London could be getting its first ultra-green, tidal-powered school

June 16, 2017 by  
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London-based Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture just unveiled plans for what could become London’s greenest building – a tidal powered school situated on the banks of the Thames River. The five-story building would be entirely powered by energy harvested from a series of large turbines built underneath the waterway. According to the proposal, the school’s location is key to the tidal power project. Currently, the proposed site is being used as a city trash collection center where boats pick up and transport the city’s refuse to a landfill outside of the city. However, this exact site happens to be located on the narrowest section of the Thames – the point in the river with the highest velocity of tidal surge. Related: Is tidal power finally coming of age? “As far west as Teddington, the power of the coastal tides is felt twice daily along the Thames, with a rise and fall of as much seven metres of water,” said Wayne Head, one of the studio’s two directors. “The movement of water due to tides represents an untapped source of power that it’s high time London harnessed for good,” he told Dezeen . “The site is located directly at the narrowest section of the Thames – meaning that the velocity of the tidal flow at this point will be the highest in the river. The plan is to capture this four-times daily energy through submerged tidal turbines as the primary means to supply the building with carbon neutral power.” The proposal, which will be built to meet the Passivhaus standard as well as the BEEAM Outstanding rating, calls for using the building’s natural environment of clean air and cooler temperatures to create a pleasant microclimate on the interior. The school would also be installed with a number of carbon monitoring systems that would help the occupants limit their carbon footprint as much as possible. Additionally, the various renewable materials used in the structure would be left exposed to serve as an example for future architecture projects. Although the proposal is at its very early stages, the architect envisions the carbon neutral project as not only the city’s greenest building, but also a beacon for future of sustainable architecture in the city, “The Thames Tidal Powered School is potentially London’s greenest public building,” he said. “The design is conceived as an exemplar of low embodied energy and carbon construction technologies, using natural and bio-renewable materials sourced through local supply chains.” + Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture Via Dezeen Renderings by Forbes Massie

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Anchors away! Airbnb floats a house down the Thames to celebrate London’s new rental laws

May 19, 2015 by  
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Up until now, a Londoners haven’t been able to rent their homes on a short-term basis without the fear of being fined. Now, the law will be updated to allow homeowners in the capital to use sites like Airbnb to rent their houses, apartments, or spare rooms for up to three months a year. To celebrate the new law, Airbnb has set sail on the Thames, in a fully functional two-bedroom house. The house, which is bigger than many Londoner’s land-locked residences, also includes a bathroom, living room, and a garden complete with doghouse and an apple tree. For those who’d like to be welcomed aboard, the housing rental company is running a competition for a one-night stay on May 22, 2015 . Entries are due by May 20. + Enter to win a night in the floating house! Via HUH Magazine Image by Mikael Buck for  Airbnb Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Airbnb , England , letting laws , London , rental laws , thames , Travel , vacation rentals

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Missouri scientists may have a cure for white-nose syndrome in bats

May 19, 2015 by  
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Could a bacteria commonly found in plants and soil save bats from a deadly fungal disease called White-nose Syndrome? It’s possible, scientists say. The new treatment, developed in Missouri by Forest Service scientists Sybill Amelon and Dan Lindner, and Chris Cornelison of Georgia State University, doses bats at a low level through the air. Scientists are seeing an increased health and survival rate among the bats. Read the rest of Missouri scientists may have a cure for white-nose syndrome in bats Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bat disease , bat illness , bat sickness , bats , bats and disease , bats and white nose , missouri bat research , white nose bacteria , white-nose syndrome

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Zaha Hadid Architects unveil a honeycomb-like design for their first project in Mexico

May 19, 2015 by  
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UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners’ Thames Estuary Airport

September 3, 2014 by  
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The U.K.’s Airports Commission just rejected Foster + Partners ‘ plans for a new international airport in England’s Thames Estuary. The proposal was designed to alleviate air traffic from Heathrow Airport – which is Europe’s biggest air hub and is currently operating at full capacity. Foster + Partners’ plan was strongly supported by London’s mayor Boris Johnson , who labeled the Commission “myopic” and “irrelevant” in his fury at the decision. The decision leaves only expansion plans for Gatwick and Heathrow airports as alternative options . Read the rest of UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners’ Thames Estuary Airport Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , airport capacity , airports , England , estuarine development , Foster + Partners , Foster and Partners , Gatwick Airport , heathrow airport , international air travel , London , Mayor Boris Johnson , noise pollution , Thames Hub Airport , united kingdom

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New Plans Unveiled for Floating Freshwater Pools in the River Thames

August 15, 2014 by  
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Famous ‘Less Than Zero’ Silvertop House is Up for Sale!

August 15, 2014 by  
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John Lautner ’s Silvertop House in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, recognizable as the setting for several music videos, commercials and the 1980’s movie Less than Zero , has been put on the market for the first time in 40 years. The gorgeous residence sitting on the crest of a hill, which sports a fantastic view of its surroundings from a spacious living room, is to be sold for the cool sum of $7.5 million. Read the rest of Famous ‘Less Than Zero’ Silvertop House is Up for Sale! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: famous building sale , hillside house , infinity-edge pool , john lautner , John Lautner houses , Los Angeles famous buildings , modernist architects , modernist buildings , residential architecture , Silvertop House

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London’s Tallest Residential Tower Reenlivens a Former Brownfield

January 28, 2014 by  
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Belgian Art Collective Brings a Giant Beached Whale Sculpture to the River Thames

July 4, 2013 by  
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At first glance, and even on closer inspection, it’s hard to tell that Belgian art collective Captain Boomer’s beached whale sculpture is actually art installation and not the real thing. The extremely realistic and life-sized sculpture “washed up” on the shores of the river Thames for the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival , just days ago. The shocking, life-like sculpture was accompanied by a team from the British Divers Marine Association who answered questions on what to do if you are to ever come across a real  beached whale . One day before the Docklands International Festival began, the giant whale was craned-in and placed along the shore of the Thames in Greenwich. The purposeful placing right on the water’s edge was staged to seem like a real whale beaching and included a team of actors who acted like scientists, surveying the site and performing investigations on the condition of the animal. The performance was meant to rouse the community, cause an interaction between the faux-whale and onlookers, and to instigate the feeling of wanting to help. The rouse, however, wasn’t immediately given away, and many spectators ended up believing that the sperm whale  was real. After the beaching performance, the whale sculpture was moved to a grassy knoll on the festival grounds, where it remained for the duration of the event. Captain Boomer has previously staged other beachings of the whale sculpture around Europe, in an attempt to not only educate people but also to give members of each community a link to nature. + Greenwich and Docklands International Festival  Via My Modern Met Images: Image © Stu Mayhew        

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World’s Largest Fat-Fueled Power Station to Open in London

May 10, 2013 by  
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Great Britain’s biggest water company, Thames Water, has teamed up with green utility company 2OC to run what is expected to become the world’s largest fat-fueled power station. The East London facility will be powered by spent cooking…

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