Sparkly clean floating river pool proposed for Australia’s polluted Yarra River

May 27, 2016 by  
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Waterway pools have been gaining popularity around the world. From New York City’s proposed floating + POOL to river pools already built in Zurich, Berlin, and Paris, people are working around the fact that many city rivers are polluted . One such waterway is the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. Non-profit Yarra Swim Co. is working to make the river ‘swimmable’ once more, and one way they’re pursuing those goals is by working with Arup to develop a Yarra Pool . According to Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly, typically the only people right now that swim in the Yarra are drunk foreigners . Once home to one of the largest swimming competitions in the world, The Three Mile Yarra Swim, the river has been polluted for decades. One of Yarra Swim Co.’s initial goals was to clean up the river so they could bring back The Three Mile Yarra Swim. Their Melbourne river pool could help change public opinion of the river. Related: New Plans Unveiled for Floating Freshwater Pools in the River Thames Environmental scientist Michael O’Neill said of the Yarra Pools idea , “This project builds on decades of work to return the Yarra back to the people. We dine, ride, run, and row along the Yarra. Now it’s time to get back in.” Not only would a pool provide a clean place to swim, but Arup and Yarra Swim Co. are looking into ways to filter the surrounding water so it can actually be used in the pool. Arup reports that a patent is pending for that technology. In Australian dollars, the pool could cost between $6 and $8 million . Crowdfunding could help fund the pool, as could sponsorship or grants. Yarra Swim Co. President Matt Stewart said the pool could be open for swimming in 2019 or 2020 . + Yarra Pools Images via Arup and Wikimedia Commons

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Foster + Partners’ Droneport will launch aerial vehicles to deliver medical supplies in Africa

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Hundreds of thousands of Africans die every year from malaria and sickle cell disease due to a lack of access to medical supplies and aid. Poor transportation infrastructure poses one of the biggest obstacles to aid distribution. Many Africans live in remote areas and only a third of the population live within two kilometers of an all-season road. However, cargo drone routes can surmount these challenges by navigating airspace, rather than the ground, and can carry blood and life-saving supplies over a 100-kilometer distance at minimal cost. The project will run on two parallel networks: a Redline that uses smaller drones for medical and emergency supplies; and the commercial Blueline to transport larger payloads, such as spare parts, electronics, and e-commerce. The Blueline proceeds would help subsidize the Redline network. The project will initially deploy 3-meter wingspan drones capable of carrying payloads of 10 kilograms. Drones with 6-meter wingspans, capable of carrying payloads of 100 kilograms, will be deployed by 2025. Related: 6 ways people are using aerial drones for good Created with a minimal ground footprint, the Droneport’s modular vaulted building will be made from local materials like brick and boulders and is designed so that multiple vaults can be joined together for easy expansion. The pilot project is located in Rwanda and will begin in 2016. Once the three initial buildings are completed in 2020, the system will be able to send supplies to 44 percent of Rwanda. Foster + Partners hopes to see the growth of Droneports across Africa to service and save thousands more lives. “The Droneport project is about doing ‘more with less’, capitalising on the recent advancements in drone technology – something that is usually associated with war and hostilities – to make an immediate life-saving impact in Africa,” says Lord Foster, Chairman and Founder of Foster + Partners. “Rwanda’s challenging geographical and social landscape makes it an ideal test-bed for the Droneport project. This project can have massive impact through the century and save lives immediately.” + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners

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Kreoo’s whimsical, sculptural seating draws inspiration from rivers and streams

April 23, 2015 by  
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Made of marble, larch wood , and cork, KREOO ‘s “River and Stream” series of seating pieces evokes the soft beauty found in river stones. Ideal for either indoor or outdoor use, these pieces are fluid and elegant, and bring a touch of the natural world into any environment. The cool intensity of marble juxtaposes beautiful against the warmth and softness of the wood, complementing one another while creating a unique, whimsical seating arrangement. The larch wood comes in bleached, brushed, or tinted finishes, and the entire collection will be revealed at ICFF New York (May 16th to 19th – Booth 0832). + KREOO 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: brushed larch wood , ICFF New York , KREOO , larch wood , marble and larch , marble and wood , marble and wood furniture , marble furniture , river stone , river stone furniture , river stones , Rivers and Streams , stone-like furniture , wooden furniture

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Australian Pavilion will become a pool for 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

April 23, 2015 by  
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What better way to show off the history of the swimming pool and the impact it has had on Australian society, then to turn Denton Corker Marshall’s recently finished Venice Biennale Pavilion into one. The pavilion, at the hands of Aileen Sage  architecture firm and urban designer Michelle Tabet , will be transformed into a swimming pool for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale . Read the rest of Australian Pavilion will become a pool for 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aileen sage , australian pavillion venice , australian pavilon pool , dexter corker marshall , michelle tabet , pool pavillion

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