How the humble bollard can save lives while improving urban design

July 20, 2017 by  
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Good design can save lives – and sometimes, it’s the humblest designs that do the most good. You may rarely notice them, but bollards keep pedestrians safe by restricting vehicle traffic – and they can save lives in the event of an accident or terrorist attack. That said, no one wants to feel like they are living in a fortress , which is why some companies like Reliance Foundry offer bollards that don’t just protect people – they enhance the architecture of the surrounding city. A bollard is a metal post installed along sidewalks, public squares and parking lots to help direct traffic and create a protective barrier between vehicles and pedestrians. Bollards are sometimes installed during events, and they can take many forms – including concrete barriers, or even massive dump trucks filled with sand. But for day-to-day protection, most people prefer something a little better looking. Successful urban design makes people feel comfortable while ensuring their safety. Barbed wire and concrete barriers may be effective, but they make city dwellers feel like they are living in a war zone. That’s why companies like Reliance Foundry create decorative covers that can be placed over steel pipe bollards to turn something purely functional into something that is also attractive to look at. Reliance Foundry offers decorative metal bollard covers that range from traditional cannonball-on-a-pole designs to streamlined cylinders and elegant columns. The covers are available in a wide range of sizes and materials – including ductile iron, steel, and aluminum – and they make pipe bollards blend into the urban environment instead of sticking out like a sore thumb. Installers should always consult with an engineer to ensure that bollards meet specific impact requirements. Reliance Foundry also offers bollards that introduce solar lighting along pathways, as well as dual-purpose designs that protect pedestrians while providing bike parking . + Reliance Foundry

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Dutch studio unveils colorful solar-powered village for area homeless

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Studio Elmo Vemijs from the Netherlands has created a beautiful tiny home village on the outskirts of Eindhoven to help those who find themselves in dire straits. The architects designed the neighborhood layout as well as the solar-powered , 355-square-feet homes to meet the specific needs of the residents. The inspiration for the village came from the Dutch phrase “Skaeve Huse” – roughly translated as “special homes for special people.” Working in collaboration with social housing organization, The Trudo Housing Corporation , the architects designed the tiny homes specifically for individuals suffering from mental illness, drug addiction, and anyone that simply has trouble living in a traditional home environment. Most Skaeve Huses are typically temporary shelters , but with this particular project, the team wanted to create a community of permanent, energy-neutral homes that could offer long-term benefits to the residents as well as the surrounding community. Related: Missouri community is building 50 tiny homes for homeless veterans Located on a tree-filled plot of land, the neighborhood is comprised out of a series of small, energy-efficient homes. All of the structures are made out of a corrugated steel facade with protruding window frames, but each has a unique color scheme. The interior layouts include an entrance hall, living room, kitchen, bathroom along with large windows that provide optimal natural light on the interior. Studio Elmo Vermijs designed the houses as well as the landscape architecture. Using the abundance of existing trees as a guide for the layout, walking paths were created that lead from home to home. The organization of the village gives each resident plenty of privacy and independence, but without creating an atmosphere of isolation. The surrounding greenery along with the home’s cheerful colors provide the village with a vibrant, fun atmosphere. + Studio Elmo Vermijs Via Curbed Images via Studio Elmo Vemijs  

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Cecil the lion’s son shot and killed by trophy hunter

July 20, 2017 by  
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In 2015, Cecil the lion was reportedly lured out of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park to be slaughtered by American dentist Walter Palmer. But lion hunting in the area hasn’t stopped. A group that calls themselves Lions of Hwange National Park recently said Cecil’s son, Xanda, was shot on a trophy hunt . Xanda was just over six years old and was the father of multiple cubs. Lions of Hwange National Park said Xanda was shot a few days ago. Professional hunter Richard Cooke of RC Safaris was part of the shoot, and Lions of Hwange National Park said Cooke killed Xanda’s brother around two years ago, when the brother around four years old. Related: U.S. dentist will not be prosecuted in Zimbabwe for killing Cecil the lion Cooke’s hunt was legal, according to researcher Andrew Loveridge of Oxford University , who is part of a team that monitored the national park’s lions with electronic collars. Cooke apparently returned the collar, cluing researchers in to Xanda’s demise. Loveridge told The Telegraph, “I fitted it last October. It was monitored almost daily and we were aware that Xanda and his pride was spending a lot of time out of the park in the last six months, but there is not much we can do about that. Richard Cooke is one of the ‘good’ guys. He is ethical and he returned the collar and communicated what had happened. His hunt was legal and Xanda was over six years old so it is all within the stipulated regulations.” He said he hopes for a five kilometer, or 3.1 mile, exclusion zone around the park so collared lions that wander out won’t be shot by hunters anymore. The Telegraph reported Cooke did not answer his phones the day they published their article. It’s unclear who his client was, although the publication said most lion shooters hail from the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, or Germany. The client could have forked over around £40,000, or close to $52,000 for the hunt and the lion’s head for mounting where they live. Via Lions of Hwange National Park and The Telegraph Images via Bert Duplessis/Lions of Hwange National Park on Facebook

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Why the new Nissan Leaf won’t need a brake pedal

July 20, 2017 by  
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Your next car may not have a brake pedal. But don’t worry – you’ll still be able to drive safely. Nissan’s new Leaf will feature what they call an e-Pedal, which allows users to speed up, slow down, and stop using just one pedal. This seemingly small change could alter car design of the future in a large way. The e-Pedal could forever change the way we drive. Drivers simply push down on the pedal to accelerate, as normal, but when they ease up on the pedal the car slows down, and when they take their foot off completely the car stops. The technology works even on hills, allowing a car to stay in place without a person needing the hold the brake pedal down. Nissan describes the e-Pedal as the world’s first one-pedal operation. Related: The 2018 Nissan Leaf will feature semi-autonomous driving technology According to Nissan, “drivers can cover 90 percent of their driving needs with the e-Pedal.” They think users in heavy traffic or on city commutes could benefit from the new design, since they wouldn’t have to constantly move their foot back and forth to decelerate and accelerate. They say the e-Pedal will simplify driving and make the journey more engaging. The idea may not be quite as crazy as it seems. HuffPost explains when you ease your foot off the accelerator in a gasoline -fueled car today, the engine in the car prompts it to slow down. This feature is lacking in electric vehicles , though, so manufacturers typically put a regenerative braking feature in the design so the car will brake when you release the pedal. In electric cars this motion also generates electricity from the wheels’ movement. Will other car manufacturers follow suit? And will drivers love or loathe the new feature? The e-Pedal will premier on September 6, so we may get more answers then. Via Nissan and HuffPost United Kingdom Images via Nissan ( 1 , 2 )

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Reliance Foundry bike lockers provide secure storage for cyclists on-the-go

May 1, 2015 by  
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It’s a heart-dropping feeling: you come back to the pole where you left your brand new bike and all you see is a dangling, clipped chain. Even as biking grows in popularity as a form of green transportation, worries about bicycle theft and vandalism still prevent many from taking it up. Reliance Foundry ‘s bike lockers are a reliable, durable and secure solution that offers peace of mind to cyclists. The versatile, heavy-duty storage chambers are an ideal alternative to easily clippable chain locks, and a way to encourage more people to put down their car keys and pick up their bike helmets. Read the rest of Reliance Foundry bike lockers provide secure storage for cyclists on-the-go Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike locker , bike security , Bike Storage , eco design , green design , lockers for bikes , Reliance Foundry , secure bike storage , sustainable designs

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Solar-powered Base Camp embraces nature through energy-efficient design

May 1, 2015 by  
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Medici Architects rock 5-Star Built Green standards with gorgeous Kirkland Home

May 1, 2015 by  
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Win $5,000 in Bike Commuting Gear in Reliance Foundry’s Pedals for Professionals Contest!

May 5, 2014 by  
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Break out the bicycle helmet and get ready to get back in the “saddle” — May is National Bike Month ! While it’s no secret that bike commuting boasts amazing benefits , National Bike Month– and more specifically “Bike to Work” week–is the best time to spread the message. To support the growing cycle movement, Reliance Foundry launched Pedals for Professionals , a contest that will award $5,000 in bike gear to a full time professional with the best story about how bike commuting changed (or has the potential to change) their life for the better. Read on for the full contest details! Read the rest of Win $5,000 in Bike Commuting Gear in Reliance Foundry’s Pedals for Professionals Contest! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycles , bike commuters , bike commuting , bike commuting contest , bike racks , Bike Storage , bike to work day , bike to work week , bikes , biking benefits , national bike month , pedals for professionals , pedals for professionals contest , Reliance Foundry

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