The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will bring a massive 11-acre green roof to Los Angeles

May 10, 2017 by  
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Much like the beloved Star Wars movies, the design process for the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is turning out to be quite the saga. The museum is at long last set to be built in L.A.’s Exposition Park, and MAD Architects just unveiled updated plans for the futuristic building – including a massive 11-acre green roof! According to Urbanize LA , the design for the $1 billion project will soon be presented to the Los Angeles City Planning Commission for approval. The latest renderings by the architecture firm, led by Ma Yansong, depict a few changes from the initial designs unveiled last year. The most notable differences are the massive green roof and the elongated sinewy shape of the 300,000 square feet complex. Related: George Lucas selects Los Angeles to host $1 billion art museum The museum will hold two theaters, archives, offices, classrooms, and a library spread over two wings, but the bulk of the exhibition space will be housed on the fourth floor, where the two wings connect. Additional exhibition space and a restaurant will be located on the top floor. A large underground parking garage with capacity for 2,400 cars adjacent to the museum will be hidden under 11 acres of expansive green space . According to the project description, the Lucas Museum will house one-of-a kind collections divided into three categories: narrative art, the art of cinema, and digital art. Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of art genres from fine art and modern art, illustrations and comics. Of course, there will also be a large collection of props and storyboards from Lucas’ long career in the film industry. + Lucas Museum + MAD Architects Via Archinect Images via LADCP

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Light-powered device can purify air and generate clean energy

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5.5 million people died prematurely because of air pollution back in 2013 – and half of those people lived in India or China. Air pollution continues to plague people around the world today, but now researchers from KU Leuven and the University of Antwerp have found a way to transform that dirty air into energy . They designed an air purifying device able to fit in a person’s hand that only needs light to work. The groundbreaking device houses two small chambers divided by a membrane. In one chamber air is purified; in the other hydrogen gas is generated. Nanomaterials in the device act as catalysts to both break down pollution and produce the gas. Scientist Sammy Verbruggen of both institutions, who’s lead author on a study published recently about the device in ChemSusChem , said the hydrogen gas can be stored and used as fuel in the future. Related: 9-year-old girl sues Indian government for climate change inaction According to KU Leuven, the processes underlying the device are akin to the workings of solar panels: “The difference here is that electricity is not generated directly, but rather that air is purified while the generated power is stored as hydrogen gas.” The higher the concentration of pollutants in the air, the stronger the electrical currents, according to the researchers, which means cities like Los Angeles, Beijing, and Delhi could really benefit from the technology . Verbruggen emphasized to Mic their device is just first proof of the concept, but could open up options in the future. Verbruggen told Mic, “There’s still a lot of work to do to make this applicable to daily life. It’s not like we discovered the holy grail yet. But this is a new field of opportunities.” The scientists are working to scale up their device and improve their materials to draw on sunlight more efficiently to set off the reactions. Via Mic and KU Leuven Images © UAntwerpen and KU Leuven and via Pixabay

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Georgia couple convert old Blue Bird school bus into a cozy home on wheels

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Working under the motto of “Minimal, Mobile, Modern,” Julie and Andrew Puckett shunned their landlord’s attempt at raising their apartment rent and opted to convert a 1990 Blue Bird school bus into a sweet little home on wheels they’ve named House Bus . Currently parked in a green pine forest in Stone Mountain, Georgia, the couple’s beloved bus has all of the comforts of home. Once the couple decided to make the leap into tiny home living , they drove six hours to check out an old bus that was to become their future home. Working within a tight budget and even tighter time frame of just four months, the adventurous duo began to gut the interior. Thankfully, the bus had previously been used as a camper and already had updated plumbing and electric, as well as a basic living layout. Related: Traveling family renovates old school bus as both solar-powered home and hostel To convert the interior into a comfy living space, the couple gave the bus a sophisticated nomadic feel, complete with nautical touches. Of course, along with building out the living and sleeping spaces, the renovation included tons of creative storage solutions and multi-functional elements throughout the home to avoid clutter. Although the couple only had a short four months to restore the bus into their dream home, there were a number of additional challenges along the way, namely downsizing. Julie told Apartment Therapy that the biggest obstacle was “paring down our belongings to just the essentials and our most beloved items. We lived in a 1,000 square foot apartment before, so we had a lot of room to accumulate extraneous stuff. The hard work has been worth it, though. I no longer feel stifled by piles of clutter, and that’s made a tremendous impact on my creative process.” + House Bus Via Apartment Therapy Photography by Selena Kirchhoff and Julie and Andrew Puckett

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George Lucas selects Los Angeles to host $1 billion art museum

January 13, 2017 by  
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Apparently, the force is much stronger in Los Angeles than it is in San Francisco. Star Wars creator and beloved filmmaker George Lucas recently announced he has chosen the City of Angels as the location for the $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art . Although the project is very much in the beginning phases, Lucas has tapped Chinese architectural firm Mad Architects to lead the design, which, at first glance, looks like it will be a futuristic design surrounded by acres of sprawling green space . The much-anticipated museum will be located in L.A.’s Exposition Park, holding court along side the California Science Center , Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California African-American Museum. It will also be adjacent to the director’s alma mater, the University of Southern California. Related: Quirky Pinocchio-themed museum looks like it came out of Geppetto’s workshop As far as the content of the museum goes, the one-of-a-kind collections will be divided into three categories, namely narrative art, the art of cinema and digital art. The exhibitions will include everything from fine art and popular art to illustrations and comics, and of course, props and storyboards from the director’s iconic movies. According to Lucas, the museum will revolve not only around the art itself, but the idea of creating something new and unique, no matter what medium, “The whole point of this museum is to stimulate the imagination…to open eyes to the possibilities of creating art.” + Lucas Museum of Narrative Art + MAD Architects Via Forbes Images via Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

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The facade of this Chinese art museum was inspired by the undulating curves of the Yellow River

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Explores the Beautifully-Daylit Dia: Beacon Museum

March 18, 2014 by  
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Believe it or not, the gorgeous exhibition space you see above used to be a Nabisco box printing factory. We recently visited the beautifully-daylit Dia: Beacon Museum in Beacon, NY to check out the 240,000-square-foot space for ourselves. Come along on our photo tour as we explore of one of the largest museums in the world! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptive reuse , Agness Martin , Andy warhol , art museums , Beacon New York , Dia Beacon , eco design , green design , Michael Heizer , On Kawara , Richard Serra , Sol le Witt , sustainable design , upstate New York        

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World’s Second Tallest Living Wall Completed in Medellin, Colombia

March 18, 2014 by  
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