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That Blasted Roof! - Capturing Wind Energy On Your Roof

A cheap, unimposing wind turbine that attaches to the roof of your house could be on many horizons in the not-too-distant future.

The Hydra Tower: An Earth Shattering Skyscraper That Harnesses Hydrogen Using Lightning

Winning an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition, the Hydra Tower promises to harness energy using lightning to split water molecules for producing hydrogen.  Hydrogen is a valuable alternative energy source but unfortunately requires a great deal of energy to procure; however, using heaven-sent resources could be just the ticket.

Lights Out - A Sensor That Cuts Your Electricity Usage

A single sensor in your home could save you 40% of your electricity costs.

Slim's Gift To Mexico: The New Museo Soumaya In Mexico City

It is unusual for one person to build an art museum and fund it all, especially when no future remuneration is expected in return. But when your name is Carlos Slim Helú and you are the richest person in the world, who happens to own roughly 66,000 coveted works of art, it might cross your mind. 

Big Brother Is Watching You, And You, And You... - Cameras That Know Who You Are

Now cameras can tell who and where you are better than ever before. Feeling secure?

SOM's New York City Green School, Brought To You By The Number Zero

The New York City School Construction Authority's latest endeavor is the planning of the first ever net-zero elementary school.  Designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP, the Staten Island Elementary School, P.S. 62, will produce as much energy as it consumes.  The school is set to open for the 2015-2016 school year but not without controversy among locals.

In The Gardens We're Seedin' - The Guerilla Gardening Movement

Around the world, people are reclaiming orphaned urban land, and turning it into gardens.

Burnished Bridges - Lighting Bridges To Fix Them

A Princeton team has designed a way to detect faults in bridges and buildings, with light.

Water-Scraper: A Green Metropolis in the Deep Blue

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to live in - well, maybe not.  Evolo's 2011 Skyscraper Competition gave the hO2+ Scraper an honorable mention for its positive impact on the environment as well as the concept of taking the land-loving skyscrapers to the sea.  These underwater, floating structures use wind, solar, wave, kinetic, and bio energy sources for powering an underwater metropolis.

Deserting The Desert - A Plan To Green The World's Deserts

The Sahara Forest Project is a plan to produce fresh water, food and renewable energy in hot deserts. A demonstration center is being developed in Jordan.

Robots Now Parking Cars In Chicago

A new parking garage in Chicago provides a look into the future.

China's First Gated Community Erects 'Great Wall' Against Crime

A Great Wall of China, in my village? It's more likely than you think, especially if you live in the newly wealthy Chinese village of Aodi.

China To Construct World's Largest Radio Telescope

Nothing worth listening to on the radio, you say? Don't tell China – they're building a huge, 500-meter radio telescope that will easily be the world's largest when construction is complete. Stay tuned!

Bjarke Ingles Group Plans a Ski Slope Atop a Waste Incinerator in Copenhagen

Skiers of Copenhagen can relish in the delights of skiing in Denmark as well as the hard truth regarding waste incineration.  Skiing amid CO2 smoke rings coming from a waste-to-energy plant isn't exactly what you'd expect from a recreational trip to Copenhagen; however, it might soon be a reality thanks to plans by Bjarke Ingles Group to combine waste plant and ski slope.

Interactive Valentine Heart Needs YOU To Hold It Up!

The 2011 annual Times Square Valentine competition has been won by a 10 foot diameter, 50 pound heart, a creation of the design group Freecell, in collaboration with architect Peter Dorsey.  'Light Hearted' needs you and 2,599 others to help hold it up over Times Square in an extended celebration of Valentine's Day, February 10th through 20th.  If you will be in New York City, don't miss this opportunity!

 

GIMME SHELTER Architects’ Eco-Challenge To Help Our Furry Friends

Do cats deserve eco-friendly homes too? Herb'n Maid and SPACE Architecture & Design thinks so and are hosting an eco-challenge called Gimme Shelter to help city cats. To win contestants have to build an eco-friendly pet home.

Swedish Architects Propose Building A Movable City On Railroad Tracks

The Swedish architectural firm Jagnefält Milton came up with an ingenious new master plan for the city of Åndalsnes in Norway.  The plan was submitted to the city's international Master Plan competition, and though the Jagnefält Milton plan didn't win first prize, it certainly is creating a positive stir in the architectural world and the plan may just be the right solution for another city.

 


Steplight: A Perfect Architectural Lighting Design

One of my favorite forms of design is architecture.  The beauty of a mathematically perfect scheme, natural balance in a man-made form, and the efficient hands-on methods of fitting parts together...  They are just a few of the marvels of the art, now being brought into interiors by architects the likes of Ron Arad, Noriaki Okabe, and Zaha Hadid.

 

Repurposing Gives Literal Meaning To Library Information Desk

Hello.  Welcome to the Delft University of Technology Library. I am the Information Desk and I am full of it.  How can I help you?

7 New Architectural & Interior Design Trends For 2011

Most of us believe that architectural and design worlds are ahead of  the rest of us in their visions for the future. If you've been following design trends for the past few years, I think you'll find that forecasts for 2011 are more reflective of the very cautious optimism reflected in the economies of many developed countries.  Though forward looking, design for 2011 keeps one foot solidly on the other side of the fence