eVolo announces winners of the 2019 Skyscraper Competition

May 10, 2019 by  
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eVolo Magazine has announced the winners of its 2019 Skyscraper Competition from a pool of 478 projects. A jury of architects and designers selected three winners and 27 honorable mentions. The annual award recognizes “visionary ideas for building [high-rise] projects that through [the] novel use of technology, materials, programs, aesthetics and spatial organizations, challenge the way we understand vertical architecture and its relationship with the natural and built environments.” Methanescraper, an energy-producing “vertical landfill” city district concept was crowned the first place winner. Serbian designer Marko Dragicevic placed first in the 14th iteration of eVolo’s Skyscraper Competition with “Methanescraper,” a proposal for a city district in Belgrade that serves as a “vertical landfill” for waste and recycling. The district’s towers would be built mainly of waste capsules, modular units that contain sorted trash. Methane gas produced by the decomposition of waste would be extracted by pipes, pumped into storage tanks for filtering and then sent into the generator, where the gas is burned and transformed into electricity used to power the tower and the city. In second place is the “Airscraper” by Polish designers Klaudia Go?aszewska and Marek Grodzicki. Taking inspiration from Le Corbusier’s philosophy of houses as “machines for living,” the Airscraper was proposed to help fight air pollution in Beijing. At 2,624 feet, the mixed-use building is envisioned as the Chinese capital’s tallest tower and would contain three types of modules — an Air-Intake module, a Solar-Gain module and a Green-Garden module — arranged around an inner chimney that uses the stack effect to suck in outdoor polluted air for treatment. Related: The Fire Prevention Skyscraper brings sustainable housing to areas affected by forest fires U.K.-based designers Zijian Wan, Xiaozhi Qi and Yueya Liu designed the third place winner, the “Creature Ark: Biosphere Skyscraper.” Inspired by Noah’s Ark, the designers created a vertical conservation skyscraper for fauna and flora that consists of five simulated ecological environments, from the bottom up: arid, tropical, temperate, continental and polar. + eVolo 2019 Skyscraper Competition Images via eVolo

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Urban waste is upcycled into an adorable, beetle-shaped micro library on wheels

April 29, 2019 by  
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Beijing-based firm  LUO Studio has just unveiled an adorable mobile micro library crafted out of upcycled industrial parts. Made from an abandoned bicycle, discarded iron car sheets and reclaimed wood , the Shared Lady Beetle is a tiny contraption in the shape of a beetle that roams on four wheels, bringing books to local children. According to the designers, they were inspired to create a functioning mobile library by a teacher friend who often has to transport educational materials to the school via an old grocery cart. Realizing that most teachers have similar problems when it comes to moving teaching props here and there, the firm was inspired to create a “small and ingenious storage cart” to support the efforts of local educators. Related: Circular library lets you roll your books home In addition to creating a functional and mobile book dispenser, the team also searched for ways in which they could reduce the city’s waste, specifically discarded bicycles that have reached the end of their life in the bike-sharing systems found in most urban areas nowadays. In most cases, these bikes are often left exposed to the elements and treated poorly. They suffer any number of malfunctions, leading city management to simply discard them rather than repair them. Accordingly, the designers went to work finding an old bicycle to upcycle that would provide wheels for the library. Along the way, they also came across discarded iron car sheets and old wooden panels. Using the form of a beetle for inspiration, they crafted a compact “pavilion” with two wings that open outward. Inside the library, the wings and the interior body are lined in bookshelves. The bookshelves get larger from top to bottom, creating a lower shelf that pulls double duty as a reading bench. The interior partitions of the library were put together in order to be completely disassembled or adjusted according to different needs. Although built with education in mind, the design for the adorable beetle is quite versatile and could be used in any number of services such as a cafe cart, small clinic and more. + LUO Studio Via Archdaily Photography by Jin Weiqi via LUO Studio

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Designers build a frozen igloo shelter in a geodesic dome shape

March 29, 2019 by  
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Using a simple triangular frame, a few shovels packed with snow and ice and a deep respect for traditional building methods, New York-based artist and designer Nikolas Bentel manged to construct an  igloo in the form of a geodesic dome. The Geodesic Igloo project was an attempt by Nikolas and his brother,  Lukas Bentel , to prove that durable shelters can be built using basic construction methods in the most extreme and inhospitable climates. According to Nikolas, the Geodesic Igloo project is an “architectural exploration blending traditional igloo construction with the modernist tradition of geodesic domes.” The ultimate goal was to prove that using a blend of traditional building techniques and modern forms, durable shelters can be built in the most extreme climates. Related: The North Face unveils a geodesic tent that can withstand 60 mph winds To start, the designers headed to the snowy landscape of Adirondacks in the dead of winter. Considering that a geodesic dome requires only one triangle shape repeated 15 times, the only material that they brought with them to the building site was a frame made up of equilateral triangle forms. Using the frame to cast the individual triangles, the designers filled the molds with buckets of water. When they were sufficiently frozen, the panels were then fitted together to create a cohesive domed structure. All in all, the frozen structure took just four hours to construct and lasted for almost two months. According to Bentel, the geodesic igloo, which comfortably houses two people, used a fraction of the snow needed to build a traditional igloo. In fact, using thin sheets of ice enabled the structure to be almost completely transparent, allowing natural light to penetrate the interior during the day. At night, it became illuminated beautifully thanks to a warm fire. + Nikolas Bentel + Lukas Bentel Images via Nikolas Bentel

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This luxurious tiny home is powered by Southern Californian sunshine

January 15, 2019 by  
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Who says a tiny house can’t be luxurious? Certainly not David Latimer and Taylor Mallon of New Frontier Tiny Homes, designers of this comfortable and alluring solar-powered tiny home. The contemporary farmhouse style of the Orchid House allows for off-grid living without sacrificing comfort, and it is entirely powered by solar energy. Though it was built in Nashville, the Orchid House currently resides on an undeveloped piece of property in Southern California . The owner is an LA-based artist who decided a tiny house was the best option for the remote space. The structure is built on wheels, so it can be moved easily for relocation or emergencies (like wildfires, from which it recently had to be saved). Related: Breathtakingly beautiful tiny home is surprisingly luxurious inside The structure is wholly powered by the famous Southern Californian sunshine. Both the siding and the roof of the house are made of the same dimensional cedar. The designer used an intricate process to give the roof a floating appearance inspired by Scandinavian architecture . The inside walls and ceiling of this beautiful tiny home are made of maple plywood, except for inside the bathroom, which is made entirely of tile and mirrors. The floor is solid oak and all the furniture is walnut. New Frontier Tiny Homes custom-built all of the furniture except for the kitchen table and chairs, which are from West Elm. A combination of floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights brings  natural light into the entire dwelling. A garage door allows for the opening up of the entire wall as well, so there’s a sense of openness between the interior and the natural environment outside. The designers’ love of clean lines inspired the storage, which is completely hidden. The open-floor plan makes room for a guest area, and the loft has space for a lavish king-sized bed. The restroom features a full-sized shower and “The Rolls Royce of non-flushable toilets ,” according to the designers. The incinerator toilet ensures there are no pesky sewer or septic systems for the property, making it both uncomplicated and environmentally friendly. As gorgeous as this home looks during the day, it is just as breathtaking at night. Inspired by a total solar eclipse witnessed in 2017, the designers used valence LED lighting strips to create a lovely glowing effect around the light fixtures and front porch. Each lighting strip can be dimmed and has a separate switch. + New Frontier Tiny Homes Via Dwell Photography by StudioBuell Photography via New Frontier Tiny Homes

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Glowing orbs celebrate light and poetry in the heart of Istanbul

July 11, 2016 by  
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Praxis Landscape recently installed Light Field II, a temporary art installation in ?airler Park? (Park of Poets), a public space built to commemorate the legacy of great poets who once lived in Istanbul’s Besiktas district. To celebrate those poets and bring attention to the park at night, the designers added a series of glowing orbs created as an abstract interpretation of poetry. “The installation was designed as an abstract reflection of the verses of poems that obtain a whole new identity in the visitor flow,” write the Praxis Landscape. “The rejuvenated verses, and the richness of emotions they evoke in visitors, were transformed into lighting objects that were placed in the most visible corner of the park.” https://vimeo.com/167612092 + Praxis Landscape 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!

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10 Ghoulish Garments and Accessories For The Green Goblin In All Of Us

October 26, 2013 by  
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From bracelets made of bones to a pair of black oxfords soled with 1,050 human teeth (don’t worry, they’re fake) these unique fashions show that sometimes creativity can be terrifying. In celebration of Halloween , we’ve rounded up 10 garments and accessories that use strange, but often sustainable, materials to create a look that’s worthy of any nightmare. If you love making a macabre statement, the designers, fashions, and textiles on these pages will make your skin crawl (in a good way)! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: accessories , Art , clothing , eco-fashion , ecouterre , Fashion , halloween , Sustainable Fashion        

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Enter Your Kiddie Costumes In The 2013 Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest!

October 26, 2013 by  
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Will your kiddos be sporting homemade costumes for trick-or-treating this year? Whether they’re cute or creepy, we want you to enter them in the annual Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest! This year we are awarding over $300 in fabulous prizes to the costumes that we find the most clever, cute and captivating — and we are awarding two grand prizes, a runner-up prize and honorable mentions to costumes selected by both our judges, and by YOU, dear readers! All you’ve got to do is whip us an adorable costume, snap a picture and send it in! Click on the link below to view last year’s contest winners and get inspired. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: contest , costume contest , green halloween , halloween , halloween costumes , Inhabitots        

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Sapore dei Mobili: Designers Serve up Bite-Sized Furniture Cakes During Milan Design Week

April 23, 2012 by  
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REC Architects Build a Grass & Glass Modern Building in Mexico

April 23, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of REC Architects Build a Grass & Glass Modern Building in Mexico Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Air quality , Architecture , biodegradable materials , cool building , cuernavaca , glass , local materials , mexico , minimalist architecture , Petate , Rec Arquitectos , round windows , steel , Sustainable Materials

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Kenneth Grange Iconic British Designer Made Britain Modern

October 17, 2011 by  
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Photo: B. Alter Kenneth Grange is a British industrial designer whose work has covered every aspect of British life for the past 50 years. But few know his name or realize the extent of his influence. From the ubiquitous black cabs to electric kettles, Parker pens, razor blades and the trains, Grange was the quiet industrial designer behind them all. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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