University in Germany designs an alpine hut from reeds

October 28, 2020 by  
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A team of craftspeople and students from the University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Building Material, Building Physics, Building Technology and Design have created an alpine hut designed from sustainable, renewable reed material. The project, SkinOver Reed, is meant to research the feasibility of the material as facade and roof cladding for use in high-altitude Alpine regions. Also known as thatch , reed is a carbon-neutral resource, known generationally for its rapid growth, short process chain, low-energy demand, low emissions and lack of pollutants. According to the designers, reed generates better water quality where it grows and helps to provide home to many different animals in the natural environment. It is harvested by cutting off the dead part of the plant, which is replaced by natural growth every year. Using the dead reed as cladding requires no need for any further treatment. At the end of its life, the construction material can be composted, closing the life cycle organically. Related: Prefab alpine shelter boasts phenomenal views and a small footprint The SkinOver Reed project was developed after two years of research, with reed chosen for the facade and roof to help generate a monolithic, three-dimensional design with a single material. The prototype thatched hut was built in Austria using local reed and wood with a foundation of stone from an existing building. The team researched examples of contemporary thatch architecture from France, Denmark and Sweden for inspiration and insight into building with reed. The first hut was completed in 2019, so the team spent summer 2020 monitoring, documenting and analyzing the effects of last winter’s cold weather on the reed. Long-term, they plan to implement both permanent and periodic measurements to monitor the hut’s aging process, hopefully inspiring other architects to see the favorability and quality of renewable materials like reed. The project has already garnered favorable attention, as it was shortlisted in the small building category for the Dezeen Awards 2020. + University of Stuttgart Via Dezeen Images via University of Stuttgart

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Zeabuz is launching a self-driving electric ferry in Norway

October 28, 2020 by  
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Norwegian company Zeabuz has announced that it will be launching a self-driving ferry next year. This zero-emission ferry was first developed in 2018 by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The ferry is expected to carry 12 passengers and will operate like an elevator, with passengers able to call the ferry to their location by pressing a button. The launch of the first self-driving electric ferry in Norway just goes to show the strides the country is making in developing water transport . In 2015, Norway was the first country to launch the world’s first electric car and passenger ferry . Related: 100% electric passenger vehicle and cargo ferry could help decarbonize sea travel According to Narve Mjøs, the director of DNV GL — a company that advises the maritime industry and organizes the Green Shipping Program in Norway — the country is on the right track when it comes to pioneering new technologies in water transport. Mjøs said that the use of new boats, like the one being launched by Zeabuz, provides a greener alternative to road transport. Further, he said that the process of automation via self-driving helps cut down operation costs. The newly launched ferry will operate along the canal that connects the port and the city center of Trondheim. Passengers will have a 1-minute travel time, rather than the 15 minutes it typically takes to walk between the two locations. The ferry also has the capacity to transport passenger bicycles, and it is designed to charge while docked. Riding the ferry will be free of charge, at least in Trondheim. Many countries are turning back to water transport, which was a popular means of travel before the invention of cars. For instance, Bangkok intends to launch 30 new electric ferries and 5,000 electric water taxis come next year. In July 2020, Uber announced plans to launch boat taxis along the Thames River in London. If such plans are actualized, we are likely to see a future with fewer cars and more zero-emission boats. + Zeabuz Via CNN Images via Zeabuz

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Mushroom burial suit turns dead bodies into compost

August 14, 2016 by  
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Designer Jae Rhim Lee believes there’s a better way to be buried. Not in a coffin in your finest clothes, but rather with a mushroom burial suit that can turn your dead body into clean compost. Lee’s eco-friendly garment, called the Infinity Burial Suit , relies on two different kinds of mushrooms that break down the toxins in the body and helps speed up the natural decomposition process.

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The ‘Tower of Souls’ Crematorium Would Turn the Ashes of Dead Bodies into Memorial Diamonds for the Structure

February 7, 2014 by  
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The concept behind SIN.studio ‘s Tower of Souls is based on the path between the materiality of our earthly life and the immateriality of the following unknown. The tower consists of two fundamental parts: the Underground and the Overground. The Underground contains a series of concrete public spaces used for funeral rituals and remembrance, and a private area underneath to preform cremations. As a metaphor for the spiritual, the immaterial, and the souls of the deceased people, SIN.studio  proposes to transform part of the resulting ash from each body created into memorial diamonds . The Overground will consist of five stratified carbon fiber moving spirals, with fine carbon fiber consoles that will support glass spheres—each keeping a memorial diamond. As more and more diamonds are collected, the spirals will rise towards the sky, bringing the “souls” of the dead up to the sky. The structure is envisioned as a sparkling sculpture in the sunlight that pays  tribute to the dead . + SIN.studio The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: death diamonds , diamonds from ashes , eco burial , Life Gem , memorial diamonds , SIN.studio , Tower of Souls        

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J1 Studio’s Modular T.SHELF System Creates Gorgeous Sculptural Shelves

February 7, 2014 by  
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Jae Won Cho ‘s T.SHELF (triangular shelf) is a modular system that can be built into multiple shapes with various functions. The T.SHELF system is based on the strongest geometric shape, the triangle, and it can be used to create sculptural and functional structures. The width, length, and depth of the T.SHELF can vary and grow indefinitely, and it can be expressed as floor or wall installations. The T.SHELF is part of Jae Won Cho’s new “Elements” collection, which is currently being exhibited at the Design Matters Gallery in Los Angeles until February 15th. + J1 Studio + Design Matters Gallery The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: design matters gallery , green design , green interiors , Jae Won Cho , modular , modular design , modular furniture , modular shelf , Modular Shelving , sustainable design , t.shelf        

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400-Year-Old Arctic Plants Squished by Glaciers Come Back From the Dead

May 28, 2013 by  
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A selection of 400-year-old plants that were squished by glaciers have come back from the dead, BBC News reports . Researchers exploring the Teardrop Glacier high up in the Canadian Arctic say that the ice has been retreating at a rate of three to four meters every year since 2004, exposing land that has been covered since the Little Ice Age that took place between AD 1550 and AD 1850. While on a recent expedition, the University of Alberta team discovered something that had a “greenish tint.” It turned out to be ancient bryophytes sprouting new growth after 400 years of dormancy! Read the rest of 400-Year-Old Arctic Plants Squished by Glaciers Come Back From the Dead Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic plants , Climate Change , environmental news , Ice Age , national academy of sciences , News , plants come back from the dead , polar bears , teardrop glacier , University of Alberta        

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E-Waste Recycler, Non-Profit Create Jobs for Those With Disabilties

October 3, 2012 by  
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Your dead television might look like a huge chunk of e-waste to you, but to Easter Seals Greater Houston, it looks like a job opportunity. The Texas-based non-profit, which assists people with disabilities with everything from counseling to…

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‘Tower For The Dead’ is an Eco-Cemetery Inspired by the Grieving Process

October 31, 2011 by  
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One of the most mysterious towers ever conceived, the Tower For the Dead is actually a practical solution that adresses the needs of our growing and aging population. The proposal won honorable mention in the 2011 eVolo Skyscraper Competition for its vertical eco graveyard concept, which frees up valuable land in overcrowded Mexico City. However, the tower provides more than just a mode for saving space — as the design team describes, “The ‘Tower for the Dead’ allows the family members of the deceased to be reborn, after a trip to the underworld, where they just buried their loved one.” Read the rest of ‘Tower For The Dead’ is an Eco-Cemetery Inspired by the Grieving Process Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 5 steps in grieving , day of the dead building , Elsa Mendoza Andrés , evolo 2011 skyscraper competition , graveyard building , graveyard tower , green burial , Israel López Balan , Mexico city green building , Moisés Adrián Hernández García , Vertical graveyard

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Rustic and Beautiful Backyard Micro-House is Built from Recycled Barnboard

October 31, 2011 by  
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Voltaic Introduces High-Powered Solar Backpacks That Charge Laptops!

October 31, 2011 by  
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The dream of going wireless with a laptop or iPad becomes pretty meaningless when reality hits and your left with a battery drained to nothing. But  Voltaic ‘s new solar backpack brings things back into balance, giving you the option to recharge your laptop and other gadgets even if the sun isn’t shining! Incorporating a battery with a sewn in 10 watt monocrystal solar module, the setup has two power ports and four voltage settings connected to the 60 watt battery. The new backpack gives you the ability to recharge just about any portable device whenever you need to. Read the rest of Voltaic Introduces High-Powered Solar Backpacks That Charge Laptops! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Array solar backpack , Fuse solar charging , green portable power , Recycled Materials , Solar Backpack , solar ipad charger , solar laptop charger , solar pack , Voltaic power pack

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