The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is a landmark initiative that has brought together artists, architects, scientists, landscape architects, and engineers in a first of its kind collaboration. The goal of the Land Art Generator Initiative is to design and construct a series of public art installations that uniquely combine aesthetics with clean energy generation. The works will serve to inspire and educate while they provide renewable power to thousands of homes around the world. The Land Art Generator Initiative was founded by Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry.
Wa Gon's insight:
"The Land Art Generator Initiative has put together this free 73-page Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies."
A simple, cheap device turns sunlight into hydrogen fuel.
If solar power is to become a primary source of electricity around the world, we’ll need cheap ways to store energy from the sun when it isn’t shining. A paper published in the journal Science this week reports a major step toward such a system. Researchers have developed a device that cheaply and efficiently converts the energy in sunlight into hydrogen, which can be used as a fuel and is easily stored.
At a private shindig in little town called New York City last week, SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive and Chairman Elon Musk (Lyndon’s cousin and also the CEO, Chief Product Architect, and Chairman of Tesla Motors) made a few casual but potentially world-changing announcements, as is practically a habit with Elon.
Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas talks to SPIEGEL about the new Fondazione Prada museum he designed in Milan, the danger of turning cities into historical Disneylands and his desire to raze an entire neighborhood of Paris.
Wa Gon's insight:
Once interested in 'tabula rasa' processes, is good to read Koolhaas discussing preservation. But there's more grasp. We shouldn't tear down not only usable but also re-usable buildings!
The preservation of existing structures is not only about aesthetics, hitstoricism or sentimentalism. It's environmentally logical to repair and redefine the use a building. Demolition is the worst part of the linear, read old, economy.
Burlington, Vermont, the state's largest city, recently became the first in the country to use 100 percent renewable energy for its residents' electricity needs. In a state known for socially conscious policies, the feat represents a milestone in the growing green energy movement. NewsHour's William Brangham reports on the implications for the country's green movement. Continue reading →
We've been keeping tabs on the plasmonics scene for a while and we just got wind of an interesting new development from the Netherlands in partnership with Caltech. If the Netherlands connection doesn't exactly ring your bells, recall that Caltech is the institutional home of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is heavily invested in the
The folks over at Spacing Vancouver have compiled this multi-layered diagram which depicts the operating hours of every business within 200m from the Broadway-City Hall station on Cambie Street. The purpose of this time diagram is to show how "this continuous flow orchestrates the city's metabolism." Check out the complete story from Spacing Vancouver over here.
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