Maven Moment: Shut the Lights!

February 27, 2019 by  
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Lose yourself in Arctic beauty at Finlands charming TreeHouse Hotel

May 12, 2017 by  
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Santa’s home base in the Arctic Circle has a new, uniquely crafted hotel that’ll let you watch the Northern Lights from the comfort of a cozy room. Studio Puisto designed the recently opened Arctic TreeHouse Hotel that comprises a series of elevated, treehouse-like rooms in Rovaniemi, Finland. Designed to immerse visitors in nature and arctic mysticism, the shingle-covered units offer a nest-like space that blends into the surrounding landscape. The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel comprises 32 units elevated on black stilts to minimize site impact . Carefully sited to optimize views, the units are organized in pairs that function as combinable halves with one housing the bedroom and bathroom and the other containing a kitchenette and living room. Each unit features a glazed end wall positioned for the unobstructed views of nature. Environmental-friendly design played a large part in the design of the timber buildings, from its pine shingle-clad appearance to the use of natural materials . Green roofs top the units for stormwater management. Timber was predominately used for the facade and the interior. The units were prefabricated offsite to minimize material waste and site disturbance. Related: Snøhetta’s luxury cabin with Aurora Borealis views opens at Treehotel At night the units light up like softly glowing lanterns, however, outdoor light pollution is kept to a minimum to preserve the “true wilderness experience” and viewing opportunities for the Northern Lights . “The inspiration for the accommodation concept — set on a steep natural slope — came from Nordic nature and culture as well as the magical world of SantaPark,” write the architects. “A vision started to form: small individual accommodation buildings set in nature, their spirit highlighting characteristics of the area and creating an optimal setting for experiencing both nature and arctic mysticism.” + Studio Puisto Via ArchDaily Images via Studio Puisto , by Marc Goodwin

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Trees will grow on the balconies of Istanbuls honeycomb-like apartments

May 12, 2017 by  
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Istanbul is on track for a stunning new landmark that’ll bring rural living to the heart of the city. International architecture studio Eray Carbajo designed Urban Rural, a modular residential high-rise that aims to raise the bar for sustainable development in Turkey’s capital. The modular units will fit together into a honeycomb-like volume with a balcony filled with greenery. The design of the Urban Rural building began with an abstraction of the traditional gabled rural house and garden. The architects created a “hybrid model” that integrates those rural aspects into a hexagonal modular unit. The architects say that use of a hexagonal grid will maximize the building volume while minimizing the number of building elements needed. “One hexagon unit consists a polygonal area to inhabit and a triangular cavity to be used as an irrigable garden ,” write the architects. “When all modules combined, these triangle cavities act as a truss structure transferring the building’s loads to lower members. As a whole, Urban Rural creates interdependencies between building systems, structure, landscape and architecture. Integration of such complex systems are achieved through modular design that persevere flexibility.” Related: Spectacular green-roofed modular Tangier Bay Housing offers enviable views of the Atlantic The modular high-rise would be built of locally sourced materials . Its location in the heart of the city is walkable with access to public transit, thus reducing occupant need for cars. Social and recreational spaces on the lower floors will foster a sense of community in the building. Construction is slated for completion in 2019. + Eray Carbajo

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Denmark glows with the lights of Tivoli Market during the holiday season

December 2, 2015 by  
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Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun

January 28, 2015 by  
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Spain will be home to the first public street lighting system powered exclusively by solar and wind energy. Researcher Ramon Bargalló is the man behind the development, and he worked alongside the company Eolgreen to design his autonomous street light system. Although there have been other wind/solar-powered street lights, these will be the first to be installed as public fixtures. Read the rest of Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “wind power” , “wind turbine” , lighting system , lights , public lighting , Ramon Bargalló , solar panels , Solar Power , solar street lamp , solar street light , solar wind streetlight , Spain , street light , streetlight , universitat politecnica de catalunya

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AMAZE: Magical labyrinth of lights takes over downtown Toronto

December 10, 2014 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

October 3, 2014 by  
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Computer equipment and residential electronics represent 15 percent of the energy that residents consume worldwide, and that number is expected to triple over the next couple of decades unless steps are taken to improve energy efficiency . After computers, services such as lighting, air conditioning, electric heating, and large appliances are the next biggest culprits. Steps can be taken to make your building more energy-savvy , from turning off all electronics and lights when they’re not in use to taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and i mproving insulation in order to reduce heating costs. Check out the infographic after the break for more tips on how to increase the energy efficiency of your home or office building. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “office building” , air conditioning , building electricity use , building energy efficiency , computer use , computers , electric heating , elevators , energy efficiency in buildings , green lighting , home electricity , lights , Office , turn off the lights

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Luke Lamp Co.’s Center Pendant Rope Lights Give Energy Efficient LEDs an Elegant New Form

May 27, 2014 by  
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World’s first “Brussels Sprout Battery” lights up a Christmas tree

November 26, 2013 by  
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In an effort to improve kids’ opinions about Brussels sprouts, a team of engineers and scientists decided to give them a cooler edge by making them power up the lights on a Christmas tree.

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These two technologies shone during Sandy’s darkest hours

October 30, 2013 by  
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Microgrids and cogeneration kept the lights on for NYU and a housing development while Sandy caused widespread outages.

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