Incredible teepee-shaped ORKA house is made from 24 interlacing beams

May 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

This   teepee-shaped home is made from twenty four interlacing beams that shelter a large open-plan living space. Antony Gibbon Designs ‘ ORKA house explores different geometric shapes and unconventional forms for residential architecture. The three-story dwelling features a rooftop platform with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The house has twenty four wooden beams that coalesce, forming a pivoted illusion which transforms angles into a seemingly curved hyperboloid form. Using the frame as an aesthetic starting point, the architects interlaced the beams to naturally create diamond-shaped patterns. These patterns become part of the geometry and symmetry of the structure. Related: This charred wood cabin can be rearranged in an infinite number of ways The envelope wraps around an area 10 meters in diameter (33 feet), allowing for a large open-plan living space. A spiral staircase connects the ground floor to another three floors, with the top floor doubling as an outdoor viewing platform and balcony offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. + Antony Gibbon Designs

More here:
Incredible teepee-shaped ORKA house is made from 24 interlacing beams

Rare bag of moon dust to be auctioned for millions of dollars

May 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Souvenirs from humankind’s missions to the Moon are extremely rare; NASA usually holds on to moon rocks or moon dust instead of allowing private owners to keep them. But they couldn’t hold on to one bag of moon dust. The artifact – supposedly collected by astronaut Neil Armstrong – is the property of a Chicago lawyer, and now she plans to auction it off. After Armstrong took that historic leap for mankind on the Apollo 11 mission, he did what many of us would do – grabbed a space souvenir in the form of a handful of moon rocks placed in a bag, which he put into a second bag. That second outer bag then embarked on a journey of its own. When the bag was accidentally put up for auction, lawyer Nancy Lee Carlson obtained the bag in February 2015 for $995 on a federal auction website. Related: ESA 3D prints extraterrestrial bricks with concentrated sunlight and moondust Carlson kept the bag for a while and then decided to send it to NASA to see if it was really authentic. NASA said the bag did indeed have traces of the moon’s dark gray powder. But then the agency tried to confiscate the bag as the property of the government . Carlson fought the move and this year in February a judge decided she’d acquired the bag legally and could keep it. NASA put out a statement after the ruling: “This artifact, we believe, belongs to the American people and should be on display for the public, which is where it was before all of these unfortunate events occurred.” Before going up for auction the bag belonged to Max Ary of the Kansas Cosmosphere museum; he was convicted of stealing such interstellar objects and putting them up for sale, and when several of his possessions were seized by the government, the moon bag was among them but was mixed up with another bag lacking the treasured dust. Now Carlson plans to auction the bag off once again on July 20, send some money to charity , and set up a scholarship at her alma mater, Northern Michigan University. Auctioneers think the bag could be sold for between two to four million dollars. Sotheby’s auction house curators think the bag of moon dust could be the only privately held object of this nature on Earth. Via the Chicago Tribune Images via Wikimedia Commons and screenshot

Read the original: 
Rare bag of moon dust to be auctioned for millions of dollars

How to break the political logjam on climate change

May 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Business, Green

It starts with leveraging market-based solutions and bipartisan appeal.

See the rest here:
How to break the political logjam on climate change

The science of preparing cities for natural disasters

May 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Why not audit expected casualties and expected financial loss in a city in the same way you audit the finances or the creditworthiness of sovereign states?

Original post:
The science of preparing cities for natural disasters

The business bulwark behind California’s climate progress

May 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Business, Green

The unlikely story of how businesses backed the state’s emissions reduction policies. Will they follow the same playbook for U.S. and global policies?

Read the original post:
The business bulwark behind California’s climate progress

Brand advocacy vs. activism: Swinging the pendulum on climate policy

May 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Even seemingly mundane environmental rules on the chopping block under the Trump administration require more businesses to speak out.

See original here:
Brand advocacy vs. activism: Swinging the pendulum on climate policy

Electric city: Volvo unveils vision for clean cars, buses and more

May 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Swedish vehicle manufacturer focuses on air quality as it unveils a host of new green bus, truck and construction machinery prototypes.

See the original post here:
Electric city: Volvo unveils vision for clean cars, buses and more

Top grocery stores lag on antibiotic-free food

May 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Business, Green

As restaurant chains rush to cut antibiotic-raised chicken, a new report by the Natural Resource Defense Council argues that Costco, Walmart and others aren’t doing enough.

Go here to read the rest:
Top grocery stores lag on antibiotic-free food

Why superorganism logic is an outstanding value proposition

May 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Business, Green

An evolutionary biologist believes we are more similar to honeybees and fungus than primates — and what this means for organizations.

Original post:
Why superorganism logic is an outstanding value proposition

Gorgeous year-round bath house in Sweden soaks up the winter sun

May 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

This minimalist bath house allows inhabitants of Karlshamn, Sweden, to enjoying the sea all year round. White Arkitekter designed the timber-clad building to age naturally for low-maintenance facilities that straddle both the water and the land. The town’s first bath house was carefully situated to soak up as much sunlight as possible all winter long, while protecting visitors from the chilly winter winds. Local organization Kallbadhusets Vänner (Friends of the Bath House) worked with local sponsors and the municipality to realize a project which would allow people to enjoy the sea all year round. Kallbadhus is located along a beach promenade, close to the public swimming hall . Sitting at a height of three meters above sea level, the sharply angled timber-clad volume straddles solid land and water while offering views of the sea. Related: Tiny Norwegian Prefab Bathhouse is Clad in Sustainable Kebony Wood Two glulam beams provide structural support for a small bridge that links the building to the beach. A common room with an adjoining terrace is flanked on one side by the women’s sauna and the by the men’s sauna on the other. The architects designed the saunas to receive optimal amount of sunlight while simultaneously offering protection from the wind. The exterior cladding is treated with a grey-pigmented oil which allows the wood to age naturally. + White Arkitekter Via World Architecture News

Continued here: 
Gorgeous year-round bath house in Sweden soaks up the winter sun

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 1174 access attempts in the last 7 days.