Green-roofed gallery in Hanoi lights up like a lantern at night

November 29, 2016 by  
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This green-roofed gallery and lighting showroom in Hanoi is wrapped in a layer of perforated terracotta that filters sunlight into the narrow, tall volume of the building. Natural materials and different patterns and textures, trademarks of Vo Trong Nghia Architects , turn the building into a beautiful combination of traditional Vietnamese architecture and contemporary design. The building is located within Dong Da district in Hanoi. Its interior spaces are organized around a central void that houses a staircase which provides glances of the exhibitions. The terracotta blocks, traditionally used in Vietnamese architecture , facilitate natural ventilation and provide shade from harsh sunlight. These affordable building elements are coupled with a bespoke fixing system, enabling quick and simple assembly. Related: Lush green rooftop terrace invites homeowners outdoors in the foothills of Vietnam The top floor, where the gallery is located, overlooks a large neighboring tree and receives additional lighting through skylights that expose the roof garden above. While the building is in shade during the day, its internal nighttime illumination makes it look like a beautiful lantern. + Vo Trong Nghia Architects Via Archdaily Photos by Hiroyuki Oki , Trieu Chien

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7 ecological charities to support on Giving Tuesday and beyond

November 29, 2016 by  
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‘Tis the season of giving and all through the town, pocketbooks are jingling with the sound of spending. Hang the stockings with care, wrap up the last of the holiday gifts , and pour yourself a glass of cruelty-free vegan nog. With just a few days left on the calendar, it’s time to squeeze in a little more giving before the year is over. Charitable donations are a great opportunity to give back, helping organizations do good deeds around the globe and offering a little boost come tax time. But with thousands of nonprofit organizations asking for contributions, it can be challenging to figure out where best to send your money. To reduce your load during this already stressful time of year, we put together this charitable giving guide so you can rest assured your hard-earned cashola will help high-impact organizations that make the most of every dollar they raise. In order to make this list, organizations had to meet a number of criteria. First, we looked for groups focusing their efforts on protecting our Earth and its inhabitants. We also wanted to identify charities that have figured out how to make donations go as far as possible. That’s measured in two ways: the amount of money the organization spends in order to raise money and the percentage of funds raised that go to programs (as opposed to overhead and administrative costs). Monetary donations to each of these nonprofit organizations is tax-deductible in the United States. © Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice 1. Earth Justice Earth Justice was founded in 1971 “because the earth needs a good lawyer.” This non-profit public interest law firm is dedicated to protecting the environment and wildlife, as well as helping build healthy communities. EJ works on nearly every continent, leveraging legal action to garner cooperation from government agencies. © EWG 2. Environmental Working Group EWG is perhaps best known for its “Dirty Dozen” list which reveals the highest (and lowest) pesticide concentrations in conventionally-grown produce. Regular readers of Inhabitat may recognize the organization from a number of past reports, especially related to safety of consumer products like sunscreen and crayons . EWG reports donations received now will be doubled through a matching campaign. Related: The 6 most pressing environmental problems – and what you can do to help solve them https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuaxzgNX1bI&feature=youtu.be 3. Wildlife Conservation Society WCS field scientists working in over 20 countries work to protect wild animals and wild spaces. In particular, WCS researchers have been working to combat elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade with the 96 Elephants campaign. In an effort to stamp out ivory poaching, the organization has even enlisted the help of the Terminator to raise awareness about ongoing legislation in the U.S. that might undermine global efforts to end ivory trading. © Ecotrust 4. Ecotrust Ecotrust’s mission is to inspire innovative ways to create economic opportunity, social equality, and environmental well-being. One of its successful projects is FoodHub, an online marketplace designed to connect wholesale buyers and sellers of regionally grown food. That program is one of many Ecotrust backs that empowers individuals within a system that benefits all parties involved. Via Shutterstock 5. Animal Welfare Institute AWI works on a very specific type of problem – alleviating the suffering of animals caused by people. That ranges from scientific research to agriculture and from wild to domestic life. Most recently, the organization has been working to further legislation in Congress that would phase out orcas in captivity , putting an end to the suffering exposed in the film Blackfish . Via Shutterstock 6. The Conservation Fund The Conservation Fund works hard to protect America’s most important landscapes and waterways. This nonprofit is known for stretching funds far, putting 94 percent of funds towards program costs. In all, the fund reports saving 7.5 million acres of land and water across the United States. Related: Oil-rich Rockefellers divest charitable fund from fossil fuels Via Shutterstock 7. Rainforest Alliance Rainforest Alliance has gained public recognition with their independent certification of common rainforest products, such as chocolate, coffee, bananas, and tea. Producers must meet strict sustainability standards to gain certification. The Alliance also works with foresters and the tourism industry in ecologically vulnerable areas. Their website offers consumer and traveler information, helping us work together to steward some of the most biodiverse, threatened, and globally critical habitats. For information on these and other charitable organizations, check out Charity Watch , an online directory with ratings calculated by the American Institute of Philanthropy. Lead image via Shutterstock (modified)

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Architects turn a cramped apartment into a gorgeous loft where the owner’s cats can roam freely

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Taiwanese architects ST Studio renovated a cramped, two-bedroom apartment in Taipei and turned it into a flexible loft that doubles as a spacious playground for the owner’s two cats. Loft H can be adapted to different living needs and features long shelving where the owner can keep a collection of books, figurines and sneakers. The architects removed some of the partitions to bring more natural light into the interior and create a loft-like effect. Upon the owner’s request, the team introduced long, open shelf systems for books and collectables, while keeping the amount of cabinetry to a minimum to keep the feeling of spaciousness and flexibility . The shelving system also acts as a sort of playground for the cats, where they can leap from shelf to shelf, or just rest and take in the views. Related: Turett Architects Renovates Small NYC Loft With Sustainable Style The industrial quality of the design, reflecting the owner’s taste, is complemented by a warm, natural oak herringbone parquet . Two industrial sinks in the bathroom are combined with square white tiles and hexagonal dark grey tiles and anticipate the owner’s upcoming marriage. Via Dezeen Photos by by Hey!cheese

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Monolithic, folded concrete walls lead visitors into this stunning gallery space in So Paulo

August 18, 2016 by  
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The monolithic concrete exterior encourages people to enter through its mysterious, shadowed folds. Once inside, the interior opens up into a bright, welcoming space. The new gallery space is located in Campos Elíseos, a neglected area of São Paulo plagued by drugs and social problems. It is part of a larger initiative to revitalize the region and introduce social change through culture. Related: Jean Nouvel unveils a vertical green oasis for a São Paulo heritage site The Center is divided into exhibition spaces and the administrative and service areas, framed by the concrete folds that also ensure good acoustics. In areas where good ventilation and lighting are primary concerns, the glass parts of the facade are enveloped in a second layer made of concrete and wood. A mezzanine can be accessed via a ramp that is projected to the outside, creating an opportunity for visitors to experience the space from different vantage points. + São Paulo Arquitetura Via Architonic Photos by Fabio Hargesheimer, Courtesy of São Paulo Arquitetura

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Artists fill the vaults of a dilapidated 1923 bank in Chicago with books and artwork

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Crumpled paper transformed a gallery space into a grotto-like Yorunoma bar in Japan

December 22, 2014 by  
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