A luscious open-air ‘urban forest’ tops this formerly abandoned penthouse

October 17, 2017 by  
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Parisian firm Matteo Cainer Architects just unveiled plans to convert an old abandoned apartment into a beautiful solar-powered penthouse filled with natural light and pockets of lush green vegetation. The renovation of the 1,400 square-meter space – referred to as “La Forêt Urbaine” – includes a lush open-air urban forest that echoes the many surrounding parks below. Located on a central Paris street with striking 360-degree views of the city’s landmarks, the original apartment, which had been empty for some 30 years, was broken up into two floors with several rooms. To create an open layout, the renovation began by tearing down walls and reconfiguring the living space . Related: Explore Andrew Franz’s Greenery-Covered West Village Penthouse Addition and Townhouse Renovation Several sustainable features were used to reduce the project’s carbon footprint. Solar panels were installed on the rooftop’s veranda and the living space was installed with in-floor heating and cooling. The various windows allow the homeowners to take advantage of natural ventilation in order to reduce energy use year-round. In an attempt to bring in the surrounding green space to the home, multiple garden pockets were installed within and around the living spaces, which are clad in glazed walls. The result is a beautiful open floor plan filled with greenery and natural light . Of course, at the heart of the project, is the expansive rooftop garden with spectacular city views. The landscape design really shines here, with different sections being distinguished by their uses by sculptured bushes and trees. The large area includes an outdoor dining area, a lounge space with a fire place and even an open-air cinema. A glass veranda houses an enclosed large entertainment area and a gym, both installed with several hanging gardens. + Matteo Cainer Architects Images via Matteo Cainer Architects

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Nouvelle AOM wins competition to give Paris’ Tour Montparnasse a massive green makeover

September 22, 2017 by  
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Nouvelle AOM has just been chosen to transform Paris’ historic Tour Montparnasse into beacon of sustainability for the City of Light. The winning design envisions a contemporary green makeover for the 40-year-old skyscraper – including a new transparent shell cladding and forests in the sky that will improve air quality in and around the tower. The 689-foot Tour Montparnasse was completed in 1973, and it was France’s tallest skyscraper until 2011. There is a lot of history (and controversy) behind the tower, so its redesign had to pay respect to its revered past while re-establish its position as a modern landmark in the city. Related: Holland’s first Vertical Forest to rise with 10,000 air-purifying plant s “This was a huge challenge, as the Tower isn’t like any other,” the jury explained. “Nouvelle AOM’s project perfectly captures the spirit of the 21st century, giving the Tower a multifaceted identity revolving around attractive, innovative new uses. The Tower will breathe new life into the Montparnasse neighbourhood.” The winning design, which beat out submissions from OMA, MAD and Studio Gang, was a collaboration between three Paris-based firms: Franklin Azzi Architecture , Chartier Dalix Architectes and Hardel et le Behan Architectes . The old opaque cladding will be replaced by a transparent facade that will “glow” at night. Multiple floors throughout the tower – including the large conservatory rooftop – will be planted with lush vegetated forests and hanging gardens that will improve air quality both within and outside the skyscraper. The architects explain that the design concept was inspired by the need to create a contemporary skyscraper that will become a beacon of the city’s commitment to sustainability . “When we took up the challenge of this exciting competition, our focus was on revealing the beauty of the Tour Montparnasse from the inside out. We achieved this by incorporating radically new uses and crafting a complete sustainable ‘green’ makeover of the facade. The aim is to make the Tower an icon of the 21st century energy revolution,” explains Nouvelle AOM. Construction on the €300 million project is expected to begin in 2019 and it’s slated for completion in time for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. + Nouvelle AOM Via Archdaily Images via Nouvelle AOM

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The cost of solar power has dropped over 25% in one year

September 22, 2017 by  
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The clean energy revolution continues and solar is leading the charge. In a recently published report, the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratories documented that the cost of utility-scale solar, generated from large plants rather than residential rooftops, has decreased by 30 percent within the past year. This happy news aligns with another recent announcement by the SunShot Initiative , a parallel effort within the US Department of Energy , which declared that their cost targets set for solar energy had been met years before their 2020 deadline. All of this serves as a reminder that, despite the politics of the moment, solar energy continues to rapidly become more cost effective and accessible, paving the way for a cleaner energy future. Although China has frequently been cited by the US President as a dangerous competitor, the solar renaissance in the United States has been made possible because of the pioneering work in solar energy being done in the People’s Republic. More solar modules are being produced in China than there is demand, which has enabled US importers to purchase this technology at low prices. As a result, the average price per watt is now only $1.03 for fixed-tilt systems and $1.11 for those that move to track the sun’s movement. Related: Trump’s DOE invests $62 million in concentrated solar power While rooftop and residential solar system may represent the most visible manifestation of solar’s growth and reach, it is utility-scale solar systems, which feed into the grid , which have the most potential to change the game. Taking note of the ever-decreasing price of solar and demand from consumers for cleaner forms of energy, utility companies have invested funds to increase the share of solar in their portfolio. For example, Duke Energy Florida recently announced plans to spend $6 billion on solar infrastructure, scrapping its previous plans to invest in nuclear power . If trends continue, it is estimated that 139 countries , including the United States and China, could switch to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, with solar contributing the lion’s share. Via Futurism Images via Michael Mees and Kate Ausburn

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France Invests $267.5 Million to Restore La Défense’s Crumbling Cube

August 6, 2014 by  
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La Grande Arche in La Défense has dominated Paris’ skyline for twenty five years, however the immense structure has fallen into disrepair as its marble facade crumbles and threatens to fall on people below. Fortunately, the French government has decided to invest €200 million to renovate the iconic building and work is scheduled to begin in October. Read the rest of France Invests $267.5 Million to Restore La Défense’s Crumbling Cube Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building restoration , Danish architects , french architecture , iconic building restoration , Johann Otto von Spreckelsen , La Défense cube , La Defense , La Grande Arche renovation , paris architecture , Paris architecture renovation , Paris skyline , Paul Andreu buildings

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Awesome Flux Bike Charges Your Gadgets on the Go

August 6, 2014 by  
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Cyclists are fond of saying, “it costs nothing and makes you thin” but now thanks to Royal College of Art graduate Offer Canfi , bicycles can also charge your gadgets. Canfi’s Flux project utilizes resonant inductive coupling – a method of transmitting electrical energy without man-made conductors – in order to not just charge phones and tablets, but also, it is hoped, to charge electric bikes via inductive bicycle lanes. Read the rest of Awesome Flux Bike Charges Your Gadgets on the Go Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle charges electronics , bicycles , e-bike , electric bicycle , electric bikes , Flux project , gadget charging bike , green transportation , inductive bicycle lanes , Inductive coupling , Offer Canfi , Royal College of Art

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Ball Nogues Studio Wins Paris’ 2012 Pavillion Speciale Competition with Bright Blue Cellular Design

March 20, 2012 by  
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Los Angeles studio Ball Nogues made news recently when it won the 2012 edition of the Pavillion Speciale in Paris with its proposal for a bright, light cellular structure made of locally-sourced plastic tubing. The competition, which is now in its second year, showcases experimental work by architects under the age of 45. With just three months to complete the structure, Ball Nogues will work intensively with students at the host L’Ecole Speciale d’Architecutre to construct it in the school’s large rectangular garden in Paris’ 14th District before it opens to the public in June. Read the rest of Ball Nogues Studio Wins Paris’ 2012 Pavillion Speciale Competition with Bright Blue Cellular Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ball-Nogues , l’ecole speciale d’architecture , low impact architecture , paris architecture , pavillion speciale , plastic architecture , student collaboration , temporary pavillion

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GreenerGreenGrass’ Slug Shield Keeps Slimy Visitors Away from Your Plants Naturally

March 20, 2012 by  
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If you’re sick of snails and slugs making a meal out of your garden, but also can’t fathom poisoning those slimy little guys, then GreenerGreenGrass ‘ Slug Shield could be the natural deterrent you’ve been looking for. The Slug Shield uses coiled copper to repel slugs and snails both physically and electrochemically, without adding toxins to the environment or killing them off. By wrapping a Slug Shield around the base of plants, pots, and greenhouse table legs, you can repel slugs year-round. And unlike copper tape, the Slug Shield expands with plant growth so the product only needs to be applied one time and does not damage stalks. The shield works on a variety of plants, including citrus trees, orchids, dahlias, hostas, and a broad range of vegetables . + GreenerGreenGrass 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:

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The Best 6 Places to See Spring Bloom in NYC

March 20, 2012 by  
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Today is the official first day of spring, but the season’s first buds and blossoms have been popping up all over New York City for weeks. From the cherry trees in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to the dainty Dawn bodnant viburnum on the High Line , spring is certainly showing its colors. With a warm and sunny forecast for the week, we couldn’t ask for more perfect weather to take in the start of spring. We’ve rounded up our six favorite places in the city to see the season’s first blooms – hit the jump to check them out! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brooklyn botanic garden , central park , cherry blossoms , cherry trees bbg , cherry trees nyc , daffodils , high line , high line blooms , high line spring , narrows botanical garden , prospect park , spring , spring 2012 , spring flowers , spring in nyc , spring nyc , Wave Hill , where to see spring bloom nyc

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