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Floating Park in NYC by Heatherwick Studio Gets A Green Light

Floating Park in NYC by Heatherwick Studio Gets A Green Light | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Great news comes from NYC for Heatherwick Studio architecture practice whose design of the Pier 55 a Floating Park in New York City has gotten it’s green light from the city authorities. The initiative for the park which is to serve as a public park and performance space on a pier in Hudson River was headlined by legendary fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg and her husband businessman Barry Diller.

The power-couple is to donate $113 million to the construction, which in fact is the biggest private donation the New York City in history. Construction is set to begin in 2016, the cost is estimated on $130 million in total, with city of New York donating 17 million to the project. The state of New York will also donate $18 million for the construction of the accompanying esplanade designed to lead into the pier.

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, May 19, 2015 6:07 PM

Great news comes from NYC for Heatherwick Studio architecture practice whose design of the Pier 55 a Floating Park in New York City has gotten it’s green light from the city authorities. 

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Zinc-clad chapel by René van Zuuk to be built over Almere's city lake in the Netherlands

Zinc-clad chapel by René van Zuuk to be built over Almere's city lake in the Netherlands | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The city of Almere in the Netherlands has selected a small curvy chapel designed by René van Zuuk to be constructed over the surface of the Weerwater lake.

A petal-shaped window will form the front facade and a narrow strip of glazing will extend across the roof.

"It should be an eco-friendly sustainable architectural object that fits in the city centre and strong enough to be able to create its own position in the ensemble," added Van Zuuk.

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The Floating House by MOS Architects

The Floating House by MOS Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Floating House is the intersection of a vernacular house typology with the shifting site-specific conditions of this unique place: an island on Lake Huron. The location on the Great Lakes imposed complexities to the house’s fabrication and construction, as well as its relationship to site.

Annual cyclical change related to the change of seasons, compounded with escalating global environmental trends , cause Lake Huron’s water levels to vary drastically from month-to-month, year-to-year. To adapt to this constant, dynamic change, the house floats atop a structure of steel pontoons, allowing it to fluctuate along with the lake.

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scarlettarch's curator insight, July 13, 2014 8:23 AM

simple elegant functional

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MFRMGR reveal plans to remodel offshore WWII torpedo base in Poland

MFRMGR reveal plans to remodel offshore WWII torpedo base in Poland | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

MFRMGR has revealed designs to revitalise a former Polish observation tower in the Baltic Sea to create a base for water sports enthusiasts and researchers.

The lookout station formerly operated as a watch tower for a German research facility responsible for the development of torpedoes during the Second World War, and is one of several derelict structures that rises out of the waters of Puck Bay, on the northern coast of Poland.

The building will harvest renewable energy from the wind and sun, and will also be equipped with a built-in sewage tank, food storage units and a power generator to take over during electricity outages.

A decked platform surrounding the structure will create a breakwater and miniature harbour to prevent damage from high waves and adverse weather, as well as giving occupants space to securely moor their boats.

Three floating "islands" with planting and a rainwater collection tank will link the decking with the building, accommodating a vegetable and herb garden, and an area dedicated to birds...

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Rebel Architecture: Working on Water

Rebel Architecture: Working on Water | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi is no stranger to global starchitecture, having joined OMA in 2001. In 2010, he took off to establish his own office, NLÉ – which means ‘at home’ in Yoruba, the language of Africa’s first truly urbanized population. ‘I am constantly inspired by solutions we discover in everyday life in the world’s developing cities,’ he says. The documentary focuses on his efforts in the slums of Port Haricourt.

Although Makoko was founded as a fishing village in the 18th century, it now has a population of over 85,000. Rising sea level and stronger torrential rains mean that the settlement is under constant threat, whereas Port Harcourt waterfront is being eyed by real-estate developers.

Working against forced clearance and displacement of the slum’s residents, the architects at NLÉ have instead proposed to replace the urban tissue with floating structures. The first prototype, the Makoko Floating School, uses a series of barrels and an A-frame timber structure to create an educational space for 100 local children, and made worldwide headlines when it was photographed by Iwan Baan in 2013.

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Resilient floating school provides reliable education in flood-prone African village

Resilient floating school provides reliable education in flood-prone African village | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Built with recycled and local materials, this floating school is a prototype that could be built in other flood-prone areas.

Designed by NLÉ, a firm founded by Nigerian-born architect Kunlé Adeyemi, the Makoko Floating School is a prototype that could be applied to other areas in Africa that face infrastructural and social challenges due to climate change.

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Christian Allié's curator insight, April 4, 2014 11:07 AM

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..  [Makoko Floating School] is a movable 'building' or 'watercraft' currently located in the aquatic community of Makoko in the lagoon heart of Africa's second most populous city - Lagos, Nigeria. It is a floating structure that adapts to the tidal changes and varying water levels, making it invulnerable to flooding and storm surges. It is designed to use renewable energy, to recycle organic waste and to harvest rainwater.

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The designers envision whole communities built in this clever fashion, which can float with on the rising waters of a natural disaster. Check out our other post on flood-resistant, floating bamboo homes, and see more over at Dezeen and NLÉ.

CORRECTION: The floating platform is made of "16 wooden modules, each containing 16 [recycled empty plastic barrels]." We apologize for the error.

Related on TreeHugger.com:Affordable bamboo house that floats when it floods, revisitedThis geodesic houseboat cost less than $2,000 to buildAutark Home: A Self-Sufficient, Floating Passivhaus Houseboat