Russia’s 2014 olympic stadium will have a crystal sky

from DVICE by Kevin Hall

Russia's 2014 olympic stadium will have a crystal sky

Having a crazy stadium to host the Olympics in seems to be the order of the day after all that fanfare in Beijing. Not to be upstaged, the venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia will bejust as wild. Designed by the architects at Populous, the most striking feature is the crystalline canopy that will shade the 40,000-seater stadium, though its real function isn’t quite clear.

“Its sweeping form responds to both its coastal location and mountainous backdrop,” John Barrow, Populous senior principal, told Inhabitat. “ts sweeping form responds to both its coastal location and mountainous backdrop, whilst its crystalline skin engages with its surroundings by day, and provides an iconic representation of the colour and spectacle of the games when illuminated at night.” Populous also bid and won to design the 2012 Olympic Stadium for London.

Well, shoot — it’s almost 2010 already. With a design as fancy as that they should probably get on it.

Populous, via World Architecture News, via Inhabitat

$100bn a year for climate safety

from BBC News | Science & Environment | UK Edition

Adapting to impacts of climate change will cost the developing world up to $100bn per year, a World Bank study concludes.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind Against All Odds

from Gizmodo Australia by Rosa Golijan

We seldom post about books at Gizmodo, but if this story of a self-taught Malawian boy using junkyard parts to build windmills and bring life-changing electricity to his village doesn’t make you misty-eyed, then you must be one cold-hearted bastard. (more…)

helix wind to power cell phone towers in africa and USA

from Designboom – Weblog

as our dependency on cell phones remains constant despite concerns over radiation,
powering cell phone towers is a significant application for alternative energy and the
san diego-based wind company helix wind is already working on a way to power towers
in remote locations in the united states and africa. anywhere the power grid is unreliable,
expensive or simply non-existent, wind is an ideal renewable energy resource able to
power these towers and reduce their operating cost.

the design will enable low-cost mobile communications to spread throughout remote regions with
minimal environmental impact

helix wind corporation, a global renewable energy company, gave an update on
september 23rd, 2009 on its efforts to provide cost-effective renewable energy solutions
to telecommunications companies. specifically, helix’s wind turbines seem to be an ideal
ways to lower the costs of operating expenses associated with cell phone towers.
these solutions are ideal for telecom infrastructure providers worldwide dealing
with cell towers that are off-grid and utilize unreliable or expensive energy sources.
depending on the configuration, helix turbines can produce enough power to pay for
themselves in as little as six months. helix hopes to have test sites installed in the US
and west africa by november 2009. the company will deliver its first test turbines to
eltek nsg in nigeria in late october for installation at one of two identified test sites.
pending successful testing and subsequent rollout to several operators in the region
including zain and mti, helix’s relationship with eltek nsg could potentially mean
several hundred sites over the next few years and eventual implementation in other
african nations, and is the result of work performed by cp pumps & systems fzco,
helix’s distributor in dubai.

the helix S322 provides smooth power and torque delivery across a broad range of wind speeds and under the
most difficult of physical environments

another wind turbine, the helix S594


No rainforest, no monsoon: get ready for a warmer world

from New Scientist – Online News

The world could become 4 °C warmer in our lifetime – bringing hunger, deforestation, drought and flood

Post-human Earth: How the planet will recover from us

from New Scientist – Online News

If our civilisation collapses, what will happen to the planet itself? The best way to work that out might be like is to look back at the Earth’s pastmf.gif

One Size Fits Some

from Urban Omnibus by Urban Omnibus

This symposium is part of the Citizen’s Housing & Planning Council’s broad-based investigation of housing and space standards in New York City. Read, watch, listen and respond.

Britons creating ‘more emissions’

from BBC News and Sport Search: energy

Greenhouse gas emissions created by Britons are probably twice as bad as figures suggest, says the government’s new chief energy scientist.

Drying out

from BBC News | Science & Environment | UK Edition

Kenya’s ‘paradise’ lake vanishes as forests fall

mikou design studio: house of arts and culture, beirut

from Designboom – Weblog

house of arts and culture, beirut by mikou design studio
image courtesy mikou design studio

the house of the arts and culture, beiruit by french firm mikou design studio is influenced by
the diversity of cultures in lebanon;stimulating the imagination by integrating the sensitivities
of various artistic domains.

oooms: 110 volt glassbulb light

from Designboom – Weblog

dutch design studio oooms glassbulb lights are now also available in 110 volt,
next to their already existing 220 volt model. the glasses contain LED’s
inside and are attached through a black electricity cable.

Klever Kolberg Races Dakar in 2010 With Ethanol

from Wired: Autopia by Tony Borroz


The Paris-Dakar rally, now just simply referred to as “the Dakar” has long been a race of supreme craziness. Simply finishing is a major achievement, and it’s not just because of the punishing terrain or the high level of competition. At Autopia, we’ve seen competitors taken out when they strayed into a WW II era minefield and another team was literally taken hostage by armed separatists.

It’s not like the Dakar does not have its technical interests along with such motivating diversions like land mines and ethnic struggles. Last year’s race was won by Volkswagen TDi diesels running on bio-d, and the upcoming 2010 race will be contested by a fellow with the name of Klever Kolberg who will run the race fueled with ethanol provided by a Brazilian sugar cane concern.

Bio-ethanol has gotten a bad rap recently, or at least it has here in North America. The amount of energy needed to produce X-amount of corn-based bio-ethanol is about equal to the amount of energy you have to put into making it. “The problem is you’re trying to make it from corn,” pointed out world champion racer Emerson Fittipaldi during a recent interview with SpeedTV’s Dave Despain. “You need to use something that has more sugar in it, like sugar cane. Then making bio-ethanol makes economic sense.”

This is the point that Mr. Kolberg is trying to get across with the help of UNICA, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association. Klever Kolberg (and yeah, that’s a great name) will be racing a flex-fuel Mitsubishi Pajero Sport in the brand new ethanol-powered vehicle category. A rally veteran and former Paris-Dakar winner, Kolberg points out over at AutoBlogGreen that the Pajero Sport is produced in Brazil, making this a 100% Brazilian effort.

As we’ve said before here at Autopia, ‘racing improves the breed’ and hopefully some of the knowledge gained in one of the toughest R & D labs in the world can soon be applied to the cars we’ll be able to buy in the near future. Or perhaps what we use to fill up our tanks.

Photo: UNICA

The New Holmenkollen Beacon by JDS Architects

from News by Vanilla Hustler

In September 2007, Copenhagen/Bussels/Oslo-based office Julien de Smedt Architects was named the winner of the international competition for a new Holmenkollen ski jump in Norway‘s capitol Oslo (previously on Bustler). As construction work on site is well on its way (see latest construction photos on the JDS Blog, as well as via the Oslo Ski Jump Camera), we have some more renderings of the proposed design to share.

The New Holmenkollen Beacon by JDS Architects

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The new Holmenkollen Beacon in Oslo, Norway by Julien de Smedt Architects

Here some text from Julien de Smedt Architects:

The Holmenkollen hill plays a significant part identifying Oslo. In the Oslo panorama its characteristic profile is a clear icon, up close its majestic steepness rises towards the sky, making heads tilt and from the top, the panorama view towards the fjord are fantastic. It is a building beyond conventions, and it is no wonder that it is one of Oslo’s most visited tourist attractions. To create a new slope on the soil of the old requires full awareness of its traditions.

The New Holmenkollen Beacon by JDS Architects

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The new Holmenkollen Beacon is extending tradition… to the sky! In emphasizing the existing landmark’s values, it strives to keep the fine balance between majestic and simple, while introducing contemporary materials and design. Conceptually the project works with three stages of visibility: the far-away panorama, the close-up at the foot of the slope and the view outward from the top. The shape of the silhouette is emphasized with a sharp and simply cut.

The New Holmenkollen Beacon by JDS Architects

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The given wind protection profile is utilized and offset in a parallel manner downward, creating a smooth bended rectangle hosting the slope, the main elevators and the top in-run program. The top is then sliced horizontally to accommodate a viewing platform. The Knoll building is moved further up the hill to serve as an anchor point for the structure, letting it cantilever and avoid visually disruptive structural supports. From a distance the structure will appear as a milky-white sharp profile extending further into the sky with a diffused beam of light; a beacon for Oslo.

The New Holmenkollen Beacon by JDS Architects

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Project Team

Partner in Charge: Julien De Smedt

Project Managers: Kamilla Heskje, Morten Sletbak Have

Project Team: Aleksandra Kiszkielis, Alex Dent, Alf Lassen Nielsen, Andrea Weisser, Carlos Cabrera, Derrick Lai, Dries Rodet, Edna Lueddecke, Elina Manninen, Erik Olav Marstein, Felix Luong, Filip Lipinsky, Gunnar Hoess, Ieva Maknickaite, James McBennett, Johanna Kliment, Joue Gillet, Kristoffer Harling, Liz Kelzey, Magda Kusowska, Marco Boella, Michaela Weisskirchner, Pauline Parcollet, Robert Huebser, Tineke Vanduffel, Torkel Njå, Wolfgang Mitterer, Wouter Dons

Competition Team: Babara Costa, Derrick Lai, Mads Knak-Nielsen, Mikkel H. Sørensen, Victoria Diemer Bennetzen

Product Design: Wouter Dons

Animation Team: Shiftcontrol Studios / Jørgen Skogmo, Patrik Svensson

Finalists Announced for Queens Wharf

from News by Paul Petrunia

After thorough evaluation and assessment, five designs have been selected from the 237 original entries. View the finalists (design numbers 024, 046, 170, 195 and 216) in more detail below.

The Finalists

Design number 024 – Andrius Gedgaudas, Architect, Shanghai China.


The design offers a simple and strong public realm experience, with the potential for activities and uses beneath the inclined platform to be well related to adjacent public open spaces. Despite the stark simplicity of the proposal, the design would offer significant scope for the addition of other elements as patterns of use on Queens Wharf evolve over time. The contoured landscape feature will require further consideration in relation to the need for adaptable and robust event spaces. However, an abstract reinterpretation of landform which also accommodates everyday use and larger gatherings may be possible.

Power Loader Exoskeleton Suit Gives Superhuman Strength

from Gizmodo Australia by Danny Allen

The Power Loader “dual-arm power amplification robot” uses 18 electromagnetic motors that let the wearer lift 100kg without blinking. It gets its name from the exoskeleton from Aliens (get away from her you bitch!), and even has force-feedback.(more…)

milan triennale in incheon, korea

from Designboom – Weblog

the triennale of milan opened its new premises in incheon, korea on the 15th of september 2009.
with representatives of the governments of south korea and at the presence of the president of the
italian republic mr. giorgio napolitano, the milan triennale has opened the first foreign branch in asia.
tokyo, new york and shanghai will be the next destinations.

triennale museum in incheon, korea

designed by the architects alessandro and francesco mendini – atelier mendini – and by the
seok chul kim studio – archiban, the façade of the building is fully covered with panels of meg
by abet laminati.
decorated in digital print. in its 6000 square meter it houses the triennale design
museum, an area for temporary exhibitions, a bookstore, a coffee bar and a restaurant.

see the results of the designboom / incheon city design competition ‘green life

the honorable winners of iida 2009 will be given an opportunity to exhibit their designs at design
korea 2009, one of the most prestigious design exhibitions in korea. design korea 2009 will take
place at songdo convensia in incheon metropolitan city for seven days from december 2 to 8, 2009.

Remember: No Snow Globes on the Airplane!

from Wired: Autopia by Jason Paur


It can be difficult to know for sure what can and cannot be carried on an airliner these days. There was a time just after 9/11 when it seemed that anything with a sharp edge was destined to be confiscated at airport security. Airports proudly displayed collections of confiscated nail clippers, throwing stars and pocket knives as a reminder that sharp objects weren’t allowed on the airplane. The good news back then was that dehydration wasn’t a problem.