3XN unveils competition-winning designs for Denmarks Climatorium

October 3, 2018 by  
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Danish architectural practice 3XN Architects recently won a competition for the Climatorium, Denmark’s new international climate center that will be located in Lemvig. Created in collaboration with urban development consultancy SLA and technical advisory company Orbicon, the winning entry will help establish Lemvig as a center for climate change adaptation and support the country’s role as an exporter of climate solutions. Slated for completion in 2020, the sculptural waterfront building will serve as a public forum for knowledge, education, innovation and development projects that can promote climate-related growth and job opportunities. Inspired by the coastal location, the architects have integrated a wave motif to the entrance section of the two-story structure. The surrounding landscape, named the Climate Wedge, also mimics the local environment with its undulating shape structured with meteorological isobar lines in reference to the city’s wind conditions. The outdoor space is planted with native , low-maintenance vegetation and includes sheltered spaces where the public can gather and reconnect with the harbor front. A site-specific approach was taken to the building design as well. The Climatorium is carefully sized to match the existing scale of the other waterfront buildings and is clad in a simple material palette of wood, concrete and steel in a nod to the nearby boat halls. A ground-floor glass facade helps activate the building on the ground level and attracts passersby to come and visit exhibitions about climate change or enjoy food in the cafe. The lower floor can also be used for conferences, concerts and other events. Related: This dreamy Malibu beach house is designed to withstand climate change “We have aimed to create a building that tells the story about climate ,” said Jan Ammundsen, Senior Partner and Head of Design at 3XN. “The building has a rectilinear, stringent expression but forms a wave shape that lends it a distinct and easily decoded identity. The wave tells the story of the site and also refers to the serious challenges we face as a result of climate change.” + 3XN Architects Images via 3XN Architects

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New York City just approved plans to build the Lowline – the worlds first underground park

July 14, 2016 by  
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New York City officials just approved plans to build the world’s first underground park! It’s a huge step forward for The Lowline , which will be located in an abandoned subterranean train line in NYC’s Lower East Side. An innovative daylighting system will use fiberoptic cables and mirrors to pump sunlight underground to sustain a flourishing underground forest measuring a full acre in size. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-tDVzxQL1E Now that NYC officials have given the Lowline the green light, the park’s organizers have 12 months to raise $10 million, conduct community outreach, finalize the design, and submit detailed plans for further approval. The project was founded RAAD Studio principle James Ramsey, Dan Barasch of tech think tank PopTech , and money manager R. Boykin Curry IV, and all told it’s expected to cost $60 million to build. Last year Ramsey and Barasch opened a long-term laboratory and technical exhibition called the Lowline Lab to introduce the project to the public, and over 70,000 people attended. The lab has been testing lighting technology for growing plants underground, water collection systems, and ways to regulate air temperature. NYC’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen said: “The Lowline represents an incredible fusion of technology and public space. For eighty years, this underground space has sat idle. Now we’re putting it to use for the people of the Lower East Side and for all New Yorkers to enjoy. We can’t wait to see this experiment unfold.” The LES Lowline will offer an inverse counterpart to the West Side’s much-celebrated Highline , which is built on a raised railway trestle. We’re all for the renovation of existing infrastructure and the creation of new green spaces, and we can’t wait to see what’s next – stay tuned for updates! + The Lowline + Lowline Coverage on Inhabitat

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Daan Roosegaarde is going to pour light into a historic 32km-long dike in the Netherlands

July 14, 2016 by  
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Daan Roosegaarde is at it again with a new public art project that is bound to dazzles onlookers. The Dutch artist will create a layer of light and interaction for the 32-kilometer long dike, which is slated for renovation in The Netherlands . The project, called ICOON AFSLUITDIJK, is designed to enhance the connection between humans and nature, and take drivers on a journey from the past into the future. https://vimeo.com/171561989 The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment invited Roosegaarde to take part in the renovation of the century-old dike that protects the country against flooding . The project will be executed in three phases over a period of more than two years, and include both temporary and permanent elements revealed gradually to the users. The program will kick off its first chapter in the late summer of 2016 with festive activities. Related: Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands Roosegaarde’s project aims to reinforce the iconic status of the dike and celebrate the relationship between Dutch residents and their landscape. A special part of the project will be “Afsluitdijk Open” , for which the officials will close one causeway for cars and allow pedestrians to experience the dike bathed in the light of the rising sun. + Studio Roosegaarde Images via Studio Roosegaarde

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Did You Know David Koch is on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History?

September 5, 2014 by  
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Did you know that climate change denier David H. Koch is a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and an advisory board member of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ? “So, what’s in it for him apart from unlimited free entry?” I hear you ask. Well, allegations abound that Mr Koch is exerting influence on programming at the public institutions, causing omissions or misrepresentations of climate science and global warming in exhibitions. In response, Brooklyn-based arts collective Not An Alternative has established The Natural History Museum to make “a point to include and highlight the social and political forces that shape nature, yet are left out of traditional natural history museums.” Their first exhibition will run from September 13 to October 4, 2014, at the Queens Museum . Read the rest of Did You Know David Koch is on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Museum of Natural History , big oil , Brooklyn , Climate Change , climate change denial , corporate sponsorship , David Koch , exhibitions , global warming , influence , Koch Brothers , Koch Industries , natural history museum , Not An Alternative , Queens museum , smithsonian

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Art or Animal Abuse? Tortoises Carry iPads for Controversial New Exhibition in Aspen

August 8, 2014 by  
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The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) hasn’t even officially opened its doors to the public yet, but one of its exhibitions is already causing massive controversy. Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation Moving Ghost Town features three African Sulcata tortoises roaming around a rooftop enclosure, each with two iPads affixed to its shell. The gadgets display video footage of local ghost towns. The AAM claims the artwork is “cultivating a site-specific approach to culture and history,” but animal rights activists have slammed it as outright animal abuse. What do you think? Read the rest of Art or Animal Abuse? Tortoises Carry iPads for Controversial New Exhibition in Aspen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal abuse , animal welfare , Art , aspen art museum , Cai Guo-Qiang , exhibitions , iPads , petitions , tortoise , tortoises wearing iPads , Turtle Conservancy

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Rotor Exhibits Tales from the World’s Sustainable Design Archives at the Oslo Architecture Triennale

October 16, 2013 by  
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Nokero’s Affordable New Solar Bulbs Can Even Charge Your Smart Phone

October 16, 2013 by  
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Nokero Solar ’s affordable new N180 and N222 solar light bulbs bring off-the-grid lighting to a new audience. Ridiculously easy to use, these bulbs charge up with a built-in solar panel and provide hours of power and light in any situation. The innovative bulb is great for many situations, including disaster relief and camping, and even replace kerosene lights in impoverished nations. Read the rest of Nokero’s Affordable New Solar Bulbs Can Even Charge Your Smart Phone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , green products , Nokero N180 , Nokero N222 , Nokero Solar , off the grid lighting , solar bulb , solar bulbs that charge smartphones , solar-powered nokero bulbs , sustainable design        

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NEW PHOTOS: Canstruction Sculptures Made Entirely From Cans!

November 19, 2010 by  
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Just last week we brought you a peek at the incredible winners of this year’s NYC’s Canstruction competition, which challenges engineers, architects , contractors, and students to create massive structures made entirely from canned goods to raise awareness and food for the hungry.

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Norman Foster’s Moving Elevator Gallery Opens in NYC

November 19, 2010 by  
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When the owners of the new Sperone Westwater Gallery on NYC’s Bowery were first planning the construction of their new building, they had to contend with an incredibly limited building footprint of just 200 square feet. Certainly small for a gallery of any sort, given the prime location in one of NYC’s most lively neighborhoods, they knew they had to be flexible with the site. Their solution

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Canstruction: Amazing Sculptures Made From Canned Goods

November 13, 2010 by  
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