those questions by bringing people up close with a “graveyard” of wind turbine blades. The massive blades — some of which can reach 100 meters in length — would be arranged like the bleached bones of an animal carcass, with some elements lying flat and partly buried in the sand while others stick straight up. Burning Man participants would be able to climb atop of, seek shelter under and wander through the sculptural installation. If it is accepted as an installation at Burning Man 2021, Mannhard plans to have BladeYARD dismantled and moved to a more permanent home after the event. Burning Man is scheduled to take place every year at the end of the summer in Northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. + Michael Mannhard Images by Michael Mannhard

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Marine veteran converts a school bus into a nonprofit traveling art studio

April 23, 2020 by  
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It’s safe to say that Marine veteran Jessica Rambo is not one to rest on her laurels. After 10 years of service in the Marine Corps, the mom of two worked day in and day out for two years in order to convert a 1997 Blue Bird school bus into a full-time tiny house on wheels that also serves as a roaming art studio. Now, Rambo and her two kids are about to embark on a long road trip to bring her nonprofit art organization, The Painted Buffalo Studio , to veterans around the country. After serving in the Marines, Rambo enrolled in art school as a way to transition back to civilian life. As a single mother, she decided that she also needed to downsize to show her kids the importance of living a life without excess . Once she decided to renovate the old Blue Bird school bus, she also found a new purpose to her project — to serve her fellow veterans by offering art classes to those who need an outlet after coming home. Related: Old bus is converted into a mobile greenhouse to teach students about sustainable eating habits Doing most of the work herself on the weekends, Rambo took two years to completely renovate the bus. The result is a light-filled, cabin-like tiny home on wheels with dark wood throughout the space, enhanced with white and teal accents. The living space includes a surprisingly large kitchen with butcher-block counters and teal cabinets. Alongside the kitchen, a small dinette doubles as a workspace on one side, and a long, cushioned bench with storage underneath was installed along the other wall. The skoolie even has a small zen garden/shrine under the front windshield. For sleeping, the bus features two bunk beds for the kids as well as a master bedroom at the back of the tiny home for Rambo. One unique feature is the bathroom, which has just enough space for a cool metal soaking tub and a composting toilet . According to Jessica, the skoolie conversion was much more than just turning an old bus into a home. “I wanted to do something wild. I wanted to prove to myself that when I set my mind to something I complete it,” Rambo said. “I felt like I didn’t complete my mission in the Marine Corps, I was struggling to get through art school, and I wanted to show myself and my children that just because you fail at something that is important to you, you can dust yourself off and try again.” After the long DIY renovation , Rambo and her family moved into the converted bus in August 2019. They are currently mapping out a road trip around the country in order to bring art classes to veterans through her nonprofit organization, Painted Buffalo Traveling Studio . + Painted Buffalo Traveling Studio Via Tiny House Talk Images via Painted Buffalo Traveling Studio

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eVolo announces winners of the 2019 Skyscraper Competition

May 10, 2019 by  
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eVolo Magazine has announced the winners of its 2019 Skyscraper Competition from a pool of 478 projects. A jury of architects and designers selected three winners and 27 honorable mentions. The annual award recognizes “visionary ideas for building [high-rise] projects that through [the] novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics and spatial organizations, challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.” Methanescraper, an energy-producing “vertical landfill” city district concept was crowned the first place winner. Serbian designer Marko Dragicevic placed first in the 14th iteration of eVolo’s Skyscraper Competition with “Methanescraper,” a proposal for a city district in Belgrade that serves as a “vertical landfill” for waste and recycling. The district’s towers would be built mainly of waste capsules, modular units that contain sorted trash. Methane gas produced by the decomposition of waste would be extracted by pipes, pumped into storage tanks for filtering and then sent into the generator, where the gas is burned and transformed into electricity used to power the tower and the city. In second place is the “Airscraper” by Polish designers Klaudia Go?aszewska and Marek Grodzicki. Taking inspiration from Le Corbusier’s philosophy of houses as “machines for living,” the Airscraper was proposed to help fight air pollution in Beijing. At 2,624 feet, the mixed-use building is envisioned as the Chinese capital’s tallest tower and would contain three types of modules — an Air-Intake module, a Solar-Gain module and a Green-Garden module — arranged around an inner chimney that uses the stack effect to suck in outdoor polluted air for treatment. Related: The Fire Prevention Skyscraper brings sustainable housing to areas affected by forest fires U.K.-based designers Zijian Wan, Xiaozhi Qi and Yueya Liu designed the third place winner, the “Creature Ark: Biosphere Skyscraper.” Inspired by Noah’s Ark, the designers created a vertical conservation skyscraper for fauna and flora that consists of five simulated ecological environments, from the bottom up: arid, tropical, temperate, continental and polar. + eVolo 2019 Skyscraper Competition Images via eVolo

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No unconditional basic income in Switzerland, say weekend referendum results

June 6, 2016 by  
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As predicted, voters in Switzerland roundly rejected a proposal for an ‘unconditional basic income’ (UBI) for all. The final count from Sunday’s vote show nearly 77 percent of residents voted against the initiative, which exceeds the figure estimated by earlier polls. The referendum was held despite a widespread lack of political support, due to Switzerland’s law that allows any proposal that collects 100,000 signatures in 18 months to be put to a public vote. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14SSvIIHZT8 The proposal outlined a $2,500 monthly payment for each adult citizen of Switzerland , as well as legal foreign residents who have been in the country for five years or longer. The initiative also outlined $625 per month for each child. UBI programs are largely designed to help alleviate the stress of paying for basic needs, such as housing and food. In a country where the cost of living is steep, Swiss residents seemed likely candidates for a successful UBI campaign, but the government and most political parties rallied against it for months prior to the vote, arguing that ‘free money’ would make people lazy and potentially lure an influx of unwanted immigrants. Related: Swiss voters to decide on $2,500/mo ‘unconditional basic income’ initiative this Sunday Switzerland’s UBI referendum makes it the first country in the world to vote on such an issue, although similar plans are facing debate elsewhere, and it’s difficult to predict how the results of Sunday’s vote will affect campaigns and experiments in other countries, if at all. Finland is gearing up for a small-scale UBI experiment involving 8,000 residents, while the Dutch city of Utrecht will conduct its own pilot program beginning in January 2017 . Via BBC Images via Blok 70/Flickr and Davide Restivo

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COLAB Offers Up Sustainable Design Solutions for Car-centric Markham, Canada

June 28, 2012 by  
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City Systems is a multi-year project conducted by the Institute without Boundaries (IwB) at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. The project helps students studying ‘Interdisciplinary Design Strategy’ understand and design more resilient cities during an intensive, hands-on project year. The class of 2011-12 focused on resolving the challenges facing the edge city of Markham , a car-centric suburban community at the edge of Toronto , as it continues to experience rapid population growth. The resulting project, called COLAB , includes a proposal for a new kind of neighborhood: a model sustainable community supported by a 3-way partnership between municipality, local businesses and residents. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of COLAB Offers Up Sustainable Design Solutions for Car-centric Markham, Canada Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: COLAB , COLAB design plan , green urban planning , improving public infrastructure , improving urban transportation , public transportation plans , smarty urban planning , sustainable cities

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London’s First Cable Car, The Emirates Air Line Opens Today!

June 28, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of London’s First Cable Car, The Emirates Air Line Opens Today! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , 2012 London Olympics , 2012 olympics , cable car , emirates air line , emirates airline , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green transport , green transportation , LA eco designers , London , london cable car , London Olympics , olympics , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , thames , thames crossing

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Del Popolo is a Mobile Neapolitan Pizza Joint in a Recycled Shipping Container!

June 28, 2012 by  
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Cisco’s Toronto Innovation Center is a Laboratory for Green Technology

June 28, 2012 by  
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This week  Cisco Systems cut the ribbon on its Toronto Innovation Center — a place where developers and tech professionals can come together to integrate different building technologies in order to produce more efficient and sustainable building systems. To the casual observer, the innovation center looks like a small conference room with a handful of different electrical components and touchscreens attached to a pegboard wall. But in reality, the room is a working laboratory where Cisco, along with other technology companies, experiment with intelligent building systems. Read the rest of Cisco’s Toronto Innovation Center is a Laboratory for Green Technology Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cisco Canada , Cisco System , FlexIT Solutions , green technology , hvac , Innovation Center , Innovation centre , Ron Gordon , S+CC , Smart+Connected Communities

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Nomad concept RV keeps you safe in a globally warmed world

April 10, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable vehicle designed for use after a global disaster. With global temperatures on a steep rise researchers are anticipating times when natural disasters will make humans live like nomads again. However, there are several eco-conscious souls who are planning out systems that might prevent us from going back to the Stone Age, using present technology.

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SOLO-TREC – The world’s first unmanned underwater vehicle powered by renewable energy

April 10, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Self-sustainable UUV uses the energy of the ocean for practically limitless energy supply. SOLO-TREC, or Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangian Observer – Thermal RECharging, is powered by Navy-funded thermal engine that is accomplishing a feat that no other underwater vessel has ever done.

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