San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design has been awarded the COTE PLUS Award, named for the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) who each year selects their Top Ten Green Projects, for the Aidlin Darling-designed 355 11th Street project in San Francisco.
Made from reinforced paper pulp: 'A piece of forest' by Modern Times
DuraPulp is a bio-degradable, composite material invented by the Swedish manufacturer Södra. It is made from wood pulp and PLA (polyactic acid, a biologically degradable polymer produced from corn starch) and can be moulded or pressed into any thinkable shape. After being heated the material becomes stiff and durable. The Swedish manufacturer Wästberg already developed a lamp with this promising material and at this year’s Salone Satellite the young Swedish designers Rasmus Malbert and Johannes Tjernberg from Modern Times presented this series of lamps made from DuraPulp. ‘A piece of forest’ is composed of a variable number of hexagonal shingles which are mounted on the wall or on screen or set together to a collar of small lamps. The light source is a short LED strip, glued into the shells.
'JustK' passive house by architekten martenson und nagel theissen, photo by Brigida Gonzalez
This passively heatable and partly pre-fabricated single family home in Tübingen/Germany was recently completed by the newly founded German practice architekten martenson und nagel theissen. The small lot size, the stated distance to the neighbour houses and the land needed for housing six people led to a tower-like building. In its compact cubature and the fully formulated housetop ‘JustK’ fits into the traditional surrounding of gray tufa buildings from the 1920s, interpreted contemporary.
The French designer and protégé of the French association VIA (Valorization of Innovation in Furnishing) Elise Gabriel recently unveiled some new products realised in close collaboration with the cellulose manufacturer Zelfo Technology. The Zelfo material is based on upcycled fibre-based waste which can be recycled into a new biodegradable highly versatile composite. The new pieces are currently showcased at Galerie Gosserez in Paris.
'The Nest' rattan Lounge chair by Per Brolund and Em Riem, produced by Cambodian Modern Rattan
WWF initiated the design and production of contemporary, sustainable rattan furniture together with Swedish designers, graduates from Lund University, in cooperation with local producing companies. The European Union funded programme focuses on sustainable production and processing of rattan in the Mekong region. The first results were exhibited during this year’s Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt.
The Sao Paulo based practice Triptyque Architecture recently unveiled this contorted studio in the heart of an artistic neighborhood in their hometown. Its facade is characterised by a comprehensive tube-system where the rain and soil water are drained, treated and reused, creating a complex ecosystem.
This subterranean house was built in honor of the Korean poet Yoon Dong-joo and is designed by Seoul based practice BCHO Architects. It is based on an outer concrete structure, the interior space is devided by rammed earth walls.
“The earth used for the walls is from the site excavation. Even though the viscosity of the existing earth was low, only minimal white cement and lime was used so the earth walls can return to the soil later”, the architects explain.
The Dutch designer and member of the Temporary Collective Arnhem Debbie Wijskamp realised this edition of rather solid looking cabinets made from handmade paperpulp.
'Paperpulp' cabinets by Debbie Wijskamp
“Inspired by different cultures, making their homes with materials found in their surroundings, Wijskamp wanted to design her own building material. Experimenting with the re-usage of wastepaper resulted in a material with its own characteristic appearance and structure. Besides this, it is a very versatile material with many possible applications.”
'Paperpulp' cabinets by Debbie Wijskamp
The Temporary Collective Arnhem will also be exhibiting at the DMY festival in Berlin from 9-13 June 2010.
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