China’s first vertical forest is rising in Nanjing

February 2, 2017 by  
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Stefano Boeri Architetti is bringing the vertical forest concept popularized in Milan to Nanjing, China with the Nanjing Towers . The two green towers could provide the city with a breath of fresh air, producing around 132 pounds of oxygen every day as they absorb carbon dioxide. They’ll accomplish this air-cleaning feat with 1,100 flourishing trees from 23 local species and 2,500 cascading shrubs and plants . The two towers at 656 feet and 354 feet tall will rise above the Nanjing Pukou District, which Stefano Boeri Architetti’s press release describes as an area that will likely lead modernization efforts in the south of China’s Jiangsu province and help develop a Yangtze River economic zone. Nanjing Yang Zi State-owned Investment Group Company Limited is promoting the towers and is listed by Stefano Boeri Architetti as an investor in the project. Related: Vertical forest Mountain Hotel will clean the air in Guizhou, China The taller tower will hold offices, a museum, a green architecture school, and a rooftop club. The second tower will host a 247-room Hyatt hotel and rooftop swimming pool. A podium 65 feet high will include shops, restaurants, and a conference hall. Balconies on the buildings will allow inhabitants to get up close to the nature thriving on the building facades. 600 tall trees and 500 medium-sized trees will grow on the towers, and Stefano Boeri Architetti says the trees and cascading plants will help regenerate biodiversity in the area. Not only will the green towers be the first in China, but in all of Asia . And they probably won’t be the last – the ambitious architecture firm aims to design vertical forests in Shanghai, Guizhou, Shijiazhuang, Liuzhou, and Chongqing. Stefano Boeri Architetti aims to continue to popularize the concept with a book edited by their China office and published by Tongji University Press, A Forest City . The book is scheduled to come out in April. The Nanjing Towers are slated for completion in 2018. + Stefano Boeri Architetti Images courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti

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Heatherwick Studio completes tornado-like university building in Singapore

March 16, 2015 by  
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Tilting Towers in Shanghai Deemed by Inspectors as Safe to Live In

December 1, 2014 by  
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A little bit of tilting is no big deal, right? Just ask the Leaning Tower of Pisa . At least, that’s what officials in Shanghai declared last week after a pair of 15-story high leaning buildings were declared perfectly safe for inhabitation. The apartment buildings were constructed in 2012 and since then, they have started to lean so much that they appear to be holding each other up. Officials checked the buildings out and despite cracks and crumbling concrete, the buildings were declared safe for inhabitation. Read the rest of Tilting Towers in Shanghai Deemed by Inspectors as Safe to Live In Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chuansha Town , Chuansha Town Towers , leaning shanghai towers , leaning towers , Pudong New Area , Pudong New Area of Chuansha Town , Pudong New Area Towers , Shanghia Towers , Tilting Shanghai towers , Xinyuan Real Estate , Xinyuan Real Estate leaning towers , Xinyuan Real Estate tilting towers

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Young Harris College’s Freshman ‘Pod’ Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

September 11, 2014 by  
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Dancing Towers: SHoP Architects’ New NYC Complex Could Be Storm Resistant

August 6, 2013 by  
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SHoP Architects recently broke ground on their Dancing Towers complex on Manhattan’s East Side and we’re not surprised to hear that they might be considering adding some storm resistance measures to the building’s design. In an interview with The New York Times, a managing partner at JDS Development, the project’s developer, said that he might want to build eight-foot floodgates into the towers and install emergency power outlets that would still work in the event of a blackout. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dancing Towers , flooding protection , green buildings , Hurricane Sandy , JDS Development , manhattan , Michael Stern , New York. , shop architects , turtle bay        

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Buro Ole Scheeren Unveils Plans for Green-Roofed DUO Towers in Singapore

November 15, 2012 by  
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Asymptote Architecture’s Prefab Velo Towers are Topped With Green Roofs and a Soaring Skybridge

June 15, 2012 by  
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BIG Unveils Award-Winning Green-Roofed Interlocking Cross # Towers for Seoul

May 3, 2012 by  
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Green Megastructures: Bosco Verticale

October 18, 2011 by  
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Dattatreya Mandal: Bosco Verticale Bosco Verticale in Milan Will Be the World’s First Vertical Forest The mega structure Eco architecture is not always about introducing innovative green features within a structure or a volumetric space. Sometimes, the expansive field entails the resumption of natural and spatial evolution (rather than expansion) within an urban parameter, according to the subject of urban design. In simple terms, this is called urban regeneration. This ‘regeneration’ process, as the name suggests, gives a whole new impetus to the planned growth of any section of a city (or even the whole city, sometimes), which is directly related to the better living conditions and welfare of the inhabitants. In relation to this, Milanese architectural firm BOERISTUDIO has unveiled their ambitious as well as conscientious design for two unique residential towers. Christened as the Bosco Verticale, this fascinating project is already being touted as the world’s very first vertical forest that is actually not a mere concept, but about to be realistically built in Milan itself. The architects themselves have used the term ‘metropolitan reforestation’ for the mega project. In their perception, the endeavor will facilitate the regeneration of the city environment and urban biodiversity, without the need for any actual expansion of the city limits. And since the project is related to verticality, the scope for efficient increase of population density without any actual physical increment (in relation to overall area) can be envisaged. On the other hand, the vertical structures will also represent the naturalistic side of affairs inside a sprawling urban-scape. Bridging the symbolic as well as spatial link between nature and city, these towers will serve as the bastion of reforestation and regeneration fused into one singular entity. What makes it mega Surging like the Garden of Babylon, these ‘lush green’ towers will go up to a level of 110m and 76m respectively, while covering a surface area of 40,000 sq m. But the more important factor is the project’s location, which is supposed to be near the center of Milan, in close proximity to the Isola neighborhood. This certainly propels a more crucial message both symbolically and spatially to the users and inhabitants of Milan. In terms of urban design, two full fledged vertical forest systems cum residential towers in the center of city makes up for a powerful green statement. According to the architects, the Bosco Verticale will also act as a structural device for the environmental survival of contemporary European cities. This means the towers directly will be related to the holistic naturalization and reforestation of the urban section. In relation to this, the designers have thought of hosting more than a whopping 900 trees that would form an integral part of the structures. Each of these trees ranging from 3m to 9m will be complemented by a naturalistic system of a myriad of shrubs and floral plants. According to modest estimations, if this gargantuan volume of trees is laid out on a flat plain, the resulting forest system would cover up an area of more than 10,000 sq m. Moreover, the residential area draped by the building landscape will incorporate an area of around 50,000 sq m if laid horizontally. Factbox Green Megastructures: Bosco Verticale Architectural Design: BOERISTUDIO (Stefano Boeri, Gianandrea Barreca, Giovanni La Varra) Place: Milano, Italy Estimated cost: 65.000.000,00€ Purpose: Residential Surface Area: 40.000 sqm Eco credentials The Bosco Verticale has been envisaged as a self sustaining system that enhances, recovers, and produces energy. As mentioned earlier, the unique quality of the towers will allude to their full scale covering (like a secondary skin) by plant forms. This natural skin system will actually serve two purposes. Firstly, the draping will control to some degree the features and essence of the micro climate of the building. This can result in passive cooling techniques along with corresponding temperature control. Secondly, the lush cover will also act as a filtering device that can contain the external dust particles from entering into the building atmosphere. This convenient feature becomes more significant due to the fact that Milan despite its architectural heritage is considered as one of the most polluted cities of Italy. Thus, the bio-diversified stratum regulates optimized temperature, absorbs CO2 and dust particles, and also mitigates air and noise pollution. The overall effect can significantly reduce energy costs over time, and that too in an efficient manner. The designers have also thought of individualistic features for each and every cantilevered balcony protruding from the building. They will be guarded by deciduous trees, which can provide shade during the summer time (by their lush canopy), and allow in natural sunlight during the winter (by shading off their leaves). And finally, the Bosco Verticale is a part of a much bigger urban regeneration project named as BioMilano. This grandiosely sustainable endeavor will incorporate a broad swathe of green belt around the city, by revitalizing 60 abandoned farms.

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How feasible is mining helium 3 on moon for our energy requirements?

October 18, 2011 by  
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Arjun Wadia: Helium 3 on moon Helium 3 on moon for our energy requirements? Why we are asking this now? What we need is a cleaner, safer and a more abundant source of energy to meet our energy requirements. We have been relying on non-renewable sources of energy like coal and petroleum which are now at the verge of completely drying up and a substitute has to be found which has to be more reliable and does harm the atmosphere. Do we have a substitute? Scientists and environmentalist have been working to find out a greener, environmentally friendly solution to this problem and developments have been made but yet there is no perfect substance or technology on this planet which can fulfill all the energy requirements. There is a solution though which lies outside this planet. The substance called Helium-3 which has been depositing on the moon through the solar winds released by the sun’s fusion reaction. Helium-3 is such a powerful substance that just 40 metric tons of it can meet all the power needs of a country like USA to meet for a whole year. The substance has been depositing and covering the moon from billions of years, hence it is present is abundance (approx 1 million tons of it). Is it really that serious? Helium-3 is a rare isotope which is a non-radioactive hydrogen capable of becoming the only power source of the whole planet. The Russians have also been talking about extracting Helium-3 from the moon but no action is yet been taken. With the launch of Chang’e-2 lunar orbiter in space, China is definitely working towards understanding moon better and collecting the required research data. According to the research, Helium-3 can be extracted by heating. The gasses are released at 700 degrees C and after they are cooled, the other gasses will condense leaving behind the isotope Helium-3. The developments: 1. Mining Helium-3 also has a certain dark side Helium-3 mining Helium-3 mining on moon for our energy requirements Clearly, what Helium-3 can do to this earth is astonishing. This substance can completely transform the energy face of earth but to every good thing there is a dark side. For those who don’t know, the earth relies heavily on the moon as it dictates the ebb and flow of various processes on earth. The consistent circumnavigation of the moon helps earth to function appropriately. Mining tons of substance from the surface of the moon might throw off the celestial balance and cause disasters. The use of explosive can also damage the surface completely. The monetary benefits are enormous but a lot more conclusive research has to come forward before a step could be taken. 2. Former Apollo Air walker, geologist and Senator Harrison Schmitt’s idea to solve the power crises on earth Mining Helium -3 Mining Helium -3 on moon for our energy requirements? A former astronaut, a geologist and former senator Harrison Schmitt has put forward the idea to plan and extract Helium-3 from the surface of the moon in the coming years. His idea is to build a lunar base on the moon and develop a project to extract the substance and bring it back to earth. An estimate of $15 billion and a whole lot of research will be required to practically develop such a project. To start with the least $2.5 billion each for a mining base a raw plan framework, $5 billion each for a helium-3 fusion plant and a heavy rocket-lift capable of regular moon missions will be required. Apart from this, the risks involved are also to be considered. This is for sure that in no time, the project will start paying for itself. The energy is worth hundreds of billions of dollar. 3. China’s Chang’e-2 has a mission to explore the undiscovered, a step closer to Helium-3 extraction China Mining Helium 3 China Mining Helium 3 on moon for our energy requirements China has already launched their second lunar probe and their quest to become a major space power exploring and utilizing the vast available resources in the space is definitely on. Chang’e-2 has been launched with a mission to gather some key information about the technology and further landing data. Economic benefits are driving the country’s interest towards the moon and the extraction of the isotope Helium-3 by building a lunar base is the ultimate goal for not just China but also Russia and other major space powers of the world. The main hurdles: The lack of engineering interest among the students is one reason for the lag of extracting Helium-3 and bringing it back to earth. Also NASA and DOE (Department of Energy) can’t seem to work along well and have trust issues. The risks involved have to be calculated and research data has to be transformed into a conclusive project before even thinking about it, there is no margin for error. What can be done? After extracting Helium-3 and bottling it up, it has to be brought back and treated to extract energy through a Helium 3 fusion reactor which is just 1 in the world and a very small one in Prof. Kulcinski’s lab, the guy who has been working on this project from the last 20 years. The task is to build a large scale project for mining and extraction which might take years. Also, an international project of building a high power Helium 3 fusion reactor on earth has to be accomplished. It would need a whole lot of efforts, compromises and commitments to achieve what is yet a dream.

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