Vatican Citys first-ever pavilion debuts at the Venice Architecture Biennale

June 1, 2018 by  
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The Vatican Chapels Pavilion of the Holy See opened to fanfare last week, marking Vatican City’s debut at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by Professor Francesco Dal Co, the temporary installation consists of 10 chapel-inspired pavilions, each designed by a different renowned design practice from around the world. Perhaps the most anticipated of them all is the pavilion by Foster + Partners , which takes the form of an open-air chapel built with a tensegrity structure. Spread out across the picturesque San Giorgio Maggiore Island, the Vatican Chapels Pavilion of the Holy See is set in a contemplative wooded environment. Foster + Partners’ chapel is located between two mature trees on one end of the island and connects to the lagoon beyond. The chapel comprises a tensegrity structure made up of three upright crosses that support a larch latticework membrane connected with steel cables and masts. Italian furniture company Tecno built the installation. “The project started with the selection of the site,” explained Norman Foster, founder of Foster + Partners. “On a visit to San Giorgio Maggiore, close to Palladio’s magnificent church and the Teatro Verde, I found a green space with two mature trees beautifully framing the view of the lagoon. It was like a small oasis in the big garden, perfect for contemplation. Our aim was to create a small space diffused with dappled shade and removed from the normality of passers-by, focused instead on the water and sky beyond – a sanctuary.” Related: Foster+Partners unveil design for first-ever Vatican Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale The larch membrane allows dappled light to pass through the chapel’s interior. The tensegrity structure was also engineered to withstand wind loads. Jasmine vines are planted around the structure and will grow overtop it in time to soften its contours and add an extra sensory element. The pavilion will remain open to the public until November 25, 2018. + Foster + Partners Images by Nigel Young/Foster + Partners

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Take Your Roots to New Heights: 9 Vertical Gardening Inspirations

August 3, 2017 by  
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It used to be that if you lived in a small space like an apartment or a condo, you could simply wash your hands of eco-friendly shenanigans like “composting” and “keeping plants alive.” But then some genius came along and…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to make a small space look bigger

January 13, 2015 by  
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Even though tiny living is quite en vogue at the moment, no one wants to feel like they live in a cramped cave. If there’s a small room in your home that you’d like to open up, there are a few easy tips and tricks that can take your space from claustrophobic to euphoric. Good to Be Home recently sent us a handy infographic summarizing their techniques for making any room look bigger. Hit the jump to check it out. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How to make a small space look bigger Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: good to be home , how to make a small room look bigger , make a room look bigger , small living , small space living tips

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How to Avoid Going Insane While Sharing a Tiny Apartment with Your Significant Other

February 13, 2014 by  
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As much as we adore small spaces , it’s hard to deny that living in super close quarters with your significant other can cause a strain on your relationship. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’ve rounded up 9 tips for couples trying to keep from maiming one another while sharing a micro apartment . Check them out here and let us know what advice you have for co-habiting a small space. SEE THE TIPS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adAPT Nyc , couples living in small spaces , couples living in tiny apartments , how to divide studio apartment , how to layout studio apartment , how to make the most of a small space , micro apartments , nyc studio apartment , small apartments , small space design , space divider , studio apartment , studio apartment nyc , tiny apartments , tiny homes        

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EcoMow Grass-Powered Robotic Lawnmower is its Own Energy Factory!

February 13, 2014 by  
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EcoMow , a startup founded by engineers and business students from George Mason University, is working on an automatic lawnmower that literally creates its own fuel. Between the tailpipe emissions and noise pollution, there’s nothing very clean or green about a traditional lawnmower . Sure, there are electric mowers (still ultimately powered by fossil fuels) and pushmowers (who’s got time for that) but both seem frightfully outdated in a time when phones double as personal computers. So EcoMow is giving the lawnmower a sustainable yet sophisticated upgrade. Their robotic lawnmower not only cuts grass without assistance, but it also turns those same organic clippings into biomass fuel. Read the rest of EcoMow Grass-Powered Robotic Lawnmower is its Own Energy Factory! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automatic lawnmower , biomass pellets , eco-friendly lawnmower , EcoMow , grass pellets , grass power , grass-powered lawnmower , robotic lawnmower        

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10 Awesome Upcycled Herb Garden Ideas

July 10, 2013 by  
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Growing your own food is a liberating feat of self-sufficiency. It also helps you save money and shrink the footprint of your nightly meals. If you’re new to gardening or have a small space to work with, growing your own …

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HAN’S Designs’ Transforming Furniture Module Goes from Shelf to Bed to Dining Table!

July 11, 2012 by  
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Living in the city often means trading down for a small space, but you can still keep things spacious and streamlined with HAN’S Designs ‘  multi-faceted, transforming furniture unit  . This cool module can go from shelf to desk to dining table to even a bed with little effort! The module comes in a classic red and white, and cushion-topped cubes mean you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for compactness. The design is just a concept right now, but you can see a model simulation on their site here . + HAN’S Designs, Naturals, Arts 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , compact furniture , furniture for small spaces , HAN’S Designs , multi use furniture , multi-faceted furniture unit , Transforming Furniture , transforming furniture modules

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An Organic Sports Bra that Holds Your iPod, Too

August 14, 2010 by  
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Image via Mi-Bra. For women who love to run with music: a sports bra that has a pocket up front for your iPod — and no, bouncing breasts do not charge your iPod while you run — MP3 player, credit card, or cash, and a small space to thread headphones through, too

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Can Great Design Redeem the Parking Garage?

August 13, 2010 by  
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Image Courtesy of: archdaily.com Parking garages are generally considered to be a necessary evil: necessary because everyone drives; evil because they are usually drab, ugly concrete structures that take up valuable urban space. Yet in recent years, architects and designers have been working to counter this view , by adding solar panels, giving preference to hybrid cars , and g…

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Amazon Tribe Battles Rabid Vampire Bats

August 13, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Zeusandhera /Flickr At the edge of the Amazon, a remote tribe suffers a plague of rabies spread by desperate vampire bats. It sounds like the plot from a bad B-movie, but the reality is far more grim: More than 500 people have been infected and at least four children have died.

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