Nomad Pavilion is a woven goat hair desert shelter that collects its own water

May 14, 2018 by  
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Architects Dina Haddadin and Rasem Kamal have teamed up to create the Nomad Pavilion, an innovative structure that serves as both a desert shelter and a water tower. Inspired by indigenous Bedouin tents, the pavilion uses multiple layers of tightly-woven goat hair to insulate the structure from the harsh desert climate. A water collection cone at the top of the  shelter  collects dew and fog to fill the underground water tank. The hybrid shelter and water tower is made from 96 Corten steel rods and knotted ropes. Inspired by the national flower of Jordan, the Black Iris, the shelter boasts an intricate geometric formation. The steel rods rise from the circular base and slope inward. At the top, accordion-like “petals” open to the sky. Related: Tiny Papay Fire Shelter Inspired by Nomadic Tents Pops up in the Orkney Islands To create an extra layer of resilience and insulation, the architects wrapped the shelter in multiple layers of coarsely woven hairs . Residents can leave the cloth open to encourage air ventilation when needed, or they can close the cloth completely to protect the interior from extreme heat. The goat hair also traps heat during the day and releases it throughout the night to keep the shelter warm. When it rains or snows, the fibers swell, and the exterior tightens. As a water collection system , the pavilion is equipped with a “self-sustained drinking fountain” that will harvest dew and fog for water. A collecting cone — made of natural fabrics with hydrophilic and hydrophobic qualities — is located in the aperture at the top of the structure. These natural materials collect water, then funnel it through pipes to an underground tank. The Nomad Pavilion is meant to be a more resilient version of the traditional Bedouin tent design. The architects said, “The main vision is to create a new interpretation of the authentic tent, a structure that blends with its surroundings, yet stands out as a calling sanctuary for visitors in the nomads’ land; to become a shaded oasis, a gathering rest spot and a source of fresh drinking water.” The tent, which is in the prototype stage, is designed to leave no footprint on its surroundings . Haddadin and Kamal said, “As a result of using local natural materials, water collection and energy efficient space, the pavilion attempts to create a closed loop of existence — one that leaves no footprint, one that gives nature time to heal, to regrow and to flourish.” + Dina Haddadin + Rasem Kamal Via Dezeen Images via Rasem Kamal

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This Sweatshirt is Guaranteed to Last 10 Years

April 4, 2013 by  
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Brooklyn-based clothing label Flint and Tinder has designed a sweatshirt built to last a lifetime– or at least 10 years. The 10-Year Hoodie is a premium unisex zip-up hoodie made entirely in America. If the sweater rips or tears during the first 10…

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Precycle Your Personal Care and Beauty Products

April 4, 2013 by  
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“Precycling”refers to the simple act of reducing hard-to-recycle waste before it starts. Practical ways to precycle include choosing products that already have recycling solutions in place or are packaged in materials that are easy for you to…

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New Tech Allows Clothing to be Disassembled for Recycling

February 27, 2013 by  
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A British group of clothing retailers, manufacturers and textile recyclers known as SUSCORP has developed a new “eco-stitch” technology called wear2. The new textile process technology allows garments to be “selectively disassembled at end of…

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Activated carbon cloth could remove pollutants from wastewater

November 3, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Activated carbon cloth promotes decomposition of pollutants. Developed in the 1980s to protect British soldiers from chemical attacks, activated carbon cloth could have a number of other uses as well

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Li-ion Motors reveals first American-made electric supercar

November 3, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Zero-emission supercar powered by lithium-ion batteries. North Carolina-based Li-ion Motors has revealed its all-electric beast, which is being claimed to be the first all-American electric supercar.

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MATILDA: Australia’s Brightest at the 2010 London Design Festival

September 20, 2010 by  
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Read the rest of MATILDA: Australia’s Brightest at the 2010 London Design Festival http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2010 , australian designers , green design , green design event , green design fair , London Design Festival , London Design Week , matilda , sustainable design

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Go Green and Get Healthier With a ‘Stand-Working’ Desk!

September 19, 2010 by  
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Are you feeling especially lethargic after a long day’s work? Or maybe like you’ve been put through a ringer even though you’ve simply been sitting at a desk all day?

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