Reclaimed NYC water towers are upcycled into a NEST playscape in Brooklyn

June 28, 2019 by  
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A giant NEST has landed on the roof of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) — and it’s not for the birds. Brooklyn-based design and fabrication practice TRI-LOX created NEST, the museum’s new interactive playscape built out of reclaimed timber from the city’s rooftop water towers. Designed with parametric tools, the sustainable installation takes inspiration from the unique nests of the baya weaver birds — their nests are featured in the museum’s educational collection — and comprises an organic woven landscape with 1,800 square feet of space for open and creative play. Opened just in time for summer, the NEST playscape at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) in Crown Heights caters to children ages 2 to 8. The woven wooden landscape is set on artificial turf and includes a climbable exterior and a series of ribbed tunnels and rooms that make up a permeable interior with entrances marked by bright blue paint. The reclaimed cedar slats not only make the structure easy to climb, but also partially obscure views for added playfulness. The top of the structure is crowned with a circular hammock area that directs views up toward the sky. “In exploring the museum’s educational collection, we came upon a series of incredible bird nests and let them inspire our design,” said ?Alexander Bender?, co-founder and managing partner of TRI-LOX, which was commissioned by BCM through a request for proposals in mid-2017. “One nest in particular, made by the baya weaver bird, offers an intricately woven form with rooms, tunnels and multiple entries. This concept was then transformed into a climbable playscape that retains the natural materiality of the nest and tells a story of an iconic design within our vertical urban habitat — the NYC rooftop wood water tower. We quite literally brought the water tower back to the rooftop with this project … it just had to be turned into a giant nest first.” Related: The Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s new green roof lets kids explore the wilderness in the middle of the city NEST playscape is the newest focal point for the BCM, which consists of a series of architecturally significant designs befitting its title as the world’s first children’s museum. Rafael Viñoly designed the museum’s eye-catching yellow building in 2008. Seven years later, Toshiko Mori added a pavilion on the 20,000-square-foot rooftop that was complemented with lush planting plan and a boardwalk by Future Green Studio in 2017. + TRI-LOX Photography by Arion Doerr via TRI-LOX

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Paris bans up to 60% of cars amidst record heat wave

June 28, 2019 by  
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As France suffers through a record heat wave, air pollution rates intensify. The solution? A Parisian car ban for less eco-friendly automobiles — as much as 60 percent of total vehicles in the city — until the hot weather breaks. The car ban has been creeping up on Parisians since 2017, when Paris issued a system of “Crit’Air” colored stickers with numbers ranging from 0 to 5. The worst polluters, diesels made in the year 2000 or earlier, get the 5 ranking and have been banned from central Paris since July 2017. This July, the ban extends to cars with level 4 stickers: diesel cars registered from 2001-2005, pre-2004 motorbikes and trucks from 2006-2009. These vehicles aren’t allowed within Paris’ A86 ring road area weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Related: Amsterdam announces plan to ban all polluting cars by 2030 But during this hot weather, level 3 vehicles are temporarily banned from A86. This affects 60 percent of Parisian drivers. Only hydrogen or electric vehicles, petrol cars registered after 2006 and diesels from 2011 or later can legally drive during the heat wave. Hydrogen and electric cars warrant a green sticker with the coveted 0 ranking. Many drivers are upset. Some are risking the fines — €68 for cars and motorbikes and up to €135 for trucks. “You have to face reality, which is the increase in air pollution when there is a heat wave, like the one we are experiencing at the moment,” France’s Minister of Ecological Transition, François de Rugy, told the French press. Other anti-air pollution measures include offering more free residential parking to encourage public transport usage and significantly reducing speed limits on motorways. Christophe Najdovski, deputy transport director for the city of Paris , told the French press, “The quality of the air is improving in Ile-de-France, but we want to speed up the process. It’s a question of public health .” Via Reuters Image via Pedro Szekely

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3 Reasons Why You Should Try Home Automation

December 15, 2016 by  
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As new technology makes the world smarter, our homes are being transformed by gadgets and fully integrated home automation systems designed to optimize our domestic lives. And yet even now when most of us are familiar with the Nest thermostat and…

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Second Monstrous Oarfish in California Could Signal Impending Earthquake

October 23, 2013 by  
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Just five days after divers discovered a huge 18-foot oarfish off the coast of California , a second 14-foot sea serpent has washed up on a beach in San Diego county. The only other times more than one of these deepwater dwellers have shown up in such short succession, an earthquake struck the surrounding area . In 2010, Japanese fishermen picked up dozens of the deep-sea creatures right around the time a powerful 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile, then again in 2011, 20 oarfish surfaced prior to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. Read the rest of Second Monstrous Oarfish in California Could Signal Impending Earthquake Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: earthquake early-warning system , giant oarfish , hibernation snakes flee their nest , Japanese fisherman finds oarfish , oarfish discovered off coast of California , oarfish discovered on beach in San Diego , strange animal behaviour before an earthquake , Tohoku earthquake        

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Switzerland’s NEST High Rise is a Modular Test Bed for the Future of Green Building Technology

September 25, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Switzerland’s NEST High Rise is a Modular Test Bed for the Future of Green Building Technology Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Eawag , eco design , eco lab , EMPA , EPF Lausanne , ETH Domain , ETH Zurich , green architecture , Green Building , green building technologies , green design , living laboratory , modular , modular building , modular construction , modular housing , nest , NEST is supported by Empa , research lab , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , sustainable strategies , sustainable systems , swiss research , Switzerland        

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Switzerland’s NEST High Rise is a Modular Test Bed for the Future of Green Building Technology

September 25, 2013 by  
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Transparent NEST Transforms from Pop Up Mattress to One Person Raft

March 19, 2013 by  
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Big Air Package: Christo Unveils the World’s Largest Inflated Indoor Sculpture in Germany

March 19, 2013 by  
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