A 1970 home gets a modern, light-filled revamp in Santiago

February 12, 2019 by  
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When a family with three children sought a modern refresh for their aging home in the commune of Las Condes in Santiago, they turned to local architecture firm Cristobal Vial Arquitectos to lead the redesign. The house — which belongs to a set of 25 one-story homes originally designed by architects Christian de Groote, Victor Gubbins and Hector Mery — already enjoys access to two gardens, one to the north and the other to the south. The green renovation emphasized these garden views by stripping away unnecessary additions, and in the process created a more open and contemporary living environment. The green  renovation and expansion of the home, dubbed the Golfo de Darien House, covers a total area of 213 square meters. The original structure — reinforced masonry, slab and reinforced concrete beams — was kept while many of the timeworn modifications added over the years were stripped away. Even the chimney was removed in favor of a floating concrete wall that does double duty as a space divider and shelf. Two “light yards” and a new skylight funnel greater light and sense of spaciousness indoors. To further update the 1970 home and improve the building’s energy efficiency , the architects installed a new heating system that uses a high-efficiency aerothermal heat pump and radiant slab system. Thermopanel crystals were added to all the openings. Related: Crusty old Swiss barn transformed into a modern solar-powered home “The consolidation of the three courtyards of the house, allows a fluid journey, in a same level,” the architect said. “For the intermediate courtyard a wooden deck is projected, which gives greater warmth and permanence to the space. The predominant materials used in this work are wood, stone, glass, steel and exposed concrete , always trying to put in value the original structure and adding a contemporary language that not only accounts for its interior, but more well of a whole that integrates the vegetation to the work.” + Cristobal Vial Arquitectos Images via Cristóbal Vial

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Iguanas reintroduced to island after 200 years

January 15, 2019 by  
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In 1835, Charles Darwin was the last person to officially see a land iguana on Santiago Island in the Galapagos. After that encounter, predators like the feral pig wiped the lizard population out of that location. Now — nearly two centuries later —  an initiative by the Galapagos National Park authority has reintroduced more than 1,400 land iguanas (Conolophus subcristatus) back to Santiago Island. Authorities said in a recent statement that on January 3 and 4, the land iguanas were taken from neighboring North Seymour Island and introduced to the coastal regions Puerto Nuevo and Bucanero, which have similar ecosystems to the iguanas’ former home. The Galapagos Conservation Trust says that the archipelago’s land iguana population suffered when species like cats, rats, dogs and pigs were introduced. Those species prey on baby iguanas and eggs, plus they compete for food. Some cats even target adult iguanas up to four years old. But, the last feral pig on Santiago Island was eradicated in 2000 as part of the Galapagos Conservancy’s Project Isabela, and the island became officially pig-free in 2004. Related: Endangered green and loggerhead turtles make Mediterranean comeback The Santiago Island iguana reintroduction initiative was in due to depleting vegetation on North Seymour Island, which was threatening also a main threat to the food source of more than 5,000 iguanas. However, some lizards did remain to avoid compromising the existing vegetation . “The land iguana is a herbivore that helps ecosystems by dispersing seeds and maintaining open areas free from vegetation,” says Galapagos ecosystems director Danny Rueda. Authorities will continue to monitor the iguanas that have been reintroduced to the Galapagos island in order to determine if the iguanas are properly adapting and creating nests, and also to see if they are finding necessary food. They will also keep a close eye on newer species found on the island, such as rodents and ants, to make sure they are not disturbing the iguanas’ nests. Galapagos National Park Director Jorge Carrión said on Twitter that reintroducing the iguanas to Santiago Island was “great news for #Galapagos, for #Ecuador, and the world.” Via CNN Image by 8moments

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Meandering 2y House in Chile immerses inhabitants in its wooded surroundings

December 30, 2016 by  
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Few things in life produce the kind of peace and serenity found in a forest. This meandering treehouse in Chile provides a complete immersion into its wooded surroundings. Sebastian Irarrazaval Arquitectos designed 2y House as a solitary retreat that enhances the unique experience of being surrounded by trees. The house is located near Lake Colico, some 470 miles south of the Chilean capital, Santiago . Locally-sourced timber anchors the house to the place and references the sense of infinity that is present in forests. Natural light filters through broad windows and wooden screens, mimicking the effect created by tree tops. Related: Gorgeous Robin’s Nest Treehouse Hotel immerses you in nature This arboreal aesthetic is further enhanced by the use of red-painted wood on the exterior. Using a natural palette of reds, browns and greens marks a departure from the concrete and glass architecture that tends to dominate Chilean residential design. + Sebastian Irarrazaval Arquitectos Via Curbed

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Chile introduces world’s first metro to be powered largely by renewables

May 26, 2016 by  
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Public transportation offers a sustainable alternative to masses of individual automobiles, yet many systems still run on unsustainable power sources. With around 2.2 million people riding the Metro de Santiago every day, Chile requires a great deal of energy to keep people moving. President Michelle Bachelet recently announced the country’s mass transit system will soon be almost entirely powered by wind and solar energy, resulting in a slew of environmental benefits. This is an exciting step for South America’s second largest subway system in terms of length. Chile’s Metro de Santiago will receive 42 percent energy from solar power and 18 percent from wind power . The country’s step towards renewables highlights its commitment to clean energy that does not harm the environment or people, according to President Bachelet . She announced the news at a future metro station currently under construction. California solar company SunPower is building the solar plant that will generate the solar power, and Brazilian company Latin America Power owns the wind project also worked on by Spanish company Elecnor that will provide wind power. Related: Uganda to launch its first solar-powered bus this month SunPower expects their solar plant to be finished in 2017. According to the company , Metro de Santiago “will become the first public transportation system in the world to run mostly on solar energy.” In a statement, SunPower’s Executive Vice President of Power Plants Eduardo Medina said, “Solar is an ideal energy source for Chile because of the country’s high solar resource and transparent energy policies.” Chile will make the switch to renewables in 2018 when the solar and wind plants are operational. The projects will provide Metro de Santiago with renewable energy for 15 years. According to President Bachelet , not only will passengers be able to travel swiftly and safely, they will be able to get around in a way that “cares for the planet, reduces our carbon footprint , and makes possible a sustainable future for all.” Via Quartz Images via Wikimedia Commons and SunPower Corp.

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Santiago Calatrava Told to Pay for Leaky Roof of Ysios Winery in Spain

April 19, 2013 by  
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Photo by Roberto Lumbreras The owner of the Santiago Calatrava -designed Ysios winery is demanding that the Spanish architect contribute $2 million ($2.6 million) for the redesign and reconstruction the building’s leaky roof. The architect’s original builders have made several attempts to fix the roof so it doesn’t let in water, and now the owner wants to hire a new architect to design a replacement for the curvy roof. Read the rest of Santiago Calatrava Told to Pay for Leaky Roof of Ysios Winery in Spain Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architect law suit , faulty building , faulty design , law suit , Palacio de Congresos de Oviedo , Palau de Les Arts , Valencia Calatrava , wipe-out bridge Bilbao , Ysios winery leaky roof , Ysios winery Santiago Calatrava , Zubizuri bridge        

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6 Fun DIY Projects to Make for Earth Day

April 19, 2013 by  
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Fray Leon House Communes with its Natural Surroundings in Santiago, Chile

September 4, 2012 by  
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Solar-Powered Wave Glider Robot Used To Collect Hurricane Issac Data

September 4, 2012 by  
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A few days ago, we reported how the Wave Glider —a self-propelled, solar and wave-powered robot designed by Liquid Robotics —had been deployed to track great white sharks in the Pacific Ocean . Now word has reached us that when Hurricane Isaac struck off the Gulf of Mexico, the Wave Glider was actually being tested by US scientists. As such, they took the opportunity to use the multi-purpose robot to gather storm data at sea level. Read the rest of Solar-Powered Wave Glider Robot Used To Collect Hurricane Issac Data Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , barbara block , block laboratory , great white sharks , gulf of mexico , hurricane issac , liquid robotics , marine robot , robot , solar power robot , stanford university , wave energy , wave glider , wave power robot

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Casa 34 is a Long Rectangular Home With a Green Roof and an Enviable View in Chile

August 7, 2012 by  
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Ignacia Apartments Take Advantage of the Chilean Sun While Filtering Out Santiago’s Pollution

June 18, 2012 by  
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