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Floods in Thailand

October 17, 2011, 12:45 amFiled under: Thailand Floods — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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After heavy floods were triggered in late June in Thailand caused by typhoon Haima and tropical storm Nock-Ten, more than 210 people have been killed and over 2.4 million people across the country have been affected by the flooding including in central, northern and northeastern provinces.

The Thai Red Cross Society, through its chapters and health stations has carried out  distribution of relief goods in 29 provinces as well as  deployment of  6 flat bottom boats in  8 affected provinces. Moreover,  three  water purification teams have been active, along with mobile kitchen teams with the capacity to produce 6,000 meals/day. As of 7 October, 93,482 relief kits and 84,569 packs of drinking water have been distributed to the victims.

For more information on the Red Cross disaster response in Thailand:

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Earth Bricks by Atelier TEKUTO

October 5, 2011, 12:42 amFiled under: Eco Design — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

Content by: Atelier TEKUTO – www.tekuto.com
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Architecture Design by:

  • Yasuhiro Yamashita
  • Masahiko Takada
  • Azusa Ishii
  • Ryo Takagi
    Atelier TEKUTO – www.tekuto.com

Structural Design by:

  • Jun Sato
  • Yuko Mihara
    Jun Sato Structural Engineer

Mechanical Design by: Kazuhiro Endo – EOS plus
Lighting Design by: Sueko Kanaya – Visual Technologies
Experiment Supervision:

Construction:

  • Atelier TEKUTO – www.tekuto.com
  • Yoshiro Goda – Ogawa Kyoritsu Construction

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Special Thanks:

  • Koki Hashimoto
    Atelier TEKUTO – www.tekuto.com
  • Bongkot Pisanworawit

The Earth Block Project started in 2008, was developed together with Universities, corporate, and specialist. The concept is “Construction material that can be made with any soil in the world, is stronger than the existing soil construction material, and return to nature 100%”. For instance, sun baked blocks made of lime and animal manure used in developing countries returns to nature 100%, but not very strong. Block made with cement for extended strength do not return to nature 100%. For both of these, soil used for the base must be examined. With our Earth Block, any clay-like soil in the world can be used, and including the additives, it is 100% natural. Its strength surpasses the Japanese Construction Standard which is the highest in the world.

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i-GO by Marc Andre Cardinal

September 1, 2011, 2:13 amFiled under: Eco Design — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

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i-GO is a personal multipurpose transportation unit for the urban city environments. As cities become more populated, commuting within the city is becoming increasingly congested more people have moved away from driving their personal vehicles and turn to public transit for their daily commute to the city. There is a need for quick access self-powered/electric transportation that is energy efficient, convenient and promotes a healthy active life style. The energy produced by commuters when using i-GO can be used to power the electric motor and smart phone devices. In addition, any extra energy still stored in the unit can provide electricity for the city when docked at a charging station. i-GO could also accommodate the occasional user, visitor or tourist in an urban setting.

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Natural Systems Domination by Tres Birds Workshop

August 20, 2011, 12:01 amFiled under: Eco Arts > Eco Design — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

Content by: Tres Birds Workshop – www.tresbirds.com
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Designed by: 

  • Mike Moore
    Design principal / General contractor
    Tres Birds Workshop – www.tresbirds.com

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Special Thanks:

  • Melissa Belongea
    Media Relations / Marketing
    Tres Birds Workshop – www.tresbirds.com

Infusing Natural Systems into the Workplace

Domination implies taking over. If we had it our way, natural systems would dominate entirely. Natural systems operate in perfect efficiency. Humans are both part of those natural systems and also somehow separate (by choice). The further we stray from connections with nature, the more alien we become. Tres Birds Workshop was commissioned to concept, design and build an art installation in Downtown Denver for the purpose of encouraging people out of their offices for daily fresh air breaks. We highly recommend it. The installation made up of part vintage office furniture and part 100% live vegetation reminds us not to let office overgrowth affect a healthy relationship with the outdoors. All of the vegetation used in the installation were reused + recycled afterward.

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Rhine Mosel Slate Whirlpool by Chris Drury

August 11, 2011, 3:32 amFiled under: Eco Arts — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

Content by: Chris Drury – www.chrisdrury.co.uk
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Rhine Mosel Whirlpool was created for the Koblenz garden Festival 2011, and commissioned through the Heike Strellow Gallery, Frankfurt. It sits up on the cliff by the fortress above where the Mosel flows into the Rhine. The Cliff itself is formed from the same stone which we obtained from a local tile and slate works. The presence of slate in the earth gives the local and famous wines a distinctive flavour, the meeting of two rivers gives birth to whirlpools in the water.

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Heart of Reeds by Chris Drury

August 10, 2011, 9:12 pmFiled under: Eco Arts — Posted by Eco-Question Editor

Content by: Chris Drury – www.chrisdrury.co.uk
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Heart of Reeds here in Chris’s hometown of Lewes, was designed to increase the biodiversity of a small nature reserve on the edge of town in a wetland that used to be a railway marshalling yard. The design is taken from the the movement of blood in the heart known as the Cardiac Twist. By using islands and water, the borderlines between the two are increased therefore increasing habitat for small creatures. Water levels can also be adjusted via various sluice gates. The work has proved popular to both people and wildlife and continues to grow and thrive and change throughout the seasons.

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