This reverse pyramid is a green urban community in the skies of Paris

October 25, 2016 by  
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The 127 residential units on the top of this bold building may be the world’s first village built out of bio-based materials. It is an inhabited natural ecosystem, where the apartments are surrounded by nature while being in the center of the French capital. While the roof of the Mille Arbres comprises a sustainable community in the middle of forest, the street level of the building is an urban park. Conceived as a work of land art, the park features a characteristic topography that lifts up or slopes down to provide convenient access throughout. Among other things, this landscape offers the experience of a real forest ecosystem. Managed by the Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux (League of the Protection of Birds), it will also be a place for classes and workshops. Related: Sou Fujimoto’s latest masterpiece in Japan spreads its branches like a real tree Fujimoto’s Mille Arbres will also include La rue Gourmande , an inner street and food court designed by Philippe Starck . In addition to housing and a food court, Mille Arbres will include a 4-star hotel with 250 rooms, over 27,000 square meters of office space, an ultra-modern integrated bus station, and a kindergarten with a large covered playground. The Thousand Trees project will rise above the ring road of Paris , absorbing pollution created by the traffic below and bridging the border that currently divides the inner and outer parts of Paris. Mille Arbres is the winner of the three-stage open competition Réinventer Paris . Its construction is expected to be completed by 2022. + Sou Fujimoto Images via SFA+OXO+MORPH

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Solar-powered EcoPods are flat-packed tiny homes with a low environmental footprint

October 25, 2016 by  
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“We recognize a window of opportunity to develop a network of pop up eco-resorts using locally-sourced materials , skills and resources to provide high quality, environmentally and economically sustainable tourist accommodation,” Shenton told Inhabitat. Related: Popup modular garden pods that can be erected anywhere Fabricated with a sustainable soft wood, the tiny pods are comprised of solar-powered kits that can be flat-packed for easy shipping. Designed to be shipped anywhere in the world, they are easily erected by three people. Stenton said an entire off-grid eco resort can be constructed in a very short space of time. For now, he has teamed up with several landowners to develop a local network of these tiny resorts complete with electric transportation, bicycles, e-bikes for sustainable movement. Six resorts are in the planning stage, and the first pilot is expected to open in Spring, 2017. “Our pods also lend themselves to any number of other uses, for leisure, hospitality, disaster relief ,” said Shenton. “Our target legacy will be to create a viable export business for the Azores as we send our EcoPods to the many other geographical locations in need of fast, affordable and sustainable accommodation.” + TADA

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Philippe Starck and Moustache Launch Electric Bikes for Mud, Asphalt, Sand, and Snow!

August 28, 2014 by  
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Philippe Starck Unveils an Awesome Pop-Up Multimedia Library for Refugees

April 17, 2014 by  
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Philippe Starck & Riko Unveil Prefab P.A.T.H Eco Homes in Europe

July 1, 2013 by  
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The World’s Largest Building Opens in China, Complete With Fake Mediterranean Village

July 1, 2013 by  
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China is good at creating big things – from wind farms and rubber ducks to gigantic  batteries . The latest super-sized project to spring up in the nation is the largest free standing building in the world – the New Century Global Center . Designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid , the new super-building is 100 meters high, 500 meters long and 400 meters wide, with a floor space of 1.7 million square meters. That’s big enough to house 20 Sydney Opera Houses, or three times larger than The Pentagon . Read the rest of The World’s Largest Building Opens in China, Complete With Fake Mediterranean Village Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chengdu , china , china superpower , new century global center , pentagon , superpower , tainfu new district , Wind Farms , world’s largest building , world’s largest free standing building        

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Resinance: Art Installation Imitates Living Organisms by Responding to Touch

July 1, 2013 by  
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One major difference between living organisms and manmade products is that living organisms respond and adapt to their surroundings. A team of students at CAAD in Zurich recently produced ‘Resinance,’  an installation consisting of more than 40 dynamic triangular objects that respond to human touch. “In its assembly it represented an ecology of functional units that could both work autonomously but also in coordination with their neighboring units,” explains the CAAD blog. Visitors are invited to touch the objects, and the more times one of the objects is touched, the brighter it will shine. But that isn’t all — each object is connected to three others, and touching one object affects those around it. The aim of the Resinance project is to experiment with smarter materials that could be used in an architectural context. + Resinance 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: Art , building materials , CAAD , Chair for CAAD , Design , Resinance , smart building materials , smart materials        

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Milan Furniture Fair 2010: Stone Houses, Solar Flowers, and More at Interni Think Tank

April 23, 2010 by  
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Rendering of “T-Garden” by Luca Trazzi. Photo via Interni Philippe Starck — one of the participants in the FuoriSalone 2010 Interni Think Tank exhibition held at the same time as the Milan Furniture Fair, Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010 — is one charismatic guy. He won me over way back in 2004, when I met him personally and watched his speech on the design of a building that included a

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MILAN 2010: Our Favorite Designs from Day One of the Salone

April 15, 2010 by  
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