Giant sequoia skyscrapers designed to keep rotted trees standing

May 5, 2017 by  
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Modernization has harmed giant sequoias: not only have they been cut down in groves, but climate change has diminished their lifespan. Four designers in South Korea want to help preserve the trees’ legacy with a skyscraper called Tribute: The Monument of Giant , that could be tucked inside hollowed-out trunks, helping to keep trees with rotted heartwood from crashing down. The skyscraper would allow a visitor to feel small inside the vastness of a giant sequoia, while also offering education about the natural wonders. Ko Jinhyeuk, Cheong Changwon, Cho Kyuhyung, and Choi Sunwoong believe in the past, human desires and development clashed with the natural world. They said nature’s response is the natural disasters that wreak havoc throughout the world. They pointed to deforestation as both a cause of such disasters and “one of the worst crimes on nature .” Earning an honorable mention in the 2017 eVolo Skyscraper Competition , they offered up an answer. Their skyscraper is enveloped inside a dying tree in a bid to help keep it standing. Related: Incredible farming skyscraper could fight poverty and feed the world Although giant sequoias can be over 300 feet tall, with diameters between 20 and 26 feet, their roots often aren’t deep, so when their heartwood – what the designers described as a structural backbone – starts to rot, the weight of the trees can cause them to topple over. A skyscraper nestled inside could prevent this ending. “This project attempts to show a new architectural approach to human coexistence with nature,” the architects said in their design statement. They said their skyscraper, inside the empty void of a giant sequoia, wouldn’t hinder the breathtaking beauty of the tree. The building would then become “active as an artificial organ to replace the trunks rotten away.” Platforms inside the tree would offer opportunities for laboratories, exhibitions, education, and photo opportunities on observation decks. A lattice-like cage would comprise an outer casing that appears to blend in with the tree. Via eVolo and Dezeen Images via eVolo

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You’ll never guess why Trump wants to scrap the Energy Star Program

May 2, 2017 by  
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We’re all familiar with the little blue star label on home appliances that tells us how much electricity it will use. The EPA’s Energy Star program is about as uncontroversial as they come: it is a win for consumers and saves billions of dollars. But for some reason, Trump wants to toss the program out. Why would he want to do a thing like that? It probably has nothing to do with the low Energy Star ratings his properties have… right? Beyond rating appliances, Energy Star rates commercial buildings in a voluntary scoring system. Coincidentally, Trump’s properties tend to rate lower than other comparable buildings. In fact, 11 out of 15 of his skyscrapers in New York, San Francisco and Chicago rate low. The Mayfair Hotel, for instance, has a rating of 1. On a scale of 1 to 100. Related: Trump is switching off the EPA’s invaluable public data service This is all speculation, of course. The program does have some critics, but given all the other promises Trump  made on the campaign trail, this seems like an unnecessary fight to pick. Ditching Energy Star will undoubtably help Trump, because investors and tenants usually take note of a building’s efficiency when decide to invest. It’s all just par for the course in Trump’s White House: another day, another grift. via Daily Kos and NPR lead image via Flickr

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Ron Arad Architects unveil designs for Israels tallest skyscraper in Tel Aviv

October 13, 2016 by  
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ToHA was commissioned as a joint venture between two large investment and development companies that procured a coveted 1.8-hectare site in the center of Tel Aviv. The two sculptural towers offer 160,000 square meters of floor space and feature tapered facades partially elevated on legs for a minimal footprint on the ground plane. The glazed and angled facades are carefully oriented to ensure that every desk within the generous office floor-plates have access to natural light . Related: Zaha Hadid unveils sinuous skyscrapers for Australia’s Gold Coast In minimizing the building footprint, the architects open the ground plane up to public plazas and densely planted gardens. Three stories of community facilities within the building and a large roof garden will also be accessible to the public. Construction for phase 1 of ToHA began in 2013 and the project is slated for completion at the end of 2018. + Ron Arad Architects Via Dezeen Images via Ron Arad Architects

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Handcrafted ACERA mugs let you carry the world’s tallest green building anywhere

August 4, 2016 by  
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A new ceramic travel mug based on the Taipei 101 allows anyone to carry the world’s tallest green building in the palm of their hand. Taiwanese ceramic brand ACERA has lovingly based their design on the textured façade of the iconic building in the One-O-One mug . Each mug in the collection is hand-crafted and hand-decorated, with a faux walnut lid. The mugs come in four colors, including mint green, old rose, stone glue, and mocha brown. Looking at the final product, it’s not hard to see why it recently received the prestigious Red Dot Award . Related: Taipei 101 To Be World’s Tallest Green Building Not only are these mugs a gorgeous homage to the building that inspired them, but by using ceramic instead of plastic, ACERA is creating a more sustainable product than many of the other travel mugs on the market. They’re not just better for the planet, either — by avoiding plastic in the walls or lining of the mug, they’re also safer for their users because they don’t contain toxic chemicals like BPA . + ACERA Photos via Acera and Wikipedia

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MAD Architects unveil futuristic Cloud Corridor skyscrapers for Los Angeles

August 31, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should stop buying bottled water

August 31, 2015 by  
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Americans buy a staggering amount of bottled water every year. Not only does that bottled water consumption add to a wasteful water footprint —the average U.S. consumer uses as much as 1,320 gallons per day—but it’s also the source of tons of landfill trash. Buying bottled water isn’t economically sound either. Even though half of most bottled waters come from the tap, some water brands charge up to 500 times more than the cost of tap. Wheels for Wishes put together an infographic to examine the many reasons why Americans need to reduce their bottled water footprint. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should stop buying bottled water

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Architects reveal the world’s first shadowless skyscrapers in London

March 24, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: Amazing Facts About the World’s Tallest and Most Iconic Skyscrapers

September 18, 2014 by  
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Thanks to architectural advancements, it seems like all major cities around the world have entered a skyscraper race-for-the-sky. To track the progress and history of these super tall towers, window & door guys created an information-packed “Super Tall Skyscrapers” infographic. From a snapshot look at the Burj Khalifa to a rundown on the evolution of the skyscraper, this infographic takes you around the globe into the backstory of some of the world’s most iconic architecture. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Amazing Facts About the World’s Tallest and Most Iconic Skyscrapers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: burj khalifa , iconic towers , infographic , reader submitted content , skyscrapers , super tall skyscrapers infographic , super tall towers , window & door guys

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Are These Incredible Rice Paddy-Topped Hong Kong Towers the Skyscrapers of the Future?

August 22, 2014 by  
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7 Million Bats Killed by White Nose Syndrome: How You Can Help

August 22, 2014 by  
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We’ve reported on the white nose syndrome (WNS) afflicting and killing bats across the U.S. for a few years now. However, the latest estimates from the Defenders of Wildlife put the number of bats killed by the disease near seven million. The population of the northern long-eared bat alone has reduced by almost 99 percent of 2007 levels. In response to the devastation wrought on this particular species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has sadly decided to do nothing for another six months ! Read on to find out how you can help campaign to get this species protected under the Endangered Species Act , before it’s too late. Read the rest of 7 Million Bats Killed by White Nose Syndrome: How You Can Help Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , bat deaths , bats , Campaign , Defenders of Wildlife , endangered species , fungal disease , habitat loss , northern long-eared bat , petition , US Fish and Wildlife Service , white-nose syndrome

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