Beverage Container Showdown: Plastic vs. Glass vs. Aluminum

August 11, 2017 by  
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With summer winding down, it’s hard not to spend every waking (and maybe non-waking) minute outside. That means a whole lot of hikes, cookouts and outdoor fun. You’ve got a handle on green camping hacks and eco-friendly picnic…

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Spectacular forestry dome shines like a gem in the woods of Belgium

July 26, 2017 by  
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Like a Russian Matryoshka doll, this shining dome houses another building within its shell. Architecture studio Philippe Samyn and Partners designed the compact, oval forestry building to respond to the irregular shape of its site, which is timbered with beautiful 200-year-old oak trees. Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Daylight Liège sprl The facility is located at Marche-en-Famenne in the heart of the Ardennes Forest in Belgium . It’s dedicated to the treatment of sylviculture grains from the Walloon Region. It comprises a pre-drying zone, a storage area, and an area for treating grain. Photo by Simon SCHMITT Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Related: Desert dome camp in Jordan offers tourists “The Martian” experience An apron of reinforced concrete unifies a framework of arcs that constitute the outer skin of the building. Two smaller building placed inside house cold storage, administrative rooms and small laboratories . Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Simon SCHMITT Related: Prefab smartdome homes can pop up practically anywhere The secondary role of the interior buildings is to provide additional support to the arcs. 1691 tiles of laminated reflective glass cover the entire building and emanate a soft glow at night. + Philippe Samyn and Partners Via Archdaily Lead photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART

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SolarWindow unveils new energy-generating glass that bends

January 18, 2017 by  
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SolarWindow made headlines for their business-card thin solar coating for curved glass surfaces in late 2016, and now they’re going a step further with a new kind of flexible glass capable of generating clean energy . The firm created a super thin, bendable ” glass ‘veneer’ ” that if applied to skyscrapers , cars, or even planes, could totally transform the way we produce and obtain solar power . SolarWindow created the revolutionary flexible glass by applying layers of their liquid Electricity Generating Coating to Corning Willow Glass and laminating the product, simulating the temperatures and high pressures commercial producers utilize when they manufacture regular old stiff glass. This time they were able to produce what they call a veneer that’s again as thin as a business card, but can still generate electricity . Related: SolarWindow unveils ultra-thin solar film for curved glass surfaces SolarWindow CEO John Conklin said in a statement, “Along with our SolarWindow liquid coatings for rigid glass, we’re excited to expand our capabilities with brand new ways of generating clean electricity on almost any surface imaginable by using flexible Corning Willow Glass. As leaders in the sector, we’re setting out a clear vision for the future with this new, innovative technology .” SolarWindow’s vision for the glass is to refashion skyscrapers into super green “vertical power generators,” allowing buildings to generate renewable energy just by standing in the sun. But it’s not only buildings that can benefit from their new glass; as it’s bendable and flexible, the glass could be applied to cars, boats, trucks, buses, or airplanes. The SolarWindow glass isn’t ready for the market yet, but that’s the ultimate goal. They’re developing their products under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the United States government’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory , and say the primary goal of a CRADA is commercialization. When the glass is finally ready, it could radically help companies and families reduce their carbon footprint . + SolarWindow Technologies Images via SolarWindow and Max Pixel

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An old factory building in Paris hides a transformable multipurpose space

December 8, 2016 by  
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The director’s house of an old factory on the banks of the Seine in Paris now functions as an edgy  multipurpose space , part of a city-wide urban project organized by agency Semapa . DATA architects revamped the old building as a workspace, a workshop, a meeting place, and a base from which the urban project will spring. The Director’s house is located alongside Seine in Paris’ 13th arrondissement. DATA architects kept the exterior of the existing building in original condition, and focused on redesigning the interior by providing a complete makeover. The team gutted the building to create three floors of exhibition spaces . The main room has been separated from the staircase, bathrooms, storage and technical rooms by a wall. A large cylindrical structure dominates the main space. It combines glass and steel and allows visitors to climb the stairs to the upper floor. Related: [BP] Architectures’ M9-C is an Integrated, Energy-Efficient Mixed-Use Housing Development in Paris Suspended from the underside of the cylinder is the flagship element of the exhibition space. Thanks to a pulley the model appears and disappears into the heights of the cylinder, freeing the floor for other events like presentations and inaugurations. + DATA + Semapa

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Modern alpine home is built on the ruins of an old rustic structure

October 25, 2016 by  
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The S.V. house retains a traditional gabled form, but the interior and the front facade are decidedly modern in design. A reinforced concrete slab connects the stone walls on the first floor, while the use of brushed larch wood for the second floor, roof, and part of the facade soften the look of the natural stone and reinforce the building’s connection to nature. Large windows overlook views of the countryside and mountains while allowing natural light to flood the interior. Related: Tiny alpine hut is a cozy refuge in the harsh yet spectacular Slovenian Alps The interior design makes efficient use of the building’s 22-square-meter footprint. “Overall space is limited but this condition and the choice of materials, helped to create that feeling of ‘hearth’ with evocative power and was one of the cardinal principles of many rural architecture as well as much of the academic architecture,” writes the architect. + Rocco Borromini Via Gessato Images via Rocco Borromini, by Marcello Mariana

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Dutch man with no formal architecture training built his mom a transforming garden shed

October 20, 2016 by  
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The Garden House sits on the edge of a pond located on a site owned by Schols’ parents. It may look like a typical garden shed, but if you slide the central timber and glass walls along runners, the structure transforms into a beautiful pavilion. In order to facilitate this transformation , Schols separated the inner beam-and-glass structure from the outer wooden walls and metal roof and put them on runners. By wheeling the middle part inwards and outwards, the user can create different layouts for varying weather conditions. Related: Solar-Powered Greenhouse in Finland Doubles as a Spare Summer Room “I was looking for a design with a lot of flexibility, if possible a design that has the flexibility of clothes,” Schols said. “You should be able to get away with changing the layers of the house almost as easily as changing clothes when desired.” Via Dezeen Photos by Jorrit ‘t Hoen

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The Hague’s elegant new light rail station masters curved glass and steel

August 18, 2016 by  
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The new station features a sculptural roof that lends it a distinctive appearance but maintains a connection to the human scale. A long viaduct leads trams to the station over 12 meters above ground level, the slender design reducing its impact on the surroundings – particularly the Bezuidenhout-West residential district. Related: Gargantuan Solar-Powered Rotterdam Centraal Station Opens Anew The steel construction enables spans of 35 meters between the pillars, which maintains unobstructed views at ground level and allows the project to subtly blend into the existing urban fabric. The canopy provides protection for passengers walking between the HSE departure station and the main hall of The Hague Central Station. + ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects Photos by ProRail via ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects

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Vasily Klyukin pavilion looks like a bouquet of blooming roses

August 5, 2016 by  
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The conceptual design has no fixed program. According to the artist, it could house a flower shop, spa, modern art house, or jewelry museum. The entire project is based on the organic quality of plants, and would have a ventilation system which would fill the spaces with the scent of roses. Related: Fascinating floating city shaped like a manta ray would be 100% self-sustaining The glass and metal structure would feature changing interior lighting that would alter the color of the building depending on events, different occasions and moods. + Vasily Klyukin Via Archdaily

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5D glass discs can store data for as long as the universe has existed

February 17, 2016 by  
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Take everything you know about data storage and set it aside, because a breakthrough from a research team at the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Center (ORC) could change everything. The scientists have developed a totally new type of data storage , in the form of glass discs close to the size of a quarter. Data is encoded into tiny nanostructures embedded within the glass, and the team believes their invention could be used to store data for up to 13.8 billion years. Read the rest of 5D glass discs can store data for as long as the universe has existed

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Amazing SUPERLOCAL hairdryer made of glass and cork

October 30, 2015 by  
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