Nature-inspired gallery celebrates Taiwans aboriginal cultures with cargotecture

March 31, 2017 by  
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A shimmering wave-like roof mirroring the Pacific Ocean tops this stunning new structure that celebrates Taiwan’s aboriginal cultures with eco-friendly construction. Bio-architecture Formosana recently completed the Taitung Aboriginal Gallery, a 1,921-square-meter exhibition center that draws inspiration from nature just as the architects of Austronesian culture did for centuries. With Taitung’s rich and varied landscapes as well as its seven different aboriginal tribes, the architects drew on a wealth of cultural and environmental resources for their design. The Taitung Aboriginal Gallery was created to celebrate the artistic and nature-inspired architectural elements of Austronesian culture. Thus, the architects created a large steel-framed roof with an undulating shape that mimics the topography and ocean, and is decorated with diamond shapes that symbolize the eyes of the ancestral spirits. The shape allows for access to natural light and ventilation throughout the building while providing much needed shade and cooling from the tropical sun. The sloped sides also facilitate collection of rainwater , which is stored in five small ponds in the plaza. Related: Mecanoo wins competition to design the Tainan Public Library with natural materials As an island with several major ports, Taiwan collects approximately 10,000 shipping containers from the ocean every year. The architects recycled a number of the containers into rooms within the Taitung Aboriginal Gallery. The repurposed and repainted shipping containers are individually air-conditioned and serve as aboriginal handicraft shops. “In Taitung’s tropical climate, individualized air conditioning reduces the refrigerating ton by 50%, and the electricity use by 60%,” write the architects. + Bio-architecture Formosana Via ArchDaily Images by Lucas K. Doolan

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INFOGRAPHIC: Jumpstart your green thumb with these DIY garden projects for spring

March 9, 2015 by  
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If you’re itching to bring life back to your garden after this year’s brutal winter season, you’ll enjoy Capital Garden Services’ infographic for DIY ideas on revitalizing your garden blooms. This graphic outlines a wide range of ideas from the pragmatic to the artistic to help you nourish your soil and beautify your flowerbeds. These easy and useful tips can serve as guidelines for the novice gardener or as a checklist of reminders for the more advanced green thumbs. Read on for the full list to get a jumpstart on gardening this spring. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Jumpstart your green thumb with these DIY garden projects for spring Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: capital garden services , diy garden projects , garden , garden infographic , Gardening , infographic , reader submitted content

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Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

July 25, 2014 by  
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Soninke by Davide G Aquini is a buffet with wings that are entirely covered with slats that are used to shield furniture during the lacquering process. After being used several times, these slats, which assume a characteristic striped pattern, are normally discarded. Upcycling is the starting point of the project, but the end result is a layered-reading furniture. The colorful geometric pattern created by the woods that cover the wings call to mind the typical African decorative motifs used to paint the walls of the houses. Soninke is the name of a major African language. Besides, looking at the violent colors of the slats, we notice that they are often poured, sprayed, splattered, suggesting a much more visual world, close to urban street art. The different thicknesses of the slats add a three-dimensional component to the texture: an important detail, which increases the artistic dimension of an object that was carefully crafted and designed with precision in matching color and thickness. Soninke is self-produced by David G Aquini , who decided to shorten the long path that the contemporary project must go through if offered to a company. Self-production allows the designer to treat each piece personally. + David G Aquini 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: african art , Davide G Aquini , eco design , green design , reader submitted content , recycled buffet , Recycled Materials , Soninke , sustainable design , tribal patterns africa

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10 Breathtaking Natural Tree Tunnels You’ve Got to See to Believe!

April 26, 2014 by  
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It’s Spring and as the world comes alive again, we’re reminded of just how beautiful this planet of ours really is. In this time of special effects and virtual realities, it’s important to unplug and get outside, in the unparalleled splendor of Mother Earth! To celebrate the season, and the artistic skills of unfettered nature, Inhabitots has gathered up stunning photos of some of the most magical tree tunnels and flower canopies from around the world. Follow the link to see all 10 of these amazing destinations, and let us know if you’ve ever visited one! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo path , flower canopies , flowering trees , Inhabitots , natural tunnels , travel destinations , tree canopies , tree tunnels

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Found Objects Become Magical Works of Art Submerged Underwater by Forlane 6 Studio

March 13, 2013 by  
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Using found objects and furniture,  Forlane 6 Studio created these magical underwater sculptures that serve as hauntingly beautiful reminders of our mindless consumption. Designed by the artistic duo of Mathieu Goussin and Hortense Le Calvez, the pair behind the studio, the works are then photographed to appear both mysterious and ethereal. The discarded items are transformed into illuminating works of art that perfectly embody the old saying: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Read the rest of Found Objects Become Magical Works of Art Submerged Underwater by Forlane 6 Studio Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: discarded items , forlane 6 studio , found items , green photography , mass production , reused objects , sustainable artwork , trash art

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Lady Gaga’s Artistic Fur Choices Have PETA’s Claws Out

August 18, 2012 by  
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Animal rights group PETA has called Lady Gaga a “Turncoat” after the star was spotted wearing a fur recently. Gaga responded to the PETA allegations and her fans via blog: fur can be art (not a surprising point of view, considering some previous wardrobe choices have included Kermit the Frog and…meat). While the musician has yet to reveal if the questionable garment truly was animal or just the faux persuasion, one can only hope her next “artistic” garment will be of a less sensitive composition. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecouterre , fur , fur scandal , Kim Kardashian , Lady Gaga , mother monster , People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals , PETA

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Eustáquio Martínez’s Eccentric Spanish Bus Station Combines Art and Utility

July 5, 2012 by  
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Solar Gazebo: Landscaping element embellished with decorative glassware

July 15, 2011 by  
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DATTATREYA MANDAL: Solar Gazebo Designed by Ceri Almrott Sustainable conceptions (including products) generally tend to have that nature of essentiality associated with them, like basic electricity generation or low emission modes of transport. But with that definite line of economic progression, some sections of this green technology oriented market are already starting to make serious inroads into the domain of comfort and luxury products. The Solar Gazebo conceptualized by Ceri Almrott falls in this latter category, and it will be a solar powered arbor (pergola) flanked by decorative glass elements. Solar Gazebo Designed by Ceri Almrott An arbor is basically a landscaping feature (especially situated in a garden) in which a definite seating area is skirted by vertical members (like posts or panels), which in turn supports a flexible roofing system. The Solar Gazebo will be a sort of glass arbor, where ‘clean and green’ solar power will be utilized to illuminate the surrounding decorative glass. The dynamic effect will result in a vivacious play of light, color and transparency, and thus bestow an essence of sublimity to the entire spatial volume. Solar Gazebo Designed by Ceri Almrott The whole conception is based on the recent constructional trend of glassware applications in the field of architecture. In this case, the main component i.e. the unique glass facades will be supplied by Creative Glass LTD – a company know for its custom made decorative glassware. The arbor is to be built in Stockton-on-Tees, a market town of North-East England. And according to the prevailing pricing strategy of Creative Glass products, the designer has made an estimate of cost regarding his conception at a range of £9,000 (or $14,490) for the basic offering, to £20,000 ($32,000) for the top of the line model. Certainly beyond the ‘range’ of most of our pockets; but then again one can’t simply deny the low energy, sustainable side to this artistic conception of landscaping architecture. Via: Behance

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Aquamarine Power’s next-generation Oyster 800 unveiled

July 15, 2011 by  
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Babita Sajnani: Oyster 800 Developed by Aquamarine Power Aquamarine Power recently unveiled their latest in the Oyster series – Oyster 800, a device that converts wave energy into usable electricity. The First Minister Alex Salmond MSP from Scotland was given the honors to launch this next-gen converter. Oyster 800 is an 800KW device that has been improvised from its predecessor in terms of simplified installation, easier maintenance and better power output. The device would not be shipped from the Firth of Forth to EMEC (Europe and Marine Energy Center) located in Orkney for getting installed and would be connected to a hydro-electric plant onshore. The Oyster 800 would be able to tap wave energy more efficiently and because of alterations in its operations and maintenance systems – the device would prove to be much more cost-efficient. Scotland is making great efforts to utilize its abundant offshore renewable wave energy and hence reduce carbon footprint by creating clean green electricity. The Oyster 800 is touted to be extremely cost effective as it would offer 250% more energy at only one third of the expenditure. It is estimated that around 20 such devices would be capable of generating electricity for 15 thousand houses. Wave energy is very effective as waves do not cease even if there are no strong gusts of wind. Hence waves occur in a rhythmic pattern – undisturbed and continuous. The Oyster 800 would definitely be the next generation product in the field of wave technology and would be a precedent for others to follow in order to tap natural resources for cleaner and greener energy. It is assumed that tidal and wave energy could fulfill one fifth of Britain’s requirements and lead to generation of £76bn to the British economy along with thousands of jobs! Via: AquaMarinePower

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hot little cover up.

September 24, 2010 by  
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Don’t forget about the all the hot tips you learned in school – if you are taking a class or borrowing a book, fancy yourself a nice paper bag cover. Not only does this give you excuses to write love notes and doodle during class, but a cover helps reduce waste and keeps your books in good condition. Paper bags can also be used for wrapping packages and gifts – but only if you show off your artistic doodles!

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