Trash Cans Get Pimped Out For Charity

from Gizmodo Australia by Rosa Golijan

My trashcan is a metal, woven-looking thing filled with crumpled up ideas and 48 gum wrappers. Makes me wish I had one of theses 35 customised, artist-designed trashcans being put into auction for charity instead. (Particularly the cactus one.)(more…)

Team Germany Wins Solar Decathlon…Again

from Bustler.net News by Vanilla Hustler

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that ‘Team Germany’ from the Technische Universität Darmstadt has won the 2009 Solar Decathlon with their project surPLUShome. This is the second time in a row that a team from TU Darmstadt wins this international contest after already snatching the title in Solar Decathlon’s last edition in 2007.

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Winning project at the Solar Decathlon 2009: surPLUShome by Team Germany (Technische Universität Darmstadt), Photo: Jim Tetro, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

After 9 days and 10 contests, Team Germany reached the highest overall scores, closely followed by Team Illinois and Team California (previously on Bustler). Dubbed “the big, black monolith,” surPLUShome is almost entirely covered with photovoltaic panels that managed to generate 19 kilowatts during one day of test runs—more than twice as much as some other Solar Decathlon contestants.

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surPLUShome, Photo: Thomas Ott

Dishwasher Robot Ensures Our Future Selves Will Have Zero Personal Responsibility

from Gizmodo Australia by Jack Loftus

My elaborate plan to take out years worth of repressed childhood dish washing memories on my own children some day has hit a Panasonic robot-sized snafu. (more…)

Principle Power’s WindFloat to Perform First Inter-Energy Marriage

from Green Options by Tina Casey

Principle Power, Inc.'s WindFloat wind turbine platforms may be adapted for wave power, too.Somewhere in the U.S. there is a justice of the peace who still refuses to perform inter-racial marriages, but Principle Power, Inc. has no such backward looking qualms when it comes marrying two different forms of sustainable energy. Last week the company won a $750,000 development grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to adapt its patented WindFloat platform to bring wave energy generating capability on board, along with the wind turbines for which it was originally designed.

Of particular interest to DOE is WindFloat’s innovative three-corner design, which stabilizes the platform against turbulence and enables it to be deployed in deep water where winds are more favorable to energy generation. In addition to its obvious use in the civilian world, the marriage of wind and wave power may also prove fruitful for its application to the U.S. military’s need for non-petroleum energy sources at remote bases.

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Rotating hotel gives every guest a room with a view

from DVICE by Michael Trei

Rotating hotel gives every guest a room with a view

Rotating restaurants have been around for decades, but building an entire hotel that rotates to give every guest a view is a much tougher challenge. That’s the plan for a new hotel to be built on Šolta Island on the Croatian coast, where every room will have an ocean view at least part of the time.

Rotating at the dizzying speed of 1.3 times per day, it’s unlikely that you’ll get vertigo, but you’ll still need to choose carefully if you want to catch a sunset view over the marina with your honey. Still, it beats checking in only to discover that your room faces the dumpsters out back.

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Maldives Gov’t. Meets Underwater To Show Effects Of Global Warming

from Gizmodo Australia by Dan Nosowitz

The Maldives, a stretch of islands off the coast of Sri Lanka, are so close to sea level that global warming poses a serious threat. So the government held a cabinet meeting underwater to bring attention to the problem. (more…)

foster + partners: margot and bill winspear opera house opens

from Designboom – Weblog


margot and bill winspear opera house by foster + partners/OMA at the AT &T performing arts center in dallas
all images © nigel young
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the margot and bill winspear opera house, dallas by foster + partners opened yesterday.

responding to the dallas climate, a solar canopy extends from the building, shading
a fully glazed, sixty-foot-tall lobby which enhances the transparency of the building.
this establishes a direct relationship between inside and outside, creating greater
accessibility and thus a more democratic building. beneath the canopy, which forms
an integral part of the environmental strategy, a shaded pedestrian plaza creates a major
new public space for dallas, as defined by the masterplan designed by foster + partners
and OMA for the AT&T performing arts cente

NL architects: TNW – sports hall, utrecht

from Designboom – Weblog


turnaccommodatie nieuw welgelegen (TNW) by NL architects
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turnaccommodatie nieuw welgelegen (TNW) by NL architects is a sports hall dedicated
soley to gymnastics. four individual gymnastic clubs will combine their efforts in this
new facility. the project based on the idea of a ‘tulip’ TNW is the 3rd last building of
the redevelopment of a sports complex in the center of utrecht.

the brief for the TNW excluded the possibility of creating windows in the hall. in order
to be ‘livable’, daylight is required, but for serious training and competitions windows will
cause undesired effects – too much contrast and too much distraction.

the idea of tulip is to ‘peel off’ the skin at the top to bring daylight into the interior.
by partly bending out the facade a gap comes into being between the roof edge and the walls:
indirect light will reflect into the hall. the carefully deformed envelop creates a mildly
glowing gradient that lights up towards the top.

a pleasant side effect of bending out the facade is that the building becomes sculptural.

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daylight entering the gym
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the gym opens to allow daylight in
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hall with no daylight
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hall with daylight
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turnaccommodatie nieuw welgelegen (TNW)
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turnaccommodatie nieuw welgelegen (TNW)
competition: 1st prize
client: dienst maatschappelijke ontwikkeling gemeente utrecht
team: bobby de graaf, sarah moller, michael schoner, gen yamamoto,
rebecca eng, joanna janota, jeong jun song

ShowCase: University Library UBU Utrecht

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The UBU is a library located on the campus of Utrecht University in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Incorporating 4.2 million books, 1,000 seats, 450 parking places, 300 workstations, 3 shops, 1 auditorium and 1 bar – the UBU, comparable to a data recorder, is more than a place where people can consult books, it is a place where they can work in a concentrated fashion, but also one where they can meet other people without the need of any other stimulation except the atmosphere that the building radiates. Glass and concrete panels clad the volumes of the building. The glass panels are printed with a repetitive image of a papyrus plant. Papyrus – a traditional material used in paper production – derives etymologically from the Greek byblos, which also serves as the root for words such as bibliography, bibliophile, and � in Dutch � Bibliotheek, or library. The papyrus image is replicated on each glass panel, allowing the fa�ade to perform as a curtain which veils the library while also making subtle allusion to the nature of the program within. The pattern printed facade also mitigates sunlight entering the building, protecting the library�s printed materials. The pattern, which is also cast into the concrete panels of the exterior and interior walls, carries the allegorical motif into the various programs of the library.image↑ Click image to enlarge
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