UK government endorses controversial Heathrow airport expansion

October 25, 2016 by  
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The Heathrow Airport expansion may finally receive a green light to progress. After years of delays, the UK government endorsed a vision to add another runway to the airport in west London . A sixth terminal designed by Grimshaw Architects is also part of the expansion vision. In agreement with the Airports Commission’s recommendation, the UK government offered their endorsement of the Heathrow expansion over adding a second runway to Gatwick Airport south of London. The UK Department for Transport said the government’s decision would boost the economy, and the government said the project could create 77,000 jobs. They proposed a night flight ban and noise restrictions to combat noise pollution . Related: Exciting new designs for Heathrow Airport’s expansion unveiled Heathrow Airport had already chosen Grimshaw Architects as the designer for a sixth terminal, hoping to send the signal they would be ready to start the project once they obtained government approval. It was Heathrow’s opinion that after uncertainty following the vote to leave the European Union, the government could show confidence in the UK’s economy and future by expanding the airport. Grimshaw Architects says their vision for the new terminal is affordable and sustainable . But not everyone is thrilled with the decision to expand the airport. A new runway could bring in thousands more flights each year, increasing air and noise pollution in London according to Mayor Sadiq Khan. Green party co-leader Jonathan Bartley told The Guardian, “The decision to expand Heathrow tramples over the concerns of local people and puts a wrecking ball through the government’s claim to be concerned about climate change .” The village of Harmondsworth will be at least partly demolished to make room for the expansion, and residents feel upset and betrayed . Parliament will vote on the airport expansion next year or in 2018 and if granted approval the new runway could be completed in 2025. + Grimshaw Architects Via The Guardian Images via Grimshaw Architects

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Social housing project with two "faces" channels Parisian duality

October 25, 2016 by  
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The design of the building reflects the dual nature of its surroundings and uses different materials to eliminate borders. It channels the dynamism of the urban development zone of Batignolles and connects two different urban conditions. Its southwest facade reflects the numerous brick buildings of Clichy-la-Garenne, while the southeast facade with perforated metal and louvered shutters echo the activity of the city. An array of ornamentation on the brick facade connects the two expressions of the city-its center and the suburbs. Related: Modern Green Social Housing Complex Rises East of Paris Large glass surfaces dominate the ground floor dedicated to commercial spaces. The hall acts as a transition between the exterior and interior, establishing visual connections from the sidewalk into the garden at the heart of the lot. The 38 social housing units have double exposures thanks to balconies and loggias either hidden behind perforated metal or cut into the brick facing the street. + Avenier Cornejo Architectes Photos by Takuji Shimmura / Avenier Cornejo

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Don’t panic, but a massive hydrogen cloud is going to crash into the Milky Way

October 25, 2016 by  
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There’s a big cloud heading toward us, but it’s not the kind that looks like an elephant or your Uncle Todd. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has been tracking the so-called Smith Cloud , which is charging toward the Milky Way at some 700,000 miles per hour . Made up largely of hydrogen gas, Smith Cloud can’t be seen by the naked eye, but it can be detected with radio waves. Of all the gaseous clouds floating around in space (and there are a lot of them), this is perhaps the most famous and possibly even the most beloved, as its path toward our galaxy has been well-documented since its initial discovery in the 1960s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmmjpcl5mBk Earlier this year, NASA reported that the Smith Cloud began its journey toward the Milky Way around 70 million years ago, a conclusion scientists based on new data obtained by the Hubble telescope . The Smith Cloud, like others on the outskirts of our galaxy, contains the amount and types of gas plus heavy metals that suggest it could wind up producing millions of new stars. NASA data estimates the cloud, which has a comet-like shape, is “11,000 light-years long and 2,500 light-years across,” according to an earlier report . “If the cloud could be seen in visible light, it would span the sky with an apparent diameter 30 times greater than the size of the full moon.” Related: Newly discovered “ghost galaxy” full of dark matter is as big as the Milky Way Essentially, the Smith Cloud is getting whipped back into the outer edge of the Milky Way. It could be 30 millions years before the giant cloud of hydrogen gas  meets the edge of our galaxy, but in the meantime, NASA scientists are working to learn more about its composition, which would offer new clues about its origin. So far, they’ve learned the cloud is as rich in sulfur as the Milky Way’s outer disk, a region about 40,000 light-years from the galaxy’s center. That discovery indicates Smith Cloud was enriched by star material, leading scientists to believe it may have been hurled out of our galaxy at some point, rather than having its origins in a separate failed galaxy. What caused the hydrogen cloud to be ejected from the Milky Way is anyone’s guess, and NASA researchers are continuing to study the data and perform other tests to unlock more secrets hidden within this mysterious, invisible cloud. Via ABC7  and NASA Images via NASA

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Exciting new designs for Heathrow Airport’s expansion unveiled

May 20, 2016 by  
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The shortlist for the expansion Heathrow Airport has just been announced, together with conceptual images of the designs by renowned architecture firms such as Grimshaw , Zaha Hadid Architects , HOK and Benoy . The concepts, each different in style and approach, aim to redefine Britain’s global gateway by enabling it to adapt to new trends in global aviation and sustainability. The architects were asked to propose bold, innovative solutions for a sustainable airport that would integrate local communities. The shortlist for the expansion of UK’s Heathrow Airport has just been announced, together with conceptual images of the designs by renowned architecture firms. The concepts, which comprise part of an attempt to redefine how airports look, function and cater to a new generation of passengers, combine affordability and flexibility with improved passenger service. Related: Heathrow Airport’s New Terminal 2 Opens Today at 10% Capacity Heathrow’s Head of Design Barry Weekes said, “From welcoming Concorde to the landmark Terminals 2 and 5, Heathrow has always been at the heart of showcasing the best of British innovation and design.” Via World Architecture News

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Paris encourages residents to play active environmental role with 1000 Buildings Plan

May 20, 2016 by  
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In 2007, the city of Paris stood on the frontline in the fight against climate change as it introduced its Climate and Energy Action Plan. The aim was to achieve by 2020, a 25% reduction in greenhouse emissions and energy consumption throughout the territory compared to 2004. With housing currently accounting for a third of the energy consumption in Paris, this task represents a serious challenge for the city. In order to rise up to it, the council has launched the “Let’s eco-renovate Paris: 1000 Buildings Plan”, a project that mobilizes residents to get involved. To meet it’s environmental goals, major projects were implemented in Paris, including the production of renewable energy, the increase of urban green spaces , the development of active forms of mobility and the thermal rehabilitation of homes. “Paris moves and adapts to climatic, environmental and social challenges. In the continuation of its Climate and Energy Action Plan, the City of Paris has launched an exceptional program for a period of 5 years to support the energetic and environmental renovation of Parisian apartment buildings.” says Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris. As the name suggests, this initiative will support 1000 Parisian privately-owned buildings. Residents can participate from May to October 2016. All co-owners who wish to implement a comprehensive renovation plan for their building are eligible. Related: Paris redesigns its famous squares to make them pedestrian and bike friendly The selected projects will receive free administrative, technical and financial support towards energy-saving, pro-environmental building renovations. With the personalized counseling of a specialized eco-renovation advisor, co-owners will be able to study, define and implement their project as effectively as possible. The areas of intervention are flexible. Renovation works may include, for instance, the revegetation of urban roofs, the installation of efficient heating systems or double-glazed windows, or the thermal insulation of facades, walls, attics, roofs. Not only do these refurbishments enable residents to reduce their energy consumption and consequently save money on their energy bills, it also represents a wonderful opportunity for them to improve their living environment and comfort levels. In a wider context, the project also contributes to the establishment of a healthier city for all. The plan has already proven to be successful as a co-owner of 19th arrondissement of Paris explains, “Our building of 81 apartments was built in 1959. It was not insulated and energy bills were becoming too high for all its occupants. After achieving our energy audit, we received personalized support from an eco-renovation consultant mandated by the City of Paris. It allowed us to define a renovation program for our building and the revegetation of our courtyard while benefiting from a 37% financial aid. With these renovations, we reduced our energy consumption by 44% and most of all, we are enjoying much more comfortable apartments!” With its 1000 Buildings Plan, Paris moves one step ahead towards restoring the broken link between the capital and nature. While providing Parisians with a better living environment, it also lays new foundations for urban progress that are sure to be applied, in the near future, throughout the entire metropolitan area. Article by Machinery Zone

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Dramatic Greenhouses Accentuate Ecorium Eco-Park Opening in Korea

August 30, 2013 by  
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Designing and Building with Bacteria Could be the Future of Architecture

August 30, 2013 by  
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The rate at which science has been evolving for the last few decades suggests it won’t be long before we’re able to build houses with bacteria . Manufacturing processes are close to replacing traditional factories with biological ones, where the tasks performed by digitally controlled machines will be taken by living, breathing and potentially even intelligent organisms . Read the rest of Designing and Building with Bacteria Could be the Future of Architecture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bacteria house , bacteria houses , bioengineering , biomimicry , Building With Bacteria , Cambridge University , Columbia University , Columbia University biological research , David Benjamin , fossil fuels , glucose economy , Living Foundries Program , scientific research , The Living Thing        

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Grimshaw Architects Completes Light & Airy Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne

July 18, 2013 by  
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