MVRDV: water cube proposal for thematic pavilion, yeosu expo 2012

from Designboom – Weblog

the ‘water cube’ by MVRDV
image courtesy MVRDV

the ‘water cube’ is MVRDV‘s proposal for the yeosu expo 2012 thematic pavilion in korea.
the design interprets the expo’s focus on the power and beauty of the oceans by ‘extracting
a block from the ocean’. a hollow block is enclosed by walls made of stacked water basins
which allow visitors to explore the wonders of the ocean.

image courtesy MVRDV

image courtesy MVRDV

image courtesy MVRDV

image courtesy MVRDV

Japanese Whalers Strike, Sink Sea Shepherd’s $2 Million New Boat [Photos]

from Green Options by Timothy B. Hurst

All five crew aboard the Ady Gil, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s new intercepting vessel are safe, but the fate of the prized new boat is in doubt after a collision with a Japanese harpoon vessel left it disabled off the coast of Antarctica.

Anti-whaling activists, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, have requested the Australian Navy send a vessel to their location in the Southern Ocean after the Japanese whaling vessel Shonan Maru 2 reportedly struck and sunk the radical conservation group’s new $2 million speed boat, the Ady Gil.

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Solar-Powered Irrigation Increases Vegetable Intake by 500% in Rural Africa

from Green Options by Jerry James Stone

According to a new study, solar-powered irrigation systems have significantly enhanced both the household incomes and the nutritional intake of villagers in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Significant fractions of sub-Saharan Africa’s population are considered food insecure,” wrote Jennifer Burney, a scholar with the Program on Food Security and the Environment and the Department of Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford. “They frequently survive on less than $1 per person per day, and … they still spend 50 to 80 percent of their income on food”

The two-year study found the pumps installed in the West African nation of Benin were a cost effective way to deliver water, especially during the dry season. Only 4-percent of the cropland in sub-Saharan Africa is irrigated, most communities rely on rain-fed agriculture.

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Awesome flying drawbridge

from MAKE Magazine: Robotics

This thing is called the “Slauerhoffbrug,” and it lives in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. The road section is lifted on a single massive counterbalanced arm up to 90 degrees in the air. There’s a good photo gallery, including aerial views, over on [via Neatorama]

The Grandiose Decay of Abandoned Detroit [Modern Ruins]

from io9 by Lauren Davis

Nearly a third of Detroit’s homes are vacant, and along with the residences, the city’s stately hotels and cultural centers have been abandoned as well, falling into dramatic disrepair, their grand ruins still showing the promises of a once-booming city.

Ruins of Detroit [Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre Photography via Twitter]

United Artists Theater

Michigan Central Station

Farwell Building

Broderick Tower

Whitney Building

Bank Vault

Ballroom, Fort Wayne Hotel

East Methodist Church


Fisher Body 21 Plant

Ballroom, Lee Plaza Hotel

House Of Glass Is Perfect For Exhibitionists

from Gizmodo Australia by Jesus Diaz

I would like to live in this glass house, a place in the middle of the woods that even has glass-based furniture. Why? I just want to walk around naked all day. Like I do now, but better. (more…)

Europe Unites to Invest $40 Billion in Huge Off-Shore Renewable Energy Super-Grid

from Green Options by Susan Kraemer

This month Europe’s first electricity super-grid dedicated to renewable energy will become a political reality, as part of Europe’s plan to meet its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20% below 1990 levels by 2020.

Nine countries will draw up formal plans to link up a super-grid of powerful clean energy projects strung out all around the North Sea in order to ship renewable power to the mainland.

The huge new undersea transmission cable will connect up Scotland’s off-shore wind turbines off the coast of Scotland, and solar from Germany, hydro power from Norway and wave power off the coast of Belgium and Denmark.

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World’s tallest building opens, named Burj Khalifa

from DVICE by Charlie White

Just a few minutes ago, Dubai officially opened the world’s tallest building. Until now, we thought it was going to be called the Burj Dubai, but get used to the name of the tallest building in the world: Burj Khalifa. Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad surprised everyone when he named the gigantic building after Sheikh Khalifa, president of the United Arab Emirates.

How tall is this pointy, phallic beast? Until now, the height of the $1.5 billion building was an official secret, but we have the number for you: its 828 meters, or 2717 feet tall. That’s 1000 feet taller than the previous recordholder, the 101-story Taipei 101.

The half-mile-high building is the tallest man-made structure ever built, eclipsing even previous recordholder, the 2,121-foot Warsaw radio mast. Another amazing record: the fastest elevators in the world, traveling at 40 mph.

Burj Khalifa, via Times Now

NASA Calculates A Carbon Budget For California

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

Moffett Field CA (SPX) Jan 04, 2010 – While world organizations struggle to find a benchmark and tracking standards for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, NASA has been supporting California’s new carbon emissions inventory report, using its satellite imaging data and computer models of the state’s natural ecosystems.

Global Warming Likely To Be Amplified By Slow Changes To Earth Systems

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

Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Jan 04, 2010 – Researchers studying a period of high carbon dioxide levels and warm climate several million years ago have concluded that slow changes such as melting ice sheets amplified the initial warming caused by greenhouse gases.

LED Light Bulbs with Remote Controls and Aimed Lighting

from Green Options by Zachary Shahan

Energy efficient light bulbs are cool already, but they are getting a whole lot cooler. The new LED EcoBulb by Seokjae Rhee raises the green bar with innovative features to save more energy.

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I Bet This Catamaran Can Also Jump Into Hyperspace

from Gizmodo Australia by Jesus Diaz

I have seen really amazing ships here in Gizmodo, like the impressive kind-of-Nautlish Ghost ramming yacht, the weird transforming Ikkar, the luxurious perfect dream-aparment-that-is-really-a-boat and the classic schooner America. The Enso, however, is the first that looks from another planet… (more…)

Thought-to-Speech Machine Is The Beginning Of Something Huge

from Gizmodo Australia by Jesus Diaz

The Neuralynx System translates thoughts into speech. It connects to the neurons, transmitting signals wirelessly to a laptop, which translates the brain activity to spoken English. It’s not science fiction: They tried it with a paralysed 26-year-old and it works. (more…)


$100 Billion Opportunity for Waste-To-Energy Companies in Developing World

from Green Options by Susan Kraemer

Here’s an opportunity to wisely spend some of the $100 billion that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised at Copenhagen to cut the greenhouse gases of developing nations by aiding in the development of renewable energy infrastructure to by-pass fossil fuel dependence. (Previous story.)

Apparently one in four Chinese cities and seven out of 10 counties are without sewage-treatment plants, according to the People’s Daily. While there are many ways to treat sewage or municipal waste; one of the newest is the use of municipal solid waste to make renewable energy.

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