Glowing labyrinth made from plastic waste pops up in Buenos Aires

June 22, 2018 by  
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Over 15,000 plastic bottles were temporarily given a new lease on life as a glowing labyrinth in Vatican Square, one of Buenos Aires’ most celebrated public spaces. Designed by environmental art collective Luzinterruptus , the Plastic Waste Labyrinth calls attention to the staggering amount of waste generated everyday in a thought-provoking installation. Commissioned by the Department of Environmental and Public Areas of Buenos Aires City Government, Ciudad Verde, the immersive artwork was installed for one week and open 24 hours a day as part of Global Recycling Day. Previously installed in Madrid and Katowice, the Plastic Waste Labyrinth is a site-specific piece constructed from waste collected from the surrounding area. To show which beverage brands generate the highest amount of waste in Buenos Aires, the architects left the bottle labels on. More than 15,000 plastic bottles were collected from the city with the help of several urban recycling cooperatives. After the plastic bottles were cleaned and sorted into clear plastic bags , Luzinterruptus built a labyrinth that stretches over 650 feet in length and covers an area of 1,550 square feet. “We created an immersive labyrinthine piece where visitors would feel disoriented and anxiously look for an exit,” explained the arts collective. “This experience intended to beget a thought, a conversation, or perhaps an intention to improve our way to use or get rid of plastic. We want to take the opportunity here to bring attention to the uncontrolled use of bottled liquids which is causing great problems in poor countries while reservoirs are being privatized and bought by large corporations and their selfish interests, thus owning water, Earth’s most important resource and a fundamental right of all its inhabitants.” Related: Giant glowing bottle walls light up Singapore for “plastic binge” awareness The labyrinth is illuminated with cool white LEDs that turn the labyrinth into a glowing space at night. At the end of the event, the Plastic Waste Labyrinth was dismantled and all the plastic was recycled. The bottles, cleaned and sorted by color, were sent back to the city’s recycling cooperatives, while the bags were returned to the manufacturing plant, where they would be melted. + Luzinterruptus Images via Luzinterruptus

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Green-roofed Argentinian home boasts a thermally efficient envelope

April 12, 2018 by  
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Buenos Aires-based IR arquitectura crafted a home that feels as if it grew out of the landscape. Set in a clearing in Tortuguitas, Argentina, the timber-clad AA House embraces nature with its green roof, inner courtyard with a polycarbonate roof, and large openings framing the outdoors. Thermal efficiency was a guiding design principle that informed everything from site orientation to material decisions. Built of locally sourced wood , AA House appears as a cluster of pitched timber boxes framed on each side by forest. The main living areas and bedrooms are laid out linearly on an east-west axis and face north to “guarantee the best solar incidence range,” wrote the architects. The common areas and greenhouse-like courtyard occupy the heart of the home and separate the master bedroom on the east side from the children’s bedrooms on the west end. Related: Award-winning renovation slashes mid-century home’s carbon footprint by 80% Earth walls finished with clay fill the spaces between wall studs and lend the advantage of high thermal mass by absorbing heat during the day and dissipating it at night. Vertical strips of timber clad the facade with matching vertical timber louvers installed over most of the glazed openings save for the large glazed wall on the north side of the living room that’s shielded by a deep overhang and left open for uninterrupted views. + IR arquitectura Via ArchDaily Images © Federico Cairoli

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Breezy Buenos Aires holiday home embraces nature with a wildflower-growing roof

September 23, 2016 by  
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Built over the course of five months, the 174-square-meter Casa de Madera was constructed from modules that give the structure flexibility and the freedom to be dismantled in as little as a day if needed. The long rectilinear building is elevated off the ground and built entirely from unpainted timber , a material that helps the home blend into its surroundings. Angled wooden slats form a zigzagging roof that shades the outdoor terraces. Related: MAPA’s prefab house can be installed and disassembled with minimal environmental harm “Each design decision taken has to do with the maximum efficiency achieved in spaces, the exacerbation of outdoor life and contact with nature,” said the architects, according to Dezeen. “On the roof level, a green cover is developed where wild plants grow almost without maintenance, creating a new natural space merged with the foliage and tree tops.” All rooms of the house have access to a raised outdoor terrace . The master bedroom, bathroom, and open-plan kitchen, dining area, and living space are lined up in a row to occupy one half of the home, while the children’s bedroom and parking spot are located opposite. + Estudio Borrachia Via Dezeen Images via Estudio Borrachia

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PaloSantois a lush, eco-friendly hotel wrapped in 800 varieties of plants

July 3, 2016 by  
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Palo Santo opened last October in the green and trendy ‘Palermo Hollywood’ neighborhood. Inspired by Patric Blanc’s vertical gardens at Musée du Quai Branly and Caixa Forum , its front and back blooms with 800 plant species. Created by architect  Jorge Garino , this luscious 98-foot-high living wall is not only beautiful, but also delivers extra insulation, oxygen, and a delightful aroma to all rooms. Related: Affordable Accommodation for the Eco-Conscious Traveller in Buenos Aires Currently seeking the (expensive for Buenos Aires ) LEED certification, the hotel greets guests with a glazed entrance covered in foliage-printed vinyl . The translucent wall allows daylight to filter in, block exterior views and emphasizes Palo Santo’s eco-amicable design philosophy. After the reception and elevators, there is a high-end restaurant with cocktails-bar run by French chef Sébastien Fouillade . Called ‘Topinambour’ after the Jerusalem artichoke (portrayed on the wall), the eatery serves fresh, seasonal ingredients gathered from Argentina’s sea and land. The eatery extends into the charming back patio area, enclosed by flourishing bamboo canes, flowers and autumnal ivy creeping up the old brick warehouse walls. Right at the back there is a glass vertical cascade, which acts as a focal point and circulates rainwater . But there is another glazed cascade at the hotel, a huge 66-foot-high water wall, which also plays with rainwater and goes right from the top into the internal patio area. This unique feature creates a perfect environment for both people and plants, filling the space with misty and soothing sounds. Looking from above one can see the rainwater collection system and how the patio brings natural light into the different floors. All 24 rooms look comfortable and wide, and are both naturally and LED-lit. They were furnished with both fake classics by Noguchi , Eames and Jacobsen by Manifesto , as well as other custom-made designs from local designers using Paraiso wood . Some highlights include Nakina’s branch hanger and A3’s ceramic pendants. They also come with small but well-equipped kitchens with organic treats and Malbec wines for indulging in, as well as a desk. The toilets are minimal and modern, with easy-to-clean marble countertops, double flush toilets and smooth concrete walls. All floors are paved with FSC-certified palo santo wood from the north of Argentina , to which the hotel pays homage with its name. The textiles are also local and natural, the windows double-glazed, and a pearl-hue wallpaper offers a VOC -free alternative to paint. All rooms come complete with a balcony wrapped with plants, rounding out a wonderful place to stay in the bustling city. + Palo Santo Hotel Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat

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Argentina’s first floating eco-village provides modern tiny homes for water lovers

August 12, 2015 by  
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BAR Architects’ Law Winery blends seamlessly into the Paso Robles landscape

August 12, 2015 by  
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Eduardo Catalano’s iconic 65-foot metal flower blooms again in Buenos Aires

August 10, 2015 by  
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Students use rippling carbon fiber to create an innovative architectural facade

August 10, 2015 by  
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In the past year, we’ve witnessed a large growth of composite applications in architecture. Last year we covered the IIT College of Architecture ‘s FIBERwave Pavilion . This year, professor Alphonso Peluso, who led the project, wanted to start a new project to replace an existing relic at the school: a 1990’s full scale two-story glass and steel curtain wall mock-up that was used for teaching architecture students about curtain wall design and construction. The mock-up has fallen out of fashion and has been left untouched for a number of years. This semester’s plan was to retro-fit a portion of the facade mock-up with carbon fiber. While last year’s project was funding via crowdsourcing, this year the school is relying on donated or discounted materials. After some trial and error over the semester, and a contest to determine the winning final design, the students created the idea of creating panels using wood molds and carbon fiber covered in primer, called CARBONskin. “I’ve… been given renewed enthusiasm about what my students and I will accomplish in the future with the support of so many in the composites industry who are interested in our work and are supporting us on this project,” said Peluso. + IIT College of Architecture

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Astronauts are munching on lettuce grown in space for the first time ever

August 10, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. In what feels like a moment right out of Star Trek , members of the Expedition 44 crew on the International Space Station are about to eat the very first crops grown in space . Today, a batch of red romaine lettuce will be harvested from the “Veggie” plant growth system on the ISS orbiting laboratory  to make a tasty space salad for the crew. Scientists hope that the fresh food will be not only more nutritious for the astronauts, but that it will also improve their moods and maybe even help protect from harmful radiation. Read the rest of Astronauts are munching on lettuce grown in space for the first time ever

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Delightful pop-up Camping restaurant brings the great outdoors to busy Buenos Aires

August 4, 2015 by  
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