Award-winning innovation center harnesses recycled rainwater and solar energy

January 15, 2019 by  
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Rio de Janeiro-based architecture firm Atelier77 recently completed CASA FIRJAN, an innovation center that’s been turning heads for its award-winning design and sustainable attributes. Recently crowned the Best New Building in the Annual Award of the Architect’s Institute of Rio de Janeiro, the project is a contemporary counterpart to the Palacete Linneo de Paula Machado, a historic twentieth-century building with French-inspired architecture. CASA FIRJAN has raised the cultural cachet of the site by providing even more room for educational activities, offices and creative pursuits. Atelier77 won the bid for the design of the CASA FIRJAN in an architectural competition in 2012. Designed to encourage collaboration and complement the Palacete Linneo de Paula Machado, which has been sensitively restored to serve as a cultural hub, CASA FIRJAN consists of rooms that cater to lectures, business forums, exhibition and a fab lab. The outdoor green space even features an outdoor cinema on the central square. Atelier77 also designed custom furniture for the building. “Within the intense and bustling neighborhood of Botafogo, the site of the CASA FIRJAN forms a space of repose in the urban fabric of the neighborhood , a place of relaxation where the historical Palacete and its century-old, tree-lined gardens generate an environment of reflection and contemplation,” Atelier77 explained in a project statement. “The insertion of a building for education, production, exhibition and discussion provokes an instigating dialogue with the environment and evokes new occupation of the historical place, guiding the space to creativity, knowledge, art and leisure.” Related: Former convent in Valencia is reborn as an ornate entertainment hub In contrast to the historic building on site, the modern addition is marked by large expanses of glazing that promote transparency as well as an inviting atmosphere. The glass facades are double-glazed and fitted with mobile panels of vertical wood louvers to minimize unwanted solar heat gain while letting in natural light. Natural ventilation and economical air conditioning systems also add to the building’s energy efficiency. In addition, the architects installed solar photovoltaic systems and a rainwater harvesting and reuse system, which have helped the project earn second place in the Saint-Gobain Prize for Architecture – Sustainable Habitat in the ‘Institutional Design’ category. + Atelier77 Photography by Monique Cabral via Atelier77

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Triptyque gives a 1970s office building an eco-friendly makeover in Brazil

October 10, 2016 by  
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Located within the heart of Rio de Janeiro’s business and economic district, the 85-meter-tall RB12 sports a new bioclimatic facade with zigzagging glazed panels and louvers that reduce solar heat gain but allow desired natural light in. Natural ventilation flows throughout the building. Plant-filled balconies punctuate the sculptural facade and aid in natural cooling. The landscaping is irrigated with harvested rainwater, which is also used to flush the toilets. Related: Bioclimatic Rio Branco 12 Tower to Set New Standards for Green Offices in Brazil “RB12 embodies an innovative new concept of sustainable development based on energy production, thus following the global trend of green-refurbishment, which consists in adapting and upgrading old buildings in order to align them with sustainable development criteria,” say the architects. “Among the environmental requirements that RB12 comprises are: thermal comfort, managing water consumption, optimizing natural light system, clean energy production through solar panels and fuel cells .” RB12 was redeveloped as part of Porto Maravilha, an area undergoing urban revitalization to improve living conditions in downtown Rio de Janeiro. + Triptyque Via ArchDaily Images via Triptyque

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Body parts, police protests, and financial strain plague Rio just weeks before Olympics

July 1, 2016 by  
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A little more than a month from now, Olympic volleyball players will be spiking balls in the sand on the famous Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Preparing the city to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games is no simple task, but a series of unfortunate and embarrassing events have added to the skepticism about the fate of the massive international event. Yesterday, a beachgoer discovered a dismembered foot as well as another unidentified body part on the shore , washed up with the tide. The police investigation is underway, but this most recent development has critics wondering whether Rio can ever be ready to host the Games. Embed from Getty Images Upon initial investigation, police suggest the body parts may belong to a woman or a young adult, but no identification has been made as of this report. Although the discovery is ominous on its own, it compounds the recent string of ‘bad news’ in Rio de Janeiro , which is now just a few weeks away from the Games’ opening ceremonies. The problems are numerous, and widespread, leading many to wonder whether Brazil’s second largest city was a good choice for the epic sporting event. Related: Soldier kills a jaguar used in Rio 2016 Olympic torch relay Two days prior to the shore discovery, the acting governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro warned that the event might be a “big failure” due to the state’s insufficient finances. “I am optimistic about the games, but I have to show the reality,” Francisco Dornelles told Brazilian newspaper O Globo . “We can make a great Olympics, but if some steps are not taken, it can be a big failure.” Embed from Getty Images The economic situation is so bad that police and firefighters are protesting against the government over unpaid wages, warning visitors that their safety may be in jeopardy. Public demonstrations were held as recently as Monday over unpaid wages, and graffiti has popped up around the city related to the conflict. On an even broader scale, health officials are concerned about the still-present Zika virus and warning pregnant women to avoid the events and the city entirely, due to the high risk of severe birth defects associated with contracting the mosquito-borne disease. Despite these events, there has been little discussion about altering the plan for the Games. Via CNN Lead image via Eric Steffen/Flickr

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The Heart of Denmark pavilion to bring a fiesta of light and color to the 2016 Rio Olympics

April 5, 2016 by  
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Vik Muniz Transforms Garbage from Rio de Janeiro Landfills into Stunning Works of Art

July 11, 2014 by  
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Carnival-Goers in Brazil Exchange Empty Beer Cans for a Free Train Ride Home

June 14, 2013 by  
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Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s largest public celebrations, featuring nearly 2 million costumed party goers, an extravagant parade, and of course, lots of alcohol consumption. The creatives behind Ambev ‘s Antarctica Beer saw an opportunity, and installed custom turnstiles during the event that allow people to “pay” with an empty beer can. Not only did this encourage over 1,000 people per hour to use public transit (instead of getting behind the wheel), it also helped a recycling NGO, to which all of the cans were donated. How cool would it be if all public transit could be paid for with recyclables? Read the rest of Carnival-Goers in Brazil Exchange Empty Beer Cans for a Free Train Ride Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AlmapBBDO , AmBev , antarctica , beer , beer turnstyle , event , marketing , public transit , recycling , rio de janeiro , safety        

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Sharp Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell!

June 14, 2013 by  
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About a year ago, Sharp achieved a new solar cell efficiency record of 43.5% by using a lens-based system to focus sunlight directly onto the cells in order to generate electricity. Now, Sharp has done it again . This time, they’ve created a concentrator triple-junction compound solar cell that offers conversion efficiency of 44.4%…all in a tiny package that’s only 4mm x 4mm! Read the rest of Sharp Unveils the World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , efficiency record , fossil fuels , high efficiency solar cell , satellites , sharp , Solar Cell , Solar Power        

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Rio de Janeiro’s Trump Towers Are Filled With Greenery on Every Floor

January 18, 2013 by  
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Richard Meier & Partners Unveils Plans for an Eco Office in Rio de Janeiro

May 3, 2012 by  
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New, Green Museum of Tomorrow in Rio Unveiled

June 25, 2010 by  
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Image Credit: Inhabitat Rio has been going through a bit of a rough patch lately- it’s been set on fire by a hot air balloon and hit hard by deadly torrential rains . But the city is far from beat: a key player in

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