The Mirror Project

Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2013 by

Residents of Rjukan, an industrial town in Norway, have grown accustomed to dark and gloomy winters. Shielded by the Gaustatoppen Mountains, the valley town is cut off from direct sunlight during five to six months of the year. Thanks to newly installed mirrors, however, Rjukan will receive sunlight this winter for the first time in […]

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A Billboard That Creates Drinkable Water Out of Thin Air

Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2013 by

It’s not entirely self-sufficient, requiring electricity (it’s not clear how  much) to power the five devices that comprise the billboard’s inverse osmosis  filtration system, each device responsible for generating up to 20 liters. The  water is then transported through small ducts to a central holding tank at the  billboard’s base, where you’ll find — what […]

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Smog-eating streets created by Dutch scientists

Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 by

Imagine a city that could devour the very pollution that it creates. Such was the scenario envisioned by scientists in the Netherlands, who have found that using specially treated pavement on city streets can cut air pollution nearly in half. The researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology installed concrete paving which included titanium dioxide ­– […]

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A flat-pack OX truck for the developing world

Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2013 by

The OX would be shipped in pieces, packed six to a standard shipping container (which hold only two standard trucks, Norman says). The vehicle then emerges, Transformer-like, from a box formed by its own trailer area. Assembly is an involved process by Ikea standards but not for a working truck – it takes three […]

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Jane Fonda’s Newest Project: a House Powered by Exercise

Posted on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 by

The empress of exercise, along with Spanish design firm Elli Studio, may have put forth the craziest idea for a micro home yet: an angular, translucent, shack-like thing that’s totally powered by stationary bikes, weights, and other “kinetically powered mechanisms,” as Architizer puts it, that “encourage residents to engage in various physical activities to both […]

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Brazil’s Inhotim is a sustainable art park

Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 by

Inhotim is part sustainable botanical garden, part artistic wonder. Located in Brazil, its 240 sprawling acres sit on what was once a mining site. Today it’s a carefully tended landscape that includes lush vegetation and rare plant species, five lakes and a preserved forest. It was started by Bernardo Paz, whose vision was a melding […]

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Affordable bamboo housing floats when it floods

Posted on Thursday, April 11th, 2013 by

Creating dwellings that can stand up to the extreme forces of nature presents a challenging design problem, no matter the locale. Hoping to address the issue of extensive loss of homes and displacement due to severe flooding in Southeast Asia, Vietnamese design firm H&P Architects created this low-cost, disaster-resistant housing prototype that actually floats atop […]

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Fiji Boat Made from Plastic Bottles

Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 by

600 littered plastic bottles were used by Tom Davies, a New Zealand native living in Fiji, to create this boat. It measures 4.5 metres long and 1.4 metres wide. All the 600ml bottles used are glued together to a layer of foam underneath. In Tom’s tests, the boat can hold up to three big Fijian […]

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The Return of Sailing Ships

Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 by

At the University of Tokyo, researchers are working on a design for a ship that uses rigid framework and fiber-reinforced plastic instead of canvas for sails.  These high-tech sails can be flown, much more like an airplane wing, increasing the efficiency with which they propel the ship. read more original article conserve energy

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Should we change the colour of our streets?

Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 by

On those sweltering summer days—when it’s too hot to play at the playground, when it seems like you could fry an egg on the pavement, when your car feels like an oven after a couple hours parked at the mall—it’s not just the beating sun that’s driving up the temperature. It’s our very urban environment, […]

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