The Nomad System designed by Jaime Salm and Roger Allen from Mio is a fantastic double-wall cardboard modules that can be transforms into endlessly customizable architectural system to separate a room to another or free-standing, sculptural screens, temporary partitions, rooms or even displays. The Nomad System is made of entirely green material.
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My Exhibition is back with a new autumn event “Green Home Design, living the present” an exhibition on architecture, sustainable building and energy efficiency organized by My Exhibition in collaboration with MADE expo and patronized by the Green Building Council.
Within its surface area of 1600 sq m, Green home design offered hospitality to three houses, one playschool, a congress hall and a lounge area with Bio bar, all of which were proper prefabricated 1:1 scale structures. The designers of the project, Aldo Cibic, Marco Piva and Massimiliano Mandarini presented their own interpretation of contemporary architecture with projects that combine aesthetic research, functionality and energy-efficient solutions.
For Green Home Design the Cibicworkshop has designed an installation in scale which consists of two houses built with two innovative solutions: the technology of hemp and a dry system with metal frame.The house in hemp is a way of building contemporary with natural materials. Although
today has almost disappeared in Italy, hemp was an essential element of the Italian agricultural production history. Building today with this material means build new economies of the region with the latest environmental and energy performance requirements.The house will be built with the dry system with metal frame, however, is an innovative technical that combines high performance building and energy with a radical reduction
of construction time. This structural system enables the use of traditional materials in new ways resulting in a completely recyclable, anti-seismic and solid construction time very low and controllable.
The real need of this “Green-oriented” approach is to develop new ways of conceiving the residential structures and service to meet the needs of different lifestyles that are becoming increasingly complex and varied and, at the same time, to make the best use of natural resources by implementing measures to reduce energy consumption needed the realization of the structure and its subsequent operation over time and, ultimately
reducing all forms of pollution that might arise.Hence the concept of the exhibition “Space for Life” project by Marco Piva for “Green Home Design” Made in 2012. Read More…
Matchbox House,based in Ann Arbor, Michigan is a green house with four bedrooms, 1,740 sf of conditioned space and a one car garage. For the design, the architect’s got inspired by matchbox due to its rectangular structure. The house is on track to receive LEED Platinum Certification.
For the second consecutive edition, Onyx Solar has participated to the European version of this prestigious international competition that promotes research in the development of efficient houses. Solar Decathlon brings together 20 proposals from 15 different countries to design and build solar-powered houses that consume as few natural resources as possible. Onyx Solar participates in the competition with the SMLsystem house, where has been integrated two cutting-edge photovoltaic systems: a PV façade based on CIGS technology and a PV walkable floor (patented by Onyx Solar) that supply electricity to this self-sufficient house. Read More…
Seen on archiproducts this unique ‘wall covering,’ made of rough-cut wood pieces in differing lengths for a variegated surface. This beautiful wooden wall tiles gives a natural aspect to you interior and makes it more cosy.
The Endesa Pavilion has been designed by Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia designed as part of theSmart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain. The modular structure is made of wood panels that sculpt volume and respond to the orientation of the plot and sunshine.
The structure brings the distributed intelligence concept to the realm of architecture through a multiscalar aproach. The project aims to define an adaptative constructive system able to respond each solicitation at the lowest scale.
By doing this, each single module could answer to his own structural, energetical and enviromental needings. The skin will act as a network of inteligent nodes, a “solar brick” that protects from the solar radiation, collects and storage the energy the data at the local scale. During one year it will perform as a meeting point for knowledge interchange as well as a benchmark for smart grid technologies.
Nike has launched the Nike GS in London, a football cleat the company is heralding as the ‘lightest, fastest, most environmentally-friendly production boot the company has ever made.’
The lightweight shoe weighs in at a mere 160 grams and is made of form fitting recycled polyester, made from 95% recycled plastic bottles and with at least 77% castor beans, which require less water to grow than other natural materials. Just 2012 copies of the limited edition Nike GS football cleats will be manufactured and will be available via the company’s online shop beginning August 15th at a price of $300.
Produced by lighting manufacturer Flos and designed Philippe Starck the D’E-light, is an eco-friendly LED table lamp with an iDevice dock on top. The D’E-light combines the energy efficiency of an LED with the modern convenience of a docking station for an iPhone, iPod or iPad.
Paisajismo Urbano has spent a lot of time working with vertical gardening systems and knows all the variations in great detail. Those that are most commonly used at the moment are systems of modular panels, the sphagnum moss system, Patrick Blanc’s system and their own system ofvertical ecosystems.
With the first system of modular panels we have not yet seen that they are really healthy or brightly coloured, due to the fact that the substrate of wool and rock does not allow the chemical conditions needed for irrigation. This means that this type of system is almost always mono-specific, and one species doesn’t adapt well to all parts of the wall and to the physico-chemical gradients that it finds within it.
Italian industrial designer Michele Puzzolante introduced us her latest concept: a Solar Flaoting Resortthat would be entirely self-powering thanks to the dye-sensitized solar cells which would be integrated into the vessel’s walls.
Convinced that solar energy is the solution to global warming and environment issues, Michele Puzzolante, Italian Industrial Designer, decided to get involved in the green energy new era by inventing a unique building integrated photovoltaic concept totally self-sufficient energy generator, non-polluting and in unison with its natural surroundings.
‘Bamboo Booth’ was exhibited in the “Vietnam Architecture Exhibition 2012″, held in Hanoi for 5 days in April, 2012.Bamboos were chosen to express Vietnamese architecture culture. To cope up with the short construction time period, bamboos are placed straightly like brickwork to create massive wall, floor and roof in a minimalist manner.The Company calls it “bamboo masonry”, or a quasi log house structured by bamboos.
Accordingly, bamboo nails and wedges, rather than metal joint, are used for the connection. Steel wire is minimally installed to decrease the deflection of the wall and roof.
The air-conditioned air seems like to be out-of-dated as the green living arise. Duo designers Jinsun Park & Seonkeun Park have designed the Breathing Partition Stand which will be good for offices.
It has an exclusive area to place the plants whilst acting as a divider between work-desks. An automatic watering system takes care of the watering chore, and it would be a good idea to place low-maintenance varieties. Read More…
British artists Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey recently transformed a landmark church in South East London by covering the interior in a layer of living grass. Their artwork makes explicit connections with urban political ecologies by highlighting the temporal nature of processes of growth and decay in sites of architectural and ecological interest as well as contemporary art galleries and museums worldwide. The project is organized by the The London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT). You can see it for yourself in Dilston Grove’s Clare College Mission Church, South London.
Sculp(IT) Architecten annouced the opening of one of world’s biggest floating openair swimming poolsin Antwerp, Belgium at the Kattendijkdok in mid-August. The pool, with a total length of 120 meters (394 feet), can accommodate 600 people and consists of a swim basin, two event venues, several floors and a restaurant with a lounge terrace.
This wonderful recreational gadget can be very useful when cooling off into your own pool, or others’, for that matter. With it, you can cool yourself during hot summer days, relax and have some fun along with your buddies.
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This is the animation done by Globaïa for the short film ‘Welcome to the Anthropocene’ commissionned for the Planet Under Pressure conference.You will see all the Roads, air and ship routes On the Entire Planet. Watch it, it’s breath taking!
Within a human lifetime, the face of Earth has been transformed. Cities now dominate the landscape, and even if people disappeared tomorrow, cities would remain one of the Anthropocene’s most visible and enduring legacies.
In 1950, only 29% of people lived in cities. Today more than half do, and that proportion is expected to reach 70% by 2050. In 2008, the global urban population exceeded the number of people dwelling in the country for the first time in history. By 2025, there will be about 600 cities of a million people or more.
Recently, urban growth has shifted from Europe and South America to Asia and Africa. Asia’s urban population is growing faster than that anywhere else. It passed the billion mark in 1990, and is expected to reach 3.4 billion by 2025. In the next couple of decades, more than 275 million people are projected to move into India’s enormous city centres. In Africa, meanwhile, only 40% live in cities, but this is changing fast.
Historically, cities had to be sited near water and fertile land. Today, global distribution networks mean they can spring up all over the world, even where there are few natural resources.
This frenetic urban growth is a big cause of environmental change. It drives loss of agricultural land, changes in temperature and the loss of biodiversity. Cities consume two-thirds of the world’s total energy and account for more than 70% of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. But people living in cities often have low carbon emissions because of efficient public transport systems and the fact that people often live closer to their work.
Our friend Marc Storms, Project Manager and Architect at Blue Forest just sent us photos of their gorgeous latest project called ’Eco Perch.’ The refuge features natural materials and an organic form which allows it to blend perfectly in the nature.
With options to assemble your building on the ground or in the treetops there are infinite possibilities for creating accommodation with a difference. To simplify the planning requirements the building has been designed to conform with the Caravan & Mobile Homes Act.
Architect Michael Green has plans for a 30-story wooden skyscraper in Vancouver, while plans are afoot in Norway and Austria for 17- and 20-story buildings that use wood as the main building material, eschewing steel and concrete.
“We think we can go higher than 30 stories,” says Green. “We stopped exploring wood around 100 years ago (with the advent of steel and concrete); now we’re looking at a whole new system using mass timber products.”