Foster + Partners-designed Apple Store glows like a paper lantern in Macau

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Foster + Partners has unveiled a new Apple Store in Macau—and it’s very different from the all-glass buildings we’ve come to expect. In response to the hustle bustle of the port city known as the “Las Vegas of Asia”, the British international architecture studio crafted Apple Cotai Central as an oasis of calm housed in a glowing cube surrounded by bamboo. Instead of the Apple brand’s iconic full-height glazing, the architects applied a “first-of-its-kind” glass-stone composite facade… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



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

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

New paper batteries can be discarded with zero ecological impact

Forget lithium – this Barcelona-based company is creating batteries with paper. Fuelium is developing paper-based batteries designed for disposable diagnostic devices, OZY reported. The company says their product doesn’t create toxic wastes requiring complicated recycling processes like some batteries do.

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Bicycle highway in the Netherlands built using recycled toilet paper

 

Did you know? Every year, residents in the Netherlands use an estimated 180,000 tons of toilet paper. Because this amounts to a lot of trees, the Dutch province of Friesland repurposed the product to make a bicycle highway last fall. The stretch of roadway is 1 kilometer and connects the Frisian capital of Leeuwarden to the town of Stiens. It is the first bicycle lane in the world to be paved with toilet paper — but few can tell the difference based on appearances.

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SOMs diagrid glass tower rises like a Chinese paper lantern in Beijing

A glittering glass lantern has risen in Beijing. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) designed the Poly International Plaza, a three-tower complex located midway between the Forbidden City and the Beijing Capital Airport. The main and tallest tower draws inspiration from Chinese paper lanterns for its continuous diagrid pattern that shimmers like a jewel and helps lower the building’s energy footprint.

Winner of two 2017 Architizer A+Awards, the Poly International Plaza was completed in… 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

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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/

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Biodegradable Coffins Made From Recycled Paper Pulp

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Even though Halloween is over, here is one super sustainable design solution that is bound to keep the green spirits happy for the rest of the year. Direct from Denmark, Bendt Stov recently launched DanCof, an innovative range of eco-coffins and urns that have been molded from biodegradable, long fiber recycled paper (PULP). Taking good habits beyond the grave, Bendt Stov’s innovative coffins will allow the environmentally conscious to carry their green credentials into the afterlife.

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