Historic Zhuhai sugar factory to be reborn as a low-carbon cultural hub

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A new adaptive reuse project is looking to save a sweet piece of history in China. International design firm Woods Bagot  unveiled plans to revitalize the disused Hongqi Zhen Sugar Factory in Zhuhai’s Jinwan District, turning it into a spectacular new cultural park. Designed to include a sugar industry museum and a chocolate factory (among other facilities), the mixed-use development will aim to offset its carbon footprint with solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and geothermal heating and cooling systems. Located in the Pearl River Delta in south China’s Guangdong province, Zhuhai is one of China’s premier tourist destinations and has even been nicknamed the Chinese Riviera. The revitalization project will tap into the existing tourist infrastructure and offer a wide suite of attractions on a 78,877-square-meter plot. A large park will occupy the heart of the project and will be ringed by landscape features including a floral garden walk, a sculpture garden, a farming experience, and scenic waterscapes and wetlands transformed from former industrial waterbodies. The development is divided into different thematic zones that range from the bustling retail street to the tranquil wedding lake and wetland boardwalk. “It is a privilege to create a place where a whole community can capture and celebrate their proud industrial history,” said Charlie Chen, Studio Leader at Woods Bagot. “At the heart of our strategy is a desire to inspire and engage the diverse people that will enjoy the site – from locals and former factory workers to tourists, families and children alike. The result will be a showcase of old and new, and provide Zhuhai with a rich cultural landmark for generations to come.” In addition to diverse retail and restaurant offerings, the firm plans to add a boutique hotel , wedding venue, and start-up offices. Related: MVRDV will transform the Tirana Pyramid, a former communist monument, into an education center One of the firm’s major design goals is to repurpose as many of the existing sugar factory buildings as possible. New buildings will be designed to match the industrial aesthetic and will only rise two to three stories in height in order to differentiate themselves from taller historic architecture. Murals and other artistic installations will commemorate the site’s history. + Woods Bagot Images via Woods Bagot

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SAHMRI’s Striking Pinecone-Inspired “Living Skin” Uses Passive Solar Design in Australia

December 4, 2013 by  
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Michelin Launches ‘Bio Butterfly’ to Investigate Green Alternatives for Tires

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Last month, Michelin announced that they would be on the hunt for alternatives to the synthetic, oil-based materials used i n their tires . Concerned with a petroleum shortage, the company launched the program “Bio Butterfly” to investigate the viability of organics like straw, beets, and wood to create their products. Read the rest of Michelin Launches ‘Bio Butterfly’ to Investigate Green Alternatives for Tires Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automotive tire , bio butterfly , bio-butadiene , biomass , Bridgestone , butadiene , car tire , eni , environment and energy management agency , france , michelin , natural rubber , organic waste , shale gas , synthetic rubber , tpc        

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Melbourne’s New Knox Innovation Opportunity & Sustainability Centre is Dedicated to Eco Education

December 18, 2012 by  
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Woods Bagot Designs Efficient New Headquarters for Melbourne Water

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ETH Zurich Students Create Portable Hybrid Generator that Provides Power and Clean Water

October 17, 2012 by  
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Nearly a fifth of the people on the planet live without access to electricity, and while generators can be used to provide power to these areas, most are too expensive or not portable enough to offer a real alternative. That’s where students at ETH Zurich stepped in. As part of their masters thesis project, the team created a low-cost portable hybrid generator that can provide enough power to supply over 20 homes with electricity – and it produces clean water as well. Read the rest of ETH Zurich Students Create Portable Hybrid Generator that Provides Power and Clean Water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clean water , developing countries , ETH Zurich , power generator , renewable energy , SMiG , Solar Power , Third World Energy , Third World Power

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