Tel Aviv’s Gran Mediterraneo Tower blooms with with a lush vertical garden

April 21, 2017 by  
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This curvy new skyscraper envisioned for Tel Aviv is a lush oasis that combines modern, sustainable living with plenty of nature. The skyscraper is filled with Mediterranean and Dead Sea flora and features an automated car park, farms, electric charging stations and public gardens. The mixed-use Gran Mediterraneo tower, designed by French architect David Tajchman , is wrapped in mirrored glass and white concrete conceived using the latest construction and digital technologies. Gran Mediterraneo combines different programs, including apartments, a hotel, an automated car park , a public charging station, farming and public gardens , co-working spaces and spas. The automated public car park will operate as the first induction charging station for public and shared electric driverless vehicles in the city. Related: Bordeaux’ Canopia tower will be one of the tallest timber frame structures in the world The tower aims to renew Tel Aviv’s skyline with its vertical form, generated using state-of-the-art digital tools . “Innovative with its topological geometry giving a spiral effect to the high-rise, the Gran Mediterraneo breaks with the global and usual stacking of horizontal slabs wrapped with mirrored glass ,” said Tajchman. + David Tajchman Via Archdaily

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Econtainer recycled shipping container bridge provides gateway to Tel-Avivs Ariel Sharon National Park

July 30, 2016 by  
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The architects were inspired by the design of the Ariel Sharon National Park itself, which is a super ambitious project to turn one of the world’s largest garbage dumps into a flourishing green space . The reuse of shipping containers makes perfect sense, as an estimated 800,000 containers are abandoned by the maritime services each year. The use of containers will also save on production, costs and construction time, and the modular units are flexible enough to adapt to any changes required. RELATED: Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park Yoav Messer Architects ‘ Econtainer Bridge is made of a continuous line of containers punctuated by balconies that provide space to stop, take a rest and enjoy the gorgeous views on each side. The bridge is set upon four columns, minimizing its impact on the ground. A great (re)use for shipping containers that we haven’t seen before, the Econtainer Bridge will provide access to the park while serving as a destination in its own right. + Yoav Messer Architects + Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park Images © Yoav Messer Architects

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Israel’s greenest building produces more energy than it consumes

June 13, 2016 by  
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Tel Aviv University’s Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) wasn’t interested in achieving the minimum LEED certification — this building lives and breathes a dedication to the planet. In order to be awarded LEED Platinum certification a building must earn at least 80 points, but PSES surpassed this standard by leaps and bounds, completing construction with an impressive 92 points. The state-of-the-art solar energy system includes solar PVs and tubes that line the facade of the building. Any energy that the building doesn’t use is sent to other buildings at Tel Aviv University. When Inhabitat visited Israel it was upwards of 30 degrees celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) and we were astounded by how cool this building felt without any use of mechanical air conditioning. Using computational dynamics simulations, the architects were able to achieve 100 percent passive ventilation using natural airflow through the solar tubes, producing a low and high pressure Venturi effect that provides both heat during the winter and natural cooling in summer. PSES currently offers an International MA program that is focused on Middle East water issues, climate change, and several other environmental subjects. While Israel may be situated within the world’s most arid climate, you wouldn’t know it by experiencing its lush, verdant landscape. As a leader in conservation, the country reuses 70 percent of its water through water recycling initiatives . The Porter School is a prime example of a serious dedication to water conservation, utilizing an impressive drip irrigation system generated entirely from wastewater recycling. Students are also constantly experimenting with new alternative energy systems that could potentially be used on the PSES building; they are currently testing algal power in a lab that is viewable to passersby. An ecologically constructed wetland system purifies gray water for the landscape irrigation of a large native plant green roof and plentiful landscaping around the building’s facade. One of the prime goals of the project was to not destroy the original landscape for living creatures around the building. Dr. Joseph Cory, founder of Geotectura , told Inhabitat that he hopes the design “will create a new architectural vocabulary [for Israel] — people will start to ask what you are growing on your building, which is a different state of mind.” RELATED: Tel Aviv’s Gran Mediterraneo Tower will feature a lush vertical garden The interior and exterior of the building was completely constructed from local, recycled or renewable materials, including fiber cement, recycled wood, and bamboo. The majority of the exterior is clad with glass panels, providing an ample amount of natural daylight that eliminates any need for artificial lighting during the day. The remainder of the lighting is produced with an efficient LED system. One of the most captivating aspects of this building’s interior is the floating “Capsule” that hovers over the building’s atrium. Dr. Cory explained that the fascinating addition was designed to serve as both a quiet meeting place and “a constant reminder for the students that we have only one Earth.” He added that “we are living in a western culture that is behaving like we have two or three Mother Earths to take from, but this is not a way to keep on if you want to consider the living of future generations and of course people from other continents that are not living in the western world.” + The Porter School of Environmental Studies Photos by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat

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A small modern home in Tel Aviv boasts big eco-friendly features

November 5, 2015 by  
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Gorgeous Concrete Cut House in Tel-Aviv looks like it has been carved out of a single piece of concrete

October 1, 2015 by  
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Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park

March 9, 2015 by  
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Every day, Hiriya sorts 3,000 tons of household waste, 1,500 tons of construction debris and 250 tons of landscape matter, and transforms it into fuel, fertilizer, electricity, water for irrigation, and even garden furniture, in what may be one of the greatest landfill transformations the world has ever seen. Read on to learn how Hiriya is decreasing its carbon impact on the environment each day, with the help of landscape architect and urban planner Peter Latz and his visionary design that has turned trash into treasure. Read the rest of Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ariel Sharon , ariel sharon park , Ayalon park , Ben Gurion International Airport , biogas , bioplastic , crap mountain , design competitions , garbage mountain , hiriya , hiriya landfill , international parks , Israel , landfills , largest recycling facility in the world , peter latz , peter latz landscape architecture , public parks , recycling facility , Tel Aviv , transfer station , urban planning , world’s largest recycling plant

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February 2, 2015 by  
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Every day, Hiriya sorts 3,000 tons of household waste, 1,500 tons of construction debris and 250 tons of landscape matter, and transforms it into fuel, fertilizer, electricity, water for irrigation, and even garden furniture, in what may be one of the greatest landfill transformations the world has ever seen. Read on to learn how Hiriya is decreasing its carbon impact on the environment each day, with the help of landscape architect and urban planner Peter Latz and his visionary design that has turned trash into treasure. Read the rest of Tel Aviv’s notorious ‘Garbage Mountain’ transforms into world’s largest recycling park Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ariel Sharon , ariel sharon park , Ayalon park , Ben Gurion International Airport , biogas , bioplastic , crap mountain , design competitions , garbage mountain , hiriya , hiriya landfill , international parks , Israel , landfills , largest recycling facility in the world , peter latz , peter latz landscape architecture , public parks , recycling facility , Tel Aviv , transfer station , urban planning , world’s largest recycling plant

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CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals

November 25, 2013 by  
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CellEra’s new platinum-free fuel cell could be the cleanest engine ever created. Instead of using an extremely expensive rare earth metal as the fuel cell’s catalyst, CellEra employs a catalyzed, solid polymer electrolyte. The new catalytic core is not only cleaner, it also won’t corrode like older fuel cell technology and it can even help reduce overall costs. The Israel-based green energy company recently revealed its new device at the Fuel Choices Summit in Tel Aviv. Read the rest of CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , CellEra , cheap clean energy , clean technology , fuel cell , Fuel Choice Summit , green energy , green technology , Israel made fuel cell technology , low cost fuel cell , Platinum Free Fuel Cell , platinum free fuel cell technology , rare earth element free fuel cells , rare earth elements , rare earth metals , Tel Aviv        

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Packaging Made from Tomato Plants Yields Safer Canned Food

November 25, 2013 by  
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A new bio-resin made from tomato plant by-products could make it safer to eat canned foods in the future. Although eating fresh food is great for our health, it can be troublesome on the wallet. Fresh food spoils, sometimes very quickly. That’s why we’ve come up with all sorts of food packaging and preservation techniques that help extend the shelf life of our favorite foods. Unfortunately, these cans and plastic trappings are terrible for the planet, and sometimes leach dangerous toxins into the food itself. But a new European project called  BIOCOPAC is working to create better packaging, made from tomato waste, that will help keep canned food fresh without harmful chemicals or additives. Read the rest of Packaging Made from Tomato Plants Yields Safer Canned Food Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bio-based thermosetting lacquer , bio-resin , BIOCOPAC , BPA , canned tomatoes , food packaging , metal packaging , packaging made from tomato plants , plant-based packaging , plastic packaging , safe canned foods , tinned food , tomato plants , tomato waste , upcycling        

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Econtainer Recycled Shipping Container Bridge to Provide Gateway to Tel-Aviv’s Ariel Sharon National Park

January 29, 2013 by  
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