This human-sized birdhouse for two is perched among the treetops

November 14, 2017 by  
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If you’ve ever wished you could make like a bird and roost in the trees, you’ll love this charming birdhouse-shaped hideaway nestled in a British Columbia forest. Calgary-based design firm Studio North recently completed Birdhut, a cozy nest for people and birds alike. Built of reclaimed pine felled by a recent fire, the tiny 100-square-foot structure uses locally scavenged materials to mimic a bird’s nest-building process. Accessible via a bridge to the hillside, the cozy one-room Birdhut sleeps two (and a dog). Salvaged lodgepodge pines were used for the cross-braced structure, while planks reclaimed from a cabin deck are used for the platform and cladding. Western Red Cedar rounded shingles clad the facade and 8-millimeter clear polycarbonate panels top the roof, letting ample natural daylight into the cabin. Two circular windows let in natural ventilation. Related: Enchanting birdhouses inspired by famous architecture Twelve smaller circular holes punctuate the facade, each designed for different native birds . “The pileated woodpecker for instance, is a larger bird that seeks out a nesting space 15 to 25 feet above ground, with a 4” entry hole and an 8”x8”x24” cavity,” wrote the designers. “The warbler, on the other hand, is a smaller bird that typically nests 9 feet above ground with a 1 1/8” hole and a 4”x4”x6” cavity. Considering both the largest and smallest varieties of local birds, the hut sits 9 feet off the ground, with its peak at 20 feet above the ground and birdhouses scattered in between.” + Studio North Images by Mark Erickson

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MAD Architects-designed residences rise like mountains in a UNESCO Heritage site

November 14, 2017 by  
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MAD Architects just completed the Huangshan Mountain Village, their latest nature-inspired project that mimics the curves of China’s most beautiful mountains in a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located on a ridge, the developments comprise ten unique buildings that rise like individual peaks overlooking Taiping Lake. The use of nature as inspiration creates, in the architects’ words, a new type of village landscape “where architecture becomes nature, and nature dissolves into architecture.” The Huangshan Mountain Village was created as part of a larger tourism masterplan for Huangshan Taiping Lake, a landscape rich in greenery, granite peaks, and historical significance. To respect the local topography , the architects designed each building with undulating lines that respond to the mountainous terrain and nearby terraced tea fields. Each structure juts out from the forest canopy like craggy granite mountains sculpted by the natural forces of wind and water. Spacious balconies and large strips of glazing bring the outdoors in. Related: MAD Architects Unveil Mountain-Shaped Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center “The impression we have of Taiping Lake in Huangshan is vague: each visit to this place yields different views, different impressions,” said Founder Ma Yansong . “It is a bit mysterious, like ancient Shanshui landscape paintings that are never based on realism, but rather, the imagination. This inexplicable feeling is always poetic; it is obscure and indistinct. This is the basic idea: we hope that residents will not just look at the scenery, but see themselves in relation to this environment, attention that is brought inward. In observing oneself, one perhaps begins to notice a different self than the one present in the city.” + MAD Architects Via ArchDaily Images © Laurian Ghinitoiu

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Partnership Forms to Recycle Waste in the Antarctic

August 10, 2017 by  
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If recycling seems difficult to you, just think about what it’s like in other parts of the world — like ones at the end of the earth. In 1962, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) began to participate in regulating developments at “the bottom” of the…

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Dear systems thinkers: Support a circular economy

January 9, 2017 by  
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The U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goal 12 can bring global production and consumption back to equilibrium. ING and British Sugar already understand the advantages.

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Dear Shannon: How to make and keep a career resolution

January 9, 2017 by  
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The two questions you must answer to make a tangible impact in 2017.

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Going fast, going far, going together

January 9, 2017 by  
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Ahead of GreenBiz 17 in February, our conference director explains how partners are pivotal to helping us go the distance in sustainability.

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7,500 affordable floating homes could help fight London’s crippling housing crisis

September 25, 2015 by  
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These prefab floating houses are meant to populate disused spaces along 50 miles of waterways in London. Complemented by 150 hectares of “bluefield” space in the docklands and marinas, this conceptual design aims to bring 7,500 affordable homes to the British capital. The project was designed in collaboration between Baca Architects and Floating Homes Ltd and is among the 100 shortlisted entries at the New Ideas for Housing competition which addresses Greater London’s housing crisis. Read the rest of 7,500 affordable floating homes could help fight London’s crippling housing crisis

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Newly discovered polar dinosaur in Alaska may have been warm-blooded

September 25, 2015 by  
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Were dinosaurs warm-blooded? Although the global climate of the Mesozoic Era, during which they reigned, was considerably warmer and wetter than it is today, the planet still maintained a diversity of biomes . Ecosystems flourished even near the Arctic Circle, where the Earth’s tilt then and now causes months of winter darkness. Even in the dark, “life finds a way.” It turns out dinosaurs once roamed the plains of Alaska, including a newly discovered species of the duck-billed hadrosaur. Read the rest of Newly discovered polar dinosaur in Alaska may have been warm-blooded

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Zaha Hadid is the first sole female recipient of the prestigious RIBA Royal Gold Medal

September 24, 2015 by  
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How to watch this weekend’s rare supermoon lunar eclipse

September 24, 2015 by  
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A rare lunar event is happening this weekend that’s not to be missed. And if you do, you won’t have another chance to see these elements come together until 2033. A total “supermoon” lunar eclipse – also called a blood moon – will take place on Sunday, September 27, and will be visible for most of the world to see. Read the rest of How to watch this weekend’s rare supermoon lunar eclipse

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