New Oakville North additions put pedestrians first

July 27, 2021 by  
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Most master-planned communities take into account things like location to central services and inclusion of a gym, but North Oak at Oakvillage, a multiphase condominium development in Oakville, Canada, builds housing units while incorporating sustainable building practices, too.  Oakvillage is a pedestrian-first community with a focus on connecting to the nearby natural elements of the area. A scenic, 1.5 kilometer multipurpose trail is woven throughout the community. Moreover, onsite trails lead to 300 kilometers of additional trails as well as pristine forests and meadows surrounding Oakvillage. Residents can hit the Sixteen Mile Creek, Bronte Creek Natural Park and Lions Valley Park. In the future, the complex will connect to a planned restaurant and retail complex via a pedestrian-only trail. The master plan presented four phases of construction. With the first three phrases well received and sold out, Minto Communities, the building company behind the project, has launched North Oak Phase 4.  Related: A sustainable campus is built from 22 recycled shipping containers The project is exploring ways to build human and environmental health considerations into a multi-unit complex. This initial tower will debut the developer’s first multi-residential geoexchange energy system. Geoexchange is an energy-efficient way of tapping into Earth’s naturally stable underground temperatures. While it’s not new technology, in Canada and other areas, it has mostly been used for single-family residences. With a geoexchange system, there’s no need for extreme variations in order to heat or cool the air because it’s already temperature-controlled year-round. These systems have been shown to reduce carbon emissions as much as 70%, a particularly big environmental win for a multi-family space. “We’re thrilled to launch North Oak’s second tower, 4B, after the tremendous success of our launch of tower 4A earlier this year. North Oak is our first project to offer community energy through a geoexchange system and the response from purchasers so far has been positive,” said Roya Khaleeli, Director of Sustainability and Innovation for Minto Communities GTA. “Not only will residents benefit from this leading-edge technology, we know they’ll also benefit greatly from the wellness-inspired approach that’s seen through every touch point — from the walking paths and pedestrian prioritization to the beautiful gardens with native plantings and the bright interiors with natural materials and biophilic design incorporated throughout.” With the recent pandemic fresh in the minds of developers, they created a concept they call the “Neighbourhood Nest,” which is a centralized space with eye-catching architecture that will connect North Oak to the future tower next door. This area is designed for social gatherings and also serves as an emergency response center with back-up power, a communications system and refrigeration. Large glass walls provide natural light and further encourage the connection between inside and outside. At the lobby entrance, an expansive planter filled with native species greets residents. Just outside the building, green spaces and a pond are nestled into the landscape. Suites at North Oak are offered in one-bedroom, loft, two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den options, with suites starting in the mid-$400s. + Minto Communities GTA Images via Minto Communities GTA

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New Jersey’s beloved walking bear "Pedals" may have been killed by hunters

October 17, 2016 by  
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Beloved New Jersey bear Pedals is said to be dead. A Facebook fan page for the American black bear who ambled around on two legs reported Pedals dead on Friday, possibly killed by hunters . Fans of Pedals are calling out for justice for the bipedal bear. Locals began to post about the upright bear on social media in 2014. It was unclear if Pedals had a congenital defect or suffered an injury; Lisa Rose-Rublack, who started a petition for the walking bear, reported he was “missing one front paw and the other is permanently injured.” Related: Criminal charges possible in Cincinnati Zoo gorilla Harambe’s death Many people were attempting to get help for Pedals and send him to The Orphaned Wildlife Center in New York. A GoFundMe page had amassed over $22,000, and over 300,000 signatures had been attached to Rose-Rublack’s petition petition calling on Governor Christie and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife to send Pedals to the sanctuary, paid for by those who donated to the GoFundMe page. But Pedals may have been killed during a five-day black bear hunting season which took place last week. According to The New York Times, 487 bears were killed during the hunt. A Facebook page for Pedals posted, “PEDALS is dead…PEDALS is at peace now because his beautiful soul left his body when he was killed.” The NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife responded with a statement that said, “While the Division appreciates the concern for the bear, it has no way of verifying the identity of any bear that has not been previously tagged or had a DNA sample previously taken.” A spokesperson for the Division told The New York Times they had snapped photos of a bear with injuries that may or may not have been Pedals, and that they planned to release the photos some time this week. One Facebook page for Pedals asked fans to sign this petition to stop New Jersey’s “bear hunt” and write on Governor Christie’s Facebook page ” as he is the only guilty one .” Via The New York Times Images via RIP Pedals The Walking Bear Facebook

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The “Walking trees” of Central and South America move a few centimeters every day

December 24, 2015 by  
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Lord of the Rings fans will be pleased to learn that real-life Ents, or at least a close cousin of theirs, can be found marching through the forests of the Sumaco Biosphere Reserve near Quito, Ecuador. In the deep interior of the Reserve, Walking Palm or Cashapona trees slowly migrate across the wilderness as new roots replace the old. The new growth drags the tree along, a process that sometimes allows the tree to walk a few centimeters in just one day. Read the rest of The “Walking trees” of Central and South America move a few centimeters every day

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Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy

March 25, 2015 by  
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Imagine an elevator that stops one floor before the one you selected, and then tells you to get out and take the stairs the rest of the way. Can you envision a lamp that only turns on when you slide your smartphone into it, thus preventing you from texting obsessively? Both are very real examples of items created by modern designers who are trying to counteract the modern culture of convenience. In an era where most people choose driving over biking, or watching TV instead of walking, designers such as  Matthias Laschke are designing subtle interventions against laziness and comfort-seeking. Read the rest of Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: active lifestyle , biking , choose biking over driving , Design for discomfort , healthy lifestyle , human blobs , inconvenience , inconvenient design , Matthias Laschke , pleasurable troublemakers , smartphone lamp , subtle inconvenience , tough choices , uncomfortability , uncomfortable designs , unhealthy lifestyle , walking , wobbly chair , wobbly stool

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World’s top zoo organization linked to dolphin killings in Japan

March 25, 2015 by  
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Dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan became public knowledge upon release of the documentary  The Cove . Although the dolphin hunting reportedly ended after the release of the 2009 film, new information has surfaced that led the world’s top zoo organization, the  World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), to be accused of having a link to the killings. In Swiss court, WAZA defends the actions that effectively sanctioned one of their member organizations,  Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), to hunt and slaughter dolphins en masse as part of a “dolphin management protocol.” The court proceedings will hopefully determine the level of involvement WAZA had in the killings and who holds the ultimate responsibility for the inhumane slaughter. Via The Guardian Image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2009 dolphin killing , dolphin hunting , dolphin killings , dolphin slaughter , japan association of zoos and aquariums , japan dolphin captures , jaza , The Cove , waza , world association of zoos and aquariums

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French Rollkers ‘under shoes’ allow walkers to travel at up to 7mph!

January 20, 2015 by  
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French startup Rollkers SAS is coming to the U.S. to unveil their unique shoe accessory that could seriously put some spring in America’s step. The Rollkers undershoe is described as a “transportation accessory that increases a person’s average walking rate up to 7 miles per hour” by affixing wheels to the soles of their shoes. Read the rest of French Rollkers ‘under shoes’ allow walkers to travel at up to 7mph! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CES exhibition , CEX , fitness , Rollkers , Rollkers SAS , shoe accessory , walking , wheeled shoes

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Evewright Creates Massive Sand Drawings Using the Beach as a Canvas

July 10, 2012 by  
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Seven devices and technologies that harness human power for clean energy

October 14, 2011 by  
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Ankit Dahiya: Biomechanical energy harvesting One of the latest technology that harness human power for clean energy. The importance of renewable energy and other green energy have been increasing day by day and we get to see new technologies been developing each day. The most popular energy which is being talked everywhere is the green energy which has become so popular that every person wants to try their hands on it and there is no sign for its stopping. The trend these days is the development of clean energy using the human power. Human power is considered to be the ultimate power that can be used to do all sorts of jobs. This clean energy that is being developed using human power is quite popular and is being used worldwide. This idea was first given and started by a novelist named Frank Herbert who used the human power to harness the energy. There are various techniques available these days to do this sort of conversion. Here we are with a list of seven devices and technologies that harness human power for clean energy. 1. Backpack Generator Harnesses Power of Walking This is a unique and cool concept of converting the human mechanical power into clean energy. This idea was designed by Lawrence Rome and his colleagues who actually made this cool Backpack which is capable of converting the human power into energy. This compact backpack is capable of converting the mechanical power used while walking into power energy. It can produce more than 7 watts of usable power in a small walk able distance. For sure this idea is one of the best and easiest way of producing clean and green energy. 2. Nanogenerator Harvests Mechanical Energy This nano device named Nanogenerator works similarly to an ordinary generator and converts mechanical energy into power. The shape of the Nanogenerator is rectangular and is so compact that you won’t even feel as if you are carrying anything. This compact device is capable of producing a steady flow of energy by using the basic mechanical energy of the human body. It can use ultrasonic waves to generate considerable amount of energy and also can use various sources like mechanical movement of human body including the blood flow inside the body. 3. Vibration Energy Scavenging by Tiny Generator This compact circuit is what defines creativity and a perfect use of mechanical power. Made with cool looks and ultra slim and small sized components, this device is what can be effectively used to generate steady amount of energy. Measuring even less than a cubic centimeter, this device is capable of converting the vibration energy of human body into electrical energy. We have a plenty of vibrating organs in out body which can be effectively used to generate considerable amount of power. 4. Flexible Integrated Energy Device (FIED) – Wearable Rechargers Now here is something that will drive you crazy by its cool looks and effective concept. This clean energy based suit is what every person out there would love to keep. This looks like an ordinary suit but is incorporated with elements and devices that are capable of converting the mechanical energy of human body into power. This is one of the simplest and effective ways and all you have to do is just wear it and move around enjoying your life. This will do its part of job quite easily without even letting you know. 5. Breath Powered USB Charger (And Stillsuit) Breathing is one of the most important operation our body does every second and what could be better is this breathing operation of human beings is converted into electrical energy without any hassle. This compact device does that pretty comfortable and uses your breath operation as a source of producing electrical energy. It is provided with a USB cable that simultaneously allows you to charge up your device using your breathe process. 6. Biomechanical Energy Harvester is the Bee’s Knees The clean energy has so many sources to be used and this one is one the most effective and simplest one. This is actually a Knee cap which can be placed on your knees quite easily. Every time you walk or run wearing them, it uses the mechanical energy of your during the walking process and converts it into considerable amount of energy. It’s like you can do your daily job and side by side keep producing clean energy which can be utilized in various daily operations. 7. Piezoelectric Zinc Oxide Nanowire Fashions for Spring We all knew about the piezoelectric devices which are capable of producing high amount of power just by doing small operations on it. This piezoelectric material made using Zinc oxide has become a trend in the fashion and is being incorporated into shirts and the clothes we wear these days. This cool way has resulted into a new fashion statement and also is being used on a large scale. All you have to do is move around wearing these cool fashionable piezoelectric incorporated shirts and you will be able to generate electricity by making use of human mechanical power.

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Solar Sister and NextAid Showcase 5 Promising Technologies for Africa

September 22, 2011 by  
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Solar Sister showcased just some of the efforts taking place around the world. Here, the Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of Mauritania install solar panels in their villages. They received training in Rajasthan, India. Image: Barefoot Photographers of Tilonia via flickr Walking into the futuristic Yotel near Times Square with a robot in the lobby for a coat check, you wouldn’t expect to find a room full of some of the most promising, innovative technologies for sustainable development. But

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Allison Arieff on Prefab, Going Local, and Why the Suburbs Aren’t So Bad (Podcast)

August 4, 2011 by  
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One can’t spend years as the editor in chief of Dwell magazine and not be something of a sage on sustainable design. What’s more, Allison Arieff literally wrote the book on prefab architecture and now shares her explorations in the pages of the New York Times . In our interview she reflects on the troubled arc of prefab’s promise, why the suburbs aren’t that bad (and also

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