From root to fruit: looking back and reflecting forward with Ramsay Taum

June 26, 2018 by  
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As one of the cultural advisors involved with the Blue Planet Summit ten years ago — which worked in parallel with the genesis of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative and eventually Governor Ige’s 100% renewable electricity mandate — Ramsay Taum takes us back to what helped catalyze a paradigm shift in 2008 and what lessons can be learned as Hawaii’s energy and climate stakeholders take action today.

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Rammed earth and bamboo cultural center keeps naturally cool in Senegal

January 30, 2017 by  
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In the remote Senegalese village of Sinthian rises a culture center that twists and turns like a sinuous sculpture. New York-based Toshiko Mori Architect designed this eye-catching building, called Thread, as an artists’ residency and cultural center commissioned by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation . Constructed from local materials, the building’s rammed earth and large thatched openings help promote natural cooling. Winner of a 2017 AIA Honor Award , the Thread Artist Residency & Cultural Center comprises two artists’ dwellings and studio spaces for local and visiting international artists, but also serves as a greater community hub for Sinthian and the surrounding villages. Shared between twelve local tribes, the socio-cultural center provides agricultural training as well as an exhibition space, kindergarten , children’s play area, library, performance space, and a center for charging mobile homes. “It is a hub for Sinthian and surrounding villages, providing agricultural training on the area’s fertile land and a meeting place for social organisation which is, in rural Senegal, the crucial mechanism for sustainable development,” says a statement from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture about the project. “The success of its atypical plurality proves why art and architecture should be the right of all people.” Related: Off-grid earthen abode in Senegal gets all its energy from wind and solar Constructed with a team of 35 local workers over the course of a year, Thread is topped by an undulating thatched roof designed to facilitate rainwater collection, provide shade, and promote natural ventilation. The building structure was built from a bamboo framework fitted with rammed earth bricks that help absorb heat during the day and dissipates warmth at night. Site-specific solar conditions were taken into consideration when orienting the building spaces to minimize glare and unwanted solar heat gain. + Toshiko Mori Architect Via Dezeen Photographs © Iwan Baan

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Monolithic, folded concrete walls lead visitors into this stunning gallery space in So Paulo

August 18, 2016 by  
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The monolithic concrete exterior encourages people to enter through its mysterious, shadowed folds. Once inside, the interior opens up into a bright, welcoming space. The new gallery space is located in Campos Elíseos, a neglected area of São Paulo plagued by drugs and social problems. It is part of a larger initiative to revitalize the region and introduce social change through culture. Related: Jean Nouvel unveils a vertical green oasis for a São Paulo heritage site The Center is divided into exhibition spaces and the administrative and service areas, framed by the concrete folds that also ensure good acoustics. In areas where good ventilation and lighting are primary concerns, the glass parts of the facade are enveloped in a second layer made of concrete and wood. A mezzanine can be accessed via a ramp that is projected to the outside, creating an opportunity for visitors to experience the space from different vantage points. + São Paulo Arquitetura Via Architonic Photos by Fabio Hargesheimer, Courtesy of São Paulo Arquitetura

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UNESCO announces winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan

February 27, 2015 by  
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Audi Prologue Avant concept is a sexy plug-in hybrid wagon

February 27, 2015 by  
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Audi just unveiled its latest concept car, the Prologue Avant – and it’s one sweet ride. The wagon, which debuts next week at the annual Geneva Motor Show , is a sleek plug-in hybrid, and it’s a far cry from your mama’s grocery getter. This concept vehicle follows the two-door Prologue concept that debuted at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, and is a preview of the styling that we can expect to see in Audi’s future lineup. Read the rest of Audi Prologue Avant concept is a sexy plug-in hybrid wagon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Geneva Motor Show , AUDI , Audi plug-in hybrid , Audi Prologue Avant concept , Audi Prologue concept , electric car , electric motor , green car , green transportation , hybrid car , plug-in hybrid

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Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

February 27, 2015 by  
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Installing solar panels on your home just makes sense; they turn empty space into green power. One thing stopping some from taking the plunge could be the cost of installing a system, but Google  can help. The search engine giant recently announced big plans to help make solar much more affordable by increasing its investment in SolarCity ’s residential solar power model by $300 million. The move will create a new fund worth a total of $750 million that will help install distributed solar power on homes across the nation. Read the rest of Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , elon musk , Google , google green investments , green electricity , green power , residential solar , solar city , solar panels , Solar Power , solarcity

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Corten Steel-Clad OKE Cultural House Evokes the Former Mining Identity of Ortuella

October 24, 2014 by  
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SANAA Wins Competition to Design the New Taichung City Cultural Center

September 12, 2013 by  
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Defiant Navy Releases Report that Shows Testing Could Kill Hundreds of Whales and Dolphins

September 12, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Imagine experiencing a noise so loud that it could cause not only disorientation, but also physical trauma and brain bleeding, as well as bubbles that form in your organs. This is a very real possibility for thousands of whales and dolphins exposed to US Navy training and testing. The Navy recently released a report containing data from two environmental impact studies which confirm suspicions that testing could have devastating consequences for marine mammals off the U.S. east coast, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, and southern California between 2014 and 2019. Read the rest of Defiant Navy Releases Report that Shows Testing Could Kill Hundreds of Whales and Dolphins Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: baleen whales , California Coastal Commission , changes in behavior , death , dolphins , east coast , federal intervention , gulf of mexico , hawaii , lawsuit , michael jasny , military , minor injury , nrdc , org , phys , serious injury , SONAR , stranding , US Navy , whales        

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Germany’s Skyline Plaza Garden is a Versatile Green Roof Like We’ve Never Seen

September 12, 2013 by  
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