Amsterdam is transforming a prison into a green energy-generating neighborhood

September 13, 2017 by  
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A brighter, solar-powered future is coming to Bijlmerbajes, a former prison complex in Amsterdam . The Dutch government tapped OMA to design a masterplan of the 7.5-hectare site, as well as a significant portion of the 135,000-square-meter mixed-use development. Designed in collaboration with FABRICations architects and LOLA Landscape , the new masterplan will transform the prison complex’s iconic six towers into Bajes Kwartier, an energy-neutral development powered by renewable energy and built largely from recycled materials. Built in the 1970s near the Amsterdam Amstel railways station, the Bijlmerbajes prison complex is a well-known urban landmark that permanently closed in June 2016. The former prison’s six linked towers and administrative building are located in the geographic center of Amsterdam’s new urban development, making it ripe for rebirth as a vibrant civic and cultural space. The new 7.5-hectare Bajes Kwartier development will conceptually preserve Bijlmerbajes’ “island character” and reuse building materials. Prefab elements from the existing walls will be recycled as cladding for the new residential buildings, while prison bars will be recycled into balustrades, and cell doors reused as edge panels for pedestrian bridges. Bajes Kwartier will become a mostly car-free environment and focus on elevating the pedestrian and cyclist experience. The masterplan includes approximately 1,350 residential units that include rentals and luxury condominiums, with 30 percent set aside for affordable housing. All but one of the prison towers will be demolished and the remaining building will be transformed into a “green tower” with a vertical park and urban farming . The centrally located administrative building will be turned into an arts and design center. The mixed-use development will also comprise a restaurant, health center, school, parks, water features, and underground parking lot. Related: OMA gets green light for their first major public building in the UK All the new buildings will be energy-neutral thanks to superior insulation and energy saving design, as well as hookups to solar power, wind power, and biomass power . Nearly 100 percent of the existing building material will be reused or recycled. The project is scheduled to begin in early 2018. + OMA Via ArchDaily

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Smog-fighting music academy proposal uses an air purifier system as effective as 33,000 trees

February 1, 2017 by  
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The Polish city of Krakow has some of the worst air pollution in the world. In hopes of improving the city’s air quality, FAAB Architektura proposed a smog-fighting music academy fitted with a German air purification system that they say works effectively as 33,000 city trees. The music academy was designed as part of a larger “Krakow Music City” masterplan that envisions a largely car-free and environmentally friendly development atop a former military base. Located between Krakow and the Vistula River, the proposed masterplan is designed to blend into the natural landscape with its vernacular wooden lap panel cladding and use of energy-efficient technologies. Around 1,300 square meters of a Green City Solutions -developed air purification product would be embedded in the music academy’s moss-covered rooftops. The special moss culture converts air pollutants into biomass. Related: China’s crazy smog-sucking vacuum tower might actually be working The green-roofed buildings comprise an education wing, concert hall, and small guest building carefully placed around existing trees and designed to immerse students and visitors in nature. Ground heat exchangers would be used to reduce energy use. Rainwater would also be collected in an underground tank and reused wherever possible. FAAB Architektura submitted their proposal to a design competition hosted by Akademia Muzyczna w Krakowie , which will reveal the winning entry on March 31, 2017. + FAAB Architektura Via ArchDaily Images via FAAB Architektura

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Gorgeous solar-powered and pedestrian-friendly housing development is coming to Turkey

August 10, 2015 by  
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Luke Jerram’s Massive Blue Water Slide Stops City Traffic for a Day in Bristol

May 6, 2014 by  
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Car-Free Skyvillage Fights Air Pollution Over Los Angeles’ Freeways

March 21, 2014 by  
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Summer Streets Returns to NYC Today, Banning Cars From 7 Miles of Manhattan!

August 6, 2011 by  
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Hey New York, go run in the street! Seriously, do it! Summer Streets returns to the city today, banning cars from seven glorious miles of Manhattan from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. The city will close Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge all the way up to Central Park . The DOT has created a route with spurs and rest stops along low-traffic streets to the Hudson River Greenway, Harlem, Governors Island , and other popular destinations, so you will have plenty to do as you peruse the car-free avenue! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 7 miles of car free streets , banning cars from manhattan , car free manhattan , car free nyc , car free streets , car free streets new york , mayor bloomberg , no cars in manhattan , nyc department of transportation , nyc dot , summer streets , summer streets manhattan , summer streets new york city , summer streets nyc

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Local Colorado Brewery Transports Kegs via Tricycle

August 5, 2011 by  
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Photos Courtesy of Zach Yendra, Yendra Built Cycles When Shannon and Colin Westcott decided to start Equinox Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado, they wanted it to be a local, green operation. And that meant no keg deliveries by car or truck. So to save themselves a lot of back-breaking keg-carrying, the Westcotts teamed up with custom bike designers Yendra Built Cycles . The partnership yielded the … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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To Make Pedestrians Kings of the City, Strasbourg Plans to Drop City Speed Limits to 18 MPH

February 11, 2011 by  
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Strasbourg’s Place de l’Homme de Fer. Photo: Lauri Pitkänen under a Creative Commons license .

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IKEA Thanks USA Staff With 12,400 Free Bicycles

December 13, 2010 by  
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Photo: IKEA via Business Wire IKEA is giving its 12,400 staff, in the USA, an early Holiday present. “We hope this bike will be taken in the spirit of the season while supporting a healthy lifestyle and everyday sustainable transport,” said Mike Ward, IKEA US President. Unlike the 9,000 British employees who, back in 2006, were the beneficiaries of a free folding bike , it looks like American staff have scored a chunkier mountain bike style bicycle

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Brooks Organic Leather Bicycle Saddles Go the Distance

November 29, 2010 by  
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All photos supplied by Brooks The 1880’s were, arguably, the bicycle’s golden era. From that time we derived the so-called ‘Safety Bicycle’, where, unlike the ‘Penny Farthing,’ riders could reach the ground with their feet

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