ReGen Villages plans smart, circular communities in Sweden

April 22, 2020 by  
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Silicon Valley-based  ReGen Villages  has teamed up with Swedish architecture firm  White Arkitekter  to develop ReGen Villages Sweden, a vision for smart, self-sufficient communities throughout the Scandinavian country. Developed to meet the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the proposal combines a wide variety of high- and low-tech environmentally friendly systems from organic gardens for local food production to the integration of artificial intelligence on a community-wide scale. The two firms hope to break ground on a ReGen Villages Sweden pilot project in 2020.  The ReGen Villages concept is based on five core principles: high-yield organic and ecological food production, mixed renewable energy and storage systems, water and waste recycling,  energy-positive  architecture and the empowerment of local communities. Each ReGen Village would measure approximately 250,000 square meters with only a quarter of the site occupied by buildings, including around 250 to 300 houses. The rest of the area will be used for farming and food production, energy production and water management.  Key to the design of ReGen Villages is the integration of Village OS, a ReGen Villages Holding-developed system based on AI technology and machine learning. Like the technology used in “ smart homes ,” Village OS will use computer systems to monitor all aspects of the community, from farming and recycling to residents’ energy and water usage. The local housing cooperative can use Village OS from a central hub to run the community’s daily operations, which will be optimized over time through collected data. Related: This train station which doubles as city hall in Sweden will function as an “urban living room” “Scalable, innovative solutions are the answers to the challenges of the future,” said James Ehrlich, founder of ReGen Villages Holding. “The collaboration with White will give  Sweden  and the Nordics the world’s first economically, ecologically and socially sustainable communities for ordinary people.” ReGen Villages has spent the past four years meeting with Swedish municipalities, landowners, property developers and stakeholders to push the project forward. White Arkitekter will handle the overall site planning and design of the community’s energy-positive architecture. + White Arkitekter Images via White Arkitekter

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Italys 2020 World Expo pavilion celebrates sustainable, circular design

October 28, 2019 by  
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Exactly one year before the opening of the World Fair in Dubai, Carlo Ratti Associati has unveiled images for Italy’s Expo 2020 pavilion. Created in collaboration with Italo Rota Building Office, matteogatto&associati and F&M Ingegneria, the temporary structure embodies circular principles to minimize waste and integrate recycled materials such as coffee grounds, mycelium and ocean plastic. To reduce the building’s environmental footprint, natural climate control strategies will be used instead of air conditioning. Inspired by the seafaring populations of the Mediterranean basin, the Italy Expo 2020 pavilion will be constructed out of three boats that will delivered to the site as a symbol of the figurative journey from Italy to Dubai . Once on site, the boats will be transformed into the pavilion’s roof with an undulating shape that recalls the sea and desert waves. Sinuous lines will be repeated at the base of the pavilion, which will be built from a giant dune made with real sand. Meanwhile, an adaptable facade made from LED lights and nautical ropes will be installed to broadcast multimedia content. Related: WOHA unveils a lush, net-zero Singapore Pavilion for the 2020 World Expo “We liked the idea of a pavilion that would continuously mutate into different forms,” said Carlo Ratti, founding partner of Carlo Ratti Associati and director of the MIT Senseable City Lab. “We pursued a kind of architecture that could be reconfigured both in the long-term — because of its circularity — and in the short term — thanks to digital technologies.” The pavilion’s circular design will be rendered visible in the construction. The skywalk, for example, will be constructed with materials created from discarded orange peels and used coffee grounds. Italy’s Expo 2020 Pavilion will open its doors to the public on October 20, 2020 in Dubai and remain open until April 10, 2021. + Carlo Ratti Associati Renderings by Gary di Silvio, Pasquale Milieri, Gianluca Zimbardi / Carlo Ratti Associati

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Let’s do launch: 3 startups leading in circular economy innovation

December 11, 2018 by  
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The LAUNCH Circular Forum in Bentonville, Arkansas, showcased innovative solutions to circular design and manufacturing challenges.

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Subarquitectura’s 360° House Embraces Geometry With a Spiraling Floor Plan

October 24, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Subarquitectura’s 360° House Embraces Geometry With a Spiraling Floor Plan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 360 house , andres silanes , carlos banon , circular design , circular house , david frutos , fernando valderrama , geometry , green design , loop house , modern home , Modern Homes , subarquitectura , sustainable architecture green architecture , sustainable design

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5 Super Efficient Tiny NYC Apartments

October 23, 2011 by  
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From Smart cars to micro wind turbines , we are firm believers in the idea that bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to living spaces. Whether its a prefab cabin on an open lot of land or a studio apartment in a city center, smaller spaces mean smaller carbon footprints. Plus, there’s no need for a sprawling pad when you can transform any space into a super efficient home with a little creativity, no matter how small it is. Here we’ve rounded up five of our favorite tiny New York City apartments that showcase the best of small space living with lofted beds and unfolding walls . Hit the jump to see for yourself! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: efficient nyc apartments , graham hill apartment , green design , green interiors , Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture , JPDA , loft apartments , lofted beds , normal projects , normal projects unfolding apartment , nyc studio apartments , one size fits all , small apartments , small nyc apartments , studio apartments , sustainable design , treehugger , Unfolding apartment

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New Study: Kids’ Brains Absorb Twice as Much Cellphone Radiation as Adults

October 23, 2011 by  
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Could giving a cell phone to your kid be considered child abuse? Cell phones are widely believed to cause cancer because of the radiofrequency electromagnetic fields they use. Now, a new scientific study published in the journal Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine finds that kids’ brains may absorb much more cellphone radiation as adults’ brains. According to the report, cell phones are currently certified using a model of an adult’s head, which greatly underestimates the radiation absorption rate for a smaller head. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cancer , cell phones , Children , health risks , Inhabitots , kids , mobile phones , radiation

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Temporary Sacred Heart School in Tokyo is Totally Reusable

August 3, 2011 by  
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