Dubai’s Vertical Village Might Suck Up All Of The Sun’s Rays

from Gizmodo Australia by Sean Fallon

Despite grumbling about economic woes taking a toll on Dubai construction projects, it seems that their Vertical Village is going full steam ahead. The question is, after it’s built, will there be any sun for the rest of us? (more…)

NL architects: landmark mv2 – container tower

from Designboom – Weblog

landmark mv2 – container tower by NL architects
image courtesy NL architects

in order to remain successful the harbor of rotterdam needs to expand. a new radar
tower is required on the border of the land to guide the heavy traffic.

Mitsubishi’s Modular OLED Screen Could Cover Entire Buildings

from Gizmodo Australia by Danny Allen

Remember the advertising-laden skyscrapers from Blade Runner? Mitsubishi’s now got the tech to do it: its Diamond Vision screen uses individual 4-inch square OLED panels that can scale to an unlimited size. Check out the 155-incher on show at CEATEC. (more…)

Nissan Land Glider leans into turns like a motorcycle

from DVICE by Kevin Hall

Nissan Land Glider leans into turns like a motorcycle

Nissan’s ultra-light, ultra-thin Land Glider concept car is a bit like a Smart Car, but looks like something you’d actually feel all right about driving. It’s all electric, seats two and its segmented chassis allows it to lean into turns just like a motorcycle. What’s more, you drive it while sitting inside a fancy, futuristic cockpit (with your passenger behind you) — who could say no to that?

Check out more of the Land Glider inside and out in our galley below, and watch a video of the concept in action after the jump.

Step Up, Lie Down, Sit Sideways As Airlines Explore Creative Seating

from Wired: Autopia by Jason Paur


In the 70-plus years since multi-engine airliners started carrying cabins full of passengers across the country and around the world, we’ve seen dramatic improvements in aircraft. But changes in the passenger experience have developed much more slowly.

acme: UN memorial space

from Designboom – Weblog

a recent competition was initiated by the city of chungju in south korea,
asking for proposals for a UN memorial for the city’s UN(united nations) peace park.
one of the projects was london-based architecture firm acme who received third place for
their piece. comprised of a 1,500 seating assembly, two conference halls, a theatre
and exhibition space, acme drew on the actual organization of the united nations for their design.
the UN is formed by individual nations, and as a metaphor acme designed a cube comprised
of smaller cells which come together forming the final shape. each cell is meant to represent
the collective nature of the united nations’ identity and provide various amenities and functions
from exhibitions to education, conference, office, restaurant, events and public viewing platforms.
acme believes that the memorial should represent the nature of the united nations,
where many individual nations come together to create one entity, but without losing their
individual identities.

the structure is comprised of hexagonal shaped cells which are metaphor speaks of the individual nations
which make up the UN

aerial view of the memorial building which has an staircase which runs externally from the roof
winding around the sides of the structure

open communal areas are built within

the open roof allows natural sunlight to poor through the interior


sliced view of the building

GECA Certified Plasterboard Range from Gyprock – Infolink Architecture & Building

from greenstar location:australia – Google News

Infolink Architecture & Building
GECA Certified Plasterboard Range from Gyprock
Infolink Architecture & Building
Now, with three boards in the EC08 range, Gyprock offers application specific solutions that can contribute to Green Star points. Gyprock EC08 Partition has

NASA Ice Satellite Maps Profound Polar Thinning

from Earth News, Earth Science, Energy Technology, Environment News

antarctica-greenland-icesat-dynamic-thinning-sm.jpgGreenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 09, 2009 – Researchers have used NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) to compose the most comprehensive picture of changing glaciers along the coast of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.

‘Water-loathing’ Dutch split over plan to return land to the sea

from Earth News, Earth Science, Energy Technology, Environment News

netherlands-dike-sm.jpgNieuw-Namen, Netherlands (AFP) Oct 8, 2009 – It’s the classic Dutch battle, land vs. sea, fought for centuries in low-lying Zeeland province by proud farmers now aghast at government plans to surrender to the “enemy” and flood their fields.

Thai villager beats back waves, but faces new climate threat

from Earth News, Earth Science, Energy Technology, Environment News

bamboo-wall-protect-land-thailand-afp-sm.jpgKok Karm, Thailand (AFP) Oct 8, 2009 – Using nothing but bamboo poles and remarkable ingenuity, one Thai villager succeeded in beating back the waves that had slowly engulfed his seaside community and robbed it of precious land.

Worst Case Scenario for the Amazon Forest

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Logging and Corruption

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The World is Losing 20000 ha of Forest a Day

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