Dubai’s crazy rotating wind-powered skyscraper is actually being built

February 21, 2017 by  
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The modern world is full of unique, eye-catching buildings – but an upcoming Dubai skyscraper is about to put a new spin on the field of architecture. We’ve reported before on Israeli-Italian architect David Fisher ‘s crazy rotating Dynamic Tower – and now it looks like the 1,375-foot-tall high-rise is finally becoming a reality. Solar panels will be installed on the roof, and 48 individual wind turbines will be hidden in between the floors to provide power. According to the architect, the building will generate up to 10 times more energy than it will use. Proposed by Fisher almost a full decade ago, the project was supposed to break ground in 2010, but was put on hold due to planning obstructions and design changes. Now, seven year later, it looks like the project has finally been given the green light. https://youtu.be/jEYZ-ylelbg The Dynamic Tower will have 80 floors that are capable of rotating a full 360 degrees, letting tenants and hotel guests select their own personal views via voice command. However, even more impressive than the unique twisting feature is the project’s sustainability profile – the entire building will be powered by sun and wind energy. The apartments will offer the ultimate in luxury living – at a staggering price tag of 30 million dollars. The “beyond star rating” building will offer swimming pools, garden space, a fitness center, and even a car lift that transports cars outside individual residences. + David Fisher Via Mirror Images via David Fisher/Dynamic Architecture

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Futuristic canopy made of knitted textile solar panels wins 2017 Young Architects Program at MoMA

February 21, 2017 by  
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Since 2000, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) PS1 art gallery brings to life experimental outdoor installations every summer—and this year’s winning design is shaping up to be its most innovative project yet. Ithaca-based design practice Jenny Sabin Studio won the 2017 MoMA PS1’s Young Architecture Program competition with their proposal of a futuristic shelter made from robotically knitted textile solar panels. The project, called Lumen, is a “knitted light” structure that will immerse visitors in a cooling microclimate during the day and in an ethereal immersive environment at night that glows using energy collected from the sun. Now in its 18th edition, the Young Architects Program gives emerging architects and designers the chance to build a temporary outdoor installation in the MoMA PS1 courtyard in Long Island City. Proposals were required to provide shelter, seating, and water, while also addressing environmental issues that include sustainability and recycling. Jenny Sabin Studio’s winning Lumen will feature a robotically woven canopy made of recycled photoluminescent textiles that collect solar energy to produce light. Misting systems built into tubular structures called “fabric stalactites” will keep visitors cool during hot days. Related: First Ever Mushroom Tower Sprouts at MoMA PS1 in New York Initially developed for Nike, Lumen’s high-tech fabric canopy is a cross-disciplinary experiment that merges elements of architecture with biology, materials science, mathematics, and engineering. Jenny Sabin Studio writes: “The project is mathematically generated through form-finding simulations informed by the sun, site, materials, program, and the structural morphology of knitted cellular components. Resisting a biomimetic approach, Lumen employs an analogic design process where complex material behavior and processes are integrated with personal engagement and diverse programs. Lumen undertakes rigorous interdisciplinary experimentation to produce a multisensory environment that is full of delight, inspiring collective levity, play, and interaction as the structure and materials transform throughout the day and night.” Lumen will be open to the public at the MoMA PS1 courtyard on June 29, 2017 and will serve as the backdrop for Warm Up, the art gallery’s annual outdoor music series. + Jenny Sabin Studio Via Architectural Record Images via Jenny Sabin Studio

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Can LEED go from green gatekeeper to building data powerhouse?

June 24, 2015 by  
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The U.S. Green Building Council, Honeywell and IDEO are betting on a re-tooled LEED Dynamic Plaque as the next phase in smart buildings.

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How She Leads: Mary Anne Cannon, Pratt & Whitney

June 24, 2015 by  
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This engineer and former operations manager is leading her company’s pursuit of aggressive sustainability goals while it is ramping up sales.

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Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West (REFF-West)

August 22, 2012 by  
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REFF-West returns to San Francisco on September 27-28 for its fifth edition. Join over 400 high-level attendees as we debate the latest trends in renewable energy financing and give you practical takeaway advice on how to move your projects forward.  

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6th. Annual International Conference on Business & Sustainability

August 22, 2012 by  
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Portland State University is pleased to announce the 6th annual International Conference on Business & Sustainability. This year’s conference will be held November 7-9, 2012 on Portland State campus in the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon, USA. This dynamic conference brings together sustainable economy thought leaders and educators, and includes both practitioner and academic forums.

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2,000 IKEA Hangers Upcycled Into Dynamic Chromatic Screen Room Divider

August 1, 2012 by  
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Two Portuguese designers, tired of watching clothes hangers tossed aside after a brief life on the rack, decided to reclaim them as functional art. Diogo Agular and Teresa Otta of LIKEarchitects rescued 2,000 colorful IKEA children’s hangers that were destined for the landfill and designed a technicolor  Chromatic Screen  for the 2012 Oporto Show, the most prestigious event for interior design and architecture on the Iberian Peninsula. Read the rest of 2,000 IKEA Hangers Upcycled Into Dynamic Chromatic Screen Room Divider Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , Design , Fashion , hangers , ikea , recycling , sculpture , upcycling

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Japan Builds First Swimming Robot To Create ‘Swumanoid’ Robo-Lifeguards

August 1, 2012 by  
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The Tokyo University of Technology have created the Swumanoid , a human-like swimming robot that they believe could one day be used to patrol beaches and save swimmers in distress (think of it as part Robocop, part David Hasselhoff!).  The Swumanoid was developed using 3D mapping software which allowed the Japanese team to reproduce how humans swim using motors and servos, instead of bones and muscles. Read the rest of Japan Builds First Swimming Robot To Create ‘Swumanoid’ Robo-Lifeguards Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biomimicry , Japanese robot , robot lifeguard , robots , swimming robot , swumanoid , swumanoid test , Tokyo Institute of Technology

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