World’s first silo brewery opens in abandoned NY grain elevator

May 30, 2017 by  
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Abandoned grain silos in Buffalo , New York have been given new life as a brewery. Buffalo RiverWorks recently opened the $2.2 million brewery as part of the revitalization of the city’s waterfront . Buffalo’s grain elevators have long been emblematic of the area but now could stand for a new era of innovation — both in brewing and architectural restoration. Once part of the Wheeler-GLF grain elevator, the old silos now house the Buffalo RiverWorks brewery. RiverWorks employees transformed the silos into a brewery with the help of local architecture firm Abstract Architecture and engineering firm Kromac Design . They had to cut through rebar-reinforced concrete to create the space they needed, and also added a second floor inside. According to The Buffalo News, they had to carry out the work without plumbing or utilities. Related: Buffalo’s Grain Elevators to Be Used in Large-Scale Narrative Lighting Display General manager William Casale of the Pearl Street Family of Companies, which is behind the brewery, told The Buffalo News, “We were able to salvage these silos to create what we think is the first brewery built inside a silo in the world.” Other efforts to revitalize the waterfront are also underway. Rock climbing walls were installed inside some silos, with an Escape Room and zip line slated to open this summer as well. An observation deck will adorn the top of one silo. Casale said they’re also thinking about setting up a silo distillery. Buffalo RiverWorks already hosts concerts, sports games, and other entertainment at their waterfront complex. Preservation Buffalo Niagara executive director Jessie Fisher praised the new brewery, telling The Buffalo News, “The grain elevators more than anything else in Buffalo are our defining image on the world architectural stage. We have the largest extant collection of them in the world. The brewery is perfect, because it’s that marriage of grain and the Great Lakes beer comeback happening in New York State with the push to have more local beer production.” Via The Buffalo News Images via Buffalo RiverWorks Facebook and Abstract Architecture

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Tiny ‘hut in the sky’ radically transforms urban Dominican Republic rooftop

January 5, 2017 by  
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Probably the only thing better than having a beautiful rooftop garden is living in one. At the request of homeowners who were looking for an intimate refuge in the bustling Dominican Republic city of Santo Domingo, the team from ANA Arquitectura converted a rooftop garden space into a livable ‘hut in the sky’. The rooftop apartment and terrace space was designed to be a refuge for the family, who wanted to be central to the city but still have the peace and quiet that comes with a little bit of privacy. The interior of the apartment is compact, but just perfect for light gatherings and family time. Related: Tokyo apartment retrofit makes space for incredible spa The entrance to the apartment leads directly into the indoor entertaining area, designed by Laurelen González. The wooden flooring and spectacular high-gabled timber ceiling, along with hidden lighting, give the small space an open and spacious feel. Although compact, the living area was designed to comprise the heart of the entertainment area, as well as a quiet space for the family. But, let’s be honest, most guests will most likely gravitate to the spectacular outdoor deck upon arrival. Wood plays a strong role in the interior as well as the exterior. Wood siding covers the floor as well as the built-in bench seating and beautiful spa area. Subtle lighting gives off a sense of tranquility and the deck is surrounded by various tall plants for privacy. + ANA arquitectura Via Contemporist Photography by Jesus Rodriguez

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Oakland has an even worse lead problem than Flint, Michigan

January 5, 2017 by  
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A new report from Reuters reveals that residents of the Fruitvale neighborhood in Oakland, CA are being exposed to far more dangerous levels of lead than residents of Flint, Michigan. However, in this case, the drinking water isn’t the reason for the contamination – it’s the lead-based paint still in use in many of the buildings there. When it chips or crumbles, the lead ends up being released into the air and the dirt nearby. Out of 500 children tested within the area, 7.57% had elevated levels of lead in their blood – far higher than the nationwide average of 2.5%. At the height of the Flint water crisis , only 5% of children within the city had elevated lead levels in their blood, meaning Oakland’s problem is actually worse. Other areas of Oakland didn’t have data available, so it’s impossible to say if other neighborhoods are as badly impacted. Chances are, however, that there’s a lead contamination problem elsewhere in the city – a study in nearby East San Jose turned up equally troubling results, with 3.02% of children testing positive for elevated lead. Related: 33 other U.S. cities have cheated water tests that detect lead The findings come as part of a report published by Reuters just before Christmas. Reporters for the agency found dangerous levels of lead present in almost 3,000 different locales within the country. In fact, more than 1,100 of the affected communities reported lead poisoning rates 4 times higher than those in Flint. Worried about your community? Read the full report and view Reuters’ map of identified lead hotspots here. + Reuters Via The Mercury News Images via Quinn Dombrowski and Christopher Najewicz

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California governor signs measure to end captive orca breeding

September 14, 2016 by  
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Close to six months after SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby said the entertainment company would stop breeding their killer whales , California Governor Jerry Brown made it official. On Tuesday he signed a measure ending the breeding of captive orcas . SeaWorld will no longer be allowed to breed the animals, and the company is tossing out plans to expand their San Diego killer whale habitat. There are SeaWorld parks in San Diego, San Antonio, and Orlando. Although the company ceased plucking orcas from the sea nearly 40 years ago, SeaWorld still owns 29 of the majestic creatures. Five were caught from the wild. The company says the animals they have currently will be the ” last generation of killer whales at SeaWorld .” Related: SeaWorld finally announces plan to stop breeding Orcas In a statement, PETA vice president Tracy Reiman said, “Future generations of orcas will not endure the deprivation, stress, and frustration of being trapped in a tiny concrete tank.” The entertainment company will keep the killer whales currently at their facilities ” under the best veterinary care .” New “natural orca encounters” focusing on education, research, and conservation will replace theatrical programs. SeaWorld had considered plans for “Blue World,” a $100 million expansion to their San Diego killer whale habitat, but now said they won’t move forward with the project. According to SeaWorld , “The killer whale research we conduct has direct benefit for science. The animals in our care allow researchers, biologists, and conservationists to better understand and conserve these remarkable animals in the wild.” The company faced pressure after the documentary Blackfish and the deaths of three orcas during six months at San Antonio last year. Concern followed the revelation the company was still having Tilikum, the subject of Blackfish , continue performing in the midst of a life-threatening sickness . Activists and animal rights organizations criticized the way SeaWorld has treated captive orcas. Via Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons and GreyHobbit on Flickr

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Scotland kicks off world’s first large-scale tidal energy project

September 14, 2016 by  
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Renewable energy advocates celebrate another victory this week as officials launched the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm off the coast of Scotland. The MeyGen tidal stream project led by Edinburgh-based Atlantis Resources will be comprised of four 49-foot-tall turbines which harness energy from the ocean’s waves to produce electricity free from greenhouse gas emissions . The project promises to eventually generate enough energy to power 175,000 homes throughout the country, a huge leap forward for renewables and the job market in Scotland. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sAbCdKKqMM First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon unveiled the first of four turbines at a ceremony outside Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. This turbine, just like the others that will follow, measures 49 feet tall, with blades 52 feet in diameter. Each turbine weighs nearly 220 tons and has a capacity of 1.5 megawatts. The turbines will all be installed off the northern coast of Scotland between Caithness and Orkney. Related: Atlantis announces funding for world’s largest tidal energy project in Scotland So far, the Scottish government has approved and funded the massive tidal energy project to the tune of $30 million. The first four turbines are simply the first phase of the project, which Atlantis Resources hopes will eventually be expanded to 269 turbines with a cumulative capacity of 398MW, or the equivalent amount of electricity used by 175,000 homes per year. The project aims to reach maximum capacity in the early 2020s. “I am incredibly proud of Scotland’s role in leading the way in tackling climate change and investment in marine renewables is a hugely important part of this,” said the First Minister at the opening ceremony. “MeyGen is set to invigorate the marine renewables industry in Scotland and provide vital jobs for a skilled workforce, retaining valuable offshore expertise here in Scotland that would otherwise be lost overseas.” Via The Guardian Images via MeyGen

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New lush green "ground floor" to welcome Tel Aviv University students by 2019

September 14, 2016 by  
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The split level design of the Lorry Lokey building integrates nature in a number of inventive ways. As the outdoor ‘ground floor’ serves as a shaded, verdant connection hub between buildings, this open plan will also maximize ventilation from Mediterranean prevailing winds. As cool air currents enter the ground level they will pass through the raised mass and up its internal patios, creating a natural cooling effect . RELATED: Israel’s greenest building produces more energy than it consumes While the upper floors of Lorry Lokey will house offices with mountainous views, the lower floors will be reserved for large classrooms, the auditorium, and additional study spaces accessible from both the landscaped ground floor and gardens. The lush ground level will serve as an interconnection between adjacent buildings, a meeting hub and “watering hole,” boasting a café/canteen for the entire campus to utilize. This integration of the landscape not only reduces the overall massing of the building, but also encourages students to be more in touch with their natural surroundings. Beneath the ground floor will be two partially underground levels that are completely thermally insulated and filled with the natural light from sunken courtyards and skylights. The strategically low position of these floors prevents harsh direct sunlight from entering the building. When some air conditioning is required in Israel’s most hot and humid summer months, a large field of solar panels on the green roof will help to compensate for those energy needs. Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture plans to complete the Lorry Lokey building by 2019. + Gottesman-Szmelcman Architecture

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Ride a wind turbine in this crazy wind farm amusement park

November 30, 2015 by  
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If you’ve ever wanted to see the views from atop a wind turbine, your wish may soon come true. The Dutch renewable energy company Qurrent just unveiled plans to transform a wind farm into the “world’s first sustainable theme park.” Designed in collaboration with Jora Entertainment , the park will be packed with adrenaline-pumping rides from the world’s tallest spiraling water slide to an incredibly fast attraction on a turbine blade booster. Read the rest of Ride a wind turbine in this crazy wind farm amusement park

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Stufish’s Wanda Movie Theme Park is shaped like an enormous golden beehive in Wuhan

December 26, 2014 by  
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Coop Himmelb(l)au Unveils Incredible Changsha Entertainment Ice World Atop an Abandoned Quarry

September 2, 2013 by  
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Architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au’s  winning design proposal for Changsha’s Entertainment Ice World poetically bridges architecture with landscape history. The proposed 120,000 square-meter structure spans an impressive 170 meters across an abandoned cement mining quarry pit and lake. Located in the Dawang Mountain Resort on the outskirts of Changsha, China, the winter sports resort combines an ice world and indoor skiing center with a large water park. Read the rest of Coop Himmelb(l)au Unveils Incredible Changsha Entertainment Ice World Atop an Abandoned Quarry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abandoned quarry , cement quarry , changsha , china , Coop Himmelb(l)au , dawang mountain resort , eco design , entertainment center , entertainment ice world , green design , ice world , quarry pit , sports resort , sustainable design , winter sports resort        

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Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant 18 Times Higher Than Thought

September 2, 2013 by  
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Radiation levels at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan are 18 times higher than previously thought. The operator of the Japanese nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) , said that the radiation, which measures 1,800 millisieverts an hour, is high enough to kill a person exposed to it for four hours. Tepco is still trying to determine the cause of the radiation spike, but claim in their most recent report that levels inside the tank remain unchanged – which means there has been no leak. Read the rest of Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant 18 Times Higher Than Thought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental disaster Japan , environmental disasters , fukushima daiichi disaster , fukushima daiichi power plant , japan tepco , nuclear disaster Japan 2011 , nuclear power plants , TEPCO , Tepco nuclear power plant , tsunami disaster Japan 2011 , water leak Daiichi        

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