Snhetta unveils spectacular makeover for nations second-largest waterfall

June 2, 2017 by  
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The nation’s second largest waterfall by volume will soon reopen to the public for the first time in over 150 years. Architecture and landscape firm Snøhetta recently revealed new renderings for their designs to restore public access to Oregon’s Willamette Falls. A mix of adaptive reuse and new build, the design will renovate the 22-acre site’s existing industrial buildings and add a new ecological riverwalk. Industrial infrastructure has cut the breathtaking Willamette Falls from public access for over a century, however, a redevelopment scheme for the area sparked newfound interest in reclaiming and rehabilitating the landscape. Snøhetta, along with Mayer/Reed, inc. and DIALOG , won an international design competition to reimagine the falls and collaborated with the community to refine their proposals. “The new design treats the whole site as a single landscape, with a network of promenades and lofted pathways that lace through the physical strata of the site, immersing visitors in a tactile experience that celebrates the changing water level, the feeling of the spray on your skin, the dramatic play of light and the roar and presence of the falls,” says Snøhetta. Key to the design is the new riverwalk that will “serve as a portal to the Northwest’s collective history” and connect Oregon City’s historic downtown to the crest of the fall. The riverwalk will feature a mix of materials, from ancient basalt and wood to industrial steel, as well as layered references to the site’s natural, ecological, cultural, and geological contexts. Related: Snøhetta’s ready-made cabin can fit into any landscape In addition to restoring public access, the design seeks to rehabilitate the landscape with the removal of select industrial structures. Five unique habitats will be restored and special attention paid to endangered species. Greater access will also be provided to the five confederated tribes who annually fish the waters. The Willamette Falls riverwalk conceptual design will be unveiled at a public event tomorrow and construction is expected to begin June 2018. + Snøhetta Images via Snøhetta

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Super Resilient Tsunami House Can Withstand Fierce 85 mph Winds in Washington State

January 28, 2014 by  
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Tsunami House by Designs Northwest Architects Stands Strong in the Face of Tidal Waves

December 31, 2013 by  
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The Passive House Northwest Conference Kicks Off in Seattle March 15th – Register Now!

March 7, 2013 by  
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With growing concern for indoor home health, rising energy costs and climate change, both builders and homeowners are turning to the Passive House  building system as a viable, sustainable alternative to conventional residential and commercial construction. The Passive House  system is based on the concept of passive design — that is, design that doesn’t use mechanical systems like heaters and air-conditioners for heating and cooling, but instead relies on making efficient use of sealed buildings, insulation, the sun’s energy and natural ventilation through careful design strategies. Passive House represents today’s highest green building standard and promises to dramatically cut an average household’s energy consumption and monthly energy bill. If you’re interested in learning more about how passive homes  are influencing architects and helping to shape the building sector, then be sure to check out the  Passive House Northwest 2013 Annual Conference coming up on Friday, March 15 at  Seattle Pacific University . Co-sponsored by Hammer & Hand and NK Architects , the conference will investigate the ways that Passive House  is propelling the built environment towards a higher and greener performance standard. Hit the jump to find out what’s in store at this awesome conference! Read the rest of The Passive House Northwest Conference Kicks Off in Seattle March 15th – Register Now! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brussels Institute for Management of the Environment , Bullitt Foundation , Denis Hayes , energy efficient building , energy efficient construction , energy-efficient homes , green conference , green conference 2013 , green events , green events 2013 , J.O. Dockx , Katrin Klingenberg , passive home , passive house , Passive House certification , Passive House Institute US , Passive House Northwest , Passive House Northwest’s 2013 Annual Conference , PHnw , Seattle Pacific University , Seattle Washington

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Take A Blue Vacation On The San Juan Islands

August 29, 2010 by  
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photo via wonderofcreation.org With Labor Day around the corner, people are trying to get their last licks of summer in before the days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler. One suggestion where you can travel close to a big city, but still feel worlds away are the San Juan Islands in Washington.

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Can Social Media Save Vaquita, the World’s Rarest Porpoise? (Video)

August 29, 2010 by  
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Screen capture: About the Vaquita , vaquita.tv The Vaquita porpoise may be living its last days in Mexico’s Gulf of California. The demise of the species is imminent, says Chris Johnson, who’s spent the last three years on a documentary, “Vaquita – Last Chance for the Desert Porpoise.” Johnson hopes the film, available online, will help change the practice of gill netting, which has been wiping out the Vaquita year-by-year, one-by-one

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