This man built a floating solar-powered fortress made out of 150,000 recycled water bottles Off the cost of Isla Mujeres Bay in Cancun, Mexico, environmentalist and architect Richart Sowa lives comfortably on his island made of over 150,000 recycled water bottles. Sowa first built his floating abode in 2005, but harsh weather destroyed the island. On his third attempt of rebuilding his home— this time in calm waters—he succeeded in developing a sturdy home. He has been living almost completely self-sustainably on his private island since 2008. the Rotterdam Collective The Rotterdam Collective is a new concept for interdisciplinary collaboration in the heart of Rotterdam, focused on environmentally and socially innovative projects in its local community. Its unique structure allows Ro-Co to develop a wide variety of multidisciplinary projects. All members have their own, independent entrepreneurial functions, but also have the opportunity to participate in larger projects in synergistic teams. These larger projects are actively solicited by the collective's members. Currently the collective holds about 20 companies, from small and young to large and established, and 10 external members.
Chelsea-The High Line Elevated Visions July 11, 2004 By JULIE V. IOVINE Proposals for the High Line THE High Line is an abandoned 1.5-mile stretch of overgrown railroad viaduct that runs from the Meatpacking district to Hell's Kitchen — and straight into the imaginations of a growing number of New Yorkers who see it as proof that, even in an urban jungle, the forces of nature are still at work. The idea to turn the old freight route, once condemned to demolition, into a public park has gained momentum over the past five years, culminating in a design competition that attracted 52 entries. Russia's Futuristic QR Code Covered Pavilion Certainly one of the most eye-catching out of the over 50 national pavilions at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale is the one representing Russia. Dubbed "easily the most popular pavilion in the Giardini" by World Architects, Russia's pavilion shocks its visitors as every surface inside of it is covered in QR codes. Visitors are encouraged to enter the innovation city called Skolkovo and use iPads to decode the concept for the actual Skolkovo, which is Russia's futuristic city-in-planning (their equivalent of a Silicon Valley) which will be located near Moscow. Grigory Revzin, commissioner of the pavilion, stated: “Skolkovo is a high-tech project, it’s all about innovation, about new level of living, about how science and modern technologies come into human’s life. That is why our exposition is exceptional one this year. We have created a space that is physical and virtual at the same time.”
UN-HABITAT Adopts First-Ever Resolution on Public Spaces Resolution Requests UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director to Ensure the Application of Place-Making Internationally April 15, 2011- Nairobi, Kenya The Governing Council of UN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlement Programme) has adopted the first-ever public space resolution which urges the development of a policy approach for the international application of Placemaking. The resolution, adopted during its 23rd Session, “requests the Executive Director, in collaboration with Habitat Agenda partners…to develop a policy approach on the role that place-making can play in meeting the challenges of our rapidly urbanizing world, to disseminate that policy and its results widely and to develop a plan for ensuring its application internationally…”
from pond to cup - UWE project resolves global clean water crisis Issue date: 16 January 2014 flickr photo gallery Researchers at UWE Bristol have developed a portable and mobile water treatment system capable of delivering clean drinking water at source. The system has been developed for use in remote or undeveloped areas of the world to provide clean water for disaster relief and humanitarian emergencies. Such technology could help transform the lives of people who currently have no access to clean drinking water. A modest garden shed located next to a pond located on the main University campus is the focus for the research.
Christo's Gates A Filmmaker's 50 Years of Reassuring Intimacy By KATHRYN SHATTUCK The scene left a lot to the imagination. On a sun-drenched day last week in Central Park, the only evidence of "The Gates," New York City's biggest public art project ever, was several thousand dark steel bases poking through a layer of snow. But for the 78-year-old filmmaker Albert Maysles, whose mission it has been to record a quarter-century of work on the project by the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the site had potential. The saffron-colored panels that will billow across 23 miles of park footpaths will not be unfurled until Saturday, but 11 days in advance, Mr. studio fuksas expands shenzhen bao'an international airport nov 22, 2013 studio fuksas expands shenzhen bao'an international airport studio fuksas expands shenzhen bao’an international airport all images courtesy of studio fuksas in advance of its official opening of november 28th, 2013, designboom gives you a sneak peak of shenzhen bao’an international airport’s new terminal 3, designed by studio fuksas, who won a competition back in 2008 to realize the expansion. having undergone a remarkably rapid process of design and construction, the airport’s most recent addition has been completed in just three years, and stands as the largest, single public building to date in the chinese city–one of the fastest growing metropolises in the world. aerial view of the manta ray-shaped terminal passengers enter the terminal from the ‘tail of the building
Detroit Leads the Way on Place-Centered Revitalization Future plans for Cadillac Square call for a lively marketplace / Image: PPS You may have heard about downtown Detroit’s big comeback story. Campus Martius has become one of America’s great urban squares. Demand for housing has outstripped supply for months. Major tech firms like Twitter are opening up offices in refurbished historic buildings. Exxon: The Road Not Travelled - Inside Cllimate News In 1981, 12-year-old Laura Shaw won her seventh-grade science fair at the Solomon Schechter Day School in Cranford, N.J. with a project on the greenhouse effect. For her experiment, Laura used two souvenir miniatures of the Washington Monument, each with a thermometer attached to one side. She placed them in glass bowls and covered one with plastic wrap – her model of how a blanket of carbon dioxide traps the reflected heat of the sun and warms the Earth.
Why Cities Can't Afford to Lose Their Artists The Art Basel Miami Beach art fair kicks off this week, an event that drew 75,000 people and 140 international museum and international groups in 2013. The art fair is widely credited with kick-starting the economic resurgence of the Miami area, so it seems like a good time to ask: What do we really know about the role of art in the city? Does it help to drive economic growth and development or does it contribute to gentrification? Are leading edge arts clusters found just in big cities, like New York and Los Angeles, or can they spread to smaller and medium sized ones as well? A recent study published in the journal Urban Studies takes a close look at the connection between the arts and city building.
Microbeads - Plastic Free Seas Mandom Corporation release their Policy on Plastic Microbeads: At present, some facial scrub products made by Mandom contain Plastic Microbeads for the purpose of skin exfoliation. In recent years the issue of plastics released into the oceans and their impact on ecosystems as they move through the food chain has come under scrutiny. In the United States a law was passed in December 2015 to phase in the ban of Plastic Microbeads in personal care cleansing products.