Partnerships: The key to getting green chemistry tech to market?

March 15, 2017 by  
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How companies such as Levi’s, Apple and Dow are engaging in the pursuit of new materials and industrial ingredients.

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8 ways cities are upping the ante on building efficiency

March 15, 2017 by  
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Leading by example and linking up with utilities are among the strategies cities are deploying.

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Apple’s $5 billion spaceship campus to open in April as "Apple Park"

February 23, 2017 by  
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Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino is all set for a planned move-in date of April 2017. Steve Jobs first presented his vision and building plans for the “spaceship” campus to city managers in 2011, and the company just announced that its new headquarters will officially be called “Apple Park.” The building will pump out 17 megawatts of solar power via panels on its massive roof – that’s enough energy to power most of the 175-acre site. More than 12,000 apple staff will inhabit the complex, which will include a 1000-seat auditorium dubbed the “Steve Jobs Theater.” According to Apple, the campus’ ring-shaped 2.8 million-square-foot main building is covered in the world’s largest curved glass panels. The entrance to Jobs’ namesake auditorium consists of a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder that’s 165 feet in diameter and supports a metallic carbon roof. Said theater sits on top of a hill, at one of the highest points of land in Apple park, where it looks out over surrounding meadows in the Santa Clara Valley and the campus’ main building. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VCvkYA5dR8 “Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come,” says Apple CEO , Tim Cook. “The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We’ve achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.” It will take employees as long as six months to move in and get settled away in the massive building . After doing so, they’ll be able to take advantage of a café that’s open to the public, a 100,000-square-foot fitness center, secure R&D facilities, a theater, as well as two miles of paths for walking and running, an orchard, a meadow and a pond. Related: Jaw-dropping scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new drone footage Apple Park was designed in collaborating with Foster + Partners , and it takes the place of what was once 5 million square-feet of asphalt and concrete. The land is now planted with grassy fields, and native and drought-resistant trees. Via Digital Trends and Apple Images via Apple

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Sources say Apple is no longer building mysterious self-driving car

October 17, 2016 by  
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Apple ‘s mysterious Project Titan appears to have lost steam, according to sources ” familiar with the project .” Bloomberg spoke to people who say the tech giant won’t be building an autonomous car under Project Titan any longer, but will rather hone in on self-driving car software . These people say hundreds of employees working on Project Titan have either been let go or reassigned. Anonymous sources told Bloomberg there have been several issues with Project Titan. According to one person, “It was an incredible failure of leadership.” Project Titan head Steve Zadesky, who used to be an engineer at Ford , left the project earlier this year to work elsewhere at Apple . Bob Mansfield, a manager with experience developing the iPad , eventually came on the team to lead in April. Related: Apple sinks $1B into China’s biggest Uber rival Around a month afterwards, Mansfield announced a ” strategy shift ” at a company meeting, according to Bloomberg which received information from people present at the meeting. Mansfield said Apple wouldn’t create a self-driving car that could compete with those from companies like Tesla ; rather Project Titan would zero in on self-driving car software. But after that meeting, engineers began to leave Project Titan. In August and September employees were let go. Others left on their own. Some people suspected Apple battled supply chain struggles as well. The tech giant typically holds exclusive rights for smartphone parts, but such a strategy didn’t seem to work in the autonomous car game. Suppliers likely didn’t want to grant exclusive rights as Apple may not have sold many cars at the beginning. Center for Automotive Research analyst Eric Paul Dennis told Bloomberg about Apple, “When they started digging into the details of what that would entail it likely became an intractable problem.” According to Bloomberg’s sources, the engineers still with Project Titan are working on “autonomous programs, vision sensors, and simulators for testing the platform in real-world environments.” Regulatory specialists are still part of the team as well. Via Bloomberg Images via Automobile Italia on Flickr and menithings via Freelancer.com

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SolarCity chatter lifts hopes for building-integrated solar

October 17, 2016 by  
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The BIPV market could triple to $9 billion by 2019. Early examples: the San Francisco 49ers stadium and the flagship Apple store in San Francisco.

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Apple’s new Regent Street store is filled with daylight and living trees

October 14, 2016 by  
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Apple’s new Regent Street store designed in collaboration between Foster + Partners , Jonathan Ive and Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail. Located in a nineteenth-century building with a restored Grade II-listed facade , the new interior pays homage to the area’s architectural heritage and traditional craftsmanship. Related: Apple unveils nature-filled, solar-powered future for its retail stores worldwide The tree-filled, double-height grand hall creates a kind of town square that invites people to mingle, check out the products and socialize. Accentuating transparency and accessibility, the Regent Street store is bathed in natural light which improves visual connections between the two levels. Portland stone adorns the interior of the wall facade, while luminous ceiling panels-the longest in the world, according to Apple-cover the entire ceiling. Related: Foster + Partners Unveils Istanbul’s First Apple Store The interior features a warm material palette, with stone, wood and terrazzo creating a dynamic interplay of textures. Display tables are placed along a new interactive wall display called The Avenue. The center of the space is called The Forum, where customers can learn from experts and enjoy different entertainment content. A new meeting space and Apple’s Genius Bar is located on the mezzanine level. The new store will open to customers on Saturday. + Foster + Partners

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Amazing off-grid Tiny Solar House travels across the U.S.

October 14, 2016 by  
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The tiny mobile home measures approximately 18 feet long and 9 feet wide and it was constructed with a cedar exterior using vertical tongue-and-groove siding and long walls. It features a living room / office space; a kitchen with a fridge, double sink and a four-burner stove; a bathroom with shower and compost toilet; a sleeping loft with a queen-sized mattress and storage space. Related: Live off the grid and rent-free in the charming Wohnwagon mobile caravan The solar panels installed on the roof generate enough clean energy to keep the house powered throughout the day. These are connected to maintenance-free deep cycle AGM batteries and a MidNite Solar charge controller and Xantrex inverter that keep the system running throughout the night. Related: The world’s first off-grid EcoCapsule is now available for pre-order During its five-month journey across the country, The Tiny Solar House has visited Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The owner is planning to go on a tour of the East Coast this fall, followed by a tour of the West Coast in the winter and a trip to the Northwest in the spring. + The Tiny Solar House Via Renewable Energy World Photos via The Tiny Solar House

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Apple confirms massive six-floor campus in London’s former Battersea Power Station

September 29, 2016 by  
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Battersea Power Station Company has confirmed their ” largest office tenant ” in London will be none other than tech company Apple . The electronics giant will sprawl across six floors and 500,000 square feet inside the “central Boiler House” of the former power station. Apple has said they plan to occupy the space in 2021; many believe their presence will help the development company work towards its goal of revitalizing the historic space. Apple will take up 40 percent of Battersea Power Station ‘s entire office space, and 1,400 employees from various London offices will relocate to the large campus. The transaction is widely thought to be the ” largest office letting ” in 20 years in London’s West End, and negotiations took place for around one year. Related: The Skyline hotel at the Battersea Power Station will feature a stunning rooftop infinity pool Battersea Power Station Development Company CEO Rob Tincknell said in a statement, “It has always been our clear objective to create one of London’s most thriving new communities and this commitment from Apple will undoubtedly help us achieve our goal.” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “delighted” that Apple would be moving into the landmark power station that once burned coal and has been vacant since its decommissioning in 1983. Architecture firm WilkinsonEyre is refurbishing the iconic space. Apple’s campus in the Battersea Power Station will be one of the largest outside America. Apple’s main European campus will still be in Cork, Ireland, where around 4,000 people work. According to Battersea Power Station’s statement, Apple said the move would be a “great opportunity” for their entire team to gather from different London offices and be able to work together in one place “while supporting the renovation of a neighborhood rich with history.” + Battersea Power Station + WilkinsonEyre Via The Spaces Images via Battersea Power Station Facebook and Battersea Power Station Company

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Apple Headquarters is finally complete and it’s an adorable treehouse

August 15, 2016 by  
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The treehouse sits in a garden in Limhamn, Sweden. It was built using two large plywood sheets “jigsawed into an interlocking apple shape,” and then clad with poly-carbonate sheets to fortify the treetop headquarters. According to the architect, “The interior of this stake-out is a bench, some thin plywood shelves for books and a periscope hidden inside a rotating apple twig to spy on the surrounding villa gardens.” Related: Anders Berensson unveils wooden Trätoppen skyscraper with a numerical facade Anders Berensson Architects are no strangers to creative, organic spaces. They’ve also created innovative designs like the Haystack Cafe, the mind-bending  Chop Stick swing set and the idyllic Guest Harbor House . We’d happily swap out our smartphone for a chance to play in this Apple Headquarters. + Anders Berensson Architects

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Adorable Apple Headquarters treehouse pays homage to its dead host

August 11, 2016 by  
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The treehouse sits in a garden in Limhamn, Sweden. It was built using two large plywood sheets “jigsawed into an interlocking apple shape,” and then clad with poly-carbonate sheets to fortify the treetop headquarters. According to the architect, “The interior of this stake-out is a bench, some thin plywood shelves for books and a periscope hidden inside a rotating apple twig to spy on the surrounding villa gardens.” Related: Anders Berensson unveils wooden Trätoppen skyscraper with a numerical facade Anders Berensson Architects are no strangers to creative, organic spaces. They’ve also created innovative designs like the Haystack Cafe, the mind-bending  Chop Stick swing set and the idyllic Guest Harbor House . We’d happily swap out our smartphone for a chance to play in this Apple Headquarters. + Anders Berensson Architects

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