Geothermal-powered dorm minimizes its carbon footprint in Quebec

May 25, 2020 by  
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Near Sherbrooke, Quebec, Montreal-based ARCHITEM Wolff Shapiro Kuskowski has recently completed the Mitchell Family House, a new and energy-efficient student housing complex for the Bishop’s College School. Built to house 270 students from 37 countries, the brick-clad dorm complements the century-old private boarding school’s existing architecture while raising the bar for sustainable design with its emphasis on energy efficiency. In addition to an airtight envelope, the residence taps into the campus’ central geothermal system and integrates sustainable stormwater management systems.  Completed in fall 2019, the Mitchell Family House is the campus’ eighth student residence and the first to combine housing and academic functions under one roof. The V-shaped building is organized into two wings that converge at a common central core. Nearly 300 students — between the ages of 12 and 17 — are housed within 18 two-person rooms on the upper floors. The two-story apartments that bookend the wings accommodate the “house parents” and their families. All rooms connect to central living spaces with a lounge and dining/kitchen area as well as study nooks on the mezzanine level.  Related: LEED Platinum UCSB student housing harnesses California’s coastal climate Shared common areas are also abundant on the lower level, which is dedicated to academic activities. The entire floor opens up to an outdoor agora that embraces views of the surrounding forest and nearby river. Nature is brought indoors through tall, triple-glazed windows and the use of timber for interior surfaces. The exterior brick-and-concrete facade — sculptural precast concrete was used as a visual nod to the stone used on the campus heritage buildings — pay homage to the campus’ architectural vocabulary.  Because a major design goal was to minimize the building’s carbon footprint , the architects installed highly efficient mechanical systems, such as a heat recovery system, and prefabricated wall panels insulated from the outside to reduce energy loss. The residence is connected to the campus’ central geothermal system that has since been expanded with four new wells. In addition to implementing a stormwater management plan, landscape architects oversaw a “renaturalization” process to return native plantings to the site as soon as the building was completed. + ARCHITEM Wolff Shapiro Kuskowski Photography by Adrien Williams and Maxime Brouillet via ARCHITEM Wolff Shapiro Kuskowski

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Earth911 Inspiration: Ed Mitchell — Look at That

October 4, 2019 by  
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“From out there on the moon, international politics look so … The post Earth911 Inspiration: Ed Mitchell — Look at That appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Milwaukee youth revamp “Drift” bench with a vibrant paint job

August 18, 2015 by  
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Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.) organized a youth art project to revamp Milwaukee’s “Drift” bench with a new vibrant paint job. Inspired by the Midwest’s rolling topography, the curvaceous bench was created in 2011 in a KI Collaborative Architecture Studio at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) . Years of use, however, had worn out the bench. A.W.E. artists teamed up with students from the nearby Carmen High School to create a new warm color scheme and concept for the bench that featured white abstracted body forms running throughout. In addition to beautifying the landscape and the bench’s new home in Mitchell Park, the project helped participating students gain confidence through art. Images by Cassie Rogala + Artists Working in Education 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!

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Illegal Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Nearly 100 Well-Known Shampoo Brands

September 9, 2013 by  
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Shampoo photo from Shutterstock You may have thought that the worst thing your shampoo could do to you is to sting your eyes, but it turns out that your shampoo could be deadly. The Center for Environmental Health based in Oakland, California, performed a study on shampoos and soaps and found that 98 included a possible carcinogen known as cocamide diethanolamine (cocamide DEA). Read the rest of Illegal Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Nearly 100 Well-Known Shampoo Brands Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cancer causing chemicals , cancer causing chemicals in shampoo , carcinogens , carcinogens in beauty supplies , carcinogens in Paul Mitchell , carcinogens in Prell , carcinogens in shampoos , Cocamide DEA , Cocamide DEA in Paul Mitchell , Cocamide DEA in Prell , cocamide diethanolamine , cocamide diethanolamine in Paul Mitchell , cocamide diethanolamine in Prell , cocamide diethanolamine in shampoo , organic shampoo carcinogens , The Center for Environmental Health        

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July 30: Try Out 1,000 Green Products for Free

July 30, 2013 by  
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On July 30, 1,000 sustainable and eco-friendly products will be given away free via JohnPaulSelects.com. The website, founded by Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Spirits Co-Founder John Paul DeJoria, helps visitors identify and purchase sustainable…

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The Best Place for Solar Power is… New Jersey?

July 30, 2013 by  
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A new study suggests that adding solar power capacity to the Garden State would result in the greatest reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and dangerous pollutants.

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VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

October 13, 2012 by  
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We love treehouses here at Inhabitat , and are enamored with eco-architect Mitchell Joachim’s visionary ideas about how to grow living treehouses from ficus molded around frame structures. We’ve covered these brilliantly playful architectural ideas before on Inhabitat , but now we have a video from Mitchell Joachim explaining the details of how they work. Joachim does much better justice to his future-forward ecological designs than we are able to do in a mere post, so if you have any interest in living treehouses (and we know you do) , check out this fascinating video above. Read the rest of VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fab tree hab , Future-forward green design , green architecture , growing treehouse , living architecture , living tree house , Michael Sorkin , mitchell joachim , Omni Bub , postopolis , sheep car , shoe car , sustainable design , TeREForm , Terreform

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VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

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We love treehouses here at Inhabitat , and are enamored with eco-architect Mitchell Joachim’s visionary ideas about how to grow living treehouses from ficus molded around frame structures. We’ve covered these brilliantly playful architectural ideas before on Inhabitat , but now we have a video from Mitchell Joachim explaining the details of how they work. Joachim does much better justice to his future-forward ecological designs than we are able to do in a mere post, so if you have any interest in living treehouses (and we know you do) , check out this fascinating video above. Read the rest of VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fab tree hab , Future-forward green design , green architecture , growing treehouse , living architecture , living tree house , Michael Sorkin , mitchell joachim , Omni Bub , postopolis , sheep car , shoe car , sustainable design , TeREForm , Terreform

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Paul Mitchell Holiday Gift Sets Give Back

December 5, 2009 by  
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Do you have someone on your holiday shopping list that really loves salon products? Then check out the holiday gift sets from Paul Mitchell .

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Carbon Ration Books Distributed by The Ministry Of Trying To Do Something About It

November 4, 2009 by  
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Images by Tim Mitchell The Ministry of Trying to Do Something About It sounds like a fantastical invention that’s just flown straight out of a Harry Potter novel, but in fact it’s a collaboration between the excellent New Economics Foundation and inspiring artist

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