Floating Cloud will be a landmark of world peace in Copenhagen

September 28, 2017 by  
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An uplifting House of Peace (HOPE) may soon rise on Copenhagen’s waters. Junya Ishigami and Svendborg Architects won a design competition to design an active symbol and landmark for world peace with their proposal of the Cloud. Shaped like a puffy cumulus cloud, the floating structure is envisioned as a visitor center and sanctuary for individual reflection. The House of Peace has been 15 years in the making and began in 2003 when four friends shared a vision to combine art and architecture in a non-political project. After selecting Junya Ishigami and Svendborg Architects as the winners of the HOPE design competition, the project organizers secured a building site in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn provided by the municipality for free. HOPE is now working to raise funds to construct the building. The cloud-shaped HOPE structure will be elevated 17 meters above sea level. While the building is a beacon for world peace, it’ll also be a place for individual sanctuary and meditation . Visitors will be invited to go inside the building or float around it in small boats for quiet contemplation. The interaction of light and water through and around the seemingly floating Cloud will create a calming, ethereal atmosphere. Related: BIG unveils plans for giant spiny Cactus Towers in Copenhagen “Our proposal for House of Peace provides a journey of the senses,” wrote the architects. “We aim to create an environment where people can open up to the idea of thinking about peace. Our House of Peace takes you back to the purity of being, ready to embrace the world.” + House of Peace

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Building sustainability from the ground up

August 24, 2017 by  
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Denis Hayes, founder of Earth Day and president of the Bullitt Foundation, knows a few things about building an environmental movement from a strong foundation. He also knows that it’s a long road, but that every brick laid helps society at large, although there’s work yet to be done. Here, he discusses the ins and outs of the Bullitt Center, a “living building” in Seattle, and his hope for the equitable future of the organizations that call it home.

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Sweden’s ShareWear allows you to swap clothes for free over Instagram

January 25, 2016 by  
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As social media becomes more widespread, so do the innovative ways people can use the technology for good. Sweden, for instance, has jumped on the opportunity to use Instagram as a platform for swapping clothing for free . Wastefulness takes all shapes and forms and clothing is not exempt – we are all likely guilty of trashing an old garment which could be donated or repurposed. ShareWear intends on putting an end to textile waste. Read the rest of Sweden’s ShareWear allows you to swap clothes for free over Instagram

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Which Republican Candidates Could Become Pawns In The Last Great Carbon Fuel Gambit?

August 17, 2011 by  
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Conflict (Chess II) Image & caption credits: Flickr , Cristian V. ‘Gambit’ gets used diffusely. A Gambit is a chess opening in which a player sacrifices a pawn, with the hope of achieving a resulting advantageous position. So a political analogy is what I intend. With renewable energy approaching the crossover point – a place from which it could successfully compete in electricity markets – carbon-based fuel suppliers needed a gambit to hold onto their markets. They found one in the Republican Party. Sacrificial lambs may s… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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