LEED Gold Gateway Arch Museum sports a 3-acre green roof in St. Louis

February 4, 2019 by  
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Praised for its use of sustainable materials and energy-saving features, the recently renovated Visitor Center and Museum at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis has just been awarded LEED Gold certification. Currently one of only eleven other LEED-certified National Park Service sites, the newly expanded development is the work of Cooper Robertson and James Carpenter Design Associates , in collaboration with Trivers Associates , and marks the centerpiece for the renewal of the 91-acre Gateway Arch National Park. The updated 150,000-square-foot building is tucked almost entirely underground and is topped with a 3.1-acre green roof. Opened to the public in July of last year, the Visitor Center and Museum at the Gateway Arch is designed to maximize park space and provide improved visitor amenities without drawing attention away from Eero Saarinen’s iconic arch. By tucking the building underground beneath a vegetated roof, the architects not only preserves unobstructed sight lines to the Gateway Arch, but also helps reduce the heat island effect and maximizes the amount of open space. The energy cost savings for the project is estimated to be 24 percent below the baseline while the overall project’s potable water usage is estimated to have been reduced by over 31 percent from the baseline thanks to low-flow water features. “The National Park service has ambitious sustainability goals that the design team embraced enthusiastically,” Director of Cooper Robertson Scott Newman FAIA says. “In addition to a 3.1-acre extensive green roof , the building features further sustainable and resilient design components such as LED lighting, high-efficiency HVAC systems, and close connections to local public transportation networks. These features bring a high level of efficiency that matches the National Park Service’s ambition. The LEED Gold certification recognizes that commitment and design innovation.” Related: The first Active House in North America is now complete near St. Louis Other factors that contributed to the project’s LEED Gold certification include the use of regionally extracted and manufactured (within 500 miles) construction materials that were selected based on their recycled content; low-emitting materials were chosen for the interior. Over 80 percent of the construction waste generated was diverted from landfills. Multiple recycling collection points and storage areas are located throughout the building. Water cisterns collect and recycle stormwater on site. + Cooper Robertson + James Carpenter Design Associates Images via Gateway Arch Park Foundation

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St. Louis pursues 100 percent clean energy, shrugs off coal opposition

November 29, 2017 by  
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The Gateway City is crafting its plan despite being home to one of the largest U.S. coal mines.

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Extraordinary national park gateway in China opens to a sea of bamboo

October 24, 2016 by  
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The park gateway is located in Zhuhai National Park in Guizhou province, South-West China. Hidden among the Bamboo Sea, the gate plays with the elements to create an iconic park entrance. Its support system is made of concrete and bamboo hung from the glass roof that protects the bamboo from rain. Related: Studio Mumbai unveils handmade pavilion crafted from seven kilometers of bamboo In order to mitigate the effects of high humidity and temperature fluctuations on the material, the architects steam-treated the bamboo to take out its natural oil and prevent decay. The team has also built a water pond directly under the gate to facilitate the creation of fog which envelops the structure, giving it an otherworldly appearance. Via  Archdaily Photos by Jingsong Xie, Martina Muratori, Haobo Wei

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BIG releases video sneak peek of Hyperloop designed to connect Abu Dhabi & Dubai

October 24, 2016 by  
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Dutch architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has released a teaser video showing off its design of a Hyperloop project that promises to link Abu Dhabi and Dubai . The ultra high-speed capsule transport aims to turn the 93-mile trip between the two busy cities into a minutes-long commute, offering an efficient means of moving both people and cargo. Jakob Lange, a partner and head of BIG Ideas (the design firm’s tech division), leads the video sneak peek ahead of the Hyperloop design’s November 7 unveiling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypab90bc1Yw BIG ’s design is the result of a partnership with Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies), which is one of the two companies racing to build the first working Hyperloop track in the United States. Hyperloop One recently tapped BIG to aid in the design of its Hyperloop plans for the United Arab Emirates, with architecture and engineering firms AECOM and Arup on board to translate the technology into actual infrastructure. Related: Hyperloop One raises $50M and hires former Uber CFO as an advisor “We are in a new time now where you can develop a new transportation system in very few years and change the world,” said Lange in the video. “We’re not waiting for new technology like carbon nanofibers or anything in order to do this. We have everything we need to do it.” BIG’s design involves Y-shaped supports that elevate the Hyperloop itself, a track that carries high-speed passenger pods from one stop to the next at speeds over 700 miles per hour. The technology behind Hyperloop One’s UAE project may not be that different from tests of its propulsion system in the Nevada desert, where the proof-of-concept prototype reached 116mph in a staggering 1.1 seconds this past May. Still, there is a lot we don’t know about how the UAE track will be built, when construction might begin or end, and how much the project will cost. BIG’s teaser video offers an early peek at the design, with more coming on November 7, but even that could change in response to the demands of the still-emerging technology. Via Dezeen Images via BIG

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Sunflare’s new ultra-thin solar "wallpaper" can stick to any surface

October 24, 2016 by  
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Imagine being able to tape thin, affordable solar cells anywhere: the top of a trailer, the side of a building, or the roof of your car. Sunflare ‘s new solar technology could make that possible. The Los Angeles-based startup has developed solar cells just a few micrometers thick that “can be secured to any surface with a special double-sided tape,” according to company founder Len Gao. The Los Angeles-based Sunflare team spent 16 years developing their ideal solar cell made with copper, indium, gallium, and selenide. The solar cells are said to be superior to traditional solar technologies in terms of weight and efficiency, generating 10 percent more power and weighing 65 percent more lightweight than other panels. Sunflare’s CIGS solar cells are affordable too, potentially costing as little as $1.07 per watt. Related: 1-micrometer-thin flexible solar cells can wrap around a pencil The flexibility of Sunflare’s thin solar cells, which lack a glass substrate, mean they could be placed in areas inaccessible to traditional panels. Sunflare lays out their vision on their website : “Sunflare panels can be seamlessly incorporated into existing structures or integrated into unique architectural designs, all while providing clean, renewable, affordable energy .” The manufacturing process has often tripped up solar manufacturers in the past; processes can be expensive due to materials or chemicals consumed. Sunflare says they’ve fixed many of those issues with their proprietary Capture4 solar technology , a way to make the solar cells with less toxic chemicals (they don’t use cadmium or lead) and less water. They’re also able to recycle the water they do use. Can Sunflare deliver? The company says they successfully produced solar cells last year, and were expected to commence manufacturing on a larger scale this summer. You can’t yet buy the solar cells on their website, but you can send a message to the company for more information. Sunflare envisions their solar cells utilized in just about any industry, from the military to construction and automotive. + Sunflare Via Treehugger and FastCo.Exist Images via Sunflare

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Zaha Hadid Architects reveal oasis-inspired designs for Diriyahs Urban Heritage Administration Center

October 24, 2016 by  
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The 8,780-square-meter Urban Heritage Administration Center is considered a crucial part of the preservation and restoration efforts throughout the 120-kilometer Wadi Hanifah valley. The center’s design is a reflection of its geographical and cultural surroundings, particularly the way man interacted with nature to form the oasis within Diriyah’s Wadi Hanifah valley. To recreate the oasis environment indoors, the Urban Heritage Administration center is centered on an atrium with water, along with four “scooped” green oases. Related: Zaha Hadid Architects renovate a derelict fire station into Antwerp’s new BREEAM-rated port headquarters The curvaceous double-facade comprises a perforated outer skin that allows natural light inside and views of the surroundings, while providing privacy and protection from solar gain . “The design relates to Diriyah’s local vernacular, not through mimicry or a limiting adherence to references of the past, but by developing a deeper understanding of its traditions and composition – expressed in a contemporary interpretation informed by the same natural forces that defined Diryah’s historical architecture,” write the architects. The Urban Heritage Administration Center will house a permanent exhibition gallery, library, lecture hall, educational spaces for all age groups, and scientific facilities for field research and documentation of Diriyah’s many archaeological sites. + Zaha Hadid Architects Images via Zaha Hadid Architects

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New research suggests an unseen 9th planet may be tilting the solar system

October 24, 2016 by  
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Astrophysicists have long wondered why our sun is tilted at a different angle than the rest of the known solar system . While all eight known planets rotate on a flat plane within only a few degrees of one another, the sun itself appears to be tilted roughly six degrees off of the planets. Now, new research shows that a massive, undiscovered ninth planet at the edge of the solar system might actually be causing the other planets to “wobble” in their orbit around the sun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h72tABvkLAo This isn’t the first time scientists have speculated about the existence of “Planet Nine” – earlier this year researchers from Caltech predicted its existence due to the abnormal bunching of several objects orbiting near Neptune, an effect which could only exist if a large, unknown planet were exerting a gravitational influence. Planet Nine has yet to be observed directly, but more and more evidence is beginning to point to its existence as the answer to some of our solar system’s enduring mysteries. Related: Astronomers may have discovered a ninth planet in our solar system If you’ve never heard about the fact that the planets are slightly off-kilter compared to the sun, you’re not alone. Mike Brown, one of the authors behind the Planet Nine theory, explains, “It’s such a deep-rooted mystery and so difficult to explain that people just don’t talk about it.” The as-yet unseen planet is estimated to be about 10 times the size of Earth, with an orbit 20 times farther from the sun than Neptune . It also appears to orbit about 30 degrees off of the orbital plane of the rest of the solar system – an angle that, along with its massive size, could be slowly pulling objects within the solar system off-balance. That’s not too surprising, considering scientists believe Planet Nine might eventually destabilize the solar system once the sun balloons into a red giant. Related: Mysterious ninth planet could one day tear apart the solar system What is still unknown is exactly how Planet Nine came to occupy its unusual orbit in the first place. It’s possible it may have once sat with the gas giants near Jupiter before being ejected. The gravitation pull of other stellar bodies might have also had an influence at some point in the solar system’s distant past. The new study will be published in an upcoming issue of Astrophysical Journal . Via Phys.org Images via Caltech

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San Francisco to Get its First Raised Bikeway Next Year

September 2, 2014 by  
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Think of it as urban cycling with a view: San Francisco’s Mission district will soon be home to the city’s first raised bikeway as early as next year. The project will bring a whole new type of bicycle infrastructure to the city – one that’s expected to become more common in years to come. This showcase bikeway is part of the Mission/Valencia Gateway project and it will stretch southbound on Valencia Street from Cesar Chavez Street to Duncan Street. Read the rest of San Francisco to Get its First Raised Bikeway Next Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , bikeway , cycling , gateway , green , infrastructure , mission , project , raised , San Francisco , Valencia

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Where the Stimulus Money Went: New Buildings, Clean Energy and Infrastructure Projects

November 7, 2012 by  
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When it comes to President Obama’s domestic policy, healthcare reform gets all the attention while Obama’s other main achievement, the  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — better known as “the stimulus” — is often dismissed by the president’s opponents and supporters alike. Although as much as $150 billion of the $831 billion stimulus was expected to be spent on infrastructure improvements, most people have no idea where the stimulus money went. In a recent photo essay , photographer Chad Ress followed the money to shed some light on those public works. Many of the stimulus projects helped to provide construction jobs while adhering to high environmental and energy-efficiency standards. Read the rest of Where the Stimulus Money Went: New Buildings, Clean Energy and Infrastructure Projects Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s 2012 Green Halloween Costume Contest Winners!

November 7, 2012 by  
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Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest received hundreds of incredibly crafted costumes – and after an intense bout of online voting we’re thrilled to announce our winners! From a ghastly Two-Face covered in gore to a life-size LEGO minifig and a hilarious bucket of cheese balls , our winners wowed us with their creativity and DIY skill. Hit the jump for the grand prize winner of a Kilo Glow bike from Pure Fix Cycles , our editors’ choice Nokero Solar Light Bulb winners, and our runners-up – all of whom scored organic cotton Inhabitat t-shirts ! Read the rest of ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s 2012 Green Halloween Costume Contest Winners! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: barrel of cheese balls halloween costume , costume contest , diy costume , diy costume ideas , eco-friendly costume , green halloween , green halloween 2012 , green halloween diy costume contest , halloween , halloween costume , halloween costume ideas , handmade halloween costumes , homemade halloween costume , Inhabitat Green Halloween Costume Contest , inhabitat halloween costume contest winners , photobooth halloween costume , sustainable costume , working camera halloween costume , zombie lego minifig halloween costume

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