620,000 people walk on water: Christos miracle on Lake Iseo

June 28, 2016 by  
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In just one week, over 620,000 people have flocked to the tiny lake in Northern Italy to see the 16m-wide fluctuating path covered with 700, 000 square meters of fabric, putting the previously unknown town of Sulzano firmly on the map. Christo’s original idea for The Floating Piers is almost 50 years old. Initially it was invented for the delta of Rio de la Plata but that walkway was never realized because of the missing permissions. Later, in 1995, the project, including two 150-meter docks, was repurposed for the Tokyo Bay and its artificial islands. And again, the daring project did not overcome bureaucratic hurdles. Related: Step inside the world’s largest bamboo maze! Originally, The Floating Piers was supposed to stay open 24 hours a day. However, due to unbelievable influx of people, some days the installation has to close between 12:00am and 6:00am for maintenance. Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and his wife Jeanne-Claude (who passed away in 2009) are renowned for their large-scale projects of land art with powerful visual appeal. What most people don’t know is this particular installation is also a remarkable work of engendering that is constructed with 200,000 modules of high density polyethylene to handle the throng of curious visitors and rough weather. + The Floating Piers + Christo and Jeanne-Claude Images © Maria Novozhilova for Inhabitat

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3D-printed house in China can withstand an 8.0 earthquake

June 28, 2016 by  
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3D printers started small, but now companies are printing entire homes – and a Chinese company just created an entire mansion in 45 days! Beijing-based HuaShang Tengda printed a two story villa that measures about 4,305 square feet – and they say it’s durable enough to withstand an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale. HuaShang Tenda is not the first company to claime they’ve 3D-printed a house . But they might be the first to have 3D-printed the entire thing at once, rather than printing and then assembling pieces. First the company erected the home’s frame, including plumbing pipes. Then they used a huge 3D printer they’ve been developing for many years to construct the house. They controlled the process via a computer program. The software includes four systems: one for ” electronic ingredient formulating ,” one for mixing the concrete, one for transmission, and the last to 3D-print the structure. The ambitious company printed the house using 20 tons of strong but inexpensive concrete , although they say that any type of cement could be utilized in their process. The walls are about eight feet thick, and once they were printed workers painted and decorated the house. According to HuaShang Tenda , “[This technology] will have immeasurable social benefits…because of its speed, low cost, simple and environmentally friendly raw materials, [it can] generally improve the quality of people’s lives.” Related: Chinese company ‘builds’ 3D-printed villa in less than 3 hours The company envisions their technology being used to build everything from homes for farmers in rural areas to high-rise buildings to houses in developing countries. They believe the new technology could spark a revolution in the housing industry as their 3D-printed homes can be built faster, and for less money than traditional dwellings. + HuaShang Tengda Via 3Dprint.com Images via HuaShang Tenda

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Serpent-shaped hotel coils around site contours in the Beskid Mountains

June 28, 2016 by  
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“We started the project with an analysis of the building plot and its shape because we decided to fit our building into the way of the land as much as possible concurrently taking maximum advantage of its assets,” said Dariusz Dudek, the architecture firm’s founder. “Due to this fact, we were able to organically start creating a soft shape surrounding a raise on the plot and fitting the level grids perfectly.” He said the desire to achieve attractive views throughout the three-story hotel also shaped the hotel’s unique design, adding that the S shape also gave the building a sense of flow and openness – both visually and functionally. The various floors can function together as a “single organism,” according to the designer, or separately as needed. The lowest level is devoted to shared areas – the reception, restaurants, a hall and a recreation center. Guests rooms are alone on the first floor while a conference center and cafe occupy the top floor. Related: A modern mountain home inspired by the prospect of escape Material choice played an important role in the design. Borne out of a desire to create an organic form that is connected with the landscape and community, dd Architekci opted for a timber building to be sourced locally . “It’s the wood that influences the form, but most of all the way the mountain architecture is experienced,” Dudek said. “Its structure, warmth and construction properties paint a picture of authentic mountain buildings.” The materials contribute to the hotel’s peaceful aesthetic, which is possible despite its overall girth of 10,000 square meters, + dd Architekci

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7,500 affordable floating homes could help fight London’s crippling housing crisis

September 25, 2015 by  
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These prefab floating houses are meant to populate disused spaces along 50 miles of waterways in London. Complemented by 150 hectares of “bluefield” space in the docklands and marinas, this conceptual design aims to bring 7,500 affordable homes to the British capital. The project was designed in collaboration between Baca Architects and Floating Homes Ltd and is among the 100 shortlisted entries at the New Ideas for Housing competition which addresses Greater London’s housing crisis. Read the rest of 7,500 affordable floating homes could help fight London’s crippling housing crisis

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Newly discovered polar dinosaur in Alaska may have been warm-blooded

September 25, 2015 by  
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Were dinosaurs warm-blooded? Although the global climate of the Mesozoic Era, during which they reigned, was considerably warmer and wetter than it is today, the planet still maintained a diversity of biomes . Ecosystems flourished even near the Arctic Circle, where the Earth’s tilt then and now causes months of winter darkness. Even in the dark, “life finds a way.” It turns out dinosaurs once roamed the plains of Alaska, including a newly discovered species of the duck-billed hadrosaur. Read the rest of Newly discovered polar dinosaur in Alaska may have been warm-blooded

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Leandro Erlich Unveils Gravity-Defying Floating Room in France!

February 28, 2015 by  
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Carl Turner’s Floating House is a sustainable solution for flood zones

February 4, 2015 by  
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8 of the Worst Architectural Disasters of All Time – Infographic

February 4, 2015 by  
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A lot of careful planning has to go into every architectural design, from choosing the right materials for the job to deciding how to orient a building. As this infographic below shows, the wrong decisions can have devastating results: roofs can collapse , entire floors can cave in, or a shiny facade placed on the wrong side of a building can refract the sun and deep-fry visitors . Read on to learn about some of the biggest gaffes in architectural design history—hopefully we can avoid revisiting them in the future! Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of 8 of the Worst Architectural Disasters of All Time – Infographic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aon Center , architectural disaster , architectural disasters , bad architecture , bad building , bad buildings , Basmanny Market , Buckingham palace , building disaster , Champoong , Charing Cross , Charing Cross Station , infographic , Kemper Arena , poor buildings , shoddy workmanship , Vdara Hotel

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Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Designed to Clean the World’s Rivers

April 17, 2014 by  
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Vincent Callebaut , visionary behind the Lilypad and Dragonfly , has created a whale-shaped floating garden designed to drift through the world’s rivers while purifying their waters. The Physalia is a self-sufficient ecosystem that generates all the power it needs from the sun and works to reduce water pollution through bio-filtration . Read the rest of Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Designed to Clean the World’s Rivers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boat , carbon-neutral , floating garden , physalia , rivers , vincent callebaut , water pollution , Zero energy

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