Architecture

Temple of Million Bottles, in Thailand

October 29, 2008 / No Comments

The Wat Pa Maha Chedio Kaew temple in Thailand's Sisaket province about 370 miles to the north east of Bangkok, is known as "Wat Lan Kuad" which means the Temple of Million Bottles. It's a great example of recycling went right with all the temple premises, the crematorium, the surrounding shelters as well as the toilets - all made of recycled ...

Longest Bird Flight : Bar-tailed Godwit Flew Without Stop for 6,230 miles in 8 days

October 29, 2008 / No Comments

A female bar-tailed godwit, a wading bird called E7, has set a new record of having flown 6,230 miles for eight days across the Pacific Ocean to reach her winter home in New Zealand. Much to the astonishment of the monitoring research team, the bird flew continuously without stopping for food, water or rest, making it the longest bird flight we've ...

Origami-inspired Foldable Bamboo Houses by Ming Tang

October 27, 2008 / No Comments

Ming Tang came up with this brilliant idea of constructing these varied origami-inspired foldable bamboo houses after China had been struck by a severe earthquake of 7.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, last May killing 69,000 people. After hearing that the Chinese government is planning to invest to build some 1.5 million temporary homes for the least fortunate, Ming Tang decided ...

Naha Harbor Diner – The Crazy Banyan Treehouse Cafe in Japan

October 25, 2008 / No Comments

The Naha Harbor Diner in Okinawa, Japan, is comfortably perched atop an amazing life-size banyan tree structure, also known as gajumaru, with protruding arms that securely hold this pan-Asian restaurant in place. Overlooking the vast ocean below, this 20 foot banyan tree is built at the entrance of the Onoyama Park in the appropriately named Banyan town shopping center. The café which ...

Four Questions for GE’s Boss in Japan on Becoming Greener

October 23, 2008 / No Comments

General Electric (GE) wants to know what Japan knows about being green. GE wants access to Japan's high tech capabilities in areas of energy conservation and carbon emission reduction. [caption id="attachment_2035" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="General Electric in Schenectady, New York"][/caption] GE's boss in Japan answered 6 questions: Q: Why has GE has been strengthening technical collaboration with Japanese firms? A: Outside the U.S.,in Japan, GE's ...

Dubai’s Jumeirah Gardens Master Plan – Highest Environmental Standards

October 15, 2008 / 3 Comments

While the world is witnessing a terrible financial crunch, Dubai remains calm and unaffected by this crisis. Their vivid taste for exotic high rise constructions fuels their desire for more of the kind. Meeras Construction is one such company which has visions of making Dubai a very Hi-Tech city. It has recently roped in two architects, Adrian Smith and Gordon ...

Monte Rosa Alpine Hut Turned Solar-Powered

October 13, 2008 / No Comments

The very modern Monte Rosa Alpine hut, outside Zermatt, is an exotic creation set atop the snow-clad Swiss Alps at 2,810m above sea level, overlooking the Matterhorn. This new 90% energy efficient solar powered hut is a creation of the Department of Architecture, at the Swiss Federal Technical University in Zurich, for the Swiss Alpine Club as a mountaineer’s retreat. The ...

Something Missing on the Play Palin Bingo Card

October 2, 2008 / No Comments

There's a vice presidential debate going on this evening. Okay, you knew that. If you don't have your head in the sand, you will know it. There's a game going around called Sarah Palin Bingo. Or just Palin Bingo. It's to give people something to do while they watch the Veep debate. There are words like Alaska, Tax Relief, Family, Russia, ...

2008 Green Roof Award of Excellence in Downtown Chicago

September 29, 2008 / No Comments

And the winners are ... Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects. It looks like there's a trend these days to redesign rooftops into spectacular eco-friendly retreats no matter what the costs are. Do these guys do it for publicity or just to do their good deed for the environment? A little bit of both I suppose. Take the guys at Hoerr Schaudt ...

Sarah Palin Denies Polar Bears Resort to Cannibalism?

September 23, 2008 / 1 Comment

So, the question is "Will Sarah Palin deny that polar bears are resorting to cannibalism?" Or is it "bearbalism?" On CNN news this morning the announcer said that Sarah Palin and presidential candidate John McCain are at odds on human caused global warming. In my mind, this is a good thing. If both of them were thinking exactly alike, one of ...