MADs mountain-like towers reach completion and LEED Gold in Beijing

December 5, 2017 by  
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Many of Asia’s high-rises may seem indistinguishable from those in the West, but MAD Architects’ recently completed Chaoyang Park Plaza puts a unique Chinese spin on skyscraper design. Located in Beijing’s central business district, the mixed-use development takes inspiration from the ‘shan shui’ style of traditional Chinese landscape painting that emphasizes balance and flowing lines. The mountain-like buildings, lush vegetation, and water features evoke an oasis of nature in a dense concrete jungle. The 220,000-square-meter Chaoyang Park Plaza comprises 10 buildings that eschew modern boxy forms for the curved forms commonly found in shan shui paintings. “It is an extension of the park into the city, naturalizing the CBD’s strong artificial skyline, borrowing scenery from a distant landscape ? a classical approach to Chinese garden architecture, where nature and architecture blend into one another,” wrote MAD architects. Ma Yansong, the founder of MAD architects, elaborates: “In modern cities, architecture as an artificial creation is seen more as a symbol of capital, power or technological development; while nature exists independently. It is different from traditional Eastern cities where architecture and nature are designed as a whole, creating an atmosphere that serves to fulfill one’s spiritual pursuits. We want to blur the boundary between nature and the artificial, and make it so that both are designed with the other in mind.” The pedestrian experience shares similarities with walking through a river valley with meandering pathways, flowing water features, traditional Eastern landscape elements like bamboos and pines, and organic boulder-like shapes. Offices will be housed in the two largest buildings that look like a pair of asymmetric mountains, as well as one of the lower-lying buildings on the south side of the site. Shorter buildings shaped like round river stones contain commercial space, while two Armani towers on the southwest side contain residences. Related: MAD Architects Break Ground on Mountainous Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing The project earned LEED Gold certification for its use of vertical fins on the exterior that have the double benefit of mitigating solar gain and emphasizing the smoothness and verticality of the towers. To combat Beijing’s sweltering summers, the architects installed a pool outside to serve as an air-cooling system and designed the building systems to draw in fresh air. + MAD Architects Images © Hufton+Crow

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MAD Architects-designed residences rise like mountains in a UNESCO Heritage site

November 14, 2017 by  
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MAD Architects just completed the Huangshan Mountain Village, their latest nature-inspired project that mimics the curves of China’s most beautiful mountains in a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located on a ridge, the developments comprise ten unique buildings that rise like individual peaks overlooking Taiping Lake. The use of nature as inspiration creates, in the architects’ words, a new type of village landscape “where architecture becomes nature, and nature dissolves into architecture.” The Huangshan Mountain Village was created as part of a larger tourism masterplan for Huangshan Taiping Lake, a landscape rich in greenery, granite peaks, and historical significance. To respect the local topography , the architects designed each building with undulating lines that respond to the mountainous terrain and nearby terraced tea fields. Each structure juts out from the forest canopy like craggy granite mountains sculpted by the natural forces of wind and water. Spacious balconies and large strips of glazing bring the outdoors in. Related: MAD Architects Unveil Mountain-Shaped Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center “The impression we have of Taiping Lake in Huangshan is vague: each visit to this place yields different views, different impressions,” said Founder Ma Yansong . “It is a bit mysterious, like ancient Shanshui landscape paintings that are never based on realism, but rather, the imagination. This inexplicable feeling is always poetic; it is obscure and indistinct. This is the basic idea: we hope that residents will not just look at the scenery, but see themselves in relation to this environment, attention that is brought inward. In observing oneself, one perhaps begins to notice a different self than the one present in the city.” + MAD Architects Via ArchDaily Images © Laurian Ghinitoiu

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Architects envision a bright new future for Milan’s abandoned railways

May 4, 2017 by  
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Five international studios recently unveiled exciting plans to revitalize seven disused rail yards in Milan, Italy. MAD Architects , EMBT , Stefano Boeri Architects , Cino Zucchi Architetti and Mecanoo reimagined the brownfield sites as beautiful green spaces with social housing and green transportation systems. MAD Architects focused on incorporating sustainable mobility in their design. The team envisioned an entire ecosystem of cycle lanes, footpaths, and pedestrian-friendly spaces that connect different spatial concepts dedicated to different functions. Related: MAD offers up two design proposals for Lucas Museum: one for SF, one for LA Miralles Tagliabue EMBT designed a project named Miracoli a Milano (Miracles in Milan) that includes an area devoted to creativity, one that focuses on education, one dedicated to leisure and entertainment, and a zone for emerging, innovative start-up companies . Stefano Boeri Architects proposed an urban reforestation project for the city. The proposal would transform 90% of the site area into public lawns, woods, green spaces, and orchards interconnected by a sustainable mobility network. Related: UNESCO announces winning design for the Bamiyan Cultural Center in Afghanistan Dutch firm Mecanoo designed seven mobility hubs where trains, subway lines, trams and busses would meet and link to other local and regional hubs. Cino Zucchi Architetti designed a proposal that references the traditional Brolo wooded garden. They replicated the flexibility of this space and envisioned different sites as distinctive environments dominated by greenery. + MAD Architects + Miralles Tagliabue EMBT + Stefano Boeri Architects + Cino Zucchi Architetti + Mecanoo Via Dezeen

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MAD Architects reveals designs for a glowing China Philharmonic Hall in Beijing

October 19, 2016 by  
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Located at the south side of the Workers Stadium East Gate in Beijing’s Central Business District, the China Philharmonic Hall will cover an 11,600-square-meter site with a total floor area of 26,578 square meters. The concert hall is envisioned as a “hidden gem” of Beijing and a place for peaceful respite in the city. “We wanted to create a pure and sacred oasis in the midst of the bustling city,” says Ma Yansong , founder & principal partner of MAD Architects. “From the moment you enter the building, you will be taken to another time and space.” Related: MAD completes undulating Harbin Opera House in China The concert hall will be surrounded by a lotus pond and lush greenery. The building’s translucent facade will bear likeness to draped fabric that gently lifts upwards at the entrances. Natural light pours into the building through the translucent white curtain wall , which also makes the building look as if it is glowing at night . The curvaceous interior will comprise a 1,600-seat main concert hall, 400-seat rehearsal hall, a professional recording studio, library, collection gallery, offices, and rehearsal rooms. The China Philharmonic Hall will begin construction later this year with an expected completion date in 2019. + MAD Architects Via ArchDaily Images via MAD Architects

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SolarCity announces plan to give "green" Airbnb hosts $1000

October 19, 2016 by  
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Airbnb hosts will be eligible for a rad new incentive when they install SolarCity panels on their homes, thanks to a new partnership between the two companies. Hosts can receive $1000 when they go solar and existing SolarCity customers will receive a $100 travel credit if they become Airbnb hosts. The collaboration hopes to boost the home-sharing company’s image as environmentally-friendly, especially among millennial customers. On Tuesday, the partnership was proudly announced as a continuation of Airbnb ’s mission to reduce traveler consumption, when compared to hotels. A collaborate survey between the company and Cleantech Group revealed that, in just the last year, Airbnb’s guests reduced water consumption by 4.2 billion gallons, produced 37,000 metric tons less of waste, and saved enough greenhouse gases to equal keeping 560,000 cars off of the road. Related: SolarCity’s new Buffalo plant will create 5,000 jobs in New York “We know specifically that our guests are looking for this when traveling,” said Airbnb’s head of global policy Chris Lehane to Fortune . They especially know that being clean and green is important to millennial visitors, who make up a significant portion of their customer base. Airbnb hosts had better jump on the deal quickly, as the incentive will drop to $750 after March of 2017. + Airbnb , SolarCity Via Fortune Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

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10 adorable DIY Halloween costumes for pets

October 19, 2016 by  
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Little Shop of Horrors Every year the Halloween wonder dogs Gryphon and Phoenix pose as elaborate renditions of their owner’s favorite characters and films. Their spot on ode to Little Shop of Horrors is a hilarious depiction of Seymour and his man eating plant Audrey II. This fantastic illusion is picture perfect ready. RELATED: Announcing Inhabitots’ 2016 Halloween Costume Contest! ENTER NOW! Bat Pup Dog Is there anything cuter than a puppy wearing tiny costume wings? Maybe if that pup was dressed up in a Batman-inspired ensemble with eco-friendly sparkle felt batwings! Simon Seguss dressed up his little dog Leo in a Bat Pup costume complete with a recycled Batman t-shirt. Star Wars AT-AT If you’re feeling particularly ambitious this year, try your Je-DIY hand at this stunning Star Wars AT-AT dog costume. Artist and Star Wars enthusiast Katie Mello created this hilarious and impressively detailed costume for her dog. Zombie Dog This zombie dog costume is easily created with a bit of creative grooming. Use Pet Paint for blood accents, BarkArt Blow Pens for brains, Dog Crayons around the eyes, fried rice as maggots, and candy blood as blood. Some hand-cut stencils create the illusion of leg and paw bones, and latex and some shedding hair make for pretty realistic zombie flesh. Now that’s a good dog gone bad. Chia Pet Turn your pup into a real live Chia Pet with his adorable green getup. All you’ll need to do is glue plants (freshly picked clovers or plastic aquarium plants) onto a dog sweater and then finish the costume by creating ‘plant pot’ legs from orange felt and muslin. Zero the Dog from the Nightmare Before Christmas When Anyel Torres and her family decided to dress up as characters from the Nightmare Before Christmas, they couldn’t resist getting the family dog involved. She transformed their pet poodle into Zero the Dog with an easy DIY costume made from socks, a pillowcase, and a toy pumpkin nose. The Min Pin Rooster Instead of transforming your pooch into a pop culture icon, why not try the path less traveled by dressing her up as a different species? That’s what Corey Drew of Pet Lounge Studios did with his miniature pinscher in this hilarious rooster getup made by sewing layers of feathers onto pantyhose. Echo the Patriotic Skydiver This cute Boston Terrier is repping the U.S.A. in style with her red-white-and-blue costume. Kristin Kittle dressed her dog, Echo, as a Patriotic Skydiver complete with white doggie goggles. The jumpsuit is made from two shades of taffeta with white binding trim, while the parachute pack is made from a deconstructed adult backpack. Doggie Bag Get on the pun train with this doggie bag costume. Bindie, the ever-hungry dog, was transformed into a doggie bag made from recycled foam padding covered in fabric. The costume is attached using a velcro enclosure. 75-Pound Roast Turkey Can’t wait for Thanksgiving? You can channel your anticipation into costume making by turning your dog into a 75-pound roast turkey. + Enter the 2016 Green Halloween Costume Contest

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MAD Architects unveil futuristic Cloud Corridor skyscrapers for Los Angeles

August 31, 2015 by  
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MAD Architects transform a home into a flexible kindergarten by wrapping the structure in a luminous skin

May 25, 2015 by  
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MAD Architects and Studio Gang Unveil Plans for FuturisMAD Architects and Studio Gang Unveil Plans for Futuristic George Lucas Museum in Chicagotic George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago

November 4, 2014 by  
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Beijing-based MAD Architects and Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects just unveiled their futuristic designs for “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago. The undulating, organic design is consistent with the style of MAD Architects, a firm that has produced numerous mountain-like buildings in the past. Studio Gang Architects is in charge of the site’s landscape architecture, as well as the bridge design that will connect the museum to Northerly Island. Read the rest of MAD Architects and Studio Gang Unveil Plans for FuturisMAD Architects and Studio Gang Unveil Plans for Futuristic George Lucas Museum in Chicagotic George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chicago , george lucas , Lake Michigan , Lucas Museum of Narrative Art , ma yansong , MAD architects , Museum , museum design , Northerly Island , studio gang architects

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Poll Shows Voters Do Want Climate Change Action Despite Silence on the Issue

November 4, 2014 by  
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A recent survey conducted by YouGov and the Huffington Post has revealed that voters in this week’s midterms consider climate change an issue, even though it is being downplayed in the pre-election rhetoric. Interestingly, given the Republican Party’s evasiveness  when it comes to discussing the issue, 44 percent of respondents believe that human activity is driving climate change, 33 percent believe the climate is changing but not as a result of human activity, while only 12 percent believe that the climate is not changing at all. A greater number of those polled said they would be voting for a Republican candidate rather than a Democrat candidate in the midterms. Read the rest of Poll Shows Voters Do Want Climate Change Action Despite Silence on the Issue Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , congress , Democratic Party , global warming , legislation , midterms , poll , public opinion , Republican Party , survey , voters , voters support action on climate change

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