INFOGRAPHIC: The challenges and triumphs of engineering the Rio Olympic games

August 3, 2016 by  
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On August 5, all eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro for the opening ceremonies of the summer Rio Olympics . Though the games have already been plagued by issues like poisonous water and Zika virus-prompted boycotts, the games promise to be three weeks of intense competition and inspiring performances from the world’s top athletes. As it draws near, we look at how the city is preparing to host this prestigious event, including the work of civil engineers who played a pivotal role in building the infrastructure and stadiums, and the challenges the city faces. + New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Thousands of paper bats swoop down on Latvias Nature Concert Hall

August 3, 2016 by  
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In contrast to last year’s Nature Concert Hall that comprised an angular pavilion, the 2016 iteration was created as a “levitating cloud” that hovers above a bandstand. The black origami bats were inspired by the common long-eared bat (Plecotus Auritus) that can be found living in Latvia year-round but are facing downward trends in population numbers due to human-induced changes. Related: Latvia’s Nature Concert Hall has a fabric skin that plays with the wind In a bid to raise awareness and appreciation of the bats, the designers created a giant cloud-like mass made from black pieces of paper folded into bat-like shapes. The bats are suspended in a giant net and carefully spaced to create an interesting gradient. The mass is opaque enough to double as a screen for video projections and light installations . “The volume of the cloud is referring to flocking bird and bat created dynamic geometries that can be found in nature,” write DJA. “To achieve maximum lightness and levitation effect art installation is suspended in 3 paired electricity columns far away each from another.” + Didzis Jaunzems Architecture + Nature Concert Hall Images by Uldis Lapins

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Volkswagen and the dark side of corporate sustainability

September 24, 2015 by  
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Two weeks after being named to the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, the auto giant provides a master class in what’s wrong with sustainable business.

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LIVE STREAM: Watch Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Receive 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize in Amsterdam

June 13, 2014 by  
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This video © The Hyatt Foundation / Pritzker Architecture Prize . This year we were thrilled to announce that one of our favorite architects, Shigeru Ban , won the 2014 Pritzker Prize –and today, for the first time in history they are livestreaming the awards ceremony! Often referred to as the “Nobel Prize” of architecture, this prestigious honor was awarded to Ban for his experimental and environmentally conscious designs, particularly when applied to disaster-relief situations. Watch the feed above to see Ban receive the award at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. To see more of his work, check out our links below. Innovative Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban Wins the 2014 Pritzker Prize! 10 Incredible Designs by 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban + The Pritzker Architecture Prize Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 Pritzker Prize , Pritzker Prize , pritzker prize awards ceremony , pritzker prize laureate 2014 , pritzker prize live stream , priztker prize winner shigeru ban , Rijksmuseum , shigeru ban , shigeru ban pritzker prize

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BIG Designs Amazing Spiral-shaped Museum for Swiss Watchmaker Audemars Piguet

June 13, 2014 by  
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Auckland Zoo’s New Angular Giraffe House Fits the Animals and Their Human Keepers

June 13, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Auckland Zoo’s New Angular Giraffe House Fits the Animals and Their Human Keepers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: affordable architecture , angular architecture , architecture for animals , Auckland Zoo Giraffe House , Auckland Zoo Giraffe shelter , design for animals , Glamuzina Patterson , locally sourced building materials , low cost architecture , Monk Mackenzie , New Zealand architects , slanted roofs , timber facade , Zoo breeding shelters , Zoo design

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Filtered Water In 2 Minutes with New UV Light Bottle Invention

August 5, 2010 by  
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Image via James Dyson Award Most portable water filters use carbon filters, special membranes with microscopic openings, or chemicals like chlorine or iodine to clean the water and make it save for drinking. However, one of the best systems for purifying water is actually with ultraviolet light.

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Where Do We Get Our Oil?

January 15, 2010 by  
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We know that dozens of billions of US dollars go to imported oil every month (nearly $1 billion a day) . We know that some of that must go to unstable, unsafe countries. A new report by the Center for American Progress titled “ Oil Dependence is a Dangerous Habit ” shows exactly how much oil we are getting from several such countries, and the results leave you wondering how safe we actually are and how serious we are about fighting terrorism and hostile political regimes.

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