Archive for ‘sustainability’

February 10, 2012

An eco-refuge for climbers – Gervasutti

 

The Italian firm LEAPfactory (the acronym means Living, Ecological, Alpine Pod) has designed and installed a modular unit at an altitude of 2800 meters, in front of the spectacular East face of the Grandes Jorasses of the Mont Blanc Range. The modular shelter-pod is self sustainable, with solar energy panels and has been completely furnished at factory. Then it was taken up with helicopters and assembled on site from several units – living, sleeping, sanitary and entry unit.

via LEAPfactory

January 26, 2012

Yes, we can change the nature!

There are some very intriguing notions to be absorbed at the online show of the exhibition Alter Nature: We Can at Z33, a Belgian house for contemporary art, held from 21.11.2010 to 13.03.2011.

link: www.z33.be/en/projects/alter-nature-we-can

Makoto Azuma - Frozen Pine

In Frozen Pine, a Z33 commission, a bonsai pine tree is ‘freeze-sprayed’ and presented in an especially designed refrigerator. The icicles slowly extract the colour from the bonsai tree – the bonsai dies, but its beauty is preserved in optimum conditions.

Makoto Azuma
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Courtesy Makoto Azuma

photo: Kristof Vrancken / Z33

Reinier Lagendijk - Zonder titel 2009 Courtesy Reinier Lagendijk photo: Kristof Vrancken / Z33

Reinier Lagendijk presents with this work a 140cm high yucca plant. Conscious of the techniques of plant manipulation and processes and capacities of plant growth, Lagendijk creates poetic images which often come across as humoristic in the almost human dimensions they have been given.

Reinier Lagendijk
Zonder titel 2009
Courtesy Reinier Lagendijk

photo: Kristof Vrancken / Z33

Allison Kudla Growth Pattern

Allison Kudla Growth Pattern 2009 Courtesy Allison Kudla Production support of UHasselt

Growth Pattern consists of a 2,5 x 2,5m grid in which 64 Petri dishes contain tobacco plant leaves cut in specific shapes. The work takes on the form of a pattern and shows a direct link with design and the history of nature as a motif and interior design element.

Allison Kudla
Growth Pattern 2009
Courtesy Allison Kudla
Production support of UHasselt

photo: Kristof Vrancken / Z33

 

 

September 8, 2009

A revolution in window design and technology

 

Immagine a window without frame and still to be able to open it, tilt it and slide it. These are Josko windows, a true revolution in windows. The windows are available in heights from floor to floor and suitable for low-energy and passive houses. The range also includes a screwless windowsill and integrated ventilation of the glass panels as well as integrated drainage. see more at josko

September 1, 2009

Winners of d3 Natural Systems Competition 2009 Announced

Kinugasa-Tsui and Lorene Faure “Urban Agriculture: Hybridized Farm Bridge as City Garden”

Winner: Kinugasa-Tsui and Lorene Faure “Urban Agriculture: Hybridized Farm Bridge as City Garden”

New York-based d3 just announced the winners of the Natural Systems competition for 2009. The program, developed by co-directors Gregory Marinic and Mary-Jo Schlachter, promotes investigation of natural systems from microscopic to universal toward determining new architectonic strategies. The competition invited architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential for analyzing, documenting, and deploying nature-based, sustainable influences in urbanism, architecture, interiors, and designed objects.
More on Bustler

June 25, 2009

‘Floating Garden’ by Benjamin Graindorge

floating garden and fish tank - now green!

floating garden and fish tank - now green!

The fish tank is a microcosm that reflects human concerns: within the finite space of its architecture the main issue that conditions the well-being of its inhabitants is waste management. ‘Floating Garden’ by Benjamin Graindorge and Duende Studio brings an innovative solution to the daily maintenance constraints of freshwater aquariums with a filtering system that is 100% natural: a cushion of sand + plants that adapts to each and every model. Its recycling principle based on hydroponics does away with the chore of regular water changes and proposes a new domestic- scale typology, between the decorative glass vase and the water purifying plant.

On show from 25 June to 25 July 2009
at Forum Diffusion
55 rue Pierre Demours
75017 Paris

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May 18, 2009

Brininstool + Lynch Coffou cottage

exterior showing wood trellis

interior view of coffou cottage

interior view of coffou cottage

“To gain a sense of rural privacy, the owners were looking to experience pastoral views of nature and foliage, more than lake views, in searching for their vacation property. They were fortunate to find the land that fit their aesthetic aspirations and wanted a home that would similarly match their concepts for living.
The cottage was designed with a simple structure, a horizontal wood rain screen of cedar to privatize the entry sequence on the North, and a wall of operable glass on the South. The open plan of the kitchen, dining, living area and porch as one room intensifies the views to meadow and woods to the South and maximizes the solar gain in the winter. Radiant heat in the ground concrete floors is enhanced by passive solar gain, and runs throughout the three-bedroom cottage. The arrangement of the rooms and glass are to maximize views of the outdoor environment, while providing the most energy efficient operation.”
via daily icon

front view - the wood side

front view - the wood side

coffou house garden view

coffou house garden view

see more at Brininstool + Lynch site

January 9, 2009

Some like it raw – Brent Comber

brent comber obakki shop interior

brent comber obakki shop interior

Brent Comber is well known for his shattered tables and stools made of solid wood. His work relies heavy on the beauty of nature and natural objects, and is eco-friendly at the same time – using pieces of wood that wolud otherwise be descarded.
Now, at showrom of Obakki, a canadian store that showcases local designs, Brent Comber has made the largest ever design piece from shattered wood.
See other beautifull spaces with Brent Comber`s art/pieces at his site

detail and view of counter, obakki

detail and view of counter, obakki

detail of shop display piece, obakki

detail of shop display piece, obakki

December 17, 2008

mathieu lehanneur

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belair - clean air at your home, courtesy of NASA technologies

As young french designers go, Mathieu is really worth checking out: his inventive “Bel Air” (above) is a NASA technology piece for home use – based on some sorts of plants that are proven to absorb toxic substances from air.  Also useful to remind us how polluted our immediate invironment is – each peace of new furniture and accesories brings more pollutants to our home. May well be used for topic of converastion 🙂

But new from Mathieu is the “Labo Brain” – surrounding that enhances our cognitive capabilites and stimulates our brain (!?)

labo brain - plants digest CO2 and emit O2 for more productive thinking

labo brain – plants digest CO2 and emit O2 for more productive thinking