Cepezed completes the first self-sufficient bus station in the Netherlands

May 6, 2019 by  
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Delft-based architectural firm cepezed has completed the Netherlands’ first self-sufficient bus station in the southern city of Tilburg. Designed to generate all of its own energy, the new transit facility features a massive solar panel -topped awning that provides shade and gives the bus station its modern and sculptural appearance. The Tilburg bus station was completed as part of the large-scale revitalization of the city’s public transit hub and offers easy access to the neighboring train station and bicycle parking in the railway zone. The new bus station at the west side of the Tilburg train station was designed to prioritize user comfort and safety. To that end, the architects topped the structure with a spacious awning that not only fully covers the bus platforms but also part of the buses, so travelers can be protected from the rain while boarding and deboarding. The steel-framed awning is fitted with lights and covered with ETFE-foil so as to let in filtered sunlight during the day and illuminate the space at night. For inclusivity, the station is equipped with wheelchair-accessible ramps and handrails with braille signing. As a symbol of smart development, the station adopts a contemporary and minimalist design with highly efficient detailing. Built of steel plates and strips, the thin columns that support the large awning also contain water drainage and electric cabling. The S.O.S. button and intercom have also been integrated into one of the columns. In addition to the raised black concrete sitting edges, the architects included backed seating made with strip steel with heating. Related: Architects want to transform an old Dutch bridge into zero-energy apartments Solar panels spanning 2,691 square feet top the awning and power all of the bus station’s needs, from the lighting and digital information signs to the staff canteen and public transport service point. Certain solar-powered lights are triggered by energy-saving motion sensors integrated into the steel edge of the awning. For greater sustainability, the architects ensured the longevity of the structure with a low-maintenance material palette and minimized the edges and corners to reduce costs and resources for cleaning. + cepezed Photography by Lucas van der Wee via cepezed

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The hidden vulnerability in our transportation infrastructure

November 28, 2018 by  
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The latest government report on climate change gives new insight into the state of our transit system.

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Zaha Hadid Architects breaks ground on Mexicos City tallest residential tower

November 10, 2017 by  
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Construction has begun on the Bora Residential Tower, a high-rise designed by Zaha Hadid Architects that, when completed, will be the tallest residential tower in Mexico City . Located in the Santa Fe business district in the west of the capital, the luxury complex features Zaha Hadid’s recognizable tapered shape at its base, where the building curves inward before flaring out into “swirling” canopies. The site-specific building optimizes access to natural light and views, while mitigating seismic conditions. Commissioned in 2015 by Nemesis Capital , the Bora Residential Tower occupies prime real estate within walking distance to schools, theaters, cafes, restaurants, and the new Santa Fe Transit Hub that will connect to the city’s metro network next year. The 28-hectare La Mexicana park lies adjacent as well as three universities and the regional offices of Fortune 500 firms including the likes of Apple , Microsoft, and Amazon. Boasting over 50 floors, the record-breaking Bora will comprise over 220 apartments of one, two, and three bedrooms designed for diverse clientele from first-time homeowners and families to retirees. To maximize access to natural light and panoramic views, each apartment features private balconies that extrude vertically. The building’s base tapers inward and then flares out into canopies to shade street-level civic spaces with restaurants and shops. Related: Beautiful co-working space takes over a former industrial factory in Mexico City “The tower’s structure has also been designed for optimum flexibility and ductility, as well as an overall reduction in its weight, to best respond in seismic conditions, with the ten-storey canopies at its base providing additional lateral stability,” wrote Zaha Hadid Architects. + Zaha Hadid Architects Images via Zaha Hadid Architects and LabTop

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San Franciscos rapid transit to run on 100% renewable energy

May 9, 2017 by  
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Commuters in the San Francisco area can feel even better about taking public transport to lower their carbon footprints , as the Bay Area’s Rapid Transit (BART) system will soon be powered by 100 percent renewable energy . Days ago, the BART board of directors passed an electrical portfolio policy that requires 50 percent of the organization’s power to be sourced from renewables by 2025. By 2045, the electric train system is expected to run on 100 percent renewable energy . As Digital Trends reports , this move has far-reaching implications for the entire region since BART consumes roughly 400,000 megawatt-hours annually – the equivalent of a small city like Alameda. “Every day, BART takes cars off the road and helps drive down our greenhouse gas emissions,” said BART Director Nick Josefowitz. “But especially now, BART and the Bay Area must shoulder even more responsibility to combat climate change. Even though BART is not required to comply with the state’s renewable energy standards, we have committed to purchasing 100 percent renewable electricity and taking a leadership role in decarbonizing our transportation sector.” Related: San Francisco bike shop lets you trade in car for e-bike The train system already runs on a variety of renewable energy sources, including solar, wind and small hydroelectric facilities. Additionally, carbon emissions have been cut by lowering the number of single occupant automobiles sitting in traffic on the Bay Bridge each morning. Sustainability Director Holly Gordon said of the progressive initiative, “We’re doing this to advance clean energy, but we’re also doing this because we think it is cost effective. We feel as though we can purchase clean energy while maintaining low and stable costs for the district as well.” BART may very well be the first electrified public transit system to commit to running on 100 percent renewable energy – at least in the US.  Via Digital Trends

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Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings

September 9, 2014 by  
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Just when you thought Scandinavia couldn’t get any more eco-friendly, Helsinki ups the ante . The Finnish capital recently announced some major environmental initiatives aimed at making the city smarter and greener. The coolest of these may be the installation of a giant underwater reservoir tank built 100 yards below the city center to store 9 million gallons of cold lake water that will be used to cool homes connected to the city’s rapidly-expanding district cooling network . After the water circulates through the cooling system during the day, it’s cooled in the tank overnight using heat exchangers to prepare for its next run the following day. According to a City of Helsinki press release , this latest addition to the city’s smart cooling system means it now emits 80 percent less greenhouse gasses from cooling, compared to conventional cooling systems. Read the rest of Helsinki Builds 9 Million Gallon Underground Water Tank to Cool Local Buildings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conservation , Eco , efficiency , environmental , Finland , friendly , gasses , green , greenhouse , Helsinki , Kalasatama , kutsuplus , public , renewable energy , tank , transit , water issues

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Tessellated Tree-Like Transportation Shelters Offer Unique Shade for Local College Students

February 25, 2014 by  
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When architects from Public: Architecture + Communication visited the University of British Columbia, they noticed a slight flaw in the campus’ urban design plan. Although the main university avenue was lined with beautiful trees, the bus stops were left as cold, barren concrete zones. They felt that these public spaces deserved to be equipped with functional nature-influenced transit shelters in order to give the campus a cohesively green urban aesthetic . Read the rest of Tessellated Tree-Like Transportation Shelters Offer Unique Shade for Local College Students Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bus shelter canopies , bus stop design , educational design , GLULAM Canopy , Public Architecture and Communication , transport design , Tree-Like Transit Shelters for UBC , University of British Columbia , Urban design , urban green space        

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MVRDV + ABOUTBLANK Design Expansive New Transit Hub and Archeo-Park for Yenikap? in Istanbul

May 8, 2012 by  
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PRODUCT REVIEW: Thumb-Lite is a Stick-on LED That Turns Anything into a Flashlight

May 8, 2012 by  
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Totally wireless, incredibly lightweight and smaller than a quarter, the Thumb-Lite is a stick-on LED that turns anything into a flashlight. If you’ve ever felt the frustration of searching for something inside your dark purse or fumbling with your keys because you couldn’t see the keyhole, this seemingly simple little gadget offers an easy solution. We recently had the chance to review the Thumb-Lite to see how it stacked up to its title as the world’s smallest and brightest stick-on LED . Read on to see what we thought. Read the rest of PRODUCT REVIEW: Thumb-Lite is a Stick-on LED That Turns Anything into a Flashlight Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , eco lighting , energy saving lights , green design , green light bulb , green lighting , LED , LED lighting , LED lights , LED thumb Light , LEDs , light emitting diode , smallest stick on led , stick on LED , thumb LED light , thumb light

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Studio Souffle Creates Cushy Portable Spaces That Can Be Inflated Almost Anywhere

May 8, 2012 by  
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Here’s a great way to start enjoying more of your daily activities al fresco . Custom designed and handcrafted by Studio Souffle , these amazing inflatable structures are portable designs that can be popped up just about anywhere. There really are no limits to these distinctive structures, which can be used as everything from creative offices to movie theaters to quiet retreats. + Studio Souffle The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: flat pack architecture , gaia hannan , inflatable architecture , inflatable furniture , inflatable office , pop up architecture , portable architecture , portable housing , portable office , studio souffle

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Manhattan’s Oculus-Topped Fulton Street Transit Center to be Completed in 2014

January 6, 2012 by  
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Grimshaw Architects recently announced that construction is set to resume on Manhattan’s dazzling daylit Fulton Street Transit Center after a lengthy delay due to budget cuts. The shining four-story structure is topped with a gigantic oculus that floods the interior with daylight, reducing the amount of energy consumed by artificial lighting. The center, which is set to be completed in 2014 , will host a retail center and will provide access to 12 subway lines and the World Trade Center PATH station. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Corbin Building , eco design , Financial DIstrict , Fulton Street Transit Center , green design , lower Manhattan , MTA , oculus , PATH Train , Subway station , sustainable design

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