Archstorming announces winning proposals for a school made of recycled plastic in Mexico

October 11, 2019 by  
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Architectural competitions platform Archstorming recently presented the winners of its “Tulum Plastic School” competition that sought proposals for a school built of plastic for the NGO’s MOM I’M FINE Project and Los Amigos de la Esquina in Tulum, Mexico. From 230 submissions, an international jury selected three winning projects that draw attention to the problem of plastic waste in Mexico and found imaginative ways to reuse common plastic objects. First prize was awarded to Daniel Garcia and William Smith from Harvard University. The duo used the international plastic pallet as the building block for their proposed school . Instead of melting down plastic and reforming the material, the designers took advantage of the stability of pallets to create the school’s exterior walls and its very steep roof. The transparent, recyclable and corrugated plastic facade not only allows light into the school, but it also protects the school from the elements and can glow like a beacon when illuminated at night. Related: Passive solar school in Indonesia celebrates the natural landscape Malaysian designer David Nee Zhi Kang was awarded second place for his proposal of a school scaled and designed for children. The multifunctional school could also be opened up for community use. Rather than use processed plastic materials, the conceptual building is constructed from common plastic waste materials, such as recycled plastic bottles, and assembled with simple tools without the need of heavy machinery. The vision is for a building that can inspire the residents of Tulum to adopt similar recycling and building practices. In third place, Argentinian designers Iván Elías Barczuk, Matías Raúl Falero, Agustín Flamig and Adrián Eduardo Mendez proposed a modular design to reduce waste and for quick assembly with non-specialized labor. Each modular panel would be built from recycled, shredded-plastic liners and reconstituted wood. To further reduce the environmental footprint, the school can be equipped with vertical gardens, a rainwater collection system and photovoltaic panels. “The result of this contest shows that there are new, very attractive ways of designing a school using recycled plastic and that it is possible to introduce this material into architecture,” Archstorming said. + Tulum Plastic School Images via Archstorming

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Fairy Tales competition announces winners addressing climate change and sustainability

April 25, 2019 by  
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New York-based online platform Blank Space has announced the winners of the 2019 Fairy Tales competition — the largest annual architecture competition in the world. For its sixth year, the competition drew submissions from over 65 countries that were evaluated by a jury of more than 20 leading architects, designers and storytellers, including the likes of Moshe Safdie, Tatiana Bilbao, Jurgen Mayer, Julia Koerner, Mark Foster Gage and Jane Yolen. The 2019 competition challenged participants to create a text narrative along with images to explore the complex issues of immigration, pollution, climate change , sea level rise and the longevity of human impact. First prize in the 2019 Fairy Tales competition was awarded to Colombian architects Lorena Cano Acosta and Nicolás Mendoza Ramos for “The Fall,” a dystopian narrative inspired by the mass exodus currently taking place in Venezuela. In Acosta and Mendoza’s dystopian world, Earth has been ravaged by rising sea levels , which have flooded and destroyed entire countries. To protect citizens, governments built barriers and walls out of trash — “The Ecowall” — separating land from water. The second prize was given to Melbourne-based concept artist and illustrator Nick Stath for his story, “Monuments of the Past.” The narrative is structured as the diary of a father who recounts his day taking his son to see man-made recreations of natural landscapes destroyed by climate change. The images show a Martian landscape , where the father and son travel in astronaut-like suits visiting the Monuments, artificial landscapes erected on floating mega-structures. Related: Chilling light installation visualizes sea level rise caused by climate change Third prize went to Brooklyn-based designer Anthony D’Auria for “Kraken in an 80 Million Gallon Tank,” a look into an “uncanny future that is humid and sticky.” D’Auria added, “A future where things have been set in motion and no matter how big we build or how intricately we plan, they cannot be undone. How do we make sense of such a future? How do we live on the tenuous ground that past decisions have engendered? In the end, it all seems pretty hazy.” + 2019 Fairy Tales Competition Images via Blank Space

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Turenscape and MAP Architects selected to redevelop Kazan Lake embankments in Russia

October 22, 2015 by  
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With their concept entitled “Elastic band: The Immortal Treasure of Kazan,” Russian-Chinese consortium Turenscape and MAP Architects won the competition to redevelop the Kaban Lake system embankments in Kazan, Russia. The proposal envisions a system of landscapes along the bank line meant to help preserve the ecological diversity of the region, while also creating a social infrastructure that includes public transport and cultural heritage sites. Read the rest of Turenscape and MAP Architects selected to redevelop Kazan Lake embankments in Russia

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Penda’s Bauhaus Museum proposal features a transforming floor level

September 25, 2015 by  
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MVRDV, Snohetta, and BIG reveal their visions for a new business quarter in Oslo, Norway

April 16, 2015 by  
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16 fascinating furnishings spotted at designjunction EDIT at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair

April 16, 2015 by  
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UNESCO announces winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan

February 27, 2015 by  
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Audi Prologue Avant concept is a sexy plug-in hybrid wagon

February 27, 2015 by  
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Audi just unveiled its latest concept car, the Prologue Avant – and it’s one sweet ride. The wagon, which debuts next week at the annual Geneva Motor Show , is a sleek plug-in hybrid, and it’s a far cry from your mama’s grocery getter. This concept vehicle follows the two-door Prologue concept that debuted at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, and is a preview of the styling that we can expect to see in Audi’s future lineup. Read the rest of Audi Prologue Avant concept is a sexy plug-in hybrid wagon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Geneva Motor Show , AUDI , Audi plug-in hybrid , Audi Prologue Avant concept , Audi Prologue concept , electric car , electric motor , green car , green transportation , hybrid car , plug-in hybrid

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Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

February 27, 2015 by  
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Installing solar panels on your home just makes sense; they turn empty space into green power. One thing stopping some from taking the plunge could be the cost of installing a system, but Google  can help. The search engine giant recently announced big plans to help make solar much more affordable by increasing its investment in SolarCity ’s residential solar power model by $300 million. The move will create a new fund worth a total of $750 million that will help install distributed solar power on homes across the nation. Read the rest of Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , elon musk , Google , google green investments , green electricity , green power , residential solar , solar city , solar panels , Solar Power , solarcity

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D.C.’s Affordable Net-Zero Empowerhouse is Moving to Philadelphia

November 21, 2014 by  
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