Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian landscape

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Read the rest of Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian landscape Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green architecture , Green Building , green roof , green roof buildings , green-roofed architecture , Latvia , SAALS Architecture , SAALS Latvia , terrain , Zeimuls Center , Zeimuls center Latvia

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OLIS: Rock-Like LED Lamp Adds a Sublime Glow to Indoor and Outdoor Environments

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If you’re in the market for a sublime new lamp, then you might want to check out OLIS, a carefully developed lamp that uses energy-efficient LED technology . Moving away from geometrically defined and precise shapes, designer Gunars Platpirs combines an organic aesthetic with energy-efficient technology to create a beautiful source of light that is ideal for both indoor and outdoor environments. It is easy to combine with other design objects, and melts into nature with a sublime glow. If you’d like to have one of these in your home home, check out True Latvia . + OLIS Stone 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: clean tech , energy efficient lighting , green design , green lighting , green tech , Gunars Platpirs , Latvia , Latvian design , led lamp , OLIS , reader submitted content , rock lamp , sublime rock lamp , sustainable design

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ARHIS creates a ‘green’ design for a kindergarten in Riga

August 8, 2011 by  
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Babita Sajnani: Kindergarten in Riga Designed by ARHIS Architects ARHIS , a Latvia based architectural organization has proposed a very elaborate and ‘green’ design for the plan of building a kindergarten in the Latvian city Riga. The proposal consists of classrooms that outline the beautiful stretch of greenery – or the large park – giving the children a constant touch of nature. Picture Gallery ARHIS architects: kindergarten in riga Kindergarten competition proposal by ARHIS architects located in riga The building is divided into particular spaces such as play and learning for different age groups. The green park is also connected to the urban park, however, the access to the same is controlled in order to maintain safety of the children. The structure incorporates many glass facades in order to maintain the strong ‘green’ connection. There is a sports facility, assembly hall, and a swimming pool that are divided by glass facades. The incorporation of glass makes the structure energy efficient as daylight is optimally used. Furthermore, there are energy saving lamps that are used inside the rooms. In place of the regular staircases there are tubular slides which provide more fun while climbing down. This innovative design by ARHIS not only fulfills the expectations from a child’s point of view but also incorporates nature in all aspects of the kindergarten nurturing children with nature. Via: Designboom

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Bharat Electronics showcases $75 solar-powered Android tablet

August 8, 2011 by  
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Nandini Moulik: Solar powered tablet Designed by Bharat Electronics Limited India-based Bharat Electronics Limited has announced the development of a $75 solar-powered tablet. The company has been able to design, manufacture and ship 2000 sample tablets in less than five months. Maintaining an approach to low cost computing, these tablets will be much handy in power deficit rural areas. BEL, a leading manufacturer of radars and communication equipments for the defense department in India, has bagged this order from the Ministry of Rural Development of India. The Managing Director and Chairman of BEL, Ashwani Kumar Dutt, was proud to announce the launching of solar powered tablets within a record low time period. Running Android 2.2, this tablet is equipped with a solar powered power back up and will allow data storage through a cloud based server. The tablet will store data to the central server running on a solar powered battery. The tablet comes in a decent leather pouch with a keyboard connected through a cable. Other specifications have not yet been disclosed, but it seems that this $75 Android tablet is practically viable than the previous $35 Sakshat tablet, launched by Kapil Sibal. The subsidized $35 tablet released by Indian HRD ministry could not gain steam owing to its manufacturing cost and features. Tablet manufacturing is picking up in India, and this Android tablet has been designed indigenously to create waves in the market. Other factors like running capacity of the tablet, durability and maintenance are to be considered as these are specially meant for the economically backward class. The tablet may not be modish in appearance, but will surely serve the purpose. BEL has targeted to release 600,000 tablets by this November that will boost its revenue significantly through this first civilian order. Given the falling prices of tablets in the world, this cheaply priced and indigenously built Android tablet is ready to take on any low priced tablet in the international market. The price and customization facilities may pose few challenges to BEL in the future, but this has been a commendable achievement for the organization to manufacture 2000 solar powered tablets within a record time. BEL has taken up this project with a long term vision, as it spent about $1.5 million in creating additional facilities to produce modernized versions of solar powered tablets for the students. Although, this tablet is not available for the masses, but BEL is not ruling out the possibility of manufacturing for the commoners in future. Via: Trak

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A Texas town to recycle urine to meet drinking water crisis

August 8, 2011 by  
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Abdul Vahid V: Recycled Urine Urine being recycled to fight massive drought A Texas town is planning to reprocess wastewater including urine of the residents to resolve the enduring drinking water draught. Authorities are reportedly working to find out a perfect method to recycle drinking water from wastewater streams in Big Spring, Texas. The state has been going through the worst drinking water crisis for a while. Authorities of the city have plans to collect wastewater from 27,000 residents of the area for reprocessing. Sewage from houses in the city will be floated to a creek and collected by a reprocessing plant set up by the district government. After recycling using the advanced techniques, the water will be blended with the drinking water stream of the city, said the district manager John Grant. Along with urine, all other liquid wastes from the locality will be thus recycled to pure drinking water, sources said. However, the technology used for reprocessing will not be as direct as NASA used in its last shuttle mission. The American space agency used a Forward Osmosis Bag that recycled urine and sweat of the astronauts into drinkable water in microgravity. This NASA method grabbed global media attention. Texas has been scorching under massive heat. The triple-digit temperature in the state has drained most of its water sources. Meanwhile, lack of enough downpours continued as the curse of the state, which received only 40 percent of the expected rainfall this year. According to meteorologists, huge lack of moisture on the ground has limited clouds in the sky. Via: Huffingtonpost

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