studio lindfors: aqualta

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times square new york
image: studio lindfors

new york-based architecture firm, studio lindfors imagined what would happen if new york and tokyo were
hit by catastrophic rises in sea-level in their new series titled ‘aqualta’. the images depict everyday life in this
unusual scenario in two of the world’s biggest seaside cities. people navigate new york city in gondolas or
fish from newly formed river banks in the heart of tokyo. the series is an eye-opening speculation of what
might happen if global warming predictions come true and sea-levels do rise in these compact metropolises.
the images also allow us to see what the urban landscape will look like in this scenario and how the built
environment may change.

garment district new york
image: studio lindfors

5th avenue and 35th street new york
image: studio lindfors

5th avenue and 53rd street new york
image: studio lindfors

shibuya station tokyo
image: studio lindfors

roppongi tokyo
image: studio lindfors

west 29th street and broadway
image: studio lindfors

nissan V2G concept

from Designboom – Weblog

the nissan V2G is a concept car design that is part of the youthmobile 2030 design challenge being
exhibited at the 2009 LA auto show. the challenge asks design teams to imagine a car designed for
young drivers in 2030. the nissan v2g concept is an electric car that would drive on a network of
electrified highways. the car is designed to be customized with parts that can be snapped on and off
by the owner, fitting into the car modifying culture of LA. these parts would be also be made from
carbon nanotunbe cloth impregnated with bio resin, allowing them to be endlessly recycled.
the concept would feature a small cabin mounted on six wheels, two on the back and four up front
on extended arms.

Bond Bryan to Design New Landmark Building for Sheffield Hallam University

from News by Vanilla Hustler

Sheffield Hallam University has announced plans to develop a new £25m building that will become a city center landmark thanks to its innovative design.

The new 9,500 sqm building on Charles Street in Sheffield, England will enable the University’s Faculty of Development and Society – currently split between the City and Collegiate campuses – to move to one campus.

Sheffield architects Bond Bryan have been appointed by the University to design the building, which will sit within the city’s Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ).

New Landmark Building for Sheffield Hallam University by Bond Bryan

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New Landmark Building for Sheffield Hallam University by Bond Bryan

The building’s semi-transparent walls and glass front will allow light to pass through and at night it will shine across the city’s skyline.

The iconic design fits in with Sheffield’s current campaign Re:Defining the City, which is seeing the city reinvent itself for success in the 21st Century.

Professor Sylvia Johnson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Development and Society, said: “The Charles Street development is very exciting for the whole University, but especially for the Faculty as many of our students and staff will be based in the new building. We’re delighted to be working with the architects on this landmark building, which will offer our students and staff a world-class learning, teaching and working environment.”

New Landmark Building for Sheffield Hallam University by Bond Bryan

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New Landmark Building for Sheffield Hallam University by Bond Bryan

Alex Pettifer, Director of Estates at Sheffield Hallam, said: “This new building is part of the University’s plan to retain and develop state-of-the-art facilities for our staff and students. The building will allow us to house the Faculty of Development and Society entirely on the City Campus for the first time.

“Sheffield Hallam is known for developing iconic and innovative buildings and we were keen to ensure that the new building maintained these high architectural standards.”

Matt Hutton, an associate at Bond Bryan, said: “The need for the building to become a landmark within the city led us to developing a vibrant design concept that will radiate across the cityscape. The building will feature a top floor multi-use roof space incorporating the jagged saw tooth look of former factory roofs, to reflect the historical significance of the site.”

NYK super eco ship 2030

from Designboom – Weblog

concept ship of the future, the NYK super eco ship 2030 won the japan good design award 09.
organized by the japan industrial design promotion organization. a model of NYK super
eco ship 2030 and a video about it was displayed at the good design exhibition at design hub
in tokyo midtown, during the tokyo design week 09.

NYK super eco ship 2030, designed by keiko kosugi, NYK Line

Stand Up For Your Ride on the Vespa 1+1

from Wired: Autopia by Keith Barry


From Italy comes an update on the classic Vespa scooter that eschews its traditional form to become a stand-up scooter for two. Call it la dolce Segway.

“The idea for the project was to create a minimum vehicle for the city,” Designer Davide Panarella told That vehicle just had to be a Vespa, “not only because it is the spirit of Italian design, but because it marked a step in the history and world culture, which is also the first real minimum vehicle for the city.”

Panarella also wanted to encourage a carefree Italian romance through transportation design. “The idea was a vehicle anti-conventional and [meant to] increase ‘contact’ between the driver and passenger,” he said. “In Italy it’s very important for a girl and boy.”

The Vespa 1+1 is propelled by in-wheel electric motors that drive tiny tracks. A swipe of the fingerprint sensor starts the scooter, while the driver uses pressure sensors on the handlebars to steer, accelerate and brake.

The exterior is the result of Panarella picking and choosing various Vespa design elements and combining them into an “evolved” concept. “I analyzed the different characteristics of various Vespas, analyzing the points which have favor or not,” he told Autopia. “I then tried to evolve my idea on the first model of Vespa.”

To us, the 1+1 looks positively cubist, but we’d much rather navigate the narrow streets of Rome with it’s tiny footprint — especially with a gorgeous movie star as a passenger.

Images: Davide Panarella


Thin-Film Solar Panels to Double their Share of the Market by 2013?

from Green Options by Zachary Shahan

A new report by iSuppli Corp. predicts that by 2013, 31% of the solar panel market will be accounted for by thin-film solar panels. These thin-film panels are rapidly replacing traditional crystalline photovoltaic panels.

Thin-film solar is being used in a variety of new applications, from solar roof shingles to solar tiles (like clay tiles) to solar panels glued right onto the roof. Its flexibility in use is one major benefit of this technology.

Lower cost is the number one factor responsible for its anticipated growth, but there are trade-offs as well.

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These street lights feed on trash for power

from DVICE by Kevin Hall

These street lights feed on trash for power

From designer Haneum Lee comes a concept that could see streets lit while keeping trash off of them, too. At the base of every street light is a wastebasket that turns what it can use into compost, while using methane gas to generate the power needed to keep the lights on.

It’s an interesting thought, to be sure — one that may not work so well in suburban or rural areas. It could do wonders in a city such as New York City, though, where there are full trash cans on every corner. Check out more in the gallery below.

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London’s coming Digital Cloud

from Feed

skitched-20091111-065621.jpg A giant “digital cloud” that would “float” above London’s skyline has been outlined by an international team of architects, artists and engineers.BBC News

UNstudio: galleria cheonan

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galleria cheonan by UNstudio
image courtesy UNstudio

UNstudio have designed galleria cheonan building in korea.

the galleria cheonan building organisation employs a propeller principle. four stacked
programme zones, each thematically combining three storeys and containing public
plateaus, are linked to the central void. the concept of the propeller is a fluent upstream
flow of people through the building, whilst the propeller wings simultaneously stream
visitors outwards to the plateaus on the various levels. on the facades a gradual transition
from exterior surface to the interior plateaus accentuates the internal organisation.
the facade is double layered. both the outer glass shell and the inner skin comprise of
a linear pattern created by the vertical mullions. during the day the building has
a monochrome reflective appearance, whilst at night, soft colours are used to generate
waves of coloured light across the facade.

night view
image courtesy UNstudio

the facade which changes colour
image courtesy UNstudio

facade principles
image courtesy UNstudio

image courtesy UNstudio

facade principles
image courtesy UNstudio

client: hanwha galleria location: cheonan, korea building
surface: 66,700m2
building volume: 395,600m2 above ground / 297.200m2 underground
building site: 11,235m2
programme: department store with multifunctional facilities.
timing: march 2008 – december 2010

status: under construction

ben van berkel, astrid piber with ger gijzen, marc herschel and marianthi tatari,
sander versluis, jorg lonkwitz, tom minderhoud, yu-chen lin, constantin boincean

executive architects: GANSAM, seoul, korea
light designer: AG licht, bonn, germany

Carbon Fibre Ribbon Of Light

from Gizmodo Australia

I would have assumed this lamp was aluminium, had designer Marcus Tremonto not explained… (more…)

Sleep Box, for catching some quick Zs at the airport

from DVICE by Charlie White

Sleep Box, for catching some quick Zs at the airport

Sleep deprivation seems to be one of the worst aspects of traveling. That’s why we’d like to see this Sleep Box, designed by Russian architects Arch Group, as a standard fixture in every airport in the world.

For rent for between 15 minutes and several hours, they’ll be a whole lot bigger than those cramped Japanese capsule hotels that resemble slide-out drawers in a morgue, yet smaller than the mini-rooms at New York’s Pod Hotel or the Singapore airport’s Ambassador Transit Hotel.

It looks just right, the perfect place to catch up on your sleep between long flights. We like its clever design, with sheets that are automatically changed by winding from one roller to another, just like a conveyor belt. Each Sleep Box is decked out with an LCD display, Wi-Fi, a place to stash your luggage, and plenty of sockets for charging up your laptop and cell phone. Sure beats sleeping in a chair.

miralles tagliabue EMBT: spanish pavillion at shanghai expo 2010

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spanish pavillion for shanghai 2010
image courtesy miralles tagliabue EMBT

miralles tagliabue EMBT have been awarded the prize for the top future project at
the world architecture festival 09, for their design of the spanish pavillion.

their project brings the traditional spanish craft of wicker basketwork up to date on
the curves of a highly modern pavilion aiming to transform an old tradition into new life.

‘an expo is about national identity and about knowing and mixing’, says architect
benedetta tagliabue. ‘so we would like some of the pavilion made in spain and some
in china or asia. wicker technology is the same across the world’.

since winning the competition to design and build spain’s pavilion at the 2010 shanghai expo
in january 2007, EMBT has investigated lots of ways to create ‘vegetal’ structures, eventually
settling on willow (salix). the research has taken EMBT to factories in germany and artisans
in spain. ‘it is a very deep and beautiful craftsmanship’, tagliabue says. ‘it is an ancient skill
and a magical world. they go through the complete process from harvesting to selling the wicker product’. pont de querós in barcelona has been involved in discussions and development
prototypes from an early stage.

essentially the plan is for panels of woven willow stems to be hung as a skin from the bones
of steel supports. tagliabue likes the combination of the easy to build, solid and highly controlled
steel structure and the hugely flexible wicker panels which will allow the complex geometry of
the drawings to be realised. the pavilion is conceived as a series of baskets, some open at the top
and some enclosed, creating a dappled light in courtyards, circulation and multipurpose spaces.

EMBT wants to keep the junction between the steel frame and willow panels as simple as possible, especially as the panels are likely to have to be produced by different artisans, and the weave
is being kept simple – the pattern based on the arrangement of panels. EMBT’s design is based on different chinese characters. it will be impossible to read but for the subliminal text will talk about ‘maximum systems’ such as the moon, sun and sky. the colours of the wicker –from the red brown
to white – will be achieved by the treatments it would naturally go though: stripping, maintaining
the skin, or treating it to make it more durable.

image courtesy miralles tagliabue EMBT

model of the pavillion
image courtesy miralles tagliabue EMBT

image courtesy miralles tagliabue EMBT

image courtesy miralles tagliabue EMBT

construction has begun for the pavillion
image courtesy miralles tagliabue EMBT

various architects: mobile performance venue

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mobile performance venue can be brought to urban locations such as in a city park

the mobile performance venue (MPV) by various architects office has been awarded
future projects experimental winner at this year’s world architecture festival.

the client brief was to design a lightweight and easily transportable venue that meets their
technical requirements for projection screens and surround sound system, while creating an
iconic structure on the exterior. the oval form is 90m x 60m and ranges from 10m to 17m tall,
with 3900m2 of covered space. it can be configured to include optional stadium seating
and the conversion of the central screen transforms into a stage for live performances.
MPV is divided into 20 structural segments which allow for various arrangements which range
from 2000 to 3900 m2 total area depending on event use.

there is a public plaza constructed by an arcade of open hexagons indicating the entrance,
whereas the skin on the back of the house has a more complex and closed pattern.
this exterior shell is made from a self-supporting PVC skin of hexagonal inflated tubes
and cushions, is fire resistant and 100% recyclable.

a bicycle wheel truss provides lateral stability for the project. it is supported by standard aluminum
staging components, is lightweight and recyclable. optional mesh or solid PVC covers provide shade
in hot dry climates or rain protection in wet ones. water tank foundations remove the need to
transport heavy weights. the entire unit can be transported in 30 standard 40′ containers.
MPV requires two weeks for assembly and one week for dismantling.

or in more remote locations…

detail of hexagonal arcade at the entrance

five projection screens are included in the venue’s construction

structural model

structural model

structural model

profile drawing

status: schematic design
client: arts alliance productions
site: worldwide
size: 3900 m2
team: aleksandra danielak, camilla eduardsen, jim dodson, ibrahim elhayawan
partners: ramboll whitby-bird – engineers

Study: Bio-Based Plastics Could Viably Replace Nearly All Plastics

from Green Options by Nick Chambers

In many ways plastics are simply synthetic compounds that mimic and try to improve upon substances we find widespread in nature—polymers such as you might find in wood, leaves, seeds and fur. Bio-based plastics (those derived from biological sources other than fossil fuels) have been around for more than 100 years. In fact, celluloid, the first synthetic plastic ever made was invented in the mid 1800s, and—you guessed it—was bio-based.

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Self-Powered Smart Windows

from Feed


Researchers in Taiwan have developed self-powered, fast-switching smart windows that are both electrochromic and photovoltaic. Read More By controlling light conditions, electrochromic smart windows can save costs for heating, air-conditioning and lighting and avoid the cost of installing and maintaining motorized light screens or blinds or curtains. A disadvantage is of course the fact that the smart windows themselves need to draw energy in order to do their job.

airless tires

from Designboom – Weblog

michelin tweel

anyone who has ever driven a car dreads getting a flat tire, but what if your tires could never go flat?
in recent years a number of companies and inventors have been working on creating airless tires that
would be impossible to puncture. the most well known design in this field is the michelin tweel,
a combination wheel and tire. the design was one of the first to emerge, bringing the idea of non-pneumatic
tires to the public’s attention. but michelin has been slow to roll out the technology beyond the test phase.
in light of this, a company called resilient technologies has also been working on an airless tire.
the company recently announced that prototypes of their honeycomb-like tires will ship in 2011 for use
in the US military. this will no doubt help the airless tire field, as will other startup companies working
on the task like britek. you can see their design below and a video explaining more. with this much
competition in the field, we may see non-pneumatic tires on consumer vehicles in the near future.

michelin tweel

resilient technologies non-pneumatic tire

resilient technologies non-pneumatic tire

britek airless tire

‘Road trains’ look like a severe pile-up in the making

from DVICE by Kevin Hall

'Road trains' look like a severe pile-up in the making

You’ve probably seen a road train before. A couple of tankers are often hitched to a single truck cab, and even several cabs can be stacked up for transport. Now, the European Union is looking into the viability of doing that with cars — with drivers still behind their wheels — by taking advantage of wireless technology.

The public road train would involve a professional driver, which would control all of the vehicles in its train. “Each of the vehicles will have their own control and software monitoring system,” Tom Robinson an engineer from Ricardo working on the project, told the BBC. “We’re looking at what it would take to get platooning on public highways without making big changes to the public highways themselves.”

To join the train and leave it, a driver would signal the lead car and everything would be automated — including the driving. Tests will be carried out at the end of the year on test tacks in the UK, Spain and Sweden. In Spain, however, additional tests will also happen on public roads. If this is a bad idea, we’ll probably hear about it pretty soon.

BBC, via Neatorama

Green Wash: ARCH+ Edition

from Feed

In what amounts to be a total disrespect for the creative editorial rights, German architecture magazine Arch+ for its November issue on Istanbul, unilaterally contaminated the writers’ work by changing the feature’s title to “Istanbul is becoming Green” which contradicts the writers’ ideas. Arch+ went ahead with the publication regardless the Turkish editors’ protests. Read the editors’ statement here.

Green Timber Woes – Brisbane Times

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