Solar-powered biodome sustains all four seasons at the same time, under one roof

July 17, 2017 by  
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Italian architect Carlo Ratti just unveiled plans for a stunning biodome that recreates all four seasons under one solar-powered roof. The Garden of the Four Seasons is a 2,500-square-meter long enclosed garden that uses innovative climate-control technology to recreate the distinct atmospheres of all four seasons, all year long. The elongated pavilion, which is slated for a park in north-west Milan, would allow visitors to experience spring, summer, autumn and winter year-round. Visitors would first walk into spring and leave through winter, offering a natural progression through the seasons. Each garden pavilion will be equipped with digital sensors to carefully control the levels of water, temperature, humidity, and nutrients of the plants and display them in real time, creating an interactive garden experience. Related: Cloud House makes it rain on demand with creative water harvesting system Ratti was inspired to create the design to give city-dwellers the chance to see nature’s cycles up close, something that may or may not be possible in the future due to the effects of climate change . “In the garden, people can interact with nature in many ways – from working within nature, to eating al fresco during Milan’s cold winters, to celebrating a wedding in the Eternal Spring area. As climate change might become more extreme, the importance of envisioning strategies for climate remediation will increase dramatically,” said Ratti. “This was our inspiration behind the Four Seasons Garden – in which we usher in a technique for a sustainable and emphatic Internet of Plants.” The pavilion’s structure would use a zero-net-energy climate control system to achieve each season’s atmosphere. Solar panels on the roof will provide energy to the individual pavilions and a heat exchanger will cool the winter pavilion and heat the summer space simultaneously. For optimal insulation, the pavilion’s roof will be made out of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) – a transparent, responsive plastic that will use sensors to control temperature levels as people move through the pavilion. + Carlo Ratti Via Dezeen  

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New solar canopy provides both shade and clean energy

February 16, 2017 by  
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In a beautiful marriage of form and function, architect and designer, Carlo Ratti has created a light-reflecting canopy that both creates shade and directs sunlight to a photovoltaic panel where it generates electricity. Called Sun&Shade , the canopy is built with mirrors that rotate automatically with the movement of the sun and reflect its rays to a solar PV panel “located a safe distance away.” Ratti just unveiled the Sun&Shade prototype at Dubai’s Museum of the Future , as part of an exhibit called “Reimagining Climate Change.” Check out the great video overview below. Ratti is no stranger to the world of functional eco art , with past projects that include: a “ supermarket of the future,”  his Paris “coolhouse,” and the New Holland pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Of his latest creation, Ratti says his inspiration came from the architectural traditions of the Middle East. “In developing Sun&Shade we were inspired by the Middle Eastern tradition of shadowing in architecture and public space,” Ratti explained in a press release. “Sun&Shade aims to bring this concept to the next level, allowing shadowing to be digitally controlled.” Related: MIT’s “supermarket of the future” reveals every product’s history https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gC7Z_3iye8 The position of each of Sun&Shade’s mirrors can be set independently, allowing them to be used to not only control shading and the generation of electricity , but also to create different patterns or even letters from the shadows they cast. + Carlo Ratti Associati Via Curbed Images via Carlo Ratti Associati

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One-of-a-kind floating plaza in Palm Beach lets you walk on water

November 2, 2016 by  
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The project aims to transform a vacant area on the coast of Lake Worth Lagoon in West Palm Beach, Florida , and create a new complex that includes housing units, retail spaces and various leisure facilities. Visitors will be able to stroll from the West Palm Beach city center directly into the middle of the lagoon and relax on a unique floating plaza. Related: Brockholes: UK’s First Floating Nature Reserve Is Now Open For Exploration The project utilizes the technology employed in the design of underwater vessels-a system of responsive air chambers that enable buoyancy. A series of public spaces, including a restaurant serving food made with hydroponically grown produce, a circular pool, an auditorium , and a water plaza. + Carlo Ratti Associati

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Incredible Lift-bit sofa digitally transforms into any shape you want

April 13, 2016 by  
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Paris “coolhouse” brings down city temperatures by reflecting sunlight back into space

August 28, 2015 by  
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This summer, a series of demonstrations in Paris have launched to show how to use “photonic membranes” to cool large areas of land, buildings, and, conceivably, entire cities. Designers from the international climate engineering firm Transsolar and architect Carlo Ratti have teamed up to showcase three different models of this unconventional and high-tech method of addressing climate change. You can check them out yourself from 20 August to 4 October. Read the rest of Paris “coolhouse” brings down city temperatures by reflecting sunlight back into space

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World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

April 28, 2015 by  
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June 11, 2014 by  
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Before Supermarkets, People Foraged for Food Out in Nature (and We Still Can)

June 11, 2014 by  
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Before we gathered our food in grocery carts and online services like Peapod , we gathered it straight from the bush. It’s a shocking idea that the food we eat might not be hosed with the equivalent pesticides of a 1970′s DDT public swimming pool before we it, but once upon a time, we foraged. No Genetically Modified Organisms ( GMO ) and everything came from nature, au naturale—naked food. Read the rest of Before Supermarkets, People Foraged for Food Out in Nature (and We Still Can) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: black raspberries , boiling milkweed , chicory , Climate Change , climate chaos , climate justice , daisy , day lilies , ddt , destruction , edible , edible trees , edible weeds , effects of GMOs , Environment , fleabane , food , food foraging , foraging , foraging recipes , forest , GMO , grocery stores , industry , inspiration , june berry , Massachusetts , Mattapoisett , milkweed , Monsanto , natural , natural resources , Nature , Organic , outdoors , oxalic acid , peapod , russ cohen , salad , sedum , tapping trees , wilderness , wood sorrel

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Earth Screening Pavilion for Expo Milan 2015 Features a Cool Rooftop Agricultural Experiment

November 27, 2013 by  
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RecchiEngineering and Carlo Ratti Associati recently won an international competition to design Holland’s 17,000 square foot pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan . The design, which is called Earth Screening, was chosen by  New Holland Agriculture , one of the world’s top manufacturers of agricultural machinery. It features a large agricultural field on its roof that acts like a giant 3D printer thanks to a pair of self-driving tractors. Read the rest of Earth Screening Pavilion for Expo Milan 2015 Features a Cool Rooftop Agricultural Experiment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable agriculture” , 2015 World Expo Milan , agricultural 3d printer , augmented rurality , Carlo Ratti Associati , Dutch Milan Pavilion , earth screening , green roof tops Milan Expo Pavilion , Milan Expo pavilion with green roof , New Holland Agriculture , RecchiEngineering , rooftop agriculture experiment , self-driving tractors        

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