Confluence Park’s new solar-powered pavilions collect rainwater and provide shade from the summer sun

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San Antonio’s idyllic Confluence Park just became a little greener and more scenic, thanks to the teamwork between American firms Lake Flato and Matysys with the support of landscape architect Rialto Studio. The riverfront park now boasts sweeping sculptural pavilions that provide shade from the fierce Texas sun as well as an elegant method for collecting rainwater.

 

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The Cocoon Smart Home will harvest rainwater, solar energy and organic veggies in the Caribbean

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Dreamy cabin harvests rainwater and natural light for a minimal carbon footprint

Nevada-based INCLINEDESIGN proves sustainable infrastructure can be beautiful in this dreamy timber cabin on Lopez Island, Washington. Available in the summer as a vacation rental, the Barn Gallery guesthouse is a showcase of eco-friendly design from its use of reclaimed timber and metal to its elegantly crafted rainwater catchment system. Surrounded by four acres of woodland and private meadow, the guesthouse faces southwest for views of a secluded waterfront bluff.

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Man hits 162 mph on homemade rocket trike propelled by rainwater

Did you ever have the chance to make a bottle rocket in grade school? Daredevil athlete François Gissy applied those principles to a homemade water rocket trike, which he then zipped around the Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet in France. Rainwater helped power the speedy trike, on which Gissy reached 261 kilometers per hour (kph), or around 162 miles per hour, and hit 100 kph from zero in a mere 0.55 seconds.

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LEED Gold Hankook Tire R+D Centre harvests rainwater for cooling in Asias Silicon Valley

Developed to attract the industry’s top talent, the 96,328-square-meter research and development center aspires to be an inspirational place to work and one that encourages collaboration and social interaction. The contemporary glazed building is housed beneath a floating silver roof with long overhangs that shield the interior from unwanted solar gain and gives the structure a mysterious quality. The interior is organized along a top-lit central spine flanked by research spaces and bookended by… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

6 innovative ways to harvest and harness rainwater

From perennially parched California to unseasonably dry Massachusetts, rainwater is a precious resource in the United States, though it is often not treated as such. Across the impotable oceans, drought rages in East Africa and groundwater systems are stretched to their limits in India. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This pop-up rainwater pavilion in Edinburgh is designed to raise awareness about water

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