New Zealand’s solar-powered Te Oro Music and Arts Center is inspired by traditional Maori design

July 11, 2016 by  
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The Center was built in a suburban car park which the architects redesigned with a master plan that includes four key facilities on the southern edge. Te Oro, Ruapotaka Marae, Glen Innes library and a Community Hall will share a landscaped space which will extend into Maybury Reserve and the re-development of Ruapotaka Marae. Related: Beautiful Roma music center in Hungary shows how socially-conscious design can cultivate talent The building was conceived a large wooden canopy that floats over performance and learning spaces for an ethnically diverse young population. Several hang-out and “kai” spaces, workshop and teaching areas, dance studios, music classrooms, recording studios are combined and connected by a simple looping circulation route. Installed on the roof are 256 solar panels which reduce the energy consumption of the Center by more than 50 percent. Rainwater is harvested and used for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation. Related: Striking Green-Roofed Concert Hall Sprouts in Soignies, Belgium The ground surfaces feature imprinted traditional Maori graphic device – the manaia – which connect different spaces. Three separate volumes of the Center house different functions-performance, music, and visual arts. Local ethnic groups carved the timber blades that face the concrete columns, while a series of LVL portal “ribs” enclosed in a facade of ACP comprises the superstructure. The facade was clad in faceted panels made from solid timber . + Archimedia Photos by Patrick Reynolds

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Renzo Piano to convert a Moscow power station into a solar-powered arts center

October 16, 2015 by  
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Detroit’s Wasserman Projects transformed a fire station into a contemporary arts center

October 9, 2015 by  
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VIDEO: How To Make Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Cupcakes

October 9, 2015 by  
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Pumpkin pie might be tried and true, but if you want to make a unique fall treat that will have your friends and family begging for the recipe, check out our scrumptious vegan pumpkin chocolate chip muffin cupcakes ! Our resident pâtissier, the incredibly adorable Petey Rojas, takes you through the steps, which are so easy that a 3 year old could master them (and we have the video to prove it). So what are you waiting for? Make these delicious vegan treats today! SEE THE FULL RECIPE ON INHABITOTS >

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6 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes to help you celebrate fall!

October 9, 2015 by  
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Solar Collectors Reduce Energy Requirements for Shenzhen’s Shimmering Performing Arts Facility

November 5, 2014 by  
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BIG+FREAKS Unveil an Urban Living Room To Serve as MÉCA For Art in Bordeaux

June 20, 2012 by  
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DarwinTunes Creates ‘The Perfect Pop Song’ Through The Laws Of Natural Selection

June 20, 2012 by  
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The likes of McCartney, Springsteen and Dylan could soon be composers of the past as a team from the Imperial College London have programmed a computer to write the ‘perfect pop song’ by adopting the laws of natural selection. The system, known as DarwinTunes ,  writes tunes from random noises and would seem to indicate that you don’t need a composer to make music—it is all down to mathematics. Read the rest of DarwinTunes Creates ‘The Perfect Pop Song’ Through The Laws Of Natural Selection Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: composition , darwintunes , Imperial College London , mathematics , natural selection , perfect pop song

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Brooks + Scarpa Unveil Airy Cloud-Like Renovation For the Kimball Art Center

January 4, 2012 by  
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Dramatically Daylit Kansas City Kauffman Center By Moshe Safdie Now Complete

June 30, 2011 by  
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