A puzzle-like aluminum faade wraps around Bergens National Academy of the Arts

October 16, 2017 by  
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Snøhetta ’s recently completed National Academy of the Arts in Bergen is wrapped in an innovative prefab façade made of raw aluminum elements . The new facility is built to withstand the rainy climate of the Norwegian west coast and offer a durable, robust space where KMD’s 350 art and design students can learn and collaborate under one roof. The building replaces the former Bergen Academy of Art & Design (KHiB) and assembles the previously scattered faculty buildings under one roof. It has two main axes–one internal, dedicated to students and staff, and one external, open to the public. Related: Snøhetta unveils spectacular makeover for nation’s second-largest waterfall The most prominent features of the building are in the large project hall situated at the point where the two axes cross. The entrance is connected to a large outdoor plaza which makes the building inviting and engaged in a dialogue with Bergen’s city center. Related: Iridescent hand-folded metal panels clad Snøhetta’s Learning Center at Toronto’s Ryerson University Prefab raw aluminum elements clad the building’s exterior, with 900 varied sized seawater-durable crude aluminum elements protruding from the wall at varying distances. Large cantilevered box-shaped windows punctuate the rhythm of the metal surface. The crude aluminum surfaces can withstand the rainy coastal climate and will gradually weather and oxidize, heightening the variations in colors and textures. + Snøhetta Lead photo by Trond Isaksen

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Huge battery in the UK holds the energy equivalent of 500K smartphone batteries

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A large new battery storage project could help the United Kingdom’s grid handle power from more renewable sources . The 10 megawatt (MW) lithium-ion battery , on the grounds of a biomass plant in Sheffield, is contained inside four 40-foot shipping containers . It can hold the same amount of energy as around 500,000 smartphone batteries. UK energy company E.ON installed the battery , called the Blackburn Meadows battery for its location at the Blackburn Meadows biomass plant, and connected it to the grid . They said in their statement the battery has the same power as around 100 family cars. Related: Tesla nears halfway mark on world’s largest battery installation in South Australia The Blackburn Meadows battery is one of the first of what The Guardian described as a fleet of industrial-scale battery plants. National Grid, the firm that owns England and Wales’ electricity transmission network, requested new technologies to help keep the grid balanced, a challenge as more renewable sources come online – since the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. The large batteries are a response to that request. When supply is high, the batteries can store power, and when supply drops, they can provide power. National Grid commercial development manager Leon Walker said in a statement, “Using battery storage is a significant development for managing the national grid. It’s an ultra-fast way of keeping electricity supply and demand balanced. Over four years we estimate that this service will save the system operator around £200 million.” While the Blackburn Meadows battery is currently one of the largest in Britain, The Guardian pointed out it won’t be long before others even bigger are built. They said British Gas’ parent company Centrica is building a 49MW battery facility, and EDF Energy is also building one that’s the same size. Their article included a graphic saying renewables provided almost 30 percent of the UK’s power between April and June of this year. Via The Guardian and E.ON Images via E.ON and Darren Cool / E.ON

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Sculptural new UC Berkeley museum and film archive opens this month

January 15, 2016 by  
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Tim Peake becomes the first British atronaut to go on a spacewalk

January 15, 2016 by  
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Major Tim Peake will make history today when he steps out of the International Space Station and becomes the first British astronaut to go on a spacewalk . Peake will venture out with NASA ’s Colonel Tim Kopra on a carefully choreographed spacewalk to repair a broken power unit. The two will wear pressurized suits, sip water from pouches, and flex their bladders of steel during the repair mission outside the space station, which is scheduled to last for six and a half hours with no bathroom breaks. Read the rest of Tim Peake becomes the first British atronaut to go on a spacewalk

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The Broad Art Museum Unveils Design for a New Public Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles

February 13, 2014 by  
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Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hood Design just revealed renderings for a landscaped plaza to be built next to The Broad Art Museum in Los Angeles . Designed as a pedestrian friendly space, the 24,000 square foot outdoor plaza marks one of the city’s latest efforts to bring civic life back to the park-starved urban center. The unveiling of the new square was presented alongside news that The Broad’s opening date was pushed back from this fall to 2015. Read the rest of The Broad Art Museum Unveils Design for a New Public Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Barouni olive trees , Bill Chait , bunker hill , Diller Scofidio + Renfro , hood design , Landscape Architecture , landscaped plaza , Los Angeles , outdoor plaza , public plaza , the broad art museum        

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Another ‘Surplus’ Giraffe Named Marius at Risk of Being Put Down in Danish Jyllands Park Zoo

February 13, 2014 by  
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Just a few days after Copenhagen Zoo killed a perfectly healthy giraffe and carved it up in public , Danish Jyllands Park Zoo announced that it might put down one of its giraffes, coincidentally also named Marius. Zookeeper Janni Lojtved Poulsen said that the seven-year-old giraffe will be put down if they manage to acquire a female giraffe to replace him, but the zoo still hasn’t decided whether it should carry out a public dissection. Read the rest of Another ‘Surplus’ Giraffe Named Marius at Risk of Being Put Down in Danish Jyllands Park Zoo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal biodiversity , animal rights , animal rights activism , Animal Rights Sweden , copenhagen zoo , European Association of Zoos and Aquaria , giraffe killing , Marius giraffe , public killing giraffe , zoo animals , zoo inbreeding , zoos genetic pools        

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