Recycling Mystery: Memory Foam

January 30, 2019 by  
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Triple-skin facade brings daylight, fresh air and beauty to a tropical home

January 8, 2019 by  
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Hanoi-based design studio Nghia Architect has completed Maison A, a beautiful home that brings to life the cherished childhood memories of the client. Located in Nam ??nh, a coastal village southeast of Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi, the house was created for the client’s aging mother and is large enough to accommodate her children and grandchildren who visit during the holidays. Inspired by the traditional countryside vernacular, Maison A is built for comfortable modern living and features a triple-skin facade that brings daylight, fresh air and a beautiful floral appearance to the home. Spread over an area of 78 square meters, Maison A catches the eye with its sculptural red exterior constructed of floral ventilation bricks handmade in the Bat Trang Village. The perforated sections let in daylight and ventilation into the house, while the bricks are customized with hollow interiors that trap air to serve as a heat-insulating layer. The second layer of the triple-skin facade is a layer of plants that provides additional privacy and a pleasant microclimate . The third “skin” is operable glass, which the mother can close during large storms. Related: Solar screen brings beauty and heat relief to a Vietnam home To recall the many banana trees that grew around the client’s childhood home, the architects worked with local craftsmen who used a hand-pressed intaglio method to imprint banana leaves onto parts of the concrete facade. Inside, local stone craftsmen were employed to turn locally sourced laterite stone (called “hive stone”) into the family bedroom wall. “Maison A mixes the countryside traditions with modern comfort in-depth material research to create an ancestral place for the mother and her returning children,” the architects explain. “The brutalist composition of local materials reflects the richness of the surrounding cultures while the design elevates them to higher grounds. From here, the memory of the family is recorded in each brick and passed down through generations.” + Nghia Architect Images by Tuan Nghia Nguyen

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Worlds first flexible bridge in Seattle keeps its shape after a big earthquake

November 16, 2016 by  
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Although Seattle is not a city plagued by earthquakes, its position on the waterfront of the Pacific Northwest makes it vulnerable to a big quake, especially given its population. City planners taking this into consideration are building a new ‘flexible’ bridge along the city’s shoreline that could help keep key roadways open for traffic in the event of a major quake. When it opens next spring, the bridge could be the first earthquake-proof roadway of its kind in the entire world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1klORMqXNL0 The fate of the Alaskan Way Viaduct has been a topic of many a heated debate in Seattle for years. Currently, a project is underway to replace part of the aging elevated road with a tunnel. The above-ground portion of the road, though, will be comprised of an exit ramp that utilizes new technology to protect it from collapsing during even a very strong earthquake . Memory-retaining metal rods (called “Shape Memory Alloy” rebar) and a bendable concrete composite will help the bridge sustain quakes and then return to its original shape, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Related: Earthquake-proof wood house survives magnitude 7.5 quake The department says this bridge will be the first in the world to employ the new building technology . While it’s impossible to guarantee that any man-made structure can be earthquake-proof, especially since the magnitude of Seattle’s next big earthquake is unpredictable, builders are aiming for the next best thing: a flexible bridge that can absorb earthquake forces, rather than be destroyed by them. Seattle’s new flexible exit ramp bridge will be the first real-world application of materials that the Earthquake Engineering Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno has been researching for 15 years. In testing, bridge columns using the new building technology have withstood magnitude 7.5 earthquakes and then returned to their original shape. The exit under construction will guide drivers from northbound State Route 99 onto South Dearborn Street, which leads into the heart of the downtown district. The ramp sits immediately west of the city’s sports stadiums, a spot seismologists have predicted would be particularly vulnerable in the event of a large earthquake. Construction on the flexible bridge began in September 2016 and the new exit ramp is expected to be open next spring. Via Geekwire Images via WSDOT/Flickr

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Abandoned Shanghai factory is transformed into an industrial-chic artist atelier

July 1, 2016 by  
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Located within the Wuwei Creative Industry Park, the adaptive reuse Ceramic House is but one of many buildings that have been converted on the former factory grounds. Archi-Union Architects gutted the interior, added large glazed openings to bring in natural light, and expanded the building’s footprint with a new upper floor. The original concrete and brick, however, are preserved and visible both inside and out. The renovated building houses an exhibition space, a reception area, office, and a patio. Related: Twisted roof elegantly connects the facades of Archi-Union’s Songjiang Art Campus “In the face of the ground situation there were a few old buildings and a big tree,” said Archi-Union, according to Dezeen . “We hope they can become a representation of the memory, jointly retained as part of a new building, rather than simply being roughly removed and replaced by a new object.” The added extension is wrapped with a slatted red cedar screen that gives the second story the illusion of lightness and allows natural light to pass through. Though the interior has been thoroughly revamped with a contemporary feel, the interior materials palette of grey brick and pre-weathered steel complement the industrial character of the original factory. + Archi-Union Architects Via Dezeen Images via Archi-Union Architects

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Revolutionary “Superman” Memory Crystals Can Store Data Virtually Forever

April 18, 2014 by  
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Quartz Crystal photo from Shutterstock While most of us are just getting used to the idea of 3D printing , scientists are already working on technological marvels that operate two dimensions deeper. Researchers at the University of Southampton have succeeded in recording and retrieving five dimensional digital data using a quartz crystal. The  ‘Superman’ memory crystal is a futuristic storage technique with unprecedented features – including a 360 terabyte per disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1000°C and a practically unlimited lifetime. Read the rest of Revolutionary “Superman” Memory Crystals Can Store Data Virtually Forever Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 5D , civilization , crystals , data , data storage , fifth dimension , glass , lasers , memory , nanotechnology , quartz , Superman

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Argentine Man Plants Giant Guitar-shaped Forest to Commemorate His Lost Wife

September 7, 2012 by  
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In the remote Argentine Pampas you can find an incredible forest formed in the shape of a guitar. More than 35 years ago, Pedro Ureta unexpectedly lost his wife to a brain aneurysm. Devastated by the loss of his love, he decided to create a shrine to her memory in their field that could only be seen above-head from an airplane. Ureta chose a guitar because it was his late wife’s most loved instrument. Read the rest of Argentine Man Plants Giant Guitar-shaped Forest to Commemorate His Lost Wife Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Argentine Forest Guitar , Forest Guitar , guitar forest , love forest , man made forest , manmade forest , planted forest , unnatural forest

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Recycled Film Canisters Transformed Into USB Memory Sticks

April 12, 2012 by  
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In an wave of ironic inspiration, Newfocus has married analogue and digital photography to create these awesome recycled 35mm film canister flashdrives. Now containing a 4-gigabyte or 8 gigabyte USB memory stick , these handcrafted gadgets are a quirky alternative to the average flashdrive. They may be a bit large and unsuitable for some computers, but we still love the inventive way of re-using old canisters. Take a look at their shop on Etsy for more information about packaging, prices, and shipping. + Newfocus on Etsy Via Recyclart Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: digital flashdrives , etsy , handmade flashdrives , newfocus , recycled film canisters , reused film cannisters , USB memory stick

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Urban Land Project Transforms Commercial to Green Space

October 14, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design & Nature & Ecosystems . ] In places where glimpses of greenery are typically limited to flowerpots and tufts of weeds sprouting up in sidewalk cracks, scenes of nature bloom in vivid color: mossy stones, subterranean pools, woodland paths and lush forest floors. Photographer Tim Simmons reminds city residents of all that lay beyond the concrete jungle in his billboard series, The Urban Land Project . Blown up to a grand scale, Simmons’ images of pristine nature scenes are juxtaposed against the gritty surfaces of urban L.A. and Philadelphia. But these scenes are not just a tease at beautiful, relaxing natural places unavailable to the people who may spend nearly all of their time in the city. They depict close-ups of the nature that can be found right there within the urban environment – by those who will just look. “From the outset I have tried to produce work that captures the feeling of a place, and expresses the memory of that feeling. That is what I am trying to communicate to others.” “This project is meant to stimulate awareness. These images against these backdrops accentuate the tension between the human and natural worlds.” Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: The Urban Jungle: Tiny Ecosystems Take Over Madrid In the grey center of Madrid, tiny bits of cheery green appeared recently under the protective arms of miniature greenhouses. Click Here to Read More »» Urban Ruins: Abandoned Building Houses Architecture Academy An abandoned apartment building in Taipei houses a most unusual architectural academy: a workshop that celebrates and welcomes urban decay and ruin. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» Nature + Technology Combine to Relax Stressed Urbanites Feeling stressed and disconnected from the natural world? This website lets you combine your favorite nature sounds for a unique relaxation experience. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Art & Design & Nature & Ecosystems . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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Ask Pablo: How Bad Is Memory Foam?

March 22, 2010 by  
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Image Source: B Rosen Dear Pablo: How bad is memory foam for the planet and human health? “Memory foam,” also known by its technical name “visco-elastic polyurethane foam” is an expanded polyurethane with additional chemicals to enhance its elasticity and viscosity. As with many other plastics, polyurethane is made from chemicals that you wouldn’t want to have for breakfast but it does become chemically inert when fully reacted

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Guerrilla Gardener Seen Planting Up Close and Personal

March 22, 2010 by  
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Images by B. Alter Having been a Guerrilla Gardener groupie for quite a while now, what a thrill to see him, in action, in broad day light! Does that still make him a guerrilla

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