Sleak, Efficient Architecture and Design
It is technically a bit untrue (most of the time) that one can ‘run out’ of space. Consider the overhead area between yourself and the ceiling, for example. Sure, you want to keep it so you feel comfortable and to allow natural and artificial light to percolate through spaces … but a lot of it is not even necessary for those secondary needs. This simple modern design by Danny Kuo blends aspects of classic studies and libraries with present-day sensibilities about craft, materiality and saving space. ?Lower wooden boxes slide out to become steps from which one can reach upper shelves and cabinets. Since the staircase functionality is built-in, there is no need for the traditional rolling ladder or staircase-on-wheels one associates with floor-to-ceiling bookcases.
Liquid to Light Designer Ed Chew takes a green step in the right direction with the TetraBox lamp, a light object made from discarded drink packets that would have otherwise ended up in landfills already packed to the brim. The design is achieved by unfolding the packets and refolding them into hexagonal and pentagonal sections that are then pieced together to form a geodesic sphere or any other desired shape. Here, the Epcot-like ball makes an attractive overhead light and casts an impressive web of shadows and shapes on the surrounding space.
If you happen to be curious about what the future home of your grandchildren might look like, take a glance at Remistudio’s concept hotel called The Ark. Russian architect, Alexander Remizov, is the mastermind behind the project, he believes that his floating “slinky,” which can hold up to 10,000 people can have multiple uses, including a safe house for disaster relief. The prototype’s main materials are timber, steel ,and high-strength ETFE plastic and it is built to handle land and/or water. The Ark’s central core is a wind power generator which would provide power to the facility. The outer part of the structure is covered with transparent solar panels, and if the ark is built on water, it can also take on thermal water energy.
Somehow, ritual drunk-conversation concerning team captains for the apocalypse has become a major part of the lives of 20-somethings. Having been matured in the Grandaddy-crowned masterpiece film (put “A.M. 180” on and forget that you have a job) 28 Days Later and the best-selling Zombie Survival Guide , we’re all a little too ready to deal with the 2012 of our dreams. “The Safe House,” designed by KWK Promes, starts to get eerily close to something I could work with, if say 200 bludgeoned members of the undead army came over to eat their way into borrowing some sugar. “The most essential item for our clients was acquiring the feeling of maximum security,” begins the designers’ website in the summary of the structure. Who wouldn’t feel safe in a concrete rectangle that folds in upon itself to become completely sealed?
Campervans are great for the wide-open road, but what happens when you reach your destination and want to travel in something a bit less clunky? This variant concept RV comes with a detachable car to let you cruise city streets once you exit the high-speed freeway. This design challenge was tackled by Christian Susana with great attention to detail, from how each portable portion (car and camper form) looks separately to how they appear as whole when plugged back together. The tiny two-seat car part is definitely built for short trips, looking like a cross between a golf cart and a Mini Cooper. The larger back-end trailer takes its cues from classic VW-type campers, maximizing space with a lofted sleeping area, flip-down table-and-chairs set as well as compact storage solutions set into any remaining available areas.
I think one of the reasons that many are skeptical about environmental design is because they think its terribly complex and costly. It does take a bit more effort on the front end, but it's definitely not rocket science. This architecture by Guz Architects is a wonderfully developed minimalistic design with a curvilinear flare that really brings out the organic coverings. I'm most impressed with how design facilitates the needs of the plants and shrubs located throughout the house .
If you are stuck without rain gutters on your house, dealing with all that water runoff can be a pain—DIY web site Instructables has a guide to creating a gutter-free rain barrel so you can put that water to use. This project is most useful if there is a clearly defined area where water runs off your roof, so you can position the "drain barrel" right underneath it. It will also work no matter the size of your living space—if you're in a small apartment, this will probably work on a balcony just as well as on a larger house. That way, your balcony stays dry and you have water to do whatever you like with—water the plants, dump on passers-by, or rinse all the leaves off your car. You'll need some cedar decking boards, some caulk, containers for the water, PVC pipe, and a drill to make the holes (preferably with a hole saw attached).
Italian designers Francesco Colarossi , Luisa Saracino and Giovanna Saracino created a Solar Wind bridge project for a Solar Park Works – a competition in Italy. The aim of the competition was to get designers to imagine new ways to reuse an elevated highway between Bagnera and Scilla in Italy, incorporating new energy efficient solutions. The designers won second place for this project. The proposed design has 26 wind turbines incorporated in structure of the bridge.
first image soft rocker - solar powered recharging station all images by philip ropert , courtesy of MIT ' soft rocker ' is a solar powered outdoor rocking lounger whereby you can relax and recharge your electronics. developed by architecture students at MIT, lead by professor sheila kennedy, the furniture piece uses the human power of balance to create an interactive 1.5 axis, 35 watt solar tracking system. the lounger utilizes a 12-ampere hour battery storing the solar energy harvested during sunlight hours so you to charge your gadgets even after sunset. a number of 'soft rockers' are currently installed within MIT's killian court for use until the end of this weekend. up close of the 'soft rocker' the loungers make for a good place to socialize and engage in group work