MIA Architecture’s office blends into the landscape with a mirrored facade

January 21, 2021 by  
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If ever there is a building type to emphasize dynamic appeal and make a statement, it should belong to an architectural firm. Standing true to this idea is the new office building for MIA Architecture, a firm located in Beaufays, Belgium. To articulate, MIA Architecture’s offices are actually an extension of an existing building, a home built in the 1970s. Expanding on the footprint of the home, the new addition honors the established height and also works with the same base of painted bricks and masonry heads. The project added an office as well as a meeting space and technical premises. Related: Bangkok’s Mega Park reimagines mega-malls as green community hubs If you approach the building from the front, you would barely notice it’s there, thanks to an ultimate harmonization with the heavily wooded environment. The exterior is framed in a “ mirror box ” that reflects the surrounding landscape, effectively cloaking the building from view. This ability to nearly disappear allows the unique office building to stand out while simultaneously blending into its environment. Windows are hidden behind the translucent skin (SGG Mirastar glass) and are only visible after dark, adding to the sci-fi effect. The design is remarkably discrete while making the entryway obvious with a metal grate walkway that seems to float above the ground. A wooden door materializes as visitors come closer toward the northwest corner of the building. Once inside, the oversized window provides views of the landscape, drawing the outside in and immersing the workspace into the gardens. The décor is minimalist with a streamlined black-and-white color palette. Beyond the look is the function, and MIA Architecture’s offices are constructed with efficiency in mind. The wood frame is filled with energy-saving insulation. Perhaps even more impressive than a nearly invisible facade is the technique used to construct the space in around three month’s time with low site-impact . + MIA Architecture Images via MIA Architecture

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Circular Electronics: Designing Out Waste

September 14, 2020 by  
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Circular Electronics: Designing Out Waste   Hold the phone! Can waste be designed out of consumer electronics? Building off of the established principles of the Responsible Business Alliance’s (RBA’s) previous session, this more in-depth series of case studies will explore how electronics companies are designing waste out of products and offerings, including easily repairable and modular consumer electronics. This discussion explores deeper nuances of the circular economy approaches to recycling electronics. Speakers Dan Reid, Senior Environmental Program Manager, Responsible Business Alliance Remco Kouwenhoven, Social Innovation Lead, Fairphone Jordan Tse, Sustainability Program Manager, Facebook Shelley Zimmer, Sustainability Program Manager, HP Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 14:02 Featured Off

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Supporting Business in the Race to Create the World’s Most Sustainable Package

September 14, 2020 by  
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Supporting Business in the Race to Create the World’s Most Sustainable Package Fossil-based plastic production is still growing exponentially. Only 9% of all plastic is recycled and it can take hundreds of years to degrade. Recycling is critical, but the world cannot rely on that alone. In recent years, we’ve seen over 450 companies pledge to dramatically slash their use or production of plastic by 2025 as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation circular economy commitments. We’ve watched as retailers have made public commitments to remove products packaged in non-recyclable materials from their shelves and have seen governments implement policies to support the circular economy. But how do we develop sustainable packaging solutions that protect food safety and availability everywhere, while living up to critical environmental and climate commitments? Join Tetra Pak in this discussion about ways companies can incorporate more renewable and recyclable content into their packaging to have the lowest impact on nature.  Topics include:  Innovations in plant-based materials, including wood fibre and plant-based polymers The safety and performance of plant-based packaging materials Partnering with consumers to secure recycling behavior change  How companies can apply a full value-chain approach to their sustainability strategies Moderator: Heather Clancy, Editorial Director, GreenBiz Group Speakers: Jason Pelz, Vice President of Sustainability, Tetra Pak, Americas Trewin Restorick, Founder & CEO, Hubbub If you can’t tune in live, please register and we will email you a link to access the archived webcast footage and resources, available to you on-demand after the webcast. taylor flores Mon, 09/14/2020 – 13:52 gbz_webcast_date Tue, 09/29/2020 – 10:00 – Tue, 09/29/2020 – 11:00

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Navigating the Waters of Mission and Profit with Criterion Ventures

March 10, 2011 by  
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A common dilemma for social entrepreneurs is the choice between and within for-profit and non-profit legal structures. Everyone in our field knows how artificial the for/non-profit line can seem when you’re an entrepreneur trying to change the world, while (hopefully) supporting yourself and dependents in order to make your efforts sustainable over time

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French Post Office Aims to Have 10,000 Electric Vehicles in Use by 2011

October 22, 2010 by  
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An electric van designed for La Poste, on display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show .

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Weird Solar Device of the Day: Solar Powered Dragonfly Lawn Ornaments (Video)

January 5, 2010 by  
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Image via Technabob Solar lawn ornaments. They’re not a new thing – there are solar powered frogs that riiiibbit when someone approaches your door, for example.

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