Lotus-inspired public space collects rainwater to reduce Da Nangs runoff footprint

August 28, 2017 by  
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Urban stormwater runoff poses serious risks to safety and the environment and cities around the world are taking note. HUNI Architectes tackles Da Nang’s runoff footprint with their competition-winning design for the Da Nang City Center Square in Vietnam. Designed with SUDS (sustainable urban drainage systems), this attractive lotus flower-inspired square will create a vibrant public space and destination that collects and reduces stormwater runoff. HUNI Architectes’ design beat a shortlist of 15 proposals in a competition organized by the city as part of a greater masterplan to transform Da Nang into Vietnam’s most modernized metropolis by 2030. The architects’ vision for Da Nang City Center Square draws inspiration from Vietnam’s national flower, the lotus , which symbolizes divine beauty. The plaza’s multiple shade structures take the form of giant lotus leaves, while a massive undulating canopy seems to reference the leaves’ gently crinkled shape. Circular granite paving patterns allude to ripples in a lake and are punctuated by circular grassy planters and lotus-pink play areas. Reducing stormwater runoff was a major goal of the design. Impervious surfaces like asphalt will be swapped out for pervious materials such as permeable paving and landscaping, while tree pits will be designed to collect, slow, and filter the flow of stormwater. Water features and interactive fountains will double as SUDS (sustainable urban drainage systems) and can be enjoyed year-round along with lighting and performance sets. Related: Vietnam Constructs World’s Largest Dragon-Shaped Bridge – And It Breathes Fire! The contemporary new plaza is also sensitive to its historic surroundings. HUNI Architectes worked to preserve existing buildings on site, including the Han Market, which will be refurbished to increase its appeal to locals and tourists alike. To make the space pedestrian friendly , parking will be tucked underground and there will be easy access to public transport. Bike sharing facilities will spring up in the “Mobility Hubs” at Han Market and cyclists will be able to enjoy a special lane shared with public transport. + HUNI Architectes Via ArchDaily

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Green-roofed aerial bridge will connect nature-infused apartment blocks in Ho Chi Minh City

September 28, 2015 by  
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NASA finds flowing water and potential for microscopic forms of life on Mars

September 28, 2015 by  
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NASA believe Mars has ‘rivers’ of periodically flowing water – real, liquid water – which is of course the key component to supporting living things. Calling the announcement “ Mars Mystery Solved ,” NASA says images taken from the Mars orbit show ‘streaks’ running down the walls of valleys and craters that are caused by liquid water flowing during the planet’s summertime. This is a substantial conclusion because, if you know anything about Mars, you know that it’s a cold, cold place. The average temperature there is -80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, in the peak of summer, some spots on the red planet can rise to a balmy 70 degrees Fahrenheit, which is more than adequate warmth to thaw some of the ice locked away on Mars and release liquid water across its terrain. Read the rest of NASA finds flowing water and potential for microscopic forms of life on Mars

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Elon Musk says Tesla could have a 600-mile range electric car by 2017

September 28, 2015 by  
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Currently the Tesla Model S surpasses any other electric vehicle on the market with its 265-mile driving range, but the automaker isn’t stopping there. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk recently announced that Tesla may be able to increase that range to 600 miles as soon as 2017 and by 2020, the driving range could climb even higher to around 725 miles on a single charge. Read the rest of Elon Musk says Tesla could have a 600-mile range electric car by 2017

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Barbara Wildenboer repurposes books into complex works of art

March 12, 2015 by  
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Eclectic Mill No. 5 is an innovative hipster haven housed within a converted textile mill in Lowell

March 12, 2015 by  
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Detroit Electric’s SP:01 will be the world’s fastest two-seater electric car when it hits the streets in 2016

January 7, 2015 by  
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Detroit Electric just unveiled the production version of the SP:01 electric sports car, which the automaker says will be the fastest pure-electric, two-seater electric car when it hits the streets in 2016. Powered by a 285 horsepower electric motor, the SP:01 will reach 60 mph in a very fast 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph and a driving range of about 180 miles. Detroit Electric originally debuted the SP:01 as a prototype two years ago and now it’s one step closer to production, which is expected to commence sometime this year. Read the rest of Detroit Electric’s SP:01 will be the world’s fastest two-seater electric car when it hits the streets in 2016 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ces , ces 2015 , detroit electric , Detroit Electric SP:01 , electric car , electric motor , electric sports car , electric vehicle , ev , green car , green transportation , lotus , SP:01

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President Obama to veto the Keystone XL bill

January 7, 2015 by  
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Senate Republicans have made it clear that their first order of business as the majority party in the 114th Congress will be to ram through a bill approving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline;  a move that would please the American Petroleum Institute and Canadian government, but would infuriate environmentalists as well as farmers and ranchers along the proposed route in Nebraska. President Obama’s veto pen is the only thing stopping the Republicans (and some Democrats) on Capitol Hill – and according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, he intends to use it. Read the rest of President Obama to veto the Keystone XL bill Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bernie sanders , Congress Republicans , Earnest , Josh Earnest , keystone , Keystone KXL , keystone pipeline , keystone xl , KXL , obama , Obama veto , Obama veto Keystone , oil sands , president obama , tar sands , Veto , veto Keystone , veto Keystone pipeline

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LAST CHANCE: Win a Lotus Travel Crib & Portable Play Yard Worth $200!

February 4, 2013 by  
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ENDING TONIGHT! Be sure to head over to Inhabitots to enter to win this amazing crib! Whether headed cross-country or just around the corner to a friend’s house, the Lotus Travel Crib and Portable Play Yard  is perfect for any growing family constantly on the go. We’ve teamed up with Guava Family to give one lucky reader a Lotus Crib (worth $200) for free ! This innovative crib is lightweight and can be broken down or set up in less than 15 seconds, and fits into an easy-to-carry backpack for quick getaways and roadtrips. When set up to be a play yard , the nifty side screen slot allows the baby to crawl in and out to play. Adding to its sleek and modern design, the Lotus Crib is also non-toxic and free of phthalates, lead, PBE and PBDE flame retardants. Enter to win it now ! ENTER NOW > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green gear for parents , green toddler , guava family , Inhabitots giveaway , lotus crib , lotus everywhere crib , nontoxic playpen , nontoxic portable crib , portable crib , portable playpen , safe cribs , safe playpens

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Studio Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome is a Marriage of Science Fiction and Nature

November 15, 2012 by  
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Like the opening scene from a science fiction movie, a figure walks into a dimly lit 17th-century church only to discover a giant, 7-foot-tall shining silver dome. As they reach to touch the futuristic globe, foils on the ball’s surface curl like flower petals away to reveal a brilliant light. Morphing in response to the warmth of human touch, Studio Roosegaarde’s intriguing Lotus Dome is an exploration into the dynamic spaces between humans and the technology and the structures they create. Read the rest of Studio Roosegaarde’s Lotus Dome is a Marriage of Science Fiction and Nature Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dutch , flower , foils , france , lille , lille 3000 fantastic , lotus dome , polyester , renaissance , sainte madeline church , Studio Roosegaarde

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