This water dispenser uses smart technology for a clean drink

May 20, 2022 by  
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Innovative solutions are essential for removing petroleum-based plastics from our daily life. Bevi, a bubbly, bottleless water dispenser for offices and commercial spaces, is dedicated to offering a variety of drink options, sans the plastic bottle.  Bevi currently has two models of water dispensers. The Standup 2.0 is a floor model much like the size and shape of a traditional water cooler. However, Bevi goes sustainable by tapping into the existing water supply. Then it adds technology with WiFi driven smart features. Users can choose from bubbly or plain water, add caffeine or electrolytes and create flavor combinations with each serving. The Bevi Standup 2.0 also dispenses ambient or hot water. The screen displays nutritional information such as the amount of sugar, caffeine and calories in your selection. The countertop model offers a streamlined selection of the same options, but takes up less space.  Related: FreeWater is the startup connecting people to free, clean water Bevi beverages are flavored naturally with no artificial sweeteners or flavors. Instead, it relies on fruit extracts. All flavors are vegan, kosher certified without sodium, gluten and GMOs .  The company reported each machine replaces 30,000 beverage bottles and cans. Companies around the country are seeing the potential for cost savings as well as convenience in not having to purchase and restock individual cans. Bevi works with notably large employers such as Lyft, Microsoft and Netflix to shift away from plastic waste .  Bevi also hopes to educate and support businesses who are re-evaluating their carbon footprints. They want to make it easy for these companies to prioritize sustainable decisions. Along with providing high quality filtered, sparkling and naturally-flavored water Bevi is on a mission to eliminate single-use plastic forever. In its own office, Bevi employees take the environmentally -conscious walk from office composting to community clean up projects and donation drives. + Bevi  Images via Bevi

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Modern home in Ukraine merges residence and art gallery

May 20, 2022 by  
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The Residence in the Garden of Rocks is located in the southern suburb of Kyiv, Ukraine along the canal. The client wanted the house to suit his family’s needs while showcasing his collection of modern sculptures. The owner had already constructed the house’s shell when he asked the team at Palamarchuk Architects to assist with the design. He had also begun work on the landscaping and dotted the garden with various stone plinths to feature his sculptures . The architects worked on transforming the pre-existing spaces into a modern home. Since the house did not meet local energy-saving requirements, the team revamped it with a compound system of 20 centimeters stone wool insulation, heat pumps and solar collectors that saves energy and maintains comfortable temperatures. Related: This modern home built to house a renowned art collection is a work of art in itself Meanwhile, the residence comprises of a two-story volume. The ground level rests on a grassy plain while the basement nestles into an artificial hill. This allows for a separate entrance to the art gallery located in the basement, distinguishing the living spaces above and the display area below. Interior spaces are laid out along a north-south axis. The living room is at the heart of the house and bridges the other interior spaces. These include the bedrooms to the north and the shared spaces to the south, including the gym, sauna and swimming pool. Similarly, the perimeter walkways unify the interior spaces and exterior terraces. For example, the loggia on the main façade connects the street-facing terrace and the indoor pool . Its vertical louvers allow for views out and sunlight in, and prevents passersby from looking in. Sensory details, especially visual and tactile ones, are a key feature of the home. The living room has a large window that faces the west terrace, providing a beautiful sunset view. The bedrooms bring in diffused sunlight and have views to the nearby park and canal. With regard to tactile details, the design incorporates richly textured materials . Though the building is a simple brick and concrete structure, the ground floor is clad in coarse pine shingles from the Carpathian mountain range, while the basement level is studded with dark stone. + Palamarchuk Architects Photography by Andrey Avdeenko

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NASA contracts Canoo to design new EV for Artemis astronauts

May 18, 2022 by  
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After a competitive process, NASA chose Canoo to design an electric vehicle to transport its Artemis astronauts to the launchpad on their next mission. It’s a short drive compared to reaching the moon, but the specialized vehicle needs to be able to carry fully-equipped astronauts, support staff and gear to the launch site. “We are honored to transport the Artemis crew to the launch site for the first human lunar landing in more than 50 years. The selection of our innovative technologies by NASA to take a diverse team of American astronauts to the moon showcases a great commitment to sustainable transportation,” said Canoo Investor, Chairman and CEO Tony Aquila. Related: Fresco XL rivals Tesla as an all-purpose electric vehicle Canoo was chosen because the company’s customizable vehicles are modular and upgradable throughout their lifecycle. Basically, it means flexible-use applications. Additionally, Canoo vehicles have a high level of recyclability at the end of its life. They’re made in the U.S. by teams working from California , Michigan, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Furthermore, the new Crew Transportation Vehicle will be based on Canoo’s LV model — an all-electric vehicle designed from the ground up. It will include Canoo’s proprietary multipurpose platform to maximize cabin space, utility and productivity on a compact footprint.  While the contract from NASA is just for one vehicle, it speaks to potential future plans to partner with EV makers on vehicle designs for unique applications. Canoo filed more than 160 patents across all major components for their unique electric vehicles . They are designed in a way similar to space rovers. There are equipped with fully redundant parts and systems, created with secure proprietary software that utilizes over-the-air updates. Meanwhile, serviceability and upgradability help reduce lifetime cost and materials waste from vehicles. Canoo reduced part counts and focused on making parts repairable whenever possible by using a modular approach to design . This makes the vehicles cheaper to fix, more efficient, durable and eco-friendly across their lifetime, not to mention easier to use for organizations such as NASA. Canoo will launch commercial production of its vehicles from its Arkansas factory in late 2022, and deliver on the NASA Artemis vehicle in 2023. Artemis will land the first woman and person of color on the moon and provide learning opportunities for future missions. This mission, the first time humans have landed on the moon in over 50 years, will establish?the first long-term human and robotic presence on?and around?the lunar surface and lay the groundwork for future crew visits to Mars .  + Canoo Images via Canoo

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Climate Islands brings nature and community into the city

May 17, 2022 by  
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Barcelona landscape and architecture firm SCOB created seven architectural-landscape “interventions” called Climate Islands. They created inviting, green urban environments in inner city spaces that help mitigate the effects of climate change. The Climate Islands are “an operation of ‘urban acupuncture’ that adds new layers to the pre-existing territory and urban intervention that requires a strategic urban vision and careful control of small-scale architecture ,” according to SCOB. Related: Cayman Island house design is sustainable all throughout What does this mean? SCOB is known for their urban architecture and public space “interventions.” These aim to change the way people interact with public spaces and bring nature back into cityscapes. The firm designs everything from buildings to public use furniture and skate parks. Now, these Climate Islands are a way to bring a bit of green back to public parks in a way that promotes wellness and reduces heat in urban spaces. Client Gerencia Urbanistica Port Vell hired SCOB to reimagine the areas closest to the sea around Port Vell. This is to create contact between the urban areas and the ocean . The idea was to integrate these spaces in the port for residents of the Gothic and Barceloneta neighborhoods , and give them a way to connect with the ocean. Furthermore, the final project consists of “islands” of palm trees and plantings. It is surrounded by wide seating areas for gatherings of people to sit and enjoy nature in the middle of the city. One platform is broad enough to host a picnic, a local band or any manner of public get-togethers. To top it all off, against the backdrop of the city on a promenade near the sea. Additionally, cooling mist fountains stand between the seating areas for residents on hot days. The net effect of these raised platforms and plantings create a plaza that is slightly out of the way of pedestrian traffic. Thereby, people can slow down, enjoy each other’s company or the view of the port and the boats coming and going. It all creates a green space to enjoy within a hot cityscape. + SCOB Photography by Adrià Goula

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3D printing robot displayed in retail store upcycles plastic

May 17, 2022 by  
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Selfridges in London has been a premier shopping destination for buyers and browsers to see what’s going to be hot. That’s why there really is no better place for an amazing new window display that showcases a 3D-printing demonstration. The printer is creating amazing designer items using recycled marine plastic. Selfridges has always believed in the “theater of retail.” This window display demonstration definitely captures that idea and so many more. The ABB robot displayed created personalized designer objects. It’s all made from Parley Ocean Plastic that has been intercepted before it can get to the ocean waters. One look at the heartbreaking photos of plastic masses floating in the ocean is all it takes to see how this is a problem and know that it must be fixed. Related: Robots built this timber rehearsal studio for musicians Robots like this one could help to address this massive issue and start healing the world. The robot created everything from homewares to furniture, among other items. “By reusing plastic from the world’s oceans to print designer objects, we help to highlight the important contribution of robots in creating the sustainable manufacturing processes central to a circular economy,” said Marc Segura, robotics division president for ABB. Customers select what they want from a screen and the items are made to order right then and there by the IRB 6700 robot. The products are designed by Nagami. “Working with two industry leaders, ABB and Nagami, we can now print on demand anywhere in the world to turn a problem into a solution,” said Parley Ocean Plastic Founder and CEO Cyrill Gutsch. + ABB Robotics Images via ABB Robotics

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IKEA launches a beachy collection with World Surf League

May 16, 2022 by  
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Two iconic agencies have come together to launch a product lineup that caters to the outdoor lifestyle and the environment . IKEA, in partnership with the World Surf League, released the KÅSEBERGA collection in early May 2022. With respect to the ocean and the recreational lifestyle surrounding it, the collection is practical and made from eco-friendly materials. At home and on the go, the KÅSEBERGA collection responds to life with products that are adaptable to changing conditions. Related: IKEA purchases forested land in Georgia for conservation “These needs are relevant for many more people than surfers and inspired us to create products that enrich everybody’s lives with similar demands,” said Wiebke Braasch, designer at IKEA of Sweden . “With this collection, we hope to spread the joy of the surfing lifestyle in the home and everyday life of many people.” Products include a beach towel, yoga mat , water bottle, a hand plane for body surfing and a bag uniquely designed to aid in beach clean-ups, among others. The partnership makes sense. The World Surf League’s has a passion for the ocean. Meanwhile, IKEA’s mission to produce quality, affordable and environmentally-friendly products.  Furthermore, the collaboration included input from reputable surfers Kassia Meador and Rob Machado. There was an emphasis on designs that are low-impact for the water , air and planet. However, a high impact in regards to function and fashion.  “It has been an honor and a pleasure to team up with Rob Machado, the WSL and IKEA to create KÅSEBERGA,” said Kassia Meador, surfer and business owner. “A collection of ocean-inspired home goods and on-the-go surf essentials in the most functional high vibe low impact way. For the ever-growing global community of earth-conscious surfers and beach lovers.” The name of the collection, KÅSEBERGA, comes from a small city in Sweden. It’s home to one of the most southern surf breaks in the country. Thereby, many of the products are made from recycled polyester, diverted from the landfill. Other materials are made from renewable materials, such as bamboo and cork.  “Watching the IKEA KÅSEBERGA collaboration come to life and working with their designers on developing these sustainable products has been a truly rewarding experience for us at WSL,” said Cherie Cohen, WSL chief revenue officer. “IKEA’s sustainability initiatives align closely with those of the WSL and our fans. We are confident that these products made using recycled and renewable materials will be hugely popular with surfers, ocean lovers and design enthusiasts.” + IKEA x World Surf League Images via IKEA

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Australian townhouses minimize water and energy use

May 12, 2022 by  
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Green Sheep Collective Architects from Melbourne, Australia answered the call from a client to create an exceptional set of townhouses. They were to be sustainable, high-quality construction with an eye for modern architectural details. We’d say they succeeded. The Alphington Townhouses have unique angles on their facades. In addition to a variety of materials that marry the traditional brick row house style with modern steel and glass. Related: House Offset reinvents New York renovation aesthetics “The challenge was to provide designs that allowed north light to as many spaces as possible on the four north-south sites, while balancing sustainable design features and material selection with the project budget and intended resale values,” the architects explained. The final buyers of the townhomes weren’t predetermined. Therefore, the architects designed with materials that were flexible, low maintenance and low environmental impact to create value for potential buyers. The resulting Alphington Townhouses have open living areas and breezy modern staircases. Also, there are uniquely angled windows, modern finishes in the kitchen and bath. It connects to the outdoors via patio or balcony. Furthermore, a thermally efficient envelope enhanced the use of appropriate materials and systems to minimize energy and water use. Meanwhile, locally-grown and sustainably-sourced ash cladding was used for durability and reduced millage waste. Low-maintenance standing seam cladding and corrugated metal roofing help offset embodied energy in manufacturing. Inside, Vic Ash flooring reduces timber waste. While raking roof forms with central operable clerestory windows allow the “stack effect,” natural ventilation with north light into southern rooms to reduce overheating during the day. The townhouse development achieved energy ratings of up to seven stars and on average exceeded steps targets by more than 100%. Also, the architects aimed to make the development aesthetically pleasing. They did so by easing the elevation of the townhomes down the slope of the street and incorporating lightweight “skins” to reduce the perceived bulk of the building. Additionally, existing trees were kept. And angled timber balcony screens were used to soften the private outdoor spaces. The bricks used for the first floor levels were recycled. As a result, the building looks modern, yet suits the space and looks as if it’s always been there. Internal courtyards have to be the most unique feature of the building beyond materials used, as they provide more natural light and ventilation to all rooms. This helps avoid the common problem of dark interior spaces within townhomes and contributes to the light and airy feeling throughout while connecting inhabitants to the outdoors. + Green Sheep Collective Architects Images via Emma Cross

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This is the first passive house dormitory in Canada

May 12, 2022 by  
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UBCO Skeena Residence complex has 220 bedrooms , a beautiful Commons area and sustainability features throughout. Its integrated design process is energy efficiency and fits practical living needs. It was designed by Architecture + Communication Inc., landscape architect WSP and consultants in specialized fields. Notably, it is the first passive house dormitory in all of Canada. It’s only the second in North America. Related: Amsterdam apartments are tic-tac-toed in wildlife habitat The Skeena Residence is part of UBCO’s Living Laboratory initiative. The Skeena Residence has a monitoring system that gathers information about energy use and occupant comfort. All 220 students will complete a survey at the end of the year to provide even more data about low energy living. Moreover, student housing requires a lot of electricity. Students use hair dryers, computers, refrigerators and all sorts of small appliances. The desert environment of the region creates a lot of humidity . That’s why the building’s construction focused on airtightness, insulation and moisture control. The air circulation is renewed every three hours through mechanical systems to prevent mold. On the other hand, triple-glazed windows prevent energy loss. There’s also an eight-inch thick blanket of mineral wool insulation around the building. The roof is also super-insulated to minimize heat loss. Floor finishes and low-VOC paint were used throughout the building. Meanwhile, low-flow plumbing fixtures help conserve water on the site. The landscaping is full of native and adapted plants to reduce the irrigation needs on the property. Rainwater management provides water for the landscaping areas. What’s cool is that the building does not need fossil fuels for heating, cooling or hot water. The building isn’t even connected to the campus district heating system. It has its own stand-alone electric system and heat pumps that provide heating and cooling. Furthermore, the mechanical systems are located within the thermal envelope . Everything is also highly insulated to minimize thermal bridging and damage caused by condensation. Lastly, the building is 80% constructed with wood framing, with some concrete used on the ground floor. + PUBLIC: Architecture + Communication Photography by Andrew Latreille

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Passive and green design becomes of Annandale House

May 11, 2022 by  
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Day Bukh Architects met the challenges of designing a green home that matches the client’s desire for a minimalist and sustainable lifestyle. Located in the inner city suburb of Annandale in Sydney on a large, wide lot, the home features a variety of green design elements.  Known as the Annandale House, designers capitalized on breezes and natural lighting . They carefully oriented the house on the lot and encompassed the entire width of the land.  Related: Vintage viewfinders inspired this studio in Australia Furthermore, passive design resulted in a highly energy-efficient home that embraces a flow between indoor and outdoor living. The building benefits from a tight envelope with comprehensive insulation throughout. It relies on evaporative cooling, natural ventilation and low-consumption LED lighting. In addition, the home produces renewable energy through the use of solar panels. Water management systems result in low-consumption. Plus, the home is equipped to harvest rainwater .   Using sustainably-sourced building materials was important to the client. As a result, the home is built with a reliance on renewable building materials and eco-friendly products.  While there was a focus on the embodied and operational carbon during construction, the design also sought to increase the density of the site. A “granny flat” was built on the same property, located behind the primary home with the goal of providing additional living or lodging space while sharing resources. The rear addition was situated to capture passive solar elements like natural light and warming during the winter months.  In addition to the two structures, the home features a large deck with built-in kitchen amenities and heaters installed into the ceiling to increase opportunities for outdoor living throughout the seasons .  + Day Bukh Architects Images via Katherine Lu

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Senior home builds a social and eco-friendly community

May 9, 2022 by  
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Located in West Los Angeles , the Howard and Irene Levine Senior Community is a mid-rise housing development for low-income seniors and homeless senior veterans. The apartments were designed by KFA Architecture for Mercy Housing of California . The project sits along Pico Boulevard and is well-knit into the neighborhood’s urban fabric. It is surrounded by cafes , clinics and markets, all of which are easily accessible for the residents. Related: LEED gold LGBT senior complex provides homes to the homeless Furthermore, the 48 residential units comprise of studios and one-bedroom apartments, which consider accessibility and mobility needs of the elderly. Corridors that lead to the living spaces are open, thus allowing light and breezes to brighten and cool the interiors. Each apartment features an entry door recessed in an alcove, providing each unit with a sense of identity and hominess. The two lower floors serve as parking for nearby businesses and synagogue. Meanwhile, the top three floors encompass the residential and recreational spaces for the senior community. Additionally, the building incorporates several terraces and courtyards to maximize spaces that would otherwise be underutilized. These spaces encourage various levels of interaction among the senior residents. On the third floor, residents have access to a large central courtyard . This courtyard faces the main street and features views of Hollywood Hills. Surrounding the courtyard are more shared spaces, including an exercise space, a community room and support and service offices run by New Directions for Veterans. On the higher levels, terraces create cozy nooks for smaller groups. This includes the roof deck, which has informal seating and large, brightly-colored planters that host the community garden. Alongside providing an environment to adaptable social needs, KFA has also incorporated sustainable strategies in the project. The housing complex features solar panels on the roof and uses greywater harvesting for irrigation. Therefore, through its extensive focus on environmental and social needs of residents, the project is currently aiming for a LEED Gold rating. + KFA Architecture Photography by Jim Simmons and Jonathan Ramirez

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