PUP Architects disguises a tiny house as a rooftop air duct

March 14, 2018 by  
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PUP Architects disguised a dwelling as a rooftop air duct to bring attention to London’s housing crisis . The “guerrilla habitation” project playfully exploits development loopholes by fashioning a habitable rooftop space atop a canal-side warehouse in east London. PUP Architects based their design off a loophole that allows development of rooftop service structures without planning permission. PUP Architect’s H-VAC structure beat out 128 proposals to win property developer Shiva’s annual Antepavilion program, a competition that calls attention to problems with the local planning department and the city’s housing shortage .  Disguised as an HVAC exhaust, this hidden two-story dwelling starts from within the brick warehouse and pops up onto the roof in a snaking linear form clad in silver waterproof shingles made from recycled Tetra-Pak offcuts. The timber-framed structure winds its way up and culminates into a periscope-like shape with small room with two comfortable benches accommodating up to six. Related: This tiny prefab solution to Finland’s housing shortage can pop up in 24 hours “The pavilion invites discussion about the occupation of the city’s rooftops by highlighting relaxed permitted development rights,” says the Antepavilion press release. “It suggests that if dwellings could be disguised as air conditioning equipment, thousands of micro houses could be built across the city providing new homes.” The unusual pop-up pavilion won 2017’s Architecture Foundation Antepavilion competition for sustainable housing alternatives. + PUP Architects Images by Jim Stephenson and Phineas Harper

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China is winning the war on air pollution

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China is notorious for having some of the worst air pollution on the planet. In 2014 the country declared war on smog, and the results are in: China is killing it. In just four years, pollution is down 32 percent on average. Now, it’s fair to say that the country is leading the way in proving to the world that meaningful change is possible. Getting to this point wasn’t easy. The Chinese government has been very aggressive in controlling pollution by prohibiting new coal plants and forcing existing ones to reduce emissions, closing some steel and coal mines, and reducing automobile traffic. It has also invested heavily in renewable energy. And it’s working; Beijing has seen air pollution fall by 35 percent and Shijiazhuang has realized a drop of 39 percent. China’s most polluted city of Baoding had a reduction of 38 percent. Related: China calls America selfish amid Trump attempt to revive coal Almost every region in China has beat its targets, and the results go beyond allowing people to breathe easier – experts believe that Chinese citizens could live 2.4 years longer on average if these declines persist. Via Popular Mechanics and The New York Times Images via Deposit Photos ( 1 , 2 )

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2014 World Cup Arena Fonte Nova Stadium Scoops LEED Silver in Brazil

April 8, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of 2014 World Cup Arena Fonte Nova Stadium Scoops LEED Silver in Brazil Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 world cup , Arena Fonte Nova , green stadium designs , LEED silver stadium in Brazil , multifunctional sustainable stadium , RFR German engineering , Salvador da Bahia stadium , Schulitz Architekten , sport stadiums , Sustainable Stadiums , TETRA Arquitetos , world’s lightest stadium roof

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Barclays Center to Be Topped with 130,000-Square-Foot Green Roof

April 8, 2014 by  
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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center has announced that it will be topping off its already impressive environmental achievements with a 130,000-square-foot green roof . Designed by SHoP Architects, the new planted roof will provide an aesthetically pleasing view for those living in the soon-to-be-completed apartments above, but will also soak up rainwater and dampen noise during concerts and sporting events. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: atlantic yards , barclays center , barclays green roof cost , Brooklyn , Forest City Ratner , green roof , Greenland Group , Nets , shop architects

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Tetra Shed: A Modern Modular Office for Your Garden!

December 29, 2011 by  
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A stunning modern design by David Ajasa-Adekunle, the  Tetra Shed is sweet solution for those looking for extra office space. Built to be set in the backyard or a garden , the design’s modular construction also features foldout doors and windows to pull in plenty of natural light and fresh air. Available in a variety of colors as well as copper, zinc, steel and plywood facades, its distinct yet organic shape allows it to blend in seamlessly with any site — we can even imagine succulents growing on its surface! The Tetra Shed will be available for purchase starting next year. +Tetra Shed Via Hypebeast Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: backyard office , David Ajasa-Adekunle , eco sheds , garden office , green design , green office space , green shed , modern design , Tetra Shed

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Top 7 Wearable Technology Concepts of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

December 29, 2011 by  
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Talk about being fashion-forward – this year we saw sustainable style leap into the future as designers unveiled an incredible array of wearable technology concepts. From air-purifying jeans to solar-powered army uniforms to amazing contact lenses that give you  Terminator -style vision , the future of fashion tech looks bright. Check out the top stories of 2011 ahead, and don’t forget to cast a vote for you favorite design! VOTE HERE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Best of 2011 , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , wearable technology

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Top 6 Green Parenting News Stories – Vote for Your Favorite!

December 29, 2011 by  
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2011 saw a plethora of controversial stories and shocking discoveries on the parenting front. From a genderless baby named Storm  to reports of  arsenic found in apple juice and an alarming new study revealing kids’ brains absorb twice as much cell phone radiation as adults, there was plenty food for thought for anyone with kids. Jump ahead to see all of the biggest headline-grabbing green kids and parenting news of the year, and be sure to vote for you favorite! VOTE HERE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arsenic in apple juice , arsenic in juice , baby storm , breast milk ice cream , cellphone radiation , Cosleeping , gaga breast milk , genderless baby , green kids news , green news , Lady Gaga , top 2011 , Top 6 Biggest Green Kids News Stories of 2011 , top green news stories 2011 , top inhabitots posts 2011 , top news of 2011

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