Ennead designs a striking nature preserve to protect Chinas most important river

March 25, 2019 by  
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Ennead Architects and Andropogon Landscape Architects have won an international competition for the Shanghai Yangtze River Estuary Chinese Sturgeon Nature Preserve. The proposed design takes the shape of an undulating sculpture mimicking the curves of Asia’s longest river while referencing “biomorphic anatomy.” The building will be clad in translucent PTFE panels and engineered with sustainable, energy-efficient technologies such as geothermal heating and cooling loops. The purpose of the Shanghai Yangtze River Estuary Chinese Sturgeon Nature Preserve is to rescue critically endangered species and to restore the natural ecology of Yangtze River, which has been plagued by pollution and construction. The project also aims to engage the public and raise environmental awareness with immersive exhibit experiences. To achieve these goals, the 427,000-square-foot nature reserve building, which will sit on a 17.5-hectare site on an island at the mouth of the Yangtze River, will consist of a dual-function aquarium and research facility, bringing together efforts to repopulate the endangered Chinese Sturgeon and Finless Porpoise. Ennead Architects and Andropogon Landscape Architects proposed a dramatic design for the building that takes cues from nature. Split into three wings united around a central spine, the structure will be built with a cross-laminated timber structural system wrapped in a lightweight PTFE skin, which will fill the interior with daylight. Inside, constructed wetlands landscaped with local flora and aquatic plants provide a beautiful connection with the outdoors, sequester carbon and serve as a biofiltration system for aquarium water, “resulting in a new paradigm of environmental equilibrium,” the designers said in their press release. Related: Ennead Architects break ground on celestial Shanghai Planetarium The landscape design in and around the buildings mimics the natural shoreline ecosystems found throughout the Yangtze River basin and provides opportunities for breeding and raising Chinese Sturgeons and Finless Porpoises. Visitors will be able to view these pools from suspended walkways that weave throughout the campus grounds. + Ennead Architects Images via Ennead Architects

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China’s Yangtze River Suddenly Turns Red, and Nobody Knows Why

September 8, 2012 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Residents of Chongqing, China got quite a surprise when they looked out at the Yangtze River yesterday: The river, which usually has a golden-brown hue, had been dyed a deep red-orange , and nobody knows why! The crimson coloration first appeared yesterday where the Yangtze meets the Jialin River, but it was also reported at other points along China’s longest river. Officials are currently investigating the cause of the dramatic color change, but so far they haven’t arrived at any conclusive answers. Read the rest of China’s Yangtze River Suddenly Turns Red, and Nobody Knows Why Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china , Chongqing , clean water , environmental destruction , fresh water , microorganisms , red river , red tide , river dyed , yangtze river

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Artist’s ‘Three Gorges’ Video Installation Takes Viewers Into a Disappearing Landscape

November 5, 2011 by  
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Inside the confines of a gallery’s walls, artist Sonja Hinrichsen takes viewers on a journey down China’s troubled Yangtze River.

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Yoga: A Bad Back’s Best Friend

November 5, 2011 by  
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I was just one of countless Americans, “spending $50 billion a year on medications, physical therapy and related costs” for back pain alone as the New York Times’ Well Blog reports. That’s until I met yoga. A recent study shows why.

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Scotland to Build the World’s First Hybrid Ferries for 2013

November 5, 2011 by  
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Scotland is building ferries that will run on battery power and diesel in an effort to create jobs and develop green technology.

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China Cleaning Up Two Toxic Spills on Yangtze River, Drinking Water Source of Millions

November 3, 2009 by  
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Should Shipping on the Yangtze be Made Safer and Cleaner? Even when everything’s going according to plan, cargo ships can be major sources of air pollution (see ” Just 15 of the world’s biggest ships may now emit as much pollution as all the world’s 760m cars “), but when things go wrong and they’re carrying dangerous chemicals, things can degenerate quite a bit. Chinese workers are currently trying to clean up two spills that took place on the Yangtze River this week (oil was spilled in one case and hydr..

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