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Why Organizations Are So Afraid to Simplify

Why Organizations Are So Afraid to Simplify | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
We may want to hit the "off" button on costly and complex activities, but we're wired to do the opposite.

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Excellent example, thanks Stephane.
Luis Novoa's curator insight, April 2, 2013 8:59 AM

ATENTION. Reingenering processes could be not as simple we find resistence in

organizations.

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9 LinkedIn Marketing Tips From the Pros

9 LinkedIn Marketing Tips From the Pros | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
Are you wondering what LinkedIn marketing tips work best today? Here's what the pros are doing now to boost their LinkedIn marketing.

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David Blundell's curator insight, July 11, 5:37 AM

Here are some great tips from Cindy King to help you get LinkedIn working better for you and your business . . .

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Le développement durable en entreprise est profitable

Le développement durable en entreprise est profitable | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
Le temps où la profitabilité et l'écoconception n'allaient pas de pair semble révolu : les produits issus de ce mode de production offrent une marge bénéficiaire unitaire plus...

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A Farming Kindergarten in Vietnam with a Spiraling Green Roof

A Farming Kindergarten in Vietnam with a Spiraling Green Roof | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it

In Dongnai, Vietnam, Vo Trong Nghia Architects has completed the construction of ‘farming kindergarten’, a large pre-school designed to accommodate up to 500 children. The project is envisioned as a model of sustainability set within the tropical climate, allowing the school’s young inhabitants to understand the importance of sustainable education and design.

A fully accessible green roof drawn in a triple-ring-shape creates three courtyards enclosed by the looping structure, providing safe and secure playgrounds for the kindergarten’s occupants. The different levels and gradients created by the building’s spiral form offer a series of distinct outdoor learning environments, where children are able to forge a close relationship with the natural world.

 

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, May 5, 3:14 PM

Patios ajardinados en una cubierta con distintos niveles para el recreo de los niños.

Ati Energia's curator insight, May 6, 7:30 AM

Sustainability in Vietnam and educating children at the kinder garden level. 

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What if we could rebuild New York City?

What if we could rebuild New York City? | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
New York has become one of the world’s most populous, densely packed cities. What if you could redraw the city’s map – and build it from scratch?

 

If we were designing New York today, how different would it look?

The new New York City would balance the relationship between the information networks that the metropolis depends on and Earth’s finite resources.

All vital components of life would be monitored and attuned to the needs of every organism, not just humans. Supplies of food and water, our energy and waste and even our air would be sensibly scrutinised. Thanks to masses of miniaturised low-cost electronic components deployed across the city, communication becomes far easier. New York will grow and adapt to millions of new minds entering it everyday.

The city would make sure every need is provided for within its borders. How we provide nutrients, transports, and shelter would be updated. Dilapidated buildings would be replaced with vertical agriculture and new kinds of housing would join cleaner, greener ways to get around the city. What were once streets become snaking arteries of livable spaces, embedded with renewable energy sources, low-tech, green vehicles for mobility and productive nutrient zones. The former street grid could provide the foundation for new flexible networks. By reengineering the obsolete streets, we can create robust and ecologically active pathways.

While all this may sound optimistic, some of this city of tomorrow is already taking shape...


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Norm Miller's curator insight, April 18, 11:36 AM

What a great academic exercise!  The question is really applicable to all new cities and city undergoing renovation.  More mixed use, greener, better transport systems, more shared everything and more self-sufficient describe the plan.

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22 Modern Shipping Container Homes Around the World

22 Modern Shipping Container Homes Around the World | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it

With a little bit of imagination (and a lot work), some talented architects have succeeded in designing dwellings made of shipping containers, ranging from off-the-grid guest homes to full time single family homes.


Shipping Container homes have their pros and cons: they are durable and eco-friendly, usually more cost-effective to build than conventional construction, and pre-fab modules can be easily transported by truck. But they also must be well insulated and sealed, as the steel conducts heat and can easily rust.

 

Here are 22 of the best modern shipping container houses built around the world to consider...


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Really cool reuse of shipping containers... they are now a permanent part of our landscape!

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Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's curator insight, April 17, 10:51 PM

I have curated this item because I believe it aligns with understanding of technology and sustainability. Educators (myself inclusive) should draw upon real world events and topics. Technology improvements in architecture have taken the spotlight in recent years as people work towards more sustainable lifestyles in the construction of homes and other buildings. Personal friends of mine have recently ventured in this concept of building and successfully completed their new home made from three shipping containers, in Point Cartwright, sunshine coast.

 

To propose a task to students that requires them to design a sustainable home from recycled materials, e.g. shipping containers. I believe, will transform student thinking about how technology is used, in order to improve design and work towards a preferred future (Albion, 2014).

 

This concept of this resource align with the Australian Curriculum as follows:

Design and Technology, Knowledge and Understanding:

- Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs (ACTDEK010)

- Investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes (ACTDEK013)

 

 

Original source: http://www.homedsgn.com/2014/04/14/22-modern-shipping-container-homes-around-the-world/

Michelle Poulter's comment, April 18, 3:10 AM
This is a great idea for technologies curriculum Ellie. I think it definitely demonstrate how technology, architecture and sustainability mixes in todays society. A great scoop. Regards Michelle
Chantell Saddler.'s comment, June 5, 5:52 PM
I love your Scoop.it collection Ellie. This one is excellent!
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The Deadliest Animal in the World

The Deadliest Animal in the World | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
Bill Gates introduces Mosquito Week on his personal blog, the Gates Notes. Everything posted this week is dedicated to this deadly creature. Mosquitoes carry devastating diseases like malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis.

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Shocking information...

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Jacques Lebègue's curator insight, May 2, 12:13 AM

"C'est pas la p'tite bête qui manger la grosse". La manger, je ne sais pas, être le vecteur de son décès, c'est plus probable. Les moustiques et le paludisme tuent plus de personnes en 4min que les requins en un an!
On pourrait aussi drastiquement réduire le nombre de décès humains en désormais tous ces humains dotés d'une arme...

16s3d's curator insight, May 2, 12:51 AM

"C'est pas la p'tite bête qui manger la grosse". La manger, je ne sais pas, être le vecteur de son décès, c'est plus probable. Les moustiques et le paludisme tuent plus de personnes en 4min que les requins en un an!
On pourrait aussi drastiquement réduire le nombre de décès humains en désormais tous ces humains dotés d'une arme...

Fathie Kundie's curator insight, May 5, 8:08 AM

ما هو المخلوق الأشد فتكا في العالم؟

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The World's Largest Trees

"The world's second-largest known tree, the President, in Sequoia National Park is photographed by National Geographic magazine photographer Michael 'Nick' Nichols for the December 2012 issue."


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Hemant Galviya's curator insight, April 16, 11:55 PM

hiiiiiiiiiiii

Miroslav Sopko's curator insight, April 18, 8:44 AM

Najväčšie stromy sveta.

Basant Kerketta's curator insight, April 21, 1:26 AM

Magnificent !!!

These kind must be saved.

Wish I could plant and replicate this size and height here in my home town.

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AOR's floating platform, Viewpoint, offers glimpses of London canal-side wildlife

AOR's floating platform, Viewpoint, offers glimpses of London canal-side wildlife | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it

Finnish studio AOR has installed an angular canal-side platform in King's Cross, London, where visitors can make contact with some of the local wildlife.

Named Viewpoint, the floating structure sits over the Regent's Canal on the edge of the Camley Street nature reserve. It provides a habitat for birds and bats, as well as an outdoor classroom where people can learn about the surrounding flora and fauna.

"We hope that Viewpoint will have resonance beyond its modest footprint and allow the many visitors to Camley Street Natural Park to discover this natural environment - a rarity in a metropolitan city such as London," added the architects.


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Transportation and Planning

"When you combine a street and a road, you get a STROAD, one of the most dangerous and unproductive human environments. To get more for our transportation dollar, America needs an active policy of converting STROADs to productive streets or high capacity roadways."


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The Stroad - an unfortunate phenomenon... NYC is taking action to minimize its' STROADS... more cities should do the same.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 8, 11:52 AM

In this video, a road provides high connectivity between places, and a street is a diverse platform of social interactions that create a place.  A 'stroad' can be likened unto a spork--it tries to do it everything but does nothing especially well.  While you may debate the principle being shown, this video (found on Atlantic Cities) is a good way to show the spatial thinking that city planners need to utilize to improve the urban environment. 


Tagstransportation, urban, planning.

Marcelle Searles's curator insight, January 25, 2:03 AM

the danger of stroads

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An Economical Modular Prefab in Oregon

An Economical Modular Prefab in Oregon | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it

The brief was basic: a simple guesthouse for a familyto live while Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed their main residence. The architect's design for the is instantly legible with a repetition of trusses, windows, and lumber creating a strong linear profile.

A standard, repeatable, four-foot-wide bay makes use of economical, available materials, such as open-web steel trusses, plywood, laminated veneer lumber, and an insulated aluminum window system. The resulting residence is linear, with an open-plan kitchen and living space, 3 bedrooms, and an office with views over the Cascade Range.


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Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute, South Korea

Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute, South Korea | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it

The Ecorium of the National Ecological Institute in Seocheon-gun, South Korea promotes a design concept by SAMOO Architects and Engineers that reflects three key concepts:

"From the Nature," "Be the Nature," & "With the Nature." 


The first is expressed by the dynamic, organic lines of the Institute and its grounds.  The second uses cutting-edge technology to recreate ecological environments by aligning greenhouses with the optimal amount of sunlight for each one.  The third includes visitors who immerse themselves in the complex ecological experience.  The Ecorium is poised to become a landmark in green research, education, and exhibitions.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, January 11, 11:23 AM

Very cool but probably too large to ever become reality

Joseph Vancell's curator insight, January 11, 1:33 PM

Wow! Sustainable architecture in South Korea

Mark Warren's curator insight, January 17, 12:40 AM

Wow!

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Designing The Innovation Economy: Using Technology To Shape The Future City

Designing The Innovation Economy: Using Technology To Shape The Future City | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
With technological change marching forward at a rapid clip, city environments are being reshaped and the urban experience is being reimagined.

Nearly ubiquitous mobile access has provided visitors and residents with the ability to unlock the “secrets” of the city, opening the door to new experiences and improving livability and user-friendliness. However, in order to make the best of these changes, policy must welcome and support innovation and the urban transformation that accompanies it—and there’s no one-size-fits-all formula...


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Drop-dead gorgeous floating glass box wins design award, is called sustainable

Drop-dead gorgeous floating glass box wins design award, is called sustainable | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
The jury asks: "Why should sustainability be no Prada?"
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Une maison vraiment stylisée et durable!

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Simplicity Reigns in 100% Renewable Energy Home: Great Gulf Active House

Simplicity Reigns in 100% Renewable Energy Home: Great Gulf Active House | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
The Great Gulf Active House by Superkül Inc is run on 100% renewable energy.

The Great Gulf Active House by Superkül inc as example: a home that “sets a new precedent in Canadian residential development”.

Designed for one of Canada’s largest home builders -  Great Gulf – the sleek architectural style was backed up by environmental responsibility and energy efficiency. Occupying a lot in a new suburb outside of St. Catharines, Thorold, ON, Canada, the 3,290 square feet residence showcases its highly contemporary silhouette with pride.


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Un exemple canadien en plus...

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Stefano Boeri's "vertical forest" nears completion in Milan

Stefano Boeri's "vertical forest" nears completion in Milan | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
A pair of skyscrapers by Boeri Studio are nearing completion in Milan, featuring as many trees as could be planted in a hectare of forest.

The studio led by Italian architect Stefano Boeri came up with the concept of Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, as a way to combine high-density residential development with tree planting in city centres.

The first project born from this concept is now nearing completion in the Isola area of Milan's fast-developing Porta Nuova district. Two towers, measuring 80 and 112 metres, are set to open later this year and are already home to 900 trees.

"The project is set to create a new standard for sustainable housing," said engineering firm Arup, who is working alongside Boeri Studio to deliver the project...


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3 start-up tips for aspiring small business owners

3 start-up tips for aspiring small business owners | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
Serial entrepreneur Adrienne Graham shares her journey of entrepreneurship and offers start-up tips for aspiring business owners.

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Des maisons de 200m2 imprimées en 3D pour 4 300€ ! et à partir de déchets de constructions !

Des maisons de 200m2 imprimées en 3D pour 4 300€ ! et à partir de déchets de constructions ! | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
Il n'aura fallu qu'un seul jour pour fabriquer la première maison par impression 3D et c'est dans la ville de Shanghai que cela s'est passé il y a quelques semaines. C'est la société Shanghai WinSun Decoration Engineering Co qui est à l'origine de ce baptême dans l'industrie de la construction et explique travailler depuis plusieurs années ...

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Super ingénieux!  Abordable et incorporant le Dd!!

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Twitter Now Rolling Out Its Facebook-Like Profile Redesign

Twitter Now Rolling Out Its Facebook-Like Profile Redesign | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
Starting today, Twitter is gradually rolling out a major redesign of user profiles.

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Finally!  It was really needed...

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Valerie Adler's curator insight, April 11, 2:51 AM

I think we're gonna like this, folks...but only time will tell!

Valerie Adler's comment, April 24, 6:20 AM
I've just switched over to my new profile, and like it a LOT better!
Tempo's curator insight, April 28, 2:55 AM

Twitter et sa nouvelle interface, pour ou contre ?

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Shigeru Ban's Nomadic Museum: Container Art in Santa Monica

Shigeru Ban's Nomadic Museum: Container Art in Santa Monica | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it

Shigeru Ban’s inventive yet frugal Nomadic Museum berths on the Santa Monica beachfront

 

For the past 14 years, Gregory Colbert has been filming the interaction of animals and humans around the world, creating images of great beauty. In 2002, he mounted an exhibition, Ashes and Snow, in the Corderia of the Venice Arsenal e. and invited Shigeru Ban to design a prefabricated gallery in which this show could be displayed in varied locations.

Naturalist and architect shared a concern to make the building environmentally sensitive, and for Ban it was a challenge to recycle commonplace materials on a heroic scale. 


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What a great idea!  Quelle bonne idée!

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Compostable tower made of fungi & agricultural waste to rise in NYC

Compostable tower made of fungi & agricultural waste to rise in NYC | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
This winning competition entry for a temporary installation will feature biologically cultivated bricks made with cornstalks and mushroom mycelium.
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Passive Houses: 13 Reasons Why the Future Will Be Dominated by this New Pioneering Trend

Passive Houses: 13 Reasons Why the Future Will Be Dominated by this New Pioneering Trend | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it

Passive Houses are essentially buildings which use very little energy for heating and cooling, whilst also providing a high level of comfort. 

The houses are so energy efficient they can save up to 90% in heating costs. One of the main focal points of Passive Houses is minimizing air leakage from the property. In fact, for a house to be certified, ‘the building must not leak more air than 0.6 times the house volume per hour’. The houses implement the latest in insulation technology, triple-glazed windows, balanced energy recovery ventilation and limiting thermal bridging, being heated mostly using ‘passive’ energy from electrical equipment, people and passive solar gains...


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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, February 1, 10:13 AM

A quick primer for those who have never thought about passive management of energy via building design.

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Bass and Flinders Gateway: A Proposed Development Encouraging Community in New South Wales

Bass and Flinders Gateway: A Proposed Development Encouraging Community in New South Wales | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it

The Bass and Flinders Gateway development in New South Wales, Australia sits at the threshold of Wollongong and the greater Illawarra region, with the Illawarra Escarpment as the backdrop and inspiration behind the design concept- an aesthetic and metaphoric link to the building’s central location at the heart of the coastal plain between the mountain and sea, resonating the energy and history of the city.


To manage the transition between the city center and its outskirts, the profile of the buildings vary, layered as the topography of the escarpment, fine-tuned to moderate between the scales of the city, the domestic to the civic, the shed to the office tower. 
At the heart of the development is a central green space, permeable to cyclists and pedestrians, importantly connected into the Wollongong city grain and its local precinct. Designed to encourage social interaction and foster a sense of community that works positively with the developing urban plan and commercial strategy of the city rather than in competition it. 


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Raymond Versteegh's curator insight, December 25, 2013 5:44 AM

Love The Design And Intention --- out there in South Wales, Australia

Norm Miller's curator insight, January 1, 1:32 PM

City planning matters and yet it is so often weighed down by naive resident concerns, NIMBY types and policitians.  

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12 Homes Made From Shipping Containers - Design Milk

12 Homes Made From Shipping Containers - Design Milk | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
See how 12 architects used low-cost, environmentally-friendly shipping containers as modern alternatives in home design and architecture.

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Les sacs plastique biodégradables sont-ils vraiment écolos ?

Selon un député socialiste, ils ne sont pas si verts que cela.

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#Copenhagen Earns New #GreenHotel Record | International Meetings Review

#Copenhagen Earns New #GreenHotel Record | International Meetings Review | Fransoix's Musings - Les intérêts de Fransoix | Scoop.it
As the Capital of Sustainable Meetings, Copenhagen is a frontrunner when it comes to eco-certified accommodation.

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