Posts Tagged ‘ Environment ’

UNstudio Envision Nippon Moon Giant Observation Wheel, Japan


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International practice UNstudio was commissioned by ferris wheel investment to develop a giant observation wheel in Japan, an amusement structure that is widely popular as a form of entertainment for the island nation. ‘Nippon moon’ has been envisioned to differ from existing ones of its kind with a comprehensive interactive system, developed in partnership with experientia who assisted in providing research on how behaviour could influence user’s interaction with the architectural and digital infrastructure. One’s all-encompassing experience is largely influenced by an accompanying augmented reality app which focuses on three main areas: discovery, the ride and the return. Upon reservation, one must choose the type of virtual journey they wish to take, as each single or double-story capsule has a different theme relating to history, culture, or the environment. From the moment you buy your ticket, the interaction begins. The digital AR platform allows users to see how many seconds are left until their departure. Upon arrival, participants have the freedom to view the welcome area and facilities in ‘active queuing’, instead of waiting in a traditional line for their turn. Upon embarking, the app which works for smartphones and tablets also functions intuitively with each of the pod’s transparent technological skin, becoming a communication device between cars. this kind of information tailors a one-of-a-kind experience, enhancing one’s perception of their chosen topic. One’s senses are further heightened through the integration of augmented animations and sounds. Afterward pictures taken by visitors are posted to the hall of fame in the lobby, becoming a continuous part of the journey after disembarking. Thus, the design creates an active learning environment for riders with the hope to create a significant memory and impact on japanese culture. The concept of observation wheels is not new, but UNstudio’s concept combines design, with engineering to create a fully integrated virtual world.

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19-Year-Old Invents Way To Clean The Ocean Of Plastic Garbage


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One of the ongoing environmental disasters you may or may not be aware of is all the plastic floating in the oceans. There’s literally tons of it and, fun fact, it’s slowly poisoning us. Boyan Slat, though, a 19-year-old college student, has a fairly innovative idea to solve the problem. Essentially, he’ll use large booms and giant funnels to do the job. The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling. Slat’s Ocean Cleanup Array would do a lot more than just keep organic pollutants out of your sushi. Millions of dollars in tourism could be collected and a lot of boat damage could be stopped by hauling all this plastic out of the water. Of course, this solution has to be built: Currently it’s just some clever engineering on paper and some computer models.

Toyota i-Road Electric Personal Mobility Vehicle


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At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show Toyota has introduced the i-ROAD – an electric personal mobility vehicle. Offering greater flexibility in an urban environment, the i-ROAD provides seating in tandem for two users in a pod-like enclosed environment. Its all-electric power-train features a lithium-ion battery – which provides power to a pair of 2 kW electric motors mounted within the front wheels. The EV provides unique, “active lean” technology for a safe, intuitive and enjoyable, helmet-free driving experience for over a range of up to 50 km on a single charge. The system features a lean actuator motor and gearing mounted above the front suspension member, linked via a yoke to the right and left front wheels. An ECU calculates the required lean based on steering angle, gyro-sensor and vehicle speed information. The “active lean” automatically moves the wheels up and down in opposite directions, applying lean angle to counteract the centrifugal force of cornering. Measuring 2,350 mm long and 850 mm wide, the compact three-wheeled PMV’s dimension also makes it possible to park four units in a single car parking bay and allows it to manoeuvre freely through congested traffic.

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California Roll House Concept by Christopher Daniel


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California Roll House Korean designer Christopher Daniel of Violent Volumes is a futuristic concept of a prefab home designed to be assembled and disassembled in record time. At times, the simplest form with least manipulation from its original form can offer visual amenities and adapted solution to the context. California Roll prefabricated house takes this methodology to create its morphological adaptation to its environment : desert. Homogeneous exterior material which provides high grade of energy efficiency and reflects heat from the sun covers the entire surface except for glass panels which is electronically controlled to change its transparency.

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To sustain its challenging structural stand, carbon fibre truss frame under neath the exterior material holds the entire architecture. Hydraulic powered automatic doors and security system is used for main entrance door which allows less spaces to operate the door mechanism. California Roll house features these latest technologies applied to architecture which breaks the boundary of product or vehicle design and architectural design which brings more mobility to living spaces. Plain surface on the ground extended from exterior surface provides paved area for out door activities which requires flat and artificial surface different from desert sand surface. As well as surface on the ground, inside of exterior shell is covered with fibre reinforced plastic panels.

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Luxury Spanish Property by A-Cero Architects


A-cero specifically designed this luxury property to fit in within it`s surrounding environment, and to make full use of the exceptional weather that Spain is renowned for. They used large windows throughout, which allowed the main lounge area to be an open space leading to the landscape garden and swimming pool beyond. The property structure is based on two rectangular volumes, and within these feature clean finishes, high-quality materials and exclusive furniture and fittings which all combine to result in an exceptional living space.

Stilwater at Killearn Fishery by McInnes Gardner Architects


Although it is most definitely a 21st-century, open-plan home with all the fittings you would expect, the American-walnut flooring emerges with the loch view to create the feel of a traditional log cabin. In fact, everywhere you move in this property is designed to remind you of your place within the wider environment. Even if you aren’t facing a window directly, ingenious positioning of reflective surfaces brings the outside into every corner of the home. Four bedrooms – three with en-suites – two walk-in dressing rooms, Jacuzzi whirlpool bath, sauna and wet room shower are included in the property, along with the usual open-plan kitchen-dining area and two terraces. In addition to the interior of the property, the outside is equally impressive. Electric gates open onto a gravel driveway, which sweeps through the grounds towards the property itself.

Gorki House in Moscow


Gorki House was designed by Atrium and is integrated in a beautiful natural environment atop of a hill west of Moscow. The architects were commissioned to design a contemporary residence for a young couple and their kid, while maintaining a good relationship with the surrounding pine forest landscape. The building features generous windows and a large number of terraces which make it connect well with the outdoors. Its shape is highly original, consisting of a clever and appealing game of volumes which seem to gradually unfold. According to Arch Daily, the interior design follows the “patterns” of the exterior, as “public zones flow into private areas and vice-versa”. The rooms are airy and spacious, featuring contemporary furniture arrangements and inspiring decorative details.

The Colorless Can.


And eco friendly package proposal, a convex logo substitutes the traditional colorfully sprayed can. Naked can help to reduce air and water pollution occurred in its coloring process. It also reduces energy and effort to separate toxic color paint from aluminum in recycling  process. Huge amount of  energy and paint required to manufacture colored cans will be saved.Instead of toxic paint, manufacturers process aluminum with  a pressing machine that indicates brand identity on surface.