MAD brings a surreal sports campus that mimics a green, martian landscape to China

October 5, 2018 by  
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Architect Ma Yansong and his Beijing-based firm MAD Architects ’ surreal designs often look as though they come from outer space — and the new masterplan for the Quzhou Sports Campus in China is no different. The massive development just broke ground in the historic Chinese city in Zhejiang province and will bring with it an undulating green landscape with mixed programming. Inspired by the traditional Chinese painting style called ‘shan shui,’ MAD Architects conceived a park-like setting with green roofs draped over buildings to mimic mountains and waterways. The first and second phases of the Quzhou Sports Campus will span a little over half of the development’s total size and include a 30,000-seat stadium , a 10,000-seat gymnasium, a 2,000-seat natatorium, a national sports complex, an outdoor sports venue, a science and technology museum, a hotel, a youth center and various retail spaces. The large heft of these buildings will be hidden under an undulating green landscape that the architects liken to an “earth-art landscape in the center of the city — a poetic landscape that falls somewhere between that of Earth and Mars.” The Quzhou Sports Campus is ringed with a dense forest that hides the martian landscape and adds to its mysterious nature. At the heart of the park is a lake that serves as a sunken garden surrounded by buildings shaped as climbable green mountains. In another example of landscape mimicry, the architects designed the stadium in the likeness of a crater that’s crowned by a translucent cloud-like “halo.” The building interiors will also reinforce a connection to the environment with ample glazing so that visitors always feel as though they are immersed in nature. Related: Futuristic “spaceship” Lucas Museum breaks ground in Los Angeles Yansong said, “We dream not only of creating an urban space about sports and ecology but also turning it into a unique land art park for the world, establishing a relationship between the city’s heritage and history of Shanshui culture.” + MAD Architects

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Super Bowl LII scores on sustainability

February 1, 2018 by  
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Minneapolis’s U.S. Bank Stadium, home of this weekend’s Super Bowl, can withstand snow and save energy.

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Singapore is building the world’s largest free-span dome with a retractable roof

October 3, 2016 by  
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The versatile design of the new 55,000-seat stadium will allow it to support a wide variety of events throughout the year. It is the first stadium in the world custom-designed to host athletics, football, rugby and cricket, with the possibility to host concerts, shows and festivals. Related: Dragon-Shaped Solar Stadium in Taiwan is 100% Powered by the Sun The stadium will have the world’s largest free-span dome with a retractable roof that shelters the court from sunlight and rainfall . The roof will feature a network of LED lights that form one of the largest LED displays in the world. Designed specifically for the region’s tropical climate, the structure features an innovative cooling system that significantly reduces energy usage. + Arup + DP Architects + AECOM Via v2com

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Atlantas Mercedes-Benz Stadium to be NFLs first-ever LEED Platinum venue

September 7, 2016 by  
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Located at the top of the Proctor Creek Watershed, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) makes water conservation and management a core focus of its design. The development is expected to achieve all LEED Platinum water credits—the first for any sports facility—by capturing rainwater for reuse in the cooling tower and in irrigation of the landscape and trees maintained by Trees Atlanta; installing waterless urinals throughout the building; conserving water wherever possible; and slowly releasing captured stormwater runoff . The MBS will be 42 percent more water efficient than the Georgia Dome, the facility that the new stadium will replace. Related: The Redskins’ fancy new BIG stadium in DC will be surrounded by a moat MBS’ energy usage will be dramatically reduced thanks to solar panels , LED lighting, energy monitoring equipment, and ample energy-efficient glazing that lets in abundant natural light to reduce reliance on artificial lighting. The stadium’s retractable roof also helps bring in natural light and ventilation. Football fans will also be delighted to learn that MBS will be integrated with alternative transportation options to driving. Three MARTA rail line stations are located less than a mile’s walk from the stadium, which is also connected to the Atlanta Bike Trail network and pedestrian-friendly walking paths. There will also be secure bicycle valet offered during the games. The stadium is expected to be complete by summer 2017. + Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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The 50th Superbowl at Levi’s Stadium will be a net-zero energy game

February 4, 2016 by  
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Japan scraps Zaha Hadid’s controversial 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium design

July 17, 2015 by  
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pulled the plug on Zaha Hadid’s 2020 Olympic stadium due to escalating costs. The government’s latest estimates put the stadium at $2.1 billion—a cost that was subject to rise and would have made it the most expensive stadium ever built. “We have decided to go back to the start on the Tokyo Olympics-Paralympics stadium plan, and start over from zero,” Abe told reporters today . Read the rest of Japan scraps Zaha Hadid’s controversial 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium design

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Adam Knibb’s twin wooden homes seem to hover above the ground

July 17, 2015 by  
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The first Super Bowl lit with LED lights will cut energy use by 75%

January 29, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. When the Seattle Seahawks face off against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl this Sunday, the mammoth sporting event will be greener and significantly brighter than ever before. That’s because the University of Phoenix is the first Super Bowl host to light its stadium entirely with LEDs , cutting energy use by 75%! Read the rest of The first Super Bowl lit with LED lights will cut energy use by 75% Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arizona , Cree , Energy Savings , ephesus lighting , green lighting , green sports , LED , LED lighting , LEDs , stadium , super bowl , superbowl , university of phoenix

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Wellness clocks remind us to play, breathe, and enjoy life

January 29, 2015 by  
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Have you noticed how time just seems to fly by, especially when you’re stressed or swamped with work? Spanish company OOO My Design has created a clock  that reminds people to slow down and appreciate the wonders of everyday life. Each clock is customizable with 12 vinyl sticker suggestions that inspire happiness, such as reminders to stretch, take a few deep breaths , eat a piece of fruit, and express gratitude. Those with kids and/or pets  can choose reminders to hug and play with them once in a while, while other options include nudges to kiss partners or call parents. The clocks cost €22.00/$25.00 USD each, and can be shipped worldwide. + OOO My Design 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: breathe , call your mom , clock of happiness , clock of joy , customizable clock , do yoga , eat fruit , happiness clock , hug your pet , joy clock , OOO My Design , reminder clock , stretch , water your plant , Wellness Clocks

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Dragon-Shaped Solar Stadium in Taiwan is 100% Powered by the Sun

July 29, 2014 by  
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