How COP22 in Marrakech will be different

November 7, 2016 by  
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A veteran of U.N. climate talks held in Copenhagen, Cancun, Doha, Warsaw and Paris looks ahead. Are the “no-go-tiators” finally history?

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NeSpoon adorns urban spaces with oversized doily art

October 4, 2016 by  
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NeSpoon’s creations have recently embellished various walls, streets and public parks around Poland , New Zealand and France. Aesthetically, they draw inspiration from traditional embroidery, yet the different creations are made using ceramic, rope or a stencil, and a spray can. The ‘urban jewelry’ can be imprinted on the wall, can take shape as an  aerial sculpture or as a doily detail on a wall. Related: NeSpoon’s Delicate Doily Art Adorns a Stretch of the Baltic’s Oak Beach Each piece is handmade by the artist herself or with the hand of traditional folk artists with whom she works. NeSpoon explains her passion for lace : “In lace there is an aesthetic code which is deeply embedded in every culture. In every lace we find symmetry, and some kind of order and harmony. Isn’t that what we all seek for instinctively?” + NeSpoon Via This is Colossal

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Tiny robot caterpillar can push objects ten times its size

August 23, 2016 by  
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Physics researchers at the University of Warsaw have created an innovative soft robot that packs a powerful punch for its size. Despite being only 15 millimeters long, this powerful machine can carry loads up to 10 times larger than itself. While soft robots inspired by caterpillars have been designed before, it’s been a challenge to build them at a natural scale due to the available parts simply being too large and inflexible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wulyMNiakpU That’s where this robot is different. At first glance, it appears to simply be a thin, transparent piece of plastic. However, when exposed to light , the body contracts in a wave pattern which moves it forward. The secret to this motion is in the light-sensitive elastomer the robot is made of, which is aligned in a specific molecular pattern. Related: Robo Raven Robot Can Flap its Wings Like a Real Bird The researchers could even change the lighting conditions in order to made the robot perform a variety of different actions . Not only can it haul a cargo, but it can also crawl through small crevices and climb up slopes. The robot is further controlled with a spatially modulated laser beam . Using what they’ve learned of new fabrication techniques and design strategies, the Warsaw team hopes to further develop the technology and create soft robots capable of swimming and even flying. Their findings have been published in the journal Advanced Optical Materials . + Faculty of Physics University of Warsaw Via Engadget Images via FUW and coniferconifer

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This building made from hundreds of apple crates has a surprise inside

July 21, 2015 by  
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Mirrored modern home appears to vanish into the Polish forest

February 26, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Mirrored modern home appears to vanish into the Polish forest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: floor to ceiling glazing , Izabelin , Izabelin House 2 , Marcin Tomaszewski , minimalist house , mirrored home , mirrored house , mirrored panels , Poland , REFORM Architekt , warsaw

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BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google’s new Mountain View HQ

February 26, 2015 by  
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Heatherwick Studio and the Bjarke Ingels Group have confirmed that the two firms are set to collaborate on Google’s new headquarters. Little is known about the new Googleplex, other than that it will comprise of a series of “canopy like buildings,” the plans for which have been shared with city council members. But between Heatherwick’s artful structures and Bjarke Ingels ‘ radical designs, expectations are high for a striking new addition to Mountain View. Read the rest of BIG and Heatherwick Studio to design Google’s new Mountain View HQ Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “office building” , big , bike parks , bjarke ingels , campus , google HQ , googleplex , Green Building , headquarters , Heatherwick Studio , housing , mountain view , silicon valley , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , thomas heatherwick

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A crumbling Warsaw building gets a luscious new green face

December 19, 2014 by  
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Cavernous Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw Wins the First Finlandia Prize for Architecture

November 10, 2014 by  
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Jakub Szczesny’s Keret House is the World’s Narrowest Building

January 23, 2014 by  
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Could you live in house no wider than a door frame?  Etgar Keret can. The Israeli writer is now the proud owner of the world’s narrowest building , a home so tiny that you might not even notice it if you’re not looking hard. The house, which is less than five feet across at its widest part (three feet at its narrowest), was designed by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny and is located in Warsaw. Read the rest of Jakub Szczesny’s Keret House is the World’s Narrowest Building Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , Etger Keret , Holocaust , Jakub Szczesny , Poland , thin house , tiny house , warsaw , Warsaw Ghetto        

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Latest UN climate conference strengthens case for business-government bridge

November 27, 2013 by  
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At COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, business leaders acknowledged the importance of working with the public sector.

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