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Smart Highways by Studio Roosegaarde

Smart Highways by Studio Roosegaarde | T4C Architecture | Scoop.it

Glow-in-the-dark roads and responsive street lamps were among the concepts to make highways safer while saving money and energy at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town earlier this month.


The Smart Highways project by Studio Roosegaarde proposes five energy-efficient concepts that will be tested on a stretch of highway in the Brabant province of the Netherlands from the middle of this year.

The first of the concepts is a glow-in-the-dark road that uses photo-luminescent paint to mark out traffic lanes. The paint absorbs energy from sunlight during the day the lights the road at night for up to 10 hours. Temperature-responsive road paint would show images of snowflakes when the temperature drops below zero, warning drivers to take care on icy roads.

There are two ideas for roadside lighting: interactive street lamps that come on as vehicles approach then dim as they pass by, thereby saving energy when there is no traffic, and "wind lights" that use energy generated by pinwheels as drafts of air from passing vehicles cause them to spin round. Additionally, an induction priority lane would incorporate induction coils under the tarmac to recharge electric cars as they drive...

 

Learn more about these innovative proposals and associated technology at the article link.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, March 25, 2013 1:15 PM

First we learned to sequence traffic lights.  Now we can capture energy for better road marking.  Next we will have computer guided car tracks that let us travel more efficiently as a group better utilizing existing highways.  Add in more fuel efficient or electric cars and we have a pretty good outlook for cleaner cities and less dependency on non-renewable resources.

Jim Gramata's comment, March 30, 2013 12:09 PM
If there is one area that needs focus and improvement it is highways. Agreed!
Anji Connell's curator insight, April 14, 2013 12:59 AM

Great idea No !

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Designing ‘Future Proof’ Buildings? | Sustainable Cities Collective

Designing ‘Future Proof’ Buildings? | Sustainable Cities Collective | T4C Architecture | Scoop.it
Oddly, what might in reality be the most ‘future proof‘ of building types could be the timber frame buildings that were constructed in 1250 and are still here in 2013.
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Designing to future proof buildings, is impossible when we dont know what the future will look like.  

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Water-producing billboard designed to inspire

Water-producing billboard designed to inspire | T4C Architecture | Scoop.it
The University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Lima, Peru has partnered with advertising agency MAYO-DRAFT FCB to create an advertising billboard that grabs moisture from the desert air and converts it into filtered drinking water.
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Smart cities: what urban life will be like in 2050

Smart cities: what urban life will be like in 2050 | T4C Architecture | Scoop.it

In 37 years our office blocks will contain working farms, produce their own energy, be linked together by suspended green walkways and sections of each floor will be removable, upgradable and replaceable.

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Modular construction is gaining popularity across New York City | News | Archinect

Modular construction is gaining popularity across New York City | News | Archinect | T4C Architecture | Scoop.it
In the Real Estate section of last Sunday's NYT, Julie Satow talks with architects, city officials, various trade organizations and developers (although no union representatives) about the recent growth in projects using prefabricated, modular...
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Massive Public Artwork by Leo Villareal Lights up San Francisco Bay - News - Architectural Record

Massive Public Artwork by Leo Villareal Lights up San Francisco Bay - News - Architectural Record | T4C Architecture | Scoop.it

"A public artwork on the scale of Christo and Jeanne Claude's Gates or their wrapped Pont-Neuf, Villareal's The Bay Lights is a 1.8-mile-long LED light sculpture spanning the western portion of the Bay Bridge, which connects San Francisco to Oakland. Using 25,000 points of white light controlled by software the artist wrote, The Bay Lights will run its algorithmic lighting program every night from dusk till 2 a.m. for the next two years."

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Agora Tower, Taipei: A Twisting Skyscraper Wrapped With Vertical Gardens

Agora Tower, Taipei: A Twisting Skyscraper Wrapped With Vertical Gardens | T4C Architecture | Scoop.it

Taipei just broke ground on a twisting skyscraper that is wrapped with a jungle of vertical gardens...

Designed by Vincent Callebaut Architecture, the 455,000-square-foot Agora Tower will have an orchard, a vegetable garden, space for aromatic and medicinal plants, and a compost and rainwater capture system.

Designed to mimic two encircling hands and the helical structure of DNA, the towers are organized a central core that allows for a “hyper-abundance of suspended gardens.” These will spill over with edible and decorative plants, enabling residents of 40 luxury apartments to harvest a great deal of their own food (except for protein.) Plus, the rainwater capture system alleviates pressure on the municipal water supply and gives the complex even greater independence.

Each 540 square meter apartment will have an interior green wall as well, ensuring optimum air quality and a great green aesthetics. A circular light funnel will push daylighting right down to the basement of the building, a solar roof will provide energy, and low E glass will mitigate excess solar gain and prevent thermal loss.

Complete with nanotechnology and a host of other high-tech features, this one-of-a-kind tower may well be the greenest of its kind when it is completed circa 2016....


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Pagina Uno's curator insight, March 10, 2013 6:10 AM

Progettato per imitare la struttura elicoidale del DNA, le torri sono organizzate intorno ad un nucleo centrale che ha permesso la realizzare un "iper-abbondanza di giardini sospesi." Questi traboccano di piante commestibili e decorative, che consentono ai residenti dei 40 appartamenti di lusso di raccogliere una grande quantità di cibo. Inoltre, un sistema di raccolta delle acque piovane allevia il peso sulla rete idrica comunale e dà indipendenza al complesso.

Bubba Muntzer's comment, March 10, 2013 1:30 PM
This is a real fad now, skyscrapers that twist toward the sky like that, isn't it? I can't help but wonder about the legacy. Are we entering a new era where the species is losing its self consciousness, or have these architects simply not heard the old limerick about the heartbreak when the man who was threaded one way fell in love with the woman who was threaded the other way?
Backbone's curator insight, September 13, 2014 7:54 AM

more constructions like this expected in near future !

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DIY Wind Turbine Project Goes Open Source | EarthTechling

DIY Wind Turbine Project Goes Open Source | EarthTechling | T4C Architecture | Scoop.it

This DIY, vertical-axis wind turbine uses easily attainable parts, can be built by anyone and yields impressive power output.

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Could DIY renewables be the future? 

 

Building and fitting the renewable technology, could be an effect measure to counter the high cost of purchasing and installing the technology.  Plus as the homeowner will have an extensive knowledge of the technology, the cost of employing someone, if it breaks could be reduced.

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Technology4Change : Nature's antibacterial surface

Technology4Change : Nature's antibacterial surface | T4C Architecture | Scoop.it

Elena Ivanova of Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, has modelled the veined wings of the clanger cicada to demonstrate their antibacterial properties.  She believes that the defensive properties of the wings could be recreated to produce antibacterial surfaces.

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Energy company to test floating solar islands

Energy company to test floating solar islands | T4C Architecture | Scoop.it

Swiss energy company Viteos has announced that it is to build three floating solar arrays with 100 PV panels on Lake Neuchâtel.

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Technology4Change : Graphene based solar cells

Technology4Change : Graphene based solar cells | T4C Architecture | Scoop.it
While observing the properties of graphene, researchers in Spain recently found that it is highly efficient at absorbing light and converting it to electrical energy. This could pave the way for its use in more effective light sensors on cameras, night vision goggles and medical sensors. However, the greatest potential benefit could be its use in a more efficient solar cell.
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Technology4Change : Smart metals

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A new “smart” metal construction material called Thermobimetal was showcased at the Future Materials Gallery at EcoBuild 2013.  Developed by architect and researcher Doris Sung of DOSU studio architecture and the University of Southern California, the material can provide solar-shading and ventilation without energy use or controls. 

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A new metal cladding that can self ventialte, providing solar shading, and dramatic shapes, with no energy or controls required

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Minimalism & Playfulness Define a Contemporary Shipping Container Residence

Minimalism & Playfulness Define a Contemporary Shipping Container Residence | T4C Architecture | Scoop.it

The WFH House in China, designed by Copenhagen-based studio, Arcgency is a contemporary design, constructed of three stacked shipping containers.


The house surrounded by lush vegetation  ”was designed to produce more energy than it consumes through the use of upcycled shipping containers as a steel frame, a sustainable bamboo facade, a rainwater collection system, solar cell-clad green roof and permeable paving.”

The interior is neat, dressed up in impeccable white, yet with splashes of color here and there. The main floor is envisioned as one singular space that accommodates the kitchen, dining area and the living room. The main advantage is that, this type of space delimitation allows a seamless transition between the indoor environments...


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Immotopic's curator insight, March 4, 2013 4:06 AM

Le moins c'est le mieux*

Immotopic's comment, March 4, 2013 4:07 AM
Less is better*
Natalie Curtis's curator insight, March 6, 2013 9:18 AM

The WFH House is a perfect example of my inspiration for my Architecture Repurposing topic... it's sustainable, energy-efficient and innovative. It is a elegant representation of repurposing materials to be used in creative and intelligent alternate spacial use and design. The interior design is just as seamless and minimalistic as the outside and creates an open feel, as well. If you're at all curious about how the masterminds behind shipping container homes, do what they do, you'll find this blog interesting. The small array of pictures goes from the finished product all the way down the skeleton of the home and it's really quite fascinating to see the actual raw, industrial looking shipping containers being transformed into a modern, minimalistic and elegant home.