simon schiessl and felix hardmood beck: ‘eyelight dot me’ at DMY berlin design festival 09

eyelight dot me by simon schiessl and felix hardmood beck

the ‘eyelight dot me’ by simon schiessl and felix hardwood beck is a parasitic lamp,
a reactive light for your home with its own mind. in its bright light cone an animated
searching eye appears, which scans for and tracks nearby persons and observes them.

the technical base is an array of high brightness LED’s which is controlled with precision.

the ‘eyelight’ dot me was on display as part of the DMY youngsters exhibition during
the DMY berlin design festival 09.

eyelight dot me
image © designboom

eyelight dot me

under the spotlight of th eyelight dot me

eyelight dot me

eyelight dot me

eyelight dot me following the action of individuals

sketches of the eyelight dot me

eyelight dot me uses the same fixture as an ordinary light bulb
Popout1st prototype of the Eyelight from Felix Hardmood Beck on Vimeo.

More Urban Sprawl

from Sustainable Melbourne by Virginia
Melbourne’s urban sprawl will push another 50,000 houses into surrounding farmland in the next 15 years, putting further pressure on Melbourne’s stretched transport system. Despite Government planning policies backing increased city density, almost half of all new housing expected in Melbourne over the next decade will be built on Melbourne’s fringes where there is little […]

Zero Waste Week

from Sustainable Melbourne by Kate Archdeacon
Could you survive a week without throwing anything away?   An invitation from the Ethical Consumer Guide to join the “Zero Waste Week” trial. Can we live with zero rubbish for one week?  It’s a basic concept,  yet may be not-so-basic to implement. Join us on a […]

Zipcar + iPhone = Smart Integration of Two Tools for One Big Result

from Green Options by Paul Smith

iphone zipcar app demo videoUnless you’ve been laid up in bed all this week, you’ve heard that Apple is releasing a new iPhone 3G-S with an amazing array of features But one you may not have heard of is a brilliant bridging between the iPhone and Zipcar.

These two are as they say peas in a pod, technology enhanced life(style) enhancements, for a demographic that I imagine likes that they get to both have what they want, when they want it, and do good by the planet at the same time.

Impressing your friends in the bargain is a fine dessert.

Read more of this story »

foster + partners: zenith

credit nigel young (courtesy of foster + partners)

the zenith concert venue in saint-etienne by london’s foster + partners has been granted a RIBA award.
the project was completed late last year and is the region’s first purpose-built state-of-the-art performance
venue. the zenith was co-designed by cabinet beger and features a distinctive cantilevered roof. the roof
acts as a wind scoop to naturally ventilate the auditorium, reducing energy use. the front of the venue
features a curved glass-enclosed lobby that leds into the expansive auditorium. inside the main space the
venue can be configured in a number of arrangement for audiences ranging from 1,100 to 7,200.

University to install anaerobic digester

Harper Adams University College will install an anaerobic digester at its Shropshire campus which it claims will offset its carbon emissions more than three times over.

Game On: San Francisco Board of Supervisors OKs Mandatory Recycling

from Green Options by Tina Casey

San Francisco to Require Recycling and Food Waste Composting for All BuildingsSkins vs. shirts, Army vs. Navy, Spy vs. Spy: now you can add San Francisco vs. Food Scraps to the all-star list of classic matchups.  Not satisfied with its stunning recycling rate of 70%, the city of the future is on its way to requiring all residential and commercial building owners to sign up for recycling and composting services, including food scrap composting.  This move could boost the city’s recycling rate to 90%.  The San Francisco Board of Supervisors just passed the ordinance on a first reading today, and it will go back for a second reading and final vote next week.

Read more of this story »

Water droplet resort creates H2O out of thin air

from DVICE by CharlieWhite
Water droplet resort creates H2O out of thin airThis is one watery resort. Besides its water droplet shape, it extracts water from the air using solar power, and a large part of it is built underwater, functioning as a huge aquarium. In addition to its luxury hotel rooms, the plan is to build restaurants, convention space, gyms, conference rooms and spas on its upper floors.

wim delvoye: a gothic tower in venice during art biennale 09

the peggy guggenheim collection presents belgian artist wim delvoye’s latest creation,
‘torre’: a corten steel tower, with ogival windows, tracery and turrets in the
international gothic style, on the terrace of palazzo venier dei leoni,
overlooking the grand canal in venice. the tower will be on show until november 22, 2009

erginoglu and calislar architects: telecommunications company

turkish firm erginoglu and calislar architects has sent us in images of their recent
design of a telecommunications company.

located on the outskirts of istanbul in the tübitak marmara research center zone,
this building serves as the research & development and technological centre for
a private telecommunications company. taking the site context, views and orientation
into consideration the building offers a single storey entry, rising to four storeys on
the office side. special attention has been given in the building’s design to ensure
a low energy, ecologically friendly, sustainable outcome was achieved.

telecommunications company
image courtesy erginoglu and calislar architects

telecommunications company – building sections

telecommunications company – circulation
image courtesy erginoglu and calislar architects

telecommunications company – circulation
image courtesy erginoglu and calislar architects

Zaha Hadid Architects Win Cairo Expo City Competition

from News by Vanilla Hustler

After presenting the design to Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Nazif, Zaha Hadid Architects was announced as architects of the new Cairo Expo City. Zaha Hadid Architects will be designing Cairo Expo City together with global multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Buro Happold.


Winning design for the new Cairo Expo City by Zaha Hadid Architects

The winning design for Cairo Expo City delivers a unique facility for Cairo – a 450,000 square meter, state of the art city for exhibitions and conferences, located between the center of Cairo and the city’s airport. The project comprises a major international exhibition and conference center with business hotel. A further office tower and a shopping center are also proposed.


“This is a truly national project for Egypt.” said Sherif Salem, CEO of the GOIEF (General Organization of International Exhibitions and Fairs). “The current exhibition halls for Cairo do not meet the standards now required by the international conference and exhibition industry. With this exceptional design by Zaha Hadid Architects, Cairo will be among the world’s top cities for conferences and fairs, able to cater for the widest variety and size of events.”


The undulating fluid forms of the Cairo Expo City design were inspired by the natural topography of the Nile valley explained Zaha Hadid.

“As the exhibition spaces require the greatest degree of flexibility, we wanted to ensure that all the public spaces and formal composition of Cairo Expo City relate to the surrounding Egyptian landscape.” said Hadid. “Along the great rivers of the region, most particularly the Nile, there is a powerful dynamic – a constant flow between the water and the land – which extends to incorporate the neighboring buildings and landscapes. For the Cairo Expo City design, we worked to capture that seamlessness and fluidity in an urban architectural context.”


Carving and sculpting processes have been used to divide the very large exhibition and conference areas required for Cairo Expo City into clusters of individual buildings that have their own formal composition, yet each building relates to the overall design. A main north-south artery is carved through the design, with secondary streams converging at the center to ease crowd traffic during event. The movement of people within these streams informs the building entrances on the site.


Zaha Hadid Architects was shortlisted with Norwegian architecture practice Snøhetta for the second phase of the competition in April. Works will begin in October this year to clear the site.

Client: GOIEF (General Organization of International Exhibitions and Fairs), Cairo
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Engineering: Buro Happold, London
Quantity Surveyor: Gleeds, London
Traffic and Logistics: Buro Happold, London
Built Area: 450,000sqm (exhibition halls, conference center and mixed-use areas)
Height of Towers: 33 and 31 stories


Images: Zaha Hadid Architects

Worst over as high-rise sales hit rock-bottom

Worst over as high-rise sales hit rock-bottom June 8, Gold Coast, Australia

Signs are emerging that the Gold Coast apartment market has stabilised, with a clearance sale of high-rise stock and first-home owner demand boosting activity.  Queensland high-rise apartment sales in the May quarter were about half those of the previous corresponding period.  There were 116 high-rise units sold in Queensland in the May quarter, compared with 315 in the same period last year, with the Gold Coast hardest hit…more.

Road particles pose ‘higher risk’

Children may be at greater risk from the microscopic particles in traffic pollution than previously thought.

diller scofidio + renfro: new york city highline

the much anticipated highline redevelopment opened to the public today in new york city’s meatpacking
district. the design was created by new york based architects diller scofidio + renfro and landscape
architects field operations. the highline was first created in the 1930’s as an elevated rail line and remained
in use until the 1980s. after many years of sitting empty, the first section of the highline is now completely
renovated and the second part will open next year. the new design features a winding pathway
accompanied by wildlife on each side. throughout the strip of elevated terrain the architects also placed
benches and other special areas for gathering.

Re:Vision Dallas: Standard’s Co-op Canyon Receives Honorable Mention

from News by Vanilla Hustler

Last week, Bustler published the three winning projects of the Urban Revision | Re:Vision Dallas competition, a regional initiative to create the prototype for an innovative, sustainable urban community through a series of design competitions. Here’s another exciting proposal by LA-based firm Standard that didn’t quite make it among the three finalists but earned an honorable mention from the judges.


Honorable Mention in the Re:Vision Dallas competition: Co-op Canyon by Standard

This is how the architects explain their concept:

Standard proposed Co-op Canyon, a sustainable, zero carbon, no waste water community of modern, terraced urban dwellings overlooking a lush urban canyon. This natural design draws inspiration from the cliffside villages of the Anasazi Indians. Per Standard’s modernized design, vertical gardens comprised of front yard green allotments of native landscape and backyard green allotments of edible gardens punctuate a louvered facade, adding texture and greenery. Interstitial spaces such as the canyon floor, skip-stop lobbies, and the community kitchen encourage interaction and community connectivity. Food is the common thread that connects members of the community, with a community farm and individual back yard gardens growing food for the modern village’s inhabitants.


Wind Turbine Syndrome: Are wind farms hazardous to human health?

from Green Options by Stephen Boles

Over the last few years, the wind energy sector has been experiencing tremendous growth as governments and utilities around the world seek sources of energy that generate reduced greenhouse gas emissions. In Ontario, the province has plans to increase the wind component of its electricity generation from the current 1 percent to 15 percent by 2025.

For the most part the wind energy industry has coasted along with favorable press and public opinion. The industry has had to weather some resistance, particularly pertaining to wildlife impacts (primarily birds and bats) and the consistency and reliability of wind power. Yet these criticisms have not gained enough traction to have a noticeable effect on the growth of the industry, which is being hailed as a source of tens of thousands of potential new jobs in the evolving green economy.

Wind turbines emit inaudible sound waves in the low end of the sound spectrum and rhythmic vibrations caused by the spinning blades. These are suspected to cause a host of adverse health effects in some people that live in close proximity to the turbines, including:

  • insomnia,
  • headaches,
  • acute hypertensive episodes,
  • cardiac arrhythmia,
  • heart palpitations,
  • high blood pressure,
  • the sensation of bugs crawling on the skin,
  • humming in the head,
  • continuous ringing in the ears,
  • dizziness

The condition has been given a name: “Wind Turbine Syndrome”, coined by Dr. Nina Pierpont, the subject of her recently published 150-page book. Wind Concerns Ontario is a coalition of 32 individual anti-wind citizens’ groups that have joined together from across the province of Ontario; they have named Wind Turbine Syndrome as one of their key focus areas. Both Dr. Pierpont and Wind Concerns Ontario recommend a minimum 2 kilometer setback for wind turbines from residential homes, along the lines with what is recommended by the World Health Organization (1.5 kilometers).

The assignment of setback distances in Ontario is currently governed by municpalities (the province will be taking control under its new Green Energy Act) with most setbacks being under 500 meters. Given the mounting evidence indicating adverse effects that wind turbines can have on human health, it is critical that more research be conducted into adequate setback distances. With the empahsis that the world is placing on wind energy as a critical piece of our future energy puzzle, setback distance research would be time and money well spent to ensure that wind power grows in harmony with the environment and its citizens.

Image: Be…n at flickr under a CC License

Stephen Boles is co-founder of Kuzuka, a marketplace website that brings a new level of convenience and confidence to carbon offset customers and provide consulting services to organizations that want to assess and reduce their carbon footprint.

jan vormann: dispatchwork

in his ongoing project ‘dispatchwork‘ artist jan vormann uses LEGO bricks to repair damaged walls.
he started by patching-up surfaces in bocchignano, italy and has since employed
the technique on walls in tel aviv and berlin. vormann currently has a solo exhibition running
at jarmuschek + partner in berlin-mitte, which ends june 13th.

bocchignano, 2007

Train can be worse for climate than plane

Comparing the “full life-cycle” emissions of different forms of transport reveals that assumptions about which is worst are often wrong

Global Warming Effects and Causes: A Top 10 List

from Green Options by Derek Markham

Global Warming Effects and Causes One of the biggest issues facing us right now is global warming. Its effects on animals and on agriculture are indeed frightening, and the effects on the human population are even scarier. The facts about global warming are often debated, but unfortunately, even if we disagree about the causes, global warming effects are real, global, and measurable. The causes are mainly from us, the human race, and the effects on us will be severe.

Read more of this story »

DuPont’s Solution to Fragile Solar Cells

from Green Options by Lisa Wojnovich

Open Edged Solar Roofing Tiles

One of the biggest problems with solar cells currently on the market is that they are extremely easy to break. Companies intent on manufacturing any sort of solar powered products have to find solutions, and few have yet been perfect. Hoping to change this trend, DuPont recently announced the launch of two new lines of encapsulants specifically designed to contend with the trials inherent in manufacturing photovoltaic products.

Read more of this story »

Historic CO2 emissions by region

from New graphics: UNEP/GRID-Arendal Maps and Graphics Library by UNEP/GRID-Arendal <>
Carbon cycle, carbon fluxes and stocks.

How To Green Your Landlord

from Green Options by Jennifer Kaplan

This post answers a question posed by @jonat82 in a Twitter conversation:

How do you convince your property managers that greening the building is a financially sound investment?

Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet argument for this one. Like the majority of small businesses you probably lease your facilities. If you do, you’ll find that some greening strategies require the cooperation of your landlord.

You may also find that your landlord does not yet see the financial benefits to making efficiency-related capital improvements because, in a typical commercial lease the landlord pays for improvements but the tenants, who pay the utility bills, reap the benefits of the savings.

Don’t give up hope.The inclusion of environmental criteria into relevant lease clauses, such as requiring Energy Star appliances or providing recycling services, are becoming more commonplace. So, the best time to talk to your landlord about greening is when you are signing or renegotiating your lease.

Read more of this story »

jurgen mayer h: ‘metropol parasol’ project in seville

the redevelopment of plaza de la encarnacion in seville, spain redefines the potential
of a previously unused plaza to become the contemporary urban centre of seville.

in 2004 jürgen mayer h, one of germany’s leading, young architects was awarded
first prize in the competition to redevelop the plaza de la encarnacion in seville, spain.
‘metropol parasol’ explores the potential of the plaza de la encarnacion to become the
new contemporary urban centre.the scheme with its large mushroom like structures offers
an archeological site, a farmers market, an elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants
underneath and inside the parasols, as well as a panorama terrace on the very top of
the parasols. the construction is planned to be completed at end of year 2009.

roof structure
conceived as a roof structure that provides precious shade during the day,
creating a comfortable microclimate and a place for relaxation

the organisation of the floor plan allows for most areas of the market to be closed at
night while keeping the bars on the north and south edge of the complex open

the parasols
the columns become prominent points of access to the museum below as well as to the
plaza above, connecting the elements and defining a unique relationship between the
historical and the contemporary. accessibility to one of the umbrellas provides visitors
with a spectacular view of the city and it’s monuments.

elevated plaza
the architectural proposal doubles the original area and creates an additional
4.500 sqm of space. water bassins located in selected areas of the surface further
enhance the microclimate and offer attractive locations for sitting and lingering.

archeological museum
several years ago, during the excavation works for an underground car park,
archaeological remains were discovered on the site. the city of seville decided then
to convert the area into museum and a square to attract locals and tourists.
the archeological museum is located underneath the market and visually marked
by an entrance inside the thickest column of the parasol.

these parasols are made from timber plates covering an area of 150 m x 70 m.
it will be one of the largest architectural timber structures ever built.
developed in collaboration with engineers at arup.

the general contractor for the project is sacyr, who are based in spain and ayuntamiento
de sevilla. 50 % of the project is funded by the city of seville, and the other 50% by
the leading contractor of advanced wooden structures and timber & glass facades
in europe, finnforest-merk (FFM) from aichach in germany.

FFM’s kerto-Q light timber beams with a polyurethane coating

the polyurethane coating protects the wood and allows it to breathe and the wood itself
doesn’t give off hazardous fumes in case it burns. it is sustainably planted, with a
certificate PEFC (program for the endorsement of forest certification schemes),
granted by the finnish forest council of certification.

the coat of the structure is self cleaning, and only needs repainting every 20 to 25 years.

six timber parasols will shade the plaza

see google maps street view images here

Evacuation Plan Fail

fail owned pwned pictures

Picture by: dunno source. Submitted by: dunno source via Fail Uploader

Conservation Win

fail owned pwned pictures