Brilliant Tesla solar cell roof rotates to naturally cool proposed desert home in Iran

August 10, 2017 by  
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Tesla appears to be taking aim at revolutionizing homeownership and architects are taking note. Hot on the heels of Tesla’s eagerly awaited solar roof, Tehran-based BMDesign Studios created Alavi House, a home in Isfahan, Iran that’s to be finished with Tesla’s new and seemingly invisible solar cells. Optimized for solar, the Alavi House will produce more energy than it needs and feature a smart and operable double-skin to promote natural heating and cooling of the home. Named after its clients, the 550-square-meter Alavi House is proposed for a site at the foothills of the Zagros Mountain range at the edge of a desert . Due to the arid climate, the architects used the prevailing winds from the south and southwest to inform the roof’s sloped shape and direction. “With a roof tilted toward East, we can create effective zones of negative pressure at the climax of the roof helping to ventilate the building naturally through most of the year,” wrote the architects. “Controllable vents, at the climax of the roof have a sucking effect, together with the large openings to the south of the building. Air filters by flowing through a broken line of evergreen trees (Cedrus deodara) and over a pool in the outdoors and then by passing over an indoor garden of Snake Plants (Sansevieria trifasciata) which is known to be a great air purifier (NASA Clean Air Study) and over a pond.” Related: Tesla’s new Solar Roof is actually cheaper than a normal roof The home is finished in concrete save for the double skin on the sloped roof that would be clad in the nearly imperceptible Tesla solar cells installed 30 centimeters above the roof. The operable double skin roof can rotate open to allow the sun to heat the concrete roof and warm the interior. Alternatively on colder days, the roof rotates close to provide shade from the sun, while simultaneously optimizing conditions for generating solar energy. The 194-square-meter solar roof would feature 104 solar modules capable of meeting a minimum of 29,000 kWh a year, far exceeding the average electricity consumption of an Iranian household. Insulated glazing wraps the building on the south side to let in natural light and frame views of the cherry orchard and mountains. Communal areas are placed on the ground floor and include a tv room, kitchen, dining room, and bathroom that are connected to an indoor landscaped area and pool next to the outdoor pool. The upper level contains two master bedrooms and library. + BMDesign Studios Via highsnobiety Images via BMDesign Studios

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Magical beauty of mushrooms is captured in Jill Bliss stunning arrangements

August 10, 2017 by  
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Flowers aren’t the only kinds of plants deserving of artistic arrangement. Artist and self-proclaimed nature nerd Jill Bliss shows off the magical beauty of mushrooms in her gorgeous temporary fungi arrangements in a series she calls ‘Nature Medleys.’ These stunning compositions show off the diverse texture, types, and colors of fungi in eye-catching detail. Jill Bliss lives, works, and travels the Salish Sea islands of Canada and Washington State where she collects natural objects and inspiration for her art. Bliss forages for the mushrooms in local forests and will often pair the fungi finds with other plants and objects found by the shore including shells and pieces of driftwood. Related: 3 edible mushrooms that are easy to find – and how to avoid the poisonous ones An incredible variety of mushrooms exist in the Pacific Northwest . One of her most popular and eye-catching mushroom choices is the vibrant purple gill mushroom. Bliss photographs her compositions and offers many as prints and stationery in her online shop. You can see more of her work on her website and Instagram . + Jill Bliss Via Colossal

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An undulating brick roof in Iran that’s made for walking

May 26, 2016 by  
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The building houses a retail space on the ground floor and offices on the upper level. Its undulating roof meets the pavement and functions as a public space where people can walk, sit and play. The retail space invites passers-by to enter the building. Related: Traditional windows transform the facade of Tehran apartment building into art “I don’t describe the roof as a staircase because stairs are an element that repeats, but this element has different scenarios, dynamics and qualities for people going up though that wave-like form,” said Mehdizadeh about the roof design. “People can sit or play on it like a small plaza. Stairs have a function, but this element performs in public space ,” he added. The brick exterior rises from ground level and sweeps upwards to form vertical slits which provide natural lighting to the upper floors. These openings are wide enough to permit ample daylighting, while also protecting the interior from harsh weather conditions. A second entrance to the building is located around the corner and provides direct connection between parking spaces, workspaces, and the roof terrace . + Farshad Mehdizadeh + Ahmad Bathaei Via Dezeen

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San Francisco nabs significant federal funding for hydrogen and fuel cell efforts

May 26, 2016 by  
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San Francisco’s embrace of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for local transportation just got a big boost from the federal government. The Energy Department’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will direct nearly $4.5 million in funding for San Francisco’s efforts to increase the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure. In addition, Strategic Analysis, Inc. was selected to analyze the cost competitiveness for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. DOE announced last December they were making available up to $35 million in funding to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in order to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil and cut harmful carbon emissions that contribute to climate change . The selection of San Francisco was made public by DOE’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar during a meeting in Berkeley of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy . Related: Scientists create innovative hydrogen fuel “nano-reactor” that could make hydrogen cars much cheaper In 2014 the White House launched the Climate Action Champion Initiative and San Francisco was one of 16 communities chosen as the first class of Climate Action Champions. The White House fact sheet stated that San Francisco “has established some of the most aggressive climate and sustainability targets in the nation, covering a broad range of sectors, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation, water, green infrastructure, and waste. With robust goals to measure progress, San Francisco aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2017, and 40 percent by 2025.” According to the press release , the San Francisco Department of the Environment will use the funding to “conduct comprehensive training and educational activities for hydrogen and fuel cell stakeholders throughout the Bay Area.” Project partners include the San Francisco Clean Cities Coalition, the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the Business Council on Climate Change, and the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at U.C. Berkeley. The California Energy Commission has provided funding for 49 hydrogen refueling stations, most recently opening a station in South San Francisco. There are plans to fund up to 100 stations for the initial introduction into the marketplace of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. San Francisco is also moving forward on a high-speed hydrogen fuel cell passenger ferry and the world’s biggest hydrogen refueling station that will serve the ferry boat as well as hydrogen fuel cell cars and buses. + Energy Department Fuel Cells Technologies Office Via Energy Department Images via Energy Department

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Recipients for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Named for 2013

September 7, 2013 by  
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In Lisbon on Friday, five recipients were named for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture . Established back in 1977, the prize divides $1 million amongst the architects. Given every three years, the Award focuses on the revitalization of historic sites, social centers, and infrastructure. Read the rest of Recipients for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Named for 2013 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aga khan award for architecture , altach , Architecture , Austria , birzeit historic center , ichto , iran , islamic , islamic cemetary , Lisbon , marc mimram architecture , morocco , Muslim , palestine , portugal , rabat , riwaq center for architectural conservation , salam cardiac surgery center , sale , studio tamassociati , sudan , tabriz bazaar        

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The SkyHouse Features a 50-Foot Climbing Wall and 80-Foot Spiraling Slide in This NYC Penthouse

September 7, 2013 by  
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There are some people who have so much energy they can practically climb the walls. The SkyHouse, designed by David Hotson must be meant for those folks.  The amazing four story abode features a 50-foot climbing wall and an 80-foot stainless steel slide that winds its way around the columns. The vertical lines in the SkyHouse are beautifully accented by the organic, spiraling slide , and its vaulted ceilings carve out rooms and platforms for viewing the city outside. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , climbing wall , david hotson , indoor climbing , lower Manhattan , metal slide , play , skyhouse        

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Iranian Architect Builds Sustainable Bamboo Dome From Bamboo and Dry Rice Plants

April 18, 2012 by  
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Aeolus Pavilion is a Gigantic Acoustic Sculpture that Sings With the Wind in London

April 17, 2012 by  
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Fate of Dying Lake Sparks Clashes in NW Iran

September 2, 2011 by  
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Growing salt deposits on Lake Urmia. Screenshot: Euronews . Fresh demonstrations have broken out in Iran, where protesters who took to the streets last weekend in the country’s northwestern provinces to demand protection for a dying lake were harshly repressed by security forces. The protests were ignited by an Iranian parliament decision that activists called a “death sentence” for one of the world’s largest saltwater lakes …. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Greening the Ways We Get Around: Why Attitudes Can Be As Important As Infrastructure

October 23, 2010 by  
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Street scene in Tehran. Photo: kamshots / Creative Commons . In the latest example of how tough life can be for would-be women cyclists around the world, the new police chief of the Iranian city of Esfahan has decreed it a crime for women to ride a bike or roller-skate in public — an infraction he said would be “severely prosecute[d.]” It’s little wonder, then, that twice as many Iranian women as men are obese…

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