Monthly Archives: February 2014

PBAI Mimics Human Sensations in Digital Eepiphyte Chamber

Envisioned as an archipelago of interconnected halo-like masses, the ‘epiphyte chamber’ by canadian studio PBAI philip beesley architect inc. mimics human sensations through subtle, coordinated movements. conceived as an ‘epiphyte’, an aerial plant species that can grow without the support of soil, the immersive sculpture explores artificial intelligence, digital fabrication and interactive technologies to create a near-living environment. across each floating island, densely interwoven structures and delicate canopies made of thousands of lightweight components are drawn together in harmonious breathing and whispers. hovering fabric helps to frame the suspended pieces, lined with bulging, fluid-filled vessels and glands. the faunal groups contain metabolisms with chemicals, which move in response to slow reactions.

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Written by: Philip Beesly

Source: Designboom

15-Year-Old Girl’s Invention Could Change the World

Ann Makosinski of Victoria, B.C., who created a flashlight powered by the heat of her hand.

In Grade 7, she began looking at ways to harvest energy, and used Peltier tiles — which can create energy by heating one side and cooling the other — lit with a candle to power an MP3 player. She buys surplus tiles off eBay to keep her experimenting affordable.

“The bigger the temperature differential, the more energy produced,” she explained.

For the flashlight — which she designed from scratch — the “tiles take the temperature difference between your hand and the ambient air, and they produce power” to light it.

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Written by: Kristin Rushowy

Source: The Toronto Star Newspaper

 

A Mobile Phone That Maps Your World

Johnny Lee, a project leader in the Advanced Technology and Projects group at Google, wants our phones to experience the world more like we do: “we are physical beings that live in a 3D world, yet mobile devices today assume that the physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen”, he says – which is why his team has been working on Project Tango, a mobile phone which uses movement and depth sensors to build a 3D model of the space around it.

Project Tango brings a whole new dimension (the third one) to what we could potentially do with our phones: imagine creating a 30 second model to take away from a site visit, for example, or using augmented reality to show a design or an installation in situ, navigable in real time. Currently, Google is in the process of distributing 200 prototypes to app developers, who will hopefully help it realize this tremendous potential.

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Written by: Rory Stoll

Source: ArchDaily

 

RMGL Ridership Doubles in 2 Months

The number daily passengers in Rapid Metro is surging by about 5,000 every month, showing the fledgling mass transit system’s growing acceptance in a city struggling with last-mile connectivity.

In just over two months, Rapid Metro’s daily ridership has touched 20,000. More than 10 lakh people have used the network since its November 14 launch. Authorities say they expect the numbers to shoot up when the Gateway Tower station at Shankar Chowk opens in March as it is located right on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway and provides direct connectivity to MG Road as well. There are a total of six stations on the 5.1km network.

Page 9 from the Jan 21 2014 Times Of India

 

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Written by: TNN

Source: Times of India

Abhay Wadhwa to Speak at ISOLA 2014 Conference

On Saturday March 1 2014, Abhay Wadhwa will speaking at the Indian Society of Landscape Architects (ISOLA) 9th Annual National Conference 2014. Abhay will lecture on The Impact of Culture and Climate on Lighting Systems during day 2 of the conference.

ISOLA- AWA- Culture and Climate

 

Link for the official ISOLA 2014 Brochure

Link for the official ISOLA convention website 

Link for the official ISOLA main website

 

Golden Moon by LEAD

This stunning structure realized by LEAD (Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design), explores how Hong Kong’s unique building traditions and craftsmanship can be combined with contemporary design techniques in the creation of a highly expressive and captivating public event space. Called the Golden Moon, this temporary architectural structure have been awarded at the Lantern Wonderland design competition.The Golden Moon revisits the concept of a Chinese lantern and makes a direct link to the legend of Chang’e, the Moon Goddess of Immortality, two elements strongly associated with the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The Golden Moon was opened to the public in the evening and displayed a sound and light spectacle visible both from inside and outside the pavilion (150 people could walk through the lantern simultaneously).
The Golden Moon was built in only 11 days and shows how, through a combination of state-of-the-art digital design technology and traditional hand craftsmanship, complex geometry can be built at high speed and low cost with the simplest of means. It rethinks the premise of digital design by anchoring the paradigm in a strong materiality. With nearly 500,000 visitors during its 6-day lifespan, the pavilion used its dynamic space, structure, colour, texture and light to trigger a sensuous response from its visitors.

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Written by: Shan Tara

Source: Cube Me

Bring Solar Powered Light to Africa

Africa is beginning to see a new light. A solar-powered light that is. Currently 598 million Africans live off the grid in rural Africa. Many of them still use kerosene lamps to light their homes, a practice that can consume up to 20 percent of each family’s income and is harmful to both the environment and the health of the families.

To help solve this problem SunFunder and SunnyMoney have stepped in with solar power. Together, they are working to move Africa beyond the age of kerosene lamps and into the solar future. But what are these organizations, and how do they work?

SunFunder is a crowdsourcing solar energy initiative that links donors–like you–to solar businesses–like SunnyMoney–in an effort to offer affordable solar energy to the 1.3 billion people worldwide without reliable electricity. To see our pilot project with SunFunder go here. SunFunder allows donors to select the cause they want to support, collects the donations, and then loans the money to the solar company doing that work. The solar company invests the money and earns a profit. That profit is returned to SunFunder and ultimately the original donors.

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Written by: Sierra Club

Source: Earth Techling

The Internet Through a Light Bulb

That is the vision that Professor Harald Haas lays out for me when he visits my office to demonstrate his LiFi technology.

Professor Haas has been working on this at Edinburgh University for some years, and is now running a company called Pure LiFi to try and commercialise the technology. The university itself has invested in a LiFi R&D Centre to try to kick-start an industry which might turn Edinburgh into a world centre for this technology.

Next week Professor Haas and a team which includes some of his former doctoral students will take their equipment to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. So the demonstration in our office feels like quite a big deal – will it work, and will it impress?

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Written by: Rory Cellan-Jones

Source: BBC

United Visual Artists Illuminates the Barbican with Momentum

London’s barbican center has commissioned british art and design studio, united visual artists (UVA) to take part in ‘curve art’, a program launched in 2006 to artistically occupy the rounded space behind the cultural institution’s concert hall. In response, the creative team has produced ‘momentum’. The multi-sensory installation immerses the observer in light and sound, turning the corridor into a musical instrument, to which pendulums dance above. as they move, the space is transformed with patterns of light that vary from simple stripes to platonic geometric and floral forms. They play of illuminated areas and shadow creates an ever-evolving atmosphere through which, visitors are invited to linger, taking their time, moving at their own desired pace to the beat of the music.

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Written by: Attila Nagy

Source: Designboom

The World’s Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today

Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Control them with computers to focus the Sun’s light to the top of 459-foot towers, where water is turned into steam to power turbines. Bingo: you have the world’s biggest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.

Long-mired by regulatory issues and legal tangles, the enormous solar plant–jointly owned byNRG Energy, BrightSource Energy and Google–opened for business today.

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Written by: Attila Nagy

Source: Gizmodo