Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: Sally Parker | Filed under: REBLOG! | Tags: Advanced Product Design, ARCHITECTURE, Atlas Copco, Cement, Concrete Deconstruction Robot, ERO Concrete De-construction Robot, Good Design News, Green Building, Green Concrete, Omer Haciomeroglu, Renovation Planning, Sweden's Umeå Institute | Comments Off on Omer Haciomeroglu’s Clean Concrete Recycling Robot
Concrete has been used in construction for almost 3,000 years, it is THE most versatile building material on the planet, it’s also the least green. Our use of concrete in building is beyond extensive, by weight you’d need every other building material combined, then doubled to get even close to our reliance on this versatile composite.
The next most used substance on the planet is water, of which concrete also consumes an unhealthy amount of.
The main component of concrete is cement, the manufacture of which is one of the major contributors of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Cutting back on our use of cement and concrete is a hardship, the stuff is tough and relatively cheap compared with alternatives.
Recycling concrete is becoming much more common, in of itself however, it’s not such a green practice. Concrete demolition usually ends up with as much discarded landfill as recyclable product, and once concrete reaches the recycling yard it’s reprocessing takes almost as much energy as making the stuff from scratch.
Imagine a machine, a robot that could recycle concrete structures without all the heavy machinery, a single deconstruction process. World meet Omer Haciomeroglu’s ERO Concrete De-construction Robot :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: November 20th, 2013 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Renovation Planning | Tags: Kitchen Layout Ideas, Kitchen Renovation, Kitchen Work Triangle, New Kitchen, Open Plan Kitchen, Renovation Planning | Comments Off on A Well Designed Kitchen: Open Plan
Which room is the most important in your home? For me it’s the kitchen, I love to cook, love to have everything, including friends and family, close at hand. Clearly I enjoy a sociable lifestyle, for this reason, my kitchen is not only large and open, it’s also the center – literally – of my home. The most important step in any project is turning your needs into a great design, we’re not just talking requirements and good looks. What makes you happy, how can a design fulfill your contentment?
Almost more than any other room, a kitchen needs to be well thought out, it requires practicality, must be aesthetically pleasing and should add real value to not only your life, but the value of your home :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 16th, 2013 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Renovation Planning | Tags: Chengdu, china, New Century Global Centre, Renovation Planning, Sichuan Province, Worlds Largest Building | Comments Off on World’s Biggest Building: China’s New Century Global Centre
Boasting its own artificial sun, a floor area three times the size of the Pentagon, the “world’s largest building” has opened in Chengdu – a metropolis in China’s Sichuan Province – to mixed reviews from its first visitors. The towering 100-metre high New Century Global Centre, which is said to be big enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses, recently opened its doors in Chengdu.
The complex, which Chinese officials say is the world’s largest standalone structure, is 500 metres long by 400 metres wide, offering 1.7 million square metres of floor space, big enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses.
But the first wave of visitors were divided over the attractions of the the structure, which houses 400,000 square metres of shopping space, offices, conference rooms, a university complex, two commercial centres, two five star hotels – including an Intercontinental Hotel – and an IMAX cinema :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 30th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Renovation Planning, STANDOUT | Tags: DesignLibero, Hydroponic, Renovation Planning, The Green Wheell | Comments Off on DesignLibero's Green Wheel
The 80s wasn’t all shoulder pads, big hair and Culture Club! The decade that gave us Glasnost, Tiananmen Square and the Czech’s Velvet Revolution also gave us Microsoft Windows, Apple, HDTV, Digital Cellular Phones, Cabbage Patch Kids and Prozac.
If NASA hadn’t been so busy with the Space Shuttle, they may have continued on the path to inventing a system for growing edible plants in space, on rotating wheel perhaps?
Although the NASA thought of a Rotary Hydroponic System never came to fruition – NASA opted for plantgrow technology like the WARP10 LED lighting and flat-bed systems, rather than a wheel – an Italian design team has re-hashed the rotating wheel, picking up where NASA left off almost 30 years ago.
DesignLibero has taken the concept and re-invigorated it with 21st century Dysonism. The Green Wheel – as always, it sounds better in Italian, La Routa Verde – is a hydroponic system with form and function and fluidity :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 4th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Renovation Planning | Tags: Business and Finance News, Interest Rate, Mortgage Rate, RBA, Renovation Planning, Reserve Bank of Australia | Comments Off on AUSTRALIA: RBA CUTS INTEREST RATE
The Reserve Bank of Australia – RBA -has cut interest rates by 0.5 of a per cent. The 50 basis point fall comes on the back of evidence the economy is begining to labor with weaker-than-expected inflation figures released in late April. Australia’s official interest rate is now 3.75 per cent. The cut is the first significant movement by the RBA since the global financial crisis, the central bank indicated that the size of the cut is related to it’s belief that commercial lenders wouldn’t pass on the full reduction.
“A reduction of 50 basis points in the cash rate was in this instance judged to be necassary… in order to deliver the appropriate level of borrowing rates” RBA govenor Glenn Stevens said in a statement.
The Australian dollar took an immediate dive on the news, instantly dropping half a US cent to a little above $US1.035 ::Read the full article »»»»