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Apple Debuts the Greenest Macbooks Ever

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

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Apple Debuts the Greenest Macbooks Ever

The folks at Apple recently debuted their latest line of sleek notebooks, and we were excited to hear that they’re the greenest Macs ever! They’ve removed many of the harmful toxins found in computers including mercury, arsenic and PVC and made the remaining parts nearly all recyclable. The software has also been redesigned to run on 30% less power than previous models, earning them Energy Star certification. And finally, Apple cut out nearly half of the bulky packaging to streamline their distribution and create less trash to bring home.

Varian Designs’ Reclaimed Furniture Fuses Old with New

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

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Varian Designs’ Reclaimed Furniture Fuses Old with New

Old bequeaths new in Varian Designs‘ beautiful reclaimed furniture, which blends found materials and craftsman techniques with a modern aesthetic. Each piece in this sustainably crafted line is finished using all-natural old-world techniques, and extra close attention is paid to the details and joinery. In the Bartizan Desk pictured above, wood and steel are artfully brought together with the addition of a simple box for storage. The overall effect is a modern line of furnishings that celebrates each piece’s unique history, and we were excited to see lead designer Forest Dickey recently debut his latest collection at Dwell on Design.

X-Ray Umbrella Keeps You Dry as a Bone

November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

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X-Ray Umbrella Keeps You Dry as a Bone

Have you ever thought to yourself, “you know, I really dig x-rays from an aesthetic standpoint, but I only ever see them at the dentist or after some kind of injurious catastrophe. What a shame.” Perhaps not. But if you’re thinking that now, then check out this cool umbrella concept from Anastacia Spada. Composed of water-repellent sheets of skeletal film, her brilliant diy project is sure to cast rainy nights under a different shade.

Maybe you’re tired of your flimsy nylon umbrella that you bought during an unseasonal summer downpour. Maybe (though I guess it’s unlikely) you’re a radiologist that lives in Seattle, and you have a broken umbrella sitting around. Maybe it’s raining where you live right now, and you just want ideas for a diy project. Or maybe you’re really into dressing up as a skeleton for costume parties, but you hate when the facepaint gets washed off in a storm.

Regardless of the conditions of its construction, we love this novel reuse of a material that most of us rarely consider twice, and it probably looks very cool in use. Whether it’s the muted blue tones of a rainy daytime or the abrupt flash of lightning or a streetlamp coming through the film, you’ll be kept dry by something way more interesting to look at than a sheet of nylon. It’ll take a bit of effort (and maybe a radiologist friend) to make one of your own, and it looks like it might have a hard time closing, but unless you’re Gene Kelly, you probably want to stay dry somehow.

Populous Wins Incheon Stadium Design for 2014 Asian Games

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment

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Populous Wins Incheon Stadium Design for 2014 Asian Games

It’s an exciting time for sports fans everywhere as cities around the world unveil the incredible stadiums that will host the events of tomorrow, and the designers and architects of Populous have them in spades. The latest competition-winning proposal from the HOK offshoot was recently selected as the primary stadium for the 17th Asian games in Incheon, South Korea. The adaptable stadium creates an abundance of green space within the city that will serve as a public park when not in use.

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Populous Wins Incheon Stadium Design for 2014 Asian Games by Mike Chino, 10/09/09

Designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport Venue Event) and Heerim Architects and Planners, Incheon’s new stadium is designed to hold 70,000 people for the Asian games in 2014, after which it will downsize and transform into a 30,000 seat stadium and public park.

The elegantly sloping structure is meant to reflect the traditional Buddhist ritual Seung Moo dances. According to architect Daekwon Park, “In architecture, as in dance, dynamic movement creates form, but can also be recognized by the space voids created around its form. The yin and yang of complementary opposites within a greater whole are represented inside the form of the master plan of the stadium, and the left over space around that form, becomes the main access to the building.

The stadium has been described as promoting “a new era of designing sustainable venues for major events”, however the project’s sustainable features have yet to be disclosed. Ensuring environmental responsibility in a structure designed to draw thousands of spectators is a challenging goal, and we’re interested to see how populous plans on pulling off the feat.

For now Populous has said “The key to its success will be linking it into the surrounding parklands, to make it an open, accessible building for its people. It will be smaller, easier to operate and more usable by the community, securing its long term sustainability and providing a true legacy for the people of Incheon.”

Graft Lab’s Vertical Village in Dubai Has Spider Web of Solar Panels

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment
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Graft Lab’s Vertical Village in Dubai Has Spider Web of Solar

At first glance, Graft Lab’s dazzling complex in Dubai may appear to have a cluster of sparkling geometric pools at its base. But upon further inspection, the web-like structures are actually something even more desirable than a place to take a dip in the hot desert – a means of collecting the scorching rays of the sun and transforming them into energy. Dubbed the Vertical Village, this multi-use building and accompanying massive array of solar collectors was designed to work smarter, not harder, which is expected to earn it a LEED Gold certification when it is completed.

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Graft Lab’s Vertical Village in Dubai Has Spider Web of Solar Panels

The architects at Graft Lab (also responsible for the unique and ethereal Bird Island) must have been taking good notes in their LEED classes because the Vertical Village incorporates the most basic mantras of energy-efficiency in hot climates: reducing solar gain and maximizing solar production. Each hockey-stick-shaped building within the village is self-shading on its north side and on the east-west axis to reduce long-angle sun penetration. A massive bed of solar collectors lies at the south end of the complex and has the ability to automatically position itself toward the sun to maximize solar-energy aggregation. The roof of the village has veins like a leaf which can break up the solar field into smaller, more manageable portions.

Aside from its energy-harvesting features, the Vertical Village is also quite breathtaking to behold. The way that the buildings have been sliced and tilted gives each one a unique, futuristic look. Residents and visitors will be able to take full advantage of hotels, cinemas, restaurants, shops and a theater.

Flood Harvesting Housing Brings Tidal Power to New York City

October 29, 2009 Leave a comment
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Flood Harvesting Housing Brings Tidal Power to New York City

The concept of harvesting energy from river waves to power New York City just got more enticing. Earlier this year we brought you GRO Architects notable concept, which stood out among the entries for Metropolis Magazine’s 2009 Next Generation Design Competition. Brian Novello, one of the partners in the project, also has a beautiful design to expand these modular docking stations in energy-collecting floating houses, and it looks so cool that we had to spread the news.

To refresh your memory, GRO Architects‘ floating walkways are designed to extend from piers and use the river current to spin their large turbines. Power would be generated silently while the passersby could also use the spaces within the network of turbines for walkways, public spaces, or even residences as the project’s title suggests.

The first iterations of this design featured a set of open structures with faceted cladding and rib cage-like walkways. In Brian Novello’s version, the walkways are more like enclosed passageways inside of the swirling turbines, and a sleek and technical look has been given to the central connecting modules that act as green spaces for trees. This new look is similar to the pristine, yet engineered style of a brightly colored Dyson vacuum, but it is appropriate since the action of water in a turbine lends itself to these twisting forms.

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Flood Harvesting Housing Brings Tidal Power to New York City

Brian Novello has posted a fly through video of the project, which gives a nice overview of the spaces. These structures could act as a nice retreat from the city streets, since they seems very inviting in their modernity. In addition to the architectural achievements, the FH2 Flood Harvesting Housing project could have significant value for adding green space and collecting power for the city. We hope that these design updates means that headway is being made toward making a hydropower project a reality in New York City.

ACME United Nations Memorial Space Inspired by Cells

October 29, 2009 Leave a comment
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ACME United Nations Memorial Space Inspired by Cells

A recent competition earlier in 2009 held by the city of Chungju in South Korea made a call for a memorial space in the city’s United Nations Peace Park. Coming in at 3rd place was London-based firm ACME with their dramatic hive-like design. Drawing from the very core of what the United Nations is, this building is comprised of individual cells combined together to form a cube structure, mirroring how the UN is made up of individual countries who come together to form one entity. ACME’s proposal also includes an idyllic green roof and plenty of natural daylight.

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ACME United Nations Memorial Space Inspired by Cells

The structure is built from hexagonal cells on the exterior as well as throughout the interior. Built as a metaphor for how the UN operates and functions, this memorial space is meant to “represent the nature of the organization, where many different nations come together to create one entity, but without losing their
individual identities.” Inside there are two conference halls, a theater, an exhibition space and an assembly hall for 1,500 people. The cellular design will also serve as a multi-function meeting space and house offices, restaurants, meeting and educational space as well as public viewing platforms.

An open staircase winds up the exterior of the building and leads all the way up to the roof, where a public garden and green roof await. Rooms, meeting space and public areas are all well lit by natural daylight.  We’re quite taken with this design proposal and considering it received 3rd place, we’d love to know what the first and second place designs were.