Green Places Community Clubhouse in Tainan invites nature indoors

November 24, 2016 by  
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The Green Places Community Clubhouse design follows the firm’s philosophy of viewing buildings as “living beings.” Taking cues from nature, the building features an organic-inspired curvaceous facade and interior decor, where timber and natural gray stone is used prominently and sculpted in rounded forms. Tall vertical indoor elements evoke the feeling of a forest, while timber surfaces and full-height continuous glazing wraps around the building to invite landscape views and natural light indoors. The outdoor landscape features multiple water features, including a swimming pool and reflecting pool. The multistory building provides spaces for dining, reading, exercising, learning, sharing, and communication. To minimize the clubhouse’s energy footprint, the architects installed a solid wall to the west of the building to protect against intense sun exposure. To the east, a grove of trees protects the swimming pool from cold winter mornings, while an overhang provides shade on sunny days. Waterproof nano silane ketone resin is used on the facade to control mold. Gaps between the anodized aluminum panels and RC walls promote natural cooling . Related: Solar-powered home in Tainan puts a modern twist on the traditional courtyard house “The design emphasizes not only a comfortable indoor environment, but a natural outdoor environment,” write the architects. “In addition to fulfilling residents’ needs, it provides a comfortable environment where residents enjoy socializing with their neighbours. The aim is to give the community’s residents a sense of belonging and happiness.” + Chain 10 Urban Space Design Via v2com Images by Kuo-Min Lee

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Andrew Hutson: Partnering for a change

January 20, 2013 by  
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Andrew Hutson, Director of Global Value Chain Initiatives at EDF talks about corporate partnerships and the opportunity here to create transformational change.

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Scientists From MIT Invent a Robot That Can Transform Into Almost Any 3D Shape

December 11, 2012 by  
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Transforming robots are not be the exclusive property of cartoons and sci-fi blockbusters anymore. Engineers from MIT have created a tiny device that is capable of folding itself into almost any desirable shape. Developed by Neil Gershenfeld, Ara Knaian and Kenneth Cheung, the “milli-motein” is the world’s smallest chain robot. Operating under the theory that any three-dimensional shape can be made by folding a long enough string of identical subunits, the small motorized contraption can fashion itself into almost any configuration. Read the rest of Scientists From MIT Invent a Robot That Can Transform Into Almost Any 3D Shape Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ara knaian , chain , electro-permanent motor , electromagnet , kenneth cheung , milli-motein , MIT , motor , neil gershenfeld , robot , string , three-dimensional

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HHF Architects’ House D Floats Upon a Daylit Glass Volume in Switzerland

December 11, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of HHF Architects’ House D Floats Upon a Daylit Glass Volume in Switzerland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: basel Switzerland , eco design , glass curtains , green design , HHF Architects , House D , open plan home , submerged home , sustainable design , timber home

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Supply Chain Scrutiny Drives Need for More Accurate Data

January 17, 2012 by  
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Many suppliers are ill-equipped to identify, track and manage emissions, and even manufacturers who are able to measure and report emissions still face challenges, especially when it comes to ensuring data accuracy.

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Home Energy Management Takes Center Stage at CES 2012

January 17, 2012 by  
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Last week's consumer electronics extravaganza featured plenty of whimsical gadgets — gyro-stabilized electric unicycles, anyone? — but it also showed just how practical, and poised for popularity, home energy management systems have become.

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Is the CSO Trapped by Location?

January 17, 2012 by  
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Or, to put this question another way, is the corporate sustainability office in the wrong box in the organizational chart? The first in a series of articles that looks how organization design affects sustainability performance.

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Seven simple DIY recycled jewelry projects

September 26, 2011 by  
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Shallu Sharma: DIY recycled jewelry Seven simple DIY recycled jewelry projects We all love to wear jewelry but jewelry bought from stores can leave many hazardous impacts on our mother nature. Materials used to produce ornaments might pose various environmental threats and can leave carbon footprints. Moreover, shipping these ornaments all over the world consumes lots of fuel thereby consuming leftover scarce resources and creating pollution in return. But then what is the solution, because women look incomplete without jewelry, especially in the countries where traditions and culture hold high values. The best way to solve this problem is by creating simple and cute DIY (Do It Yourself) jewelry by using wastes from landfills. Given below is the list showing seven simple DIY recycled jewelry projects. 1. Paper bangles Paper Bangles DIY recycled jewelry Bangles form a very important part of jewelry and we can use paper bangles to replace metal bangles or glass bangles. They are very simple and easy to create. They are a hit among people especially school and college going girls who get to remain trendy wearing these bangles spending no amount of money. First of all, you need a hard but flexible card stock or chipboard. Cut a strip from this cardboard. Mask the entire strip using tape. You can use colorful tape to make it look fancy. Stick the tape tightly and let it dry. You can cut nice wordings from magazines or newspapers and stick it on bangle with the help of glue. You can also paint it to give it a stylish look. Various arts like collage or painting etc. could be performed on this simple piece of bangle. Diamond glaze or golden gloss medium could be used for giving finishing touch. 2. Crochet lace necklace Crochet Lace Necklace DIY recycled jewelry An elegant and beautiful looking necklace can be made at home following a simple method given by Karen Lee. You just need to have certain things like lace, necklace chain, pliers, plastic tray etc. that are easily found in any household. The process is very simple. Cut any ornament pattern that you would like to have in your necklace from lace pile using small pointed scissors. Soak this lace pattern in some good quality stiffening solution to make it hard. Squeeze out excess of solution and lay it on some flat plastic surface and take out excess of glue from every corner of lace piece. Dry it properly and iron it to give it a nice look. Cut the extra unwanted edges with sharp pointed scissors. You can now attach chains on both the sides or you can even use beads to decorate this necklace. 3. New look to old earrings New fancy look to old earrings DIY recycled jewelry Fashion keeps changing and jewelry gets outdated after few months. But now this jewelry won’t go waste if we use the following technique to recycle it. We just need pretty paper, glue and old earrings. Process is quite simple. Position your earring on the paper that you desire to use and cut it in the exact shape by first tracing the outline and then using the sharp scissors. Apply glue over the paper cutting and stick it to the old earring. Press it hard to stick it properly. You can make glitter designs on these earrings or use multi colored paper to make them decorative and attractive. 4. Spoon pendant Spoon Pendant DIY recycled jewelry A very unique and attractive pendant could be made using spoon. You just need to have a spoon, forceps, glittery glue, paper napkins and a chain. To start with the process, take a spoon and bend it back and forth till it breaks. Use forceps to bend the tail like a hook chain. Put the chain in it and decorate the spoon face with decorative painting or glitters. The gorgeous spoon pendant is ready to be worn. 5. Wired rings Wired ring DIY recycled jewelry Cute fancy rings could be made at home using simple things like a piece of electrical wire, wire cutter, pliers and a ring mandrel. The process is very simple. Cut a piece of wire almost 19 inches by removing its outer plastic coating. Twist one end of the wire in form of a hook and start curling up the wire against the mandrel. Wrap the ring tight and give it at least three turns. Take the ring off from mandrel and wrap the left piece over the top of the ring. Try to wrap the ring over the starting hook to keep the grip tight. Once the hook is covered, tie off the end of the wire and then pull it tight to make the ring strong. Cut the left over wire and your wire ring is ready to use. Different colored wires could be used to make rings in preferred colors. 6. Upcycled poppy necklace Upcycled Poppy Necklace DIY recycled jewelry A beautiful necklace could be made using poppies, earrings, hair bands etc. You just need to have a clip, three or more poppies of your choice, silk rose, chain, ribbon needle and thread. Take ribbon cutting for tabs and a long piece of chain. Pin poppies to cluster these designs and stitch them from back side. Cluster them to form a big design and pin a rose in the center to decorate it. Attach hook type shapes made up of ribbon on both sides of the design and attach chain to it on both the sides. Hook them up with the chain and attach ribbon to increase the length of the chain on both the sides. Your elegant party wear necklace is ready. 7. Jersey bracelet Jersey Bracelet DIY recycled jewelry Very comfortable and elegant bracelets could be made using soft jersey fabric. You just need to have three strips of soft jersey fabric. Fold these strips around your fingers. Wrap them around your four fingers in undulating manner. When a cluster is formed take them out carefully. A knot type of a cloth chain is formed when you take it out from your fingers. Slip the extra tail into both the loops to give it a bracelet like shape. Pull it tight so that it doesn’t loosen up. Tie knot to the bracelet and cut the extra cloth. Your washable bracelet is ready to use.

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Why UPS Takes Its Role as a Green Supply Chain Seriously

August 1, 2011 by  
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UPS’s ninth annual sustainability report continues to dig in deep to the data on its environmental impacts, while at the same time raising the curtain on how its on green progress affects its customers.

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How to Choose Product LCA Software To Resolve Supply Chain Challenges

May 23, 2011 by  
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The demand for lifecycle assessments projects has led to a boom as software makers flood the market with solutions. Here’s how your firm can choose the right LCA tool.

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