Liberland may be the world’s first sovereign nation powered by algae

June 2, 2016 by  
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The winning proposal is a pedestrian-friendly design that supports a growing populace with stackable horizontal structures. Called Inverted Archeology, this groundbreaking technique constructs the city-state in consecutive temporal layers to form a self-sufficient, compact, dense, integrated and resilient urban fabric. Algae, strains of which don’t require significant sunlight to proliferate, would be grown on the underside of buildings to provide a clean source of energy . The design specifically creates an environment that is conducive to innovation, ensuring that all citizens – regardless of their ethnicity, race, age, gender or profession – have every opportunity to reach their full potential and participate collectively in financial gains. Related: The world’s first algae-powered building in Hamburg The RAW-NYC team led by Raya Ani comprised of an interdisciplinary group of collaborators from around the world, including – for full disclosure – the author of this post. “The team makeup and the design process was quite interesting and challenging at the same time,” Ani told Inhabitat. “To bring people together from different backgrounds substantiated our ideas and enriched the design process.” “The main vision was to balance density with quality of life. We wanted to address density differently than defaulting to skyscrapers, where connections between buildings occur only on the ground level. We wanted the city to be built one horizontal layer at a time, where it’s possible to walk everywhere and everything is connected. The horizontal layers are stacked in a staggered configuration to ensure natural light penetrates all of them.” Liberland president Vít Jedli?ka told Inhabitat that he and his team are studying whether a stackable algae-powered city design is feasible for Liberland. “We are blessed to have such great minds involved in creating Liberland, he said. “The winning design concepts show that the country can become a prosperous habitable area using [the] latest innovations in green technology to remain mostly self-sufficient. We will further study upon the 1st place project to see if and how exactly it could be introduced in reality. When that’s possible, we want to launch a virtual 3D landscape with building models to help people choose a place to live or to invest in. I congratulate all selected participants for their clever ideas representing the freedom Liberland stands for.” Sustainability played an important role in the RAW-NYC design. In addition to algae, buildings would feature integrated photovoltaic panels , rainwater harvesting systems and green roofs , and nothing would go to waste – neither space nor materials. Everything would be recycled, including all human, agricultural and organic waste, which would be converted into biofuel, and rooftop and community gardening would be scattered throughout, and floodable parks embrace rising waters. The Liberland design competition provided the opportunity of a lifetime – to design from scratch a progressive nation state that promotes innovation and autonomy. The RAW-NYC team used every available device to envision a genuinely sustainable, zero-waste urban oasis that will be resilient in the face of the numerous economic, environmental, and social challenges in the pipeline. + Liberland + RAW-NYC Architects

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The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

October 21, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adam Miklosi , agar agar , airbus , algae , Algae Curtain-a , algae farm , algae farming , algae greenhouses , algae power , algae-powered aircraft , algae-powered LED , algae-powered planes , AlgaeBulb , algaerium , bio-adaptive microalgae facade , bio-reactive louvers , bioluminescence , biophotovoltaic panels , CELSS , Chlorella , chlorella algae , chlorella pyrenoidosa spirulina microalgae , claudia pasquero , controlled ecological life support system , crane greenhouses , Diamond DA 42 , dino pet , dinoflagellate algae , eads , eco-city , EcoLogicStudio , energy futures project , ETFE pedals , future fruits , glow in the dar , Gyula Bodonyi , lille , LOOP.PH , marco poletto , Marianne Cauvard , Marin Sawa , micro-ecologies , migro towers , Noisy Jelly , photobioreactor , Photosynthesizing Textile , Raphaël Pluvinage , red algae , renewable energy , simrishamn , Splitterwerk Architects , Sweden , yonder biology

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Gyula Bodonyi’s Algae Powered LED is Truly a “Green” Light Bulb

May 31, 2013 by  
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The World’s First Algae-Powered Building Opens in Hamburg

April 10, 2013 by  
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The world’s first algae-powered building just opened in Hamburg! Dubbed the BIQ House , the project features a bio-adaptive algae facade and it will serve as a testing bed for sustainable energy production in urban areas and self-sufficient living buildings. International design firm Arup worked with Germany’s SSC Strategic Science Consultants and Austria-based Splitterwerk Architects to develop the BIQ House, which launched as part of Hamburg’s International Building Exhibition . Read the rest of The World’s First Algae-Powered Building Opens in Hamburg Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae as insulator , algae as shade , algae power , arup , bio-reactor facade , biomass , BIQ House , BIQ House opens , high-rise farms , Hmaburg , International Building Exhibition , jet-powered maintenance robots , photovoltaic paint , self-sufficient living buildings , solar thermal heat , Splitterwerk Architects , SSC Strategic Science Consultant , the future of green building        

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The Salone Satellite Impresses at Milan Design Week with Exciting Prospects from Designers Worldwide

April 10, 2013 by  
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Renault Taps Ross Lovegrove to Design Twin’Z Electric Concept Car

April 10, 2013 by  
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Renault and British designer Ross Lovegrove just took the wraps off the Renault Twin’Z electric concept car. The Twin’Z is an all-electric city car with rear-wheel drive, a 100 mile range and a 86-hp rear-mounted electric motor . It draws its inspiration from the heritage of some of the Renault’s other models like the Renault 5 and Renault Twingo, but Renault invited British designer Ross Lovegrove to add some extra design touches. Read the rest of Renault Taps Ross Lovegrove to Design Twin’Z Electric Concept Car Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automotive design , Design , electric car , electric motor , green car , Renault , renault electric car , Renault Twin’Z concept car , Ross Lovegrove        

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UNStudio to Relaunch as Open-Source Knowledge Sharing Practice

April 10, 2013 by  
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Dutch architecture firm UNStudio — a longtime Inhabitat favorite — made a surprise announcement this week , revealing that it will shift away from being a traditional design firm and relaunch itself as an open-source knowledge sharing practice. The firm will launch a new online platform that will facilitate the open exchange of ideas, replacing the monolithic structure of most architecture firms. The reboot will encourage new collaborations and it aims to fundamentally change the way we think about architecture. Read the rest of UNStudio to Relaunch as Open-Source Knowledge Sharing Practice Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , co-creative design , collaboration , dutch design firm , Knowledge sharing , open-source architecture , sustainable design , UNStudio , UNStudio architecture        

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Moss Table by Biophotovoltaics Generates Electricity Through Photosynthesis

April 25, 2012 by  
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What if your lamp and laptop could be  powered by plants ? ‘Moss Table’ by Biophotovoltaics is an innovative concept product demonstrating the future potential of Bio-Photo-Voltaic (BPV) technology. Here electricity is generated from the electrons captured by conductive fibers inside the moss table . The technology turns energy that would otherwise be wasted in the photosynthesis process into power that can be put to practical use. Read the rest of Moss Table by Biophotovoltaics Generates Electricity Through Photosynthesis Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , algae power , bio energy harvesting , biophotovoltaic , biophotovoltaics , BPV , eco furniture , energy generating furniture , green design , living tables , milan design week 2012 , MoSS , moss table , table

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Stanford Scientists Harvest Electricity From Algae Photosynthesis

April 15, 2010 by  
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Scientists at Stanford have just discovered the greenest source of energy yet — harvesting electricity directly from plants! They’ve successfully collected energy from photosynthetic processes in algae by tapping straight into currents of electrons generated at the cellular level.

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Prefabricated Chicken Coop Generates its Own Power

April 15, 2010 by  
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If humans can have off-grid , prefabricated structures, who says livestock shouldn’t get the same eco-treatment.

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