Gensler upcycles an old warehouse into creative offices in Austin

June 2, 2020 by  
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At the heart of East Austin, an old and uninviting warehouse has been transformed into a creative office building fittingly dubbed UPCycle after its site-sensitive design approach that includes the reuse of the entire building. Gensler led the renovation and updated the space with an additional 16,000 square feet of mezzanine area as well as energy-efficient improvements including new insulation and high-efficiency mechanical systems. The industrial character of the original building has been retained and celebrated as part of an overarching goal to preserve a piece of East Austin history.  Originally built in 1972, the 65,000-square-foot warehouse had originally been used as the former location of the Balcones Recycling Center. Drawing inspiration from the building history, the architects sought to reuse the entire building and integrate reclaimed materials in creative ways. All components found onsite — from the steel structure and metal panel skin to the existing railroad tracks and graffiti art from past exhibitions — were reclaimed or preserved and enhanced. Even the building skin was repurposed and turned inside out to reveal its natural finish. Related: Adobe’s renovated headquarters channels the design giant’s creative energy “By recycling and upcycling 95% of the existing building, approximately 1,830,000 kilograms of embodied carbon dioxide were saved, and the lid of the existing structure significantly lengthened,” Gensler said in a project statement. “This savings amounts to the equivalent of taking nearly 450 cars off the road.” Expanded to 81,711 square feet, UPCycle now serves as a multi-tenant creative office building. In addition to repurposed materials , the building has been updated with new elements, such as butterfly trusses covered in graffiti by local artists and a new roof with clerestory windows to bring more natural light indoors. To pay homage to the site’s direct access to the adjacent rail lines, Gensler created a new entry lounge from a converted boxcar placed on the building’s original railroad tracks and fitted it with seating, WiFi and music. + Gensler Photography by Dror Baldinger via Gensler

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COVID-19 outbreak shuts down Tyson plant in Iowa

June 2, 2020 by  
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Tyson Foods, Inc. closed an Iowa pork plant for deep cleaning after 22% of its workforce tested positive for coronavirus . Plant officials announced the closure last Thursday, with plans to reopen by the end of this week. Many meat processors around the country have experienced COVID-19 outbreaks, as the industry is notoriously unable to social distance. Tyson reported that it required employees to wear masks and that the northwestern Iowa plant had an extensive coronavirus testing protocol. Unfortunately, delayed test results probably added to the spread, which has resulted in 555 positive tests out of 2,517 employees. Related: How to stock a vegan pandemic pantry “I honestly feel like the company has failed its employees,” Mayra Lopez, vice president of the Storm Lake League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa , told the Des Moines Register . “With 555 cases confirmed, that seems pretty steep.” She said friends and family who work there told her that it took up to a week to get test results. “By the time they get the results, it could be too late and they’ve passed it on to someone else,” she said. In late April, the Trump administration released an executive order to keep meatpacking plants open despite the virus. “It is important that processors of beef, pork, and poultry (“meat and poultry”) in the food supply chain continue operating and fulfilling orders to ensure a continued supply of protein for Americans,” the order decreed. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Tyson Foods has temporarily closed plants in Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana and Washington State. Most have since reopened. Forty-four meatpacking workers have died so far of COVID-19, with more than 3,000 testing positive. United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) has criticized the Trump administration, saying it should do more to protect workers. Before the pandemic, the plant at Storm Lake killed approximately 17,250 pigs daily, accounting for about 3.5% of U.S. pork production. Via Reuters and Des Moines Register Image via Pixabay

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Historic Copenhagen post office transformed into a beautiful mixed-use hub

April 27, 2018 by  
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A historic gem in the heart of Copenhagen has been sensitively revamped to suit the modern needs of the bustling city. Årstiderne Arkitekter transformed the 18th-century former post office, known as Postgården, into a mixed-use hub with retail, showrooms, and offices, with workspaces for 800 people. Located on one of Copenhagen’s busiest shopping streets, Postgården has enjoyed a storied history as not only the first to print Danish stamps in 1851, but also as the post office of lore where the famous Hans Christian Andersen regularly picked up his mail. In recent years, however, the post office sat largely empty and its introverted facade closed the building off from the public. “The vision for the project has therefore been to open up the block and invite the public inside,” wrote the architects. “The project involved taking a well-known site in Copenhagen –originally a workplace for several hundred people– and re-establishing it as a central address for shops and offices.” Related: Derelict London post office transformed into an artisanal bakery In upgrading the 170,000-square-foot building to meet modern requirements, the architects were careful to preserve the building’s historical character and studied each room one by one. The team worked in close collaboration with specialists trained in conservation work to restore the architecture, providing a unique backdrop to the light-filled and contemporary interior design. Shops line the lower levels while offices are stacked above. + Årstiderne Arkitekter Via ArchDaily

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Gehry Partners unveils plant-covered offices for Los Angeles

July 21, 2017 by  
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Frank Gehry’s firm Gehry Partners is bringing a burst of greenery to Los Angeles’ Playa Vista neighborhood. The world-renowned architecture firm unveiled renderings for their new eight-story office project, called New Beatrice West, that will incorporate the firm’s current offices next door. The eco-conscious structure will be covered in green walls , topped with trees, and feature energy-efficient systems. Located on a corner lot across five contiguous lots, New Beatrice West will be a mixed-use structure that will be integrated into its nearly 88,000-square-foot neighbor, 12541 Beatrice Street, that currently houses Gehry Partners’ offices. Three levels of retail and restaurant space make up the lower floors, while the upper five levels will house offices. Parking is mostly tucked underground across two levels. The building will also accommodate long- and short-term bike parking spaces, as well as locker rooms and showers for bike commuters . Related: Frank Gehry to revitalize the LA River as “a water reclamation project” The building will comprise a series of terraced glass boxes topped with trees and covered with green walls. To minimize energy use, the architects plan to include low-flow water fixtures, energy-efficient lighting, and passive design prinicples. The project’s construction period is estimated at 22 months. + Gehry Partners Via Curbed Images via LA Department of Planning

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Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

July 4, 2013 by  
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Retired Couple to Travel Around the Wold on Solar Powered Electric Tricycle

July 3, 2013 by  
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Building an electric tricycle from scratch is one thing – but driving it through 100 countries around the world in 5 years is another thing entirely. Li Linxiang, 66, and his wife Zhao Yafan, 64, are a retired couple from Shenyang, China – and they plan to circle the globe in a homemade solar-powered trike. They left from Shenyang on May 25th and they plan to travel through China, Kazakhstan, and the Middle East before spending the winter in Ethiopia. From there the couple will continue their journey in the spring by entering Europe via Turkey. Via Damn Geeky The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china , electric tricycle , electric trike , electric vehicle , green design , green transportation , Li Linxiang , renewable energy , shenyang , Solar Power , solar tricycle , world tour , Zhao Yafan        

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Metal-Screened Housing And Offices Lead The Way For Sustainable Development in Sète, Southern France

June 21, 2012 by  
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Are Air Conditioning Units A Climate Change Catch-22?

June 21, 2012 by  
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Air Conditioning Units Photo from Shutterstock In countries such as India and China, where the summers can get particularly hot, a rapidly growing middle class has seen sales of air-conditioning units grow by an enormous 20% each year . However a team of scientists from organizations which include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Nations has calculated that the new cooling units entering the world market could be responsible for up to 27% of all global warming by 2050. In what is a bitter twist of irony, it seems that in order to keep cool on an ever-warming planet, we might just be making things worse. Read the rest of Are Air Conditioning Units A Climate Change Catch-22? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air conditioning unit , carbon emissions , CFCs , Climate Change , global warming , HCFCs , o-zone layer , rising temperatures

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Gigantic Glowing Fish Sculptures Made From Recycled Bottles Rise From Rio Beach

June 21, 2012 by  
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Rustic French Carpenter’s Offices Are Perched on Stilts

April 4, 2012 by  
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