New York City's award-wining SHoP Architects has been selected to lead the design process at the former site of downtown Detroit's iconic Hudson's Department Store. Investors Rock Ventures LLC announced that SHoP will be partnering with Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates to work on plans for a mix-used development on the vacant two-acre site on Woodward Avenue that is bordered by Grand River, Gratiot and Library Street in the city’s Central Business District.
The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach is home to the most important art collection in Florida, and Foster + Partners has just been selected to add an extension that will help make it the state’s leading cultural institution. The masterplan, which was unveiled by Norman Foster in Miami, features three bold new pavilions, a shimmering roof that covers them all, and nearly twice as much gallery space as before. In addition to art, the museum will be updated with new public facilities, allowing it to play host to community events throughout the year.
If you think making one gingerbread house is a lot of effort, just imagine what it must be like to build 160 of them! John Lovitch really had his work cut out for him when he started creating Gingerbread Lane, a massive 1.5-ton display of candy, icing and gingerbread, for the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The gingerbread village is a sugary wonderland complete with soldiers made of solid royal icing, gingerbread trains, and even a saccharine ice skating rink.
This year, give someone a gift that also has the potential to change a life somewhere else in the world. There are more than a handful of retailers and organizations that want to make gift giving a truly philanthropic act. From LSTN who offers wood earbuds with sales going to help restore hearing to those in need, to One Hope Wine who pays it forward by donating money from bubbly sales to causes around the world, we singled out 16 eco-friendly gifts from makers that want this holiday to be a joy for all!
HALO is a social and environmentally conscious home built for students by students. Designed by 25 scholars from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, this curvy passive dwelling is powered by the sun. With big common areas and smaller private spaces, the design is based on the notion that a shared house should have double the amount of communal space than usual.
A truck carrying dangerous radioactive materials that could be used to assemble a “dirty bomb” was just stolen in Mexico, according to an announcement released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) early this morning. The truck was hijacked in Tepojaco near Mexico City as it was transporting a cobalt-60 teletherapy source from a Tijuana hospital to a radioactive waste storage center. Authorities say that the materials could be “extremely dangerous” if damaged or removed from their protective shielding.
Most pedestrian bridges tend to go unnoticed as necessary urban eye sores built over heavily-trafficked highways or roundabouts, but Metaform Architects' modern foot bridge in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg has changed the way pedestrian bridges are integrated into the urban fabric. Designed to guide local pedestrians from a busy intersection to the elevated Galgenberg Park, the structure offers a welcome respite from the chaotic urban routes found under its shadow.
Throughout the U.S., extreme weather events are causing Christmas tree farmers to close up shop and stop planting new trees. In Vermont and New Hampshire, an early March heat wave and heavy summer flooding have wiped out a huge percentage of the local crop. One farmer says nearly half of his trees were washed away in flash floods, and shortages of trees are already starting to be reported in the Northeastern U.S.
Architecture firms Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio just unveiled their plans for the Bund Finance Center, a luxury mixed-use development that will bookend Shanghai’s most famous street and waterfront destination. The eight staggered buildings will offer a luxurious international experience complete with two 590-foot tall landmark towers with a “corporate mansion” feel. Located at the gateway to Shanghai’s Old Town, the Bund Finance Center will connect international influences with China’s traditional heritage.
Nissan’s zero-emission LEAF electric vehicle may be used to power entire buildings in Japan. The car manufacturer successfully completed an early test of the ‘vehicle-to-building’ technology at the Nissan Advanced Technology Center in Atsugi City, Japan. The EVs provided enough power to reduce energy consumption during summer periods by 25.6KW.
The Kensington Residence is a 2 bedroom double story residence that was prefabricated offsite in 3 completely finished sections and environmentally engineered by GHD Australia. The tiny home measures a scant 135 square meters, and it’s an effective showcase for ARKit‘s sustainable prefabricated panelized system.
As part of the international Street Seats Competition hosted by Design Museum Boston, Radlab Inc. looked to the natural phenomenon of channeling (the consequence of erosion) for inspiration for their entry. The negative/positive relationship of what remains and what has eroded was explored as both a form instantiator and form producer in their design. Channels were milled into the seating surface of a bench composed of spruce joists reclaimed from the Mt. Tom Paper Mill in Holyoke, MA. The mill was built in the 1880s, and destroyed by fire in March of 2012.
Gorgeous, eco-jewelry can be hard to come by if you don’t know where to look. To make the search easier, we rounded up 17 of our favorite sustainable jewelry pieces each with a unique story behind it. From handcrafted pieces made from reclaimed metals to bracelets created by skilled artisans under fair trade principles and tribal necklaces inspired by lobster fishermen, each gift will surely be treasured by the special person to receive them.