Episode 148: How to strategize for the next quarter (century)

November 9, 2018 by  
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Featuring, three interviews on innovation — including one with CEO Aron Cramer — collected during the BSR gathering this week in New York.

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We calculated how much money planting trees can save for your city

June 8, 2018 by  
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From Beijing to Cairo to Mexico City to New York.

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3 ways EVs could sideswipe the ‘rules’ of urban living

July 20, 2017 by  
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Or, what I learned by attending the inaugural Formula-E championship race in New York.

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The Mask House looks like an ethereal mirage hovering among treetops in Ithaca

January 19, 2017 by  
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The Mask House, designed by WOJR , provides privacy while emphasizing views of the natural surroundings, and acts as a sort of habitable passage into another world, commemorating the loss of the owner’s brother who drowned in the nearby lake. An envelope made of dark wood battens blurs the line between this secluded 587-square foot house and its forested surrounding, while stilts make it appear that the house is floating above the forest floor. Dubbed “A Space of Myriad Sanctuaries”, the 587-square-foot house functions as a place of seclusion, peace and tranquility. From the front, it looks like a mirage that hovers above the ground and can disappear at any moment. Related: Black House Blues is a gorgeous woodland haven for music lovers The wood battens hide a single-family residence built on stilts. A large open space with a hanging chimney occupies the center of the building and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape through huge floor-to-ceiling windows . + WOJR Via Ignant

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Tilting "performance architecture" house spins 360 degrees

August 16, 2016 by  
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ReActor is located at Ghent, New York , just over half an hour south of Albany, at the Omi International Arts Center . The 44-foot by 8-foot house made of concrete and wood rests atop a 15-foot tall column, and can rotate a full 360 degrees. The house moves depending on the movement of the inhabitants, or the wind and weather. Related: Zinc-Clad Leaning House Tilts Upwards to Let in Buckets of Sunlight According to an Omi International Arts Center Facebook post, the artists described their experience of living in the house : “We’re spacemen in the wilderness.” Both artists kept journals aboard ReActor, and described the movements of the tilting house as “graceful and oceanic.” Shelley said, “We almost never stop drifting in circles. It takes only the slightest breeze to set us in motion.” Schweder said, “A view that is always changing, sleep that comes and goes with the sun’s light, and a sense of connectedness with your roommate through knowing what he is doing and feeling mediated by the building – in short, this building is breaking our habits.” For five days, the artists experienced a novel connection to the environment and to each other, as they had to be conscious of where they moved. They enjoyed the gentle movement of the house but also at times felt their movements were constrained, as they continually had to make small adjustments in favor of balance. Schweder and Shelley have worked together since 2007, and ReActor is their first work set outdoors. Though they’ve left the spinning home for now, they’ll return September 24-25 and October 6-10 for further performances. ReActor will grace Omi International Arts Center’s Architecture Omi Field 01 for two years. + Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley + Omi International Arts Center Via The New York Times Images via Omi International Arts Center Facebook

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Hamptons home built with salvaged materials marries luxury and sustainability

August 9, 2016 by  
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The 3,800-square-foot residence sits on a 160-acre reserve located in between Gardiner’s Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Part of one of the seaside communities of the Hamptons, the house draws from the region’s rural architecture, but accommodates all the needs of the 21st century homeowner. Related: Resolution 4’s gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to the Hamptons It features foot vaulted ceilings incorporating wooden beams made from salvaged pine, and large glass doors opening towards a swimming pool with a pool house and 2,500 square feet of decking. The folding doors connect the swimming pool with the kitchen and dining area nestled under a vaulted ceiling . The rest of the ground floor accommodates the living room and a pair of bedrooms, while the master and two other bedrooms occupy the first floor. One of the most noticeable features of the house is the luxury finishing-white oak flooring and grey marble in the bathrooms and kitchen countertops. + Studio Zung

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Atmospheric 1950s home renovated as a school facilitates self-guided education

June 22, 2016 by  
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The building sits in a residential neighborhood with strict building regulations that forced the architects to stick to acceptable geometry and materials. It is designed to become a “third teacher” with a flexible learning environment . Using a design strategy that accentuates fluidity, the architects created a variety of spaces and established the connection between interior and exterior spaces. Related: The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China In order to comply with building regulations and still come up with an interesting design solution, the team used standard materials in an interesting way. This attitude resulted in a configuration of different scales and sequences of folds and patterns . They also integrated the existing 1950s pitched roof into the design to facilitate solar energy and rainwater harvesting . + Scalar Architecture Photos by Miguel de Guzmán

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Why sustainability is a team sport

February 21, 2013 by  
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Reaching company goals requires cooperation from a set of decentralized players, so even CEOs can't do it alone, execs reported at GreenBiz Forum New York.

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How to get real green from your green certifications

February 21, 2013 by  
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It's easy for a business to make green claims without really getting greener. Here's how to do the right thing.

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Aptera Refunding 2e Electric Car Deposits: Is Our Future EV Dream Car Dead?

August 16, 2011 by  
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Aptera was developing a futuristic 200 mpge electric car that would knock our socks off. But then the company stopped taking deposits last month, blaming a problem with the escrow account in which they were held. And now, Aptera is refunding deposits to prospective owners hoping to scoop up one of these three-wheeled wonders or the planned 2h hybrid , with a memo explaining that production is taking too long for them to hold on to people’s money. That’s not a good sign. But it gets worse. Read the rest of Aptera Refunding 2e Electric Car Deposits: Is Our Future EV Dream Car Dead? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , Aptera , Aptera 2e deposits , Aptera financial trouble , Aptera rumors , electric car , electric vehicle , green automotive design , green transportation

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