A green roof naturally cools a bioclimatic mosque in Indonesia

September 16, 2020 by  
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Jakarta-based architecture firm RAD+ar (Research Artistic Design + architecture) has recently completed the Bioclimatic Community Mosque of Pamulang, which is located about an hour south of the Indonesian capital. Designed to follow passive solar principles, the bioclimatic building departs from traditional mosque architecture in favor of optimizing indoor comfort, self-sufficiency and minimal maintenance. In addition to maximizing natural light and ventilation, the architects also topped the community mosque with an active green roof — instead of the iconic Islamic dome — in order to reduce the urban heat island effect. Spanning an area of 1,200 square meters to accommodate approximately 1,000 people, the Bioclimatic Community Mosque is more than just a place of worship. Like many mosques , the Pamulang building also functions as a community center, meeting space and recreational space for the surrounding neighborhood. RAD+ar’s strikingly contemporary design for the mosque reflects the building’s multifunctional services. Related: Henning Larsen Architects reveal plans for a new mosque in Copenhagen that marries Islamic and Nordic design Creating low-maintenance and cost-effective safeguards against the region’s extreme heat and humidity drove the design narrative and informed the architects’ decision to replace almost all of the brick partitions with over 30,000 pieces of locally produced accustomed roster block that provide privacy while allowing light and air through. “Basic geometric-volumetric approach as the sunken massing (to harness lower temperature) stacked on top of another, this allowed many level of wind speed variation crossing the building that provides total shade and extreme temperature and air pressure differences that ensure 24 hours cross ventilation & thermal chimney effect,” the architects explained in a press release. Natural lighting is also maximized throughout the building, while strategically placed openings optimize cross ventilating and the stack effect . Both indoor and outdoor spaces were crafted to provide thermal comfort; the inclusion of shaded outdoor spaces large enough to accommodate gatherings has been particularly helpful for accommodating activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. + RAD+ar Photography by William Sutanto via RAD+ar

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Meet the 7-Year-Old Who Started a Recycling Company

February 13, 2017 by  
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If you haven’t already heard of Ryan Hickman and his recycling company, it’s time to get this 7-year-old on your radar. His environmental journey all began a few years ago, when young Ryan visited a local recycling facility with his father….

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15 trends conservationists should pay attention to — but aren’t

January 21, 2016 by  
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If artificial glaciers, islands and intelligence aren’t on your radar, maybe they should be.

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Ford’s new headlights can automatically shine a light on pedestrians and animals

July 30, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Driving at night can be a bit unnerving on unlit roads, since potential hazards can be difficult to see. Ford has revealed that its engineers are working on new advanced headlights that use radar and infra-red camera systems to detect pedestrians and animals that may be in a vehicle’s path. Traditional headlights can only show a part of the road ahead, which may not fully illuminate potential hazards, but Ford’s new headlights use radar and camera systems to detect everything front of the vehicle and making it easier for the driver to take action before something bad happens. Read the rest of Ford’s new headlights can automatically shine a light on pedestrians and animals

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Bad trade, toxic chemicals and climate change: What you can do

July 23, 2013 by  
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These policies threaten to roll back sustainability gains. Put them on your radar.

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Smaller cities get startup-style sustainability incubator

July 23, 2013 by  
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Waco, Wichita, Louisville, Tucson, Sacramento and Portland, Maine, will receive sustainability help from Portland State University.  

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Romanian Teen Designs Autonomous Car System that Would Cost Just $4,000

May 20, 2013 by  
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Many great minds at companies like Google and Tesla have been laboring towards creating a self-driving car system. Millions of dollars have gone into the research, resulting in expensive prototypes and costly components. Nineteen-year-old Romanian student  Ionut Budisteanu took the top prize at the  Intel International Science and Engineering Fair  for developing an autonomous system that would only cost $4,000 and safely guide a car through the streets. Read the rest of Romanian Teen Designs Autonomous Car System that Would Cost Just $4,000 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial intelligence , autonomous driving system , Google , intel international science and engineering fair , ionut budisteanu , radar , romania , safety , self-driving , teenager , tesla , vehicle        

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First Takes: Biden Urges More Cleantech Investment, How to Recycle EV Batteries, & More…

August 31, 2011 by  
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The vice president’s talk at the National Clean Energy Summit, a sub-$15 LED bulb, and creating fuel from sewage are among the items on our radar this morning.

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Hotel Giants Unite to Develop Carbon Footprint Standards

August 31, 2011 by  
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A group of heavy-hitting hotel chains are joining forces to create a sector-specific single methodology for measuring and communicating greenhouse gas inventories.

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First Takes: Cadillac Gets Electrified, Perry’s Global Warming Skepticism, and More…

August 18, 2011 by  
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 Rick Perry’s climate claims, Shell’s U.K. oil spill and Tesco’s reasons for shunning biodegradable plastic bags are among the stories on our radar this morning.

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