Denmark is building the "Silicon Valley of agriculture" near Aarhus

September 15, 2016 by  
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According to William McDonough + Partners , the agricultural food park first opened in 2009. It is owned by The Danish Agriculture & Food Council and currently hosts 75 companies and 1,000 employees. Now spanning 44,000m2, the park will grow an additional 280,000m2 in multiple phases over the next 30 years. William McDonough + Partners said it is expected to “create synergies among the many existing tenants while building an ecosystem inviting new entities to further strengthen products and expertise developed within the hub.” McDonough later told Inhabitat, “This is a place, literally, where people could be engaging in the business of feeding the world safe, healthy food. That, to us, is very exciting.” William McDonough + Partners and GXN are specifically focusing on five particular areas that will define the AFP (and potentially future, similar developments) and creative an inspiring space that gives rise to innovation; they include healthy materials, clean energy , increased biodiversity, healthy air, and clean water. Related: Interview with William McDonough, green architect and Cradle to Cradle founder “Embracing Agro-Urban Ecosystem Design, the AFP treats urban and agricultural development together as a unified, productive and restorative ecosystem,” said William McDonough + Partners. “By integrating the carbon cycle and other ecological processes into large scale urban systems and their surroundings – buildings and energy flows, water cycles and wastewater treatment, land use and food production – the AFP creates economic value within the urban and agricultural infrastructure.” The master plan comprises three main sections – the Lawn, a central communal green space that will become a “showroom” for experimental food production, the Strip, the main street with “active” ground floor facades to ensure a lively atmosphere throughout the day, and five Plazas that “bind” clusters of buildings together, creating individual neighborhoods with distinct identities. “Innovation occurs best when knowledge is concentrated in clusters and cross-pollinated,” said Kasper Guldager Jensen, Director of GXN. “By linking food production to urban life, we have tried to create an environment where people, knowledge and ideas meet. The dream is to create the framework for agriculture’s answer to Silicon Valley.” + William McDonough + Partners

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Contemporary Finnish lake house is built with seven types of timber

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The warm and welcoming House Åkerudden owes its cozy character to its timber-lined and light-filled interior. Its gabled form is a reference to the local vernacular of Tenala, a rural community 60 miles west of Helsinki. Unlike the neighboring architecture, however, the lake house combines treated and untreated timber for a highly textured appearance that complements the surrounding field landscape. The house is clad in vertical strips of aspen and sits atop oak batons, while the outdoor decks are built with locally sourced Oregon pine. “The building’s idiom is simple and oblong and it settles naturally into the open field landscape,” said studio founder Mathias Nyström, according to Dezeen . “In its simplicity and apparent modesty, it approaches vernacular architecture without mimicking it. The goals were authenticity, simplicity, locality and sustainability.” House Åkerudden was built with a locally sourced spruce frame, which is kept exposed and was lightly treated with white-tinted oil. Oiled and untreated black alder paneling, as well as oak veneer, pine, and larch surfaces line the interior. Black-painted oriented strand board clads the staircase. Related: Timber-louvered house maximizes privacy and light in rural Germany Natural light streams in through large windows on all sides of the home that frame views of the outdoors. The home, aided by the double-height space in the large open-plan lounge and kitchen that occupy one half of the building, help make the home feel airy and spacious. The other half of the home comprises the bedrooms, bathrooms, and study, and is separated from the communal areas by an entrance hall. + MNy Arkitekter Via Dezeen Images © Mathias Nyström and Kuvio Architectural Photography

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Katrina Victims Seek to Sue Shell, Exxon, Other Carbon Emitters

March 4, 2010 by  
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More than four years have passed since Hurricane Katrina hit the south, and many residents still suffer today.

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