Sleek fiberglass visitor center is a beacon for wind energy in Denmark

April 25, 2018 by  
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The wind turbines at Thisted, Denmark don’t just generate renewable energy—these massive structures are among the world’s largest offshore wind turbines and have become a big draw for tourism too. In light of the site’s popularity, Cubo Arkitekter was tapped to design the Østerild Visitors and Operation Center that offers insight on wind energy and other sustainable technologies. Completed last year in the National Park Thy, the nearly 7,000-square-foot Østerild Visitors and Operation Center was designed for minimal site impact . Raised on stilts, the visitor center features a long and rectangular form clad in a lightweight fiberglass facade and topped with a curved roof. “The new Visitors and National Test Center gently inserts itself into the surrounding landscape as a slightly raised linear structure with a hovering appearance, which only lightly touches the terrain in order to preserve the local biodiversity ,” wrote the architects. Related: General Electric to debut world’s largest wind turbine in UK The wood-lined interior features a flexible layout that can adapt to a variety of uses, from exhibition space to meeting rooms. Glazing wraps around the building to let in light and views. The curved roof gradually slants upwards towards one end of the building, creating incrementally taller ceiling heights and culminating in a covered outdoor terrace . + Cubo Arkitekter Via ArchDaily Images by Martin Schubert

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Michael Jantzen’s Sun Rays Visitors Center Generates Solar Electricity in the Desert

June 13, 2014 by  
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Michael Jantzen has unveiled a conceptual design for the Sun Rays Visitor Center, a steel and concrete educational facility that doubles as a solar electric power plant in the desert. The off-grid facility generates electricity by converting the heat of the sun reflected and focused in hundreds of installed mirrors into steam. The Sun Rays Visitors Center’s yellow radial form was inspired by the way sun rays reflect off of the mirrors and the center also consists of a viewing platform, office space, and exhibition area. + Michael Jantzen 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: michael jantzen , reader submitted content , solar electric power plant , solar electricity , Solar Power , solar power plant , sun rays visitors center

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Juice Architects’ Oyster-Inspired Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Center is a Pearl of a Green Design

February 10, 2014 by  
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Juice Architects ‘ Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Center is designed to serve as an intrinsic element of the world’s first man-made energy-generating lagoon , located 3.5 km out into Swansea Bay, UK. The 3,500 square meter center provides an inclusive educational, cultural and leisure experience for all while serving as an icon for the clean energy it represents. The conceptual passive design is fully self-sustaining and reflects the natural forms and features of the oyster, a key part of local heritage. Read the rest of Juice Architects’ Oyster-Inspired Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Center is a Pearl of a Green Design Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , energy-generating lagoon , green architecture , Green Building , green design , Juice Architects , Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Center , Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Centre , oyster , oyster building” title=”Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Center by Juice Architects , renewable energy , sustainable design        

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Splendid Cycles Opens Up a New Cargo Bike Shop in Portland, Oregon

February 10, 2014 by  
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Portland, Oregon’s local economy has expanded its embrace of bicycles , and so too has it expanded its uses for bikes. Now, enter the cargo bike, a game-changing vehicle for people with kids or lots of stuff to haul. This week, Splendid Cycles  will celebrate the grand opening of its new cargo bike shop location and the official launch for the book  How to Move by Bike . Check out Hopscotch Town  to learn more about the event, or to get your hands on one of their books! + Splendid Cycles Via Hopscotch Town 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: cargo bicycles , cargo bikes , carrier bikes , hauling bikes , how to move my bike , Portland bikes , splendid cycles        

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Will Rats Become Earth’s New Overlords After the Next Mass Extinction?

February 10, 2014 by  
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When humans are eradicated from the planet, rats may become Earth’s new overlords. At least, that’s the result of a new thought experiment done by a group of researchers led by Jan Zalasiewicz at the University of Leicester. According to their research, rats have a proven talent for survival, having infiltrated almost every land mass and island on the planet and surviving despite all kinds of adversity. Because of that, it is likely that they will survive even when most other species die off . Read the rest of Will Rats Become Earth’s New Overlords After the Next Mass Extinction? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal extinction , animal survival , big die-off , Climate Change , Earth die-off , Earth mass extinction , evolution , human climate change , human extinction , human-driven global warming , Jan Zalasiewicz fragile planet , Jan Zalasiewicz rats research , Live Science Magazine , Live Science mass extinction , Live Science rats , manmade climate change , mass extinction , rat survival , rats survive into the future , rats survive mass extinction , survival of the fittest , University of Leicester , University of Leicester earth research , University of Leicester research        

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Submergence: Squidsoup Dazzles Visitors With Hundreds of Floating LED Lights

January 23, 2013 by  
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Handwoven Bundubags Are Made From Recycled Cargo Straps

January 22, 2013 by  
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Bundubags makes innovative, totally recycled bags with a core belief that lives can be changed by good design. Bundubags began with a creative idea, a love of contemporary African design and a desire to support African women. Handwoven using traditional African weaving techniques, each bag is made from recycled cargo strapping. The project is based in the Alexandra township on the outskirts of Johannesburg South Africa, and it now employs 40 women, all of whom earn a sustainable income. + Bundubags 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: bundubags , eco design , eco-fashion , green design , green fashion , green products , humanitarian issues , Johannesburg , recycled bags , Recycled Materials , socially sustainable design , South Africa , sustainable design

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Furniture for BAKOKO’s Sustainable Timber Cafe is Cut From the Walls

January 22, 2013 by  
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GreenerGreenGrass’ Slug Shield Keeps Slimy Visitors Away from Your Plants Naturally

March 20, 2012 by  
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If you’re sick of snails and slugs making a meal out of your garden, but also can’t fathom poisoning those slimy little guys, then GreenerGreenGrass ‘ Slug Shield could be the natural deterrent you’ve been looking for. The Slug Shield uses coiled copper to repel slugs and snails both physically and electrochemically, without adding toxins to the environment or killing them off. By wrapping a Slug Shield around the base of plants, pots, and greenhouse table legs, you can repel slugs year-round. And unlike copper tape, the Slug Shield expands with plant growth so the product only needs to be applied one time and does not damage stalks. The shield works on a variety of plants, including citrus trees, orchids, dahlias, hostas, and a broad range of vegetables . + GreenerGreenGrass 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:

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EFGH designs a green recreational landscape for Rosario

August 9, 2011 by  
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Ritu Mathur: The Billboard Park Designed by EFGH Architectural Design Studio So far the city of Rosario, the industrial hub of Argentina, has been famous for its neoclassical architecture that has been retained over hundreds of years through its public and private buildings and tourists have thronged the city to have a look at the beautiful archaic buildings preserved through conscious efforts by its residents. But very soon, Rosario could also be known for its contemporary designed honeycomb structured park at the banks of Paraná River. Picture Gallery The Billboard Park Billboard Park by EFGH Architectural Design Studio The recreational park has been designed in such a way that it provides optimal spaces of public spaces. It also gives an opportunity to the visitors to view interactive designs and enjoy the breathtaking beautiful views of the Paraná River. The park has been named as Billboard park because of its unique structure which uses both the horizontal and vertical spaces. The vertical structure of the park has striking similarities with the bee hive and the visitors can stand on the small units of this billboard like structure and can have an eagle’s eye view of the river. The park is set in a triangular shaped plot of land and makes best use of the available space. The green side of the park faces the river and makes it an incredible experience to look at the river. The plants in the holes are grown in light weight soil free medium to avoid any kind of excess burden on the structure of the vertical park. There are a lot of niches in this structure from where the city of Rosario can be seen in a new light. The credit for designing this unconventional park goes to a New York based firm, EFGH Architectural Design Studio. The firm is known for creating unconventional and yet multipurpose buildings. The park is an example of using unconventional strategic approach in designing public spaces. Via: Evolo

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