The Hummer O2 concept won the LA Auto Show Design Challenge which had the theme ‘Environmental Sustainability’. What makes it really stand out is that it’s fitted with a phototropic (algae) body shell that produces oxygen for the life of the car. Read more at Gotta Have One. Indeed we do. Three please.
The first sustainable mixed use condominium in Miami by Oppenheim Architecture + Design is scheduled for completion in 2010. Named Cor, the tower is sustainable because it extracts power from its environment using wind turbines, photovoltaics and solar hot water generation. Interestingly, the exoskeloten formed to provide for the wind turbines has informed the aesthetics [...]
A building in suspense, demolished from the ground up, it awaits its fate. Captured by Ross Langdon, this photograph makes us wonder about the reuse of buildings, and the ways they could be reincorporated into ‘new’ constructions. The Gollins Melvin Ward and Partners tower from 1969 is under demolition to be replaced by a sparkling [...]
A research project by FoxLin, Nano City makes the point that technological development from within the fields of design and architecture can be made to transcend ecological equilibrium — meaning that we could have positive embodied energy assessments, material reductions and even change living pattern trends. The illustration depicts the head of a morphing, smarming, [...]
This is another offering from the STATIC! design research team working out of the Swedish Interactive Institute. It’s a wallpaper that, when licked by the suns rays over time, reveals a UV sensitive ink pattern. Project team — Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken, Anna Lindgren, Katja Savstrom and Sofia Stattin — suggest that Appearing-Pattern [...]
The heavy, dull substance of concrete, lit and full of life? Architects around the world are salivating over the prospect of this new material called Litracon in which thousands of optical glass fibres form a matrix and run parallel to each other between the two primary surfaces of each block. The fibres only constitute 4% [...]
The Power Aware Cord is about visualising personal energy consumption, with the electricity current able to be seen through glowing pulses, flow, and intensity of light in the cord. By expressing the presence of energy use rather than hiding it, the idea is that people will explore and reflect upon their energy consumption.
These fans are as brave as their name. Coming to you from Kentucky, America, they offer huge diameters at a leisurely speed. Referred to as BVLS (Big Volume/Low Speed), these ceiling fans range from 6-24 ft. in diameter and are a refined piece of engineering machinery that drives hot ceiling air down to the floor [...]
Combining residential space and farming in an urban tower, the French architectural firm atelier soa architectes have taken the vertical farm to the next level. The Vertical Farm Project — headed by Dr Dickson Despommier from the Environmental Health Science department at Columbia University — lists this as one of their most promising prototypes for [...]
Do the Norwegians know something we don’t? On a remote island near the North Pole they’re going to build a seed vault that is able to survive future cataclysmic events such as asteroid strikes, nuclear war or climate change.
With the touch of a button the Chili Pepper Smart Water System forces hot water to move along the pipes to your outlet, so us hapless users don’t have to wait so long for it to warm up. Once the Chili Pepper detects that the water has reached a certain temperature, you have instant hot [...]
Ray Anderson, founder of the carpet tile company InterfaceFLOR, went from just complying with legislation to taking on the responsibility of the environmental consequences of his business. Anderson has challenged his colleagues to achieve zero environmental footprint by 2020, becoming what he calls a ‘restorative enterprise‘, a sustainable operation that takes nothing out of the [...]