First paper straw factory in decades to open as UK bans plastic

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As the United Kingdom moves forward with its planned ban on single-use plastic products, the first paper straw factory to open in decades is rising in Wales to meet the consumer need. Transcend Packaging, the owner and operator of the new plant, has already reached out to 1,361 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the United Kingdom, as well as other restaurants, to provide them with more environmentally friendly straws. “We spotted a huge opportunity, and we went for it,” Transcend sales and marketing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Brooklyn’s new Domino Park features relics from the old sugar factory

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Historic Zhuhai sugar factory to be reborn as a low-carbon cultural hub

A new adaptive reuse project is looking to save a sweet piece of history in China. International design firm Woods Bagot unveiled plans to revitalize the disused Hongqi Zhen Sugar Factory in Zhuhai’s Jinwan District into a spectacular new cultural park. Designed to include a sugar industry museum and a chocolate factory among other facilities, the mixed-use development will aim to offset its carbon footprint with solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and geothermal heating and cooling systems.

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Former car factory to house Brussels “Centre Pompidou” cultural hub

A former Citroën car factory will be transformed into a major cultural hub for Brussels—the KANAL – Centre Pompidou comprising a Museum of Contemporary Art, architecture center, and other public art spaces. EM2N, noAarchitecten, and Sergison Bates won a design competition to lead the design of the €125 million adaptive reuse project. The historic 1930s building was selected for its size—an expansive 215,000 square feet—and prime location in the heart of the Brussels-Capital Region at the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Renovated Beijing factory gets new life with an elegantly-integrated Zen garden

After several renovations since the construction of this Beijing factory in 1970, an extensive overhaul turned it into a series of office spaces with a beautiful Zen garden in the back. He Wei Studio / 3andwich Design renovated the building to convey the essence of the traditional Chinese private garden and allow occupants to enjoy the courtyard in different times and from different perspectives.

The original factory, built in 1970, went through several renovations before He Wei undertook… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Architect turns old cement factory into incredible fairytale home – and the interior will blow you away

When Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill stumbled upon an abandoned cement factory in 1973, he saw opportunity in the ruins. Bofill bought the early twentieth-century compound and, together with local Catalan craftsmen, transformed the sprawling structure of silos and compounds into an incredible fairytale home that blends surrealism, brutalism, and modernism. Located in Catalonia, Spain, the renovation project is remarkable not only for its stunning appearance, but also for the architect’s ongoing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elegant arts factory and innovation center replace an crumbling factory in China

The design for the new Sichuan Arts Factory and Innovation Center in China upgraded a factory into a large arts production and innovation center. Architecture firm Urbanlogic drew inspiration from the warehouse typology and utilized the raw quality of industrial materials to create a series of stylish, efficient spaces.

The design has won the Silver Award in the Mixed-Use Category at the annual AAP American Architecture Prize. It attempts to find a common language between a variety of uses. Simple,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tokyo factory is transformed into an industrial-chic Blue Bottle Coffee cafe

Topped with a triangular roof, the Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Cafe comprises a cafe on the first floor, as well as a tasting room and a workshop—two kinds of spaces new to Blue Bottle. Wooden countertops, an open floor plan, plants, and transparency temper industrial elements, such as the tall ceilings and concrete surfaces. The coffeehouse serves a community gathering space for workshops or coffee sampling sessions. The Blue Bottle Coffee teams from Japan and the U.S. occupy the upper two floors…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dozens of violations found at the factory that makes Trump shirts in Bangladesh

The sweatshop that produces Donald Trump-branded clothing has been cited for a “yuge” list of safety violations. The factory is an unsafe work environment for workers at the Elite Garment Industries factory in Bangladesh. Violations ranging from insufficient fire alarm systems, faulty wiring, lack of fire escapes and “highly stressed” support columns in the building’s infrastructure threaten the lives of employees every day.
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