Zaha Hadid Architects weaves energy-saving tech into an otherworldly UAE landscape

October 12, 2018 by  
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Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed designs for the Central Hub, a new leisure and entertainment destination for the United Arab Emirates that looks positively out of this world. Marked by swirling pathways and pod-like buildings, the futuristic Central Hub will serve as the focal point for the $6.5 billion Aljada development in Sharjah, the UAE’s third-most populous city. Spanning an area greater than 25 football fields, the 1.9 million-square-foot Central Hub will be entirely car-free and integrate a variety of energy-saving technologies. With Phase One slated for completion in the end of the first quarter of next year, the Central Hub is expected to be the city’s largest mixed-use lifestyle destination. The first phase spans over 328,000 square feet in size and includes the Aljada Community Center; a food truck village; a children’s play area, outdoor activity zone and skate park; outdoor event space for film screenings, pop-up events and markets; as well as Arada’s experiential sales center. The second and third phases of the Central Hub will be completed in 2020 and 2022, respectively, and include more recreational and retail facilities, such as an 11-screen cinema, extreme sports center and an expansive community park . Much like the Aljada masterplan, which is designed with walkability and sustainable systems in mind, the Central Hub is flush with over 700,000 square feet of public squares and gardens that include natural cooling strategies for year-round enjoyment. Inspired by water droplets, the elliptical buildings will also help channel crosswinds into the public spaces. The grounds will be irrigated with recovered and recycled water and planted with native species. Lighting will be powered entirely by smart solar. Related: Zaha Hadid Architects designs robot-assisted vaulted classrooms for China “ Sustainability is absolutely central to Arada’s vision, and that has been reflected in the Central Hub’s design,” said HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, vice chairman of Arada. “We are working hard to protect and encourage local native species and natural environment. We’re doing this in a way that is cost-efficient and leaves as small an impact on the planet as possible.” + Zaha Hadid Architects Lead image by VA, others by Cosmoscube

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NBBJ-designed Samsung HQ in Silicon Valley aims at LEED Gold Certification

October 14, 2015 by  
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Learn about water-sensitive urban design for FREE with this online course

March 12, 2015 by  
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Water, water everywhere—even in the city. Developing water-sensitive urban areas is rapidly becoming a key factor in sustainability, but it’s a challenging topic with a lot of moving parts. FutureLearn has partnered with Australia’s Monash University  to offer a free online course for anyone interested in learning more about the complex relationship between water and sustainable cities. The seven-week course, entitled “Water for Liveable and Resilient Cities,” seeks to educate people about methods for protecting waterways and wetlands within urban spaces , as well as reducing flood risk and damage. The course also includes discussions on how to create public spaces for the purpose of harvesting, cleaning, and recycling water . Check out Future Learn ‘s website for this and a lot of other exciting—and free—online courses. + Future Learn  Image via Shutterstock . The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “water collection” , city planning , designs to conserve water , Future Learn , monash university , recycled water , Urban design , urban planning , urban waterways , urban wetlands , water in architecture , water issues

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Looking for a beer made from actual human piss? Urine luck.

January 30, 2015 by  
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In 2001 the hipsters of Portland planted the seed for a fascination with PBR that quickly spread nation-wide. So what state could be better qualified to provide us with a beer made from actual human urine? While it won’t be hitting the market anytime soon — due to regulations and all — Clean Water Services has asked the Oregon Brew Crew to turn their high-purity, drinkable sewage water into a refreshing craft beer. Read the rest of Looking for a beer made from actual human piss? Urine luck. Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beer , clean water services , drinking water , Drought , high purity water , home brew , homebrew , Oregon , public health , recycled water , safe water , waste water , wastewater , water treatment , West Coast

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19 Central American Coffee Farms Now Generate Energy from Wastewater

August 28, 2014 by  
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Did you know that only 1 percent of freshwater in the world is available for human consumption? Or that 140 litres of water are required to produce a single cup of coffee? Over 70% of water used in Latin American coffee farms is returned into rivers without being treated, causing severe damage to to downstream communities, aquatic fauna, and flora, due to its organic waste and high toxicity. UTZ Certified, a sustainable farming initiative, is changing that. 19 pilot sites across Nicaragua , Honduras , and Guatemala received tailor-made coffee wastewater and solid waste treatment mechanisms, and the positive impact, both economic and environmental, has been startling. Read the rest of 19 Central American Coffee Farms Now Generate Energy from Wastewater Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clean water , coffee , coffee farm , coffee farming , coffee farms , coffee production , drinkable water , Guatemala , Honduras , nicaragua , recycled water , UTZ , UTZ Certified , waste water , wastewater , water initiatives , water issues

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Rising Moon Pavilion Made Entirely of Recycled Water Bottles Puts on an Amazing Light Show

October 11, 2013 by  
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West African Inventor Makes a $100 3D Printer From E-Waste

October 11, 2013 by  
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Kodjo Afate Gnikou, a resourceful inventor from Togo in West Africa, has made a $100 3D printer which he constructed from parts he scrounged from broken scanners, computers, printers and other e-waste. The fully functional DIY printer cost a fraction of those currently on the market, and saves environmentally damaging waste from reaching landfill sites. Read the rest of West African Inventor Makes a $100 3D Printer From E-Waste Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $100 3d printer , 3d printer , 3D printing , Africa , computers , E-cycling , e-waste , Kodjo Afate Gnikou , recycled 3d printer , recycling , togo        

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Broken Pipeline Spills Over 20,000 Barrels of Oil in North Dakota Wheat Field

October 11, 2013 by  
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A farmer in North Dakota noticed something funny going on in his wheat field in late September. At first, he could only smell what he suspected was crude oil , but within a few days it began gushing up out of the ground, spreading across over 7 acres of his property. The pipeline, owned by Tesoro Corp, is estimated to have spilled 20,600 barrels over the course of a few short days. The spill is among the largest ever recorded in the state. Read the rest of Broken Pipeline Spills Over 20,000 Barrels of Oil in North Dakota Wheat Field Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: broken oil pipeline , environmental cleanup , midwest , north dakota , oil industry , oil spill , oil spill cleanup , wheat field        

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Thai Beehive-Style Apartment Lives Off the Waste of Existing Buildings

July 4, 2012 by  
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Thai architects Achawin Laohavichairat, Montakan Manosong, and Peerapon Karunwiwat have conceptualized a fascinating beehive-style apartment that lives off the waste of existing buildings. Instead of building new structures in Bangkok’s dense urban landscape, the designers propose to clip small apartments onto existing buildings like a bee hive. These parasitic structures would then purify the host-building’s waste water in order to generate the energy they need to function. Read the rest of Thai Beehive-Style Apartment Lives Off the Waste of Existing Buildings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Achawin Laohavichairat , and Peerapon Karunwiwat , Bangkok , clean tech , eco design , green design , Montakan Manosong , parasitic structure , recycled water , renewable energy , sustainable design , Thailand , Urban design , waste water , Zero energy

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New Research Shows Rising Sea Levels are Unstoppable

July 4, 2012 by  
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©WaltStoneburner Researchers warn that efforts to cut carbon emissions in order to slow down the rise of global sea levels may be for naught. Scientists at research groups in the United States and Australia have found that despite drastic worldwide carbon emission cutting mandates, the natural thermal expansion of sea water is still likely to occur. Emission cuts could help stunt the rise of seawater globally, but they predict its overall rise is inevitable due to temperature increases over the last thirty years. Read the rest of New Research Shows Rising Sea Levels are Unstoppable Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research , climate central , eco design , global warming , green design , sea level rising , sustainable design , United States National Centre for Atmospheric Research

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