Eco-friendly Community Rowing Boathouse boasts a stunning kinetic facade

June 27, 2018 by  
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Cambridge-based Anmahian Winton Architects has designed a new eco-friendly home for the largest public rowing organization in the United States—the Community Rowing Boathouse in Boston, Massachusetts. Created to offer rowing opportunities at all skill levels, the modern community landmark comprises two buildings that cater to underserved populations, such as Boston public middle school students, the physically disabled and veterans. To lower energy demands and reduce the rowing boathouse’s environmental footprint, Anmahian Winton Architects optimized the buildings for natural lighting and ventilation and also installed stormwater reuse systems and geothermal wells. Located on the south side of the Charles River in the Boston neighborhood of Brighton, the Community Rowing Boathouse’s site had long been used as a staging area for heavy construction equipment. Instead of simply plopping a building on site, Anmahian Winton Architects considered the surrounding environment in their design and sought to remediate the land and restore habitat in the process. Thus, the design process included improving soil permeability and the implementation of stormwater and rainwater harvesting and reuse. The larger building’s appearance was also created in response to the environment and features a kinetic facade that changes shape with the movement of the sun and users’ movements around the structure while mimicking the rhythmic patterns of rowing and the river. Related: Boston outlines its plans to adapt to rising sea levels “CRI’s design expands the traditional vocabulary of rowing facilities on the river, reflecting the proportions and cladding of regional precedents, such as New England’s iconic tobacco barns and covered bridges, and anchoring this new building to its surroundings,” explains Anmahian Winton Architects. “The main building’s pre-fabricated kinetic cladding system of large-scale, hand-operated panels facilitated fabrication and expedited installation on a compressed construction schedule. These operable vents eliminate the need for mechanical cooling and ventilation of the 300-foot long boat storage bays, providing functionality and energy efficiency. Glass shingles sheath the sculling pavilion to protect, ventilate and display smaller boats to the adjacent parkway.” + Anmahian Winton Architects Images by Jane Messinger

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World’s skinniest tower erected in Brighton, England

June 16, 2016 by  
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The design of the British Airways i360 was hatched by the same duo who created the London Eye. David Marks and Julia Barfield of Marks Barfield Architects , based in London, dreamed up the moving observation tower , and then worked to turn that dream into a real-life addition to the Brighton skyline. On Tuesday, June 14, crews of technicians perched on the crow’s nests, which were temporarily installed on top of the glass-walled observation pod. They were in the midst of a series of tests inside and outside the structure, readying it for electrical installations and ensuring its safety. “Today, the team reached a major milestone with the pod reaching its maximum height for the first time,” said Marks. “Testing and commissioning will continue for a few more weeks.” Once the tower opens to the public, the moving observation pod will carry passengers from the tower’s base and along a 450-foot tall track not unlike a cable car. Movement tests began earlier in June, and this week, progressed to a height of 98 feet, all before the pod reached its full height on Tuesday. Including the spire that sits atop the pod’s highest point, the tower spans over 531 feet (162 meters) tall. Related: The “world’s first vertical cable car” will climb to a height of 138 meters in the UK Upon its completion, Brighton’s i360 will be the world’s tallest moving observation tower. The project will open later this summer, offering 360-degree views of Brighton and Hove, the Sussex coast and the English Channel. The tower sits atop a visitor center that also houses a restaurant, gift shop, children’s play area, and exhibition space, as well as conference and event facilities. + British Airways i360 Images via British Airways i360

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Bamboo building made from hundreds of pinwheels demonstrates the power of human energy

June 16, 2016 by  
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Constructed out of bamboo , stainless steel rods, timber, and polished aluminum, the self-supporting structure measures approximately 2.75 meters in height with an area of 62 square meters and a weight of 9 metric tons. The designers are the youngest practice to win the Triumph Pavilion Architecture and Design Award and be selected to create the year’s pavilion. Related: Top of FormBottom of Form NonScale’s Sky Pavilion looks like a beautiful fallen North Star in London The Triumph Pavilion is an annual artistic and architectural showcase organized by ArchTriumph , spotlighting the work of a single architect or design team each summer. Teams from around the world submit their proposals based on a single, predefined theme. ArchTriumph’s competitions are open to individuals or teams of architects, designers, urban planners, landscape designers, and engineers who may collaborate to bring a project to completion. This year’s winning design can be seen at the Museum Gardens in London, next to the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood , and will be on display throughout June and July, 2016. The exhibition is part of the annual London Festival of Architecture . + ArchTriumph + Five Line Projects Save

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Cadbury Unveils Gigantic Chocolate Castle in Brighton Beach Made from 90,000 Candies!

September 6, 2013 by  
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It took 90,000 Cadbury Dairy Milk pebbles and five people working for 100 hours to make a giant chocolate castle on Brighton beach in the UK. Cadbury decided to celebrate the August bank holiday by building by hand a chocolate structure using one of the company’s latest products. Read the rest of Cadbury Unveils Gigantic Chocolate Castle in Brighton Beach Made from 90,000 Candies! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brighton Beach castle , Cadbury , Cadbury beach castle , Cadbury Dairy Milk , chocolate building , chocolate castle , confectionery company UK , edible architecture , edible buildings , edible design , Helix workshop        

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Shedkm Selected to Design $160 Million Redevelopment of Brighton’s Municipal Market Square

November 28, 2012 by  
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Plans to redevelop the Circus Street Municipal Market in Brighton, UK are back on track after being slowed down by the world recession. The partners in the project, Brighton & Hove City Council , the University of Brighton and Cathedral Group PLC just announced that they have selected Shedkm to design the $160m project. “The appointment of architects heralds a turning point and underlines the commitment to create a sustainable development that will bring housing and jobs, as well as arts and education opportunities,” says Phelim Mac Cafferty, Deputy Leader of the Brighton & Hove City Council. Read the rest of Shedkm Selected to Design $160 Million Redevelopment of Brighton’s Municipal Market Square Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architects selectred for Brighton Municipal Square redevelopment , breeam certification , brighton , brighton & hove city council , cathedral group plc , circus street municipal market , creative industries in Brighton , new library and teaching space for university of brighton , new student housing for university of brighton , shedkm , south east dance studio , temporary uses at Circus Street Municipal Market , university of brighton

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Washington Steps Up with a 42-Point Plan to Battle Ocean Acidification

November 28, 2012 by  
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The acidification of the oceans has been increasing at an alarming rate as carbon dioxide released into the air alters the chemistry of the oceans. But Washington State isn’t taking it lying down. In order to combat acidification, which impacts the state’s vital shellfish industry, the state is launching a 3.3-million dollar plan. Read the rest of Washington Steps Up with a 42-Point Plan to Battle Ocean Acidification Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon dioxide in the oceans , combating global warming , combating ocean acidification , ocean acidification , shellfish issues , Washing State Oceans , Washington State shellfish industry

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Kyle Bean’s Amazing Stick Insects are Entirely Made of Matchsticks

February 23, 2012 by  
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Toyota’s Hydrogen Powered FCHV-adv Undertakes First Trial Run

November 18, 2010 by  
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While this week’s  LA Auto Show may be making headlines with its sheer number of showcased models, that does not mean other innovations are not happening in other parts of the world. In fact, on the other side of the pond,  Toyota’s hydrogen powered FCHV-adv (Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle-advanced) has been undergoing trials at the RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge in order to show how the company’s hybrids can perform in the real world.

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