Kengo Kuma suspends a cocoon-like timber dwelling for minimal site impact

February 27, 2019 by  
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Prolific Japanese architecture firm Kengo Kuma and Associates recently worked its magic in the tiny Swiss village of Montricher at the foot of the Jura Mountains. There, the architects designed a contemporary family home that’s partly suspended from an existing concrete canopy and wrapped with timber inside and out. Created for the Jan Michalski Foundation, the cocoon-like dwelling — named Suspended Forest — is meant to further the organization’s mission of fostering literary creation and the practice of reading. Set close to the forest, the 120-square-meter abode takes inspiration from its nearby surroundings with an abundant use of timber. The architects collaborated with a local craftsman for the roof and facade system, which combines traditional techniques with contemporary style. Using locally sourced oak and larch, the architects cut out rectangular shingles of varying sizes and arranged them in a checkered pattern with an organic and random appearance to create an eye-catching exterior that doubles as a screen. The wood was left untreated so as to develop a natural patina over time. “It was our intention to organically relate the different spaces of the house,” the architects explained in a project statement. “We designed a cocoon-like, gradual and continuous space containing all the functionalities. A corridor runs from the entrance to the main living space, where the floating balcony connects the interior with the surrounding environment. Then, lateral apertures let the light come into the house.” Related: This spiraling sculpture can absorb the emissions of 90,000 cars An outdoor staircase, also suspended off of the main building, leads to the entrance, which opens up to a long hallway branching off to the home office, bedroom, technical room, master bedroom and finally the living area in the rear. The cocoon-like sensation created by the exterior cladding is echoed in the interior through the use of angular larch panels covering the ceilings and walls. Large windows let in plenty of natural light and views of the outdoors. + Kengo Kuma Photography by CAPimages via Kengo Kuma

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Danone North America dishes about how to be B Corp

January 22, 2019 by  
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The certification is a decision-making lens across the organization.

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3 ways cities can help accelerate the circular economy transition

January 22, 2019 by  
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Energy, water, food, materials, nutrients enter urban ecosystems and leave as emissions and waste. Here’s how can cities turn this situation around.

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Can Big Chemical end plastics pollution?

January 22, 2019 by  
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Dow, BASF, ExxonMobil, Chevron Phillips and DSM have pledged to fight plastic waste across the value chain.

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How the Field Museum accelerated sustainability

September 27, 2018 by  
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Looking to the future became key to preserving the past. Plus, three holistic actions your organization can take.

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The World Wildlife Fund created a fake store to call out Singapore’s ivory laws

August 9, 2018 by  
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The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)  revealed on Tuesday that it is behind Ivory Lane, a fake store that the organization launched to draw attention to Singapore’s ivory laws. While Singapore banned commercial ivory in 1990, the WWF says the law is not restrictive enough and that its loopholes help facilitate the global trade of illicit ivory. With the creation of Ivory Lane, the WWF hopes to raise awareness about this issue. Related: Illegal ivory trade continues to thrive in Europe The WWF used a fake online store and social media accounts to feign sales of vintage, or pre-1990, ivory jewelry. Under Singapore’s current law, ivory that entered the country before 1990 is fair game for sellers. Backlash to Ivory Lane swiftly followed, with over 65,000 reactions from protesters on social media. The awareness stunt has “sparked a heated debate on wildlife trade, national legislation and enforcement in Singapore,” announced the WWF. It is not uncommon for recently poached ivory to enter the marketplace under the guise of vintage pieces. WWF investigations found that over 40 physical shops in Singapore sell ivory products; they also found ivory listings on popular e-commerce platforms. Singapore is looking to ban the domestic sale of ivory, according to a statement from the country’s Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority. However, the details of the plan have yet to be worked out, and while the country has made large-scale seizures of illegal ivory, some conservation groups say it is not enough to stop the global ivory trade. One thing is certain, though – after WWF’s stunt with Ivory Lane, people are talking about it. + World Wildlife Fund Via Reuters Image by  Fancycrave  on  Unsplash

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GreenBiz Sustainability Goals – Waste Management Sustainability Services

March 23, 2018 by  
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After this year’s GreenBiz conference, the real work begins. How do you know if you’re setting the right goals? How should you refine existing approaches and programs? How can you best engage stakeholders to achieve your organization’s sustainability vision?Learn how Waste Management Sustainability Services helps GreenBiz and other organizations set and execute on sustainability goals. sustainabilityservices@wm.com

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How far has your industry group traveled along the sustainability journey?

March 15, 2018 by  
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This ‘maturity model’ can help to assess your organization’s level of preparation and influence.

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Can new principles drive money into sustainable fishing?

March 15, 2018 by  
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New principles seek to spark private funding in an area traditionally limited to government investment.

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Historic Frank Lloyd Wright building to be destroyed in 5 days – unless it’s bought

January 5, 2018 by  
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For the first time in more than 40 years, we’re about to lose a Frank Lloyd Wright -designed building. The beautiful Lockridge Medical Clinic building in Whitefish, Montana was designed by Wright in 1958 and is one of his last designs before his death in 1958. The building was created as a medical clinic that was comfortable enough to feel like a home, complete with Wright’s iconic touches. Now, the owner wants to tear it down to make way for a three-story mixed-use development, unless someone pays $1.7 million in cash by the 10th to preserve it. Demolition preparations began on-site earlier this week. “This comes as a great shock to us,” said Barbara Gordon, executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. “Fruitful discussions were still taking place to bring about a successful resolution to this case, which the Conservancy and our local partners have been working on for more than a year.” Related: Woman pays $100,000 for a home and then discovers it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright The Conservancy has plans to preserve the site, with demolition not slated until the end of 2018, giving the organization time to raise funds to save the building. The news that demolition was beginning early felt like a “gut punch” to those working to save the endangered building, which housed a law office until recently. At just 25 miles from Glacier National Park , the building is perfectly poised for tourism, but the Conservancy fears that unless a buyer saves the day at the last minute, the building will be lost. + Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Images via Wikimedia and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

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