Rusty old ship transformed into a spectacular building filled with plants

July 26, 2016 by  
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Speaking about the pavilion, Shinslab Architecture says: ” Temp’L is designed from recycled steel parts from an old ship. It shows not only a beauty of structure, but it has also a recycling purpose…It provokes thought about beauty in our time, coming from a recent past.” Related: This pop-up rainwater pavilion in Edinburgh is designed to raise awareness about water To create the pavilion, Shinslab Architecture sawed off a section of hull from a rusty ship and placed it upside down. They left the exterior corroded, and painted the interior white. They also added a balcony, a spiral staircase, and trees underneath the hull to create a restful space. Temp’L is located at the entrance of the courtyard at MMCA Seoul. Shinslab Architecture hopes visitors will reflect on recycling and how architects can consider the environment at Temp’L. They said they aim “not only to develop a new method of construction in architecture by recycling materials, but for those who will see to create emotion.” In their description Shinslab Architecture wrote, “Any great cultural vestiges can lose their function. In the same way, a material can also lose its original value over time. The fact that the destiny of cultural relics is to be dismantled, should make us reflect upon what we need to consider for future generations.” The Young Architects Program in Seoul is put on by the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 , along with MMCA. Shinslab Architecture is based in Seoul and in Versailles, France. Claire Shin, Charles Girard, Souho Lee, Camille Chalverat, Javier García González, and Taewoo Ha were all part of the Temp’L project. + Shinslab Architecture + Young Architects Program International Via Dezeen Images courtesy of shinslab architecture and photographer Kim Yong-Gwan

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Solar Impulse successfully completes solar-powered flight around the world

July 26, 2016 by  
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Today, Solar Impulse 2 completed its epic round-the-world journey, powered only by the sun’s energy. Swiss pilot and initiator Bertrand Piccard landed the experimental solar-powered aircraft in Abu Dhabi after 48 hours in flight from Cairo, Egypt—the 17th and final leg of an adventure that began more than a year ago. Taking turns piloting each leg of the journey, Piccard and SI co-founder André Borschberg have bagged numerous world records and a cumulative 558 hours of flight time to achieve their shared goal, all without burning a single drop of fossil fuel. Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on March 9, 2015, embarking on the first-ever solar-powered flight around the world. The pilots took turns, each flying a leg of the journey in the one-man lightweight airplane while the other rested after each arduous flight. Although the journey wasn’t without hiccups, including a months-long layover in Hawaii following a battery failure, the two pilots successfully and safely demonstrated the awesome power of solar energy, while spreading awareness and education along their flight path and, indeed, around the rest of the world. Related: Facebook’s solar-powered drone takes its first flight Ten days after Borschberg landed the 100-percent solar-powered plant in Cairo, Piccard climbed into the cockpit to prepare for the circumnavigation’s final leg. Solar Impulse 2 took off at 1:28am local time July 24, heading for Abu Dhabi . Before takeoff, Piccard shared thoughts about departing the city that marked the beginning and end of his 1999 round-the-world balloon flight. “It’s very emotional to take off from Egypt with SI2…” he said. “It’s precisely here that started my dream of making another circumnavigation, but this time without fuel, only on solar power. I’m excited to come so close to the goal, but unfortunately there are still so many people we have to motivate before having a world running on the same clean technologies.” Solar Impulse 2 landed safely in Abu Dhabi at 4:05 am local time on July 26, with an elapsed flight time of 48 hours and 37 minutes. The plane’s trip around the world took 23 days, covered 43,041 kilometers and set 19 world records (11 of which are pending ratification). Upon landing and exiting the cockpit, Piccard said: “This is not only a first in the history of aviation; it’s before all a first in the history of energy. I’m sure that within 10 years we’ll see electric airplanes transporting 50 passengers on short to medium haul flights. But it’s not enough. The same clean technologies used on Solar Impulse could be implemented on the ground in our daily life to divide by two the CO2 emissions in a profitable way. Solar Impulse is only the beginning, now take it further! ” + Solar Impulse Images via Solar Impulse

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Handmade MPavilion will be the largest bamboo structure ever built in Australia

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The 282-square-meter MPavilion 2016 designs have a rustic charm owing to its use of plant and earth-based materials. The roof and awning will be made of karvi panels, created from a mix of cow dung and earth, and will be supported by a 2.4-meter-high colonnade of bamboo columns. White lime daub will be applied to waterproof the structure. A 12-meter-tall tazia, an ornamental tower used in Indian ceremonies, will complement the structure and can be seen through the oculus in the suspended ceiling. Related: Amada Levete’s MPavilion is an LED-lit forest canopy that sways in the breeze “I wanted to create a space that connects the entire culture of the land. The tower or ‘tazia’ is an imaginary building that reaches deep into the stars, so it is otherworldly, and through it you can see the stars, the sky, other dimensions,” said Jain. “I want the MPavilion to be the scaffolding that provides a creative space that suspends visitors between earth, ground and sky.” Arup engineers and India-based Kane Construction will help Studio Mumbai oversee engineering and construction. MPavilion will serve as a cultural hub for a series of free talks in the Queen Victoria Gardens from October through February, after which it will be moved to its permanent home within Melbourne’s CBD. The building will take approximately 8 weeks to complete. + Studio Mumbai Images via Studio Mumbai and Nicholas Watt

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World’s First Tower Made from Mushrooms Takes Root at MoMA PS1 in New York

June 26, 2014 by  
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Mushrooms aren’t just for eating anymore. Biotect David Benjamin and his firm, The Living, recently completed their latest project – the world’s first tower made of fungus bricks – at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York. The shroomy, biodegradable building will be unveiled later tonight at a press preview, but you can sneak a peek by checking out our gallery here . MORE PHOTOS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3m , Architecture , biobrick , David Benjamin , design competitions , ecovative , Hy Fi , living building materials , living buildings , moma , MoMA PS1 , MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Winner , museum of modern art , mushroom bricks , mushroom building , mushroom towers , organic bricks , organic building , organic building materials , organic buildings , PS1 , ps1 warmup , queens , the living , young architects program

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The UpStanding Desk Transforms Your Regular Desk into a Standing One for Less Than $200

June 26, 2014 by  
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Standing desks are an ideal way to combat the health implications of sitting all day , but many people are turned off by the cost of buying one. That’s where The Upstanding Desk comes in, an affordable add-on that converts any regular desk into a workstation you can use while standing. Designed by Brooklyn-based designers Mikey Chen and Sam Carmichael , the desk costs less than $200, and there is even the option of buying the plans and making it yourself – assuming you have the necessary DIY skills. Read the rest of The UpStanding Desk Transforms Your Regular Desk into a Standing One for Less Than $200 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adjustable standing desk , Canadian plywood , flat-pack standing desk , Mikey Chen , Sam Carmichael , standing desk add-on , The Upstanding Desk

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