For the second consecutive edition, Onyx Solar has participated to the European version of this prestigious international competition that promotes research in the development of efficient houses. Solar Decathlon brings together 20 proposals from 15 different countries to design and build solar-powered houses that consume as few natural resources as possible. Onyx Solar participates in the competition with the SMLsystem house, where has been integrated two cutting-edge photovoltaic systems: a PV façade based on CIGS technology and a PV walkable floor (patented by Onyx Solar) that supply electricity to this self-sufficient house. Read More…
The Endesa Pavilion has been designed by Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia designed as part of theSmart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain. The modular structure is made of wood panels that sculpt volume and respond to the orientation of the plot and sunshine.
The structure brings the distributed intelligence concept to the realm of architecture through a multiscalar aproach. The project aims to define an adaptative constructive system able to respond each solicitation at the lowest scale.
By doing this, each single module could answer to his own structural, energetical and enviromental needings. The skin will act as a network of inteligent nodes, a “solar brick” that protects from the solar radiation, collects and storage the energy the data at the local scale. During one year it will perform as a meeting point for knowledge interchange as well as a benchmark for smart grid technologies.
Jody Xiong of DDB China in conjunction with the China Environmental Protection Foundation created ‘Green Pedestrian Crossing’ an outdoor campaign that creates a subtle visual reminder of the environmental benefits of walking versus driving.
The campaign involved laying a canvas 12.6 metres long by 7 metres wide on the ground, thus covering the pedestrian crossing with a large leafless tree. On either side of the road, beneath the traffic lights, were placed sponge cushions soaked in green, environmentally friendly, washable paint.
As pedestrians walked towards the crossing, they stepped on the green sponge, thus leaving green foot imprints on the canvas of the tree. Each ‘green’ footprint on the canvas looked like leaves growing on a bare tree, which made people feel that by walking they could create a greener environment. The ‘Green Pedestrian Crossing’ was carried out across 7 thoroughfares in Shanghai. The campaign was then extended to 132 roads across 15 cities in China, with a participation exceeding 3,920,000 people.
This giant fish sculptures that are jumping out in Rio de Janeiro beach are made entirely from discarded soda bottles. The giant artwork was part of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, which was held in Rio between between 19-22 June. The sculptures serve as a reminder for beach-goers to recycle plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our oceans.
Nike has launched the Nike GS in London, a football cleat the company is heralding as the ‘lightest, fastest, most environmentally-friendly production boot the company has ever made.’
The lightweight shoe weighs in at a mere 160 grams and is made of form fitting recycled polyester, made from 95% recycled plastic bottles and with at least 77% castor beans, which require less water to grow than other natural materials. Just 2012 copies of the limited edition Nike GS football cleats will be manufactured and will be available via the company’s online shop beginning August 15th at a price of $300.
Produced by lighting manufacturer Flos and designed Philippe Starck the D’E-light, is an eco-friendly LED table lamp with an iDevice dock on top. The D’E-light combines the energy efficiency of an LED with the modern convenience of a docking station for an iPhone, iPod or iPad.
This antique look vehicle is actually a new concept Inner City Vehicle concept design by Sean Seongjun Ko. The retro-looking is a zero emission vehicle for a green future. The 4 seater car has been designed for a greener tomorrow and runs on hydrogen fuel cells and thus emits just water vapor from its exhaust pipe.
Paisajismo Urbano has spent a lot of time working with vertical gardening systems and knows all the variations in great detail. Those that are most commonly used at the moment are systems of modular panels, the sphagnum moss system, Patrick Blanc’s system and their own system ofvertical ecosystems.
With the first system of modular panels we have not yet seen that they are really healthy or brightly coloured, due to the fact that the substrate of wool and rock does not allow the chemical conditions needed for irrigation. This means that this type of system is almost always mono-specific, and one species doesn’t adapt well to all parts of the wall and to the physico-chemical gradients that it finds within it.
Italian industrial designer Michele Puzzolante introduced us her latest concept: a Solar Flaoting Resortthat would be entirely self-powering thanks to the dye-sensitized solar cells which would be integrated into the vessel’s walls.
Convinced that solar energy is the solution to global warming and environment issues, Michele Puzzolante, Italian Industrial Designer, decided to get involved in the green energy new era by inventing a unique building integrated photovoltaic concept totally self-sufficient energy generator, non-polluting and in unison with its natural surroundings.
Find on DesignRulz , this stunning topographical shade canopy for a vehicle created by Garth Britzman with recycled bottles filled with colored water. This project reused recycled soda bottles as a canopy under which a small park is created.
‘Bamboo Booth’ was exhibited in the “Vietnam Architecture Exhibition 2012″, held in Hanoi for 5 days in April, 2012.Bamboos were chosen to express Vietnamese architecture culture. To cope up with the short construction time period, bamboos are placed straightly like brickwork to create massive wall, floor and roof in a minimalist manner.The Company calls it “bamboo masonry”, or a quasi log house structured by bamboos.
Accordingly, bamboo nails and wedges, rather than metal joint, are used for the connection. Steel wire is minimally installed to decrease the deflection of the wall and roof.
The air-conditioned air seems like to be out-of-dated as the green living arise. Duo designers Jinsun Park & Seonkeun Park have designed the Breathing Partition Stand which will be good for offices.
It has an exclusive area to place the plants whilst acting as a divider between work-desks. An automatic watering system takes care of the watering chore, and it would be a good idea to place low-maintenance varieties. Read More…
British artists Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey recently transformed a landmark church in South East London by covering the interior in a layer of living grass. Their artwork makes explicit connections with urban political ecologies by highlighting the temporal nature of processes of growth and decay in sites of architectural and ecological interest as well as contemporary art galleries and museums worldwide. The project is organized by the The London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT). You can see it for yourself in Dilston Grove’s Clare College Mission Church, South London.
Sculp(IT) Architecten annouced the opening of one of world’s biggest floating openair swimming poolsin Antwerp, Belgium at the Kattendijkdok in mid-August. The pool, with a total length of 120 meters (394 feet), can accommodate 600 people and consists of a swim basin, two event venues, several floors and a restaurant with a lounge terrace.
This is the animation done by Globaïa for the short film ‘Welcome to the Anthropocene’ commissionned for the Planet Under Pressure conference.You will see all the Roads, air and ship routes On the Entire Planet. Watch it, it’s breath taking!
Within a human lifetime, the face of Earth has been transformed. Cities now dominate the landscape, and even if people disappeared tomorrow, cities would remain one of the Anthropocene’s most visible and enduring legacies.
In 1950, only 29% of people lived in cities. Today more than half do, and that proportion is expected to reach 70% by 2050. In 2008, the global urban population exceeded the number of people dwelling in the country for the first time in history. By 2025, there will be about 600 cities of a million people or more.
Recently, urban growth has shifted from Europe and South America to Asia and Africa. Asia’s urban population is growing faster than that anywhere else. It passed the billion mark in 1990, and is expected to reach 3.4 billion by 2025. In the next couple of decades, more than 275 million people are projected to move into India’s enormous city centres. In Africa, meanwhile, only 40% live in cities, but this is changing fast.
Historically, cities had to be sited near water and fertile land. Today, global distribution networks mean they can spring up all over the world, even where there are few natural resources.
This frenetic urban growth is a big cause of environmental change. It drives loss of agricultural land, changes in temperature and the loss of biodiversity. Cities consume two-thirds of the world’s total energy and account for more than 70% of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. But people living in cities often have low carbon emissions because of efficient public transport systems and the fact that people often live closer to their work.
Our friend Marc Storms, Project Manager and Architect at Blue Forest just sent us photos of their gorgeous latest project called ’Eco Perch.’ The refuge features natural materials and an organic form which allows it to blend perfectly in the nature.
With options to assemble your building on the ground or in the treetops there are infinite possibilities for creating accommodation with a difference. To simplify the planning requirements the building has been designed to conform with the Caravan & Mobile Homes Act.
Architect Michael Green has plans for a 30-story wooden skyscraper in Vancouver, while plans are afoot in Norway and Austria for 17- and 20-story buildings that use wood as the main building material, eschewing steel and concrete.
“We think we can go higher than 30 stories,” says Green. “We stopped exploring wood around 100 years ago (with the advent of steel and concrete); now we’re looking at a whole new system using mass timber products.”
The project of the “floating eco house”‐ fully ecologic, floating residential facility, was created in response to contemporary problems of the environmental pollution to meet new trends in real estate market related to lack of space in city centres. This is a project of the fully economically and environmentally sustainable building. Read More…