Huge "light cannons" funnel daylight deep within this ultra green eco city in China

April 20, 2017 by  
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Giant “light cannons” funnel natural light deep within this new high-tech “eco city” in China. NBBJ designed the Nanjing Eco-Tech Island Exhibition Center as an incubator for innovative technology and environmental companies. To strengthen the project’s sustainability, the design team included green roofs , water retention systems, natural ventilation , responsive facades and geothermal conditioning. The Nanjing Eco-Tech Park includes an exhibition hall, research offices and residential buildings. The Exhibition Center welcomes visitors a they approach the island from downtown Nanjing. The peaks on the building’s roof each have an oculus that funnels natural light inside the structure. The complex consists of eight, pentagon-shaped office buildings with large interior courtyards. Related: Amazon’s biosphere domes are slowly taking shape in Seattle The architects conducted light studies to come up with optimal daylighting and shading strategies for different times of the day and year. Light gets diffused by the cone geometry of the light cannons, while the overhangs function as passive solar shading devices. Related: Diébédo Francis Kéré unveils 2017 Serpentine Pavilion with rain-gathering roof The Exhibition Center is the first structure to be built on the island, and it has received the MIPIM Asia Best Chinese Futura Project Bronze Award. + NBBJ Via World Architecture News Lead photo by Paul Dingman

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Get a sneak peek of Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus WTC Transit Hub – opening soon

May 7, 2015 by  
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Lowe’s follows in Home Depot’s footsteps and pledges to phase out phthalates from flooring

May 7, 2015 by  
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Chalk another one up for the environment. Fresh on the heels of Home Depot’s announcement to ditch phthalates in all of their flooring by the end of the year, Lowe’s has revealed plans to do the same. The home improvement retailer has pledged to eliminate the family of ortho-phthalates, which have been linked to developmental and reproductive problems, after finding that 48% of their flooring samples tested positive for the toxic chemical. Mike Schade, director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families , urged other retailers to do the same, saying, “We welcome and thank Lowe’s for their commitment to transition away from unnecessary toxic phthalates in flooring. We urge Lumber Liquidators, Ace Hardware and Menards to follow suit in phasing out these chemicals that are harmful for children’s health.” + Lowe’s + Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eliminating harmful chemicals , Home Depot phthalates , lowes , Lowes eliminates phthalates , Lowes phthalates , Lowes toxic chemicals , phthlalates , vinyl flooring phthalates

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Tour 6 of New York City’s Most Incredible New Design Destinations

October 8, 2014 by  
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October marks New York City’s annual celebration of architecture and design, and Inhabitat is kicking the event off with a virtual tour of six of the city’s most inspiring design destinations. We recently got to experience some of NYC’s most incredible architecture on the curated Driven by Design tour presented by Architectural Digest and Cadillac , and we’re going to share our tour virtually with you! From the powerful September 11 Memorial and Museum to Shigeru Ban’s elegant Cast Iron House to a bird’s eye view of Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Transportation Hub , come along with us as we share some of New York City’s most groundbreaking and exciting new architecture. Read the rest of Tour 6 of New York City’s Most Incredible New Design Destinations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 1 wtc , 911 memorial , cadillac , cast iron house , drivenbydesign , michael arad , neue house , neuehouse , nyc architecture , nyc design , oculus , oculus transportation hub , one world trade center , santiago calatrava , september 11 memorial , september 11 memorial museum , shigeru ban , world trade center , world trade center transportation hub

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These Earthen “Beehive” Houses Have Been Keeping Syrians Naturally Cool for Centuries

June 18, 2014 by  
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Stunning Singapore Home Wards Off the Sweltering Heat with Cool Water Ponds

September 6, 2011 by  
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PHOTOS: Danish Students Inspire Us to Recycle and ‘Think Twice’ at Copenhagen Design Week

September 6, 2011 by  
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