This modular outdoor swimming pool from Finland could make a splash near you

August 1, 2018 by  
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Reclaiming the waterfront with outdoor swimming pools isn’t a new concept, but Office for Peripheral Architecture (OOPEAA)’s latest design stands out from the pack with its modular and scalable design that can be applied in a wide variety of settings. Declared the winner of an invited architecture competition organized by Töölö Urban for the Allas Sea Pool Family , the Finnish architecture firm’s proposal was selected for its embrace of the outdoors and incorporation of local culture. Dubbed the ‘New Nordic Urban,’ the floating sea pool will use a modular and flexible building system constructed with recyclable cross-laminated timber elements. The first Allas Sea Pool opened in the heart of Helsinki in May 2016 and has been positively received, not least because of its year-round operations. The company now has hopes of going global with its outdoor pools and multifunctional spaces. OOPEAA won the competition with its flexible and adjustable design that exudes the “Nordic values of good life” with its inviting character and waterfront connection. “The winning proposal for the new global concept for the Allas Sea Pool Family by OOPEAA takes the notion of the New Nordic Urban as its starting point,” explains OOPEAA. “The ‘New Nordic Urban’ is defined as a sense of experience. It brings together the Nordic sensibility for the contemplation on nature with a healthy orientation towards physical activity and an urban inclination towards the social aspects of life. It is a celebration of the Nordic values of egalitarian sharing and good life. The ‘New Nordic Urban’ is essentially about bringing together the social sense of the urban (to see and to be seen + to share in the company of others) and a chance to enjoy nature and the element of water (contemplation + physical activity and sports).” Related: Detox your troubles away in this new public sauna built of natural materials Sustainability is also a part of the design, which will be built primarily of cross-laminated timber , the modular parts of which can be transported over waterways. The design’s scalable nature covers a wide range of sizes – from the smallest, with an indoor area of 800 square meters on a 2,000-square-meter floating platform, to the largest, with an indoor area of 3,500 square meters on a 10,000-square-meter platform. OOPEAA’s first design will be built in Oulu in Northern Finland with a slated completion date of 2019. + Office for Peripheral Architecture Via ArchDaily Images via Office for Peripheral Architecture

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Sweden is on track to meet its 2030 renewable energy goals this year

July 9, 2018 by  
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Sweden’s ambitious goal to provide renewable and affordable energy by 2030 is expected to become reality a little ahead of schedule. The Swedish Wind Power Association (SWPA) says its members are on track to generate 18 terawatt-hours of electricity every year by the end of 2018, making it possible for the nation to reach its renewable energy goals 12 years early. In 2015, Sweden joined with 16 other world powers to develop the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development . The plan focused around four parts: humanitarian development, environmental sustainability , long-term economic planning and advancing peace. With this framework, Sweden developed a 17-part plan to end poverty, provide clean water and sanitation and combat global climate change. Related: Nearly all new US energy capacity came from solar and wind in early 2018 While many of the plans are still in progress, at least one could be achieved in 2018. Representing Sweden’s wind energy industry, the SWPA projects the number of wind turbines alone could provide clean and affordable power to the nation as soon as December. The organization says 3,681 wind turbines will be operational across the country by the final days of the year. This would fulfill two goals of the Swedish energy plan : ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy service and substantially increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. If the energy industry hits the projections, the future is bright for the Nordic nation. The additional power boost comes as demand for energy access is set to spike. According to the International Energy Agency, electricity needs could jump by up to 37 percent worldwide over the next 22 years. To help developing nations answer their electricity needs, Sweden’s next major milestones are to double renewable energy efficiency rates, partner with other countries to improve renewable energy and supply energy to the world’s least developed nations and islands. Via Business Live and  Bloomberg Image via Timmy L.

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Greenery fills this sustainable glass-and-timber tower planned for Oslo

January 25, 2018 by  
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Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS and C.F Møller Arkitekter have won a design competition for a stunning new cultural hub set to rise in Oslo. The project, called Nordic Light, comprises a master plan for the area and a modular glass-enclosed timber tower that will further develop the Oslo Central Station area into Norway’s largest mixed-use hub. The renderings show Nordic Light with greenery growing inside and out of the building on multiple levels as part of the architects’ sustainable vision for the tower, which will aim for BREEAM Excellent certification. Created for Fjordporten Oslo S, Nordic Light is designed to revitalize the area around the main train station with new publicly accessible cultural, retail, and dining facilities. The project will consist of four main elements: the area around the 19th-century station, a cultural and conference base, a pergola that links Queen Eufemia’s Street with the station, and the modular tower housing hotels and offices. The timber structure will be wrapped in a transparent glass facade allowing views of large trees and plants that will grow inside the building at multiple levels. The building will be designed to BREEAM Excellent with a focus on life cycle costing and life cycle assessment to inform sustainable building decisions. Related: Northern Europe’s largest aquarium unveiled for former Oslo airport site “‘Nordic light’ takes its strength from a controlled and careful form expression,” said the jury. “The project’s proposed integration with the station areas and the overall draft of the blueprint will help to further develop Oslo S as the country’s largest collective hub, and will offer the travellers great new spatial and qualitative experiences. The project showcases good solutions for the design and connection of the adjacent spaces to the project. The architect’s approach provides a good potential for the rehabilitation and enhancement of the protected Østbanen structure, and will give it a central role as part of the station’s future visual identity.” + Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS + C.F Møller Arkitekter Images by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS and C.F Møller Arkitekter

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Norway moves up zero emissions target to 2030

June 9, 2016 by  
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From committing to zero deforestation in its public procurement and moving toward banning gas-powered cars , Norway has been making environmental headlines around the world. Now the oil-rich Nordic nation has taken perhaps its most significant climate action by pushing up the target of completely eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 20 years. The parliament’s energy and environment committee  just agreed to move forward the country’s carbon neutral goal from 2050 to 2030. The country had previously set the 2030 target in 2008 but the goal was pushed back to 2050 after a climate deal failed to be reached at the 2009 UN climate summit in Copenhagen. Norway reconsidered its zero emissions target following the historic agreement reached in Paris last year that was signed by nearly 200 nations. Related: Norway announces plans for Europe’s largest onshore wind farm “This should set an example for others,” said Lars Haltbrekken, chairman of Friends of the Earth Norway . “There is a big gap that needs to be closed to meet the new temperature targets and we need increased ambition by everyone.” Norway already generates more than 95 percent of its electricity from hydropower , so the zero emissions target will likely be achieved in other ways such as purchasing carbon credits abroad and introducing more electric vehicles. Via Reuters Images via Pexels and Good Free Photos

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World’s largest cross-laminated timber residential project will take root in Montreal

October 14, 2015 by  
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Pendulous LED-lit tower in Germany demonstrates the dynamics of the Earth’s rotation

October 14, 2015 by  
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300 naked logs surround the Nordic forest history museum in Sweden

May 7, 2015 by  
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Green-Roofed Moldegaard Cabin Stands Strong in Hurricane-force Nordic Winds

May 26, 2014 by  
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Norway Set to Become First Nation With One Electric Vehicle For Every Hundred Cars

March 12, 2014 by  
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At some point in April, the Nordic nation of Norway will become the first country in the world with one electric vehicle on the road for every 100 cars. Last September Norwegian auto buyers took to the Tesla Model S in droves and the electric vehicle topped monthly sales charts. In October, the zero emissions Nissan LEAF was the best seller. There are now nearly 24,000 plug-in electric cars registered, and EVs account for more than three percent of car sales. The LEAF currently dominates the market – so far in 2014 there have been 1,478 LEAF’s sold to Tesla’s 563 units moved. How did the snowy nation of more than 5 million become the global leader in the electric vehicle market? Generous government incentives via a program called EV Norway . Read the rest of Norway Set to Become First Nation With One Electric Vehicle For Every Hundred Cars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: charging stations , electric vehicles , ev , government incentives , Nissan Leaf , Nordic , norway , tesla model-s        

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Chinese Man Builds Tiny, All-Electric Lamborghini to Take His Grandson to School

March 12, 2014 by  
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Getting the kids out the door, in the car, and off to school is hard enough. For families in China – many of whom share a moped or scooter as their only vehicle – it’s even more difficult, not to mention unsafe. In Zhengzhou, a grandfather who goes by the name “Old Guo” decided that he wanted to take his grandson to school each day in something a little more stable and fun – so he set about building a tiny electric car with just enough room for him and the little tyke. But as NetEase reports , this isn’t just any mini car. Oh no. Old Guo turned approximately $815 dollars in stainless steel and batteries into a working model of a Lamborghini sports car–complete with stylish scissor doors! Keep reading to find out just how many amenities he packed into the 3′x6′ car. Read the rest of Chinese Man Builds Tiny, All-Electric Lamborghini to Take His Grandson to School Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all electric car , china , DIY cars , DIY electric car , Lamborghini , little Lamborghini , miniature cars , tiny cars in China        

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