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Coming soon: 3D printable solar panels capable of powering… anything

Coming soon: 3D printable solar panels capable of powering… anything | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it
Printable solar panels are going to be available to us very soon and could power “entire skyscrapers,” Australian researchers say. The very near future will see personal electronic charging transformed, but the potential is growing quickly.

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Toyota to market hydrogen vehicles in 2015; Linde starts small-series production of fueling stations

Toyota to market hydrogen vehicles in 2015; Linde starts small-series production of fueling stations | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it
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Think Small: Renzo Piano's Vitra House

Think Small: Renzo Piano's Vitra House | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

Vitra’s carefully curated campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany, contains works by Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry, FAIA, and Jean Prouvé, among other top-tier designers. Now the venerable Swiss furniture company has added a tiny prefab house by Renzo Piano Building Workshop to the mix. In 2013, Vitra unveiled Diogene, a 43-square-foot prototype.

In keeping with the no-frills lifestyle of its ancient Greek namesake, the philosopher Diogenes, the house consists of only one room. A slim, ultra-efficient layer of insulation is sandwiched between the cabin’s wood frame and aluminum skin. “The house is really minimal,” says Vitra project manager Aja Huber. “It’s a life where you have to think, do you want the sofa or the bed?”


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Grammarly to check and improve your grammar

Grammarly to check and improve your grammar | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

Even the most confident of native speakers can sometimes have doubts about their spelling and grammar. As for learners of English, getting their writing to a really high degree of proficiency can be a real challenge. It’s great to have a friend to turn to in moments of doubt or better still someone who will proof read your work and give you a second opinion, but if you don’t have that luxury then the Grammarly plagiarism checker is probably the next best thing.


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BI Media Specialists's curator insight, February 21, 2014 1:03 PM

Always a good idea for students before they turn in their work.  This is a great tool to help with common grammar mistakes.

Profe Harper's curator insight, March 9, 2014 2:37 PM

Excellent for all levels of English. 

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If you want to improve your grammar, this is the tool you need!!!

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Floatel: An Off-Grid Floating Tent Retreat with All the Comforts of Home

Floatel: An Off-Grid Floating Tent Retreat with All the Comforts of Home | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

The Floatel by Architecture HLM is an entirely off the grid retreat. Designed as a floating tent, Floatel can be deployed anywhere there is calm water. Standard features include a master suite with off-the0shelf battery powered LED lights, a fire pit for both cooking and warmth, mosquito netting and a small kitchenette with powder room and additional storage. Photovoltaic arrays can be added for battery recharge.


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Des usines à Paris: Deux films à découvrir à la mairie du 10e arrondissement

Des usines à Paris: Deux films à découvrir à la mairie du 10e arrondissement | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it
RT @DenisCosnard: Deux excellents films sur le patrimoine industriel de Paris à découvrir mercredi prochain
http://t.co/cFD7WZ0Y9P #histoir…

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patrimodus's curator insight, January 20, 2014 7:54 PM

LES INDUSTRIES DE PARIS, SUR LES TRACES D’UN PATRIMOINE MÉCONNU (2013, 10 min)
réalisé par Jean-François Belhoste (E.P.H.E), Philippe Denizet (École Centrale de Paris) et Paul Smith (Ministère de la Culture)

LA FRICHE (2012, 43 min) réalisé par Magali Roucaut

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Prefab House Mini Modern by MAPA

Prefab House Mini Modern by MAPA | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

This beautiful prefab house called the Mini Mod by MAPA utilizes prefab construction, allowing for the home to be built in a controlled environment, creating less of an impact on the construction site. What you see here is just a version of what can be built, expanded and created using the modular system that MAPA has designed.


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Osku Penttinen's curator insight, January 21, 2014 8:58 AM

The ultimate bachelor house. I would love one even just as a small cottage. Only thing is, you need to be far from neighbours and other people unless you want to know what a fish in an aquarium feels like.

Patrick O'Carrigan's curator insight, January 21, 2014 9:57 PM

Lovely crisp execution of a well tracked idea

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Spain: a decaying winery in Huelva

Spain: a decaying winery in Huelva | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

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Stonehenge Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall opens

Stonehenge Visitor Centre by Denton Corker Marshall opens | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

Stonehenge’s long-awaited visitor centre- a lightweight, delicate structure by Denton Corker m\Marshall- has opened its doors to the public. The building provides the 5,000 year old monument with dedicated on-site educational facilities and exhibition space, designed to accommodate over one million guests each year.


Ensuring the sustainability of the project, the design was as sensitive to its surroundings as possible, whereby if the building were to be removed, it would not leave a lasting scar on the landscape. Steel columns and lightweight walls minimize the depth of the foundations, allowing the design to sit on a slender concrete raft.

Recyclable and renewable materials have been used alongside locally sourced components, such as regionally grown chestnut and limestone cut from nearby quarries. In addition, the large canopy naturally shades the building, promoting natural ventilation, while a ground source heat pump provides warmth for the centre during cooler months.

 



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Electric vehicles just about ready to go mainstream - Beacon News

Electric vehicles just about ready to go mainstream - Beacon News | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it
Electric vehicles are slowly becoming mainstream. Technology is improving and automakers are marketing electric vehicles more aggressively in North America.

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, December 23, 2013 11:57 AM

#Electric vehicles just about ready to go mainstream. #Sustianability

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Patrimoine industriel des Ardennes

Patrimoine industriel des Ardennes | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

Déjà en 2009, l’AJP s’était rendue à Vendresse ; nous y sommes revenus récemment. Mais que se passe t-il donc à Vendresse ? Eh bien, il y a là le seul haut fourneau qui subsiste dans le département des Ardennes et qui est inscrit à l’Inventaire des Monuments historiques depuis 1972. Inscription méritée. Ce haut fourneau au bois fût construit sous sa forme actuelle entre 1822 et 1824 par Jean Nicolas Gendarme, un homme qui avait bien compris tout l’intérêt de cette industrie et du site dédié à la production du fer depuis le 16ème siècle


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Energy Box by Pierluigi Bonomo

Energy Box by Pierluigi Bonomo | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

Using nearly zero energy, this house designed by Italian architect Pierluigi Bonomo was built in replacement of a heavily damaged building from the 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila, the region of Abruzzo in central italy.

Conceived as a volumetric insertion, the ‘Energy Box’ is defined by its new solid box perimeter. The conservation of the original building is visible with stone traces in the walls on the first level. The new structure emerges from the ground with the reminiscent pieces gradually disappearing, making way for a new physical and symbolic meaning between the heavy memories of the site’s past and the hope for a stable and better future. Acting as a mediation between the two elements, the technologically advanced new house is contained within a compact box volume.


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Cloudscapes at MOT by Tetsuo Kondo Architects and Transsolar

Cloudscapes at MOT by Tetsuo Kondo Architects and Transsolar | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

Japanese studio Tetsuo Kondo Architects teamed up with environmental engineering firm Transsolar to encase a cloud inside this transparent two-storey cube.


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7 Creative Upcycled Shipping Container Homes

7 Creative Upcycled Shipping Container Homes | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

A gallery of homes that repurpose or reuse shipping containers in a broad range of innovative ways, on various scales and styles...


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Zoya Ayaz's curator insight, September 9, 2014 8:18 AM

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Industry + Ingenuity: 7 Silo Transformations that Fill Empty Voids with New Life

Industry + Ingenuity: 7 Silo Transformations that Fill Empty Voids with New Life | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it
How can one transform a collection of concrete tubes into a site for experiencing contemporary culture?

That was the question posed by British architect and artist Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, whose imaginative designs can be found everywhere from Manchester to Shanghai. Heatherwick is used to creating striking sculptures on a grand scale, but his latest proposal is larger than any before—he plans to carve an art museum from the depths of an old silo in South Africa’s capital city, Cape Town. The building is a monumental sculpture in itself, and Heatherwick’s challenge was twofold: protect and celebrate the heritage of the city’s industrial past while simultaneously creating something wholly new within the inherited structure.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, March 22, 2014 8:47 PM

Dar nueva vida a los silos; soluciones de todo tipo para todo tipo de usos. Algunos de los proyectos, muy interesantes.

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Going Vertical: The History of Green Walls

Going Vertical: The History of Green Walls | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it
Green walls: Function or fad? As cities and buildings all around the world are being covered in green, we take a look at the phenomenon of green walls.

 The first example of green walls may be found in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, even if they may have been more roof gardens than green walls. Later, from Scandinavia to Japan, numerous civilizations used climbing plants to cover buildings, making what is now called ‘green façades’.


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My Little Jardin's curator insight, February 21, 2014 6:22 AM

L'influence des façades vertes sur le milieu urbain ou le pouvoir des plantes!

Christina Shomaker's curator insight, February 24, 2014 10:02 PM

We love this for so many reasons.... not just the architectural factor or the green benefits we receive. Our favorite aspect is the artistic one... it forces the artist (or client who hires a landscape artist) to consider artistic mediums from any origin, how to use them in ways that allow an eye to see patterns that would otherwise be ignored, and how best to work with the surrounding environment to make the most spectacular punch. We also cannot ignore how great it is that as we replace so many  flat surfaces with new construction (that would typically be home to plant life) humans can think outside the box (or rather, think about any angle, any where, in or on that box) about how to get those plants back into the picture.

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Portugal: II International Congress on Industrial Heritage – “Heritage, Museums and Industrial Tourism: an opportunity for the 21st century", Porto, 22-24 May 2014

Portugal: II International Congress on Industrial Heritage – “Heritage, Museums and Industrial Tourism: an opportunity for the 21st century", Porto, 22-24 May 2014 | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

APPI/TICCIH Portugal has received over 80 abstracts in response to the call for papers for the II International Congress on Industrial Heritage – “Heritage, Museums and Industrial Tourism: an opportunity for the 21st century". Following the request of several authors, an extension of the deadline for submitting abstracts until 14th February 2014 has been decided. There will be no further extensions.

 

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Minimalist High Performance Rowing Centre, Portugal

Minimalist High Performance Rowing Centre, Portugal | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

Rowing High Performance Centre is a minimalist building located in Pocinho, Portugal, designed by Alvaro Andradre. The Rowing High Performance Centre in Pocinho is located in one of the most beautiful and idyllic valleys in the world – the Douro valley – one of the places of choice for champions of this sport. The project is structured into three key components: Social Zone, Housing and Training. The entire project fuses with the reinterpretation of two secular elements of landscape construction in Douro Valley: the walled terraced, a recurrent form of “inhabiting” this place, and the great white volumes of large production units, deployed along the terrain, are formally complex and diverse volumetrically.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, January 24, 2014 5:47 AM

Proyecto en cierto modo heredero de la tradición de Siza, con una vuelta de tuerca que lo hace más interesante. Me gusta mucho cómo interpreta la tradición local del "aterrazado". Tiene bastante más de lo que pudiera parecer a primera vista.

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Wellcome Images

Wellcome Images | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it
Wellcome Images is a medical picture library and the world's leading source of images on medicine and its history. Pictures cover a period stretching from ancient civilisations to modern day photography.

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Marianne Hart's curator insight, February 25, 2014 10:11 AM

Students & teachers are always looking for Creative Commons pics. Thank you!!!

Abe Soltani's curator insight, March 2, 2014 12:23 AM

A great site to get images for presentation and production.

Linda Denty's curator insight, March 5, 2014 5:43 PM

Fantastic resource!

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Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust by Belzberg Architects

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust by Belzberg Architects | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

From the architect. 

The new building for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) is located within a public park, adjacent to the existing Los Angeles Holocaust Memorial.  Paramount to the design strategy is the integration of the building into the surrounding open, park landscape. The museum is submerged into the ground allowing the park’s landscape to continue over the roof of the structure.  Existing park pathways are used as connective elements to integrate the pedestrian flow of the park with the new circulation for museum visitors.

By maintaining the material pallet of the park and extending it onto the museum, the hues and textures of concrete and vegetation blend with the existing material palette of Pan Pacific Park. Designed and constructed with sustainable systems and materials, the LAMOTH building is on track to receive a LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, January 19, 2014 4:26 AM

Interior/exterior, un edificio que se posa con delicadeza en el parque que lo acoge. Si te gusta el exterior, te encantará el interior. Con formas rotundas y limpias, y unas sorprendentes ventanas, un edificio que nos devuelve a el "paseo arquitectónico" del Corbu. Además un edificio que ha recibido la medalla de oro LEED.

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The Sustainability Daily

The Sustainability Daily | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it
The Sustainability Daily, by Frank Carnevale: Daily Sustainability news compiled for you. Read, learn and share!

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, December 29, 2013 8:51 PM

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Best of 2013: Energy-Efficient Buildings Off The Grid

Best of 2013: Energy-Efficient Buildings Off The Grid | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

The phrase "off the grid" is quite literal: It means these buildings are not connected to the power grid or sewer systems. There is no need for trash collection and removal, and building materials are often harvested locally—making it beneficial for the environment and your wallet.

Off-the-grid architecture originally had mixed connotations, but off-the-grid living has moved beyond the typical remote shack with no lighting systems. New chemical-free stains and finishes transform reclaimed wood into rich materials for façades, while sustained rammed-earth and recycled steel lend a certain rugged appeal. It has also allowed architects to be more inventive in terms of space, creating structures that provide the privacy of typical homes—without the carbon footprint.

The future of off-the-grid looks promising—perhaps in 2014 we'll see the trend implemented in pre-existing structures in urban areas. Until then, check out the best (and most sustainable) off-the-grid buildings from 2013...


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Norm Miller's curator insight, December 25, 2013 12:09 PM

Homes off the grid need energy storage and that is still the major issue, but TESLA is now making batteries for homes and someday they will be less costly.  For now such solutions are exotic and economically unreachable.

Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's curator insight, December 27, 2013 9:16 PM

Wouldn't it be good to stay in one of these buildings, even for just a short while ....I'm sure it would inspire more of us to think along the lines of sustainability for the built environment of the future. To think outside the box.

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Electric vehicles just about ready to go mainstream - Beacon News

Electric vehicles just about ready to go mainstream - Beacon News | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it
Electric vehicles are slowly becoming mainstream. Technology is improving and automakers are marketing electric vehicles more aggressively in North America.

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, December 23, 2013 11:57 AM

#Electric vehicles just about ready to go mainstream. #Sustianability

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Retrofit process for traditional buildings - News

Retrofit process for traditional buildings - News | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it
RT @gmat15: Retrofit process for traditional buildings - News: http://t.co/fYTQMkTkC6
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Street Art / Optical Illusion: Spraypaint that Looks Like 3-Dimensional Shards of Metal

Street Art / Optical Illusion: Spraypaint that Looks Like 3-Dimensional Shards of Metal | Architecture and sustainability | Scoop.it

When he was just three years old, Chinese artist DALeast told his mother that he would be an artist and travel around the world one day. Now 29, DALeast, who keeps his real identity anonymous, is doing just that. 

His murals have a very unique style- although they are spray painted on, they look like three dimensional sculptures made of thousands of metallic splinters, that explode at points of impact. DALeast has created gigantic images of wildlife, but also humans- like astronauts and scuba divers- and even a car crashing into a pipe. He has travelled all over the world and created murals in his hometown of Wuhan in China, Cape Town, Miami, New York and London. He imagines each piece in his head before he brings it to life on the wall.


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