Foster + Partners designs solar-powered Tulip observation tower for London

November 29, 2018 by  
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London’s iconic Gherkin landmark could be getting a striking and futuristic new neighbor — if plans for Foster + Partners’ The Tulip are approved. Proposed for a site next to The Gherkin — the Stirling Prize-winning 30 St Mary Axe building also designed by Foster + Partners — the conceptual observation tower would serve as a new cultural attraction and educational facility with unparalleled 360-degree views of London. The nature-inspired building would target a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and would be powered by integrated photovoltaic cells as well as zero-combustion technology. Created in partnership with The Gherkin owner J. Safra Group, The Tulip tower would soar to a height of 1,000 feet and be built with a high-strength concrete shaft with steel-framed observation deck levels. Key to the design is the sky-high classroom that would offer 20,000 free places per year for London’s state school children. Residents and tourists will also be able to enjoy the viewing galleries connected to sky bridges, internal glass slides and even gondola pod rides built along the building’s facade. The visitor experience will be heightened with interactive materials and information about the history of London, a sky bar and restaurants. On the ground level, The Tulip would include a new, 1,400-square-foot pocket park along with a two-story visitor pavilion with a publicly accessible green roof and two green walls. The addition of landscaping would increase the site’s green surface area by 8.5 times. Related: Foster + Partners’ DJI HQ will be a “creative community in the sky” “Continuing the pioneering design of 30 St Mary Axe, the Tulip is in the spirit of London as a progressive, forward- thinking city,” said Norman Foster, founder and executive chairman of Foster + Partners. “It offers significant benefits to Londoners and visitors as a cultural and social landmark with unmatched educational resources for future generations.” If The Tulip proposal is approved, construction could begin in 2020 with completion projected for 2025. + Foster + Partners Images via DBOX / Foster + Partners

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UK’s first energy positive classroom produces 1.5x the energy it uses

June 29, 2018 by  
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After one year in operation, the numbers are in: the United Kingdom ‘s first energy-positive classroom is capable of producing 1.5 times the amount of energy it needs to operate. Known as the Active Classroom, the energy-producing classroom stands as a shining example of what is possible as the U.K. and other nations attempt to transform their energy systems in response to climate change. The building was designed by experts at SPECIFIC, a U.K. Innovation and Knowledge Center led by Swansea University, whose “research focuses on developing solar technologies and the processing techniques that take them from the lab to full-scale buildings,” according to its research director Dave Worsley . Currently, 40 percent of British energy is consumed by buildings. The Active Classroom incorporates several different technologies and design features to achieve its net positive energy status. The roof is curved and lined with laminated photovoltaic panels , while a thermal photovoltaic system is installed on the southern facing wall of the building, capable of producing heat and energy from its sun -exposed location. To store this energy, the classroom harnesses lithium ion batteries and a 2,000 liter water tank specifically for storing solar heat. Related: Magical new classroom reconnects children with nature in the UK The Active Classroom stands next to the Active Office, a similar structure built by SPECIFIC. “The Active Office and Classroom will be linked together and able to share energy with each other and electric vehicles , demonstrating how the concept could be applied in an energy-resilient solar-powered community,” Worsley said. These buildings are designed to be simple and quick to assemble, taking only about a week to set up. “It’s difficult to overstate the potential of developing a building that powers itself,” explained Innovate U.K. executive chair Ian Campbell . “The concept could genuinely revolutionize not only the construction sector but completely change how we create and use energy.” + SPECIFIC Via ScienceDaily Images via SPECIFIC

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Method Homes and SEED Collaborative Unveil Completely Self-Sufficient, Portable SEEDClassroom

May 15, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Method Homes and SEED Collaborative Unveil Completely Self-Sufficient, Portable SEEDClassroom Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “leed” , BREEAM , composting , greywater reuse , Living Building Challenge , Living Future unConference , Method Homes , mobile classroom , portable classrooms , prefab buildings , prefab classrooms , rainwater collection system , SEED Collaborative , SEEDClassroom , SEEDClassroom Seatlle , self-sufficient classroom        

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4 lessons Walmart taught one student about sustainability

November 2, 2012 by  
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Be radical: Practice what you know. That's one MBA student's insight from an internship at Walmart, where she found her classroom lessons coming to life.

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Unity College Scores Again With TerraHaus That’s Passivhaus

September 8, 2011 by  
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Images credit Unity College Passive House Unity College says “we’re leaders in the environmental movement, focused on sustainability in the classroom and in the real world.” When it comes to their buildings, they practice what they teach; their latest accomplishment is TerraHaus, a student residence built to Passivhaus standards and designed by architect Matthew O’Malia and builder Alan Gibson, who also did the GO Home that we admired recently. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Green Failure: What’s Wrong With Environmental Education?

May 26, 2011 by  
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Environmental education is something too often overlooked in school curriculum. Michelle Nijhuis of Yale e360 interviews Charles Saylan, co-founder and executive director of the California-based Ocean Conservation Society, about his new book which poses the question: What can the U.S. educational system do to improve students’ understanding of the environment and its importance in their lives

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