After Sandy devastated the structures on New York’s beaches, architect Jim Garrison of Garrison Architects has been given the task to develop about 50 lifeguard stations and other beach structures to replace the damaged ones. However, the architect was given the task to complete all work within five months, so that the new structures could be opened to the public on Memorial Day weekend.
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After winning an international competition to design an environmentally friendly and luxurious apartment complex for residents of Taipei, Vincent Callebaut Architectures has announced that it has begun construction on its highly anticipated Agora Garden project, which is designed to become an inhabited and cultivated vertical garden in the Xinyin District of Taipei.
The Solar Winds Gathering place by eco-conscious architect and designer Michael Jantzen, is a design proposal for a large, prefabricated, modular, public art project. In this specific formation, the entire gathering place consists of a cluster of 15 specially designed steel wind turbines. Each of the turbines has a large solar cell array mounted on the top. All of the turbines are about 24 feet in diameter, and range from 16 to 36 feet in height. Seven of the fifteen structures are fitted at their bases with 8-foot diameter circular benches, which can seat approximately 60 people.
We have always encouraged our readers to ditch bottled water in favor of filtered tap water that you can carry around in reusable water bottles. However, still nearly 48 million plastic bottles are throw away every day in the United States and about 53,780 water bottles are discarded every hour in New York City alone. To give an idea as to how much of waste residents of NYC produce in the form of plastic bottled water in just one hour, designers and architects at Studio KCA plan to build “Head in the Clouds” – a pavilion at the Governor’s Island.
In order to better their eco friendly credentials, while most automakers have shifted their focus towards fuel-efficient and low-emission hybrid and electric vehicles, Kia Motors South Africa is betting on the use of solar power to power its dealerships. The company has announced that it will be opening its first environmentally friendly dealership in Weltevereden Park later this month. The dealership, which the first-of-its-kind in the local automotive industry, will be powered entirely by solar energy.
With urban centers rapidly transforming into metropolitan cities, architects and designers are working hard to develop affordable, and above all environmentally friendly, solutions to house the ever increasing number of dwellers. We’ve seen designers come up with portable homes as an answer to the crisis and today we have LAGOON, which too is perfect as a temporary housing solution. Designed by Apiqa Design as an alternative to tents, the housing module provides much greater level of comfort and privacy to the occupants.
There is still a lot of time left for this year’s Solar Decathlon competition to begin, but news from university groups all over the world has already started pouring in. The most recent news regarding the next-gen solar powered home for the competition came from Stanford University, where a team has already prepared their design for a solar-powered home, they call the Start.Home. To be created by a team of Stanford’s engineering students, the Start.Home solar-powered modular dwelling is based on a revolutionary design that integrated most of the infrastructure required for a home in a centralized utility unit.
With flash drives becoming an affordable way to store and share music, videos and software, CDs and DVDs have lost their charm and are quickly being turned into trash that nobody wants to use. While you might still be having hundreds of old CDs and DVDs lying around in your house waiting for an imminent journey to the landfill, China’s Miniwiz Sustainable Energy Development is saving thousands of discs from the same fate by turning them into the world’s biggest spherical 5D movie theater.