KOGAA creates an energy self-sufficient City Cell in response to climate change

November 2, 2018 by  
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Galvanized by the growing debate on climate change , Brno-based KOGAA Architectural Studio and NEXT Institute Research Platform have teamed up to create the City Cell Prototype (CCP), a pop-up installation that serves as a testing ground for ways cities can combat climate extremes. Completed this year, the temporary pavilion of nearly 300 square feet is presently located at Malinovsky Square in Brno, Czech Republic’s second-largest city. Built of timber and powered by solar energy, the City Cell Prototype is a multifunctional design that includes rainwater reuse, urban greenery, human shelter and educational opportunities. The City Cell Prototype is primarily constructed from pre-dried KVH timber, a material that has the added benefit of not requiring any additional protective coatings. Elevated off the ground on footings, the wooden structure is centered on a tree set inside a “biofilter.” To make the pavilion look inviting to the public, KOGAA inserted low-slung seating and made the all-timber envelope as transparent as possible using slatted wood screens and two entrances. In addition to the tree, planters have been installed on both ends of the structure, with one wall comprising rows of street-facing planters. Despite the pavilion’s minimalist appearance, the structure features multiple systems that work together to ensure energy self-sufficiency. The sloped roofs, which are made from a translucent material to let light through, are angled to channel rainwater into the centrally located biofilter, where the runoff is then filtered through settling and phyto-processes. Once filtered, the rainwater is stored in tanks and then pumped up to a drip irrigation system connected to the pavilion’s planters. The water pump is powered by solar energy harvested from photovoltaic panels mounted to the roof; solar power also provides electricity for the LED lighting system. Related: An experimental greenhouse pops up at a busy Copenhagen intersection “Together with the vertical greenery, the biofilter allows water retention and evaporation, allowing the surrounding microclimate to cool down,” the architects explained. “Its shape develops from the need to provide shading, collect water and the intent to create a spatial communication between the new object and the existing square, also achieved through the two-sided openness.” After the testing period, the CCP could be included in more permanent projects. + KOGAA Architectural Studio Images via Boys Play Nice

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4 things you need to know about smart thermostats

November 2, 2018 by  
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Stuart Lombard has a mission: to reduce people’s carbon footprints while saving money. He found that heating and cooling made up the bulk of utility costs and searched to find a better way to monitor a home’s energy usage. He founded ecobee in 2007. The company developed a smart thermostat that allegedly saves people up to 23 percent a year on their heating and cooling bills. Some energy companies also offer rebates on smart thermostats, saving homeowners even more money. ecobee offers a few different products; the ecobee4, a smart Wi-Fi thermostat with room sensors, currently retails for $249. But even better than saving money, smart thermostats can help you do your part in reducing energy consumption and protecting the environment. Here are four things to know about smart thermostats. Reduces your carbon footprint Riding a bike to work instead of driving a car and installing solar panels are all positive steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint, but there are easier things you can do as well that will have little impact on your day-to-day life. Things like closing your curtains at night can have a positive impact on your heating and cooling bills and the environment. Lombard said, “There are some other great things like looking at your home and eliminating drafts, doing weather stripping, caulking, those are easy DIY projects for a lot of people.” Heating and cooling make up 40 to 70 percent of a home’s energy use, according to ecobee. In addition to making small changes yourself, a smart thermostat can greatly reduce this. Saves money Smart thermostats like the ecobee save you money in the long run. Lombard added, “The exciting thing about thermostats is from a consumer value proposition … it pays for itself in about a year.” Related: 10 money-saving tips for a green home Works with other technology A major trend right now is connecting all devices in your home. ecobee smart thermostats offer remote access from devices like your phone through an app. The ecobee4 works with Alexa — you can simply give Alexa a command to control your thermostat. Earlier models, like the ecobee3 lite, were Wi-Fi connected but did not have voice technology . Makes decisions for you The word “smart” is often thrown around to describe technological advancements. Generally speaking, smart technology is connected to the internet, which allows you to connect to a different device from your phone. The technology can use algorithms and other data to make decisions. Lombard said, “Our smart thermostats use weather to make smarter heater and cooling decisions.” The ecobee uses wireless room sensors to measure hot and cold spots in houses. It can also sense if someone is home or not and heat or cool the house accordingly. Because smart technology is connected to the internet, you can get frequent software updates, meaning devices work for longer periods of time. Whether you are looking to save some money each month on your utility bills or you want to do your part in saving the planet, investing in a smart thermostat is a good bet. + ecobee

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The solar-powered sign of the future can be installed with just four bolts

November 7, 2016 by  
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The Soofa Sign uses technology to bring real-time information to city dwellers. With its elegant design, energy-saving properties and light environmental footprint , the sign is a cinch to install – it doesn’t even need to be connected to the grid. Related: Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations The sign feature a super-efficient electronic paper display, and it’s powered by Visionect’s advanced signage technology, which seamlessly updates with real-time content. A solar cell provides all the energy the sign needs, and the display lights up so that it’s readable at night. The first Soofa Sign was installed at Boston ’s pedestrian epicenter, Samuel Adams Park, and is expected to launch soon in Cambridge and select cities across the county. + Soofa + Visionect

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Reshtki turns unwanted “trash” into comfortable and stylish urban furniture

March 17, 2016 by  
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Where some may only see trash, Reshtki sees opportunity. Founded by Sara Podwysocka and Maria Ostrowska, the Polish design studio specializes in breathing new life into found materials . In their latest project, Reshtki old traction poles, leftover wood, and PCV pipe into new benches and tables. The comfortable and stylish urban furniture was created for a neighborhood park in Gda?sk. + Reshtki 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!

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Menthol Architects’ Plant-Covered Bicycle Parking Pod also Doubles as a City Furniture

March 27, 2013 by  
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‘Cars versus bikes’ is an ongoing saga playing out in cities all over the world as riders and drivers fight for road and parking space. Menthol Architects tackles the problem of parking chaos with their design for a plant-covered bicycle parking pod . The idea creates a piece of modern city furniture that offers a place for cyclists to safely park their bike, while facilitating greenery, benches and a space for a vending machine and advertising that could help support care of the unit. + Menthol Architects 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: bike and bus , bike parking , bike pod , Bike Rack , city furniture , Menthol Architects , modular city furniture , plant covered bus stop , plant-covered bicycle parking pod , urban furniture

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Issey Miyake Designs Sustainable Lighting Sculptures Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

March 27, 2013 by  
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Many of you may already recognize this stunning lighting collection, but few realize the conceptual research and green experimentation that went into developing the IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE project. Designed by world-renowned Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake  for Italian lighting company  Artemide , these cutting edge lamps employ a re-treated fabric derived from recycled plastic bottles to create an other-worldly lighting effect. The collection recently won the iF Product Design Award 2013 from the prestigious International Forum Design Hannover. Read the rest of Issey Miyake Designs Sustainable Lighting Sculptures Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Artemide recyled plastic bottle lights , green lighting , IN-EI , IN-EI by Issey Miyake for Artemide , Issey Miyake , LED lamps , LED lights , recycled plastic lamps

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Gates Foundation Offers $100,000 For Next Generation Condom Design

March 27, 2013 by  
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Last year, the Gates Foundation held a competition to redesign the toilet . Turning its sights from sanitation to overpopulation, the nonprofit has now announced a challenge to reinvent the condom . By way of the Grand Challenges in Global Health Program , a grant of $100,000 will be awarded to those who develop the next generation of personal protection. The contest hopes to encourage the use of the simple, life-saving technology by making the latex prophylactic more fun, pleasurable, and attractive to couples around the globe. Read the rest of Gates Foundation Offers $100,000 For Next Generation Condom Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bill & melinda gates foundation , challenges in global health program , condom , latex , origami condoms , pregnancy , prophylactic , reinvent , sex , silicone , std , stephen ward , university of washington

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mmmm’s Offbeat Meeting Bowls Promote Community and Chatter in Times Square

August 20, 2011 by  
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What to do when all of the benches in NYC are occupied?  Try taking a seat in a Meeting Bowl in Times Square!  The  Times Square Alliance and the Spanish collaborative  mmmm took the most hectic part of NYC and added a quirky place to sit and rest.  Interested in relaxing while the city bustles by?  Click on ! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: meeting bowls , mmmm , nyc community , Times Square , times square alliance , times square pedestrian plaza , urban furniture

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