This vibrant, waterproof pavilion floats along the canal at the 2018 Bruges Triennial

July 11, 2018 by  
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A spectacular art and architecture festival is currently underway in Bruges, Belgium — and the attractions include a beautiful floating pavilion by Spanish architecture firm SelgasCano . Evocative of its vibrant and curvaceous work for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2015 , the SelgasCano pavilion in Bruges is likewise a colorful affair, made with pink-orange fluorescent vinyl that allows light and views to pass through. Commissioned by the city for the 2018 Bruges Triennial , the pavilion serves as a platform for bathing and swimming in the Coupure canal. The architects at SelgasCano created the floating pavilion using computer-modeling software, which determined the shapes and sizes of the arches that make up the long, sinuous frame. In contrast to the use of computer-aided design, the firm built the colorful canopy by hand. The materials were welded and pieced together on site to achieve the desired shape. The waterproof structure was installed atop a yellow wooden platform. “[The] pink-orange fluorescent vinyl [is a] material that has never been used before in a building,” said SelgasCano in a project statement. “Steel structure and plastic skin are just one thing, indissociable one from the other. Light passes through the skin creating a shambling atmosphere that changes the usual perception of the old city.” Related: A massive five-ton plastic waste whale breaches in a Bruges canal The architects also designed the pavilion with movable seating in mind, which could be placed in the covered part of the pavilion as well as on the terrace portion of the floating platform. A kidney-shaped cutout in the middle of the pavilion allows water into the heart of the space. The SelgasCano pavilion is one of more than a dozen site-specific installations created for the 2018 Bruges Triennial, which is free to the public and runs until September 16, 2018. + SelgasCano Images by Iwan Baan

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Award-winning Palm Springs home embraces the California climate in sustainable style

July 11, 2018 by  
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Los Angeles-based architecture firm Poon Design Inc.  has crafted a luxury residence that eschews the mid-century modern style for a more minimalist and contemporary design fitted out with sustainable technologies. Dubbed ‘Museum Modern,’ the Linea Residence G serves as a production home that the architect and developer say can be completed for a “record low construction cost,” totaling one-fourth the cost per square foot of typical high-end residences in Southern California. The all-white house was recently recognized in the American Institute of Architects’ 2018 Best in Housing. Conceived as “a new standard for the speculative tract housing industry,” Residence G takes up nearly a quarter of the site measuring approximately 20,000 square feet. The house comprises three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a three-car garage and a detached one-bedroom guest house. To embrace California’s climate and indoor-outdoor living, the architects installed 90 feet of continuous sliding low-e glass doors that measure 10.5 feet tall for floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding desert mountains. “Our design opposes the predictable Taco-Bell-style or the cliché Mid-Century Modern tract homes prevalent in the area,” explains Poon Design Inc. “To the home buying audience, Residence G offers a production home that equals the presence of custom luxury estates. In the past few years, Residence G and parallel other sustainable home designs by this architect and developer have been built and sold, totaling over 200 completed homes in the Palm Springs area.” Related: Escape the everyday in this Geodesic Dome House in Palm Springs In addition to sleek, minimalist style, Residence G is also integrated with a wide array of energy-efficient features. The rooftop solar panels provide a base 6kW solar package that can be added onto if desired. Passive cooling is implemented with long roof overhangs and complemented by a reflective energy-efficient cool roof. The locally sourced material palette includes VOC-free finishes and adhesives and includes a number of recycled or rapidly renewable materials. + Poon Design Images by The Agency, Locke Pleninger and Mark Ballogg

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The Shout Out Louds Create a Functional Record Made From Ice to Promote Their Newest Single

January 4, 2013 by  
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If you thought vinyl was an outdated technology, then this record is practically from the Ice Age. The functional ice record was produced by the Swedish band the Shout Out Louds to promote their single, “Blue Ice.” They sent a kit to ten select individuals along with a set of instructions on how to make the album along with a mold and a bottle of water. Leave it to the Swedes to incorporate ice into their music! Read the rest of The Shout Out Louds Create a Functional Record Made From Ice to Promote Their Newest Single Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: album , blue ice , distilled water , Ice Age , ice record , optica , record , shout out louds , silicone mold , single , Sweden , tbwa stockholm , turntable , vinyl

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Project Phoenix: Soccer Stadium Complex To Be Built Over Earthquake Rubble in Cite Soleil, Haiti

January 4, 2013 by  
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Renderings of a new soccer stadium for Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti have been released as part of the non-profit Project Phoenix ’s philanthropic investment for the young people of the disaster-torn nation. With soccer considered a national pastime of Haiti, the construction of Phoenix Stadium will create greater opportunities for training, competition and employment available to everyone in the country. Designed by architect Carlos Zapata of CZS , the $5M Phoenix Stadium will be constructed over rubble from the 2010 earthquake, and will include an elementary and middle school, dormitories, an edible garden, a lake filled with fish, and a compost and recycling plan Read the rest of Project Phoenix: Soccer Stadium Complex To Be Built Over Earthquake Rubble in Cite Soleil, Haiti Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Boby Duval , Carlos Zapata , Cite Soleil , clinton global initiative , Delos , haiti , L’Athletique D-Haiti , Morad Fareed , Project Phoenix , Soccer , soccer stadium

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WrecordsByMonkey Transforms Old Vinyl Records Into Groovy iPhone Cases

June 4, 2012 by  
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Have you ever wondered where old vinyl records wind up when they aren’t saved by DJs or ‘wax’ enthusiasts? Brooklyn-based WrecordsByMonkey offers one inspiring new use for dusty vinyl stacks with their groovy recycled record iPhone cases! Read the rest of WrecordsByMonkey Transforms Old Vinyl Records Into Groovy iPhone Cases Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “vinyl records” , green products , iPhono , iPhonoCase , Recycled Materials , recycling vinyl , vinyl case , wrecordsbymonkey

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And Vinyly Turns Your Remains Into a Vinyl Record When You Die!

October 14, 2011 by  
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“Dig into the groove!” If you want to be spinning jams into the afterlife, get your ashes pressed into a vinyl record. As an alternative to anaerobic decomposition , UK-based company And Vinyly offers the chance to speak to loved ones though recordings, dance mixes, thematic compilations, or the pop and crackle of ash on vinyl. And all for a mere $4,000. Read on to learn more about Resting In Vinyl. Read the rest of And Vinyly Turns Your Remains Into a Vinyl Record When You Die! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: and vinyly , burial , cremation , Death to vinyl , green design , halloween , records , Recycled Materials , Rest in vinyl , sustainable design , viny record pressing

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German Trains Will Run on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050!

October 14, 2011 by  
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Germany has made many remarkable strides towards sustainability in the past few years – they were the first nation to announce the abolition of nuclear power , the entire country already runs on 20% renewable energy, and now Deutsche Bahn , Germany’s national railway operator, has announced plans to run all of its trains on 100% renewable energy by the year 2050. The German railway currently uses 2% of the country’s total electricity, so their goal will have a powerful impact upon the nation as a whole. Read the rest of German Trains Will Run on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DB , deutsche bahn , electric trains , electric transportation , german railway , germany , green german railway , green germany , green transportation , renewable energy , renewables

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Interpretive Facility at Red Rocks Canyon Responds to the Untouched Side of Las Vegas

October 14, 2011 by  
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Solar-Powered Rail Station is a Diaphanous Train Storage Shed in Spain

October 14, 2011 by  
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Big Mistake: Hiring "Greenpeace Co-Founder" Patrick Moore To Peddle Vinyl Windows

June 16, 2011 by  
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Doors and Windows PVC (CNW Group/Canadian Plastics Industry Association) They look so cute on their polyurethane sofa, in front of the wall of vinyl windows and doors, in the stock shot from the Canadian vinyl industry. The Vinyl salesmen are also promoting Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, who has been a serial shill for the nuclear industry (“there is no proof global warming is caused by humans, but it is likely enough that the world should turn to nuclear power”), loggers of the Amazon rainforest (“All these save-the-forests arguments are based on bad science…”) the lumber industry (“clear-cutting is good for forests”), pharmaceutic… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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