Huge "light cannons" funnel daylight deep within this ultra green eco city in China

April 20, 2017 by  
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Giant “light cannons” funnel natural light deep within this new high-tech “eco city” in China. NBBJ designed the Nanjing Eco-Tech Island Exhibition Center as an incubator for innovative technology and environmental companies. To strengthen the project’s sustainability, the design team included green roofs , water retention systems, natural ventilation , responsive facades and geothermal conditioning. The Nanjing Eco-Tech Park includes an exhibition hall, research offices and residential buildings. The Exhibition Center welcomes visitors a they approach the island from downtown Nanjing. The peaks on the building’s roof each have an oculus that funnels natural light inside the structure. The complex consists of eight, pentagon-shaped office buildings with large interior courtyards. Related: Amazon’s biosphere domes are slowly taking shape in Seattle The architects conducted light studies to come up with optimal daylighting and shading strategies for different times of the day and year. Light gets diffused by the cone geometry of the light cannons, while the overhangs function as passive solar shading devices. Related: Diébédo Francis Kéré unveils 2017 Serpentine Pavilion with rain-gathering roof The Exhibition Center is the first structure to be built on the island, and it has received the MIPIM Asia Best Chinese Futura Project Bronze Award. + NBBJ Via World Architecture News Lead photo by Paul Dingman

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Conservation group names America’s most endangered river

April 20, 2017 by  
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The Lower Colorado River is one of the United States’ most vital waterways. Besides providing drinking water to 30 million Americans in cities such as San Diego, Las Vegas, and Tucson, the river also irrigates about 90 percent of the country’s winter-vegetable supply. But it’s in danger of being tapped out, according to American Rivers , an environmental group named it the most “most endangered” river in the nation. The reason is a simple case of demand outpacing supply. Coupled with the trend of intensifying droughts, the Lower Colorado is being depleted faster than it can replenish itself. “The Lower Colorado is the lifeblood of the region and grows food for Americans nationwide, but the river is at a breaking point,” said Matt Rice, Colorado Basin director for American Rivers. “It is critical that the Trump administration and Congress support and fund innovative water management solutions.” Related: The EPA just spilled 1 million gallons of mustard-colored mine waste into a Colorado river Proposed federal cuts , plus Trump’s determination to roll back environmental regulations set by his predecessor, offer no recourse. “Americans must speak up and let their elected officials know that healthy rivers are essential to our families, our communities and our future,” Bob Irvin, president of American Rivers, said. “We must take care of the rivers that take care of us” Other rivers under similar duress include California’s Bear River, Washington’s South Fork Skykomish River, and Alabama’s Mobile Bay Basin. Via U.S.A. Today Photos by Denny Armstrong and Sharon Mollerus

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Spectacular University of Chicago addition marries limestone, metal and glass

February 24, 2016 by  
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Abandoned research chimp Ponso can’t survive alone on African island

February 24, 2016 by  
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Ponso the chimpanzee is the sole survivor of a hepatitis research program on an island off the coast of Liberia, and he needs your help. When he was retired from the program that started in 1974, the New York Blood Center in Vilab II placed Ponso on the Atlantic island with about 20 other chimpanzees . Over half of them reportedly died from starvation within months. In 2013, Ponso’s mate and two children perished, leaving him alone. Read the rest of Abandoned research chimp Ponso can’t survive alone on African island

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Google announces new site for Mountain View HQ by Heatherwick and BIG

June 2, 2015 by  
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C.F. Møller Wins Bid to Design the “World’s Best City Campus”

December 3, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of C.F. Møller Wins Bid to Design the “World’s Best City Campus” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: C.F. Møller , C.F. Møller Landscape , campus design , city campus , copenhagen , Frederiksberg district , Green Building Council Denmark , green campus , green roof , Julian Weyer , Moe , sustainable campus , Transform , urban campus , Urban design

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Amazon’s Biodome Greenhouse HQ Receives Green Light From Seattle’s Design Review Board

October 24, 2013 by  
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Beautiful London Campus Building Clad in Anodized Aluminium Tiles

September 14, 2010 by  
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© Foreign Office Architects The  Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication , located on the Greenwich Peninsula in London just opened the doors to a beautiful new building designed by Foreign Office Architects .  The 183,00 square foot campus is a stunning eco-friendly design highlighted by a gleaming, perforated façade composed of 28,000 anodized, multifaceted aluminum tiles and an atrium, which provides increased ventilation to the core spaces of the building . Read the rest of Beautiful London Campus Building Clad in Anodized Aluminium Tiles http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aluminum , aluminum buildings , aluminum façade , breeam certification , environmental building , foreign office architects , green architecture , green campus , london architecture , Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication , Sustainable Building , sustainable campus

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