Dutch town helps out rare bat species by installing "bat-friendly" streetlights

June 7, 2018 by  
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Street lighting can impact bats’ feeding patterns and internal compasses, as well as the activity of their insect prey, but a town in the Netherlands is taking steps to help the bats out. Zuidhoek Nieuwkoop , a housing development of around 90 sustainable homes near the Nieuwkoopse Plassen nature reserve, has installed what are thought to be the world’s first bat-friendly streetlights. The red LED  lights from Signify , formerly Philips Lighting, brighten the road for humans, but the the bats still perceive the light as darkness. The town and surrounding area are part of the Natura 2000 , a network of nesting and breeding sites for rare and threatened species across the European Union. These sites don’t all exclude human activities; in fact, most of the land is privately owned. The approach to conservation on these sites revolves around “people working with nature rather than against it,” according to the European Commission. Related: Bat bridge provides shelter for our winged friends in the Dutch town of Monster Bat-friendly lighting could fit that bill. Zuidhoek Nieuwkoop , according to Signify, is a key feeding ground “for some rare bat species.” The energy-efficient streetlights emit red with a wavelength that won’t interfere with the flying mammals’ internal compasses. The lighting is based on 2017 research from Wageningen University , the Netherlands Institute of Ecology , and Philips Lighting. Nieuwkoop city council member Guus Elkhuizen said, “Nieuwkoop is the first town in the world to use smart LED street lights that are designed to be friendly to bats. When developing our unique housing program, our goal was to make the project as sustainable as possible, while preserving our local bat species with minimal impact to their habitat and activities. We’ve managed to do this and also keep our carbon footprint and energy consumption to a minimum.” + Signify + Zuidhoek Nieuwkoop Images courtesy of Signify

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Foster + Partners DJI HQ will be a creative community in the sky

May 10, 2018 by  
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Foster + Partners have unveiled designs for the new headquarters of DJI, the makers of the world’s most popular commercial drones . Currently under construction in Shenzhen, the new building will comprise twin towers linked by a sky bridge that will be used to showcase the latest drone technology. The headquarters, conceived as a “creative community in the sky,” will not only include research and development spaces, but will also engage the public with exhibition spaces and even robot fighting rings. Envisioned as the “heart of innovation” for DJI, the new Shenzhen headquarters takes inspiration from drones with its glass-enclosed forms that evoke lightness. Large steel megatrusses anchor the twin towers and allow for large, column-free spaces throughout. Floating volumes are cantilevered on all sides of the building and comprise offices, R&D space, and other public functions. Related: Foster + Partners’ Bloomberg HQ opens in London as “world’s most sustainable office building” “Our aim is to create a unique workplace environment that embodies the spirit of invention and innovation that has allowed DJI to lead the world in robotics and technology,” said Grant Brooker, Head of Studio of Foster + Partners. The building is optimized to test and showcase the latest drone technology, from the unique quadruple-height drone flight testing labs to the ceilings and floors that slide open for the deployment of drones outdoors. The ground floor will house a public exhibition space and a new theater for product launches. + Foster + Partners

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Trio of LEED Platinum-targeted glass skyscrapers revealed for Tel Aviv

May 8, 2018 by  
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Israel’s capital city of Tel Aviv will soon add extra shine to its skyline in the form of three glass skyscrapers for Landmark TLV, a mixed-use development that promises an “unparalleled work-live-play experience”. Designed by Israeli firm Yashar Architects , Landmark TLV will offer a design-forward and experiential office environment along with new residences, high-end retail, and public space in the heart of the city’s Central Business district. Filled with natural light and greenery, the trio of towers will feature an energy-saving climate system and is expected to attain LEED Platinum certification. Located next to the Sarona Complex, Landmark TLV will comprise nearly 1.8 million square feet of new offices, commercial space, and residential. An internal atrium will connect two of the 45-floor skyscrapers and offer panoramic views of the Tel Aviv skyline and Mediterranean Sea , while opening up the building to natural light and ventilation. Internal bridges connecting the two buildings will also be built on every tenth floor. Related: Incredible rooftop farm takes over Israel’s oldest mall to grow thousands of organic vegetables To mitigate traffic congestion in the towers, Landmark TLV will be built with the country’s first dual elevator bank for both the lower and upper floors and will be designed to face outward towards the atrium. “The design concept and layout of Landmark TLV takes advantage of the unique Mediterranean lighting and each area is spatially arranged to afford large communal spaces and breathtaking views from every vantage point,” says Avner Yashar of Yashar Architects. “Every worker is part of the city when they walk out of the elevator and into Landmark TLV’s sun-lit communal spaces.” The project, developed by Melisron Ltd. and Africa Properties, is set for completion and occupancy in 2022. + Yashar Architects

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Intel, Arizona Diamondbacks put water solutions on tap

March 27, 2018 by  
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More businesses are collaborating to tackle drought and other unique challenges.

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March 27, 2018 by  
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Transaction advisor fees: Is the success fee model working for our industry?

March 27, 2018 by  
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Sponsored: How much should advisors charge for navigating the RE procurement process?

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Sleep inside this giant crane turned into luxury digs in Amsterdam

February 5, 2018 by  
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A new luxury apartment is promising to elevate your next stay in Amsterdam—literally. Dutch firm Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments teamed up with Studio Edward van Vliet to completely renovate and transform a 1957 harbor crane into a three-story luxury apartment while retaining the structure’s historical integrity. Boasting stellar views over the IJ River, this unique rental is located in the crane’s original location in the Eastern Docklands. This cool converted crane isn’t the first of its kind—last year we shared a glimpse inside Arcgency’s renovation of a former coal crane in Copenhagen into a swanky retreat. Unlike its predecessor, The Yays – Crane Apartment is a more colorful affair. Three bright blue shipping containers are stacked together to form the three-story structure. Related: Old coal crane in Denmark converted into swanky hanging retreat and spa Accessed via a staircase from the harbor, the 40-square-meter interior features a living room, dining area, and kitchen on the lowest level. A bedroom with a bathroom (including a bathtub and shower) is on the floor above, while the topmost level contains the second bedroom with stunning panoramic views. Design elements like the exposed steel beams and Critall-style windows pay homage to the site’s industrial history. The Yays – Crane Apartment sleeps up to four and can be booked on AirBnB at just under $900 a night . + The Yays – Crane Apartment Via Dezeen

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14 exquisite handmade gifts

December 1, 2016 by  
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If you’re looking for sustainably-sourced gifts that will truly surprise your loved ones, feast your eyes on our collection of exquisitely handmade gift options for this year. Produced by under-the-radar designers, you’ll discover unique items for everyone on your list. From foraged botanical perfume oil to hand-drawn floor plans of your favorite TV characters’ homes, we’ve got you covered with one-of-a-kind gifts that will inspire. UNIQUE HANDMADE GIFTS>

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Plans for a new underground hotel have been approved in London

December 1, 2016 by  
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London tourists may soon get a chance to spend sleep underground at the upcoming subterranean LDN Hotel, the first of its kind in the city. Ian Chalk Architects is working on the sustainable hotel , which will reportedly feature a plethora of plants , and air that’s cleaner than outside. The underground hotel, slated for construction in London’s West End under St Giles Hotel, will house up to 166 guests at affordable prices. The LDN Hotel would sprawl across what is currently an underground parking lot on the fourth and fifth floors below ground. The LDN Hotel design will be similar to Japanese pod hotels, according to Design Curial, except with a toilet and shower in the room. Related: Incredible eco-friendly mansion is hidden entirely underground While critics raised concern about air quality in an underground hotel, the hotel design features a mechanical ventilation system for air purification that is said to ensure the air will be even fresher than outdoors. Sustainability was also said to be an important consideration, though it is yet unclear what features would make it so, apart from comprising a better use of space than the disused parking lot. Wood paneling, flourishing plants that improve air quality, and bright rooms are among the planned hotel’s interior features. While some may balk at the idea of staying in a room without a window, the hotel will be near to tourist attractions, according to planning inspector David Prentis, and offer unique budget accommodations. The initial proposal for the underground hotel was rejected, but planning officers have since granted permission for its construction. Via Design Curial and Evening Standard Images via Ian Chalk Architects

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Secrets of CBS EcoMedia’s advertising success

October 28, 2016 by  
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It’s one of the fastest-growing divisions of CBS. President and Founder Paul Polizzotto describes the unique business model and the role of purpose.

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