Emergency shelters should always be an important and prescient subject for designers. Austrian architects Gregor Pils and Andreas Claus Schnetzer have hit upon an idea which not only gives wooden pallets a second life but can also provide simple, cost-effective and energy efficient housing for people in need and those wanting a greener home. Unsurprisingly, given the raw material, the idea came from a building site.
The Aptera 2e is an ultra-efficient entirely green three-wheel car that will be on sale at some point this year. Aptera Motors has been working on this battery powered electric car for many years, with a curved aerodynamic design as one of the main efficiency feature.
Situated on a forest in Vienna, Ettel House has been created by Maschin Architecture . The building accommodates guest apartments. The main floor is made of wood frame and on the front, they have used an untreated larch wood.
Designed by Gretha Oost, Paul Charlwood & Andrew Howley, the 321 Water is a beautifully designed re-usable water bottle that has a unique plunger mechanism with a built-in filter, so you can fill it from any tap to produce fresh, filtered water.
A perfect illustration of French innovation is the Zep’lin designed by Damien Grossemy for Renault. Scheduled for 2015, the project is today an new symbol of eco-design for the car manufacturer.
Mixing hydroponic techniques with the latest solar technology, the Light Tree is the best street lamp with nature’s touch! Its unique system is entirely powered by renewable energy and allows to grow plants.
Entirely made from recycled paper and used wood products the FlexibleLove 16 Folding Chair is created by the Taiwanese designer Chishe Chiu. It is expandable, it adapts to your needs and is so easily storable. Its seating room ranges from 8 or 16 people to the size of a hand.
Made with hemp fiber and linseed oil based resins., The Hermes 66 Eco Yacht by Ben Mazur is a very eco-friendly yacht. Its engine uses sustainable hydrofoil and aerofoil technologies to provide performance comparable to a motor-yacht. Eat your heart out Larry Ellison.
A 60-foot catamaran made mostly from recycled plastic, plans to sail from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia. Almost everything is repurposed plastic: the deck, the sails, the cabin. Even the two hulls are ringed by approximately 13,000 pressurized 2L bottles. After three years of research and construction the voyage will determine its seaworthiness.
Osusowake which means sharing in Japanese booms the possibilities of conventional potting. This planting system, designed by Kenma, re-thinks the notion of plants, allowing to grow and distribute them to your friends and family.
Cocoon by Måns Salomonsen is combined decoration, storage and cultivation for the kitchen window. This would be a great item if you’d like to grow your own spices but have little room in your kitchen to work with. Cocoon is made of clay and is designed to absorb water for the plants which in turn chills the storage section at the same time.
Industrial Designer Kubík Petr has developed an alarm clock concept that imitates the rhythm of the earth.
This “Alarm Clock” relies solely on solar energy. The clock can be placed outside to harness solar energy inside the protective layer of silicon, which is converted into usable electricity and stored in an onboard battery .
The Zambezi Queen, a new 150-foot-long river boat owned by Tony Stern, is a “five-star floating boutique hotel.” It has been designed to provide all modern amenities to the passengers with minimum impact on the environment. The boat offers a luxurious new way to explore the Chobe River in Botswana, which runs through the Chobe National Park.
The luxurious boat is both luxurious and green as it is equipped with solar water heater and uses jet propulsion instead of conventional propellers for better fuel economy. Moreover, the boat doesn’t have any air-conditioners to save on precious energy. All of its 14 suites are appointed with private balconies, modern colonial-style décor and plenty of mosquito netting.
Inspired by a bike rack, Palo Alto Architect, Joseph Bellomo, has designed a sustainable, off-grid prefab home called the House Arc. This curvaceous modular home by Palo Alto architect, Joseph Bellomo, is joining the ranks of affordable, modular housing. The house is expected to withstand tropical winds and weather. Going by the renderings we see, the roof of the house has solar panels so it would be able to generate a good part of the juice it would require.
Designed by E. Kevin Schopfer, AIA, RIBA , the Boston Arcology “BoA”is designed to provide safe and dry living space to over 15,000 people after rising oceans swallow the cities in which we live today. The floating city will provide housing distributed in hotels, offices, retail, museums, condominiums and a city hall. And while the design seems pretty incredible and maybe even impossible, it’s a spectacular mix of architecture and ecology.
To be located on a buoyant platform of concrete cells right in the Boston Harbour next to down town, BoA would sit perpendicular to the waterfront, thus minimizing the view sheds of existing buildings onshore.
Called Ekokook, the project by Faltazi Lab aims to process waste as close as possible to the point where it’s produced.The design incorporates storage containers for packaging, a reservoir under the sink for collecting water to be reused and a container where earthworms break down organic waste. The Ekokook also has the three built-in micro-plants that helps complete the three recycling functions.
The Metalback motorcycle designed by Jordan Meadows is a concept that combines alternative fuels and recycled materials in a missle-shaped machine.
The concept is powered by a v4 engine running on bio diesel. This increases the range and MPG well above conventional gasoline bikes while running on a fuel which is more environmentally-friendly. Its frame and skin are crafted from recycled aluminum. This has the advantage of saving weight to enhance performance while reclaiming pre-used material. In the manufacturing process, the alloy is treated to patina and age naturally without expensive and harmful paint applications. The net effect is a raw natural surface which suits the classic cafe racer and recalls the romance and power of vintage WW2 fighter planes.
Trexa is aiming to make electric car designing as easy as simply picking up parts and plugging them in your dream machine. The company has unveiled the world’s first fully electric vehicle development platform that lets users design the vehicle on their own.
The platform includes everything from a battery to power electronics. For starters, the standard platform has an acceleration of 0-60mph in 8 sec, a top speed of 100mph, a 105 mile range, and a charge time of 4 hours (based upon an efficiency of 200Wh per mile — comparable to a Prius in electric mode).The on-board batteries can be recharged in just four hours.