Parasitic wooden cubes slash Parisian building’s energy consumption by 75%

March 3, 2017 by  
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Stéphane Malka has designed a clever way of optimizing the energy efficiency of older urban structures while working within the restrictions of Parisian building codes. Malka’s Plug-in City 75 design envisions attaching parasitic wooden cubes to the facade of a 1970s-era building, extending the living space and significantly reducing the building’s annual energy consumption by approximately 75 percent. The innovative design is slated for a 1970s-era building in the French capital’s 16th arrondissement. Like similar buildings in the city, this one is burdened with low energy performance due to thermal bridges, poor insulation, and permeable windows. However, current building laws are quite restrictive and do not allow for the structures to be raised to make way for better, more efficient space. Related: Parasitic prefabs mounted atop buildings create affordable green housing in Paris Malka’s solution is to incorporate a type of parasitic architecture to improve the building’s energy envelope. According to the design, a series of bio-sourced wooden cubes would be mounted onto the facade, extending the apartments horizontally through openings in the exterior. Extending the apartments outwards would divide the total energy consumption of the building by four. This would significantly reduce the rehabilitated building’s annual energy consumption from its current 190KWh per square meter to 45KWh per square meter. The modular boxes , made from wood particles and chips are quite lightweight, which allows for easy transport and on-site assembly. Once mounted onto the building, the cubed extensions would not only add more living space and light to the interior, but would also create an inner garden courtyard on the first floor. The new facade would be draped in hanging greenery, greatly improving the structure’s overall aesthetic. + Malka Architecture

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Timberland transforms recycled plastic bottles into shoes, bags

March 3, 2017 by  
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For its latest collection, Timberland is turning to the bottle—the plastic bottle, that is. The outdoor-wear maker has teamed up with Thread , a Pittsburgh, Penn.-based manufacturer of sustainable fabrics, to transform plastic bottles from the streets and canals of Haiti into a dapper collection of footwear, bags, and T-shirts. The Timberland x Thread collaboration goes “beyond environmental sustainability,” according to Timberland. Not only does the partnership turn an ecological blight into a resource but it also creates social value in the form of cleaner neighborhoods and job opportunities for one of the planet’s poorest nations. “The Timberland x Thread collection is incredible proof that style and sustainability can go hand-in-hand,” Colleen Vien, director of sustainability for Timberland, said in a statement. “This collection delivers good with every fiber, not just by recycling plastic bottles that would otherwise end up littering the streets, but also by creating job opportunities and cleaner neighborhoods in Haiti. Related: Take a first look at Timberland’s new boots and bags made out of recycled plastic “Consumers can feel good about pulling on their Timberland x Thread boots or backpack, and know they are making a positive impact in someone else’s life,” she added The Timberland x Thread capsule comprises five styles of men’s shoes and boots, a duffel bag and a backpack, and one T-shirt. All incorporate Thread’s “Ground to Good” fabric, which the certified B Corp. spins in the United States using 50 percent post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate , better known as PET. Thread says that every yard of fabric can be traced throughout the supply chain, from bottle collection to textile creation and delivery to the manufacturer. The “bottle to boot” process employs more than 1,300 bottle collectors, entrepreneurs, and manufacturing employees in Haiti alone. “At Thread, we believe that dignified jobs cure poverty—and our fabric creates those jobs,” said Ian Rosenberger, founder and CEO of Thread. “Our partnership with Timberland marks a seismic shift in the fashion industry, combining Timberland’s large supply chain and loyal customer base with Thread’s responsible, transparent approach to creating premium fabrics and vital jobs in the developing world. The Timberland x Thread collection is a major step towards improving the way our clothes are made.” + Timberland + Thread

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Green Places Community Clubhouse in Tainan invites nature indoors

November 24, 2016 by  
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The Green Places Community Clubhouse design follows the firm’s philosophy of viewing buildings as “living beings.” Taking cues from nature, the building features an organic-inspired curvaceous facade and interior decor, where timber and natural gray stone is used prominently and sculpted in rounded forms. Tall vertical indoor elements evoke the feeling of a forest, while timber surfaces and full-height continuous glazing wraps around the building to invite landscape views and natural light indoors. The outdoor landscape features multiple water features, including a swimming pool and reflecting pool. The multistory building provides spaces for dining, reading, exercising, learning, sharing, and communication. To minimize the clubhouse’s energy footprint, the architects installed a solid wall to the west of the building to protect against intense sun exposure. To the east, a grove of trees protects the swimming pool from cold winter mornings, while an overhang provides shade on sunny days. Waterproof nano silane ketone resin is used on the facade to control mold. Gaps between the anodized aluminum panels and RC walls promote natural cooling . Related: Solar-powered home in Tainan puts a modern twist on the traditional courtyard house “The design emphasizes not only a comfortable indoor environment, but a natural outdoor environment,” write the architects. “In addition to fulfilling residents’ needs, it provides a comfortable environment where residents enjoy socializing with their neighbours. The aim is to give the community’s residents a sense of belonging and happiness.” + Chain 10 Urban Space Design Via v2com Images by Kuo-Min Lee

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LEED Platinum-certified New Balance World Headquarters raises the bar for indoor environmental quality

June 24, 2016 by  
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The 250,000-square-foot building is the first facility in the United States to achieve all possible credits in the Indoor Environmental Quality category under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) v2009 Core and Shell rating system. There are only two other buildings in the world that have achieved this level of efficiency – one in Thailand and one in Italy. The property was developed by Boston Landing as the company’s initial flagship project. Related: Floating Mega Arcology for Boston’s Harbor The energy efficient design features ensure 26 percent annual energy cost savings , compared to conventional buildings of the same typology. Efficient plumbing fixtures achieve a 35 percent reduction in water consumption , with around 76 percent of waste was diverted during the construction of the building, with over 28 percent of recycled building materials and 74 percent regionally sourced materials . ““Prioritizing the benefits of exceptional indoor environmental quality is exactly the kind of responsible leadership you’d expect from a company dedicated to health and performance,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. The list of project achievements is impressive. It features a 26-percent annual energy cost savings over a standard building, 86 percent reduction in site run-off compared to prior to construction, all of the wood used was Forest Stewardship Council certified and a 30 precent higher ventilation rate than a code complaint building. According to NB Development Group , “This designation is in keeping with not only the mission of New Balance, but also as the initial flagship project of Boston Landing, it highlights the spirit and energy we envision for this newly emerging district and ongoing commitment to our neighborhood.” + Elkus Manfredi Architects + Boston Landing

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China launches brutal dog meat festival this week despite worldwide protests

June 24, 2016 by  
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Animal rights activists in the United States, China, and many other countries around the world are crestfallen this week as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival kicks off in rural southern China. Although smaller than in previous years, the festival ( which also exists to celebrate lychee fruit and the summer solstice) centers around a gruesome main attraction. Thousands of dogs are brutally beaten, burned, skinned—typically while still alive, and while their abusers are smiling—and then eventually eaten. Since it began in 2010, the festival has drawn attention from around the globe, as animal lovers fight to end the cruel event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbwbD8JcJgY Warning: the above video contains graphic footage of violence against animals. This week, the 6th annual festival began as scheduled, despite global protests. Celebrities such as Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Damon, and Russell Simmons banded together to film a public service announcement produced by the nonprofit Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation , making tearful pleas to end the slaughter. This is just one example of the many ways animal lovers around the globe have been working to protect China’s dogs. Earlier this month, the Humane Society International (HSI) with a local group called Beijing Mothers Against Animal Cruelty presented a petition to Yulin and Chinese government officials containing 11 million signatures. So far, the government has taken little to no action. Related: 1o,000 dogs and cats to be slaughtered for human consumption at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival The dogs tortured at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival are collected by traders, often by dishonest means. A few months ago, an undercover video taken at a Yulin slaughterhouse showed cages packed full of dogs and many of the animals were wearing collars and tags, suggesting that they had been housepets, most likely stolen off the street. The festival has no specialties or restrictions for the age or type of dog involved in the torture, so even very young puppies may be brutally beaten this week and the breeds can include recognizable purebreds like cocker spaniels and labradors. Some of the dogs destined to be killed at this week’s festival were rescued in the nick of time, but the numbers are small. Various sources have reported that a handful of groups of dogs, ranging from 15 to 20 individuals, were rescued just days prior to the festival’s opening, and HSI has transported 54 dogs and cats to local shelters in China after they were saved from traders. HSI also reports that this year’s festival is likely to be much smaller than in years past, as political pressure may be reducing participation. In its inaugural year, the Yulin festival slaughtered as many as 15,000 dogs. HSI says the number dropped to 2,000-3,000 dogs in 2015, and the agency’s team in China says there is evidence pointing to less killing than in previous years. + Support Humane Society International + Tell China’s government officials to stop the killing Images via Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation

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Surreal sculptures use stretched bronze to connect boulders

June 24, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlec-WH6Qyw Based in Auvergne, France, Langlois is a self-taught artist who began experimenting with sculpture using only plaster and clay. He later turned to bronze and explored the process of transmuting natural materials with the metal. The artist pours melted bronze into a mold and then finishes the sculpture off with a patina . Related: Hirotoshi Ito’s Incredible Stone Sculptures Will Blow Your Mind “Everything is alive, everything is moving, everything is changing. But life cannot always show off its best side. Sometimes you have to root it out,” the artist said in an interview with Artistics . “This is what I am trying to do with my sculptures, gently, discreetly: To search for the life and to expose it to those who are going to view them.” + Romain Langlois Via Colossal Images via Romain Langlois

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Minimalist Lake Jasper home has multi-use bleachers instead of your typical furniture

February 1, 2016 by  
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Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

August 12, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , and Technology Building , brise soleil , Daylighting , energy efficient design , florida , Florida Polytechnic University , green architecture , Green Building , green design , innovation , lakeland , organic architecture , organic design , santiago calatrava , science , solar shading , sustainable design

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

May 29, 2014 by  
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Did you know that the energy used by a single google search is equivalent to turning on a 60W light bulb for 17 seconds? Now consider that people conduct over 1 billion searches a day, and you’ve got a massive energy footprint of roughly 12.5 million watts – and that’s just a fraction of the search giant’s 260 million watt total. Juice Electrical Supplies recently ran the numbers and compiled an infographic that shows just how much energy Google uses – and how the company’s investment in renewable energy and offsets has given it a carbon footprint of zero . Check out the full infographic after the break! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “sustainable energy” , data center , energy efficient design , Google , google energy use , green design , green energy , power , renewable energy , sustainable design , YouTube

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PAD Architects Wraps French Office with a Wavy Perforated Facade

May 15, 2014 by  
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