MAD brings a surreal sports campus that mimics a green, martian landscape to China

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Architect Ma Yansong and his Beijing-based firm MAD Architects’ surreal designs often look as though they come from outer space—and his new masterplan for the Quzhou Sports Campus in China is no different. The massive development just broke ground in the historic Chinese city in Zhejiang province and will bring with it an undulating green landscape with mixed programming. Inspired by the traditional Chinese painting style called ‘shan shui,’ MAD Architects conceived a park-like setting with… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Worlds first circular-economy business park mimics nature to achieve sustainability

The Triango sustainable business park in Paris, designed by RAU Architects, SeARCH, and karres + brands, embraces the idea of circular economy– its facilities are designed to behave dynamically throughout their period of use. The main idea behind the proposal, which has recently won the “Inventons la Metropole de Grand Paris” competition, is to build facilities and use materials that can be used over and over again in the future.

The new campus will include over 41 acres (167,000 square… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Wind-powered machine mimics the sound of 500 galloping horses

How do you bring an ancient landscape to life? Architecture studio NEON breathes life into England’s historical Chesters Roman Fort by recreating the sound of 500 galloping horses. Architect Mark Nixon led the design of Cavalary 360, a wind-powered installation that mimics the sounds of horse hooves clopping on the ground while framing the North Tyne landscape. The site-specific musical instrument pays homage to the 500 horses that belonged to the Roman cavalrymen that roamed the land 1,600 years… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Revolutionary flapping wind turbine mimics hummingbirds to produce clean energy

A new flapping wind turbine in Tunisia marks a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of mechanics. Until recently, the field has been limited in its ability to apply new understandings of animal and human motions to machines, according to TYER wind. In the wind energy sector, this limitation has resulted in fairly simple, and relatively inefficient turbines. Using 3D Aouinian kinematics that he pioneered, Anis Aouini is disrupting that space with a new turbine modeled on the unique articulations… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Paper artist Amy Genser’s new nature-inspired art mimics reefs, beehives, and barnacles

Paper artist Amy Genser cuts, rolls, and

Every artist has a favorite medium, and Amy Genser’s love of paper is evident throughout her work. She creates intricate designs by cutting and rolling paper in various colors and affixing the rolls to a Masonite board for a three-dimensional representation of underwater reefs. Genser’s most recent works show how her work has evolved since we last featured her pieces a few years ago.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/08/new-ocean-reefs-comprised-of-rolled-paper-by-amy-genser/

Although… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Prefab Casa Algarrobo mimics the rhythm of surrounding trees in Chile

This prefab house in Chile mimics the rhythm of the surrounding forest trees. Installed on a clearing among the lush vegetation, Algarrobo House showcases the flexibility with which prefab modules can be arranged to form any type of configuration depending on site layout. Garcia de la Huerta and Gleixner architects drew a grid that fits into the forest of ordered volumes and created a house that can be assembled as easily as Lego bricks.

The volume of Algarrobo House is divided into areas housing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building