Nature-inspired Chrysalis pavilion pops up in a Maryland forest

May 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

New York-based architecture studio MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY completed an experimental amphitheater that “provides an experience around the clock.” Located in Merriweather Park of Columbia, Maryland the organic, nature-inspired venue, called The Chrysalis, comprises cascading green arches that give it a sculptural appearance. In addition to their eye-catching beauty and structural support, The Chrysalis’ arches also vary in size and function. The largest arch frames Stage A, the main area for events located next to the smaller Stage B. Other arches frame a truck loading dock, a grand staircase entrance, and balconies with views to the city. The digitally designed amphitheater was created with a self-supporting shell with an exoskeleton of steel tubing. Despite the 12,000-square-foot venue’s lightweight appearance, the sturdy structure can sustain 2,000 pounds of equipment on each of its 70 point loads. Nearly 8,000 aluminum shingles fabricated by Zahner clad The Chrysalis. Related: MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY’s ultralight informal amphitheater in France looks like an opening chrysalis “Each shingle is painted one of four shades of green that is taken from nature and pushed to the point of artificiality,” write the architects. “Together they amount to a subtle green gradient that renders The Chrysalis an iconic signal at the same time that it is camouflaged into its natural surroundings.” + MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY Images via MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY and Zahner

More here:
Nature-inspired Chrysalis pavilion pops up in a Maryland forest

Barn ruins transformed into contemporary home with spa

April 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Barn ruins transformed into contemporary home with spa

Parisian architecture studio Antonin Ziegler converted an abandoned barn into a metal-clad home crafted to evoke a “contemporary ruin.” Located in France’s Regional Natural Park of Boucles de la Seine, the adaptive reuse project, called The Barn, sits between a wheat field and river and was formerly used to store fodder for horses. With the barn’s weatherboarding worn away, the architects encased the timber structure in a new shell of zinc to preserve the building’s monolithic and distinctly agricultural gabled shape. The metal cladding was left untreated and will develop a patina over time. The original timber framework, however, is still visible from the outside and peeks through along a window that runs along the home’s stone foundation base. “The framework is the fundamental element of the new residence,” write the architects. “From the outside, it remains partially visible, beneath the zinc envelope, thus conferring an incomplete aspect to the construction, as though eroded by the surrounding nature. The windows and doors are visually understated: the archetypal house is kept at bay to give rise to another kind of habitat, more in keeping with the surrounding wilderness. A lone crack that pierces the roof and walls thus gives the project the appearance of a contemporary ruin .” Related: Zinc-clad Midden Studio hides a cozy interior with a see-through floor The interior echoes the facade’s simple and rustic appearance with a material palette of breezeblocks, battens, and exposed concrete. Natural light pours into the home on all sides and the windows frame views of the river and landscape. The ground floor is mostly open plan with few partitions, with the double-height kitchen, dining room, living room on one end, a double-height swimming spa on the other, and a master bedroom and utility room located in the middle. Four bedrooms are tucked away on the upper floor in the former hay loft. + Antonin Ziegler Via ArchDaily Images via Antonin Ziegler

View original post here:
Barn ruins transformed into contemporary home with spa

Flying water taxis are hitting the rivers of Paris this summer

March 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Flying water taxis are hitting the rivers of Paris this summer

Parisians will soon have the opportunity to glide down rivers  in flying water taxis to get around the city.   SeaBubbles , a company creating flying water taxis, will debut their innovative mode of green transportation in Paris this summer on the River Seine. Instead of riding in polluting road vehicles, up to five people can hop aboard a SeaBubble and pay rather low fares – think Uber , but for rivers. SeaBubbles is pioneering the environmentally friendly transportation of the future with their flying water taxis, which are equipped with a battery driven propulsion system. Wings submerged below a waterway’s surface allow the vehicle, designed by Alain Thébault and Anders Bringdal, to appear as if it’s flying – and even at full speed the company says a SeaBubble doesn’t generate waves. The water taxis are silent, with around a 50 to 62 mile range, and can glide atop the Seine at speeds of almost 20 miles per hour. Related: Cal Craven’s CAT Aquatic Car Is the Water Taxi of the Future People will be able to climb aboard a SeaBubble via special docks along the river, and four people plus a driver will be able to travel inside. Prices comparable to Uber could make this eco-friendly option an affordable one as well. SeaBubbles also sees their creative vehicles as an answer to the trend of more people moving to cities . On their website they say by 2050 there could be around 10 billion people on Earth, and more than 75 percent could dwell in urban areas. To cut pollution generated by that amount of people residing in cities, and offer a clean, rapid form of transportation accessible for more people, SeaBubble taxis could offer a solution to a few issues at once. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is all for SeaBubbles. She said, “I really believe in the development of river transport. Most of the world’s big cities were built on riverbanks, an advantage we have to use to reduce our reliance on polluting cars.” . @SeaBubbles wants to be the Uber of water taxis, and we have the exclusive footage https://t.co/d9W7tZKsh0 pic.twitter.com/0w5rAk6vsx — Andrew J. Hawkins (@andyjayhawk) March 30, 2017 Watch for SeaBubbles this summer. + SeaBubbles Via My Modern Met Images via SeaBubbles

Go here to see the original:
Flying water taxis are hitting the rivers of Paris this summer

Harvard scientists claim they’ve made Earth’s first metallic hydrogen

January 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Harvard scientists claim they’ve made Earth’s first metallic hydrogen

For 80 long years, scientists have attempted in vain to produce a metal from hydrogen . A super substance thought to be present on other planets , metallic hydrogen could generate a rocket propellant around four times more powerful than what we possess now, allowing us to make advanced technologies like super-fast computers. Now two scientists at Harvard University say they have achieved the near miraculous. But other scientists are skeptical – the sensational discovery may just be too good to be true. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qitm5fteL0 Ranga Dias and Isaac Silvera of Harvard University say they’ve been able to create metallic hydrogen in the laboratory by squeezing hydrogen between diamonds inside a cryostat, at a pressure even greater than that at the Earth’s center. The journal Science published their astonishing findings this week. In a Harvard press release, Silvera said, “This is the Holy Grail of high-pressure physics . It’s the first-ever sample of metallic hydrogen on Earth, so when you’re looking at it, you’re looking at something that’s never existed before.” Related: MIT’s new carbon-free supercapacitor could revolutionize the way we store power But other scientists aren’t so sure. A string of failed tries, from scientists around the world, precede the Harvard news. One physicist from France’s Atomic Energy Commission even said, “I don’t think the paper is convincing at all.” The Harvard scientists maintain they were able to polish the diamonds better, to remove any potentially damaging irregularities, and were able to crush the hydrogen gas at pressures greater than others have. Silvera said they produced a “lustry, reflective sample, which you can only believe is a metal .” But that shiny substance could be nothing more than alumina (aluminium oxide), according to geophysicist Alexander Goncharov from the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. That material coats the diamonds’ tips, and could act differently under the pressure. Silvera said they wanted to break the news before starting confirmation tests, which could ruin their sample. Now that their paper is out, they plan to perform more experiments. Stay tuned. Via Scientific American and The Independent Images via screenshot and Isaac Silvera/Harvard University

Read the original: 
Harvard scientists claim they’ve made Earth’s first metallic hydrogen

Rugged solar roads to hit four continents in 2017

November 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on Rugged solar roads to hit four continents in 2017

Solar-generating roadways could soon be a reality on roads everywhere, thanks to new technology from Europe. According to Bloomberg , Colas SA, a subsidiary of France’s Bouygues Group has been working on solar panels that are tough enough to handle the load of an 18-wheeler truck – and are currently building them into some French road surfaces, with plans to test the technology across four continents in 2017. These panels have already undergone five years of research and laboratory tests, but before they hit the roads in a major way, the company plans to test them further by building 100 outdoor test sites over the next year. “We wanted to find a second life for a road,” Colas SA’s Wattaway Unit chief technology officer told Bloomberg. “Solar farms use land that could otherwise be for agriculture, while the roads are free.” How does a road made of solar panels withstand the weight of a massive semi truck, you might ask? According to Bloomberg , while the panels are made with ordinary solar cells such as those that might be on your roof, they are layered with several types of plastic on top to create a sturdy casing that can withstand abuse. It has electrical wiring embedded, and is coated with a layer of crushed glass to create an anti-slip surface. Related: Solar Roadways unveils super strong solar panels for roads in a prototypical parking lot Wattaway began testing the new product last month on a kilometer-long site in the French town of Tourouvre. At 2,800 square meters in area, the embedded solar panel array is expected to generate about 280 kilowatts of energy at peak capacity. The company says that’s enough power to light up a town of 5,000 people for a whole year. They also told Bloomberg they intend to test the technology in Calgary, Canada, Georgia, USA, throughout the European Union, Africa and Asia, with plans to commercialize in 2018. Add this innovation to Tesla’s solar roof and what Solar Roadways is doing in the U.S., and it’s been a good year for unconventional applications of solar power. Via Bloomberg Images via Wattaway

Read the rest here:
Rugged solar roads to hit four continents in 2017

The future of food: how dry farming could save the world

November 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on The future of food: how dry farming could save the world

You’ve heard the line: water , it’s everywhere, not a drop to drink. Only 3 percent of the world’s water is fresh, 75 percent of which is stored in glaciers. Much of the drops accessible for drinking are often diverted to the roots of thirsty plants. Currently, more than two-thirds of available potable water is used for agriculture , yet the global demand for water is soaring. In a water-scarce world, innovative growers are incorporating modern and ancient methods of dry farming into their practices to conserve water and provide healthy food to a growing population. According to the United Nations , up to two-thirds of the world population, which will rise to nearly 10 billion, may suffer from water scarcity by 2025. This makes the adoption of less water intensive farming techniques all the more urgent. In urban areas, where the vast majority of people live, some growers have switched to a soil-free growing system in which plants are watered via mist rather then traditional irrigation. This can result in water savings of up to 95 percent. Related: 6 innovative ways to harvest and harness rainwater However, dry farming also has its roots in more holistic, historic practices of cultivating plants directly in the ground. In-ground dry farming involves the preparation of soil to retain as much moisture as possible, through mulching, ground cover plants, and other practices. Dry farms also benefit from geographic features such as mountains and hills, at the bottom of which runoff water accumulates. Dry farming has proven to be particularly suited for vineyards . “In France irrigation is forbidden — you cannot irrigate grape vines,” says Tod Mostero, viticulturist at Dominus Estate in California’s Napa Valley. “There’s a reason for that. It makes sense that you plant crops where they belong, and not in places where they don’t.” While dry farming serves a practical and environmental purpose, this practice also enhances the final product. “We don’t believe you can make a wine that has true character, or at least the character of your vineyard, unless it’s dry farmed. Because only if it’s dry farmed will it have that connection with the soil.” Another form of dry farming that is more applicable over a variety of climates is known as partial root drying. Designed by University of Lancaster professor and crop scientist Bill Davies, this method involves splitting a plant’s roots into two sections, which are alternatively watered while the other remains dry. This process is particularly adept for rice growing. “Rice uses a ridiculous amount of water,” says Davies. “Probably about a third of fresh water on the planet. We have to grow rice with less water… As the climate changes , it’s getting hotter and drier in many food-growing areas. Our systems have to change. Farming has to respond now.” Via CNN Images via Ed Clayton  and Alex Lines

Here is the original: 
The future of food: how dry farming could save the world

This reverse pyramid is a green urban community in the skies of Paris

October 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on This reverse pyramid is a green urban community in the skies of Paris

The 127 residential units on the top of this bold building may be the world’s first village built out of bio-based materials. It is an inhabited natural ecosystem, where the apartments are surrounded by nature while being in the center of the French capital. While the roof of the Mille Arbres comprises a sustainable community in the middle of forest, the street level of the building is an urban park. Conceived as a work of land art, the park features a characteristic topography that lifts up or slopes down to provide convenient access throughout. Among other things, this landscape offers the experience of a real forest ecosystem. Managed by the Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux (League of the Protection of Birds), it will also be a place for classes and workshops. Related: Sou Fujimoto’s latest masterpiece in Japan spreads its branches like a real tree Fujimoto’s Mille Arbres will also include La rue Gourmande , an inner street and food court designed by Philippe Starck . In addition to housing and a food court, Mille Arbres will include a 4-star hotel with 250 rooms, over 27,000 square meters of office space, an ultra-modern integrated bus station, and a kindergarten with a large covered playground. The Thousand Trees project will rise above the ring road of Paris , absorbing pollution created by the traffic below and bridging the border that currently divides the inner and outer parts of Paris. Mille Arbres is the winner of the three-stage open competition Réinventer Paris . Its construction is expected to be completed by 2022. + Sou Fujimoto Images via SFA+OXO+MORPH

Read the original post: 
This reverse pyramid is a green urban community in the skies of Paris

Homey village in France provides healing space for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia

September 23, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Homey village in France provides healing space for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia

Recent studies have shown that the quality and atmosphere of buildings can slow the progression of  Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and promote good health. The therapeutic features and overall design of the innovative new Alzheimer Village in France was created with this idea in mind. The design was created conceived by NORD Architects  in order to make a place where patients can find peace and comfort. The project recently won an international competition for a new building for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Located in the town of Dax, France , it deploys a new approach to designing healthcare facilities and draws from the architects’ extensive experience with designing buildings for the healthcare sector. The building respects the patients’ personal needs and privacy, and provides a homely atmosphere that has been proven to help Alzheimer and dementia patients. Related: Solar-powered hospital heals patients with sustainable design in New Zealand In addition to its therapeutic potentials, the new development will lower treatment and medication costs. It facilitates a gradual inclusion of patients and their relatives, and features a local shop, hairdresser, restaurants and cultural center in order to maintain an optimal level of normalcy. The intimate quality will allow users to feel at home. + NORD Architects Via World Architecture News

Read the original post:
Homey village in France provides healing space for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia

Energy Observer to sail around the world using only solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel

September 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Energy Observer to sail around the world using only solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel

Since Solar Impulse successfully completed its fuel-free flight around the world earlier this summer, many adventurers are dreaming of making their own green journeys in other types of vehicles. For Victorien Erussard of France, a boat powered by renewable energy and hydrogen is the key part of his mission , but it’s not just a dream. Erussard’s boat, dubbed Energy Observer , is currently being outfitted with all the clean energy-generating gear it will need to cruise around the world. Energy Observer is a large catamaran, currently housed in a shipyard at Saint-Malo on the west coast of France. The next phase of the boat’s preparation is the installation of solar panels and wind turbines, as well as electrolysis equipment, which divides water molecules into hydrogen (for fuel) and oxygen (which is typically expelled into the air). While Solar Impulse flew powered solely by electricity generated from solar energy, Erussard decided early on to outfit his boat with multiple sources of renewable energy . After all, he won’t have the same convenience of landing and staying in a hotel until the weather turns favorable again. Related: 8 memorable milestones of the first solar-powered flight around the world “If there’s no sun or wind, or if it’s night, stored hydrogen—generated by electrolysis powered by the solar panels and two wind turbines—will take over,” Erussard explained in a statement. As a merchant navy officer, he knows plenty about boats, and he believes his onboard hydrogen fuel-producing boat will make history. “We are going to be the first boat with an autonomous means of producing hydrogen,” he told the press. Energy Observer is scheduled to hit the high seas next February, and Erussard will be accompanied on the adventure by Jacques Delafosse, a documentary filmmaker and professional scuba diver. + Energy Observer Via Phys.org Images via Energy Observer    

More: 
Energy Observer to sail around the world using only solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel

Fully-furnished tiny house from France easily fits a family of three

August 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Fully-furnished tiny house from France easily fits a family of three

The 217-square-foot house has a space-efficient layout that fits all the amenities of a regular-sized home. The sitting area lies above a small room that can be used as a guest room or play area for a small child. A small, operable window ensures the crawlspace is well ventilated. The kitchen is split into two areas-one with a sink and the other with the stove. A pull-out table forms a small dining space next to the kitchen. Accessible via a ladder is the main sleeping area with a big bed, while the bathroom features a composting toilet . Related: Tiny $33K Home Offers Off-Grid Luxury Living on Wheels The Odyssée, which costs $49,800, comes fully furnished and features a variety of natural materials such as red cedar, oak, ash and spruce. If you’re interested in visiting one of Baluchon’s built projects in person, check out the company’s website for open house dates. + Tiny House Baluchon Via Treehugger Images via Tiny House Baluchon

Read the rest here:
Fully-furnished tiny house from France easily fits a family of three

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 1183 access attempts in the last 7 days.