The Sun is of no doubt one of the most sustainable source of energy and is obviously the reason why people are now eyeing to own a tool that would help them collect some solar energy to power-up their home appliances and the like. SolarOr, an Israeli company had developed an excellent eco-friendly creation that collects solar energy upon having it integrated in building facades making these facades an energy-generating window. Looks like a honeycomb, the BeeHive PV is made of durable acrylic solar panels and has the ability to produce 140 watts of electricity per square meter is installed on walls facing the sun.
Sustainability nowadays is becoming important to almost all of us particularly the people in China. As part of their desire to promote sustainability and live sustainably, the conceptual master planning of the Xixi Wetland International Tourism Region Design Competition is born. Amongst the many proposals, international architecture firm Woods Bagot’s proposal was hailed as the winner.
From being a rural parkland, the Xixi Wetland will be turned into an epicenter for cultural and eco-tourism. Hospitalilty facilities, public spaces, and a wide area of wetlands will be carefully installed in the region while keeping the natural beauty of the place.
One of the green features that this region will feature includes the sustainable transportation system. The region will also install a network for walking and cycling in order to reduce the use of carbon-emitting transport means and eventually reduce carbon emission. Another green feature the region has is the combination of major renewal sites and wetland ecology schemes that will dramatically reduce water demands and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Xixi Region’s area is only 35 Square Kilometers that include the 13 square kilometers of wetland, 7 square kilometers of residential space, and roughly 5 square kilometers of public and civil facilities.
Inspired by an awkward experience wherein one has to share a seat with another in crowded places, Pratt design student Charlotte Kreitman has created the Schair. Made from reclaimed wood, the Schair is not only an eco-friendly furniture but is also a perfect furniture to use when in crowded area, for it is designed to split if the need to share with a friend arises. The Schair is Inhabitat’s winning entry for their Best Student Design Award that was held at BKLYN Designs. With Schair ability to allow its users to share seats with someone, this one of a kind chair has turned into a loveseat.
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