MVRDV wins competition for landmark public installation in Den Helder with ‘infinite loop’ design
This stunning Seasaw concrete sea defensewill rock back and forth with the tide along the Dutch seashore. MVRDV recently won a competition to design a unique permanent art installation for the scenic coastal Dutch city of Den Helder.
The design, which will rise on a historic dyke north of Amsterdam, is a curvilinear observation platform that twists into an infinite loop perched several feet over the sea. Read More
CO2 emissions savings as high as 5.8 billion tonnes by 2050 WorldWide
Buildings are the biggest opportunity to reduce carbon for cities. A study by the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows that, if implemented globally, energy efficiency measures in the building sector could deliver CO2 emissions savings as high as 5.8 billion tonnes (Gt) by 2050, lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 83 percent below the business-as-usual scenario.
Most of these technologies are commercially available today and many of them deliver positive financial returns within relatively short payback periods. Read More
Almere, a large city in the Netherlands starts with the development of an ecological residential area.
The future residents will live in an ecological area with energy-efficient homes and where waste water treatment is organized naturally.
The houses in the ecological district in Almere will be developed with well-insulated facades, triple glass and wooden windows. In addition, wall heating is combined with solar panels and integrated ventilation. According to the developers, the CO2 impact is less than 10 percent compared with a regular house of concrete and steel. Read More
This is a real PowerWindow Breakthrough. A new generation transparent solar energy generating windows will provide enough power to make buildings energy neutral. The founders: startup Physee settled in Delft (the Netherlands).
The powerwindows have solar cells installed in the edges at a specific angle that allows the incoming solar light to be efficiently transformed into electricity.
and its Smart:
With SmartWindow we integrate smart sensors in the window that sense the outside environment. SmartWindows control inside systems, such as Airconditioning and sun blinds, based on information about the outside conditions around the building.
BetterWorldConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development
BetterWorldSolutions intents to start a new platform BetterWorldConstructions connecting regional and national networks of sustainable builders.
The focus will be on CO2-reductions in the construction sector.
Low Carbon Constructions
We have chosen to change Circular Infrastructure into Low Carbon Constructions. Why? Because there are a lot of advantages to transform our build environment using biobased building materials, low carbon concrete, recycled products to a completely circular economy.
millions of tons of emissions
it prevents the shortage of raw materials
the good air quality (indoor and outdoor) improves health
100% recycling possible so its completely circular
An absurdly comfortable EcoHouse which will produce enough energy of its own. A comfortable house, like you lay down in your bed, firmly tucked in a blanket, and still can move freely at the same time.
This was the idea of the EcoHouse of Jasper Jobse. Next year he will build his house in the new eco-neighborhood in Arnhem. Read More
Solar cells coated in clear plastic, are able to produce 11.2 million kilowatt hours
This SolarWind Bridge could power 15,000 homes. And even better, the bridge could be a vegetables garden.
Designed by Francesco Colarossi, Giovanna Saracino and Luisa Saracino as part of an Italian design contest to re-imagine a decommissioned bridge (for which it placed second), this so-called SolarWind concept would have solar cells embedded in the roadway and an array of 26 wind turbines underneath, which the designers say could produce enough energy combined to power 15,000 homes. Read More
Sea Ranch is noted for its distinctive architecture, which consists of simple timber-frame structures clad in wooden siding or shingles. The buildings are designed to deal with prevailing weather and topography and could be considered as a hybrid of modern and vernacular architecture.
In 1964, Al Boeke, architect and Vice President for Community Planning, fell in love with the barren and grand Rancho Del Mar in California USA.
He wanted to develop a natural community and made a dream come true.
The Sea Ranch became one of the most inspiring places in the world full filling a regenerative country-life colony within a wildlife preserve.
Daan Roosegaarde introduces the Free Smog Tower: a 7 meters high tower that creates smog-free air in the area.
“It’s my job to look around, and find new proposals to solve global issues. I have been involved in fashion and highways. And since 2014, I am involved in smog.”
Daan Roosegaarde introduced the ambitious idea for the Free Smog Tower. He started a Kickstarter Project with the goal to built a 7 meters high tower in Rotterdam that creates smog-free air in the area. Read More
One of them is a school which even will deliver electricity to the grid
The other is an Environmental Education Centre (picture) is housing offices, a restaurant, exhibition halls and a doctors practice. But for both of the buildings, the solar chimney is The Big Innovation!