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Vincent Callebaut Architectures PARISSMARTCITY2050. TYPE: Architectural Commission, "Procédure Adaptée"INTERNATIONAL DESIGN ARCHITECT: Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Paris CLIENT: Mairie de Paris - Paris City HallPROGRAM: 8 prototypes of positive energy towers eco-conceived to fight global warming GREEN ENGINEERING CONSULTANT: Setec VCA’S TEAM: Agnès Martin, Fabrice Zaini, Maguy Delrieu, Vincent Callebaut Following the Climate Energy Plan of Paris aimed at reducing 75% of the greenhouse gas emissions within 2050, the « 2050 PARIS SMART CITY » project is a research and development work on the integration of high-rise buildings with plus-energy (BEPOS) producing by solidarity all together energy for the surrounding areas.

Vincent Callebaut Architectures PARISSMARTCITY2050

In order to fight against the urban heat-island phenomenon by increasing in the same time the density of the city in the long-term, this study presents 8 prototypes of mixed towers. Architecture Students Design Sustainable Low-Income Homes That Can Be Built for $20K. Well designed homes do not need to be expensive to build, and fortunatelly for us there is a group of students that are giving us a great example on frugality and quality.

Architecture Students Design Sustainable Low-Income Homes That Can Be Built for $20K

The architecture students at Auburn University’s Rural Studio prove that well-designed homes can still be affordable, thanks to their initiative called the 20K Project. Park Royal Tower: WOHA's Stunning Vertical Garden Tower Opens in Singapore. The initial renderings of WOHA Architects' Park Royal Hotel in Singapore showed a building almost completely overrun with gardens, water features and green pathways - and now we're excited to say that the project is complete!

Park Royal Tower: WOHA's Stunning Vertical Garden Tower Opens in Singapore

The lush urban oasis features cascading planter terraces and waterfalls, creating an almost otherworldly botanical microcosm in the midst of busy Singapore. The Park Royal on Pickering occupies a long and narrow plot in the west part of city’s central business district and connects the historic shophouse district with the Singapore River and park. The 12-story high tower features massive curvaceous, solar-powered sky-gardens that appear to be an extension of the adjacent city park. Among its many energy efficient aspects, the building features the use of automatic light, rain and motion sensors, rainwater harvesting and recycling mechanisms. Five Ways To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter. If you live in a poorly insulated home, and many of us do, you could spend thousands this winter on energy bills.

Five Ways To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

But our ancestors had many ways to keep snug at little or no cost. Now, thanks to modern infrared cameras and advances in environmental physics, we can understand how these methods work and measure how effective they are. The key to understanding how to keep warm is the fact you lose more heat by radiation to your surroundings than you do by convection to the air. Smart Bricks - A New Way to Build. Ville durable. Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre.

Ville durable

Ville durable[1] est une expression qui désigne une ville ou une unité urbaine respectant les principes du développement durable et de l'urbanisme écologique, qui cherche à prendre en compte simultanément les enjeux sociaux, économiques, environnementaux et culturels de l'urbanisme pour et avec les habitants par exemple au travers d'une architecture HQE, en facilitant les modes de travail et de transport sobres, en développant l'efficience du point de vue de la consommation d'énergies et des ressources naturelles et renouvelables.

Ce sont souvent des éco-villes ou écoquartiers cherchant à diminuer leur empreinte écologique en compensant leurs impacts et en tendant à rembourser leur « dette écologique ». What skyscrapers might look like in the future. Some among my readers may recall a dreadful incident, created by a dark genius of political theater, in September of 2001.

What skyscrapers might look like in the future

This dismal act involved aircraft and skyscrapers. It so transfixed the public imagination that some feared skyscrapers would no longer be built. Over a dozen years later, and we can see: quite the opposite came to pass. How to make creative cities — from buildings to buses. Thomas Heatherwick, photographed by Evan Chavez.

How to make creative cities — from buildings to buses

“I am in love with cities,” says British designer and architect Thomas Heatherwick (TED Talk: Building the seed cathedral). “It’s just incredible that we all live together, and together we add up to something incredibly rich.” Heatherwick has already come up with some pretty bold urban designs — including a garden-topped bridge across the River Thames, and London’s sleek new red city buses, wrapped in ribbons of glass. Here, the soft-spoken, 45-year-old architect describes how to bring a human scale and whimsical sensibility to urban life, to create a fabulous future fit for us all. Ecocapsule, la petite maison mobile pour voyager "vert" Le désir de rendre les habitations plus responsables et la forme de luxe qu’est devenue la mobilité poussent les architectes à travailler sur de nouveaux concepts qui répondent à ces besoins.

Ecocapsule, la petite maison mobile pour voyager "vert"

L’Ecocapsule est de ces concepts, une mini-maison « verte » et résolument mobile. C’est le cabinet d’architectes Nice Architects, basé à Bratislava en Slovaquie, qui est à l’origine de la conception de l’Ecocapsule. Il s’agit d’un petit espace de vie en forme d’œuf entièrement portable, alimenté par l’énergie solaire et éolienne. World’s Largest Indoor Farm is 100 Times More Productive. Shubhendu Sharma: How to grow a tiny forest anywhere. Britta Riley: A garden in my apartment. Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture. À Milan, un hectare de forêt planté sur deux tours. Deux tours d'environ 100 mètres de haut viennent d'être primées par le prestigieux International Highrise Award 2014.

À Milan, un hectare de forêt planté sur deux tours

Leur particularité: abriter sur les balcons de chaque façade une véritable forêt d'arbres et d'arbustes, sans oublier insectes et oiseaux. Les Parisiens rêvent de verdure en ville, de murs végétalisés et de potagers sur leurs balcons? De l'autre côté des Alpes, c'est aux Milanais de plébisciter Bosco verticale (forêt verticale), une réalisation immobilière qui a été inaugurée le mois dernier, après cinq ans de travaux. Le pari de Stefano Boeri, l'architecte signataire du projet, a consisté à planter l'équivalent d'un hectare de forêt sur les balcons des deux tours de 80 et 112 mètres de haut, bâties en plein centre-ville. Diébédo Francis Kéré: How to build with clay... and community. James Howard Kunstler: The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs. Spaceship-Style Floating Lab Could Be Exploring Our Oceans In 2016.

Despite covering more than 70% of our planet’s surface, we know surprisingly little about Earth’s oceans.

Spaceship-Style Floating Lab Could Be Exploring Our Oceans In 2016

With more than 95% of the world’s underwater realm unexplored, scientists know more about the surface of the Moon and Mars than the bottom of the ocean. Due to intense pressures and poor visibility, the deep ocean is an extremely challenging place to study. Comment faire des graffitis en mousse: 6 étapes.

Urban Algae Farm Gobbles Up Highway Air Pollution. A French and Dutch design firm has come up with an elegantly simple way to harness the wonderful power of nature in order to clean up the environment: an algae farm suspended over a small stretch of highway in Geneva, Switzerland. Mitchell Joachim: Don't build your home, grow it! Être dans une forêt, c'est côtoyer le génie à l'état pur. Janine Benyus Récompensée par le prix « Champions de la Terre » 2009 du PNUE. Moshe Safdie: How to reinvent the apartment building. Futuristic Chinese Megastructure Would Include Soaring Towers, Massive Skyways, Urban Farms. Many of the world’s cities are hundreds, even thousands of years old. Densely Populated Countries Could Find Food Independence With Vertical Floating Farms. Singapore has roughly 5.4 million people crammed into 716 square kilometers (276 square miles), making it the most densely populated country in the world.

This country—whose area is less than a quarter of that of Rhode Island—does not have enough room for agriculture and thus imports over 90% of its food from other countries all over the world. Not only does this add considerable cost to food prices for Singaporeans, but the reliance on others might become problematic in the future if availability is low. While Singapore might not have much land to spare to grow food, it is surrounded by plenty of water.

Man Constructs 3D Printed Concrete Castle. Minnesotan contractor Andrey Rudenko is now the king of his castle; his 3D-printed concrete castle, that is. After completing a journey that took more than two years, Rudenko developed a customized 3D printer to extrude concrete and build a castle that he had designed himself. The entire structure is approximately 3 meters by 5 meters, which really makes it an amazing backyard fort rather than an actual livable structure. Extruding concrete to create 3D-printed buildings isn’t entirely novel. It has been proposed to quickly create inexpensive housing in poverty-stricken areas and even to build infrastructure on Mars before the arrival of astronauts. However, those buildings were designed to be fairly simple and lacked architectural details. Une maison autonome et sans factures.

Student Develops Inexpensive Solar Lens To Purify Polluted Water. Deshawn Henry, a Civil Engineering sophomore at the University of Buffalo, spent his summer developing a solar lens using inexpensive supplies from a hardware store that can clean 99.9% of pathogens in a liter of water in about an hour. The research project is practical and inexpensive, with the potential to be widely implemented and save lives. Over one billion people around the world lack consistent access to clean water, leading to the death of a child under the age of 5 every single minute. Les fermes verticales ou comment réconcilier villes et production agricole ? On l’a tous appris dans nos livres de géographie, souvent la ville se définit par opposition à la campagne, la zone urbaine par opposition à la zone rurale… Et si cette vision, quelque peu réductrice, était désuète? Vincent Callebaut Architecte LILYPAD.

PROGRAM : Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees / Mixing Uses LOCATION : Oceans SURFACE AREA : 500.000 m² PERSPECTIVES : Philippe Steels / www.pixelab.be Further to the anthropogenic activity, the climate warms up and the ocean level increases. Single Tree Grows 40 Kinds Of Fruit. In an ongoing series on hybridizing fruit trees, Syracuse University sculptor Sam Van Aken’s Tree of 40 Fruit is true to its name. Most of the year, it looks pretty ordinary, but in the spring, the tree blossoms display various tones of pink, crimson, and white. Then, from July through October, it bears 40 different types of stone fruit, including almonds, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, and plums.

Towers Produce Clean Drinking Water From Thin Air. In the Namib desert where rain is rare but fog common, a beetle survives by condensing water on its back until drops roll down into the insect's mouth. Now this principle has been magnified onto a grand scale, providing a possible solution to the desperate lack of water that plagues the populations of many of the world's dry regions. There is no lack of solutions being experimented with for water shortages. Bionic-Arch is a Futuristic Green Skyscraper for Taichung / Vincent Callebaut. These Skyscrapers Will Clean Pollution From The Surrounding Water And Air.