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Vincent Callebaut Architecte DRAGONFLY

Vincent Callebaut Architecte DRAGONFLY
The world of fast-food and frozen food is over! The urban keen interest of the beginning of our Century turns toward the garden flat bringing back the countryside in our overcrowded cities fighting from now on for a community urban agriculture able to contribute to the durability of the city and to rethink the food production. On the roofs, terraces, balconies, in the hollow of the non-built public spaces, in the interior yards and the suspended greenhouses, the eco-warrior aspires to escape from its competitive and consumeristic universe imposed by the laws of the market. He desires to cultivate its immediate landscape so as to better take root in the ground by creating his own ecologic and alimentary biodiversity. The consumer becomes from then on producer and the garden inhabitant ! According to the PNUD (Programme of the United Nations for the Development), the worldwide urban population will go from 3.1 billion of inhabitants in 2009 up to 5.5 billion of inhabitants within 2025.

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Vincent Callebaut Architecte PHYSALIA PROGRAM : Amphibious garden cleaning european waterways / Floating laboritories, museum and forum LOCATION : European waterways : Seine, Thames, Volga, Danube, Escaut, etc. SURFACE AREA : 2000 m² DIMENSIONS : 9m50 height, 80m length, 14m90 width PERSPECTIVES : Philippe Steels More than one billion of people do not have any access to drinking water. Three thousands of people die everyday from having consumed polluted water. The water is thus not a good. It should belong to everybody. How Boston Fit a Giant New Farm Into the City ... Seamlessly - Kaid Benfield The aptly-named Higher Ground Farm will open this spring on the roof of the Boston Design Center. It will cultivate an amazing 55,000 square feet, or a little over an acre, on top of the Design Center’s renovated old warehouse, just across Boston Harbor from Logan Airport and only a mile and a half from the heart of downtown. It will be the city’s first rooftop farm and, according to an article written by Steve Annear for BostInno, the world’s second-largest. Founded by Courtney Hennessey and John Stoddard, former classmates at the University of Vermont, Higher Ground will use organic methods to grow a diverse array of fruits and vegetables for the Boston community, to be sold through community-supported agriculture shares and an on-site farm stand, and to restaurants. According to Stoddard, the farm "is also working on a partnership with a non-profit to distribute vegetables to corner stores in places where fresh produce isn’t readily available." Operations will begin this spring.

Seaweed farming sea grape (Caulerpa lentillifera) - Sea Grape - SPECIAL FOOD VIET NAM Seaweed sea grape is a new product in Vietnam in general and in particular of Khanh Hoa. In Khanh Hoa, in addition to the Nha Trang Oceanography Institute, Tri Tin Company Limited trials have 200 g of seeds were brought from Okinawa (Japan) from 10/2005. Simultaneously with the process of breeding, Tri Tin Company Limited has conducted trials in a variety of different methods, including seaweed farming initiatives grapes grown by the method of statistical floor gratings. From 10/2006 to the present, the company has successfully replicated this planting method in waters Hon Khoi (Ninh Hai, Ninh Hoa).

The Taiwan Tower is a Sustainable Twin Syscraper for the 21st Century The Taiwan Tower is a proposal by Vienna-based architect Steven Ma in Collaboration with San Liu, Xinyu Wan, and Emre Icdem. This highly innovative project consists of a set of super slim twin towers that reach a height of 350 meters where an observatory and sky-park is located. The plinth of the towers is formed by an intricate set of museums that will exhibit Taiwan’s past, present, and future. Each of the three museums configures itself around recreational areas that include a water plaza, an outdoor theatre, a green house, and an event plaza.

AGRITECTURE - Vertical Farm Concepts Roundup: Recently we stumbled upon some not-so-new vertical farm designs worth considering. We are firm believers that skyscraper style farms are not the most sensible direction for dense urban farming because we predict the costs will remain prohibitively expensive for most urban centers . However, the systems within these concepts: hydroponic, water use, community integration, solar thermal design, etc. are always interesting to consider as their applications are often widespread for other Agritecture solutions. Vincent Callebaut Architecte BRUGGE PROGRAM : 80 HousingsLOCATION : De Nieuwe Molens of BruggeSURFACE AREA : 8800 M² CLIENT : City of BruggeCOST : 11,3 Million € HT It is a meeting landscape between two bridges, a vegetable impregnation like a carpet of varied essences weaved between the Gand-Brugges-Ostende Canal and the buildings located Leopold II Avenue. It is an exchange place that unifies the dynamism of the city with the calmness of the country. It’s an extraordinary place to live where housing, work and leisure are mixed. Three storeys single family houses are as if hanging from vertically designed garden. On the Canal side duplexes are overhanging as if to meet the water.

Farming Kindergarten by Vo Trong Nghia Architects A knot-shaped rooftop will be used as a vegetable garden at this kindergarten by Vo Trong Nghia Architects that's under construction in Dong Nai, Vietnam (+ slideshow). Set to complete later this year, the Farming Kindergarten is designed by Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects as a prototype for sustainable school design, where children can learn how to grow their own food. The roof has a continuous surface that loops around to frame the outline of three courtyard playgrounds. It slopes up from the ground and peaks at two storeys, allowing an easy climb to the vegetable garden for children and their teachers. "While these internal courtyards provide safety and comfortable playgrounds for children, the roof makes a landing to the courtyards at both sides, allowing children to enter a very special eco-friendly experience when they walk up and go through it," say the architects.

Best Plants and Algae for Refugia - Part II "Vegetable Filters" Best Plants and Algae for Refugia – Part II “Vegetable Filters” By: Anthony Calfo Part I of this Series Located Here Eco-Pods Produce Bio-Fuel Energy We have seen the financial outcome of the Real Estate crash in 2008. What sometimes we overlook are the urban voids left by unfinished buildings. That is the case of the Filene’s development in downtown Boston which construction was halted in November 2008. Höweler + Yoon Architecture and Squared Design Lab think this as an opportunity to explore new ways of producing architecture. They have designed a prefabricated ‘Eco-Pod’ that proposes to stimulate the economy and the ecology of downtown Boston. “The pods serve as bio-fuel sources and as micro-incubators for research”.

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. According to the principle of Archimedes and contrary to preconceived notions, the melting of the arctic ice-floe will not change the rising of the water exactly as an ice cube melting in a glass of water does not make its level rise. However, there are two huge ice reservoirs that are not on the water and whose melting will transfer their volume towards the oceans, leading to their rising. It deals with the ice caps of Antarctic and Greenland on the one hand, and the continental glaciers on the other hand.

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