Nature-inspired Chrysalis pavilion pops up in a Maryland forest

May 18, 2017 by  
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New York-based architecture studio MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY completed an experimental amphitheater that “provides an experience around the clock.” Located in Merriweather Park of Columbia, Maryland the organic, nature-inspired venue, called The Chrysalis, comprises cascading green arches that give it a sculptural appearance. In addition to their eye-catching beauty and structural support, The Chrysalis’ arches also vary in size and function. The largest arch frames Stage A, the main area for events located next to the smaller Stage B. Other arches frame a truck loading dock, a grand staircase entrance, and balconies with views to the city. The digitally designed amphitheater was created with a self-supporting shell with an exoskeleton of steel tubing. Despite the 12,000-square-foot venue’s lightweight appearance, the sturdy structure can sustain 2,000 pounds of equipment on each of its 70 point loads. Nearly 8,000 aluminum shingles fabricated by Zahner clad The Chrysalis. Related: MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY’s ultralight informal amphitheater in France looks like an opening chrysalis “Each shingle is painted one of four shades of green that is taken from nature and pushed to the point of artificiality,” write the architects. “Together they amount to a subtle green gradient that renders The Chrysalis an iconic signal at the same time that it is camouflaged into its natural surroundings.” + MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY Images via MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY and Zahner

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Maryland is about to become the third US state to ban fracking

March 28, 2017 by  
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Maryland’s House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed a bill to ban hydraulic fracturing , or fracking , earlier this month, and now the state’s Senate has also approved the measure. This was the final obstacle for the bill; Governor Larry Hogan has said he will sign it. Once he does, Maryland will become the third US state to ban fracking , and the first state with gas reserves to ban it through legislation. Maryland joins Vermont and New York to ban fracking, or the practice of injecting water, chemicals, and sand into the earth to break up rock, releasing natural gas . Vermont achieved a ban with legislation, New York with an executive order. Maryland’s legislation is historic because the state is the first with gas reserves to ban fracking through legislation. The Senate approved the measure with 35 to 10 votes. Related: Maryland House passes bill to ban fracking According to The Baltimore Sun, many people were surprised when the governor announced his support for the ban this month after the House passed the bill. Hogan said in a news conference, “I urge members of the legislature on both sides of the aisle and in both houses to come together and finally put this issue to rest.” Fracking had the most potential in Maryland’s Garrett and Alleghany counties, according to The Washington Post. Advocates of the practice said fracking offers an energy source cleaner than coal – natural gas doesn’t send as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when burned – but opponents say fracking potentially contaminates water sources and emits greenhouse gas emissions. Maryland’s Sierra Club director Josh Tulkin said the state’s ban is a big step towards a clean energy economy. Senator George Edwards, a Republican of Garrett County, was among the ten who voted against the measure. He suggested an amendment to continue a fracking moratorium to 2027 instead, but lawmakers rejected the amendment. Garrett County resident Ann Bristow told The Washington Post, “This vote confirms the power of participant democracy. Never believe when someone tells you that an organized movement can’t produce change against overwhelming odds. We are proving otherwise.” Via The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun Images via Don’t Frack Maryland Facebook and chesapeakeclimate on Flickr

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Twisting ribbons of plants transform a badly burned Maryland building into an interactive public artwork

October 20, 2016 by  
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https://vimeo.com/181187568 Located in Frederick’s downtown historic district, Sky Stage is a temporary artwork that uses vegetation and a digitally designed structure to breathe life into the damaged building . The organizers removed the plywood boards that formerly blocked public access to the historic stone building, which has no roof. Artist Heather Clark and MIT’s Digital Structures research group used computer algorithms to engineer a complex two-story-tall wooden lattice that forms the structural base for twisting ribbons covered in drought-resistant plantings. State-of-the-art green roof technology was used to create the spiraling vegetated bands that weave through the building’s open doors and windows. Related: Floating bridge transforms a crumbling historic Boston bridge into a moving event space A timber seating area was constructed next to the two-story structure to form an open-air theatre that accommodates 140 people. Trees integrated into the wooden benches soften the stone background and provide relief from the sun. Rainwater collected from an adjacent roof is stored in a cistern and reused to irrigate the plants and trees. The Frederick Arts Council and AmeriCorps will oversee the day-to-day operations of the theater as well as future creative endeavors for the public including plays, music acts, children’s story time, art classes, dance, history, literature, and film. The Sky Stage will be open through July 2017. + Sky Stage Images via Heather Clark

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Revolutionary transparent solar cells could produce 50 times more energy than conventional solar

August 20, 2015 by  
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We’ve seen several transparent solar cell concepts on Inhabitat, but perhaps none with such ambitious claims as those made by SolarWindow Technologies . In a webinar today, the Maryland-based startup announced that their revolutionary transparent solar technology, which can generate 50 times more energy than conventional solar panels , would soon hit the market. Unlike traditional and opaque PV technology, SolarWindow can be readily applied as a coating to any glass window or plastic surface and instantly generate electricity, even in artificial light and shade. The company claims that the SolarWindow technology can produce more energy at a lower cost and offer an incredibly fast ROI of within one year as compared to conventional solar systems that require at least 5 to 11 years for payback. Read the rest of Revolutionary transparent solar cells could produce 50 times more energy than conventional solar

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Tesla wins in Maryland! Governor allows Tesla to sell directly to customers

May 18, 2015 by  
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Ever since Tesla started selling cars in the United States it has battled laws that forbid its direct-to-consumer sales model . In many states across the U.S. it’s illegal for automakers to sell their cars to customers – instead, automakers are expected to sell their cars through third-party dealers. Tesla has fought these laws in Ohio, New Jersey, Texas and Michigan – and the automaker just announced a big win in Maryland as the state’s governor signed a bill allowing Tesla to skip third-party dealerships and sell directly to customers. Read the rest of Tesla wins in Maryland! Governor allows Tesla to sell directly to customers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , Governor Larry Hogan , green car , green transportation , Maryland , Maryland Tesla Sales , tesla , Tesla Model 3 , Tesla Model X , tesla model-s , tesla sales

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In Maryland, Tesla’s competition could help them get back in business

April 17, 2015 by  
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Tesla’s been fighting for the right to do business in a number of states recently, but the electric car maker has gained some footing in Maryland, thanks to an unusual ally. The Maryland Automobile Dealers Association, which is essentially a collection of Tesla’s competitors in the state, has supported a measure to allow Tesla to continue their direct sales model without relying on a third-party dealership. Like many states, Maryland has laws that bar car makers from selling directly to the public, and those laws help dealerships take a slice out of the auto-buying business. In states where Tesla has won the ability to continue their sales , new legislation has been enacted to create an exception for electric car makers like Tesla, typically with a few caveats. In Maryland, a similar bill has already passed the state’s house and senate, and Governor Larry Hogan could sign it into law as soon as April 28. Having the backing of the largest dealership association in the state won’t hurt Tesla’s odds of getting their cars on the road in Maryland. Via Autoblog Image via Tesla Motors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , electric cars , electric vehicles , elon musk , tesla , tesla banned in maryland , tesla close to selling in maryland , tesla sales in maryland

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Hurricane-resistant cabins overlook coastal marshlands in the Chesapeake Bay

December 30, 2014 by  
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Susquehanna County Got Fracked—Now They’re Speaking Out

July 18, 2014 by  
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Susquehanna county residents have been bullied by the gas industry since fracking started back in 2006. Industry workers have no regard for the people they’re fracking over, which inevitably leads to hostile encounters between the two sides. WPX Energyecosystems in search of personal profit. Because of this destruction, Susquehanna residents are fighting back. Read the rest of Susquehanna County Got Fracked—Now They’re Speaking Out Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Atlantic Sunrise , Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project , Cabot , cabot oil and gas , Climate Change , climate chaos , climate justice , destruction , dirty energy , drilling violations , earth , energy industry , Energy Justice Network , Energy Justice Summer , engineering , Environment , environmental engineering , environmental justice , extraction , FERC , Fossil Free , fossil fuels , fracking , fracking well violations , gag orders , green jobs , industry , inhabitat , Maryland , methane , natural gas , pennsylvania , pipelines , renewable energy , renewables , Susquehanna , susquehanna county , toxic , Williams , Williams companies

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Eight US States Form Alliance to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025

June 4, 2014 by  
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Eight U.S. states just formed an alliance to drastically cut emissions by boosting the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road to 3.3 million by 2025. The multi-state ZEV Action Plan was launched by California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont. Together the eight states account for about 28 percent of the total vehicle sales in the United States. Read the rest of Eight US States Form Alliance to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , connecticut , electric car , fuel cell vehicle , green car , green transportation , Maryland , Massachusetts , New York. , Oregon , rhode island , vermont , zero emission vehicle , ZEV Action Plan

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No One Will Be Safe from Devastating Hurricanes According to New RMS Research

January 14, 2014 by  
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Hurricane season is a costly affair anywhere, but Risk Management Solutions predicts that in the future these devastating tropical depressions will make landfall in new and unexpected places . RMS recently ran the numbers for the expected monetary damage storms will produce in the next 100 years across 12 coastal cities in the United States. Curiously, instead of the usual suspects topping the charts like Florida and the Gulf Coast, new locations like Texas and Maryland are expected to be hardest hit. Read the rest of No One Will Be Safe from Devastating Hurricanes According to New RMS Research Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: extreme weather , future hurricane damage , Hurricane , Hurricane Katrina , Hurricane Sandy , Maryland , New Orleans , New York. , Risk Management Services , RMS , storm surge , texas , weather , where future hurricanes will hit        

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