Thriving student village allows fauna and flora to flourish

July 13, 2016 by  
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The built environment ensures that fauna and flora can flourish uninhibited by human presence, embracing the traditional modes of communal living and shared resources. But instead of only benefitting rural communities, this project translates traditional modes of living for modern urbanites, allowing families to live in an affordable community with lush outdoor space and a good school for their children. RELATED: Israel’s greenest building produces more energy than it consumes Comprised of 215 housing units connected by seven walking paths, the village is located near the main entrance of Technion University and includes a community center, preschool classrooms and a multipurpose hall that serves as a social hub. Graduate students’ families and small children can safely walk to these facilities without the danger of crossing the street. The ecologically-built facades were oriented on a north–south facing slope, providing optimal climate conditions and verdant views. The buildings were constructed with inexpensive and natural materials including stone, concrete, wood and plaster. As for the surrounding topography, it was left to grow as wild as can be – just the way it should be. + Schwartz Besnosoff Architects + Bar Orian Architects All images by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat

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ESA-funded SABRE aircraft to travel 5x faster than the speed of sound

July 13, 2016 by  
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Flights on Earth and beyond are about to get really fast. UK company Reaction Engines just signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop their revolutionary SABRE engine, which uses cutting-edge technology to speed up travel. The 10 million Euro ($11 million) deal could not only help change the way astronauts reach space , but could also transform the way we get from place to place on our own planet. SABRE, which stands for Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, utilizes ” atmospheric air ” to propel it at first before switching to “rocket mode” to reach space. According to the ESA, “The end result of this made-in-Europe technology would be low-cost, reliable, and reusable engines, potentially enabling future vehicles that could perform the equivalent job of today’s rockets while operating like an aircraft – revolutionizing access to space.” Related: Air-Breathing SABRE Rocket Could Allow Aircrafts to Cruise at Five Times the Speed of Sound SABRE would also allow aircrafts on Earth to jet around at five times the speed of sound . According to Reaction Engines, that means a trip from Brussels to Sydney with 300 passengers would take only 4.6 hours instead of 21. The new ESA funding will allow Reaction Engines to continue developing a ” ground demonstrator ” SABRE engine, which they hope to have ready by the close of this decade. Reaction Engines CEO Mark Thomas said in a press release, “We’ve had valuable support from ESA and UKSA to date, and today’s agreement is a further vote of confidence not only in the revolutionary potential of this technology , but our ability to deliver it. We are now entering an exciting phase where we can accelerate the pace of development to get SABRE up and running.” In total, Reaction Engines received 60 million pounds of grant funding from the British government (that’s close to $80 million). Money came from ESA and the UK Space Agency . UK Space Agency Acting CEO Katherine Courtney said, “We want the UK to be the best place in Europe to innovate and the SABRE engine program has the potential to change air and space travel forever.” + Reaction Engines Images via Reaction Engines

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MAD Architects unveil the green-walled 8600 Wilshire, their first residential project in Beverly Hills

July 1, 2015 by  
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MAD Architects unveiled their first residential project in Beverly Hills and it looks like a luscious green hillside in the center of the city. Topped with clustered glass villas, 8600 Wilshire includes 18 residential units blended with commercial spaces on the main level. The project combines private gardens, townhouse architecture and condominiums, wrapped in a water-efficient “living wall”  containing drought-tolerant succulents and vines. Read the rest of MAD Architects unveil the green-walled 8600 Wilshire, their first residential project in Beverly Hills Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green wall” , Beverly Hills , courtyard , glass facade , green architecture , green roof , internal courtyard , MAD architects , perforated facade , residential building , urban village

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