Where others see waste, Waste Management’s new CSO see opportunity

January 7, 2022 by  
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A conversation about next-generation recycling technology, progress since China banned most imports of plastic and paper, and demand driving the industry forward.

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Where others see waste, Waste Management’s new CSO sees opportunity

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Shopping mall design creates a balance with light and dark

December 24, 2021 by  
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The best architecture blurs the lines between the outdoors and the inside space, marrying together elements of nature at every interior turn. Developers from 10 Design kept this concept in the forefront while completing Jinwan Mall, a new lakefront shopping mall in Zhuhai. The 117,000 square meters Jinwan Mall covers all the bases for a modern shopping center with striking visual appeal and function. It’s nestled up to the edge of Jinsha Lake in Zhuhai, China , which gives visitors a chance to connect with the environment .  Related: Canada library reflects elements of parks and shopping malls Jinwan Mall is 10 Design’s second completed project on Huafa’s Jinwan Aviation City, along with the recently built Industrial Service Center and soon to be completed International Business Center. The massive mall undertaking was completed through a partnership of Ted Givens and Scott Findley. They designed it together with Project Partner Miriam Auyeung (COO), Project Leader Sonja Stoffels, and the entire architectural team made up of Peby Pratama, Joyce Lo, Vincent Fung, Yan Liu, Lufei Li, Wang Yang, Ruizhao Zhang and Echo Zhong.  The basis of the design comes from nature and is mirrored in the integration of a traditional courtyard garden into the contemporary space. In addition to the views of plants and lake, the campus incorporates the main mall, retail street and the waterside pavilions consisting of F&B and retail spaces with ample outdoor spaces. A glass canopy spine connects the retail street and the mall, which provides protection from the weather while moving between the spaces.  The striking façade represents the classic architecture of Chinese stacked stone walls and highlights unique and modern-day features such as the rhombi shapes inspired by the 4th-dimensional hypercube. In combination, the design creates a balance between dark and light, as well as massed areas with perforated panels and glass to provide natural light .  “Our design for Jinwan Mall transforms the regular shopping mall into an outdoor retail experience closely linked to nature, creating a new paradigm of how people experience retail spaces and bringing a new destination to Zhuhai’s Jinwan District,” said Design Partner Ted Givens. Jinwan Mall designers braced against road noise with a solid wall to buffer sound on the street side. By contrast, the waterfront side of the mall features endless rows of windows and accesses to the pedestrian-rich area that features areas for pop-up shops and performances. The views towards the mall present green terraces and lakefront gardens that transition visitors into the space.  “The Jinwan Mall development has been designed to maximize the nature and outdoor lifestyle of Zhuhai whilst tying it to the hypermodern concepts of discovery and exploration,” said Project Partner Miriam Auyeung (COO). “This new retail destination will provide the city with a public landmark that is inviting and accessible for all.” + 10 Design  Images via 10 Design 

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Can You Recycle Number 5 Plastics?

December 22, 2021 by  
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Recycling isn’t the same as it used to be. A few years ago, China accepted… The post Can You Recycle Number 5 Plastics? appeared first on Earth911.

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New riverside development in China will be an urban renewal

November 30, 2021 by  
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Architects VenhoevenCS have won a major riverside redevelopment in Shenzhen, China . They hope to protect large areas of land from flooding while also creating a vibrant new urban identity for the Bao’an district. The Pailao River Blueway Project constitutes a new biodiverse landscape along the central Pailoa River, an area under rapid urban development where rainfall intensity is increasing. Architects are using this project to design with the water instead of against it. It includes elements such as ponds, green roofs, urban farming plots, wetlands and soft banks, contributing to a natural sponge effect to absorb excess water from the river . Related: 100-year-old railway yard turned into a green space VenhoevenCS also has their sights set on integrating urban regeneration in the area. They have planned cultural and social spaces, including pavilions and parks for cyclists and pedestrians. The design illustrates their nature-inclusive approach, reshaping how humans and the natural environment interact in designed environments. With experience designing for climate change induced water issues in the Netherlands, VenhoevenCS Architects approached similar conditions currently affecting the subtropical Bao’an Water District in the same way. To redesign the waterway, the team created something called The Blueway Project, which takes into account the landscape far beyond the immediate area. A surrounding network of rivers flows to the sea through denseurban areas. The Blueway Project looked at the urban spaces, re-greening of surrounding natural areas and the flow of the rivers to design a space that holds room for nature. It will have fewer cars moving through the area, so less pavement and parking, but still allows Bao’an to be accessible with mobility hubs and public transportation and a way through for local traffic. The concrete quays of the Pailao River will be replaced by wide, soft banks that absorb water naturally. Various parks will punctuate the riverfront and create space for pedestrians. Bridges for traffic now feature new meeting places and public spaces for gatherings underneath the viaducts. Water levels may ebb and flow here, so pavilions for public gatherings are designed on stilts to accommodate changing conditions. + VenhoevenCS Architects Images via Shenzhen Hope Design Co., Ltd.

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Chinese hospital’s biophilic design values patient wellness

November 16, 2021 by  
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B+H Architects has just unveiled their design for the new Jiaxing Kaiyi Hospital in Zhejiang province in China . It is designed with sustainability and patient wellness in mind. Opened in October 2021, the 500 bed hospital sets a new standard for wellness-oriented healthcare and includes natural ventilation, trees to buffer the facility from road noise and biophilic design in the interior, which brings outdoor growing spaces indoors. The hospital is built around the idea that patient wellness doesn’t just depend on good medical care, but on a connection to non-medical wellness , including fresh air, a peaceful environment, good food and a connection with growing things and the surrounding natural environment. Related: Check into Moliving’s mobile hotels Half of the patient rooms in the Integrated Procedures Unit in Jiaxing Kaiyi Hospital face south to maximize natural light. Other features include wider hallways for pedestrian comfort, optimized views of the outdoors , temperature and lighting interfaces that patients and their families can control and calming colors throughout the hospital. There is also more comfortable visitor seating and increased walking space around beds and waiting areas. Additionally, there are spaces specifically designed for families visiting the hospital. A family meeting hub and a lecture hall are designed to foster community in the facility. There are also sunken gardens, rooftop gardens, a restaurant, horizontal and vertical green spaces and a public garden with water features. Gingko leaf prints are used throughout, along with warm colors and tailored fabrics that complement natural wood and stone for an at-home feel. Materials are environmentally friendly and should exceed the energy savings and air quality standards of China Green Building Two Star sustainable standards. + B+H Architects Images via B+H Architects

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Renewables can power the world, according to new study

November 15, 2021 by  
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A recent study published in  Nature Communications  has found that renewables can meet most of the world’s energy needs. According to the authors, even the most industrialized countries that need a heavy power supply can rely on renewable energy, specifically wind and solar.   The study was led by researchers from the University of California, Irvine, to address concerns raised by critiques of renewable energy. As the world struggles to move away from fossil fuels , those opposed to the change have argued that renewables cannot reliably meet the energy needs of industrialized nations. Related: Solar program has customers saving money from renewable energy In response, the researchers behind the study analyzed the hourly electricity needs of 42 developed countries over the past 39 years. They found that wind and solar power could cover up to 80% of the energy needs of most developed countries without the need for heavy storage. The study further found that wind and solar could cover 72-91% of energy needs in most of the countries studied. With a boost of 12-hour battery storage, wind and solar could meet 83-94% of power needs in most countries. “Wind and solar could meet more than 80 percent of demand in many places without crazy amounts of storage or excess generating capacity, which is the critical point,” said Steve Davis, UCI professor of Earth system science. “But depending on the country, there may be many multi-day periods throughout the year when some demand will need to be met by energy storage and other non-fossil energy sources in a zero-carbon future.”  Researchers collaborated with experts from China’s Tsinghua University, the Carnegie Institution for Science , and Caltech. Although the authors agree that it will not be possible to phase out fossil fuels in a flash, they say that it can be done with consistent efforts from all stakeholders. “Historic data show that countries that are farther from the equator can occasionally experience periods called ‘dark doldrums’ during which there is very limited solar and wind power availability,” said lead author Dan Tong, assistant professor of Earth system science at Tsinghua University.  The scientists gave an example of a recent situation in Germany that left the country without solar for two weeks. In reference to such situations, they say that only small countries with high power demands such as Germany may be unable to meter their energy needs. “It comes down to the difference between the difficult and the impossible. It will be hard to completely eliminate fossil fuels from our power generation mix, but we can achieve that goal when technologies , economics and socio-political will are aligned,” said Davis. Via Newswise Lead image via Pexels

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Obama: ‘Don’t sulk. Get busy’

November 9, 2021 by  
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In a COP26 speech addressed in large part to young people, Obama slams China and Russia and warns companies for engaging in high risk strategies.

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Meet the next generation of carbon campuses

November 9, 2021 by  
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Their mission: connect heavy emitters to CO2 conversion centers where emissions will be recycled into usable products and to storage infrastructure such as injection wells.

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Changing the path forward for glass

November 9, 2021 by  
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Glass is adaptable for use in next-generation cars and buildings, and it’s a powerful example for a circular economy.

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