Village-inspired office in Jakarta is topped with living trees and a green roof

August 21, 2017 by  
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The new Aedas- designed Unilever HQ in Jakarta references Indonesia ‘s villages to create a welcoming environment filled with natural sunlight and plenty of green space. The building features green roofing, a main square and winding streets to mimic the organization of a traditional village, along with floor-to-ceiling louvered windows that fill the interior with light. The new building sits in the BSD Green Office Park, Indonesia’s first green office campus masterplanned by Aedas. It houses the company’s four separate offices in Jakarta under one roof and combines its modern vision with the country’s historic architectural influences. Related: Aedas unveils mountainous mixed-use building that looks like a stack of books The large complex incorporates three main elements–community, diversity and nature–into the design and focused on facilitating collaboration while maintaining privacy. Group and individual workspaces are organized into zones to encourage collaboration. The ground floor houses public and common areas organized around a central atrium. A variety of elements– Indonesian batik fabrics, recycled teak timber , and furniture– reference the traditional Indonesian culture. Grey aluminium blade louvers cover the curtain wall system and provides shade while reducing heat gain . Natural light reaches all interior spaces thanks to the absence of enclosures. + Aedas Via World Architecture News

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Major climate science denial group admits to using false temperature data

August 21, 2017 by  
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Though 97 percent of leading scientists agree that climate change is a very real threat that needs to be addressed immediately, certain factions refuse to accept mounting data on Earth’s rising surface temperatures . In fact, some groups have gone as far as to fabricate information – including the so-called Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). The climate science denying group recently admitted to providing false data in an interview with the BBC. On August 13, 2017, the climate science denying think tank admitted to sharing “erroneous” temperature data to support Lord Lawson’s false claims he made to the BBC that global temperatures are not rising. The interview was immediately criticized by both the media and scientists, reports DeSmog . This is because Lawson was wrong to claim that the average global temperatures have “slightly declined” since 2007. In reality, the global surface temperature over this period has increased. 2014, 2015 and 2016 are now the three hottest years on record. Related: Koch brothers is launching a new, multimillion-dollar group to fight the rise of electric cars Screenshot of GWPF tweets taken on August 14, 2017. Three days after the interview, the climate change denial group tweeted that it was “happy to correct the record.” It has since removed the tweet, as requested by climate scientists Ed Hawkins . Thanks for acknowledging this Benny. Are you could to delete the original tweet so that this erroneous claim doesn't spread further? — Ed Hawkins (@ed_hawkins) August 13, 2017 Indeed. My bias, my mistake. — GWPF (@thegwpfcom) August 13, 2017 The tweets reveal that the graph was originally produced by US meteorologist Ryan Maue, who is an adjunct scholar of the libertarian group the Cato Institute. Weather forecaster and climate science denier Joe Bastardi later published the graph. Both Bastardi and Male work for the private weather consulting firm WeatherBell Analytics , which is funded by climate change deniers such as the Koch brothers. After admitting to fabricating data, the GWPF immediately tweeted that the rest of Lawson’s claims to the BBC were true — despite many being demonstrably false. Additionally, the group went right back to proclaiming that climate change is a hoax. While the situation is frustrating, at least in this instance it has been verified that  global temperatures are, in fact, increasing. Via Desmog Images via Pixabay

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Nearly every room in this lush Jakarta home connects with the outdoors

June 27, 2016 by  
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The London-based architecture firm created the home for a client in Puri Indah, an upscale residential area of West Jakarta. Completed earlier this year, the Wooden Box House sprawls across 5,300 square feet of living space. It includes a spacious owner’s suite, multiple guest rooms, as well as a housekeeper’s suite. Nearly every interior space (except for the bathrooms) is connected to the outdoors, either directly via a private balcony or terrace with a lush green garden , or visually through floor-to-ceiling windows. The unique multi-level building shape means the terraced gardens add to the view from inside the home. Related: RAW Architecture’s Scottish Highlands House as perfect views of mountain sunrises and island sunsets The architects called for five different types of locally-sourced wood to be used throughout the home’s design, both inside and out. The facade and interior ceiling are composed of dried pine wood planks of various dimensions, chosen for its durability and coloration. Iron wood reclaimed from a phinisi boat adorns the home’s floors, along with the slightly less expensive bengkirai wood, which also makes up the outdoor decking. The Wooden Box Home also features elegant teakwood in the main area bedroom, library, and foyer area. Merbau wood comprises the home’s single front door. It is the most readily available material in Jakarta, making it a sustainable option that is particularly suited to the environment because of its tolerance on expansion. + RAW Architecture Via ArchDaily Images via Eric Dinardi/bacteria photography

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Cambridge researchers are growing bone for greener buildings

June 27, 2016 by  
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Concrete and steel make up the bulk of today’s skyscrapers and city buildings. But both materials require huge amounts of energy to process, accounting for nearly 10 percent of global carbon emissions . University of Cambridge researchers led by Michelle Oyen are pursuing a solution in the lab: they think materials like bone and eggshell could offer a greener alternative. Knowing that the production of steel and concrete results in more carbon emissions than air travel , Oyen, a bioengineer, decided to tackle the problem from a new angle, drawing inspiration from nature for new building materials . She works in the field of biomimetics or “copying life.” With US Army Corps of Engineers funding, she’s made artificial eggshell and bone in the lab, materials that could be used for medical implants – or for constructing buildings. Related: Michael Green on Why Wood Skyscrapers are Better than Concrete and Steel Towers In a press release Oyen said, “What we’re trying to do is to rethink the way that we make things. Engineers tend to throw energy at problems, whereas nature throws information at problems – they fundamentally do things differently…Constructing buildings out of entirely new materials would mean completely rethinking the whole industry. But if you want to do something really transformative to bring down carbon emissions, then I think that’s what we have to do. If we’re going to make a real change, a major rethink is what has to happen.” The process to fabricate bone and eggshell happens at room temperature, and thus requires far less energy than processing concrete and steel. Proteins and minerals lend hardness and toughness. The researchers are also working to incorporate natural properties of bones – notably the fact that they can heal themselves – into the lab-made materials. According to the team, their process could be easily scaled up. But we probably won’t start building with eggshells and bones tomorrow. Oyen’s team is still using animal collagen to make bones and eggshells, though they are looking for a way to use synthetic material, perhaps a polymer or synthetic protein, instead. The construction industry would also have to rewrite building standards to accommodate the new materials. Via Engadget Images via eVolo and Zhang Yu on Flickr

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Four overlapping shipping containers make a charming multi- terraced house in Indonesia

August 17, 2015 by  
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Can the $40 Billion Great Garuda Project Stop Jakarta From Sinking Into the Sea?

October 16, 2014 by  
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Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, is sinking into the sea . And forget the fuss about Venice dropping at a rate of 0.08 inches per year, Jakarta – home to 10 million people and counting – is sinking at between 2.9 and 6.7 inches  per year , as some areas submerge faster than others. While rising sea levels are a contributing factor to this, by far the greater cause is unchecked groundwater extraction from below the city to provide fresh water to the ever-growing population. To try to stave off the impending inundation of sea water, the city has engaged Dutch firm Witteveen+Bo s to manage a $40 billion land reclamation and sea wall project that will construct 17 new islands and take an estimated 30 years to complete. But will it be enough? Read the rest of Can the $40 Billion Great Garuda Project Stop Jakarta From Sinking Into the Sea? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $40 billion project to save Jakarta , groundwater extraction , indonesia , jakarta , Jakarta sinking into the sea , KuiperCompagnons , Land Reclamation , landfill , reclaimed land , sea level rise , sinking cities , Witteveen+Bos

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on How to Embrace Rising Sea Levels

July 23, 2014 by  
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Sea levels are rising , floods are prevalent, and cities are at greater risk than ever due to climate change . Now that we’ve accepted these facts, it’s time to design and build more resilient structures. Koen Olthuis , one of the most forward-thinking and innovative architects out there, has a solution for rising sea levels. His solution: Embrace the water by incorporating it into our cities; creating resilient buildings and infrastructure that can handle extreme flooding, heavy rains, and higher water. Olthuis and his team at Waterstudio.nl have been showing coastal communities the benefits of building on the water. With countries like the Maldives and Kiribati having to build oceanside or move in order to escape rising sea levels, New York learning to battle storm surges, and Jakarta dealing with massive flooding, embracing water may be our only option for survival. We chatted with Olthuis about how coastal cities can become more resilient in the face of change—read on for our interview! Read the rest of INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on How to Embrace Rising Sea Levels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , calcutta , city apps , Climate Change , coastal cities , design for disaster , dikes , eco design , extreme flooding , floating architecture , floating buildings , floating cities , floating countries , flood-proof design , flooding , global warming , green architecture , Green Building , green design , holland , inhabitat interview , jakarta , kiribati , Koen Olthius , koen olthuis , koen olthuis interview , Maldives , Miami , New York. , rising sea levels , sea level rise , storm surge , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , Urban design , water issues , Waterstudio , Waterstudio.nl

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SOM’s Soaring 99 Story Pertamina Skyscraper to Harness Wind Energy in Indonesia

December 11, 2013 by  
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Skidmore, Owings & Mills have just unveiled their centerpiece design for Pertamina’s new headquarters: a futuristic “energy beacon” that dramatically pierces Jakarta’s skyline. Shaped like the petals of a budding flower, the Pertamina skyscraper will open slightly at its gently tapered peak to harness wind energy. Slated for completion in 2020, the skyscraper will become the city’s tallest landmark at more than double the height of the current record holder. Read the rest of SOM’s Soaring 99 Story Pertamina Skyscraper to Harness Wind Energy in Indonesia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable development” , “wind power” , jakarta , jakarta skyline , pertamina , Pertamina skyscraper , renewable energy , Skidmore Owings & Mills , solar heat gain , solar panels , SOM , sustainable campus , wind funnel , wind harnessing tower        

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Transportable Prefab InstantSlide House is Assembled in Minutes with a Push of a Button

December 11, 2013 by  
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The InstantSlide House is a temporary housing solution for employees of companies who work on remote locations, but the transportable, modular house makes a great alternative to conventional single family homes as well. The InstantSlide house model is the latest series of SMART2 (Superfast + Modular + Affordable + Robust + Transportable) buildings manufactured by Australian company JAYZ Building Solutions . Read the rest of Transportable Prefab InstantSlide House is Assembled in Minutes with a Push of a Button Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Australian prefab houses , energy efficient housing , InstantSlide House , JAYZ Building Solutions , Prefab Homes , prefab temporary homes , shipping container homes , SMART2 houses , solar heat pumps , temporary housing , transportable houses        

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Ffrash Project Transforms Trash Into Recycled Furnishings in Indonesia

May 29, 2013 by  
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Garbage is everywhere in the streets of Jakarta. Bottles, caps, plastic bags – the scrap heap is enormous. New Dutch/Indonesian initiative Ffrash hopes to help by turning the trash into recycled furniture and products . Young Indonesians not engaged in school receive manufacturing lessons from Dutch designers, which will enable them to design and build interior products themselves. Furthermore, they are being trained in marketing in order to sell their goods. The project is a small step towards a solution to the garbage problem in Indonesia, and it provides youngsters with a new perspective on life. + Ffrash 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , eco design , Ffrash , green design , green interiors , indonesia , jakarta , Recycled Materials , social responsibility , Studio Ooms , sustainable design , sustainable furnishings        

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