To pay tribute to the late Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the artist Eduardo Kobra has made this beautiful mural is 52 meters high and 16 meters wide. Located in Sao Paulo Paulista Avenue, this colorful creation is a wonderful nod to this great man of architecture. More detailed pics [Read more...]
Now this is Cool. If I built a Broccoli City, this is how the bridges would be…
Deep in the rain forests of the Indian state of Meghalaya, bridges are not built, they’re grown. For more than 500 years locals have guided roots and vines from the native Ficus Elastica (rubber tree) across rivers, using hollowed out trees to create root guidance systems. When the roots and vines reach the opposite bank they are allowed to take root. Some of the bridges are over 100 feet long and can support the weight of 50 people.
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Clepsydra Urban Farming Concept. This tall all glass edifice will serve as a farm and either a residential or commercial building. Based on the concept of a greenhouse, the Clepsydra Urban Farming plan houses eco friendly features and can be erected alongside any building like a residential tower, school, shopping mall, office, etc. The construction will have 10 stories and will produce food equivalent to yields of about 6 acres of farms.
Dessert Villa by Studio Aiko
If I lived in a desert, I would want my house to be like this though it would suck to clean the swimming pool if there was a sandstorm!
Monsanto is a beautiful village built in the Portuguese countryside.Featuring narrow streets carved from rock and granite houses squeezed between giant boulders, it looks like a real life Bedrock. [Read more...]
The longest and highest bridge in the world has finally opened is southern China’s Hunan Province. The bridge known as “The Aizhai” sans over a half mile and soars approximately 360 yards above the ground.
Looks like architect John Locke knows how to be creative with old phone booths. He has came up with the idea of turning old phone booths into communal libraries.
Google may soon outgrow its own massive Googleplex headquarters, located in Mountain View, California.
The company plans to hire 6,200 more workers in 2011, and rumor has it that new Googlers will commute to a custom-made “green” office, built just for Google.
According to the Mercury News, the company has leased an additional 9.4 acres from Mountain View at a price of $30 million and is planning to build new office space.
The new location is said to be along Shoreline Boulevard, bordering the existing Googleplex. This new addition would increase the size of the Mountain View complex to 600,000 square feet.
German firm Ingenhoven Architects, renowned for their large-scale environmentally-friendly projects and unique aesthetics, will reportedly design Google’s new structure.
“We’ve asked them to build the most green, sustainable building possible,” a spokesman for Google told Mercury News.
You can read more about the project at the Mercury News.
Designed by Modus Design, these sophisticated fireplaces wed the age old aesthetics with the contemporary chic-ness. The USP however is the different design that can fit into rooms, of any size and shape. And given that it’s Modus, you can have a custom-made fireplace exclusively for you. Get one of this, and it could be the one single big accessory to lit-up your room.
Icehotel Jukkasjarvi in Swedish Lapland – the world’s largest ice hotel - welcomed its first guests this week, one month earlier than usual. This year’s hotel features 60 ice rooms and is the 21st hotel at the site, which was the world’s first ever ice hotel and remains the largest. It also offers a luxury suite, an ice reception desk, an ice church, an ice bar in association with Absolut and a main hall featuring a crystalline ice chandelier. [Read more...]
Via TreeHugger: Walmart customers—whether they live in Chicago or Tokyo—want locally grown fresh produce. Yet, while grocery sales make up more than half our business, we haven’t focused enough of our sustainability efforts toward the food we sell. We’ve set dozens of sustainability goals for the company during the past five years, but only four of our 39 public sustainability goals addressed food…A year ago, we realized we needed to do more, and it was clear sustainable agriculture was right for our business. [Read more...]
This urban infill site in San Francisco presented a unique opportunity to create a new, free-standing home, while maintaining the site’s existing structure as a separate residential unit. The site originally housed a single structure – a one-story, one-bedroom home over a two-car garage, constructed in 1931 and totaling only 550 square feet of living space. [Read more...]
The Ironbank Building by RTA Studio
The building is located in an historic area on the edge of Auckland’s (New Zealand) CBD. The front of the site addresses the high street which is dominated by a rich mixture of Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Most of these buildings have fallen into varying states of disrepair over recent decades. The building is Ecologically Sustainably Designed and has received the first 5 Star As–Built Greenstar rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council.