Liberland may be the world’s first sovereign nation powered by algae

June 2, 2016 by  
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The winning proposal is a pedestrian-friendly design that supports a growing populace with stackable horizontal structures. Called Inverted Archeology, this groundbreaking technique constructs the city-state in consecutive temporal layers to form a self-sufficient, compact, dense, integrated and resilient urban fabric. Algae, strains of which don’t require significant sunlight to proliferate, would be grown on the underside of buildings to provide a clean source of energy . The design specifically creates an environment that is conducive to innovation, ensuring that all citizens – regardless of their ethnicity, race, age, gender or profession – have every opportunity to reach their full potential and participate collectively in financial gains. Related: The world’s first algae-powered building in Hamburg The RAW-NYC team led by Raya Ani comprised of an interdisciplinary group of collaborators from around the world, including – for full disclosure – the author of this post. “The team makeup and the design process was quite interesting and challenging at the same time,” Ani told Inhabitat. “To bring people together from different backgrounds substantiated our ideas and enriched the design process.” “The main vision was to balance density with quality of life. We wanted to address density differently than defaulting to skyscrapers, where connections between buildings occur only on the ground level. We wanted the city to be built one horizontal layer at a time, where it’s possible to walk everywhere and everything is connected. The horizontal layers are stacked in a staggered configuration to ensure natural light penetrates all of them.” Liberland president Vít Jedli?ka told Inhabitat that he and his team are studying whether a stackable algae-powered city design is feasible for Liberland. “We are blessed to have such great minds involved in creating Liberland, he said. “The winning design concepts show that the country can become a prosperous habitable area using [the] latest innovations in green technology to remain mostly self-sufficient. We will further study upon the 1st place project to see if and how exactly it could be introduced in reality. When that’s possible, we want to launch a virtual 3D landscape with building models to help people choose a place to live or to invest in. I congratulate all selected participants for their clever ideas representing the freedom Liberland stands for.” Sustainability played an important role in the RAW-NYC design. In addition to algae, buildings would feature integrated photovoltaic panels , rainwater harvesting systems and green roofs , and nothing would go to waste – neither space nor materials. Everything would be recycled, including all human, agricultural and organic waste, which would be converted into biofuel, and rooftop and community gardening would be scattered throughout, and floodable parks embrace rising waters. The Liberland design competition provided the opportunity of a lifetime – to design from scratch a progressive nation state that promotes innovation and autonomy. The RAW-NYC team used every available device to envision a genuinely sustainable, zero-waste urban oasis that will be resilient in the face of the numerous economic, environmental, and social challenges in the pipeline. + Liberland + RAW-NYC Architects

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NUZZLES Fur-Like Warming Huts Provide Soft Shelter on a Frozen River in Winnipeg

February 7, 2014 by  
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Toronto-based RAW Design designed fur-like warming huts for ice skaters at the frozen Assiniboine River in Winnipeg. These fun sculptures called NUZZLES are made from foal bristles and can be sculpted into informal seating, glowing light sources, or act as standing spaces that help visitors warm up. The project was awarded first prize at the annual Winnipeg Warming Hut Competition . Read the rest of NUZZLES Fur-Like Warming Huts Provide Soft Shelter on a Frozen River in Winnipeg Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: foam sculptures , Interactive Objects , nuzzles raw design , nuzzles warming huts , raw design , toronto architects , Warming Huts Competition , winnipeg warming huts        

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Russian Billionaire Battles to Save the Stray Dogs of Sochi Olympics from Extermination

February 7, 2014 by  
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In preparation for the Olympic games in Sochi on Friday, Russian officials have been scrambling to make the town a welcome site for the 200,000 people expected to arrive. Incredibly, part of their policy to make the resort habitable for humans has been to round up and kill hundreds of stray dogs . In response to the lethal campaign that has been in effect since October, billionaire Olga Melnikova is spearheading an effort to save the animals. Read the rest of Russian Billionaire Battles to Save the Stray Dogs of Sochi Olympics from Extermination Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal shelter , animal slaughter , olda melnikova , Olympic Games , olympic village , pest control , povodog , russia , russian billionaire , Sochi , spay and neuter , stray dogs        

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