The New Look Of Temporary Learning Spaces

The New Look Of Temporary Learning Spaces

Temporary school buildings exist for many reasons such as natural disasters, building repairs or to provide extra space for overcrowded schools. Though meant to be short-term some actually stay up for many years. Numerous temporary classrooms exist worldwide, and there are 300,000 in the U.S. alone that must accommodate an estimated 7.5 million students. Since they are in fact constructed to fill an interim need, sometimes they can be less than quality fabrications which can make them susceptible to many issues. That’s where Perkins+Will, an architecture and design firm, steps in. Taking this often overlooked problem and making it their… read more

Cloud Pavilion Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Cloud Pavilion Made From 53,780 recycled plastic bottles

Responding to the question “What would an art pavilion made out of recycled materials and based around the idea of “The City of Dreams” look like to you?” STUDIOKCA built a giant cloud sculpture made entirely from plastic bottles and other recycled materials. Located within New York’s Governors Island, the pillowy structure was chosen from over 200 submissions and was created for this summer´s Figment NYC outdoor festival, after months of hard work and a lot of patience. The “Head in the Clouds Pavilion” is a massive installation made from recyclable aluminum, wood, and 53,780 recycled plastic bottles and water jugs,… read more

Cloud-Like Summer Pavilion Graces London

Cloud-Like Summer Pavilion Pops Up in London

Each year, the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens invites an architect to design a temporary pavilion in the park. The structure will be up all summer, enjoyed by Londoners and tourists, and will be hosting a variety of events through out the summer. This year is the turn of Japanese Sou Fujimoto, a 41-year-old who is the youngest architect to accept one of the world’s most sought after (but unpaid) commissions. Fujimoto’s nebulous design is a gorgeous cloud-like structure made from a network of steel poles that stretch over 350 square meters creating a playful, geometric and translucent structure… read more

Building Cities Underground

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For the longest time, the architectural rush was to build higher and higher into the sky, and though that’s still the majority of where the market is going, constructing cities, parks, shopping malls, stadiums, and other projects are beginning to look to the ground for direction. If you think about it, the prospect of creating a dwelling underground makes great sense, especially from an ecological standpoint. The ground is a natural insulator, which means heating and cooling costs can be kept to an absolute minimum. Also, anything created underground is safe from the aboveground elements and natural disasters. Of course… read more

Desert Greenhouses Cooled by Seawater

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As temperatures steadily rise, and planetary resources deplete, so grows concerns pertaining to our ability to achieve sustainable means of food production. With the projected growth of the population expected to continue – up to 2050-60, at least, (if we’re to believe the theories of a coming peak in population) – we are forced to get more creative with our resources and methods for using them. In the desert these challenges are only multiplied by extreme heat and aridity. Furthermore, land that is currently identified as dry land or plains will soon, due to climate change and soil degradation, be… read more

Bin Designs that Make Recycling More Fun

Bin Designs that Make Recycling More Fun

Recycling bins, though necessary items, aren’t always that aesthetically pleasing. Some designers are offering samples that are trying to break this mold, and are creating functional, efficient receptacles. In the last year, some recycling bins in Portugal have been receiving makeovers. Designed by AND-RÉ, the bins are commercial models of a new way to make a needed object. The system’s colorful look makes recycling more inviting. They also have a neat name and shape that are no doubt inspired by an old favorite. More than just pretty on the outside, the designers made the inside just as appealing. Durably made of… read more

Using Silkworms To Create Buildings

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The 3-D printing industry is set to become the next big architectural trend. You should not be asking yourselves “how” but rather, “how could it not?” With printers dropping in price from $2k – $10k when they first debuted, to just a little over a couple hundred dollars today, everyone can now own a personal insta-creating device. Schools, manufacturing companies, hospitals, and more have begun adapting to the new world of construction. These devices are already remarkably eco-friendly themselves, but what about something even more green? Does it exist? The answer is yes, and you can find it in Asia… read more

The Sloping, Bioclimatic House

Sloping Bioclimatic House in Tenerife

Spanish architect José Luis Rodríguez Gil built a peculiar shaped house with the aim to make it self-sufficient. Standing within the rocky arid landscape of Tenerife this piece of unique architecture integrates into the landscape thanks to its sloping façade. An innovative shelter located within the Bioclimatic Experimental Urbanization of ITER Park (Technological Institute for Renewable Energies), this house takes into account the cli­mate and environmental con­di­tions of the area while keeping a sustainable equilibrium. Made from a local basalt stonewall, which was the start of the project, this sloping house is topped by a light structure of plywood with galvanized steel walls and glass. Designed… read more

Beautiful Bottled Design

Beautiful Bottled Design

Endless interesting things can be made with recycled glass bottles. They are the perfect material for craft projects as well as upscale designs. However, one extensively gorgeous project is hard to surpass. “Project” may not be the correct term, however. Named Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, although the local given name is The Million Bottle Temple, it is a breathtakingly delicate workhorse of a structure. Located in Thailand in the Sisaket province in Khun Han, this Buddhist temple is a modern take on recycled design. The building was started in 1984 and is made of more than 1 million glass bottles,… read more

Amazing Treehotel in Sweden Suspended From Trees

Amazing Treehotel in Sweden is Suspended From Trees

Do you have your sights set high for your summer vacation? If that’s the case you might want to check in at the gorgeous Treehotel in Sweden. Located within the pristine forests of northern Sweden, just miles away from the Arctic Circle, the Treehotel combines awesome design and eco-tourism, offering guests modern sustainable rooms suspended high up in the branches. Each of the rooms at the Treehotel is unique. They have all been prefabricated on site and designed to be modern and comfortable, creating minimal impact on the environment. Called The Cabin, The Mirrorcube, The Bird’s Nest, The Blue Cone,… read more