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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.

http://www.designblendz.com/blog/architecture/item/252-liveliness-in-learning

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