An old school bus is upcycled into an open-air theater in India

July 27, 2018 by  
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When Doaba Public School in Punjab, India decided to retire a 20-year-old school bus , it was reluctant to part ways with the vehicle. The bus had belonged to the school’s first fleet of school buses — now increased to a fleet of more than 50 vehicles — so, the administrators tapped Indian design practice Studio Ardete to reuse the decommissioned bus. The resulting design, called the Bavillion, is a geometric pavilion that’s integrated into the school and offers a play area, an open-air theater and a gallery space. The 323-square-foot Bavillion serves the Doaba Public School located in the remote Punjabi village of Parowal. More than 2,500 students from over 100 villages travel — primarily on buses — to the school. Knowing how important buses are to the school, Studio Ardete was careful to keep the vehicle shape intact (including the steering wheel and driver’s seat) while gutting the interior to make way for a new gallery space lined with multi-faceted panels for texture. The pavilion structure was built on the outside of the bus as a “triangular prismatic volume,” and a deck was installed atop the roof of the bus. The upcycled “Bus-Building” was also developed to teach the students and community about the circular economy and the benefits of recycling. The pavilion functions as a congregation space with bleacher seating for students and teachers, while the interior gallery offers insight and documentation on the school’s history over the past four decades. Related: Old Greyhound bus converted into gorgeous tiny house on wheels “The bond shared by the school bus and the school has thus found a new meaning,” Studio Ardete said in a project statement. “After serving more than 8,000 school trips and taking on the responsibility of a million student’s transfers, it finally rests as an integral part of the school. A play area, an open air theater, a gallery and above all a symbol that inculcates the importance of reuse and upcycling in the students so their vision for tomorrow can be driven toward a sustainable future.” + Studio Ardete Images via Ar.Purnesh Dev Nikhanj

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Whoopi Goldberg’s cannabis line grows sustainably

January 20, 2017 by  
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The following Q&A is an edited excerpt from the Bard MBA’s Sustainable Business Fridays podcast. Sustainable Business Fridays brings together students in Bard’s MBA in Sustainability program with leaders in business, sustainability and social entrepreneurship.

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Unexpected living room with Soviet-era furniture pops up in a Lithuanian lagoon

September 9, 2016 by  
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The Living Boom offers an unexpected and quiet respite in Nida, the bustling popular resort town in Lithuania. A team of 18 international architecture students completed the project within a span of two weeks. The public space is partially hidden behind a five-meter-tall wooden wall so that visitors must physically walk onto the pier to see the entirety of The Living Boom. The wall, fixed to a concrete floor with metal bolts, serves as the symbolic threshold between the “interior” living room and “outdoor” nature. “A pier is a dead end. How can one change the ‘end of this long path’ and celebrate its end as a new space?” Write the designers. “Being already set into boundaries on three sides by the element of water, the start of the project was to construct a fourth wall that creates a new space. As one walks along the pier, approaching the wall in the middle of the plain landscapes of lagoon and sand dunes , one yet has to find out what the space behind the wall offers. Only after physically walking through, one can see and grasp the new space, with furniture shining in red, generating an unseen space in the middle of water, sky, sand dunes and forest.” Related: This timber installation challenges students to think about new ways to design homes The Living Boom is outfitted with local Soviet-era furniture modified with modern elements by the students and includes a three-meter-long table, multiple benches, a traditional wind vane, a giant wooden chair, and even a fireplace. All parts of the installation were painted the same shade of red. + The Living Boom Images by Alexandra Kononchenko and Miguel Angel Maure Blesa

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This hooded coat can be turned into a shelter for Syrian refugees

February 1, 2016 by  
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A group of students from London’s Royal College of Art  wanted to help make a difference in the Syrian crisis, so they created these ingenious hooded jackets that can be turned into sleeping bags or tents large enough to house an adult and a child. But in order to bring the idea to reality, the students are looking for help. You can make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering. Read on to find out how. READ MORE >

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Artist retreat north of the Arctic Circle clad in “pickled” wood for durability

February 1, 2016 by  
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LEO A DALY created a green-roof underground passage for the students of Minnesota State

March 10, 2015 by  
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Curvaceous lines and a large skylight give an ethereal vibe to this modern teashop in Prague

March 10, 2015 by  
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Architecture students create 3D printing robots that can build just about anywhere

January 26, 2015 by  
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A team of students at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco has developed autonomous, mobile 3D printing robots that could some day be put to work building in outlying areas. The Swarmscapers, as the small robots are called, are capable of traversing difficult terrain and they work with found materials to build shapes and structures. Some day, these little robots could be used to construct entire buildings. Read the rest of Architecture students create 3D printing robots that can build just about anywhere Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3-D Printing , 3D , 3D printing , Architecture , arduino , BUILD , building , California , California College of the Arts , construction , engineering , green materials , instructables , robotics , robots , San Francisco , students

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Delaware High School Students Complete World’s Tallest LEGO Tower

August 22, 2013 by  
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A group of high school students in Wilmington, Delaware just completed a 112-foot  Lego tower constructed from over 500,000 bricks that sets a new Guinness World Record for the world’s tallest free-standing LEGO tower. On Monday evening the team fitted the final piece, a fitting miniature Lego house, in front of the Guinness World Record Book representatives. The Wilmington tower eclipses the previous record holder, a Czech-built 106-foot,  bricked rendition of the Prague tower . Read the rest of Delaware High School Students Complete World’s Tallest LEGO Tower Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , czech , DIY , Guinness World Record , John Dickinson High School , lego , Prague , Red Clay Consolidated School District , students , tower fest        

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Japanese Students Create Brilliant Straw Home Heated by Compost

June 28, 2013 by  
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