Earth911 Inspiration: Edward Abbey — One Square Mile of Wilderness

September 27, 2019 by  
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This week’s quotation is from American author Edward Abbey: “I … The post Earth911 Inspiration: Edward Abbey — One Square Mile of Wilderness appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Beautiful eco-friendly living room pops up in downtown Kenmore

February 26, 2018 by  
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A “symbolic living room” with a sustainable approach has sprung up in the heart of downtown Kenmore, Washington. Opened last year, the Kenmore Town Square shows how investment in public spaces can transform a town’s reputation and improve livability. Graham Baba Architects designed the Town Square’s focal point, the $4.5 million Hangar building, which also meets the 2030 Challenge that advocates for carbon-neutral buildings. Located a few miles north of Seattle , Kenmore is shedding its image of suburban sprawl for one that embraces greater livability and pedestrian access in its downtown core. Created as part of an ambitious downtown redevelopment plan, the 24,000-square-foot Town Square and the Hangar inject vibrancy to the city core, attracting residents and visitors with diverse programming as well as active and passive spaces. Hewitt Landscape Architects served as the prime consultant and project landscape architect. The addition of the pavilion -like Hangar promotes year-round and all-weather enjoyment of the Town Square and opens up to the surroundings via a 24-foot-wide by 16-foot-tall bi-fold window wall. Wrapped in structural insulated panels , the building is built of durable and low-maintenance materials from its steel structural beams and columns to a standing seam metal roof. A deep roof overhang shields visitors from the sun and rain. Related: Chophouse Row mixes modern and vintage in a trendy Seattle pedestrian haven The Hangar interior features a series of flexible assembly spaces that can be rearranged with partitions. The polished concrete floor is installed with radiant floor heating and, in addition to operable window walls and large fans, provide a comfortable indoor temperature year-round. The Hangar also meets the 2030 Challenge based on the Total Project Energy Use Index (EUI) for when the project was designed (2015) and achieves a 79% reduction in CO2 emissions as compared to the typical U.S. building of the same type and size. + Graham Baba Architects Images by Andrew Pogue

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5-Star rated Fair and Square Hostel in Belgrade combines upcycling, renewable energy and on-site waste recycling

February 3, 2016 by  
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This trash fire in Mumbai is so bad it can be seen from space

February 3, 2016 by  
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In late January, a fire broke out in a landfill in Mumbai, India , and the plume of smoke being produced is so massive that NASA Earth Observatory is publishing pictures of the fire taken from space. While you can’t exactly see the landfill from so high up, the trash piles at Deonar dumping ground reportedly reach up to 30 meters, equivalent to nine stories tall — not surprising considering that the landfill handles 3,700 metric tons of waste every day. Read the rest of This trash fire in Mumbai is so bad it can be seen from space

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Why is Yahoo Japan selling ivory?

February 3, 2016 by  
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Google, Amazon, eBay, and most other tech giants refuse to allow their users to sell ivory on their platforms. But if you use Yahoo’s Japanese site, you’re welcome to sell all the ivory you want — in fact, the Guardian estimates that more than 12 tons of elephant tusks and ivory jewelry were sold on the site between 2012-2014. A petition from Avaaz argues that Yahoo Japan’s policies are giving poachers an online platform and directly fueling the illegal ivory trade. Sign it now and tell Yahoo this is completely unacceptable! Yahoo – stop your deadly ivory trade! > Read the rest of Why is Yahoo Japan selling ivory?

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Aamodt / Plumb Architects’ modern Texas prefab was built in just 12 months

February 3, 2016 by  
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2015 Sukkahville winner Roots is a Jewish Sukkah made from grass

August 14, 2015 by  
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Swedish firm Ulf Mejergren Architects won this year’s Sukkahville , an annual international competition that seeks innovative proposals of the Sukkah, a temporary structure built during the Jewish festival of Sukkot. The winning submission, named Roots, re-imagines the Sukkah as a dynamic form that transforms “from an almost dissolved and chaotic structure to a neat and interlaced arrangement.” The large-scale tree-inspired structure will be made from local grass twisted by hand into ropes and will be installed at the end of September on Nathan Philips Square in downtown Toronto . When the installation is taken down, the grass ropes will be reused as feed for farm animals. + Ulf Mejergren Architects 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!

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Nele Avecedo’s Melting Ice Figures Pay Tribute to Civilians Killed in WWI

August 15, 2014 by  
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Innovative Roaming Town Square Engages Local London Community

September 6, 2013 by  
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Although most citizen-savvy cities these days recognize that community public space is as much a civic right as it is a priority, some small communities unfortunately find themselves lacking the resources to create vibrant public areas for residents. One such community is the small London suburb of Cricklewood, which has found itself with minimal public areas for citizens to enjoy within their own local community. This lack of  proper civic engagement options propelled the local Cricklewood Improvement Programme to seek assistance to improve the neighborhood. They successfully obtained a £1.67 million investment that will focus on restructuring the small and rather inhospitable area. As part of the restructuring plan (led by Gort Scott Architects ), a civic design agency, Spacemakers , has developed the Town Square on Wheels, a roaming, human-powered, pop-up public space that allows small communities to utilize whatever limited areas they do have for public use. Read the rest of Innovative Roaming Town Square Engages Local London Community Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Civic Design , Cricklewood , Gort Scott Architects , London boroughs , Spacemakers , Tom James , Town Square on Wheels        

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538 Square Foot ‘Swiss Army Knife’ Apartment Folds and Transforms for Small Space Living

August 15, 2013 by  
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