Archive for July, 2012

Portable Verbandkammer container offers a modular space for creative artists

Artists or designers usually wish for a calm and collected space to help them visualize and produce innovative works without any disturbance. Designed to bring all the amenities under a single roof, the “Verbandkammer” by architects Nilsson Pflugfelder is a modular space that offers a workspace, residence and archive or meeting area for modern artists looking to give wings to their ideas.  Backed by the FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists, the mobile container is currently on display in Genk, Belgium, as part of contemporary art biennial Manifesta 9 Parallel Events.

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Amphibious bike becomes a raft to pedal boat on waterways

Riding an amphibious vehicle is always an adventure and fun, but their limited production and elevated cost make them “an unapproachable chalet high in the mountains” for normal users. Combining fun and adventure together, South Korean designers Taein Yeum and Lee Soo Min has come up with an innovative bike that moves on road as well as water with ease. Dubbed as “Bike Raft,” the new bike as suggested by its name becomes a raft to pedal the boat on waterways.

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Malaysian eco village features homes built from recycled materials

While the world today is striving for greener architecture and self-sustaining communities, Malaysian architecture firm IRIS Corporation is showing the way to do so. The architecture firm has come up with the Rimbunan Kaseh, an eco friendly village featuring 100 affordable homes spread across an area of 12 hectares. The striking feature of the entire development is that the homes, which are constructed from reclaimed, post-consumer materials, were built in just ten days.

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Trina Solar’s showroom to highlight the company’s products in a natural environment

Designers and architects at Burgeoning Studio and R/GA have collaborated to design the new showroom of Trina Solar, which has been conceptualized as an immersive environment by creating a positive experience with the use of natural materials. The goal of the project is to highlight the products of the company and also impress visitors with the ability of energy efficient systems and the use of solar power.

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Solar powered OLED membrane could be the future of streetlights

Being always out in the open, solar energy is an ideal way to power streetlights. This is the reason we see designers regularly coming up with solar powered streetlights that don’t consume any grid electricity while keeping streets illuminated after dark. Exploring the potential of solar energy and energy saving OLEDs, designers at System Design Studio have come up with a conceptual street lighting solution, they call the OLED Membrane.

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M-City: Distinctly designed building is adorned with green roofs

Conventionally towers are built upwards in a successive manner, so that the end result is a building that can withstand natural elements. However, newer technology being developed for the architecture of the future, not only allows buildings to be eco friendly, but also ensures that architects and planners can play with the overall shape of the building. Architects Vladimir Plotkin and Roberto Meyer have used the same design principles to come up with the conceptual proposal of M-City, which aims to change the typology of tower building.

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WallArt’s new biodegradable 3D wall panels are made using sugarcane

WallArt has unveiled a new range for 3D wall panels especially for those eco conscious home owners who want each and everything inside their homes to be environmentally friendly. Designed to add that extra aesthetic dimension in your green home, the new 3D wall panels are made out of fibrous residue to sugarcane, collected from crushed sugarcane straw.

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Effizienhaus Plus green home generates surplus renewable energy

In a bit to explore just how efficient eco friendly housing can get, Robert Llewellyn has come up with the Effizienhaus Plus, an ultra-efficient experimental house that consumes a lot less energy that what is actually generated by the home’s renewable energy generation systems. The 130sqm living space includes the latest technical achievements in the field of energy efficiency.

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GiraDora: Manually powered clothes washer could save time and water

People in the developing world spend a lot of time just to get a few gallons of water, which means that a job as simple as washing clothes takes about six hours worth of effort. The conditions in the developing parts of the world are the reason we see inventors coming up with eco friendly and electricity-free laundry solutions such as the Up-Stream and now the GiraDora.

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Proposal for the UN Headquarters for Sustainability building flaunts a roof garden

Conceptualized by designer Cem Korkmaz, the Shellter is a eco friendly building proposal for the United Nations Headquarters for Sustainability. The building envelope houses functions of an environmental council for the United Nations. Designed to be built right next to the UN General Assembly building, the Shellter defines spaces on and around the existing buildings with an aim to better the spatial qualities along with functional and climatic performance.

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