Cutwork proposes innovative just add water housing for refugees

In a bid to alleviate the global refugee housing crisis, Paris-based design studio Cutwork developed a conceptual housing proposal that it says will only take one day and, at minimum, two people without special construction skills to assemble. The concrete textile exterior can harden into a protective shell within 24 hours after water is added — a quick process that gives rise the project’s nickname, “Just Add Water.” According to the UN Refugee Agency, there are approximately 25.9 million refu...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Paris, Refugees, Shelter, Disaster Housing, Prefab, Humanitarian Design, Refugee Housing, UN Refugee Agency, Humanitarian Architecture, Prefabricated Housing, Flat Pack, Refugee Shelter, Cutwork, Cortex Composites

US and Canada in drastic crisis with 3 billion birds lost since 1970

The expression “a canary in a coal mine” serves as advanced warning of danger, and it is a fitting phrase for a recent study that finds the United States and Canada’s massive loss of nearly 3 billion birds, or 29 percent of their bird populations, since 1970. Overall, 10 habitats were analyzed, and findings across the board have proven worrisome. Grassland birds registered the steepest drop, with nearly 720 million lost — or over 50 percent decline — in the past 50 years. Boreal forest birds su...
Tags: Design, Abc, US, Canada, United States, Boreal, Southwest, Eastern, Western Hemisphere

Impossible Burger is now available in grocery stores

Previously found only at high-end restaurants and fast-food chains, the famous plant-based Impossible Burger now lines grocery store shelves in Southern California. Not from the West Coast? Don’t worry. Impossible Foods will, in the next few weeks, announce when their cutting-edge meatless burger shall debut in East Coast grocery stores. By mid-2020, the Impossible Burger is expected to be available in every region nationwide. Related: Beyond & Impossible alternative meats: are they actually he...
Tags: Health, Design, News, Shopping, Atlanta, West Coast, East Coast, Vegan, Kfc, Impossible Foods, Vegetarian, Alternative Food, Southern California, Nestle, Kroger, Eat & Drink

Old Paris railway site will transform into a carbon-neutral ecosystem neighborhood

An abundance of green will soon take over the heart of Paris with the transformation of the city’s old railway site, Ordener-Poissonniers, into a lush 3.7-hectare “ecosystem neighborhood.” The mixed-use masterplan will be spearheaded by Danish landscape architecture practice SLA and French architecture firm BIECHER ARCHITECTES, who won an international competition with the “Jardin Mécano” (“Mechanical Garden”) proposal for a sustainable urban development emphasizing bioclimatic design. In additi...
Tags: Design, Renewable Energy, Urban Design, Paris, Community, Railway, Solar Panels, Sla, Carbon-neutral, Adaptive Reuse, Mixed-use, Sustainable Urban Design, Rasmus Astrup, Post-industrial, Ordener-Poissonniers, Railway Transformation

Two sustainable rental units dressed in reclaimed brick are self-sustaining through solar power

Melbourne-based firm Breathe Architecture has brought a bit of California flair to a Melbourne suburb. Using the empty space behind two existing Cali-style bungalows, the designers have managed to create two single, light-filled dwellings enveloped in reclaimed brick facades. The two rental properties were designed to offer the area environmentally sustainable and affordable rental housing that homogenizes with the local vernacular. Located in the area of Glen Iris, the Bardolph Garden House wa...
Tags: Design, California, Architecture, Melbourne, Solar Power, Sustainable Design, Recycled Materials, Green Architecture, Tom Ross, Glen Iris, Brick Homes, Reclaimed Building Materials, Reclaimed Brick, Breathe Architecture, Bardolph Gardens House, Bardolph Garden House

Laurent Minguet Uncannily Paints Hyperrealist Urban Landscapes on Wood

French artist and designer Laurent Minguet is a man of many talents. A street furniture designer by profession—and quite successful at that considering his designs adorn many a European city, including Paris’ La Defense and OECD Gardens and Lisbon’s Parque das Nações—Minguet is also a self-taught hyperrealist painter.
Tags: Art, Paris, Lisbon, La Defense, Laurent Minguet, OECD Gardens

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