Tokyo-based designer David Guarino has retired this most hardworking of transport platforms to a breezy, sun-soaked existence on Japan’s Morito Beach. Caban, as Guarino calls it, is an entire beachfront cafe built from wooden pallets, along with a few other materials sourced from the region.
National Geographic - Photographer: Bertrand Garbel - Green walls could save energy - Paris
The future of the urban landscape?
Doing It Justice: Brasilia Justice Ministry by Oscar Niemeyer-
Designed in 1962, the justice ministry was one of many buildings Niemeyer designed, for the then new capital of Brazil, Brasilia. The building is surrounded by a moat and water cascades from large concrete gutters suspended from the columns that form the facade of the building. Huge concrete louvres to the sides of the building, shield the internal glass walled ministry form the sun. Roberto Burle Marx, Niemeyer’s long time collaborator designed the water gardens.
A Gobi Desert Hotel Designed to Float on Sand!
as well as generating its own electricity and water
New Living Walls Use ‘Biological Concrete’ to Reduce CO2
This is a really interesting concept, but I wonder how the integrity of the building will hold up over time? Thoughts?
Making Dumb Buildings Energy Smart!
Commercial buildings around the world are looking to reduce energy costs, but overhauling electricity systems can be expensive. That is why Israeli startup BEEMTech came up with a way to save energy without changing the existing infrastructure.
Anyone know if this is the world’s first vertical farm? There are 100 of them in Singapore. I’ve heard the idea, but this is the first time I’ve seen them. (I’m not asking about roof farms!).
Vertical farms solve land problem in Singapore
With land prices at a premium in Singapore, vertical farms with rotating vertical racks present a sustainable solution while cutting down pollution.
Researchers from Spain’s University of Jaen have found a way to make a greener version of one of the most ubiquitous building materials: bricks. Using waste material from paper mills, they were able to create a brick that not only diverts waste from going to a landfill, but also requires less energy to produce.
Gizmag reports, “The scientists gathered cellulose waste from a paper mill, along with sludge left over from the purification process of that plant’s waste water. Those substances were then mixed with clay used in building construction, pressurized, and then extruded in one long sausage-like length. The bricks were subsequently sliced from that material, and fired in a kiln.”
The paper waste bricks need less time in the kiln than conventional bricks, which saves energy and money. The paper bricks also have low thermal conductivity, which means they would be good insulators for a building so energy would be saved once they were used in a home or business too.
I PROMISE THIS ISN’T ABOUT POOP.
Five Reasons Why Urban Farming Is An Important Movement
The most important movement of our time, says this article. Do you agree?
Leaders in New York and New Jersey have been warned for years, after all, that their highly developed coastal areas were vulnerable to rising seas. And despite the bold talk of massive infrastructure improvements in the direct aftermath of the storm called Sandy, Cote wonders if the nation’s famously short memory will prove a barrier now.
“Politicians, they are short-term thinkers,” Cote said. “They think in the short-term needs of the public, and there’s not much visionary thinking.”
“And that,” he added, “is highly risky.
“The city of Cambridge, Mass has teamed up with MIT to produce a Solar Tool that allows people to type an address into a website and get a detailed account of that roof’s solar electric potential. This is probably the most detailed service now existing and every building in Cambridge is covered. You can learn how much of your roof sees enough sun for a PV installation, how large that PV installation can be, how much it will cost, how high your Federal and state tax rebate will be, how much electricity it will produce in a year, and how much carbon it will displace.”