Henning Larsen Architects dramatically pointed skyscraper will transform Manila skyline

September 6, 2017 by  
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Henning Larsen Architects just won an international competition for a new landmark building in the heart of Manila, Philippines. Designed in collaboration with landscape architects SLA and BuroHappold Engineering , the dramatically tapered high-rise for Bonifacio Global City is a sculptural beauty that combines Filipino traditional design with contemporary influences. The mixed-use building will be filled with natural daylight and prioritize access to nature. Rising to a height of 308 meters, the landmark tower is designed to redefine the skyline of Bonifacio Global City, a centrally located financial district in Manila . The high-rise will comprise state-of-the-art workspaces, restaurants, a civic center with exhibition spaces, and a public observatory at the top of the structure. The large public plaza that surrounds the building will be densely planted with tall trees and mimic the shade and ambiance of a Filipino tropical forest. The plaza serves as a protected public space for large gatherings and celebrations, a tradition emphasized in Filipino culture. Related: Incredible museum by Kengo Kuma will be set inside a lush nature-infused cave in Manila “We aimed to create a design that will be the benchmark of how a high-rise can give back to a city and its people. The project is characterized by a high degree of responsibility, in relation to not only materials and production but also regarding positive, social spaces encouraging intimacy and community,” says Claude Bøjer Godefroy, Partner and Design Director in Henning Larsen’s Hong Kong office. “This building represents a milestone for Manila and the Philippines. We aimed to make it a truly Filipino building by understanding and integrating elements of Filipino nature, culture and climate.” Trees grow inside the building and will be visible through the glazed facade. At night, the tower is illuminated and doubles as a kind of lighthouse for the city. + Henning Larsen Architects

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The Soap Opera Continues As Graham Floats Utility Only Climate Bill

May 30, 2010 by  
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g photo via flickr It’s another day, which must mean there is a new development in the climate world’s most drama-packed storyline: just what will the Senate do or won’t do on its climate and energy bill?

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Homeland Security Had Proposed Cutting Emergency Response Budget Before Gulf Spill

May 30, 2010 by  
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Offshore Surface Oil Forecast Deepwater Horizon MC252, for Monday 31 May, 2010. Image credit: NOAA, DeepwaterHorizonResponse.com Most of the criticisms I’ve seen so far of how the Obama Administration was responding to the Gulf oil spill have been ill-informed ‘Monday Morning Quarterbacking’ by people with no field experience or background in engineering or chemistry

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Haitian Farmers Refuse Monsanto’s Seeds and Instead Commit to Burning Them

May 30, 2010 by  
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photo: J. Novak Food Freedom recently reported that Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, peasant farmer leader of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) called the entry of Monsanto seeds into Haiti “a very strong attack on small agriculture, on farmers, on biodiversity, on Creole seeds. Monsanto’s seed donations were an unwelcomed gift to a country with vocal opposition to GMO seeds for fear they would ruin what little agriculture the country has left

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IBM, Stanford Breakthrough Promises New Life for Recycled Plastics

March 15, 2010 by  
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A new development by IBM Research and Stanford University could lead to plastics that can be recycled multiple times – and at lower temperatures – and a new form of biodegradable plastics.  

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GMO Tomatoes Could Stay Fresh For Over a Month

February 2, 2010 by  
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Many of us invested in the success of sustainable agriculture have a knee-jerk response against genetically-modified foods , and for good reason — they often come with patent protection, pesticides, and other undesirable features. But a new development from the National Institute of Plant Genome Research in New Delhi suggests that GMO crops could have at least one positive use: dramatically increasing the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.

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Future Farming in Detroit or Spectacular Speculation?

January 6, 2010 by  
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Bryan Christie in Fortune Fortune Magazine’s illustrator shows abandoned land in Detroit being converted into “cutting edge, city style farms. Solar panels and windmills power vertical growing systems that are efficient, attractive, and tourist-friendly

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