An autism-friendly hospital emphasizes nature for resiliency and healing

January 13, 2021 by  
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Charleston, South Carolina has raised the bar for inclusive healthcare design with the opening of the new Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion. Designed by Perkins and Will in collaboration with associate architect McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, the new, 625,000-square-foot facility aims to be one of the country’s most autism-friendly hospitals with its welcoming design that emphasizes access to natural light, a warm materials palette and an abundance of greenery indoors and out. The building also prioritizes resiliency by placing all patient care areas above the designated flood elevation and integrating flood-proof panels, an absorbent native planting plan and a series of flood walls into its design.  Using feedback from parents with children who are on the autism spectrum, the architects crafted calming interiors that take into account the full-sensory experience — from the removal of automatic flushers and hand dryers in bathrooms to the minimization of visual clutter — as a means of avoiding potential triggers. The biophilic design also taps into the healing power of nature by creating connections between the indoors and out wherever possible. Fresh air, natural light, indoor greenery and nature-inspired artwork by local artists create a joyful indoor atmosphere. Related: Biophilic campus provides a safe haven for children with autism The rich culture and history of Charleston also inspired the interior design, from the two-story main lobby with recycled cypress paneling that takes cues from historic Charleston’s Courtyard Garden to a large-scale, stained glass artwork that evokes Angel Oak, an approximately 400-year-old Southern Live Oak. Timber-lined patient bedrooms mimic local beach houses and come with simple furnishings and customizable features to encourage children to decorate their own spaces. The 10-story, 250-bed facility is set back from the street to make room for an “urban green space” in a nod to Charleston’s famous civic gardens. Defined by a low seat wall that can help mitigate low-level flooding events, the landscape is planted with native species for low maintenance. Outdoor terraces on the seventh and eighth floors also connect the hospital with the outdoors.  + Perkins and Will Photography by James Steinkamp and Halkin Mason via Perkins and Will

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Balise is an adaptable nomadic shelter that helps the homeless get back on their feet

February 24, 2016 by  
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Martial Marquet and Judith Angel have designed Balise , a nomadic homeless shelter that can adapt to a variety of environments while providing all the necessary comforts of home. Developed for a competition that tackles homelessness launched by PEROU, the Balise design concept comprises two pop-up housing types—Solo and Duo—that include a bed, table, storage, and bathroom. The shelters can be used autonomously or joined together with other structures to create a temporary community. + Martial Marquet 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!

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TOMS Now Offers One Week of Clean Water for Every Coffee Bag You Buy

March 14, 2014 by  
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TOMS first pioneered the one-for-one business model, but now they want to give one week of clean water for every bag of coffee you buy from the company. Working in partnership with Water For People , TOMS wants to provide clean water in five countries using sustainable and community-owned water systems.  Angel Orozco , the company’s selected Master Roaster, will also be onboard to ensure the coffee beans are sourced ethically and deliver the highest quality every time. Read the rest of TOMS Now Offers One Week of Clean Water for Every Coffee Bag You Buy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Angel Orozco , clean water , community-owned water systems , ethical sourcing , fairtrade coffee , global water shortage , one-for-one business model , toms , TOMS Coffee Roasting , Water For People , water issues        

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Most ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM One Angel Square Officially Opens in Manchester

November 21, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Most ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM One Angel Square Officially Opens in Manchester Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3dreid , BREEAM outstanding , Co-operative Group , eco design , eco office , green architecture , Green Building , green design , high performance facade , highest breeam score , Manchester , most eco-friendly building , One Angel Square , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , sustainable office , UK        

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6 Vegan and Vegetarian Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

November 21, 2013 by  
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Guardian Angel Kangaroo Saves Lost Boy in Australian Bush

August 9, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock A kangaroo in Australia has turned out to be one child’s guardian angel. Seven-year-old Simon Kruger wandered away from his family and into the bush of Deep Creek Conservation Park outside of Adelaide, and became lost over night.  The boy told his dad that a kangaroo fell asleep next to him, keeping him warm throughout the cold wintry night. Read the rest of Guardian Angel Kangaroo Saves Lost Boy in Australian Bush Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , eco design , green design , kangaroo saves boy , Simon Kruger , sustainable design        

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Google Maps Launches Detailed Views of the Grand Canyon!

February 1, 2013 by  
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Anyone who has visited the Grand Canyon is sure to be familiar with its breathtaking beauty, its numerous trekking routes, and the terrifying stories about how hikers can potentially get lost. Never fear though – because Google Maps now features detailed routes and photos that let you explore the Grand Canyon from the comfort of your desk! The company used a modified version of their Google Map camera (known as the Trekker ) to chart and take panoramic photos of one of the world’s most spectacular national monuments. Google’s new images cover more than 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads, making the map one of the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use visualizations of the Grand Canyon ever created. Users will be able to “take a walk down the narrow trails and exposed paths of the Grand Canyon: hike down the famous Bright Angel Trail , gaze out at the mighty Colorado River , and explore scenic overlooks in full 360-degrees.” Google’s blog adds that “You’ll be happy you’re virtually hiking once you get to the steep inclines of the South Kaibab Trail . And rather than drive a couple hours to see the nearby Meteor Crater , a click of your mouse or tap of your finger will transport you to the rim of this otherworldly site”. The Trekker is an Android-operated 40-pound backpack that contains a 15-lens camera system. As the Google team walked over the rocky terrain on foot, the camera system was able to take more than 9,500 panoramas shots. Watch the below video to see how it was done! + Official Google Blog Via Google Lat-Long Blog Images: Google and Timon Singh

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Manchester’s One Angel Square is the UK’s Most BREEAM “Outstanding” Building

January 1, 2013 by  
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One Angel Square is the largest commercial building in Manchester, England – and it is now the highest scoring BREEAM Outstanding building in the United Kingdom. Designed by 3DReid , One Angel Square will be the new 500,000 square-foot home for the UK’s largest mutual retailer, The Co-Operative Group .  This new £100 million low-energy, highly sustainable headquarters will house the 3,500 employees of The Co-Operative Group. As it has just been completed, the project represents a tremendous opportunity for the citizens of Manchester see what sustainable building can achieve. Read the rest of Manchester’s One Angel Square is the UK’s Most BREEAM “Outstanding” Building Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3dreid , BREEAM , Buro Happold , Co-operative Group , energy efficient , Manchester , NOMA , One Angel Square , rainwater harvesting , Sustainable , united kingdom

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World’s Tallest Waterfall Gets New Name

December 24, 2009 by  
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Hidden deep within the Venezuelan jungle, stands the tallest waterfall in the world. It’s so tall, rising to a height of 3,212 ft, that the roaring torrent of falling water is reduced to a mere mist before meeting the rocks below. Due to its remote location, the magnificent cascade wasn’t known to the outside world until 16 November, 1933, when American aviator Jimmie Angel chanced a glimpse of it from the cockpit of his monoplane

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Best Products to Beat Dry Winter Skin

December 16, 2009 by  
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As it finally warms up from two consecutive weeks in the single digits here in Colorado, my skin has already taken a beating this winter. In search of the perfect moisturizers and lotions, here are a list of some of my favorite choices this winter

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