Amazing Dutch Windwheel is a green energy generator you can live in

June 29, 2017 by  
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The iconic Dutch windmill is getting a high-tech makeover with a big eco-friendly boost. Windwheel Corporation unveiled today their new designs for the Dutch Windwheel, a circular building set on the water that harnesses clean energy and houses private residences as well as public venues. Created for Rotterdam, the futuristic Dutch Windwheel aims to transform the city skyline and provide an eye-catching landmark that’ll serve as the new benchmark for healthy, sustainable design. First unveiled in mid-2015, the Dutch Windwheel 2.0 fleshes out the project’s programmatic functions, circulation patterns, and energy systems in more detail. Windwheel Corporation worked with a team of innovators, including Arup , Royal BAM Groep, Deltares, and others, to develop the project. A Green Deal was also signed today at Rotterdam’s World Trade Center by Minister Kamp, Provincial Executive member Bom-Lemstra (province of Zuid-Holland) and Alderman Struijvenberg (municipality Rotterdam) to increase the project’s chances of realization. The innovative Dutch Windwheel comprises apartments, a hotel , a space for short-stay housing, commercial and cultural space, a cruise terminal, and a sky lobby with a restaurant at the top of the building. Similar to a Ferris wheel , the Windwheel will be equipped with mobile cabins that transport visitors to the highest point of the structure. Certain cabins will have special features, such as the Bar cabin with food and drinks, the Relax cabin for yoga and relaxation, and even a cabin that goes underwater for up-close views of aquatic life. Elevators and stairs will also be installed. Related: The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building The disk-like building will be built with locally sourced materials and wrapped in a smart plant-covered skin that reflects unwanted solar heat gain while letting in natural light and ventilation. Rainwater will be captured and reused throughout the building. Artificial wetlands provide water filtration and habitat. The facade will be integrated with solar panels and wind energy will also be harnessed. Organic waste will be collected for biogas production. + Dutch Windwheel Images by DoepelStrijkers

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Casa Xixim is an eco-friendly, self-sustaining resort in Mexico

September 29, 2016 by  
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The 4,800-square-foot Casa Xixim is a four-suite “eco-luxe” villa that boasts stunning views of the pristine Soliman Bay. The net-neutral building features large cutouts in the walls to allow for cooling cross breezes and to maximize views of the site. Visitors—the resort can accommodate up to 12—have access to a private pool, beach, on-site chef, and other luxury amenities. Related: Eco-friendly resort in Australia mimics the surrounding sand dunes Casa Xixim serves as a cool and modern backdrop to its tropical surroundings. Its mostly white walls are complemented by a few light timber surfaces and the interior is minimally decorated to avoid clutter and to keep the focus on the outdoor environment. The grid-tied resort is powered by a photovoltaic array that tops a canopy shading the large rooftop terrace. Rainwater is collected, filtered, and stored for use. Native plant species grow on the roof to provide insulation. + Casa Xixim + Specht Architects Images © Taggart Sorensen

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Backcountry Hut Company designs rugged flat-packed cabins for wilderness enthusiasts

September 29, 2016 by  
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The design team said in their brief for this project that The Backcountry Hut Company’s genesis was inspired by an idea pioneered by IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, which is to provide “affordable well-designed products ‘for the many people’”. They said an engineered wood post-and-beam skeleton is in-filled with prefabricated panels , and a window system that is easily nailed on is also provided. The default model is supposed to be kind of rustic, but the company can also outfit their modular shells with everything needed for long-term residential situations. Related: Beautiful prefab home built with recycled shipping containers “The whole assembly can be erected by volunteers in the tradition of the community barn-raising process,” according to the designers. “The prefabricated wall and roof panels are sized to be lifted by hand and hoisted into place using a simple pulley and winch system.” Basic modules that can be scaled up as needed for more space are designed in 10-foot increments, and they can be deployed anywhere that can be reached by truck or helicopter. + Leckie Studio Architecture + Design

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How ‘Soft Infrastructure,’ Like Wetlands and Green Roofs, Could Help Protect NYC from Future Storms

August 26, 2013 by  
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As the climate changes and sea levels rise, cities that were previously thought to be relatively safe are looking more and more vulnerable — just ask anyone in New York who lived through Hurricane Sandy. Last year, a group of architecture firms united to tackle these issues with innovative green design. Instead of calling for the installation of giant Rotterdam-style floodgates , the designers called for more ” soft infrastructure ,” which involves using natural resources like coastal marshlands and building more sustainable infrastructure like green roofs. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ARO , artificial wetlands , dlandstudio , hurricane irene , Hurricane Sandy , lower Manhattan , ltl architects , Matthew Baird Architects , nArchitects , resilience , resiliency , resilient design , rising currents , SCAPE , soft infrastructure , wetlands , YC        

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RFP for NYC’s Flood-Protecting Seaport City Puts It a Step Closer to Reality

August 26, 2013 by  
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If you thought New York City was just playing around when it proposed building a mini city onto the side of Manhattan to protect it from future storms , check this out. Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg issued a request for proposals for the Seaport City project to study its feasibility. Click here to learn how and when to submit to the request. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , eco design , green design , hurricane sandy nyc , mayor Bloomberg climate change , mayor bloomberg seaport city , new york resiliency plan , nyc climate change report , nyc flood map , NYC flood zones , NYC flooding , nyc future climate change , nyc future hurricanes , nyc future storms , nyc resiliency plan , nyc sea levels , NYC Storms , resilience , resiliency , resilient design , safeguarding manhattan , seaport city , seaport city nyc , storm surge protection Manhattan. Superstorm Sandy , stronger more resilient new york , sustainable design        

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