Green Design

The Amazing Metropol Parasol // Arup Group

One of the largest wooden structures in the world becomes the center piece of historic and vibrant, Sevilla, Spain. The story behind the community and the development of the Metropol Parasol is extraordinary. Watch Arup Group‘s latest video to find out.

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Starbucks’ Reclamation Drive-Thru

Starbucks’ new Reclamation (Reclaimed Shipping Container) Drive-Thru just opened in Tukwila, WA.

(photos via ~ Hommie)


NY Highline Park // Inhabitat & TIME MAGAZINE

Check out New York’s Highline Park via Inhabitat and TIME Magazine, interviews and reviews.


DEDON // cool Outside Furniture

DEDON brings the epitome of “cool” to outside furniture.

“At DEDON, outdoor living is our reason for being. So it should come as little surprise how seriously we take our commitment to the environment…

Developed 20 years ago this year, the original DEDON Fiber is a model of environmental friendliness. It’s sustainably produced, 100 percent recyclable and completely non-toxic (it can be used in children’s toys or to wrap food). It doesn’t pollute groundwater or harm the ozone layer. And remarkably, it’s not finished – the research lab at our fiber production facility in Lüneburg is continually seeking ways to make it even more environmentally sound. Each time they succeed, we raise the environmental standard for our entire industry just that much higher.

And the same is true at our manufacturing facilities on Cebu island in the Philippines. Here too, we control the entire manufacturing process. And here too, we systematically approach each phase of production with the aim of continually improving  environmental performance. Among our most notable achievements so far is the zero waste we generate across the entire DEDON supply chain. “Every scrap of waste created during production is recycled,” explains Hervé Lampert, a passionate advocate of the environment. “Every leftover strip of fiber, every off-cut of aluminum is segregated, sold off or otherwise reintroduced to the system. Even the aluminum shavings from the cutting blade are recycled.”


URBIO

Check out URBIO the urban vertical garden!


Little Water Cantina // Cinco de Mayo Opening

Culinary Producer and consultant to “Top Chef” Shannon Wilkinson just opened his newest restaurant, Little Water Cantina, on Eastlake Ave in Seattle!

  To celebrate Cinco de Mayo today I decided to give it a shot. Shannon and his wife Laura, have put in a lot of work to get this restaurant started. I have noticed the construction, for quite some time now and have been anticipating its arrival to the neighborhood. The inside of the restaurant has a modern design and is looking to achieve LEED Platinum approval, with on site composting and efficient water usage. As you enter you can smell the essence of reclaimed wood (which is not a bad thing). A cool feature along the back side, is a wall constructed of recycled bottles.

I was seated pretty swiftly near the back by a couple big glass window doors. The view was  unbeatable, and even though we had typical Seattle weather, I could still see gas works (This place is almost certainly going to be at max capacity on 4th of July).

Since it was only their soft opening their menu had been posted on a couple chalk boards. My girlfriend and  I opted for the Turkey Enchilada with Hazelnut Mole, with a side of Chips and Salsa.

To start, I will say that I am not willing to give up on this place yet, with a soft opening and the restaurant needing to get a rhythm down. The dish came out at a weird temperature. Both my girlfriend and I noticed this right away. It seemed like it wanted to be a cold dish but came out lukewarm. The Hazelnut Mole was excellent. If it had been a little spicier I would have loved it. The turkey was shredded and was good but came interesting enchilada style. Overall the dish was good but not necessarily worth $13.

I personally, will be going back to “LWC” , to give it a shot and to see what their full menu has to offer. I can appreciate that the restaurant has put some effort into it’s design, to seek LEED certification.


Seville’s Maravilloso Wooden, Metropol Parasol

photo © David Franck

The worlds largest wooden structure, Metropol Parasol, makes a “buzz” down in the historic city of Seville, Spain. The  structure “un magnifico” was designed by J. Mayer H. Architects and has a pattern similar to that of honey comb. The construction development originally broke ground back in 2004 and like the “viscosity of honey” finally completed last month in April of 2011. I guess, sometimes, “sweet” things can be worth waiting for. The building’s function will provide open space to the public, a plaza to convene, and will acomodate numerous bars and restaurants. The actual design of the building was to provide shade, which is a commodity in a hot and sunny city like Seville. The building will most definitely become an instant tourist destination.

photo © Fernando Alda

“…the form of this building was inspired by the vaults of Seville’s expansive cathedral – I wanted to create a “cathedral without walls” that would be “democratic” – and also by the handsome trees already in the square.’’ Jürgen Mayer H (Yatzer.com)

photo © Fernando Alda

photo © Fernando Alda


London’s “Cheese Grater” Building

~ Photo Via: Inhabitat.com

Checkout London’s “Cheese Grater’ Building set to resume construction, initially stalled during the recession. The development is energy efficient, but is it sustainable in maximizing space? What are your thoughts?


Promenade Plantee

Recycling old ideas for the new ones. Promenade Plantee, also known as the Coulée verte is a 2.8 mile elevated  park in Paris, France. The trail was constructed from an old abandoned railway viaduct. This was the first of its kind in the world, and many other cities have followed suit. Examples can be found in New York City and Chicago.


Easy Transportation: I want an iphone

Man I want and Iphone or Android!