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Electronic Paper Displays - Readable, Green, Rugged: E Ink

Electronic Paper Displays - Readable, Green, Rugged: E Ink

The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine - it's also an incredible circular apartment building How cool would it be to tell people you live inside of a wind turbine? Designed for the port city of Rotterdam, the Dutch Windwheel is a concept for a sustainable landmark that would be able to house 72 apartments within a circular steel and glass frame, while also serving as a silent, motionless wind turbine. In addition to harvesting energy from the wind, the structure would be equipped with facilities to capture rainwater, recycle tap water and also produce biogas from the residents' organic waste. The Windwheel is composed of two rings built on an underground foundation and surrounded by wetlands so as to give the structure the appearance of floating. The outer ring houses 40 rotating cabins to provide visitors with impressive views of Rotterdam—much as the London Eye does in the UK—while the inner ring houses 72 apartments, 160 hotel rooms, commercial outlets and is topped off with a restaurant. Related: TU Delft and Mecanoo Unveil New Bladeless Bird-Friendly Wind Turbine Design

Electrowetting based low power, always viewable color video displays High-end P.A.T.H. prefab house range promises energy to spare French designer and architect Philippe Starck has joined forces with Slovenian prefabricated housing specialist Riko to manufacture a new line of high-end prefab houses under the moniker Starck with Riko. The Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes (or P.A.T.H.) range is available in a number of shapes and sizes, and according to the company, can generate significantly more energy than it requires. View all Depending on which one of the 34 different floor plans prospective buyers choose from, a P.A.T.H. home can range in size from 40 sq m (1,506 sq ft) to 350 sq m (3,767 sq ft), and feature anywhere between one and eight rooms, spread over one or two floors. The home can also sport either an all glass outer shell, a combination of wood and glass shell, or fully-wooden shell. A P.A.T.H. home sports triple-glazed windows measuring a 63 mm (2.48 inch) thick as standard, and features insulation made from stone wool, glass fiber, or cellulose. Source: Starck with Riko Share

Green living: Gizmag's Top 10 sustainable houses The cost of a house can be counted in dollars, but the construction and running of a house takes a toll on the environment that's harder to measure. Increasing numbers of people are looking to minimize both environmental impact and financial outlay by outfitting their homes with sustainable technology, and the resulting boom in sustainable building is driving new levels of architectural innovation. With this in mind, Gizmag highlights ten remarkable sustainable houses. View all The term sustainable is thrown about quite a bit these days, but there's more to it than adding some solar panels to the roof of an inefficient building and calling it a day. Waste House The Waste House is a sustainable construction project installed at the UK's University of Brighton. S House Vietnam's Vo Trong Nghia Architects has been tinkering away at the issue of providing practical, sustainable, and most importantly, cheap, homes. Fall House ZEB Pilot House Pop-Up House Tighthouse Blooming Bamboo Slip House Share

Designs of the Year 2015 nominees announced News: Google's self-driving car, Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton building (pictured) and Konstantin Grcic's Man Machine furniture are among the 76 projects nominated for the Designs of the Year awards 2015. The Designs of the Year awards is organised annually by London's Design Museum to honour work "that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year". Designs on this year's shortlist were selected in six categories: architecture, digital, fashion, product, graphics, and transport. Herzog & de Meuron's Arena Do Morro gymnasium in Brazil and a private house in Arizona's Sonoran Desert made it onto the architecture shortlist, while Asif Khan's installation of giant digital faces was chosen among the digital nominees. Fashion collections by J.W. BMW's i8 concept sports car and Telsa's electric Model S vehicle feature on the transport shortlist. Dezeen is media partners for Designs of the Year 2015. Architecture Digital Fashion J.W.

High-Flying Algae Airships are Self-Sufficient Airborne Cities Architect Vincent Callebaut recently unveiled a blue-sky plan for a high-flying fleet of self-sufficient aircraft that are one part zeppelin cities and one part hydrogen-generating floating farms. Dubbed Hydrogenase, the algae-producing airborne cities are 100% emission-free and are capable of generating hydrogen gas without consuming land needed for crops or forests. Here at Inhabitat we’ve seen our fair share of future-forward airships, but we’ve never seen one that doubles as a hydrogen-producing flying farm! Designed for the South China Sea near Shanghai, Callebaut’s Hydrogenase airships are completely self-sufficient and contain specialized breeds of seaweed that soak up sunlight and CO2 to generate hydrogen. According to the architects, “the output obtained by a farm with micro-seaweed would be superior to those made currently with farming means to produce biodiesel or bioethanol.

Archiblox launches prefabricated carbon-positive home Modular buildings specialist ArchiBlox has unveiled its prototype for a compact carbon-positive house, featuring "edible garden walls", a sunroom and an insulating grass roof (+ slideshow). Described by ArchiBlox as the world's first carbon-positive prefabricated house, the Archi+ Carbon Positive House is designed to produce more energy than its uses – over its lifespan it is expected to offer the same environmental benefits as 6,095 native Australian trees. "Archi+ Carbon Positive Houses will make significant contributions within society by addressing the increasing levels of carbon emissions and the high levels of embodied energy that come with the construction of a standard home," said the company. "These homes will give our clients the opportunity to rid themselves of modern day lifelines in a house that has been developed through a collaboration of design sensitivities and new technologies with like-minded companies," the architects said. Photography is by Tom Ross.

Designs for Elms Bridge over London's River Thames revealed News: waterfalls, rainbow-coloured latticework and bright red cycle lanes feature among proposals for a new bridge across London's River Thames to rival Thomas Heatherwick's Garden Bridge (+ slideshow). Designs by 74 international architectural and engineering teams were submitted in response to the competition launched by Wandsworth Council in December, which called for a structure to span the Thames between Nine Elms on the south bank and Pimlico on the north bank. It will occupy a gap between the existing Vauxhall and Chelsea bridges, providing a new transport link for commuters. All 74 anonymous proposals are available to view online on the competition website. Many of the concepts show snaking and spiralling ramps to allow accessible ascent and descent from the bridge. Red bicycle paths modelled to look like a racing track are included in one design, while another features looping sides lit by pink spotlights. "To succeed this bridge must be two things at once.