With 240 days of dark winter and rain, the west coast of Norway needs spaces that take advantage of the time of light that it has, and that are just as efficient spaces in the dark. Scandinavian Architecture firm, Link Arkitektur, continues their tradition in designing schools with two high schools, both completed in 2010, in Norway that provide an ideal learning facility for this region.

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The world famous architecture firm from Copenhagen, Bjarke Ingels Group, has found a way to create an entire island resort that can function using zero energy. The sustainable island plan is located on Zira Island in the Caspian Sea (off the coast of Azerbaijan). BIG will use wind turbines mixed with the surrounding water to cool the resort. To get heat and hot water they plan to capture the sun’s energy using solar panels.

DesignBlendz|http://designblendz.com/blog/architecture/item/188-zira-island-master-plan

RECYCLED CHIC: LIGHTING

A PERFECTLY PLACED CHANDELIER OR PENDANT LAMP CAN CREATE THAT EXTRA POP THAT YOUR ROOM IS MISSING. USING RECYCLED MATERIAL TO CREATE LIGHTS!

You don’t have to spend a fortune to do it either. There are easy ways to create stunning lights out of everyday materials. For example, Zipper8Lighting created a pendant out of soda can pull tabs, and Dutch designer Tejo Remy did an elegant piece out of a sandblasted milk bottle.

DesignBlendz|http://designblendz.com/blog/industrial/item/93-recycled-chic-lighting

REVIEW OF LONDON EMBASSY COMPETITION

THE TOP FOUR ENTRIES FOR THE NEW LONDON EMBASSY PORTRAY WHAT ARCHITECTURE SHOULD LOOK LIKE IN THE UNITED STATES.

Tom Mayne’s (Morphosis Architecture) entry for the new London Embassy shows a sleek facade design that featurs tiered gardens along the river. 

DesignBlendz|http://designblendz.com/blog/architecture/item/155-big-picture-projects-review-of-london-embassy-competition

‘ASB glassfloor’ is a new type of athletic court that uses LED lights for the court markings instead of paint. Glass courts were first used for Squash, were portable, and could be put in a lot of different locations. They are extremely versatile because the floor itself is made out of a new type of glass that suits the multiple sports that are played on it. The lines that mark each court can change because they are lights. With just a switch it can adapt to basketball, badminton, indoor soccer, indoor hockey, and volleyball.

DesignBlendz|http://designblendz.com/blog/industrial/item/231-asb-glass-floors

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