Twisting tree-like sculptures redefine a public space in Montreal

August 6, 2018 by  
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Giant twisting tree-like sculptures have sprouted in downtown Montreal—and passersby are welcome to climb to the top of its gnarled canopy. The striking art installation is the latest work of local artist Michel de Broin , who was invited by the City of Montreal to help activate the recently developed International Civil Aviation Organization Plaza (ICAO). Dubbed Dendrites after the branched projections of a neuron, the large-scale artworks are clad in weathering steel and are equipped with metal stairs with platforms for an interactive element. Spanning both sides of Notre-Dame Street in downtown Montreal , Dendrites comprises two sculptural stairways that mimic the form of trees and neuron structures. The reddish hue of its weathering steel cladding is a reference to ochre tree trunks as well as the urban site’s industrial past and iron infrastructure. “Dendrites encourages climbing through a network of alternate possible routes,” explains the project press release. “When a passer-by ascends the stairs they consistently face a bifurcation, and a decision must ensue. An apt metaphor is found in the way thoughts are formed in the human brain through the transmission of electrical impulses within a larger network of neuronal dendrites; much like the climber in the sculpture discovering the structures of his surrounding environment. From one end of the work to the other — like a neural impulse traveling across the brain — the walker climbs the stairs and ventures into the sculpture, emerging on the other side with a new perspective.” Related: Whimsically windswept cabin-like kiosks are designed to soothe urban stress The emphasis of walking ties into the redevelopment of site, which was formerly a car-centric area that was displaced as a new pedestrian-friendly and cyclist-friendly space. Dendrites’ twisting branches culminate in a series of independent viewing platforms of varying heights, allowing multiple visitors to climb and enjoy the sculpture simultaneously. + Michel de Broin Images by Michel de Broin and Jules Beauchamp Desbiens

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Grid grist and microgrid musings

July 8, 2018 by  
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The collective we should be focusing far more attention on innovation within the transmission system.

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Pylon of the Future: 6 Designs for an Advanced Electrical Grid

September 17, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Pylon of the Future: 6 Designs for an Advanced Electrical Grid Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Design Competition , eco design , Electricity , green architecture , green design , national grid , pylon , pylon design competition , pylons of the future , renewable energy , RIBA , sustainable design , transmission , transmission grid , transmission line

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7 Designs That Can Improve Your Health

September 17, 2011 by  
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Here at Inhabitat we believe that good design can save the world – and that includes everything from the environment we live in to personal health . In fact, our favorite designs are those that balance environmental responsibility with individual well-being by fostering and promoting good health and social sustainability . From remarkable advances in the field of medicine to innovative products that purify the air we breathe and the water we drink , read on for seven designs for a healthier, happier life. Read the rest of 7 Designs That Can Improve Your Health Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bobble Bottle , design and technology for health , Design for Health , design that improves health , green design , healthy lifestyle , lifestraw , Sit-to-Walkstation Treadmill Desk , Solar-Powered Eye Implant , The Andrea , The Fitbit , The Glucowizzard

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Giants Carry the Weight of the Energy Grid On Their Shoulders

September 27, 2010 by  
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Eastern US Could Feasibly Meet 20% To 30% Of Electricity Needs From Wind By 2024

February 6, 2010 by  
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From the cover of the EWITS.

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Pickens Plan Putters Out – Cheap Natural Gas + Lack of Transmission Pull Pampa’s Plug

January 14, 2010 by  
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photo: Center for American Progress Action Fund via flickr.

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