Tiny woven hut invites Danish public to experience urban gardening

January 25, 2017 by  
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The city of Aarhus, Denmark is not about to let a little concrete keep its citizens from experiencing the pleasures of urban gardening. Architect Steffen Impgaard created The Green Embassy, a wooden gardening hut open to the public so that those lacking their own green space can still enjoy the thrill of growing their own food. Working in collaboration with project Taste Aarhus, a culinary initiative geared to celebrating the city’s role of European Region of Gastronomy 2017, Impgaard designed the hut to resemble a seed as a metaphor for the new initiative, which seeks to make the city “sensuous and palatable”. The gardening space will be open for two years to serve as the headquarters for Taste of Aarhus team members, as well as a creative workshop for green-loving citizens. Related: Autonomous concept car features an urban garden on wheels Made out of woven willow sticks, which filter natural light into the interior, the structure’s shape and materials were chosen to create an optimal site for greenhouse gardening. Although the pavilion was designed to be noticeable to passersby, its natural materials make the hut an unassuming presence in the public square where it’s located. + Steffen Impgaard Via Archdaily Images via Kirstine Mengel

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Trump bans EPA and USDA scientists from communicating with the public

January 25, 2017 by  
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In a set of chilling memos, staff at the Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Agriculture were banned from all communications with the public this week. The memos forbid government scientists from speaking to reporters about their work, writing press releases, posting blog updates, or updating the agencies’ social media accounts. The EPA was also ordered to suspend all new business activities – including awarding any new contracts or grants. Voices within Donald Trump’s administration claim that this is simply a temporary measure, aimed at bringing the agencies’ communications in line with the new administration’s priorities. But with no information flowing out of the EPA, state agencies are concerned that the media blackout and grant freeze will prevent them from carrying out critical work to protect clean drinking water, test schools for lead, and revitalize toxic waste sites. Jeff Ruch, executive director for the advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, told the Boston Globe that these orders go far beyond those issued during previous presidential transitions. Related: Trump may ban the Environmental Protection Agency from funding scientific research Many fear that the gag order may be extended indefinitely, much like the years-long gag order placed on Canadian scientists under Stephen Harper’s administration. Though it’s been reversed by the country’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, during the Harper years 37% of researchers were prevented from speaking to the public or media about their work, and 24% say they were directly asked to exclude or alter information. The policy caused Canadian media coverage of climate change to drop by 80% during those years, a terrifying prospect at a time when the planet is hitting record temperatures for the third year in a row . It should go without saying that altering or suppressing scientific information to fit Trump’s pro- fossil fuel agenda could be devastating to our ability to understand and respond to climate change and natural disasters. In fact, as Mashable points out , the gag order goes against the agencies’ own ethics policies, which encourage employees to promote scientific standards and communicate with the public about their research. Perhaps that’s why, as soon as the recent memo was made public , the USDA disavowed the policy and reiterated its mission to make government science available to the public. Related: Trump’s EPA pick put industries before federal environmental policies While this seems to be a positive development, environmentalists and anyone who values scientific accuracy should remain on guard. It’s clear that Trump and his cabinet have a vested interest in denying climate science and suppressing any information about it from reaching the public. Those wishing to take action to help defend government science in the US may want to check out the Scientists’ March on Washington that is currently in the planning stages. Via The Boston Globe Images via Audio Luci Store and US Army RDECOM

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Green Places Community Clubhouse in Tainan invites nature indoors

November 24, 2016 by  
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The Green Places Community Clubhouse design follows the firm’s philosophy of viewing buildings as “living beings.” Taking cues from nature, the building features an organic-inspired curvaceous facade and interior decor, where timber and natural gray stone is used prominently and sculpted in rounded forms. Tall vertical indoor elements evoke the feeling of a forest, while timber surfaces and full-height continuous glazing wraps around the building to invite landscape views and natural light indoors. The outdoor landscape features multiple water features, including a swimming pool and reflecting pool. The multistory building provides spaces for dining, reading, exercising, learning, sharing, and communication. To minimize the clubhouse’s energy footprint, the architects installed a solid wall to the west of the building to protect against intense sun exposure. To the east, a grove of trees protects the swimming pool from cold winter mornings, while an overhang provides shade on sunny days. Waterproof nano silane ketone resin is used on the facade to control mold. Gaps between the anodized aluminum panels and RC walls promote natural cooling . Related: Solar-powered home in Tainan puts a modern twist on the traditional courtyard house “The design emphasizes not only a comfortable indoor environment, but a natural outdoor environment,” write the architects. “In addition to fulfilling residents’ needs, it provides a comfortable environment where residents enjoy socializing with their neighbours. The aim is to give the community’s residents a sense of belonging and happiness.” + Chain 10 Urban Space Design Via v2com Images by Kuo-Min Lee

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Detroit painted 170 miles of new bike lanes – and bike commuting soared 400%

October 27, 2015 by  
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Detroit, Michigan is paving the way towards a more sustainable urban space by investing in bicycle infrastructure. Since 2006, Detroit has created 170 miles of bike lanes. Since 2000, bike commuting rose 400% and is still rising. Today, the city famous for its cars has the fastest-growing rate of bike commuters in the United States. Read the rest of Detroit painted 170 miles of new bike lanes – and bike commuting soared 400%

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Object Works’ Cuckoo Clock offers a modern twist on an old wind-up favorite

October 27, 2015 by  
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Cuckoo clock fans will get a kick out of this contemporary interpretation of the traditional wind-up clock. Minneapolis-based studio Object Works crafted a new and unique wall-mounted cuckoo clock that features a laser-cut face made from walnut veneered MDF and furniture-grade plywood, as well as a quartz cuckoo clock mechanism. The 8.5-pound clock is equipped with a light sensor that shuts the cuckoo off at night. + Object Works 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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AMAZE: Magical labyrinth of lights takes over downtown Toronto

December 10, 2014 by  
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Richard Meier’s Reforma Towers Celebrate Natural Light in Mexico City

January 29, 2014 by  
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Park(ing) Day 2013: The Best Pop-Up Parks Across the States! [PHOTOS]

September 20, 2013 by  
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San Francisco’s Parklets Transform Parking Spaces Into Urban Oases

July 5, 2012 by  
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Cube Houses in Rotterdam Represent Living Wood in Urban Space

May 29, 2012 by  
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Located in the center of Rotterdam , these tilted cube-shaped houses form a village within the Dutch city, a modern concept designed to represent an urban forest . Completed in 1984 by the late architect Piet Blom , around 40 traditional houses were tilted at 45 degrees to rest on a hexagon-shaped pylon, transforming the idea of structural design by playing with angles and conventionality. Read the rest of Cube Houses in Rotterdam Represent Living Wood in Urban Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , cube house , eco design , green architecture , living roofs , piet blom , rotterdam cubic house , sustainable design , Urban design , woonwoud

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