ZHA completes LEED Gold-targeted building with worlds largest atrium in Beijing

November 22, 2019 by  
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In China’s capital city, Zaha Hadid Architects has completed the Leeza SOHO tower, a 45-story skyscraper that boasts the world’s largest atrium at 194.15 meters in height. Designed to anchor the new Fengtai business district in southwest Beijing, the futuristic tower is wrapped in a double-insulated unitized glass curtain wall system that curves around its twisting, sculptural form. In addition to double glazing, the Leeza SOHO incorporates water collection, low-flow fixtures, a green roof , photovoltaic panels and other sustainable measures to meet LEED Gold standards. Set atop an underground subway service tunnel, Leeza SOHO was strategically sited next to the business district’s rail station at the intersection of five new lines that are currently under construction. The tunnel that bisects the tower splits the building into two halves; the resulting void in between has been turned into an atrium that acts as a new public square. Related: Zaha Hadid Architects designs BREEAM-targeted terminal for electrified Rail Baltic In addition to providing panoramic views of the city, the rotated atrium also brings daylight deep into the building and doubles as a thermal chimney with an integrated ventilation system to bring clean air to the interiors. Indoor comfort is further achieved with the low-E, double-insulated glazing that ensures stable temperatures. To meet LEED Gold standards, Leeza SOHO features an advanced 3D BIM energy management system to monitor real-time environmental control and energy efficiency. Energy-saving measures include heat recovery from exhaust air; high-efficiency equipment such as pumps, fans and lighting; low-flow water fixtures and gray water flushing. Low-VOC materials were selected to minimize interior pollutants. Occupants and visitors can also enjoy plenty of bicycle parking, with 2,680 spaces available, as well as lockers and shower facilities. Underground, there are also dedicated charging spaces for electric and hybrid cars. + Zaha Hadid Architects Images by Hufton+Crow / Zaha Hadid Architects

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PaperTale app shows the ethics and sustainability of clothing with a simple scan

November 22, 2019 by  
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It’s often difficult to be a conscientious consumer. Even with the best intentions, we often just don’t have the information we need to make a truly informed decision. Sure we can observe and avoid excess packaging , but it’s challenging to get a deeper dive into the origin of materials or how employees at a plant halfway around the globe are treated. These are issues that inspired PaperTale, an app that provides information about the origin and production of certain products. The inspiration for PaperTale came to Swedish creator Bilal Bhatti after more than 15 years of witnessing the atrocities associated with fast fashion, such as worker exploitation and environmental pollution . Knowing how toxic the textile industry is to the planet and workers, he created a smart tag that allows tracking of the product through every stage of material sourcing, manufacturing and transport. Related: Good Clothing releases capsule collection made from hemp and organic cotton The smart tag provides transparency of the process so consumers can see the tale of the clothing they purchase. Traceability is achieved as businesses provide information at each stage of the process. Suppliers and buyers must register and verify each transaction independently of each other for a more comprehensive and authentic picture of the product supply chain. This information allows PaperTale to calculate an environmental footprint of the product that shows water usage and carbon emissions . Once manufacturing begins, employee hours are also tracked to ensure a fair working wage . For complete transparency, employees have access to their worker logs, via a kiosk within the factory or the app on their phones, to verify hours are properly recorded. All of the information gathered from all sources is stored using blockchain technology to enhance transparency and prevent users from manipulating the data. With a simple scan of the embedded smart tag using a smartphone, consumers can see the employees who made the garment and read their feedback about wages and working conditions . In addition, consumers can tip workers directly through the app and even contribute to crowdfund educational programs for workers or their children. PaperTale is currently campaigning on Kickstarter with a goal of just over $103,000. Rewards for pledges include clothing along with the PaperTale technology. The campaign ends December 13, 2019 with production set to begin in January if it is fully funded. + PaperTale Images via PaperTale

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Copenhagens new eco-friendly bicycle hills hide parking for thousands of bicycles

November 6, 2019 by  
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Danish architectural firm COBE recently completed a one-of-a-kind public space in Copenhagen that not only serves as a multifunctional meeting place, but also provides covered parking for over 2,000 bicycles. Inaugurated in late August, Karen Blixens Plads is one of the largest public spaces in Copenhagen and measures over 20,000 square meters in size. The elevated undulating terrain helps break the large space down into small zones for activities and helps channel and slow rainwater to improve the area’s stormwater management. Located between the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Royal Library’s buildings at the university’s South Campus, Karen Blixens Plads is a multifunctional urban space that serves as a public square and a university plaza. Working in collaboration with CN3 and EKJ, COBE used 3D modeling to design the three “bicycle hills” constructed as cast concrete shells clad with hand-laid tiles in colors referencing the exteriors of nearby university buildings. Large openings punctuate the undulating load-bearing structure to create an airy, light-filled space underneath. In addition to bicycle parking , the new public square includes an outdoor auditorium with seating for up to 1,000 people. Simple and durable materials were used to minimize maintenance, while lighting and furnishings were kept to a minimum. Related: A striking new gateway to Copenhagen celebrates green transit and Danish design “All in all, we have created a unique space based on three main principles: improving the connection between landscape and urban space , integrating optimal green spaces with a large capacity for bicycle parking and creating a space that offers good social meeting places and learning environments,” says COBE’s founder, Dan Stubbergaard. “The almost cathedral-like form of the bicycle hills further offers an aesthetic experience in its own right, both when people park their bikes and when they meet at the hills for lectures, group work, concerts or Friday afternoon socializing.” + COBE Images by Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

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COBE unveils designs for green bicycle-friendly university square in Copenhagen

July 14, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of COBE unveils designs for green bicycle-friendly university square in Copenhagen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amager Fælled , bicycle friendly design , bicycle parking , bicycle parking hills , COBE , copenhagen , KUA University Square , public square , university of copenhagen , URBAN SQUARE

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VIDEO: Tokyo’s eco-cycle park bicycle elevator stores 144 bikes underground

April 23, 2015 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jA_yUOmvzk Tokyo’s underground bicycle storage system looks more like an elaborate mechanism from a sci-fi movie than a parking lot for cycles. Put into motion with a single push of a button, the Eco Cycle Anti-Seismic Underground Bicycle Park, built by Japanese engineering firm Giken Seisakusho Co. LTD is just seven meters wide, but it’s deep enough to store 144 bicycles. The system provides the city’s bike users with an efficient parking solution that ensures complete safety for cycles. Read the rest of VIDEO: Tokyo’s eco-cycle park bicycle elevator stores 144 bikes underground Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anti-seismic design , bicycle parking , bicycles , Eco Cycle Anti-Seismic Underground Bicycle Park , Eco Cycle Bicycle Park , Giken underground bike park , green transportation , no emission vehicle , Tokyo bicycles , underground bike park , underground building

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Beautiful Energy-Efficient Surrey Hospital Expansion Targets LEED Gold in British Columbia

March 3, 2014 by  
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Free Public Bicycle Pumps Installed in London

August 17, 2011 by  
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Photo: cyclehoop Got a flat tire in the middle of town? Worry no longer (if you are in downtown London). Sleek, clean looking bicycle pumps are hitting the streets. The City of London (the financial district) has already allocated free bicycle parking spaces at many of their car parks. Now they have gone a step further and installed these handy pumps there too. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Nunc Architects create sustainable bicycle parking for Zaandam

July 14, 2011 by  
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Ritu Mathur: Bicycle Parking Designed by Nunc Architects Bikes are hugely popular in Netherlands, due to congestion caused by the large number of cars. Zaandam is one such prime place where due to paucity of space, people are forced to leave their cars back and ride bicycles. Nunc Architects were well aware of the situation and have hence designed a sustainable parking structure for bicycles in the city of Zaandam. Christened the Fietsenpakhuis, the sustainable structure can accommodate up to 700 bicycles. Picture Gallery Bicycle Parking Bicycle Parking by Nunc Architects The reason behind massive use of bikes go way back to the golden period when industries were developing in the area. Whichever goods were traded in the city of Amsterdam used to come to Zaandam for refinement. Slowly, the area became a huge hub for factories and industries and all kind of people began thronging the place – industrialists, white-collared job seeking people, and everyone else – because of the high number of employment opportunities. Then, with the advent of cars, the place became too congested and slowly people began using bicycles for commuting in this area. Bikes gained popularity and became the main source of transportation. The beautifully designed stand is also 100% sustainable as it is made up of certified wood and passive solar heating is used in the entire structure and whole area is naturally ventilated to avoid unnecessary use of electric equipment. The facade of the building is made up of glass and is hence transparent. When one enters through the huge double folding gate, one can see both the floors of the stand and can park the bike on the upper floor by taking the gently inclined staircase. The floor at ground level is made up of bricks. A big window is also made on the ground floor wherein the controls of the stand are installed like free entrance and other functions, public toilets, facility for repairing and renting of bikes, etc. Via: Contemporist

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