Man made nature Written on July 31, 2020, by .

Building a new settlement tends to post war nostalgia and to the adventure of a Mars Colony. The architecture of ZieglerBranderhorst at Marker Wadden does indeed appear alien; a robot like viewing cabin and a windmill that rises from the dunes at night. At the same time, the settlement is as self-sufficient as an alien colony.

How the Dutch will feed the world Written on February 20, 2019, by .

Changing what you eat is your best bet on saving the world. The Netherlands is number 2 food supplier in the world and makes a change for the smart and sustainable. Read more about breakthrough technologies like your next burger that is grown in a lab by MosaMeat and how Solynta ships seeds instead of the potato in my article on the news site for change

Tiny Forests Written on February 14, 2019, by .

Woods the size of a tennis court bring nature back into the built environment. 100 of Tiny Forests are built in The Netherlands to enhance biodiversity, oxygen, shade and cooling. The mini city forests, invented by Japanese ecologist Akira Miyawaki, fit on mosts temporary plots before they become building sites.

Store energy in iron Written on February 14, 2019, by .

iron as energy storage

Rust might be the missing link in the energy transition. Surplus energy from wind or sun can be stored in iron by converting iron oxide. When needed, this iron powder can be used as fuel that produces temperatures for even industries to use, without production of CO2, says Team SOLID from Eindhoven.

Unique pieces of mass production Written on November 2, 2013, by .

PhD student Lore Langendries connects crafts to mass manufacturing in her research project Hunacturing (HUman NAture manufaCTURING). In jewels made by lasercutting 2 circles in different parts of animal skin and folding them she unlocks a world where mass production can produce unique pieces.

Most economical type Written on April 18, 2011, by .

Gulliver in 8.5-point looks just as large as a type like Times in 10-point. This allows newspapers printers to use less paper and cut on paper costs. Gerard Unger designed Gulliver in 1993 but never sold it for its green values. Once again, it’s the cutting of costs that is the selling point of sustainable design.

Plastic bottle without the plastic Written on March 15, 2011, by .

Breaking: PepsiCo makes a petroleum free soft drink bottle. Not made from the regular non-plastic plastic and often gen-moderated corn starch, but with raw materials as switch grass, pine bark and corn husks. How about by-products from Pepsi’s food businesses (potato peels from chips, ¬†orange peels from juice) as material?

Behind glass walls Written on July 13, 2010, by .

How to extend a museum housed in a traditional villa? Bureau SLA bought the neighbouring villa and built 4 bridges in between. The bridges are the largest window shopping windows in the Netherlands. The glass boxes inside, showing the glass of the National Glas Museum, are built by Piet Hein Eek. Other big names are on show behind the glass: Arnout Visser, Scholten & Baijings.

Neighbour to Zumthor Written on February 3, 2010, by .

What if you want to build a holiday home in sight of the architecural highlight Therme Vals? SeARCH and CMA found underground was the respectful place. Still the space and style of their Villa Vals displays a high architectural value for itself. The process was flexibel, making room to welcome unintended presents like a hidden well, lost brick, Swiss craftmenship and child’s play.

Vouwwow in the park Written on November 30, 2009, by .

A cardboard strip that is easy to carry, easy to fold into a chair and easy to produce. Vouwwow can be taken to the park or an event, anywhere that you would want a chair. I can also see temporary events use this cheap transportable chair. Vouwwow by Maartje Nuy and Joost van Noort won the Thonet / Mart Stam prize for innovative chair design.

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