Town Enclosure art installation is made of CLT panels

January 14, 2022 by  
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Lots of art are meant to be seen and not touched. It is visible to the public but separate, untouchable and unknowable. That is not the case with Town Enclosure, an art installation that’s also functional. The incredible design was created by CLB Architects. Town Enclosure was commissioned by Jackson Hole Public Art with support of the Center for the Arts, along with several individuals and private businesses in Jackson, Wyoming . It is both a sculpture and a functional gathering place that is always open and always accessible to the public. It is a performance space, a place to socialize and a place to get a look at amazing art. Related: One of the largest CLT construction in the US is in Oregon Now relocated to Bozeman, Montana , the installation is a circle that is 52 feet in diameter made up of cross-laminated timber wall panels standing 13.3 feet tall. The panels are seven to 12 feet wide. Upon approach, the installation seems to echo the natural architecture of the mountains in the background and blends in spectacularly with western construction seen throughout the region. The design is open, airy and ingeniously designed to give it even more complexity. Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is a type of mass timber that has become increasingly popular in recent years because it is highly sustainable. This material is made by gluing together soft pieces of wood to create bigger pieces. CLT is made from boards that have been trimmed and glued together in layers crosswise. It creates large, strong slabs of wood. Made this way, lumber can be every bit as strong and durable as steel and concrete, which have been popular building materials over the last century. With more focus being placed on sustainable construction , wood has become a superstar again. Compressed wood is actually highly fire-resistant, though fear of wood construction and fire is what made the use of concrete and steel so popular in the first place. CLT is not easy to ignite and is effectively self-extinguishing, as the outer layer of wood may burn off while the rest remains unburnt. Around 11% of all global gas emissions come from building and construction, according to Vox . Constructing buildings out of CLT can change all this. CLT also stands up well in earthquakes. In other words, CLT is one of the materials that will help humankind achieve a much more sustainable , cleaner future. And when wood can do that much, no art installation made with it is merely another art installation. + CLB Architects Photography by Matthew Millman, Krafty Photos, Tuck Fauntleroy and Cody Brown

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Dog toy and treats from Project Hive help save bees

January 14, 2022 by  
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What do dogs and bees have in common? A company called Project Hive Pet Company. Based out of Minneapolis, the mission-driven business makes dog toys and treats that directly contribute to rebuilding bee habitat.  Project Hive has a clear goal: support efforts that support bees. Understanding that bees directly contribute to around one-third of food production in America, owners and spouses Melissa Rappaport Schifman and Jim Schifman felt an unrelenting draw to help these crucially essential animals rebuild their numbers. Related: Solar parks could help bees make a comeback As a result, 1% of all gross sales is donated to the non-profit The Bee & Butterfly Habitat Fund , which works to restore natural wildflower habitat in fields and along roadsides. The company’s goal is to establish more than 1,000 acres of healthy wildflower habitat within five years. The dogs also benefit, with thoughtfully designed dog products that are made in the U.S`. The interactive toys keep pets entertained and active. They are BPA-free , dishwasher safe and non-toxic. Although made of plastic, the toys are intended to have a long life span by floating on water and being designed with durability in mind. The company uses number seven plastic in hopes the toys can be recycled in your area. But if not, you can send them back to the company where they will be broken down and reused in future dog toys.   Project Hive treats are also made with your pet in mind. They are non-GMO Project Verified, vegetarian, made with organic honey and ground peanuts, have no artificial flavors or colors and do not contain corn, wheat or soy. The goal is not only to provide a healthy treat, but to avoid animal products that harm the environment during raising. Project Hive Pet Company is a Public Benefit Company and a member of the Pet Sustainability Coalition dedicated to using business as a force for good. It’s currently working toward Climate Neutral and B-Corporation Certifications. “Here at Project Hive Pet Company, we like to say: Let’s make our planet thrive – one happy dog and countless bees at a time,” said co-founder Jim Schifman. + Project Hive Pet Company Images via Project Hive Pet Company

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Forest Pavilion blends nature with residential development

November 11, 2021 by  
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Sometimes, there is a distinct line between where the forest meets the urban fringe. Other times, the two are interconnected seamlessly through planning with a focus on quality of life and engagement with the outdoors. Such is the case at the Forestias, one of the largest property development projects in Thailand .  The development encompasses a blend of city life with traditional Thai architecture and a multi-generational lifestyle. In the center of it all is a comprehensive green design developers call The Forest Pavilion. Making up 48,000 square meters, the urban forest acts as a connection between all areas of the development. The idea is to promote happiness and health for the residents with a philosophy called, “Symbiosis with Nature.” Related: Multifunctional award-winning site built on underused land The landscape design team at TK Studio developed the layout to encourage an effortless relationship with nature, balancing the needs of the environment with the needs of humans. The forest naturally filters carbon out of the air and releases fresh oxygen. It also provides an easily accessible outdoor experience within steps of urban residential housing.  The project has a long-term vision with a landscape plan meant to grow and expand for decades. Planning for the future of the forest isn’t common in urban developments, so planting with purpose is notable. The project is sustainably focused through the integration of native plants , which require less water and maintenance.  The greenspace also creates a natural habitat, attracting a diverse range of wildlife. While the soft edges of the forest meld into the rigidity of the city beyond, the animals simply adopt it as native habitat.  The project implemented elements of LEED , WELL and SITES standards for passive design elements and high-quality lifestyle. Flowing from the Forest Pavilion into the Forestias, residents and guests enter a space that is currently a sales gallery. It is soon to be converted into an ecosystem educational center.  Designers on the project hope to set an example for a community-based urban design that puts people and the environment at the center of the discussion.  + TK Studio Co., Ltd. Photography by Rungkit Charoenwat and Weerapol Singnoi

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How To Start a Creative Reuse Center: Learnings & Tips From 7 Centers

July 30, 2021 by  
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Are you a crafter or an artist who likes to experiment with different materials? If… The post How To Start a Creative Reuse Center: Learnings & Tips From 7 Centers appeared first on Earth911.

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Gangnams answer to Central Park will pop up in the heart of Seoul

November 2, 2017 by  
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Dominique Perrault Architecture has been tapped to design the Gangnam International Transit Center, a gargantuan and nature-filled transit terminal that aims to alleviate congestion in the heart of Seoul . The $1.15 billion project will span 160,000 square meters with six underground floors topped by a 30,000-square-meter public plaza described by the architects as a response to New York’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park. A crystalline glass roof will bring natural light and air deep into the subterranean levels, and gives rise to the project’s name, Lightwalk. Introducing a mammoth complex into the heart of the capital is no easy task. In hopes of advancing Seoul’s agenda toward pedestrian friendly development, the architects created a subterranean transit terminal with the upper two levels dedicated to public and commercial purposes including an exhibition hall, a museum, a library, and a shopping mall. The remaining four floors will be used as parking lots and as bus, subway (for lines 2 and 9), train transit and transfer centers. Over 600,000 transit passengers are expected to use the underground terminal daily—roughly twice the number of visitors to Seoul Station. Aboveground, the landscaped plaza, called The Green Land, will be ringed by a double line of high canopy trees, while pocket parks and large grassy areas allow for a wide variety of activities, from private picnics to food festivals. A wide glass roof, called the Light Beam, runs the length of the plaza to bring natural light to the underground floors and will be supplemented by solar light pipes. The transit terminal will also house an underground park covered in greenery and illuminated by natural light from the light beam. Related: MVRDV wins bid to design Seoul’s High Line-inspired park “It is a minimalistic, yet incredibly powerful gesture, which marks the presence of a new major integrated public transportation station for the city of Seoul,” write the architects. “Spanning between the two main road of the Gangnam district, Bongeunsaro and Teheranro, the Lightwalk creates a landscape intervention linking the two axis and acts as an orientation mark from all sides. Rooted in the ground, it is the symbol of a renewed Seoul, which aims to become more pedestrian friendly, a landmark for all underground infrastructures worldwide, where users can experience natural light and air, deep into the ground, in the Groundscape.” Construction is expected to begin in 2019 with a tentative completion date in 2023. + Dominique Perrault Architecture Via ArchDaily

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For the first time ever, scientists spotted an object from outside our solar system

October 26, 2017 by  
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Until recently, every asteroid and comet that zipped by Earth came from within our solar system. That just changed, as scientists discovered an object with a trajectory not tied to our Sun. The direction of its approach suggests the asteroid came from Vega, one of the closest stars beyond our Sun. Based on limited observations, astronomers now believe this is the first visitor of its kind to be observed. The preliminary findings were published earlier today by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center (MPC) . Said Gareth Williams, the MPC’s associate director, “If further observations confirm the unusual nature of this orbit, this object may be the first clear case of an interstellar comet.” When the object — named A/2017 U1 — entered the solar system , it moved at 26 km (16 miles) per second. At that speed, it could travel 8,200,000,000,000,000 km (more than 850 light years) in 10 million years. Related: Earth’s water may not have originated with comet collisions after all Researchers failed to see it approach the Sun on September 9, partly because of the path of its approach and also because it is estimated to be just 160 meters (525) across. On October 18, however, observers using the PANSTARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii noticed something peculiar about its orbit. After attention was given to the comet, it was later declared to be an asteroid. Reportedly, the PANSTARRS asteroid entered the solar system from the direction of the constellation Lyra. That’s very close to Vega, a star located 25 light years away. If calculations are correct, it took the asteroid nearly 300,000 years to reach Earth . When it passed by our planet on October 14th, it was 24,000,000 km (15,000,000 miles) away. Now, A/2017 U1 is headed out of the solar system, never again to return. Via Sky and Telescope Images via NASA/JPL/Horizons 1 , 2

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Hurricane Jose strengthens to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4

September 8, 2017 by  
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Hot on the heels of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is yet another natural disaster, Hurricane Jose. The “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane is located east of the Leeward Islands and is forecasted to transit west-northwest into the Atlantic Ocean in the coming days. This is the first time in history two hurricanes with 150-plus mph winds have been recorded at the same time. According to the National Hurricane Center , Jose has sustained winds near 150 mph.  As a result, Antigua, Barbuda and Anguilla, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy — islands that were just battered by Hurricane Irma — are now on a Hurricane Watch as of Friday at 11 a.m. When Irma passed over Barbuda, a tiny Caribbean island of 1,800 residents, 95 percent of the buildings were destroyed, said Prime Minister Gaston Browne. Cuba and south Florida are now preparing for the destruction Irma is expected to unleash. Related: This image of Hurricane Irma from space will blow your mind This is the first time on record two hurricanes with 150-plus mph winds have been recorded at the same time, said Colorado State University meteorologist  Philip Klotzbach . And, it turns out humans deserve most of the blame. For years, scientists have warned that unsustainable habits would exacerbate climate change , resulting in melting glaciers, rising sea levels , and worsening natural disasters due to increased precipitation and a few other factors. The only silver lining from this situation might be that the events inspire more people to invest in sustainable initiatives. + National Hurricane Center Via CNN Images via National Hurricane Center, Pixabay

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This app helps corporate buyers evaluate solar and wind projects

June 21, 2017 by  
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New service from the Business Renewables Center simplifies the comparison of contracts, including virtual power purchase agreements.

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Architect tops Japanese community center with a series of striking wooden roofs

March 3, 2017 by  
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Hiroshima-based architect Hiroshi Sambuichi has covered a cultural center in the small Japanese island of Naoshima with a series of strikingly beautiful wooden roofs . Much of the design of the complex is based on traditional Japanese architecture – including the low-rise hipped roofs, which strategically provide fresh air circulation throughout the buildings. The complex is comprised of multiple buildings that share a series of wooden roofs . The largest roof covers the main volume of the community hall, which is built into a grassy slope. Made out of multi-tonal Japanese cypress or “hinoki,” the massive roof follows the low incline of the landscape. A large triangular opening is carved into its apex, which lets additional fresh air into the interior. Related: Kengo Kuma’s new community center hides a hilly indoor landscape under its zigzag-roof The two roofs cover four buildings underneath, which have multiple indoor and outdoor spaces – another feature that pays homage to traditional Japanese architecture . “A structure that provides protection from rain while allowing breezes to gently pass through, it inherits the principles of the Japanese traditional thatched roof,” said Sambuichi. Inside, natural materials create a simple and elegant atmosphere. The flooring is made from Hinoki panels, some of the walls are made out of adobe clay, and some rooms have compacted earth flooring made from a leftover solution from a local salt factory. The complex also has a number of typical Japanese tatami rooms, which were laid out to receive optimal air circulation. “Emulating the traditional layouts found in Naoshima, gardens and verandas are placed at the north and south, so that breezes will pass through the tatami rooms,” said the architect. To further cool the interior spaces in the hot summer months, an innovative system feeds underground water into pipes in the community center’s ceiling. Via Dezeen Photography by Sambuichi Architects

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Foster + Partners breaks ground on major transit-oriented project in downtown San Francisco

December 9, 2016 by  
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Foster + Partners has just broken ground on Oceanwide Center—a major transit-oriented development that will dramatically transform the heart of downtown San Francisco into a more walkable and interconnected place to live, work, and play. Designed in collaboration with Heller Manus, the mixed-use urban project is located in the city’s Transbay Area near Market Street and the financial district. The development will feature environmentally friendly design that includes adaptive reuse and LEED-seeking structures and systems. Despite its modern design, the Oceanwide Center will be skillfully woven into the existing urban fabric through the addition of 26,000 square feet of new public space to tie the building into the public realm. The urban project will also include two mixed-use towers: a 625-foot, 54-story residential and hotel tower, along with a 910-foot, 61-story residential and office tower along First Street. All together Oceanwide Center will provide 2.4 million square feet of new hotel, office, and residential space. Two historic buildings on First Street will be restored and revitalized. The First Street Tower can be seen as a visual beacon for the project with its eye-catching crystalline form that articulate the facades on the skyline. The interior features an open layout with offset cores. The structure is 30% lighter than traditional buildings with a central core of similar size, yet is designed for seismic stability. Its innovative MEP and vertical transportation systems are designed to meet LEED Platinum certification. The second mixed-use tower, which contains a new Waldorf Astoria hotel and is designed to LEED Gold standards, is located along Mission Street and will be clad in stone with unique ‘glass vitrine’ windows. Related: Foster + Partners unveil plans for a pair of hurricane-resistant high rises in Miami “I have always had a great fascination for San Francisco – a city with a youthful spirit has allowed it to constantly reinvent itself, yet retain a unique sense of urbanity,” said Lord Foster. “The Oceanwide Center encapsulates that essence – it is a pioneering example that combines spaces to live and work with a vibrant public realm in the heart of the city. The project now marks a major milestone with its groundbreaking, as the evolution of a sustainable model of high density, mixed-use development that I have always promoted.” The Oceanside Center is expected to be complete by 2021. + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners

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