A new model of house

February 5, 2008 by

Livinghomes houses are ecological and they are built in only one day. A California entrepreneur created this kind of prefabricated houses a year ago. They are designed by architects relatively known: Ray Kappe and David Hertz. Mixing volume, glace wall, solar heating, solar panels, triple glazing and recovery of rainwater, these houses seem to correspond completely to the society whose concern for the environment is growing. As regards cost, it varies between 1000 and 1800 Euros per square meters to the houses of 80 to 400m ².

The TF1’s information make a report on this subject, I let you discover it in giving you the link:

http://tf1.lci.fr/infos/jt/0,,3685229,00-journee-pour-construire-maison-ecologique-.html

Weird houses…

December 13, 2007 by

There are very surprising buildings all over the world.  It is up to you to judge…

Palais bulles

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Palais bulles is designer Pierre Cardin’s huge property. It stretches on more than 8500 m2, which is equivalent to 2 football pitches.  This house was imagined by Antti Lovag, a Hungarian architect, who is a fan of curved lines. Everything is round : the doors, the windows, the furniture…

 The green citadel of Magdebourg

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The pink front of the building is not moving but it was painted on purpose like that. Everything is zigzag. In this huge architectural complex, there can be found shops, a hotel and 55 flats. The walls are wavy, the angles are made round and huge pearls decorate the columns that were placed here and there on the front of the building…Indeed, Friedensreich Hunderwasser, the Austrian architect, was a fervent ecologist and had banned the right angle in order to be as close as possible of nature. Besides, this citadel is green because vegetation can be found everywhere. The roof, the surface of whom is 4000 m2 is completely covered with vegetation.

 Malator

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The walker is likely to go past Malator without seeing it : the camouflage of this property is perfect. Built in Wales a dozen years ago, this chameleon house belongs to a British politician who wanted a visually non polluting mansion, perfectly icluded in the landscape. Therefore, the architecture agency Future Systems  imagined a buiding whose walls are covered with vegetation that enables the house to seem to be buried in the ground. The only openings on the outside are the entrance a large front, both of them are glazed and decorated with portholes in order to enlighten the rooms. Many Welshmen give the nickname “teletubby” to the house: with its steel chimney on the lawn roof, it looks like the inhabit of the teletubbies. 

Armando Munoz

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This artist gave to his house the appearence of a naked woman. This building is located in Rosarito, in Mexico. The works began in 1990 and are not finished yet: Armando Munoz is still having work done on the house. The woman’s hair has to be done.However, it is already possible to live in the woman.The building has 3 stories. There is a bedroom just behind the right breast, the living room is in the belly and the bathroom is… in the bottom.

Nader Khalili

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This building is located in the californian desert, on the site of Calearth Institute where architect Nadr Khalili has become the champion of sustainable developement. With soil, sand and sweat, one can build houses that can be lived in and that cost nearly nothing. To build a house, it only requires to take soil on the site, to put it on bags, to lie tha bags one on the others and finally to bind them all…

A week of efforts and two or three people are needed to build a house. The Khalili method that renews ancestral techniques has seduced  the UN who used this accomodation to shelter people that are victims of humanitarian crises.

Reversible destiny

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This block of flats recently built in Tokyo looks like playmobil. It has an exterior look with bright colours. The interior is also original. The interior of the flats has an over-elaborate arrangement, supposed to stimulate the intellectual and physical faculties of the inhabitants. For instance, the TV sets are put in the ceiling. The switches are either very high or very low. The floor is undulating. This type of accomodation meets a lot of success.

Téléthon 2007

December 6, 2007 by

The seventh of December (tomorrow) GUSF organizes a cake’s sale in the hall of EIVP. You will have the choice between several cakes and pancakes. You can give just money too. All profits will be given to the Téléthon.

Be large and generous 🙂

 Julie

Sustainable development and Noel’s illuminations

November 28, 2007 by

Noël : illuminés, les Champs-Elysées entrent dans l'ère écolo

This year “les Champs Elysées” shine in the mouvment of sustainable development.  In order to save energy illuminations of the most beautifull avenue of the word is made by LED. These bulbs working with diode have several advantages : a longer life expectancy, no heat production, and energy saving.

Thanks to this kind of bulbs the Elysées could go down its electricity ‘s consumption if we compare to last year. However we do not know the total amount of this illumination for this ecologistic year.

Let you carry along this beauty in coming on the avenue.

Julie

Football

November 25, 2007 by

The team of England is eliminated from the Euro 2008 after its defeat against Croatia to Wembley 3-2. It is Russia which takes the second place of the group E thanks to its success in Andorra 1-0. It is the first time since the world cup 1994 in the United States where England is absent in a major international competition.  The influx of foreign players flooded the First one League, sometimes allowing certain clubs – it was the case of Chelsea at the end of the 90s and today Arsenal – to be able to present successful teams without English player on the ground. Blocked by the stars come from various horizons, the young people were not able to drill. The national team in pay the consequences.

The strike !!!

November 15, 2007 by

I am sorry Because of the strike I can not bet present tomorrow in class. Next week I tell you about my last post (Dysney’s environmental project).

Julie

A fun way for students to learn how to protect environment

November 10, 2007 by

Since 1998 Disney company has organized three environmental competitions (1998 Florida, 2002 The Cayman Island, 2003 Hong Kong) between primary scool students. Its goal is to encourage students to think and act environmental friendly at school, at home and in their community. This Disney’s environmentality challenge consist on two parts : the pledge and the class project competition and both of these parts have to be supervised by one teacher.

The first part encourage discussion about environment and its protection. Each student has to suggest three actions which could be favourable for the environment (for example turning the water of while brushing the teeth). Everything must be noted in a handbook.

The second part is a class project. The project’s topic is free even if several global theme are suggested. The whole class have to imagine a collective action which improve environment’s quality (for example building a bird’s shelter with natural material).  The teacher have to help his class in this project like learning them the difference between two kind of three for their construction.

At the moment (October and November 2007) the fourth challenge is organised in Hong Kong. There are several prices. All students receive a “special designed Disney Environmentality Challenge gift” and a certificate. Nine Primary school classes (the tree best in each level school – there are tree level school) receive a financial award of HK$5,000 for school. In each group of school level the best class receive a trophy and is invited to Hong Kong Disneyland.

I find this experience very benefial for contributing classes, teachers and schools. It could be intersting to organize the same thing for student in university.

 If you want more informations look at  : http://disney.go.com/environmentality/dec/discover.html

Julie 

The Big Apple turns green

November 4, 2007 by

In order to protect our planet from the dangers that threaten it, the New Yorkers eat bio, dress bio, build bio…Indeed, New York tends to become a friend of nature. Unlike the inhabitants of San Francisco who are geographically and culturally close to nature, New Yorkers have to learn to respect the environment : there is a real awareness. This green wave is triggered by Al Gore’s documentary : “An inconvenient truth “ and the Katrina catastrophe in New-Orleans. In 2000, only ¼ Americans felt concerned by global warming but today, 78% Americans consider that immediate measures must be taken. 

In one year, the development of numbers of  eco-friendly services can be seen. The New Yorkers try to apply the motto of the ecologists: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. In Upper East Side, the first bio supermarket for babies opened several weeks ago. In addition to that, in Fort Greene, in Brooklyn, a cuban café entirely works thanks to solar energy : it closes in winter. Moreover,  the owner has designed a “bicycle blender”- when one pedals, bananas, strawberries and crushed ice are mixed to make a milk-shake – which allows energy savings.

minib3.gifIn Tribeca district, three ecological residences have rainwater recovery systems, terrasses with local plants and view on the Hudson River, tapestries in ivy in their corridors. The Solar, one of these green buildings, use 67% energy less than a classical construction. Six months after its opening, all its flats were rent, though their price is very high.

Michael Blomberg, the mayor of  New York, signed a pact that aims at reducing the greenhouse gases in the cities. Thanks to “Plan NYC”, Manhattan will become a huge garden : it  forecasts one more million of trees, a regulated circulation (as in London) and 13 000 hybrid cabs by 2012. Advertisements that encourages people to use saving energy bulbs, to refuse plastic bags and to use wind turbines are everywhere.

According to the SustainLane Institute, New York is the first American green city.

Stardust

November 1, 2007 by

Stardust is the Hollywood blockbuster of the moment : it is directed by Matthew Vaughn and gathers actors from all generations : Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert de Niro, Ricky Gervais, Rupert Everett, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller… The movie is the adaptation of  Neil Gaiman’s 1998 best-seller. 

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In a small village from nowhere called “Wall” – because a wall separates the world of men from the the world of witches, elves, flying pirates and other magic creatures – Tristan, a young man, is in love with the village beauty, Victoria. In order to prove his love, he promises to cross the wall and bring back to Victoria a shooting star. Therefore, he gets over the wall and enters Stormhold, the magic realm… In the line of  The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Narnia and Eragon, Stardust is a very visual magic fairy tale. It succeeds to ally action, emotion and humour. As a movie is one person’s interpretation of the book, many details  in the film differ from the novel. For instance, the character performed by Robert de Niro is a complete invention of the movie but it serves the story and Robert de Niro’s performance as Captain Shakespeare is completely amazing and is worth watching : his french cancan scene is already cult… 

From my point of view, Stardust is a succeeded adaptation and for once, the adaptation of the novel for the screen is better than the novel itself.

Click on the link below to watch the trailor:

http://www.allocine.fr/video/player_gen_cmedia=18726674&cfilm=110644.html

October 29, 2007 by

Hannibal Lecter is a fictional character in series of novels by author Thomas Harris. Lecter is introduced in the 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon as a psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. This novel , The Silence of the Lambs, feature Lecter as one of two primary antagonists. In the third novel, Hannibal, Lecter becomes the main character. His role as protagonist continues into the fourth novel, Hannibal Rising, which explores his childhood and development into a serial killer.

In 1991, Orion Pictures produced a Jonathan Demme-directed film adaptation of Silence of the Lambs, in which Lecter was played by British actor Sir Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins made Lecter a cultural icon, receiving a “Best Actor” Academy Award for his performance. In 2001, ten years after the release of the Silence of the Lambs, the anticipated Hannibal was adapted to film. Hopkins reprised his role as Hannibal Lecter. The film earned mixed reviews. The ending was changed due to the controversy that the novel’s ending generated. In the film adaptation, Mischa is never mentioned, and the ending was changed with Starling attempting to apprehend Lecter; whereas in the novel Lecter brainwashes her and makes her his lover and fellow cannibal. In the film, Lecter escapes from Starling’s custody after cutting off his own hand to free himself from her handcuffs. Even with–and perhaps because of–the ending change, it did not receive the acclaim of its predecessor.In early 2007 the novel Hannibal Rising was adapted for film under the same name. In the film, the young French actor named Gaspard Ulliel played a teenage Hannibal Lecter as he developed into a serial killer. Ulliel did not receive the same acclaim as Hopkins did, and both the novel and script were regarded less favorably than Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs.