scope: augmented reality game

from Designboom – Weblog

scope is an augmented reality game designed by frantz lasorne that uses computer enhanced lasses to
combine virtual gaming with physical objects. the game works by using small game pieces that are
mounted with small digital codes that let the computer know what they are and where they are located.
each player in the game puts on a headset that is linked to a computer. the players interact with the
computer telling it what to do. as weapons are fired or players are moved, the action is superimposed of
the physical objects bring them to life. the game can use almost any toy, mixing medieval knights with
toy soldiers and perhaps even a barbie or lego man. with this kind of augmented reality games, kids and
even adults can bring their playful imagination to life.


The Cygnet Raises Aston Martin’s iQ

from Wired: Autopia by Chuck Squatriglia

Aston Martin is swaddling a lowly Toyota iQ in leather and giving it a grin like the Cheshire Cat. Aston calls it the world’s first luxury urban commuter. We call it an idea so crazy it might just work.

The Cygnet is all grille and no go, given that it sports the same 1-liter three-cylinder engine as the 56-mpgToyota iQ. And though the baby Aston is just a concept at this point, a company insider tells the Telegraph it could see production by the end of next year. Look for a production run of around 4,000 a year, with sales limited to existing Aston Martin owners. The idea is those well-heeled souls will drive the Cygnet around town and save the DB9 Volante or One-77 for the weekends.

The Cygnet could have its coming out party at the Geneva auto show in March. As is the case with all the coolest cars, we probably won’t see it here in America. We’ll be stuck with that ugly boy-racer version of the iQsporting a Scion badge.

Photos: Aston Martin. More after the jump.

buchner brundler architects: swiss pavilion at shanghai expo 2010

from Designboom – Weblog

swiss pavilion by buchner bründler architects
image courtesy of the swiss FDFA

the swiss federal department of foreign affairs(FDFA) has sent designboom an exclusive
preview of the swiss pavilion for shanghai expo 2010 which we are happy to share with
our readers.

buchner bründler architects is responsible for the concept of the pavilion which is meant
to be a representation of a hybrid, interconnected urban area where nature and technology,
innovation and sustainability function and interact in symbiosis.

on the rooftop of the pavilion there is a chairlift, a representation of the rural parts of switzerland.
it provides views of the venue and funnels downwards into the structure itself. the pavilion’s façade
is an enclosed semi-transparent curtain of woven metal netting suspended from a height of 20 m.
within this mesh-like exterior, 11 000 solar cells are attached in a random fashion. each cell is
independent of one another, but together create an electronic circuit board feeding an interactive
light-play on the façade of the structure which occurs when the solar cells, two double-layer
condensors(high-performance energy accumulators), a light emitting diode and sensors react to
light and activity in neighbouring cells.

the solar cells produce electricity which is stored in a condensor and used when the light emitting
diode flashes. regardless of intensity, light falling on one part of the façade increases the light sensor’s
transmit impulse, causing the light-emitting diodes on that particular section of the façade to flash.
the cells then light up for a long or short period of time depending on the intensity of light they receive.
the intensity of the light emitted by the diodes also varies according to the energy stored and the
level of ambient light present. the same reaction occurs during the night. electro-magnetic impulses
influence the light behaviour of each cell, influencing neighbouring cells when they light,
resulting in a chain reaction across the exterior.

the front side of the pavilion represents the view of switzerland. a white outline of the country,
representing rural areas, can be made out behind the surface. the electronics and the circuits
are visible from the same side and symbolize the urban parts of the country.

when the expos is over, the façade will be recycled. each cell will be sold as a souvenir,
a kind of message which is meant to express the innovation and sustainability of switzerland.


the façade is a knit metal curtain suspended at 20 m high
image courtesy of buchner bründler architects

general view of the pavilion which includes a rooftop chairlift
image courtesy of the swiss FDFA

detail of the rooftop chairlift which spirals down into the pavilion

detail of the rooftop chairlift
image courtesy of the swiss FDFA

internal view
image courtesy of the swiss FDFA

detail of the façade from inside the pavilion

the chairlift funnels downwards into the structure itself
image courtesy of the swiss FDFA

the chairlift funneling down inside the pavilion

image courtesy of the swiss FDFA

image courtesy of buchner bründler architects

the solar cells of the façade light up for a long or short period of time depending on the intensity of light they receive
image courtesy of the swiss FDFA

detail of the 11 000 solar sells which are randomly placed along the woven metal netting which makes up the façade

image courtesy of the swiss FDFA

image courtesy of the swiss FDFA

image courtesy of the swiss FDFA

profile view
image courtesy of buchner bründler architects

diller scofidio + renfro hirshhorn museum bubble

from Designboom – Weblog

model of the hirshhorn museum with diller scofidio + renfro’s ‘balloon’ expansion
image courtesy of diller scofidio + renfro

diller scofidio + renfro is responsible for the design proposal of a 145 foot tall inflatable
meeting hall which richard kohsalek, the director of the hirshhorn museum and sculpture garden,
plans to erect at the cultural institution. the large translucent fabric ‘bubble’ will swell out of the top
of the museum’s internal court yard, creating an air of lightness, making the building seem as if
it were ready to float upwards into the sky.

the balloon-like form will be stabilized by a gigantic tube of water, encircling the interior structure.
a series of large steel cables tethered to the inner tube on one end and the roof-level truss at the other end,
will provide structural support to hold it in place. these cables will wrap around several times
pushing the structure through the core of the museum.

the structure would be installed twice a year, in may and october and would cost about 5 million USD,
which is a relatively small amount for a museum expansion. the design is extremely flexible –
it can be blown up in a short time, and the interior can be easily reconfigured with each installation,
allowing the museum to respond to cultural issues of the moment in a timely manner.
the design proposal still needs to be refined, but from the exterior, visitors will be able to enter
the balloon via a short, tube-shaped corridor located between the museum’s lounge and central courtyard.
the translucent blue skin of the lounge will progressively become more transparent at its base
so that visitors are able to peer into the mall. the inner tube anchoring the lounge will also serve as a
bench for resting and socializing.

in contrast to the whimsical bulb, the main hall will be a more formal space, housing 1 000 guests
in a semi-circular pattern around a temporary stage. this will be built over the courtyard’s off-center
fountain. here, transparent areas in the fabric will give visitors views of patrons who are
visiting the galleries above. as the courtyard is a four-storey tall void, diller scofidio + renfro is
considering an addition of one or two levels of balcony space to the hall to take advantage of this
open area.

model – alternate view
image courtesy of diller scofidio + renfro

aerial view of the balloon expansion at the hirshhorn museum
image courtesy of diller scofidio + renfro

the inner tube anchoring the lounge will serve as a bench
image courtesy of diller scofidio + renfro

model and diagram of the structure
image courtesy of diller scofidio + renfro

rendering of the main hall which will house a temporary stage
image courtesy of diller scofidio + renfro

Architect Neil Denari Among United States Artists 2009 Fellows

from News by Vanilla Hustler

United States Artists (USA), the national grant-making and advocacy organization, announced the recipients of 50 USA Fellowships for 2009, totaling $2.5 million, at a celebration last Monday at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA. This event marks the fourth consecutive year of the USA Fellows program, which annually awards fifty unrestricted grants of $50,000 to artists of all disciplines from across the country. The USA Fellows for 2009 hail from 18 states and range in age from 28 to 82. Chosen for the caliber and impact of their work, they include contemporary experimenters and traditional practitioners—Pueblo potters, feminist performance pioneers, cutting-edge fashion designers, independent radio artists, and folk musicians, among others.

High Line 23 in New York City by United States Artists 2009 Fellow Neil Denari

“Artists fuel the nation’s cultural vitality and illuminate the issues and complexities of our time,” said Susan V. Berresford, USA board chair and former president of the Ford Foundation. “Yet many of our country’s finest artists struggle to make ends meet. Now more than ever, we need a resource like United States Artists to invest in working artists and promote their contributions to society.”

Ikkar Transforming Yacht Requires Supervillain Spandex Suit

from Gizmodo Australia by Jesus Diaz

I’m glad that the Ikkar – a yacht that can open its hull until it looks like a trimaran – is just a really sleek concept. After all, the only people who can actually build it are Dr Doom, Magneto and Larry Ellison. (more…)

Huge Steel Pipes Being Turned Into Offices

from Gizmodo Australia by Rosa Golijan

When it was time to design new offices for a steel pipe factory, a clever guy decided to use the factory’s product as a major part of the new additions. Puns about pipe dream designs aside, it looks pretty good. (more…)

thomas heatherwick: british pavilion at shanghai expo 2010

from Designboom – Weblog

british pavilion sits on a landscape which resembles an unfolded piece of paper

the concept behind thomas heatherwick‘s british pavilion at shanghai expo 2010,
is an enclosure that throws outwards from all sides, a mass of long radiating cilia.

the centerpiece of the pavilion is the seed cathedral, a six storey high cube-like structure,
pierced by approximately 60 000 7.5m long slim transparent acrylic rods which sway gently
in response to any wind movement. during the day each of these rods will act like fibre
optic filaments, drawing on daylight in order to illuminate the interior. at night, light sources
at the interior end of each rod will allow the whole structure to glow from the outside.

the pavilion will be situated on a landscape which resembles paper which once wrapped
the building, but now lies unfolded on the site. the surrounding space will provide an open venue
for public events and along with shelter for visitors.

approximately 60 000 7.5 m long acrylic rods create the effect of fibre optics on the building’s exterior

interior view

Meyers Motors Sets Up Unique Pre-Order Pricing Scheme for Electric Cars

from Green Options by Christopher DeMorro

A major obstacle standing in the way of many electric car start-ups is volume. Making money on cars is difficult, all the more so when you’re appealing to a niche market (for now). You’ve got to convince people to place pre-orders for cars they can’t even test drive too, not exactly an easy sell. That just means electric car dealers have to get creative.

Meyers Motors is offering a unique approach to pricing their two-seat electric car, the DUO. For every 200 pre-orders they get, they’ll knock $1,000 off of the MSRP of $29,995, all the way down to their goal of $24,995…and that is before any federal or local tax credits.

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US Greenhouse Gases Dropped Nearly 5% in 2008

from Green Options by Susan Kraemer

The U.S. Energy Information Administration has just released the figures comparing 2008 with the previous year and found that greenhouse gas emissions, from just the transportation sector, dropped 4.7% between 2007 and 2008.

The EIA attributed the drop not just to the gas price rise of the summer of 2008, but also in the Fall to the near-depression-level econo-apocalypse that denuded neighborhoods of many of the businesses that we take for granted as part of the landscape.

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M.I.T. Ushers In Biking 2.0 With Copenhagen Wheel

from Gizmodo Australia by Kyle VanHemert

Today at the COP 15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, M.I.T. students debuted the technologically advanced Copenhagen Wheel. In addition to including various sensors and Bluetooth capability, the tyre stores kinetic energy from braking for a later burst of speed. (more…)

BIG architects: faroe islands education centre

from Designboom – Weblog

faroe islands education by BIG architects

BIG, in collaboration with fuglark, lemming & eriksson, sámal johannesen, martin e. leo
and kj elrad have designed the new education centre in marknagil to serve as a base for
coordination and future development of all educational programmes in the region.
as the largest educational building project in the country’s history, the institution combines
faroe islands gymnasium, torshavns technical college and business college of faroe islands
in one building, housing 1.200 students and 300 teachers.

located on a hillside, 100 m above the sea level with a panoramic view overlooking the sea,
mountains and harbor of torshavn, the project is designed as a vortex, radiating out towards
its surroundings while at the same time focusing in on the school’s inner landscape.
each institution is organized as a school in a school with ideal conditions for each, while
creating a sense of community.

300 Million-Year-Old Limestone Cave to Cool Data

from Green Options by Susan Kraemer

After a good 20,000 years out of caves, we are heading back to them – and just like your worst fears, it’s the damn global warmers and Al Gore-ists leading the way, because it saves so much energy.

It turns out that limestone caverns might be the cheapest and best option for carbon neutral data-center cooling, because by nature limestone can absorb 1.5 BTUs per square foot for free. And data centers need lots of energy for cooling.

So this time we’re taking computers back in there with us. Or rather we’re leaving them down there. At least the data centers, that is.

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Eco Board Game Trivia Fail

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“The Green Game” Help save the planet by being fat! Whenever you see a fat person cheer for them because they are helping the planet by dying young!