Advanced students from the environmental sciences, engineering, business and journalism look forward to answering your questions—no calculation is too hard, no concern too existential, no conundrum too picayune—or you can start exploring past questions and answers here. Student authors welcome your queries on sustainability and the environment. Ask SAGE » SAGE answers are researched and written by upper division and graduate students enrolled in an environmental journalism course. Learn more » Climate Code Red. Equinox Passive House doubles as solar calendar. Modern passive house it may be, but as its name suggests, the showstopper at Equinox House in Bulgaria harkens to ancient times when humans built buildings in veneration to heavenly bodies.
A narrow aperture in the roof transforms the house into a solar calendar leading it's designer, Ignatov Architects, to refer to the house as a "celestial instrument. " View all Essentially a shrunken skylight, the oculus creates a concentrated sunspot inside the living room on clear days. Because the sun describes a higher arc across the sky as winter turns to summer, the position of the sun, and hence the resulting sunspot, at a particular time of day can be used to tell the time of year. At noon each day, a calendar scale built into the living room does precisely this. The calendar is the basis for the house's depth, so that in the summer months, the noon sunspot hits the floor and in the winter months the wall.
The design takes other cues from our relationship to the sun. Being Somewhere - Low Impact Living. Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. 12 Most Amazing Bionic Buildings. 12 Most Amazing Bionic Buildings sciencetech” /> This is a guest post written by Andy Boyd Have you ever pictured what the high-rise buildings of the future might look like?
If so, you’re not alone. One 21st Century movement (among others) which may give an indication as to what future architecture will look like, is bionic architecture; a movement which is more in tune with the natural earth. Bionic architecture ignores the traditional rectangular format of buildings that we’ve been used to for so long and instead takes its design cues from the curved lines of biological structures and the natural world. So, without further ado, here’s a look at some of the most incredible examples of bionic architecture and some of the leading bionic architects in the world. Anti-Smog Building, Paris Anti-Smog Building This is one of the projects from Vincent Callebaut, a young French architect who is making some serious waves in the world of bionic architecture.
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