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From Cactus to Skyscraper

April 3, 2010 Leave a comment

“Nature-inspired Design” – From Cactus to Skyscraper

Today’s post features the new office of the Ministery of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture’ (MMAA) in Qatar designed by the designers and architects at Bangkok-based Aesthetics Architects.

In recent years, Biomimicry (an emerging design discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems) has been catching on big time in the architecture domain.

As a dweller of Arizona where cactuses are found in abundance, this stunning building structure instantly drew my great attention. Borrowing an idea from nature and its adaptive strategies, the unique design of this innovative project was penciled down keeping in mind the exceptionally hot and arid conditions of the region.

To take shape in the dry and arid Qatar (much like Arizona in the U.S.), the building is shaped like a prickly cactus that does all it can to keep the sun out and store the water. The structure uses the sun shades on its windows, which can open and close to keep out the heat as per the requirements throughout the day and night.

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Source: Freshome – ‘Giant Cactus Takes Shape in Qatar’
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Categories: Architecture, Green Ideas

Reinventing the Urban Park

March 30, 2010 Leave a comment

“Reinventing the Urban Park” – Seattle Olympic Sculpture Park

In our busy daily lives, especially for most of the U.S. city dwellers trapped in concrete jungles, it has been becoming essential to have a doze of nature.

There may be many ways to use previously contaminated land. But by restoring the land with public resources that seamlessly blends the built environment of downtown with a healthy and meticulously maintained natural environment, the Olympic Sculpture Park shows that urban life and natural environment can be mutually respectful and even complementary. The park also brings necessary environmental education to the public, while providing free mental nourishment in the form of art and natural views.

I hope to see more thoughtful urban development like this park in the future, and hopefully I can be the one who accomplishes it by my own hands someday.

Seattle Olympic Sculpture Park

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The site before the park was built

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Image Source: ‘Seattle to World’

http://www.worldchanging.com/local/seattle/archives/008741.html

Categories: Architecture, Green Ideas