Monolithic, folded concrete walls lead visitors into this stunning gallery space in So Paulo

August 18, 2016 by  
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The monolithic concrete exterior encourages people to enter through its mysterious, shadowed folds. Once inside, the interior opens up into a bright, welcoming space. The new gallery space is located in Campos Elíseos, a neglected area of São Paulo plagued by drugs and social problems. It is part of a larger initiative to revitalize the region and introduce social change through culture. Related: Jean Nouvel unveils a vertical green oasis for a São Paulo heritage site The Center is divided into exhibition spaces and the administrative and service areas, framed by the concrete folds that also ensure good acoustics. In areas where good ventilation and lighting are primary concerns, the glass parts of the facade are enveloped in a second layer made of concrete and wood. A mezzanine can be accessed via a ramp that is projected to the outside, creating an opportunity for visitors to experience the space from different vantage points. + São Paulo Arquitetura Via Architonic Photos by Fabio Hargesheimer, Courtesy of São Paulo Arquitetura

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Hairy house stays cool in So Paulo with a palm fiber facade

July 22, 2016 by  
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This “hairy” house in Sao Paulo is covered in palm fiber to protect the interior from excessive sunlight. Brazilian brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana designed the house for Zunino and Solange Ricoy. The house takes cues from the country’s indigenous architecture and uses piassava palm fiber to regulate indoor temperatures and provide shelter from the tropical heat. The four-story house is located in Sao Paulo’s Jardim Paulista neighborhood. According to the architects, the structure was designed as “a vegetable that invades the house”. The interior continues the theme of organic materials , featuring leather and wood that brings warmth to the living spaces. The floor was built using reclaimed hardwood , while tall cacti and climbing figs cover parts of the exterior walls. A glass roof and terrace draw additional natural light into the volume of the house. Related: Gorgeous Green-Roofed Black Sheep House Looks Out to Sea “The house is very clean, so we created those elements to bring strong, organic emotion into the house and the facade,” said the architects. “We wanted to create something like a vegetable that goes from outside of the house to the inside.” + Campana Via Dezeen Photos by Leonardo Finotti

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Obama targets 1 gigawatt of solar for lower income homes by 2020

July 22, 2016 by  
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The Obama Administration wants to make solar energy available to every American regardless of income. In that spirit, the White House just announced a partnership with six federal agencies – the Clean Energy Savings For All Initiative – to bring 1 gigawatt (GW) of solar to low- and moderate- income families by 2020. The goal is a tenfold increase over the president’s initial target set in his Climate Action Plan , which called for 100 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy on federally-assisted affordable housing by 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=141&v=uYhzg6XTOjY “Solar panels are no longer for wealthy folks who live where the sun shines every day. They are already a reality for Americans and communities all across the country,” Obama said in a video statement . “Today we’re offering even more families and communities the chance to choose cleaner sources of energy that save you money and protect the planet for all of us.” Related: Average cost of solar and wind energy could fall by 59% in the next decade The initiative involves the Departments of Energy (DOE), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Agriculture (USDA), Health and Human Services (HHS), Veteran’s Affairs (VA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To achieve the administration’s 1 GW goal, the government plans to make it easier for homeowners to take advantage of the Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program that allows homeowners and veterans the opportunity to install solar panels and make energy efficiency improvements at no up-front cost, paying for solar and energy efficiency retrofits through future savings on energy bills. According to a fact sheet released by the White House, the initiative includes more than 120 new solar and energy efficiency commitments from the private, state, local and philanthropic sectors in 36 states. The commitments represent $287 million in investment and nearly 280 MW of community solar and low-and moderate income solar deployment. The White House said that the United States generates 30 times more solar power than eight years ago before the president took office and that the cost of solar energy systems has been reduced by more than 70 percent. The administration also said that the solar industry is adding jobs 12 times faster than the rest of the economy. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a plan to increase American solar power 700 percent by 2027. Clinton wants to deploy half a billion solar panels by the end of her first term and enough clean energy to provide electricity to every home in the United States within 10 years. Her opponent in the general election, Republican nominee Donald Trump, has shown a preference for fossil fuels over clean energy. Trump recently tapped a fossil fuels advocate as his energy adviser and is considering appointing someone from the fracking industry to be the nation’s next energy secretary. Via SeeNews Renewables Lead image via Wikipedia

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3 ways to ensure that citizens have access to information

October 27, 2015 by  
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São Paulo, Brazil offers a number of lessons for making data accessible and encouraging public participation.

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New Parklet Program Enlivens São Paulo’s Urban Streets

June 24, 2014 by  
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São Paulo , Brazil is making history with newly signed legislation for a permanent parklet program in the city. The new decree, which marks the first legal change of its kind in Latin America, follows the success of last year’s temporary parklets experiment held during Environment Week. Like the San Francisco parklet program predecessor, São Paulo’s new parklets program will help convert small pockets of street space into miniature pedestrian-oriented public spaces. Each parklet must follow set construction standards and can be designed in a variety of styles and materials. + Gestão Urbana SP 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: Brazil , environment week , parklets , parklets legislation , parklets program , reader submitted content , sao paolo , sao paolo parklets

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1600 Paper Mache Pandas Pop Up in Hong Kong to Raise Awareness for Endangered Animals

May 6, 2014 by  
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Artist Paulo Grangeon is raising awareness for the conservation of endangered species by sculpting 1600 panda bears out of recycled materials and papier-mâché ! The sculptures will brighten days of passersby in ten locations across Hong Kong during the month of June. Grangeon’s project seeks to bolster the government’s “ Conserving Central ” initiative by using the adorable pandas as unofficial mascots. Read the rest of 1600 Paper Mache Pandas Pop Up in Hong Kong to Raise Awareness for Endangered Animals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “World Wildlife Fund” , 1600 Pandas World Tour , 1600 Pandas World Tour Hong Kong , Clock Tower at the Hong Kong Cultural Piazza , eco design , green design , Paulo Grangeon , sustainable design , Victoria Park HK

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Nik Baeyens’ Portable Flatpack Fire Basket is Perfect for Storytelling on Warm Summer Nights

May 5, 2014 by  
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Inspired by the shape and movement of a spider and the mythology of ancient storytelling signs and symbols, “ FIREWALKWITHME ” is a portable knockdown fire basket made of corten steel by designer Nik Baeyens . The flatpack parts are comfortable to carry and can be easily assembled using “no screw – no glue” principles. After use the fire basket can be disassembled and hung on the wall as a “Sacred Fire Object”. + Nik Baeyens Photography by Maarten Stappaerts 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: “green furniture” , camping , Corten steel , fire basket , FIREWALKWITHME , Flatpack , flatpack design , green design , Nik Baeyens , outdoor furniture , sustainable design

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VERGE São Paulo 2013: GE and Whirlpool explore equipment rentals

November 18, 2013 by  
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GE and Whirlpool are finding energy savings through performance-based contracts for industrial and household machines.

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VERGE São Paulo: Tech, partnerships push sustainability in Brazil

November 15, 2013 by  
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Here's how companies like GE and Votorantim aim to advance sustainability by teaming up with local players.

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Ocupe Carrinho Transforms an Abandoned Car into a Yellow Submarine for World Car Free Day

October 2, 2013 by  
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