Zero-waste Orford Mews to bring energy-positive homes to East London

July 22, 2020 by  
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London-based property developer gs8 has unveiled designs for Orford Mews, a pilot project for a sustainable residential development in the North East London district of Walthamstow, which is currently undergoing regeneration. Designed by architect Michael Lynas of Studio Anyo , the contemporary, nine-unit development will serve as a landmark project for energy-positive, zero-waste housing. Orford Mews is expected to achieve and exceed RIBA 2030 operational energy and embodied carbon targets. Orford Mews will consist of eight family houses and a single three-bedroom apartment on a long linear site. The project will rely on local materials and local labor wherever possible to reduce the project’s embodied carbon count and to support the community. All of the non-contaminated materials from the existing buildings in the finished development will be reused. The contemporary and minimalist design will be mainly built from timber and reclaimed brick, and it will feature sloped roofs topped with living moss. Climbing vines will also be encouraged to grow up walls to contribute to a cooling microclimate and improved air quality. Related: Dark Chalet in Utah will generate over 350% more energy than it needs In addition to greenery around and on top of the houses, residents will have access to community garden spaces designed by landscape designers at London Glades. Residents will also enjoy little, if any, utility bills thanks to the energy-positive buildings integrated with renewable energy and designed to follow passive principles for reduced energy consumption. Passive design strategies include compact massing for minimized heat loss and strategic window placement for daylight capturing and heat retention. Orford Mews will also include a multifunctional well-being space for the community, a reuse center that encourages circular living choices and a Neighborhood App developed to provide real-time energy usage stats and suggestions to reduce energy consumption. “When we set out four years ago with a goal to develop a flexible framework to build one of the most sustainable projects in the world, we chose Orford Road as the pilot to prove that if we could achieve our carbon and energy-positive , zero-waste aspirations on a site this small and constrained, then it could be viably rolled out across any size development,” said Ben Spencer of gs8. “The next stage is implementing the innovative framework we’ve created and prove that developing truly sustainably doesn’t need to mean compromising on design quality or financial viability.” + gs8 Images via gs8

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Pharrell Williams debuts The Pebble, a recyclable dining kit

July 22, 2020 by  
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Pentatonic, a circular economy company focused on removing single-use plastic products from the marketplace, partnered with acclaimed singer and outspoken opponent of single-use plastic Pharrell Williams to launch a portable dining kit made from  recycled materials.   Better known for his “Happy” music, Williams is equally passionate about finding alternatives to  single-use plastic , which is on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the estimated 20-35% increase in single-use waste, Williams has ignited the i am OTHER brand by joining forces with Pentatonic to bring The Pebble by OTHERWARE to the market.  Related: This sleek, reusable cutlery set can fit right inside your pocket The idea is simple and effective: a mobile dining kit that includes a fork, knife, spoon, straw and chopsticks. The entire set easily folds away into a compact egg or pebble that fits into a purse, backpack or briefcase for reuse,  eliminating waste . Utensils can be washed by hand while backpacking or added to the dishwasher at home. “Our team has been super concerned about the seemingly unstoppable flow of single-use plastics, especially around  food and drink . So we decided to get together with Pentatonic to do something about it, in a fresh, creative and relevant way. The goal is that the pebble makes it easy for people to take their first step towards eliminating single use plastics,” said Darla Vaughn from i am OTHER. The Pebble uses entirely recycled materials, including CDs, a nod to Williams’s other industry, and polypropylene from used food packaging. At the end of the kit’s life cycle, it can be recycled. Pentatonic will trade back the product and repurpose the materials into another product for a full zero-waste circle. While Williams brings a recognizable name to the collaboration, Pentatonic boasts noteworthy accomplishments too. The company reports that it “is the world’s leading circular economy company, which focuses upon removing the single use from consumption. It designs and manufactures high quality products as a standalone brand and in collaboration with a broad range of partners including Starbucks , Snarkitecture, Burger King, New Era, The Science Museum and Heron Preston.” And now, Pentatonic can add Williams to the list. The newly launched collection features a limited-edition yellow colorway to support YELLOW, INC., a non-profit foundation established by Williams. All i am OTHER proceeds from OTHERWARE sales will be donated to YELLOW, INC. + Pentatonic  Images via Pentatonic

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Spruce up your home with this verdant Living Table

March 24, 2017 by  
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If you’re looking to greenify your home, look no further than the plant-filled Living Table . At first glance, the table appears to be a simple square planter covered in a glass top, but an integrated capillary system within the design actually mimics how plants naturally grow, while eliminaing the need for drainage. The high-tech system offers an attractive low-maintenance planter that even those without a green thumb can manage. The Living Table has an integrated passive sub irrigation system that creates a capillary action where water flows upwards. This system, along with the ideal balance of moisture to aeration in the base, results in an attractive planter that doesn’t need drainage. The low-maintenance design, which allows the plants to auto regulate, is perfect for those who find themselves constantly killing their plants because of too much or too little water. Related: Give your succulents their own spacesuits with this 3D-printed planter As far as planting, the  Living Table system is designed for low-growing, ground cover type plants that won’t grow tall enough to touch the glass. Standard 4” plant containers or smaller can be placed directly onto the Habitat Horticulture Growtex capillary mat or plants can be directly planted into the table base using any standard potting soil. Although the planter design is meant to be low-maintenance, the manufacturers are careful to point out that the plants’ specific needs should be considered before planting. The Living Table comes in two sizes with either a stainless steel or powder white finish, and can be all yours for as little as $850.00. + The Living Table

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This Self-Healing House features plants, moss, and birds to create a living facade

October 14, 2016 by  
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Some might think metropolitan living means you can’t commune with nature, but designer Edwin Indera Waskita’s Self-Healing House shatters that misconception. Waskita’s project transforms barrier-like walls into a mutually maintained scaffolding for plants, mosses, and birds to mingle with the human residents inside. By encouraging the growth of plant life, birds are lured to the spot and deposit seeds for more greenery to grow. The result is a space that perfectly unifies nature and modern living. Waskita’s proposal would create a balanced symbiosis with the surrounding natural world while providing housing for those in the world’s busiest cities. He created the concept for neighborhoods in Jakarta, Indonesia that suffer with substandard living conditions. Homes in the Kampung Pulo area of Jakarta, along the Chiliwung River, can be cramped, uncomfortable and unsafe. They can also lack reliable electricity, clean water and access to fresh food. Waskita’s proposal tackles this issues by turning squalor-like conditions into a symbiotic, safe space. The “Self-Healing” home features an exterior “ecological skin”. This skin is created using palm fiber, normally a waste product, to create a medium in which seeds can take sprout and grow. These plants are then attract birds, which will come and build nests underneath the roof, which is designed to accommodate them. The plants also absorb carbon, while providing clean oxygen for the home’s inhabitants. Home dwellers can harvest bird eggs from the nests for food, along with the plants. Related: Biodesign Competition winners announced – algae takes center stage For the hard structure of the home, bio-concrete will be used. This self-healing bio-concrete is able to filter air and water, creating a healthy space for the home’s inhabitants. Solar panels on top of the roof provide reliable electricity, while an open-water reservoir on another part of the roof collects rainwater. Skywalks connect the buildings so that city-dwellers can have a safe way to travel from one part of the neighborhood to another. But beyond providing better living conditions, the design also encourages community cohesion. Community participation is required both in the initial phase and ongoing to maintain the homes. The Self-Healing House is a demonstration of how buildings can become living structures to work within a bigger system of interconnectedness. Instead of fighting to widen the divide between human homes and the rest of the outside environment , it serves as an example of how we can embrace our deep ties to the natural world. The project wowed judges as a winner in the Biodesign Competition ’s Housing Category. +Self-Healing House Images via Edwin Indera Waskita

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Plant-covered Mobile Green Living Room travels through Europe

September 7, 2016 by  
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The Mobile Green Living Room is constructed from living wall modules (WABA-system) attached to an Abroll-Container platform. A wide variety of plants are grown on the wire-cube modules to show off the versatility and beauty of living walls. These freestanding 3D living walls provide shade, create a cooling microclimate , and help purify the air. Each semi-autonomous Mobile Green Living Room can be easily transported via truck and is equipped with an onboard water tank with a weeklong capacity and irrigation system. Related: Solar-powered Elevate Structure is wrapped in a living, breathing wall of green “Green Living Rooms are an example of how one of the green comfort zone solutions can be realised in high-density urban areas on heavily sealed surfaces where competition for usable space is at a premium,” says TURAS. “The Green Living Room represents an example of a new hybrid type of project. Rather than tackling climate change on a city-wide strategic level, they provide oases for communities at the heart of the most in-need areas.” The Mobile Green Living Room is currently touring Europe and is headed to Frankfurt after a brief stint in London. + TURAS Images via TURAS

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Solar-powered Elevate Structures are wrapped in a living, breathing wall of green

August 10, 2015 by  
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Family-run Elevate Structure Inc. is bringing a gorgeous new contender to the rapidly growing collection of eco-friendly homes. Powered by solar and wrapped in green, these buildings are unique because they are not limited to becoming a tiny home even though they are suitable for families and make an amazing place to live. Instead, they are designed to be functionally flexible, and can be used as commercial spaces, gyms, office space, shelters for the homeless, storage units, or even a drive-thru. Read the rest of Solar-powered Elevate Structures are wrapped in a living, breathing wall of green

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Grizzly-polar bear hybrids appear in rapidly warming Arctic

August 10, 2015 by  
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In an unusual twist of the climate change saga, polar bears and grizzly bears are increasingly interbreeding and scientists are taking note. Since 2006, several confirmed and unconfirmed sightings of polar-grizzly hybrids have been reported as climate change alters the habitat and habits of the two species. As the Arctic continues to warm at a disproportionately rapid rate, continued hybridization of bears and other mammals may be inevitable. Read the rest of Grizzly-polar bear hybrids appear in rapidly warming Arctic

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Andreco used nature as art to create this intriguing living wall

June 22, 2015 by  
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In the climate change era, the environment needs new symbols to inspire change. ?One artist is making that happen by creating artworks that focus on the relationship between humanity and nature, and between the built environment and the natural landscape. ?According to Andreco , “the objective of my research is to produce new visions, symbols and formulas, to make the invisible visible, showing the beauty of the hidden natural process as a contemporary alchemist that learns from the past.”  ?The artwork production process is mostly site specific and influenced by the local people and environment, sometimes creating a delicate balance, others times a heavy impact. The artist transposes natural elements from the landscape to the built environment, changing the point of view, the perception and the conventional meaning of the objects, with the clear statement of ?“Nature as Art”. In this piece, geometric paint echoes the shape of the rocks below, while living vines climb up through the shapes to create an intriguing living wall . + Andreco 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: “living wall” , Andreco , Andreco art , Andreco living wall art , Art , climate change art , green art , living all art , Living Walls , nature art , nature as art , Street art

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LTL Architects Create a Living Green Wall Shaped Like Central Park for a NYC Office

February 15, 2015 by  
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From the largest living wall in North America to high rises wrapped in vertical gardens , we have seen quite a few impressive green walls. But LTL Architects has built an 84-foot-long green wall in a New York City office that might just be our favorite. Located in the offices of OpenPlans , LTL’s masterpiece is a near-exact replica of Central Park , complete with ponds, lawns, and specific paths. The green wall is surrounded by built-in shelves which mimic the streets and avenues of Manhattan. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: central park green wall , central park living wall , Green Walls , Living Walls , ltl architects , ltl architects green wall , ltl architects living wall , open planning project nyc , open planning project offices , openplans , openplans nyc , Parker Interior Plantscapes , Parker Interior Plantscapes green wall , Parker Interior Plantscapes living wall , the open planning project

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Diamond-Shaped Tornado Treehouse Made From Reclaimed Wood Springs Up in LA

February 15, 2015 by  
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