Incredible daylit house in Vietnam is filled with living trees

August 30, 2016 by  
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The architects at 3 Atelier designed the tranquil home for their uncle and his family. The idea for the house emerged during the construction of another of the firm’s projects located in Di Linh Highland. While selecting materials for the project, the uncle mentioned his desire to move away from the local market, where he sold rubber shoes and clothes. He then commissioned 3 Atelier to design a house that would encourage his kids to play and experience nature. Related: Morphing cubby house gives kids control of play space The new house is located next to a highway, but it manages to provide a tranquil environment with plenty of privacy. The structure is made from a variety of traditional and modern materials that reference the parents’ childhood houses. + 3 Atelier Via Archdaily Photos by Quang Dam

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Breathtaking chapel clings to the cliffside for transcendent sea views

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OPA is perhaps most famous for their jaw-dropping Casa Brutale, another cliffside building with confirmed plans for construction . Like its predecessor, Lux Aeterna is dramatically embedded into a rocky cliff and sports a giant cross-shaped facade made of glass that gives the building the appearance of a glowing lighthouse at night. Guests enter the underground chapel via a series of concrete steps that lead down into the earth, which helps create thermal insulation to regulate internal temperatures. “Purity of belief is celebrated in this minimalistic design devoid of earthly distractive elements,” says OPA. “The chapel is the third building of the Terra Mater trilogy of underground buildings. Proposed for the island of Serifos, it possesses a single cliff façade that faces the Aegean sea, positioning the human vis a vis with the beauty and magnanimity of creation.” Related: Crazy home carved into a coastal cliff has a swimming pool roof The interior is minimally decorated and made almost entirely from concrete save for the timber flooring, benches, and door that lend the space a touch of warmth. Aside from the giant east-facing glazed cross, stained glass decorates the other openings. Colorful cross-shaped skylights create a beautiful play of colored light inside the chapel. + Open Platform for Architecture Via ArchDaily Images via Open Platform for Architecture

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MIT researchers 3D print objects that remember their shape

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3D printing has contributed to plenty of eco-friendly pursuits and artistic innovations, but one often-overlooked application of the technology is its impact on the medical field. MIT researchers have created a 3D printer that creates objects with shape memory , meaning they can take on different shapes depending on the temperature. This opens all sorts of doors for the future of biomedical devices, as well as aerospace technology. By using a 3D printing process called microstereolithography and a unique polymer mix which responds to thermal cues, the team has produced teeny structures that can be manipulated by changing the temperature. The polymer material used either hardens or softens when heated or cooled to certain temperatures, a reaction that could potentially be used in futuristic medical devices . Nicholas X. Fang, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, told MIT News , “We ultimately want to use body temperature as a trigger.” For instance, the device could deliver flu medication only when in the presence of a warming fever. Related: MIT is 3D printing functional robots that could walk right off the printer The team considers the technology to be beyond the scope of 3D and into 4D printing territory, since the fourth dimension of time is manipulated in the process. The innovation still has a long road ahead, but the researchers envision huge advancements in everything from biomedical devices to shape-changing solar cells  and aerospace technology. Right now, the team has developed a small Eiffel Tower replica and a tiny claw that can grip and release items when manipulated. +MIT Via Engadget Images via Qi (Kevin) Ge at MIT

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Eco-friendly resort in Australia mimics the surrounding sand dunes

August 16, 2016 by  
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The central facilities and 94 villas of the development mirror the surrounding landscape, with the leisure and conference facilities are nestled in three separate pavilions which mimic the sand dunes framing the resort . This organic quality of the architecture is marked by a curved shape of the complex, its colors, patterns, textures and finishes. Elements of rural and traditional architecture merge with modern design. Related: Stellar Townhomes are Lake Tahoe’s answer to the energy-efficient mountain house The resort is surrounded by an infinity lagoon pool which meanders alongside a communal fire pit and sun beds. The architects included over 65,000 new native trees and plants into the project and used conventional structures and finishes to respond to budget constraints. + Elements of Byron + Shane Thompson Architects Via Design Milk

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Hamptons home built with salvaged materials marries luxury and sustainability

August 9, 2016 by  
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The 3,800-square-foot residence sits on a 160-acre reserve located in between Gardiner’s Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Part of one of the seaside communities of the Hamptons, the house draws from the region’s rural architecture, but accommodates all the needs of the 21st century homeowner. Related: Resolution 4’s gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to the Hamptons It features foot vaulted ceilings incorporating wooden beams made from salvaged pine, and large glass doors opening towards a swimming pool with a pool house and 2,500 square feet of decking. The folding doors connect the swimming pool with the kitchen and dining area nestled under a vaulted ceiling . The rest of the ground floor accommodates the living room and a pair of bedrooms, while the master and two other bedrooms occupy the first floor. One of the most noticeable features of the house is the luxury finishing-white oak flooring and grey marble in the bathrooms and kitchen countertops. + Studio Zung

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Hyperloop One plans an underwater version of supersonic tube transportation

August 9, 2016 by  
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Imagine the Port of Los Angeles moved 10 miles off shore with ships docking at floating stations and cargo containers transported underwater from the coast via supersonic tubes. The coastal areas where the Port of Los Angeles used to take up miles of space has been transformed into parks, residential areas, office complexes and beaches. That is the future envisioned by L.A.-based startup Hyperloop One that is developing the technology to realize Elon Musk’s dream of moving passengers and cargo at supersonic speeds through evacuated steel tubes. “We’ve been talking to a lot of the port authorities around the world about re-engineering their ports in this kind of fashion,” Peter Diamandis, a Hyperloop One board member and CEO of the X-Prize Foundation, told Business Insider . He said clearing the land along the coast could create the conditions for a “huge real estate boom.” Diamandis said that in Long Beach, near where he lives, there is a “beautiful California coastline that is basically covered with ports or cargo containers and ships. Imagine if you could regain all of that coastline for parks and homes and beaches by taking the port and putting the port 10 miles off shore.” Related: Hyperloop One opens the world’s first Hyperloop factory Diamandis also confirmed to Business Insider that Hyperloop One is discussing underwater passenger travel. He said that there have been proposals to transport passengers underwater between Norway and Sweden. Hyperloop One is also involved in a partnership with a Russian company to build a Hyperloop in Moscow and possibly beyond and is exploring the possibility of a route between the Finnish capital, Helsinki, and the Swedish capital, Stockholm. On May 11, Hyperloop One conducted the first live trial of the technology at a test site in the Nevada desert about 10 miles north of Las Vegas. The Propulsion Open Air Test (POAT) involved a sled that was propeled by electromagnets to a top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h) along a track measuring 1,500 feet (457 meters) long. + Hyperloop One Via New Atlas Images via Hyperloop One

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Canadian island invites American immigrants escaping a Donald Trump presidency

August 9, 2016 by  
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“Is this for real? Yes. Is this a joke? No.” Cape Breton Island is serious about taking in American immigrants if Donald Trump wins the presidential election. All political ideologies are accepted on the northeastern Nova Scotia island, and – if Trump does win – may create an opportunity for the coastal region to build their population – instead of a wall. The Cape Breton If Donald Trump Wins website, created by a local DJ, touts all of the finer features of the island, including warm summers, rich cultural diversity, and North America’s first carbon neutral university campus. According to CNN , the “Trump Bump”  surge of interest in the island has resulted in at least one tourism association reporting increases in vacation bookings between 20 and 200 percent. Related: Someone built a tiny wall around Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star “We are experiencing a bit of a population problem at the moment,” says the website. “We need people. We need you!” Cape Breton is about twice as big as Delaware and working to rebuild its coal mining heyday with the tourism industry. What seems to have started as a joke has morphed into a growing economy, thanks to those looking to escape either the 9 to 5 grind or a climate change-denying , immigrant-alienating, narcissistic, talking traffic cone hellbent on initiating the end of days. Via  CNN Images via Flickr , Wikipedia

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Tato Architects turned this congested Japanese home into an open, modern marvel

May 18, 2015 by  
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Oaxacan Vernacular Comes Alive With La Salle University’s Clay and Bamboo Building in Mexico

September 29, 2014 by  
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How Monsanto is Turning an Island Paradise Into a GMO Wasteland

September 29, 2014 by  
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Monsanto is conquering one of the world’s most stunning utopias – and it’s happening right under our noses. The company is turning the picturesque island of Molokai into a GMO laboratory, and it’s treating the island’s inhabitants as lab rats. The biotech behemoth arrived on Molokai with big promises of delivering jobs, however local islanders have been exposed to a constant dosing of harmful toxins in the air and groundwater, with no end in sight. Read the rest of How Monsanto is Turning an Island Paradise Into a GMO Wasteland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biotech , cancer , genetically modified corn , GMOs , hawaii , island , Molokai , Monsanto , pesticides

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