The Enabling City - Crowdfunded Communities This post is part of Thesis Chronicles. Photo by opensourceway. Pooling money and resources for others, also known as “crowdfunding,” is perhaps the ultimate act of collective cooperation. These days, individuals and organizations in need can rely on the kindness of strangers for causes as disparate as disaster relief (Japan Fund), citizen photojournalism (Emphas.is), community campaigns (IndieGoGo), poverty alleviation (Kiva) and creative project seed money (Kickstarter). untitled The "Studentenwerk Thüringen" (student services Thuringia) administers approx. 1,100 apartments in Weimar. Monthly rates vary from 105-320 EUR. The university itself does not provide accommodation. Email: email@example.com Phone: +49 (0)3 61-7 37 18 21 Visiting address: Weimar, Marienstraße 15 a Website: Application: Typically, up to five students share living quarters.
Corridor forestier - Studio autoroute Noise Barrier / PAIN The ‘Forest Corridor’ proposal has won one of the 2nd prizes (Professional Category) in the Open International Competition for Noise Barrier/Enclosure organized by the Hong Kong Government. Designed by BREAD Studio, the project gives an alternative insight to the noise mitigation structure design in the dense urban environment of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break. With proximity to public space and residential units, this typical highway structure has 3 distinct conditions needing to be considered. 1: View down from the buildings: People from the residential tower are disturbed by not only noise but also lights from the highway. The climber plants on the barrier hide the barrier and highway.
Lake Sanyon Arts and Cultural Square Competition Proposal / Chi Wai Chan As the winning entry for a competition to design an arts and cultural square at Lake Sanyon in Daqing, China, the project by Chi Wai Chan examines the relationships between the elements of the water, the sky and the earth. A waterfront promenade that ensues the formal attributes and fluidity of the water, a 1,394 m long canopy with LED display that transpires the form of the clouds and a ground condition of self-similar marine lifeform that establishes the view corridors to the lake; these three design elements serve as the organizing apparatus for the design of the square. More images and project description after the break.
Grime-fighting garments aim to purify air Polymer chemist Tony Ryan and fashion designer Helen Storey have joined forces to create clothing which can purify the air. Catalytic Clothing contains the same nanotechnology found in self-cleaning paints and glasses but applies it to clothes via a special fabric conditioner. A catalyst -- titanium dioxide -- applied during a normal home washing cycle breaks down harmful airborne pollutants when exposed to ultraviolet light.
#1 Barcelona - Top 29 Cities Arguably edgier and more bohemian than Madrid, Barcelona is Catalonia's bastion of urban cool. And as you’d expect from a city that enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, living takes place very much outdoors. From dining on tapas alfresco on La Rambla to basking in the sun on Barceloneta, out is the new in, and being cooped up in Gaudi-inspired, Gothic-style buildings (however breathtakingly beautiful) is only for the old, retired or, dare we say it, muertos. Learning for Sustainable Agriculture: Urban Gardening in Berlin Recent years have shown a boom of urban gardening initiatives in Berlin. Among the core motivations of many gardeners has been the wish to actively experience and contribute to sustainable agriculture. Within the European FP7 research project "SOLINSA – Support and Learning of Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture" the Ecologic Institute conducted a case study about urban gardening initiatives in Berlin, in particular the "Allmende Kontor" located on the grounds of the former Tempelhof Airport. The study, authored by Stephanie Wunder, Senior Fellow and Coordinator Agriculture at the Ecologic Institute, analyses the role that sustainability plays among other motivations in these initiatives, identifies success factors and barriers, and eventually draws conclusions about the transferability of these experiences to other regions. The study and a poster presentation are available for download.
Project Portfolio By Sona Nambiar and Joann Gonchar, AIA The global financial crisis has derailed construction all over the world — even in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. But certain megaprojects continue to march ahead, though with tighter budgets, more pragmatic goals, and less ambitious schedules. One such project is Masdar City, in Abu Dhabi. In 2007, the government-owned Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company chose a consortium led by London-based Foster + Partners to design the master plan for the 2.3-square-mile development it touted as the world’s first zero-carbon city.
Stade Bordeaux Atlantique by Herzog & de Meuron Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have designed a stadium for Bordeaux that will host football matches for Euro 2016. A "forest" of slender white columns will support the rectangular white roof of the Stade Bordeaux Atlantique, which will shelter up to 43,000 spectators. Natural light will filter into the stadium through glazed louvres in the roof. Can motors in wheels spark electric car revolution? There may have been more alluring electric cars on display at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, but the beauty of this prototype lies in its performance. The SIM-LEI can travel 333 kilometers (more than 200 miles) on a single charge, say its Japanese creators SIM Drive, and it also boasts supercar-like acceleration -- 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. The key to these remarkable statistics lies not, as you might expect, underneath the hood but in its wheels. Most electric vehicles house a single motor in the area vacated by the petrol engine, but the SIM-LEI has four motors, which fit in the hubs its wheels. Each one delivers 65 kilowatts, giving the car a total output of 260 kilowatts, compared with the 80 kilowatts of output available in, say, the Nissan Leaf. A 24.5 kWh battery sits below the floor along with inverters and controllers, which fit into a unique steel monocoque helping reduce weight, according to SIM Drive.
Data visualizations vs. infographics: Why the difference matters You've heard the terms "data visualization" and "infographic"--but are they the same thing? Do designers, executives, and readers alike need to understand why they may be very different? In an era of visual thinkers, a growing awareness of the power of design, and a proliferation of data, untangling the difference between various types of graphs can be a helpful exercise for businesses and designers alike. Two terms that are thrown around a lot these days are "data visualization" and "infographic."
Urban gardening in Greece – A new form of protest - Green European Journal The Greek crisis has radically changed Greek society, politics and the economy. In just a few years the “Greek Dream” of the beginning of the 21st century, when Greece had experienced some years of rapid GDP growth (about 4% for the first 4 years of the new millennium) mainly due to construction and consumption, has turned into a nightmare. The Greek society is a society in great depression. In this article we will focus on the development of new forms of social movements, social conflicts and solidarity initiatives that we consider to be part of the green ideals and could help the Greek society get out of depression. Twisting Acupuncture Tower for Taiwan-Green Architecture Home > 3D Architectures > Twisting Acupuncture Tower for Taiwan-Green Architecture Advertisement Twisting Acupuncture Tower for Taiwan-Green Architecture Design1 architectureholic facility where information on all the needs of home and inspiration on house construction.