Philippe Starck reinvents himself again with striking green YOO Quito tower

February 23, 2017 by  
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Philippe Starck is one of the most influential designers of modern times – and he’s applied his signature style and environmental ethos to develop a striking new residential building in Ecuador . The slender YOO Quito tower, created in collaboration with property entrepreneur John Hitchcox, real estate developer Tommy Schwarzkopf and architecture studio Arquitectónica , is expected to feature several sustainable strategies, including low-impact materials, a volumetric design to mitigate solar exposure, and a number of green terraces to reduce the heat island effect . In 1999, Philippe Starck and John Hitchcox partnered to create YOO , design firm that works with international developers on high-end residential and hospitality projects throughout the world. Their latest endeavor brought together several international firms to design and build four new landmark buildings for Quito . Related: Philippe Starck’s New Wind and Solar-Powered Home Produces 50% More Energy Than it Consumes The YOO Quito building has a slender undulating silhouette with vegetation dominating its base and top floor. For interior spaces, the designers coupled traditional regional design with a modern, minimalist aesthetic. Glass, metal, concrete , foliage and a neutral color palette dominate both the interior and exterior of the building. The building’s vegetal covers are designed to “obstruct, filter and reflect solar radiation,” according to Yoo Quito literature, “fighting the heat in [sic] sunny days and maintaining heat in the winter.” They also provide protection against noise. Transparent glass ensures ample natural light, while smart technology throughout further reduces the building’s energy requirement. When complete, YOO Quito is expected to be the tallest building in the city. + Uribe & Schwarzkopf + YOO + Arquitectónica

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Mesmerizing photos show faces of indigenous Brazilians projected onto the Amazon rainforest

November 8, 2016 by  
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In spring 2016, Surui Chief Almir Surui Narayamoga invited Echaroux to his village, where the street artist photographed the natives for “The Crying Forest” project. The faces are enlarged and carefully projected over the trees to create a seamless and striking composition. The installation was created to help the Surui people raise awareness of the dangers of massive deforestation and the impact it has on the ecosystem and their lives. Related: Gigantic Leafy Faces Light Up a Forest in Wisconsin Chief Narayamoga was appointed by the Brazilian government to help replant and protect his tribe’s section of the rainforest. Over 300 truckloads worth of illegally logged trees are estimated to leave the Surui area everyday. “Victims of massive deforestation and gold washers who did not hesitate to violate the Surui’s territory to seize deposits of precious stones, the Surui people want to raise awareness of this horrible and greedy slaughter that endangers a territory and its people,” Echaroux says. “The Crying Forest” photographs will be on display at the Taglialatella gallery in Paris from November 10th through December 15th, 2016. + Philippe Echaroux Via Colossal

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Bridge the Gap Between Earth Day and World Environment Day With Philippe Cousteau

April 21, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: / Creative Commons For 41 years, Earth Day has been a moment to pause and reflect on the state of the environment and humanity’s place within it. This leads some to action—be it personal or political—and many to wonder why this reflection is absent from the majority of the other 364 days of the year. This Earth Day, Philippe Cousteau ,

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What do the Arctic, a Thermostat and COP15 Have in Common?

December 11, 2009 by  
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Image credit: Nancy Ostertag/Getty Images This post was written by Philippe Cousteau, co-founder and CEO of Earth Echo International The year was 1972 and my father Philippe Cousteau Sr.

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Get Around Town Faster Without Leaving the Tredmill Thanks to Rollator (Video)

December 11, 2009 by  
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Image via Ooms In a stranger but more interactive version of the Segway, the Rollator helps you walk farther faster on a tredmill-like machine. It actually looks kinda fun in the video. Can you picture yourself striding briskly down the street on one of these

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