If you doubt that the derelict shantytowns of Tijuana, Mexico, could work as a template for redevelopment in a quaint, upscale town in the Hudson River Valley, you’re probably underestimating Teddy Cruz.
This film was created by Jimmy Wu (Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Dartmouth College), Erika Murillo (Dartmouth ‘13), and Lorie Loeb (Director of the Digital Arts Program at Dartmouth). It is a fun animation on the topic of polymers. It was funded in part by the National Science Foundation and Dartmouth College. You can find this series at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_DROS_NNx4
Amina Hersi Moghe is an award-winning Somali entrepreneur. She has launched several multi-million dollar projects in Kampala, Uganda,such as the luxury mall the Oasis Centre and the Laburnam Courts. She also runs Kingstone Enterprises Limited, one of the largest distributors of cement and other hardware materials in Kampala.
Amina was born in Kenya, where her mother, Sarah Hersi Ali, was a prominent expatriate Somali businesswoman and her uncle, Adam Hersi Ali, served as a Financial Secretary of Treasury in Kenya’s Ministry of Finance. As a young girl, Amina and her sister regularly joined their family in the cross border trade between Kenya and Uganda. After the death of her father, she and her sister were sent to accounting school by her mother, where they built on their entrepreneurial skills. The loss of two of her daughters in a car accident in 1998 prompted Amina’s family to suggest she move to Uganda.
Amina quickly adapted to her new environment and acted as a convenient link on the ground for her family’s commercial trade. She began expanding the family business and entered the real estate sector. Amina would eventually become one of the wealthiest people in Uganda and come to own the Oasis Centre, a multi-million dollar shopping mall complex and grand scale luxurious apartment Laburnam Courts that are both situated in the center of the capital. She also runs one of the largest distributors of cement and other hardware materials in the country. In 2008, Amina received the Woman Investor of the year Award for her large-scale projects that are changing Kampala’s skyline.
The construction industry is a big polluter. While there are rapidly developing trends in ‘green’ design and architecture, building materials and transportation still leave a huge carbon footprint. Worldwide, construction makes up about a third of CO2 emissions. Steel and cement production are the main offenders, with the iron and steel industry accounting for four per cent, cement for five per cent of global man-made greenhouse gas emissions. A group of forward-thinking architects at the Rotterdam-based company 2012architecten have come up with an alternative way of looking at construction. They create buildings and other structures made almost entirely from reclaimed and recycled materials. All their work is based on the idea that design should not follow a linear process, but is much rather part of a continuous cycle of creation and recreation, use and reuse. The focus is very much on local sourcing, to reduce the need for emissions-heavy transportation as much as possible. This innovative and eco-friendly concept, which underpins all their work, is called “superuse”, or “recyclicity”.
Looking for unconventional materials to build a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing home? Designed by studio James & Mau Arquitectura and built by Infiniski, the unusual looking Casa El Tiamblo was developed using four 40-feet shipping containers. But as you will certainly observe from the photos below, the residence has a highly intriguing appearance, ranking high in originality. The blue containers give the home a playful exterior and a dynamic one as well. The interiors are surprising to say the least. Subtle rustic decorative elements and wood accents are mixed with modern furniture units. The result?- an elegant home, filled with warmth and inspiring decors, one that does not betray the fact that it was constructed using shipping containers. You tell us if you find this approach bad or good; to us, it is simply crazy (in a good way!). [Photos by Pablo Sarabia]
Milan’s Vertical Forest
The Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) will be the greenest building in Milan when completed, which is one of Europe’s most polluted cities.
Artist Jenna Spevack has created a series of household objects—including a chair, kitchen cabinet, and suitcase—that double as “microfarms” outfitted with lights and planters.
Combining programming know-how with environmental problems at this hackathon leads to fascinating and important projects, from collective monitoring of air pollution to graphing the species that are slowly going extinct.
|—||Mads Øvlisen, Chair of the UN Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain Sustainability.|