Vincent Callebaut wins bid to sustainably revive Aix-les-Bains ancient thermal baths

April 15, 2019 by  
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The defunct National Baths of Aix-les-Bains will receive a vibrant and sustainably minded revival in the hands of the Paris-based practice Vincent Callebaut Architectures . Selected as the winner of a competition following the popular vote, the firm’s proposal — dubbed “The Foam of Waves” — will not only restore the ancient thermal baths, but also introduce a sustainable, energy-producing paradigm that follows the carbon-neutral guidelines as recommended by COP 21. The project will adopt a mixed-use program that incorporates residential, commercial, tourist, educational and urban agriculture spaces. The Foam of Waves focuses on the renovation of the Pellegrini, Revel and Princes buildings while staying respectful of the existing Roman remains. To inject new energy into the space, the architects have created a mixed-use program designed to attract locals, tourists and business investment. The scope includes a tourist office, a Center of Interpretation of Architecture and Heritage, a wellness center, a teaching space for the Peyrefitte School, a wellness-focused shopping center with restaurants, coworking spaces, 185 “green apartments” and parking. An urban educational farm integrating permaculture and aquaponics will be located on the green roof . “The whole architectural project is the carrier of the new paradigms of our society,” the architects said. “It offers future residents and visitors the opportunity to adopt new lifestyles that respect the environment, health and urban well-being in order to simply live better. It is a resilient architecture, innervated by nature. It is an ode to biodiversity, renewable energies and the circular economy that advocates the construction of post-carbon, post-fossil, post-nuclear and even post-insecticidal cities.” Related: Historic Luxembourg building is metamorphosed into an eco-friendly powerhouse In addition to an expansive green roof, the buildings will feature updated wave-like facades with balconies large enough to accommodate trees and private garden spaces for residents. The building envelopes will be also be optimized for airtightness, insulation and passive solar conditions . The project aims to produce more energy than it consumes and will include a solar photovoltaic and thermal roof, a mini-biomass plant on-site and a co-generation system with rapeseed oil. Rainwater harvesting systems and gray water recycling will also be implemented. + Vincent Callebaut Architectures Images via Vincent Callebaut Architectures

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Gogoro showcases its battery-swapping Smartscooter at the COP21 Sustainable Innovation Forum

December 8, 2015 by  
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We recently reported on Gogoro ‘s plans to bring its battery-swapping Smartscooters to Europe, and today CEO Horace Luke shared his vision for the future of green transportation at COP21 ‘s Sustainable Innovation Forum in Paris. “With the world’s megacities at a tipping point in population density, pollution fallout and rapid expansion, it is essential that we reimagine the energy infrastructure and create a renewed mindset for change in tomorrow’s urban generation. The Gogoro Smartscooter and Gogoro Energy Network are catalysts for more efficient, cleaner, and smarter energy choices in our cities,” said Luke. Gogoro’s battery-swapping Smartscooter and GoStation will be on display at the Sustainable Innovation Forum through the week. + Gogoro

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Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document?

April 27, 2015 by  
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Can Pope Francis do what environmental movements like Earth Day and Greenpeace have failed to do—save the planet from human beings? Some pundits believe so. In early summer, Pope Francis is expected to release an historic document detailing the moral imperative to care for the Earth. Called an encyclical, the papal document is designed to convince the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and others that climate change is a real and present danger that humanity can help to prevent. What remains unclear, the Washington Post rightly points out, is how the pope plans to make the case without disturbing the long-held Catholic view of God’s omnipotence. Read the rest of Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholic church , catholics , Climate Change , climate change agreement , COP 21 , encyclical , environmental ethics , global warming , historic document , integral ecology , morals , Paris , Pope Francis , religion and environment , theology

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Can Pope Francis do what environmental movements like Earth Day and Greenpeace have failed to do—save the planet from human beings? Some pundits believe so. In early summer, Pope Francis is expected to release an historic document detailing the moral imperative to care for the Earth. Called an encyclical, the papal document is designed to convince the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and others that climate change is a real and present danger that humanity can help to prevent. What remains unclear, the Washington Post rightly points out, is how the pope plans to make the case without disturbing the long-held Catholic view of God’s omnipotence. Read the rest of Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholic church , catholics , Climate Change , climate change agreement , COP 21 , encyclical , environmental ethics , global warming , historic document , integral ecology , morals , Paris , Pope Francis , religion and environment , theology

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Can Pope Francis do what environmental movements like Earth Day and Greenpeace have failed to do—save the planet from human beings? Some pundits believe so. In early summer, Pope Francis is expected to release an historic document detailing the moral imperative to care for the Earth. Called an encyclical, the papal document is designed to convince the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and others that climate change is a real and present danger that humanity can help to prevent. What remains unclear, the Washington Post rightly points out, is how the pope plans to make the case without disturbing the long-held Catholic view of God’s omnipotence. Read the rest of Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholic church , catholics , Climate Change , climate change agreement , COP 21 , encyclical , environmental ethics , global warming , historic document , integral ecology , morals , Paris , Pope Francis , religion and environment , theology

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Can Pope Francis do what environmental movements like Earth Day and Greenpeace have failed to do—save the planet from human beings? Some pundits believe so. In early summer, Pope Francis is expected to release an historic document detailing the moral imperative to care for the Earth. Called an encyclical, the papal document is designed to convince the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and others that climate change is a real and present danger that humanity can help to prevent. What remains unclear, the Washington Post rightly points out, is how the pope plans to make the case without disturbing the long-held Catholic view of God’s omnipotence. Read the rest of Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholic church , catholics , Climate Change , climate change agreement , COP 21 , encyclical , environmental ethics , global warming , historic document , integral ecology , morals , Paris , Pope Francis , religion and environment , theology

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Boston Food Forest inspires community through ecological design

April 27, 2015 by  
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As a brutal winter retreats into the record books, Bostonians of all species are out and about. “Mating sparrows, wild turkeys, hunting hawks, they’re all around us as we work,” says Orion Kriegman, Director of the Boston Food Forest Coalition . On the idyllic grounds of the Boston Nature Center in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston, neighbors work to prepare the Boston Food Forest for its second growing season. After only one year, the Food Forest is well stocked, boasting 34 young fruit and nut trees, with 45 more to join them in 2015. Though the most plentiful harvests are years away, the Food Forest is already yielding a stronger community and a fine model for economic and environmental justice in the city. Read the rest of Boston Food Forest inspires community through ecological design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Boston Food Forest , Boston Food Forest Coalition , Boston Urban Agriculture , Boston Urban Farming , Conservation Land , eco design , Food Forests , Green Communities , permaculture , permaculture design , Resilient Communities , urban agriculture , Urban Farms in Boston

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Tablo upcycles lamps upcycled from the most unexpected household items

April 27, 2015 by  
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