Green-roofed apartment block in Tehran uses recycled rainwater and reclaimed materials

October 10, 2016 by  
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Though the Saba Apartment’s sustainable elements are impressive, the building’s most eye-catching features are its wavy timber shutters that cover the street-side grid façade made of square recessed windows. The wooden slats also lend a warm touch to the light-colored stone exterior. The floor-to-ceiling shutters can be swiveled and moved by hand to block unwanted solar gain and for privacy. This double-skin facade and the recessed balconies with double-glazed windows help residents keep cool in the Tehran heat. A garden located in the rear comprises a pool, planting beds, and paving made from recycled railway sleepers. The apartment’s garden-facing facade is made from locally sourced and reclaimed brick and covered with modular vertical planters fed drip irrigation using rainwater harvested from the roof. A green roof tops the building and is integrated with solar panels that generate the energy used for lighting the communal areas. Related: Prefab Parisian housing is clad in a double-skin timber facade to optimize solar shading “With the change in people’s lifestyle, development of the cities and the uprising demand for constructing high-rise buildings; this valuable heritage of our ancestors efforts in engaging the architecture with nature has gone obliterated, which has changed into a blurred memory over less than a century,” write the architects. “This project was the result of our efforts in revitalizing this lost heritage and giving a new interpretation to the old concept. Which we believe one of the main reasons of the cultural crisis our society is engaged with nowadays is the result of this abrupt shift in the living space.” + TDC Office Via Dezeen Images via TDC Office

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Vincent Callebauts Botanic Center fights urban smog and harvests clean energy

September 12, 2016 by  
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Despite its garden-inspired name, the Botanic Center in Brussels was built in 1977 from 274 identical concrete modules with nary a plant in sight. Architect Vincent Callebaut’s envisioned renovation , which he calls “metamorphosis,” transforms the building into a new symbol of sustainability for the city. “Our ambitions are as follows: to imagine a vegetal envelope on the three façades of the Botanic Center; to bring biodiversity back into the heart of the City; and with the help of botanists, to select plants that will color the building according to seasons,” writes Callebaut. The design calls for 274 planter beds with overhanging and climbing plants installed onto the 274 existing concrete models. Drip irrigation would be used to water the beds and maintenance need only be performed twice a year. Callebaut estimates that the 10,000-plant facade and green roofs could capture close to 50 tons of carbon dioxide a year and improve building insulation. Related: Futuristic oceanscapers are floating villages 3D-printed from algae and plastic waste In keeping with his theme of metamorphosis, Callebaut topped the proposed Botanic Center renovation with a “Chrysalis,” a lightweight structure made of arched glulam and steel cables. The curved addition can play host to a variety of programming and overlooks city views through large glazed openings. Twelve “gills” on the roof extend southwards to help improve solar exposure for the 600-square-meter photovoltaic array on the roof. Over 40 vertical axis wind turbines are also located atop the Chrysalis and could generate 32,340 kWh per year. Callebaut estimates that the total annual output of renewable energies could reach 128,340 kWh per year, enough to cover part of the existing building’s needs or ensure self-sufficiency for the Chrysalis’ new spaces. + Vincent Callebaut Images via Vincent Callebaut

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Airstream’s new Basecamp is a tiny house you can tow practically anywhere

September 12, 2016 by  
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Developed over the course of nearly a decade in collaboration with automotive designer Bryan Thompson, Basecamp was created for both the weekend warrior and the experienced long haul traveler. Like the original Airstream, the compact travel trailer is built with a sleek aerodynamic exterior rugged enough to withstand the elements and diverse terrain. “With its lighter weight and easier towing experience, Basecamp is a fully-loaded adventure waiting to happen,” said Airstream CEO and President, Bob Wheeler. “All you need to do is head out and decide whether to go right or left at the end of your driveway.” Related: Iconic Airstream gets a magnificent revamp to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial In spite of its small size, the Basecamp can accommodate a variety of functions. The convertible rear space can be adapted for eating, sleeping, lounging, or storage. The kitchen includes a cooktop, stainless steel sink, and fridge. A bathroom is also onboard with a toilet and shower. A large window wraps around the rear side for panoramic views of the landscape. A wireless Bluetooth speaker is also integrated into the design. The base model weighs 2,585 pounds and has an MSRP of $34,900. Optional additions include an enclosed patio and rear tent that seamlessly attach to the Basecamp roof track. + Airstream Images via Airstream

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WATCH: Incredible Timelapse Shows Installation of North America’s Largest Green Wall

September 29, 2014 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Vancouver-based design firm Green over Grey just uploaded this incredible time-lapse for the installation process of North America’s largest green wall . Located in Surrey, British Columbia, this 10,150-square-foot double-sided green wall comprises 50,000 individual plants, most of which are native to British Columbia. The award-winning “Mountains & Trees, Waves & Pebbles” living wall project is fully hydroponic and created with 100 percent synthetic recycled materials. Read the rest of WATCH: Incredible Timelapse Shows Installation of North America’s Largest Green Wall Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , “living wall” , british columbia , carbon sink , drip irrigation , ecopanels , green over grey , Guildford town , hydroponic , hydroponic green wall , LEED gold , surrey , synthetic recycled materials , timelapse

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Clearpoint Tower in Sri Lanka Will Become the World’s Tallest Vertical Garden

February 11, 2014 by  
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Concrete Ribbons Add Contemporary Twist to Historic Courtyard in San Francisco

December 24, 2013 by  
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The Nourishmat All-In-One Gardening Tool Makes Starting a Garden Easy

April 18, 2013 by  
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The Nourishmat is an all-in-one gardening tool (complete with built-in drip irrigation and a pre-spaced planting guide) that acts as a weed barrier and simplifies the gardening process while maximizing yield for new gardeners. The product was designed by Earth Starter, LLC and is manufactured in Frederick, MD. Food supply is one of the most pressing issues facing modern society, and Earth Starter believes that the Nourishmat is a great way for people that lack time and gardening experience to grow their own food and flowers easily and successfully on the first try. + Nourishmat 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: Botanical , drip irrigation , Earth Starter , easy gardening , edible garden , Gardening , gardening aid , green design , Nourishmat , sustainable design , urban farm , weed barrier        

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