Yurt-inspired visitor’s center in China blends into its exceptional surroundings

February 9, 2018 by  
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This gorgeous visitor center in China was inspired by Mongolian yurts . Architecture firm HDD combined locally sourced stone and wooden beams to create a multi-functional space where local children can play and read. The Mulan Weichang Visitors Center also offers overnight accommodations and a great spot for astronomy enthusiasts to observe the night sky, all nestled within the stunning Mongolian grasslands. The building is located in the northeast of Hebei province, an area connected to inner Mongolia grasslands where ancient Chinese emperors used to hold autumn hunting festivals. Blending into its grassy surroundings, the building resembles the traditional Mongolian yurt. This layout creates a series of round, semi-public spaces that fit perfectly with the modern lifestyle. Related: A Firsthand Look at the Magnolia 2300 Yurt – the First Energy Star Home in British Columbia The middle of the library is a sunken living space, and the kitchen and dining area located off to the side. Large windows fill the interior with natural light and offer views of the landscape. This openness toward the exterior dominates every corner of the interior, including the bathroom, where a freestanding bathtub sits in front of another large window. Related: Trakke Transforms Ancient Yurt into a Packable Round House That Pops Up Anywhere for the Everyday Adventurer The architects used local materials including old stone and used wooden beams in order for the building to blend seamlessly into its natural surroundings. The main structure of the building is steel framing, combined with triple layered low-e glass panels, while the exterior wooden frames double as an efficient shading system. + HDD Architecture Via Contemporist Photos by Shengliang Su

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Mongolia’s Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels

December 17, 2013 by  
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With 250 days of sunshine a year, Mongolia’s potential for solar energy is vast but mostly underutilized. That’s beginning to change though – a new government sponsored initiative aims to equip traditional dome-like homes called gers (tents made of felt and yak’s wool) with portable solar home systems (SHS) to make life a little easier in the northern highlands. So far, almost 70 percent of nomadic people now have access to electricity thanks to newly installed solar panels. Read the rest of Mongolia’s Nomads Modernize Traditional Tent Homes with Solar Panels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , a better life for mongolian nomads , gers , mongolia’s nomads , Mongolian Ger Solar Panels , mongolian tents , nomad tents , nomadic lifestyle , renewable energies , solar energy for mongolia’s nomads , solar energy for mongolian tents , solar energy in Mongolia , solar panels , yurts        

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SunRay Kelley’s Harbin Hot Springs Temple in Napa Valley is Made from Natural Materials

December 14, 2012 by  
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The Retrofit Chicago Challenge Gets Skyscrapers to Go Green

December 14, 2012 by  
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The Windy City is rapidly becoming one of the greenest in the U.S., thanks to its Retrofit Chicago Building Initiative . 14 major commercial buildings have stepped up to the plate to reduce their energy consumption by 20 per cent over the next five years. Through retrofitting and power-saving technologies, the program could potentially reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 30,000 cars off the road, and provide a saving to the companies of $5 million each year. Among the first buildings to commit to energy efficiency were the riverside Sheraton Hotel and AT&T’s downtown office tower. Read the rest of The Retrofit Chicago Challenge Gets Skyscrapers to Go Green Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “leed” , AT&T , chicago , karen weigert , retrofit chicago building initiative , sheraton hotel , siemens sustainable communities award , skyscraper , Windy City

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2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Named Official Car For 2013 International CES

December 14, 2012 by  
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The all-new 2013 Ford C-MAX hybrid and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid models are off to a great start. November was the first full month that both C-MAX hybrids were available and combined they outsold their closest competitors, the Toyota Prius plug-in and Prius v. Now the Ford C-MAX has also been named the official car for the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Association (CES) Expo , the world’s largest annual innovation event, scheduled for Jan. 8-11 in Las Vegas. Read the rest of 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid Named Official Car For 2013 International CES Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ces , ford , Ford C-MAX , ford c-max energi , ford hybrid , Ford plug-in hybrid , green car , green transportation , lithium ion battery , toyota prius

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Green-roofed Helsinki Library Boasts an Invigorating Mix of Fixed and Flexible Spaces

December 14, 2012 by  
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Reddit Users Plan To Create Self-Sufficient Utopia On Desert Island

August 10, 2012 by  
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Uninhabited Island Photo from Shutterstock Users of Reddit, the popular link-sharing website, are considering leaving the virtual world to come together and create their own self-sufficient utopia. Several thousand Redditors are now subscribed to a subreddit called “Reddit Island.” The page (along with its corresponding website, chat room, wiki , and blog) reveals a plan to purchase a small tropical island and populate it with a diverse collection of Reddit nerds. Currently, the most promising locations appear to be Chile, Fiji or Vanuatu, however, since this is Reddit we’re talking about, new suggestions are always welcome. Read the rest of Reddit Users Plan To Create Self-Sufficient Utopia On Desert Island Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cargotecture , chile island , desert island , fiji island , intentional community , reddit community , reddit island , reddit website , remote island , self sufficiency , self-sufficent island , unihabited island , yurts

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An Inhabitat Writer Shares Her Experience Building Her Own Sustainable Yurt In the Woods!

July 19, 2012 by  
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16-Year-Old Egyptian Scientist Finds Way to Turn Plastic Waste Into $78 Million of Biofuel!

July 19, 2012 by  
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Plastic waste photo from Shutterstock Egyptian teenagers are on a roll lately – if they’re not proposing the next-generation of space propulsion systems , then they’re figuring out how to use the country’s plastic waste for fuel! Sixteen-year-old Azza Abdel Hamid Falad has found that an inexpensive catalyst could be used to create $78 million worth of biofuel each year. Egypt’s plastic consumption is estimated to total one million tons per year , so Azza’s proposal could transform the country’s economy, allowing it to make money from recycled plastic. Read the rest of 16-Year-Old Egyptian Scientist Finds Way to Turn Plastic Waste Into $78 Million of Biofuel! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aluminosilicate , Azza Abdel Hamid Falad , biodiesel , biofuel , catalyst , egypt , egyptian teenager , plastic recycling

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7 Cozy Tipis and Yurts That Make You Feel Right at Home

January 3, 2012 by  
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