Brazilian Pavilion at The World Expo transports visitors into nature

January 26, 2022 by  
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The immersive displays at The World Expo Dubai speak to technology, innovation, nature and the environment . Thanks to Cactus, an innovative award-winning design studio, the Brazilian Pavilion stands as an example of these water-cooler topics.  The exhibit aims to transport visitors into scenes of Brazil through the use of larger-than-life visual projections. Encompassing 24,800 square feet of space, the enclosure is covered in a custom-designed, 1002 HT projectable fabric built to withstand the extremes of the Dubai desert. Related: Innovative i-Mesh fabric takes shape at Expo 2020 Dubai The Brazilian Pavilion’s high-tensile strength keeps visitors protected and comfortable, even in the face of sandstorms, windstorms and extreme desert heat. On the other hand, it’s translucent enough to project images inside and outside the enclosure.  The nature of the fabric acts as a projection screen for 60,000 square feet of wall, floor and ceiling to be covered in illustrations of the Brazilian landscape. Guests are immersed into a sensory experience combined of technology and design that celebrates the culture and beauty of Brazil. The digital reproduction of rainforests, cities, canyons, animals , beaches and lush hillsides aims to remove the visitor from the desert and engage them in locations over 7,300 miles away.  The experience requires no transport emissions from travel, wait lines at the airport or pollution from tourists in sensitive areas of Brazil. Instead, it relies on more than 140 projectors to spin up the fully immersive 360 degree environment in a thought-provoking installation that’s both futuristic in design and current in content. The exhibit is open now until the close of The World Expo on March 31, 2022.  “We want the world to see and feel the beauty and intricacies of the country we call home,” explained Marcelo Pontes, head of architecture for Cactus. “The process of achieving seamless UX requires good design at its core. There were many technical roadblocks, including regional weather, sand and heat that made this project more difficult than anything else we have taken on before. Unlike traditional immersive experiences, which only focus on projection mapping inside spaces, we were designing for the entire exterior of the exhibit as well.” + Cactus Photography by Joana Franca and Leonardo Finotti

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Nearly all of the German Pavilion is recyclable

January 13, 2022 by  
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The exhibits at this year’s Expo 2020 Dubai (postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic), feature a range of innovative designs from around the world. Working within the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” the German Pavilion highlights sustainable features that cater to the desert environment .  Architects at LAVA accepted the challenge to make a temporary structure for millions of visitors that spoke to the concepts of connectivity, sustainability and local relevance. The result is a pavilion that stands as an example of creating more with less.  Related: Innovative i-Mesh fabric takes shape at Expo 2020 Dubai “The key question was how to design a temporary exhibition and event space for up to three million visitors in a desert environment that was sustainable,” said Tobias Wallisser, director of LAVA. “LAVA’s solution linked the expo theme of connectedness with our approach of ‘more with less,’ with humans interacting with nature and technology at its heart.” Using the minimum amount of material for construction was a goal from the start, so the team created a series of vertically-stacked cubes with minimal site impact that provide maximum space. The ensemble represents connectedness while serving function in providing an open space and large atrium for visitors to explore individually or as a group.   “Architecture isn’t purely a façade. Of course we wanted the building to be Instagrammable ,” said Wallisser. “But also innovative, thought-provoking, with an effective experiential quality. The hardware of the building creates a journey for visitors from around the world.” Overall, the structure mirrors the design of local courtyard houses that close the outer façade and face the activity inward. The positioning of the building’s components creates a passive design for natural airflow. However, the flexibility of the canopy roof and open-able, single-layer ETFE membrane façade results in a hybrid air conditioning system with notable energy savings. The natural shading from the hot desert sun decreases heat inside the building while simultaneously minimizing the bulk required to support the structure. The technical canopy provides filtered natural light that resembles a forest canopy. The materials are malleable to move with the wind and adapt to local changing weather conditions.  Besides minimizing the amount of materials, the team carefully selected parts that could be recycled. As a result, 95% of the pavilion will be recycled after the six-month exhibition ends in March 2022.  “An efficiently stacked volume of space, responding to the local environment with an intelligent climate management system,” said Alexander Rieck, director of LAVA. “This project shows how buildings can be optimized, made intelligent, be reconfigured and can adapt to changing users, environments, temperatures , acoustics and light.” + LAVA Photography by Andreas Keller and Taufik Kenan

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House in the Forest is cork-cladded with an all-natural pool

December 27, 2021 by  
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The House in the Forest designed by El Fil Verd is a remarkable example of a passive house that benefits from natural materials , ultra-efficiency and an all-natural pool, without sacrificing views of the surrounding Garraf Natural Park on the coast south of Barcelona.  Architect Elisabetta Quarta Colosso from El Fil Verd Estudi addressed the placement of the home to maintain the picturesque views from every room, while making the most of passive design . To achieve this, she placed large windows on the south side, backed with a wall that is painted black for heat control and a manually-controlled venting system that pulls air in and out as needed. A small, wood-burning stove warms the space during sunless winter days, while natural ventilation cools during the hot summers.   Related: Pool house uses traditional Spain “pedra en sec” design The entire outside of the home is clad in cork panels, which serve to further insulate the home and provide energy-efficiency , while blending into the natural environment. Inside the cork exterior, the team used aerated concrete blocks that are lightweight and made from sand and lime, but offer highly-effective insulative qualities. The blocks were treated with lime and silicate paints on the interior, rather than adding to construction costs by finishing the walls in an additional material. The surrounding landscape is kept natural with native plants like olive trees, pines, mastic trees and palm hearts. Tree placement also offers natural shading from intense summer heat. Below the house, a natural pool overlooks the forest. It requires no chemicals since the water is naturally filtered through plants along the edge.  A rainwater collection system stores roof runoff in a collection tank. The water is then used for watering the garden and supplementing the pond.    With manual systems for controlling the ventilation, highly efficient insulation and use of natural lighting, the energy consumption is low. However, the house is equipped with solar panels to cover those needs. + El Fil Verd Via YouTube Images via Milena Villalba

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Spectacular forestry dome shines like a gem in the woods of Belgium

July 26, 2017 by  
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Like a Russian Matryoshka doll, this shining dome houses another building within its shell. Architecture studio Philippe Samyn and Partners designed the compact, oval forestry building to respond to the irregular shape of its site, which is timbered with beautiful 200-year-old oak trees. Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Daylight Liège sprl The facility is located at Marche-en-Famenne in the heart of the Ardennes Forest in Belgium . It’s dedicated to the treatment of sylviculture grains from the Walloon Region. It comprises a pre-drying zone, a storage area, and an area for treating grain. Photo by Simon SCHMITT Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Related: Desert dome camp in Jordan offers tourists “The Martian” experience An apron of reinforced concrete unifies a framework of arcs that constitute the outer skin of the building. Two smaller building placed inside house cold storage, administrative rooms and small laboratories . Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Simon SCHMITT Related: Prefab smartdome homes can pop up practically anywhere The secondary role of the interior buildings is to provide additional support to the arcs. 1691 tiles of laminated reflective glass cover the entire building and emanate a soft glow at night. + Philippe Samyn and Partners Via Archdaily Lead photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART Photo by Marie-Françoise PLISSART

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Tigers punched for fun at horrifying "sanctuaries" in China

August 1, 2016 by  
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Even today, when global organizations like the World Wildlife Fund have brought conservation to the forefront of conversation, animal abuse still happens. Some of it is covered up by organizations posing as “sanctuaries” that do good. Wildlife photographer Paul Hilton recently shared an Instagram photograph taken at one such “sanctuary,” the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village in China, of a tourist cheerfully punching a tiger for fun. Hilton snapped the photo of a tiger being hit a few years ago, but said the practice continues today. At the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village, tigers are drugged and then punched . The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) estimates there are 200 tiger farms in China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos, where unspeakable crimes against animals are being perpetrated. Related: 40 lifeless tiger cubs discovered in Thailand temple’s freezer Not only are tigers hit for entertainment at tiger farms, they’re often ” speed bred :” tiger babies are taken away from mothers instantly after birth, and the mothers are forced to breed again swiftly. The babies are often used for selfies. Tigers are also killed so their bones can be used for tiger wine, which many believe acts as an aphrodisiac. There are up to 8,000 tigers forced to live in these horrific tiger farms, while only around 3,890 tigers still live in the wild. The issue of tiger abuse is by no means limited to Asia. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), about 5,000 tigers live in captivity in the United States. But most of these tigers aren’t in zoos – 95 percent are “privately owned,” often by people who have no idea how to properly care for them. Further, ” tiger encounters ” – where people can pose for pictures with tigers, often young cubs – mean there’s motivation for people to own and breed tigers. When tigers used for selfies grow up, it’s more difficult for the illegal owners to feed them and the tigers often end up in the hands of illegal wildlife traders who sell them in parts. WWF started a petition to Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture, to “fully ban public contact with tigers in the US.” WWF policy experts say action in the United States will send a ” positive signal ” to governments in Asia considering what to do about the appalling tiger farms. + Sign On to Help Protect Tigers Via One Green Planet Images via Paul Hilton on Instagram and Pixabay

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Inhabitat’s top original photos of 2014

December 31, 2014 by  
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  Here at Inhabitat, we’re fortunate enough to be able to write about some truly spectacular topics, and occasionally we also have the opportunity to travel around and take great photos to share as well! When we visit new cities, we might drop by a newly built passive home  to snap some pictures, and sometimes we’re lucky enough to attend the opening of a new park . Our writers have taken pictures of Baltimore’s solar-powered water wheel , a bunker-style home in San Francisco, and even got a sneak peek at Toyota’s new Urban Utility Vehicle . One of the most powerful experiences we had this past year was being present at the 400,000-people-strong climate march in Manhattan ; the biggest in history so far! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the photos we’ve taken to share with you: please vote for your favorite below and let us know which gallery you liked best! Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 photos , Art , art galleries , art gallery , art installation , art-related stories , best gallery photos , best of inhabitat , best original pictures , best photo posts , best stories of 2014 , gallery installations , gallery photos , inhabitat photo stories , inhabitat readers choice winners , original Inhabitat pictures , original photos , original pictures , photo , photo gallery , photography 2014 , photography posts of 2014 , Photos , photos of 2014 , picture , pictures , Top 6 Inhabitat photo stories of 2014 , top 6 photo gallery posts , top photo posts , top photo stories of 2014 , top picture stories

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Black Friday shopper numbers embarrassingly surpass voter turnout for the midterm elections

December 7, 2014 by  
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Photo by Shutterstock It was a black day for American politics on November 2. Nearly twice as many people scrambled for Black Friday bargains than showed up to vote at the 2014 midterm elections . The pitiful 77 million-voter turnout was the lowest participation rate for midterm elections since 1940, leaving many to wonder if these dismal numbers mean that Americans actually value consumerism more than democracy. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American democracy , Black Friday , consumerism , democracy , midterm elections , Shopping , voter , voter turnout

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What’s a Pop-Up Cornfield Doing in the Heart of Milan?

July 31, 2014 by  
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Butcher Shop Steals Joke by Vegan Comedian, Goes Viral

January 3, 2014 by  
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When Windsor Meats in Vancouver, Canada posted a funny joke the manager had seen online in their window, the last thing they expected was for the photo to circulate back to the original comedian. The blackboard in the shop’s window read: “Did you know? Vegans live 15 year longer because they aren’t invited anywhere fun or dangerous. Instead they stay at home crying and drinking, being careful not to cry into the drink because tears are a product of animal suffering.” A picture of the board quickly went viral , with meat-eaters everywhere using it as an opportunity to bash vegans and vegetarians for their “lack of humor.” The only problem? The original creator of the joke is a vegan himself. Read the rest of Butcher Shop Steals Joke by Vegan Comedian, Goes Viral Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: butcher shop , Myq Kaplan , vegan comedian , vegan humor , vegan joke , viral image , windsor meats        

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DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Photo Snow Globes from Recycled Jars

December 16, 2013 by  
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It’s likely that we all had a snow globe or seven when we were kids, and we took great glee in shaking them up to see the little flakes dance around every time we shook them. It’s easy to make your own glittery globes with a few simple materials, but if you’d like to go one step beyond glueing a miniature animal to the inside of a mason jar, you can make unique photo globes instead ! These can be put together in less than an hour, and are delightfully quirky gifts for anyone and everyone to receive. Read the rest of DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Photo Snow Globes from Recycled Jars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christmas gift , Christmas present , diy gift , DIY gift idea , diy holiday gift , DIY present , DIY snow globe , DIY snow globe gift , glitter , glycerin , glycerine , holiday gift , Holiday present , jar gift , mason jar , olive oil , photo , photo snow globe , picture , picture in a jar , picture snow globe , snow globe , snow globe present , xmas gift , xmas present        

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