WOHA’s final design for Singapore Pavilion nears completion

September 10, 2021 by  
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The net-zero energy Singapore Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai advocates green architecture and showcases the possibilities of integrating nature within urban environments. Displaying lush greenery, digital solutions and art, the Pavilion exemplifies Singapore’s vision of sustainable development to become a “City in Nature.” The Pavilion features extensive, multi-layered greenery, achieved by the careful planting of more than 170 plant varieties and large mature trees. Constructed by  WOHA , the building is titled “Nature. Nurture. Future.” It’s set to debut on October 1. Related: WOHA to transform polluted swamp into green university WOHA has designed a striking pavilion with hanging gardens . The building is orientated around three central cones on three levels. At the top is a solar canopy. Vertical walls of plants envelop visitors in an inviting three-dimensional green space that provides a cool respite from the buzz and excitement of the Expo grounds. Landscape design and digital and art elements are helmed by Singapore landscape architecture firm  Salad Dressing , in close partnership with WOHA. The planting strategy for the Pavilion includes plants from diverse, unique habitats from the natural heritage of Singapore, including varieties found in the tropical rainforest , freshwater forest streams and mangrove habitats.  Dubai’s desert environment poses a significant challenge to installing such a biodiverse human-designed habitat. The Pavilion’s perimeter is protected by trees and palms that thrive well in the Dubai climate, mimicking natural forest layers to shade and shield the interior. Sun-loving plants such as Singapore’s national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim, frame the Pavilion’s entrance, where they receive the most direct sunlight. As part of water conservation efforts, potable water produced through the on-site solar desalination process is deployed through drip irrigation to minimize water wastage. Leaf litter is also used to replace water-consuming ground cover and retain water in the soil . Together with misting, the greenery helps to increase humidity and thermal comfort within the Pavilion.  Measuring about 70 centimeters in diameter, three climbing robots weighing 40 kilograms each will be deployed to traverse the vertical green walls of the Pavilion’s thematic cones. These prototypes from  Oceania Robotics  work in service of plant health. In addition to inspecting the health of the plants, they will also capture data for the calibration of irrigation and grow-light settings to help the plants thrive. The robots can recognize plants in poor health that need to be replaced. The customized planting palette and innovative technological applications used in water and energy management are design strategies that enable the Singapore Pavilion to achieve its net-zero energy target. Visitors are invited to participate in a generative artwork at the Galleria that allows them to visualize the performance of the Pavilion’s integrated ecosystem and how it impacts the environment. This generative artwork is a result of interactive mobile gameplay using the Pavilion’s data collected through the climbing robots and sensors. Players “collect sunlight” using solar panels to power the desalination process that will produce potable water for the virtual saplings, which then grow into trees to remove pollutants in the air. The gameboard is unique for each player and determined by real-time data from the Pavilion. Through this game, visitors can learn more about the Pavilion’s sustainable strategies. This playful interaction is also a reminder for visitors of how their actions impact collective environmental outcomes.  + Singapore 2020 Expo Images © Singapore Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai and Arthur Ng/National Parks Board

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World’s smallest park was started by a guerilla gardener over 65 years ago

May 29, 2015 by  
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Vancouver will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy

April 13, 2015 by  
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Vancouver, Canada, has become the latest city to commit to running on 100 percent renewable energy. Following a City Council vote on March 26 in favor of making the switch, the city formally announced its commitment late last week at the ICLEI World Conference 2015 in Seoul, South Korea.  Vancouver  now joins a list of more than 50 cities worldwide that have pledged to run on 100 percent renewable energy , not only for their electricity needs, but for heating and cooling as well. Read the rest of Vancouver will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 100 percent renewable energy , 100% renewables , canada , Climate Change , Electricity , global warming , Green Cities , renewable energy , transport , vancouver , Vancouver to run on 100% renewable energy

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North West Bicester eco-town is the UK’s first zero carbon community

March 31, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Live in One of America’s Most Eco-Friendly Cities?

June 10, 2014 by  
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From coast to coast, US cities are touting their latest and greatest environmental initiatives – but how do they rank in relation to each other? Upbeat recently crunched the numbers and launched a new infographic that ranks the top 10 greenest cities in terms of social and environmental factors. Did your city make the cut? Find out after the break! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Live in One of America’s Most Eco-Friendly Cities? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Air quality , america’s most eco-friendly cities , Green Cities , green design sustainable design , Greenest City , infographic , most sustainable city , renewable energy , sustainable cities , Urban design , US green city , water issues

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

March 21, 2014 by  
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People around the world are moving to urban areas in record numbers – and for the first time ever there’s more people living in cities than in rural areas. This trend is only set to accelerate, so it’s high time to develop solutions to make our cities more sustainable. CityTownInfo just launched a new infographic that shows how greener cities can pave the way to a sustainable future – check it out after the break. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CityTownInfo , global development , Green Building , Green Cities , green design , infographic , infrastructure , Sustainable Building , sustainable cities , sustainable design , Urban design , urban development , Urban Environment        

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World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

November 22, 2013 by  
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Some of the world’s most sustainable cities have been given special recognition at the UN climate talks underway in Warsaw . Vancouver, Cape Town, and Abu Dhabi are the winners of the World Green Building Council’s Government Leadership Awards (a competition held in partnership with ICLEI and UN-HABITAT ) which this year focused on Global Excellence in Local Green Building Policy. Each winning city has been noted for policies and practices that maximize opportunities for builders and developers to mitigate their environmental impact. Take a look after the jump at what makes these three cities so special. Read the rest of World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , abu dhabi , Cape Town , COP-19 , energy reduction , Green Cities , green cities around the world , green design , ICLEI , sustainable cities , un habitat , vancouver , Warsaw climate talks , World Green Building Council's Government Leadership Awards , world’s greenest cities        

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World’s First Two-Seat Electric Helicopter Successfully Completes Maiden Flight

November 22, 2013 by  
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The world’s first two-seat electric helicopter completed its first flight inside a German hangar on November 17, 2013. The Volocopter designed by e-volo and named VC200 performed a flight that lasted several minutes and reached a height of nearly 22 meters. This emission-free aircraft is a multicopter which can hover and glide by changing the thrust and torque produced by each of the numerous blades arranged in an array as a substitute for the conventional two blades. Read the rest of World’s First Two-Seat Electric Helicopter Successfully Completes Maiden Flight Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all electric aircraft , e-Volo , electric aircraft , electric helicopter completes maiden flight , German electric aircrafts , green transportation , helicopter design , manned electric helicopters , multicopters , Two-Seat Electric Helicopter , VC200 multicopter , Volocopter , world’s first two seat electric helicopter        

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Lucky Drops is a Lantern-Like Japanese Micro Home That Glows From Within

July 19, 2012 by  
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Patrick Kerti’s Shezloan Chaise Longue is Upholstered with Recycled Bicycle Inner Tubes

July 19, 2012 by  
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We recently showed you some great upcycled products by Patrick Kerti ‘s Berlin studio Showraum, including a cute expresso coffee maker-lamp , a coat hanger from old typewriter keys and a recycled cardboard lamp. Showraum’s latest project, Shezloan, is a stylish modular sofa completely made from repurposed materials. Designed by Patrick & Regitze Kerti, Shezloan uses reclaimed wooden floorboards for the structure and is completely upholstered with bicycle inner tubes! Read the rest of Patrick Kerti’s Shezloan Chaise Longue is Upholstered with Recycled Bicycle Inner Tubes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , berlin , bicycle inner tube , green products , Patrick Kerti , Recycled Materials , recycled tyres , Showraum

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