Architecture architecture Renzo Piano piece by piece The “Barbara Cappochin” International Architecture Biennale mounts an exhibition on the Genoese architect in Padua The Pritzker Prize to Shigeru Ban ArchitectureWeek - 2009.0603 Brooklyn is a hub of innovative architecture and design, with dozens of young professionals commissioning or undertaking their own eco-sensitive renovations to existing brownstones and low-rise attached buildings throughout the borough. Tighthouse, a Passive House brownstone retrofit, sits at the end of a string of two-story buildings constructed in 1899 that share a tree-lined block with larger brownstones built around the same time, centrally located off Fifth Avenue in the neighborhood of Park Slope. It is the first certified Passive House in New York City and meets the standards for new construction, surpassing the EnerPHit certification. Remodeling Approach The unique retrofit of a 110-year-old house by the Brooklyn-based firm Fabrica 718 could serve as an important model for the many urban and suburban residences that need energy-saving renovations.
Confessions of an Introverted Traveler Speaker's Corner: Sophia Dembling has a different style of traveling, and she's tired of hiding it Photo by Sophia Dembling I was talking to a friend who is who intelligent, well-informed, worldly and well-traveled. He and his wife have visited every continent and have a robust interest in world politics and culture. Still, he sounded a little sheepish. “You know how people say that the reason to travel is to meet people?” Airless Bike Tires Mean Cyclists Will Never Get A Flat Again Britek Tire and Rubber has been developing an airless tire that can eliminate flats and convert stored energy into forward momentum. The Energy Return Wheel (ERW) has an internal rubber layer, which is stretched and held taut by adjustable rods. Gizmag reports that the tire features a rubber tread on the outside, and a series of elastic cushions in the space between. The bicycle tire also has lightweight 29-inch carbon fiber rims, and is open on the sides. Some of the benefits of these airless tires are that they make cycling safer and more efficient. Obstacles slide under the ERW wheels with precision and ideal comfort, and keeping the tread on the tire.
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A Design with Legs: the House in a Suitcase Comes 'Round Again © Eva Prats and Ricardo Flore In 1996, Barcelona architects Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores built their wonderful Casa En Una Maleta, or House in a Suitcase, in a 293 square foot apartment. They wrote: Architecture Fieldwork Design & Architecture have collaborated with the Nike Workplace Brand Design group to design some feature walls for the NIKE expansion buildings. The wall is constructed of salvaged maple gym flooring, and creates a branded, meaningful statement of arrival at the office in Beaverton, Oregon. Continue Reading »
Algebra Skip Discover Education Main Navigation Explore the Science of Everyday Life Click here for K-12 lesson plans, family activities, virtual labs and more! Home Math for Everyone General Math Converting Construction Sites into Public Spaces This post is also available in: Chinese (Traditional) No one would ever think of enjoying the space within construction scaffolding (or sidewalk sheds). But, in New York City, they are so prevalent (stretching 189 miles if lined end to end), that students from the Parsons School of Design created Soft Walks - simple DIY kits with chair pieces, a counter, a light fixture, a planter, and a green trellis that anyone can pick up and install onto the beams of their nearest scaffolded area. The initiative aims to transform nearly 6,000 construction sites, equaling 189 miles of covered sidewalk.
History of the world World population from 10,000 BCE to 2,000 CE. The vertical (population) scale is logarithmic. The history of the world is the history of humanity, beginning with the Paleolithic Era. Distinct from the history of the Earth (which includes early geologic history and prehuman biological eras), world history comprises the study of archaeological and written records, from ancient times on.