This village in Arizona has a simple solution to light pollution

April 28, 2017 by  
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Residents of Arizona Sky Village abide by one simple rule: “Turn off your goddammed lights .” The 21-household community near Portal, Arizona is comprised of stargazers and astronomers, and almost every home has its own domed observatory. But some people also wonder if the small community could hold the secrets of fighting light pollution in America. In Arizona Sky Village, clear night skies are a major priority. There are no outdoor lights allowed, and every single window in every home must have blackout curtains. Nighttime driving isn’t forbidden, but it’s discouraged, and most residents are too busy gazing at the stars to drive anyway. Co-founder Jack Newton condensed it all into that one colorful rule: turn off those lights! Related: What City Skies Would Look Like Without Light Pollution Newton, who is nearly 75, said he spends “90 percent of my time up in my dome.” He’s made three supernova discoveries in 2017 alone, and the International Astronomical Union christened an asteroid 30840 Jackalice after him and his wife Alice. He doesn’t even own the largest telescope in the community; that honor goes to neighbor Rick Beno , who has a 24-inch telescope. Many residents once had scientific careers and now spend their retirement in Arizona Sky Village – like retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak – but Newton managed department stores during his career. Few Americans benefit from the starry skies of Arizona Sky Village. The American Astronomical Society says people have a universal right to starlight; but around 99 percent of Americans actually live with a constant sky glow, according to The Guardian. Light pollution isn’t just bad for stargazing; it could have an impact on health as well. Blue lights streaming from cellphones and laptops have led to insomnia in some users and evidence isn’t conclusive yet but some studies suggest changing the light and dark rhythms in our bodies could increase the risk of diabetes, obesity, and cancer. International Dark Sky Association astronomer John Barentine said in Arizona Sky Village, “the people are already practicing what we recommend.” Kitt Peak National Observatory director Lori Allen told The Guardian to help keep skies dark, “There are three simple things people can do. Shield their lights, dim their lights, and use the right color bulbs.” Via The Guardian Images via John Fowler on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Modpools turns shipping containers into amazing swimming pools

April 28, 2017 by  
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We’ve seen shipping containers transformed into homes , shops , and even urban farms – but Modpools gives these repurposed structures a whole new life as backyard swimming pools . Modpools are easy to install and transport, and they come with a series of cool features including heaters, jets, portholes, and LED mood lighting you can control with your smartphone. Modpools are available in 8′ x 20′ or 8′ x 40′ container sizes and they can be installed in no time. By adding a divider, users can even create a temporary or permanent hot tub section. These customizable all-in-one pool systems ship with ready-to-use, built-in pool equipment and a high-tech Ultraviolet system that keeps the water clean without the need for chemicals. Related: ScottWhitbyStudio transforms a shipping container into a pop-up cinema You can install Modpools above ground with raised decking, partially underground with retaining walls, or at ground level. This makes them versatile and easy to adapt to different topographies and backyard sizes. You can add a special touch to your prefab swimming pool by adding a window to the side of the shipping container. + Modpools Via Curbed

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Worlds greenest terminal opens at Oslo airport

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Nordic Office of Architecture recently completed the world’s greenest airport terminal with their new 115,000-square-meter extension that’s doubled the size of Oslo Airport. As the world’s first airport building to achieve the BREEAM Excellence sustainability rating, the renovated Oslo Airport boasts an array of energy-efficient strategies as well as on-site energy harvesting systems. The most notable energy-saving measure is the airport’s collection and storage of snow for reuse as coolant during the summer. The recent expansion is a continuation of Nordic’s work on the Oslo Airport, which the architecture firm designed in 1998. The Oslo-based design studio’s 300-meter-long extension preserves the building’s simple and iconic appearance while increasing airport capacity from 19 million to an anticipated future capacity of 30 million. New design elements also improve the passenger experience, such as the reduction of walking distances to a maximum of 450 meters, and the overhaul of the existing train station at the heart of the airport. Artificial lighting is minimized in favor of natural lighting to improve passenger comfort and reduce energy demands. Related: Zaha Hadid unveils plans for world’s largest airport terminal in Beijing In addition to the use of natural lighting and the reuse of snow as a summer coolant, the architects reduced the airport’s carbon footprint by 35 percent with the use of environmentally friendly and recycled materials . The new pier is entirely clad in timber sourced from Scandinavian forests, while additional natural materials, green walls, and water features, can be found throughout the interior. Recycled steel and concrete mixed with volcanic ash were also used. Improved insulation has helped the building achieve Passive House-level performance standards and, coupled with on-site energy harvesting, slashed energy consumption by over 50 percent as compared to the existing terminal. + Nordic Office of Architecture Images by Ivan Brodey

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What City Skies Would Look Like Without Light Pollution

November 20, 2014 by  
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Glow-in-the-Dark ‘Smart Highways’ Replace Street Lights in the Netherlands

April 14, 2014 by  
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Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced standard street lighting on a 500 meter stretch of highway in The Netherlands. This project is the first stage of a concept first unveiled back in 2012 by designer and innovator Daan Roosegaarde, who presented his ‘Smart Highway’ plans during Dutch Design Week . Read the rest of Glow-in-the-Dark ‘Smart Highways’ Replace Street Lights in the Netherlands Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Daan Roosegaarde , Glow in the dark street marking , innovation , Light pollution , smart highway , Street lighting , street marking , Studio Roosegaarde

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Green Public and Residential Space Merge in Sydney’s Loopy Infinity by Crown Skyscraper

April 14, 2014 by  
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Infinity by Crown is a new multi-residential complex in Sydney that uses pedestrian movement and traffic flow around the building to create a fluid architectural form. Designed by Koichi Takada Architects , the building is located at the gateway of the Green Square Town Center, an area of the city that will promote greener living and make use of planning controls to ensure sustainable growth and development. Keep reading to find out how the building will engage the community, and what makes it more than just another skyscraper . Read the rest of Green Public and Residential Space Merge in Sydney’s Loopy Infinity by Crown Skyscraper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: community center for Sydney’s green square town center , gateway to Sydney’s new Green Square Town Center , Infinity by Crown by Koichi Takada Architects , mixed-use multi-residential building in Sydney , new public space for Sydney’s green square town center , new Sydney landmark by Koichi Takada Architects

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Major European Cities Are Being Enveloped in a Mysterious Aurora Borealis-Like Glow

January 22, 2014 by  
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The Aurora Borealis has brought visitors to Northern Europe for years , especially Finland, but these lights may find competition thanks to a new man-made phenomenon. Photographer Mika Wist captured photos of these new “urban light pillars” from his balcony when temperatures plunged to -19 °C / -2.2 °F earlier this week. So, what is causing these strange lights to occur? Read the rest of Major European Cities Are Being Enveloped in a Mysterious Aurora Borealis-Like Glow Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial light show , Aurora Borealis in Finland , Light pollution , light pollution side-effects , Mika Wist photography , Northern Lights in Finland , urban light pillars in Finland        

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Mind-Blowing Aquariums Look Like Underwater Forests, Deserts, and Gardens

January 22, 2014 by  
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Olson Kundig’s Studio Sitges is a Stunning Minimalist Home Made of Durable Industrial Materials

January 22, 2014 by  
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Organic Cities: An Adaptive Plan for a Desert Megalopolis in the UAE

January 22, 2014 by  
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