Aircruise From London To NY In 37 Hours (In Concept-Land Only)

from Gizmodo Australia by Kat Hannaford

With the Concorde long gone, it’s up to big-thinking companies likeSeymourpowell to dream up new transatlantic travel routes. Enter the Aircruise, which would be powered by solar power and a hydrogen fuel cell, sailing in the air at 145km/h. (more…)

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Wins Tucker Design Award For Smithsonian’s Kogod Courtyard

from Bustler.net News by Vanilla Hustler

The Building Stone Institute announced yesterday that the prestigious Tucker Design Award was awarded to the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. The award-winning Courtyard was designed by landscape architects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, within an architectural renovation by Foster + Partners architects. This is Gustafson Guthrie Nichol’s third Tucker Design Award.

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Tucker Design Award for the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture by landscape architects Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (Photo: Timothy Hursley)

Since its inception in 1977, the Tucker Design Award has been recognized as one of the most prestigious architectural design awards in the country. The award honors those who have achieved excellence in design through the incorporation and use of natural stone in their building or landscape project.

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Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture (Photo: Timothy Hursley)

on office: terminus hotel

from Designboom – Weblog

‘terminus hotel’

the grand terminus hotel extension is a project by portuguese based architects on office.
the designed structure which attaches itself to the terminus hotel in bergen, norway was
shaped by three factors: to sustain a architectural relations with the existing building,
to maintain sun exposure, and be the highest point on one of the oldest streets of bergen
kong oscars gate.

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the triangulated shapes offers an interesting interior shape for each room while establishing
an intimate relation with the existing small houses in the surroundings.

Wind-Powered Highway Lights Disconnect From The Grid

from Gizmodo Australia by Adam Frucci

As far as practical renewable energy concepts go, these wind-powered highway lights are pretty elegant. And from my layman’s perspective, they seem to be practical and realistic. I like ‘em! (more…)

COBE architects: bellahoj

from Designboom – Weblog

‘bellahøj’

‘bellahøj’ project by COBE architects is built on the ambition to create a more community friendly
atmosphere by reinvigorating the park space in the city of bellahøj, denmark.
the public swimming facilities have been arranged in one compact space, this allows
spectators to conveniently oversee swimming activities while also creating a more sustainable
use of energy within the park. a 50 m pool for more advanced swimmers is positioned
at the higher, northern side of the hall. meanwhile leisure pools are located at the lower
southern side, directly connecting to the park.

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Phishing For Carbon: Hackers Steal Millions In Emissions Certificates

from Gizmodo Australia by Brian Barrett

Credit card numbers? Please. Medical records? Booooring. The modern hacker knows that the real money’s in carbon emission trade credits. No, seriously: A recent phishing expedition of carbon-emitting companies in Europe, New Zealand and Asia reaped over $US4 million. (more…)

L.A. activists float idea of �freeway� system for bikes

from Archinect.com Feed

The L.A. Bike Working Group is developing an alternative bike plan. They are starting with a network of long-distance bike routes they are comparing to a freeway system for cyclists. LA Times

ShowCase: Night Lights

from Archinect.com Feed

ShowCase is an on-going feature series on Archinect, presenting exciting new work from designers representing all creative fields and all geographies. We are always accepting nominations for upcoming ShowCase features – if you would like to suggest a project, please send us a message.
In this installation, YesYesNo teamed up with The Church, Inside Out Productions and Electric Canvas to turn the Auckland Ferry Building into an interactive playground. Our job was to create an installation that would go beyond merely projection on buildings and allow viewers to become performers, by taking their body movements and amplifying them 5 stories tall. We used 3 different types of interaction – body interaction on the two stages, hand interaction above a light table, and phone interaction with the tracking of waving phones. There were 6 scenes, cycled every hour for the public. We had a great deal of fun making this, hope you enjoy it, too.Popout↑ Click video to play
Night Lights from thesystemis on Vimeo.

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Credits: Interaction Design and Software: YesYesNo — Joel Gethin Lewis, Zach Lieberman, Pete Hellicar, Kyle McDonald, Todd Vanderlin w/ Daito Manabe sound design Art Direction and Production: Hellicar & Lewis Show Direction and Production: Inside Out Productions Production: Simon Velvin @ The Church Projection: The Electric Canvas Music: 9th Wonder – Beautiful Morning (instrumental), Gin Wigmore – Under My Skin Thanks to NZ Telecom and the Auckland City Council for supporting this, Peter Milne and all the Team, Simon Velvin and all at the Church, Mike Mizrahi, Marie Adams and all at Inside Out Productions, and Takayuki Ito.YesYesNo is a new interactive collective that specializes in the creation of engaging, magical installations that combine creativity, artistic vision and cutting edge R&D. Founded in 2008 by leading interactive specialists Zachary Lieberman, Theo Watson and Joel Gethin Lewis, YesYesNo aims to develop work that puts creativity and awe at the forefront of interactive media.


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The Week In High Speed Rail

from INFRASTRUCTURIST

Popout • Yup, lots of other countries have really cool high speed rail. • To recap, America 2050 director Petra Todorovich and Infrastructurist editorMelissa Lafsky took to the cable news networks to talk high speed rail. Some discussions were fair and reasonable…others less so. • California was the clear stimulus winner…so which corridor in CA will get the bulk of the cash? One CA High-Speed Rail Authority board member thinks Los Angeles-to-Anaheim is clearly winning. (MercuryNews)[SButtonZ button=”digg”] • So what happens when the $8 billion dries up? Many states have been less-than-forthcoming about how they plan to pay for the completion of HSR projects. Experts say most are counting on the feds to cover at least half of their costs over the next few decades. (ABC News) • The California High Speed Rail Authority is looking abroad for planning advice, and is is expected to approve a memorandum of understanding with Korea, which has had a high-speed rail network since 2004. (SFExaminer) • A former councilman in Waterloo, Wis., argues that that a high speed rail line passing through could harm small towns more than help, by lowering property values near the tracks. (NBC) • And what of Amtrak? The wayward passenger rail system says it needs $11 billion in new rail equipment during the next 14 years. Where that money will come from remains undetermined. (BusinessWeek)

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