Yves Behar’s Fuseproject is currently working on the XO-3, a project for an affordable next-gen tablet pc for kids.
The third generation OLPC is made completely from plastic and is semi-flexible to make it more durable for children’s rough & tumble lives. Yves Behar hopes to have these devices ready to ship by 2012 for the incredibly affordable price of $75 each.
Karol Szparkowski from plus48 Group, Poland has send us their last project that will be build in the city of Sekocin near Warsaw, Poland. Construction works are planned to start in march 2010.
Front garden elevation will be covered with pieces of wood mounted on a support structure in steel.
Capdell will colaborate with the architect Luis de Garrido in the project Gaia with the placement of the chairs Elizabetha and Eboli in the appartment number 3 which has a surface of 361,30m2 and it is located in Barcelona. This project will be finished by March 2010. Capdell consolidates this way its policy of innovation and continues its advances which consist of introducing furniture pieces in the field of “sustainable architecture”.
Howeler + Yoon Boston based architects and Squared Design Lab from Los Angeles have designed a conceptual structure for Boston, where an unfinished building would be covered in modular pods growing algae for biofuel.
The pods would be continuously rearranged by robotic arms (powered by the micro-algae produced) to ensure the optimum growing conditions for alage in each pod. The designers intend to use the structure, called Eco-pods, to inform the public about the potential of micro-algae, a bio-fuel that can be grown vertically. The pods could also house research projects.
The JWP Epicenter Project by Prada is a collection that depicts floor plans and storefronts from their highly popular flagships, including Aoyama in Tokyo, Broadway in New York, and Montenapoleone Uomo e Donna in the label’s native Milan. Herzog & de Muron, and Rem Koolhaus are responsible for making these pretty cool shirts.
The project Bee House, created by the Irish designer James Ennis, is the winner of the European Design Award for a sustainable present, assigned by an international jury that examined over 100 works.
This project organised by the EESC is the first “green public procurement” project of a European institution.
“United in diversity, living with the bio diversity” was the winning design concept behind “Bee house”, which consisted of a box with windows that had flowers and was actually a room for bees. This highlighted the importance of the vital role of bees in food production and life in particular.
Sticky Light by Sticky Light is a student project at the Department of Information Physics and Computing at the Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory of the University of Tokyo.
A laser spot bounces on a figure being drawn on paper, trying to escape the labyrinth of lines. It can track the contour of objects and even augment real-time drawings. Or you could build games like air hockey or a pinball game.
The Solar Forest concept from Neville Mars is a crafty design solution for charging electric vehicles and generating solar energy in previously underused parking lots. Instead of having parking lots filling the urban landscape, the Solar Forest offers shade, free EV charging, solar energy generation while simultaneously greatly improving the appearance of the urban landscape.
The British-Iraqi designer Zaha Hadid has joined the rush of architects to Spain, to create an emblematic tower block in Barcelona along with major buildings in Seville and Zaragoza.
The 11-storey building, with its irregularly aligned floors, sea views and large open roof and terrace spaces, will be completed within 18 months, according to Barcelona’s mayor, Joan Clos.
Winner of “The 2030 Challenge” organized by the City of Vancouver “to address climate change plans and to guide greener and denser development, reducing carbon emissions for the future,” the “Harvest Green Project’ by Romses Architects will grow vegetables, herbs, fruit, fish, egg laying chickens, and a boutique goat and sheep dairy facility through the vertical farming. Featuring a green design, the structure will harvest renewable energy with photovoltaic glazing and small and large-scale wind turbines to support the solar and wind-farm infrastructure.
Award-winning architects have come up with an extraordinary design for a new self-sufficient city made up of organic ‘hill’ buildings. The cluster of green towers are designed to be home to 77,000 people and also house offices, shops and schools. Architects MVRDV came up with the revolutionary plans in which every floor of each tower is fringed with lush box hedges.
It is hoped this will improve ventilation and reduce energy and water consumption in the eco-friendly city called Gwanggyo. The amazing new city, seen in these visuals, to be built 20 miles south of Seoul in South Korea, is expected to be completed in 2011.
The Swiss/French artist Guillaume Reymond presents “real life” project, a series of performances TRANSFORMERS that brings together different types of vehicles, gathering them according to a precise choreography, and creating what looks from the sky like gigantic robots. So artist Guillaume Reymond’s full-sized giant Autobots aren’t not going to jump up and start smashing things, but it still looks rockin.
Chinese firm MAD architects imagine a futuristic Chinatown as a mobile 3-D star to house 15,000 people and include lakes, spas, sports facilities and even a digital cemetery. Chinese architect firm MAD unveiled their radical design at this year’s Venice Biennale of Architecture, an exhibition held every even year in the city.
The climate is changing and not in the good way as the global warming will affect large areas on Earth. One of the repercussions is that the ocean level will increase very much because the ice caps of Antarctic and Greenland, and the glaciers in the mainland will melt. Vincent Callebaut has named it as the “Floating Ecopolis for Climate Refugees” and he hopes that the same will make the transition from design to reality by the turn of the century. His designs depicts tropical residency, in affluent paradise of Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Five Franklin place by Ben van Berkel of Unstudio will be build with a facade constructed from reflective black metal bands of varying widths. This facade treatment will offer privacy with maximum light and views within each residence. The metal bands twist like ribbons, wrapping Five Franklin Place with terraces and balconies, employing this decorative element as a functional tool.
The Momenta PC is a finalist in Microsoft’s Next-Gen PC Design Competition that you strap to your neck. Momenta necklace isn’t a whole lot more refined, but at least it’s a touch less noticeable. It’s got a camera that’s constantly recording what’s in front of you, but it also measures your pulse rate. When you get excited about something, it automatically saves the previous five minutes’ footage for you to review later.
Dominic Wilcox was asked by Nike to design a series of works for their ‘Nike 1/1′ and ‘art of football’ projects.
‘Cave’ is a container for your most special football shoes. Instead of just dumping your prized footwear in the bottom of your wardrobe , place them in this bespoke shoe home made from model football players.
Cave’ by Dominic Wilcox
Waaa, that’s a really strange invention created for “Dining in 2015″ design competition by an Iranian team. Plug it directly into your car exhaust. It soaks up spare heat in the gases to do the cooking, and the clamshell design keeps those noxious fumes away from your food.