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For those in northern, high altitude or windy climates who wish to grow their food year round. Take advantage of the insulating properties of the Earth. Read more... Ingenious ways to stack firewood. The rocket mass heater works on similar properties as a masonry heater. A fast, high heat and oxygen-fed fire burn up the volatile gases and particulates, leaving very little pollution, and turn almost every ounce of wood fuel into energy.
Bird Island is a stunning urban renewal project that is currently being developed in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia . Designed by Graft Lab architects for the YTL Green Home Competition , the project comprises a zero energy home made of sustainably-sourced silicone glass fabric. Its lightness and flexibility will allow it to sway organically with the breeze just like a treetop, and slots in the fabric will give visitors a unique peek into the sky as the wind ebbs and flows. <a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/Inhabitat/architecture;article=articlename;kw=content1;sz=300x250;ord=123456789?" target="_blank" ><img src="http://ad.doubleclick.net/ad/Inhabitat/architecture;article=articlename;kw=content1;sz=300x250;ord=123456789?" border="0" alt="" /></a>
Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa (Plan:b) Location: Medellín, Colombia Constructor: Coninsa-Ramón H Structural Engineering: Nicolás Parra y Daniel Lozano – CNI Ingenieros Electrical Engineering: EBINGEL Project Year: 2010 Photographs: Iwan Baan Urban permeability + built continent This competition asked participants to design 4 independents sports units, all of them have to be in the same area and very close to each other.
This morning Zaha Hadid was made a Dame for her services to architecture. Four years ago, we published a profile by Jonathan Meades saying, "The world is waking up to her"... From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, Summer 2008 ZAHA HADID'S PRACTICE occupies a former school in Clerkenwell, an area of London that still bears the scent of Dickens. It's an 1870s building designed by the London School Board architect E.R. Robson, who, typically of his profession, was unquestionably formulaic.
I didn’t set out to tie knots in Norman Foster’s Hearst Tower or wrinkle his Gherkin, but I got carried away. It’s one of the occupational hazards of working with Mathematica . It started with an innocent experiment in lofting, a technique also known as “skinning” that originated in boat-building. I wanted to explore some three-dimensional forms, and a basic lofting function seemed like a quick ticket to results. I dashed off the function Loft , which takes a stack of three-dimensional contours and covers it with a skin of polygons. Loft uses Mathematica ‘s GraphicsComplex primitive to factor out the geometries of the polygons from their topologies.
photo © Fernando Alda Project : Metropol Parasol Redevelopment of Plaza de la Encarnacion, Seville, Spain Function : archeological site, farmers market, elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants Site area : 18,000 square meters Building area : 5,000 square meters Total floor Area : 12,670 square meters Number of floors : 4 Height of the building : 28.50 meters Structure : concrete, timber and steel Principal Exterior : timber and granite Principal interior material : concrete, granite and steel Designing period : 2004-2005 Construction period : 2005-2011 Building/Cost : 90 Million Euro photo © David Franck W hat is there not to like about Metropol Parasol ? The waffle-like crown structure in Seville , Spain has been finally completed in April 2011 after a competition held by the city of Seville in 2004. Located at Plaza de la Encarnacion, the stunning sequence of undulating parasols comprises the world's largest wooden structure.
If you’re a regular reader of the Sifter you’re familiar with my real estate fascination. I love posting all types of homes. From the unique and interesting to the grand and opulent. Below you will find a collection of the Sifter’s Top 10 Homes from 2010.
One of the highlights of the State archives collection for the 20th Century is a highly significant set of documents relating to the iconic Sydney Opera House. They include the 1955 booklet setting out the conditions for the architectural competition, the original set of competition drawings submitted by Jørn Utzon, as well as a number of later, more detailed sketches, drawings and plans. These ‘founding documents’ for the Opera House are now available for the first time in digitised form.