Zhang Chenxi creates realistic alien creatures that we actually wish existed

August 23, 2017 by  
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When we think of aliens, we usually conjure up images of green-skinned aliens or knobby-fingered creatures like E.T., but one artist let his imagination run wild with a series of 80 digitally-rendered aliens that are probably more realistic – and certainly more appealing – than the sci-fi fantasy. UI/UX designer and 3D artist Zhang Chenxi developed an art series titled “Unknown x Unknown” in which he explored what other forms these intergalactic beings could take – and the results are far from creepy. Zhang Chenxi’s digital illustrations are bursting with color and so much detail you could almost believe these were photographs of deep sea creatures or animals lurking in the Amazon rainforest. The little critters feature bright antennae, soft and squishy tentacles, fungi-like qualities and beads at the tips of their extremities. Some seem inspired by succulents, sea anemone, squids and insects while others are as completely odd as they are mesmerizing. Related: Jill Bliss’ stunning arrangements capture the magical beauty of mushrooms To bring his visions to life, Chenxi used MAXON Cinema 4D , a software program that allows artists to do 3D modeling, animation and graphics rendering. First he sketches his ideas on paper and then works his concept through Cinema 4D before rendering in Octane. He just finished the series of 80 renderings, but you can see his entire collection on Instagram and high-resolution versions on his Behance portfolio . + Zhang Chenxi Via Colossal

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PUP Architects hides a dwelling inside a rooftop air duct-shaped pavilion

August 23, 2017 by  
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PUP Architects disguised a dwelling as a rooftop air duct to bring attention to London’s housing crisis . The unusual pop-up pavilion is the winner of this year’s Architecture Foundation Antepavilion competition for sustainable housing alternatives. The “guerrilla habitation” project playfully exploits development loopholes by fashioning a habitable rooftop space atop a canal-side warehouse in east London. PUP Architect’s H-VAC structure beat out 128 proposals in property developer Shiva’s annual Antepavilion program, a competition that calls attention to problems with the local planning department and the city’s housing shortage . PUP Architects based their design off a loophole that allows development of rooftop service structures without planning permission. Disguised as an HVAC exhaust, this hidden two-story dwelling starts from within the brick warehouse and pops up onto the roof in a snaking linear form clad in silver waterproof shingles made from recycled Tetra-Pak offcuts. The timber-framed structure winds its way up and culminates into a periscope-like shape with small room with two comfortable benches accommodating up to six. Related: This tiny prefab solution to Finland’s housing shortage can pop up in 24 hours “The pavilion invites discussion about the occupation of the city’s rooftops by highlighting relaxed permitted development rights,” says the Antepavilion press release. “It suggests that if dwellings could be disguised as air conditioning equipment, thousands of micro houses could be built across the city providing new homes.” The pop-up pavilion opened August 5 and will be available for public viewing during Open House weekend from September 16 to 17. + PUP Architects Images by Jim Stephenson and Phineas Harper

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House of Vans Opens a Subterranean Skatepark Beneath the Streets of London

August 14, 2014 by  
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Seven most weird projects that make use of solar energy

October 11, 2011 by  
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Kuldeep Sharma: Solight- solar powered garden Solight- solar powered garden As the whole world is talking about the environment conservation, the role of solar energy has got its dominant place. Most of the things operated by electricity that we are using presently will be available in new avatars powered by solar energy. Presently, there are lots of gadgets and appliances that work on solar energy like solar water heaters, solar cars, solar device chargers, street lights powered by solar energy, etc. These all looks quite normal things with the use of solar energy but there are some other weird and wacky things that make use of solar energy. Here is a list of such things that are totally unexpected with the use of solar energy and left you surprised whether solar energy can be used in such form. Let’s see these 7 most weirdest projects that make use of solar energy. 1. Solar movie theater Solar Movie theatre Sol cinema that has a capacity for 8 people to sit First in this list is a small solar powered movie theater named as SOL CINEMA. You might have seen a theater that has large capacity for people to sit and enjoy the movie with great surround sound experience. But being a movable mini cinema, SOL CINEMA provides seating capacity of 8 people. This whole cinema is powered by solar energy. It contains solar panels that provide energy to run the cinema and giving viewers a home theater like experience. 2. Taco Stand Solar Taco stand A solar powered Taco stand used by vendors in Mexico When we talk about Tacos it reminds us of the delicious taste of it. You must have seen street vendors using fossil fuel powered Taco grills to keep Tacos warm. But in Mexico, now a days the food vendors are using solar powered Taco grills that use solar energy to prepare their Tacos. The initial investment on solar powered Taco grill is only $500 but after this it has long term savings also. Being a solar powered grill, it saves the cost of using fossil fuel like cooking gas hence giving much more profit to the vendors. 3. Solar planes Solar Powered Plane Solar impulse- a sun powered plane You might be familiar with solar powered concept vehicles like cars, bikes and boats but have you ever heard about a solar powered air plane. Solar Impulse, the solar powered airplane makes use of solar energy to take a flight high in the sky. It took around seven precious years for the engineers of the plane to make it operational. The plane has a wing span of 210 feet on which 12000 solar cells are placed to power the plane. The plane took its first flight from Switzerland and traveled at an altitude of 4000 feet above the ground. The most amazing thing about this airplane is that during its flight the pilot was able to keep it in the air for around 24 hours even after the sunset with the help of the stored energy. 4. Beehives Solar powered Beehives Solar powered Beehives All of us like honey for its great sweet taste. Honey comes from most of the honey farms where honey bees are kept in artificial beehives. So this solar project is all about the solar powered cooler that keeps the beehive cool so that the production of honey in the colony of bees should be high. This cooler is totally powered by solar energy and allows the bees to live happily in the beehive. 5. Plant lights Solight- solar powered garden Solight- solar powered garden The next thing in this category of weird solar projects is ‘Solight concept plant lightning system’. If you are interested in planting trees inside your house, where there is no sunlight you can rely on this Solight concept plant lightning system. This device contains LED bulbs that provide light to the plants beneath it using the energy gathered from the sunlight. Hence, Solight being a weird project can help you a lot in in-house gardening. 6. Vending machines Solar Powered Vending Machine Solar Powered Vending Machine by Fuji Electronics Japan based electronic goods company Fuji electronics has debuted its solar powered vending machine that works totally on solar power. The vending machine is moss covered and keeps all items cool due to improved insulation of moss. It looks like an ordinary vending machine and helps reduce the consumption of electricity for a greener tomorrow. The concept is totally green as the number of vending machines in the world is very large and if the company is able to replace all vending machines with these solar powered machines than it can help us save most of the electric energy. 7. Farmers market Solar powered farmers market Solar powered farmers market You might have visited vegetable markets that are totally dependent on electricity or some other non renewable sources of energy. But, Albuquerque Downtown Growers Market has made some changes when compared to other farmers markets. It uses solar energy for every thing like keeping fresh the vegetables, music inside the shop and even the ATM machines that are placed there are totally powered by solar energy. Hence, we can say that they are making a big step towards green revolution. This article is sponsored by Mobile Phone Products From Made-in-China.com .

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Seven coolest uses of photovoltaic panels

October 11, 2011 by  
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Ankit Dahiya: Uses of photovoltaic panels Coolest uses of photovoltaic panels Introduction The solar voltaic cells are one of the widely used source to produce energy. The energy produced using these photovoltaic cells is completely an eco-friendly energy and has become so popular that every people wants to try their hands on it. This way of producing energy is one of the simplest and easiest ways as you just need a few array of cells to start producing energy. These solar panels are widely used these days to produce energy in some or other way. Here is a list of seven coolest uses of photovoltaic panels that are being used by people across the globe. 1. Solar trash cans Solar trash cans The solar trash can is an idle way of using the solar energy The solar trash can is an idle way of using the solar energy. These trash cans are specially designed in various cities across the globe to reduce the effective impact of trash on the environment and the surroundings. These trash cans are becoming popular as they are solar-energy powered and are provided with more space to store more trash which in turn reduces the emissions and the fuel consumption by a rapid rate of up to 80%. 2. Solar intersections Solar intersections The art is another form of using the photovoltaic cells to generate optimum amount of energy The art is another form of using the photovoltaic cells to generate optimum amount of energy. The art these days is not only to enjoy but also to take a step towards a green and clean environment. These cool site-specific art designs are creatively made keeping in mind the impact of sun’s energy and the ways it can be effectively used to overcome the green house effect and other big problems. 3. Solar crane at Coachella Solar crane at Coachella This solar crane is really awesome and the look it delivers at night time is marvelous This solar crane is really awesome and the look it delivers at night time is marvelous. This is a huge oversized origami installation at Coachella. This was launched at a festive season and it is placed at the entrance to welcome the crowd. This is powered with thousands of LED lights that glow during the night and gives a feel of liveliness. This masterpiece is a living art that conveys a social message of saving energy in some way. 4. Solar pyramids Solar pyramids Solar pyramids are one of the most used methods of generating eco-friendly energy without affecting the surroundings and the environment Solar pyramids are one of the most used methods of generating eco-friendly energy without affecting the surroundings and the environment. This structure of pyramid allows utilizing the maximum of the solar energy and helps in producing large amount of green energy which can be used effectively as an alternative source to a green world. This design has received awards for its unique design and is placed at Abu Dhabi. 5. Solar paint Solar paint Solar Paint is the next thing that can be used as a source of saving our environment Paint is the next thing that can be used as a source of saving our environment. The paint usually contains toxic elements that tend to pollute our surrounding and effects people to a large extent. The solar paint is a best alternative and this paint is a mixture of photovoltaic panels which can be used to paint any surface to create set of cheap and very efficient solar cells. There are further researches being done on this unique way of renewable source of energy and we expect it to be an awesome real concept soon into the market. 6. Solar powered plane Solar powered plane The planes are the next big thing that can be used to generate energy effectively The planes are the next big thing that can be used to generate energy effectively. The sky is the limit for this solar technology. Usually planes consumes plenty of fuel which in turn produces smoke that effects the surrounding. This solar plane is being made keeping in mind the green future and this unique way is highly appreciated. This solar plane can do wonders as it runs on solar energy powered solar cells which reduce the carbon impact on nature. Moreover, these solar energy powered plane can be easily operated and needs the basic installment just like a normal plane. This solar impulse plane is made using 12,000 solar panels which will allow it to run day and night continuously without any problem. 7. Flower power Flower power These solar-powered flowers consume the solar energy and convert it into electrical energy by using photovoltaic cells Flowers have their own magical power. Be it a normal flower which add to the beauty of nature and helps in its shining or the solar powered flowers that acts as an alternate way of producing green energy. One such flower is made completely out of solar photovoltaic cells that not only looks stunning but also generates an awesome amount of energy which can be utilized effectively for some useful purpose. These solar-powered flowers consume the solar energy and convert it into electrical energy by using photovoltaic cells. They too work as natural flowers and provide shade and shelter for various organisms. This concept is really cool and should be followed everywhere.

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London’s Films On Fridges is a Pop Up Cinema Literally Made from Old Refrigerators

August 4, 2011 by  
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Sol Cinema: The World’s Smallest Solar-Powered Movie Theater

November 11, 2010 by  
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While An Inconvenient Truth may have opened our eyes to the perils of global warming , most of us still saw it in a cinema powered by large amounts of electricity. Fortunately, movie fans now have an option to see films in a more sustainable manner – The Sol Cinema , which is the world’s smallest solar-powered movie theater!! Read the rest of Sol Cinema: The World’s Smallest Solar-Powered Movie Theater http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: smallest solar powered cinema , sol cinema , sol cinema solar power , solar power cinema batteries , solar powered cinema , solar powered cinema caravan

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