Russian ice skating rink doubles as a solar-powered outdoor cinema and geothermal spa

March 27, 2017 by  
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This solar-powered ice skating rink for a natural lake in the Kamchatka peninsula, Russia, is designed to double as an outdoor cinema and natural geothermal spa. Photovoltaic panels and geothermal turbines provide enough energy to keep the lake at frozen temperatures, power the cinema and LED lighting , and still pump excess energy back into the grid. Margot Krasojevi? Architects designed the project as a fully self-sufficient multi-use structure that reflects the fluid nature of its immediate environment. Surrounded by hot springs and scenic routes amidst a volcanic terrain, the lake stays frozen during winter months. The architects introduced solar panels to generate enough electrical current that keeps it frozen in warmer weather and during ice hockey tournaments. A sequence of cedar wood sections partly surround the ice rank, while a canopy with attached solar panels holds the lighting and cinema projection outlets. Related: BIG Unveils A Green-Roofed Ice Hockey Rink That Is Downright Cool When it’s not used as an ice skating rink, the project turns into an outdoor cinema with foldable seating – keeping the project flexible. A biodegradable LED net shelters the area of the lake and provides light and charging stations during the evening. + Margot Krasojevi? Architects Via v2com

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Tiny TigerMoth Camper generates power while being towed

February 7, 2017 by  
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Taxa Outdoors’ tow camper, the TigerMoth , is a compact home on wheels geared towards traveling adventurers. The lightweight camper sleeps two, has LED lights, and even better, comes with a built-in electrical system that generates energy while being towed. The camper’s battery can store energy for at least seven days, making off-grid living easier than ever before. Although certainly compact, the camper sleeps two comfortably and thanks to its lightweight size of just 900 pounds, can be towed virtually anywhere. The unique side latch allows for easy access and the large window allows for amazing views and air circulation. Built with adventurers in mind, the small structure has a roof rack system for bikes or kayaks, a tongue-mounted toolbox, and a roof cargo deck for additional gear storage. Related: Traveling family renovates old school bus as both solar-powered home and hostel The camper’s tow vehicle connection recharges the battery while on the road, providing enough electricity for at least seven days of off-grid living . Although solar panels have to be ordered, the camper roof is pre-wired for installation. As far as the basic amenities go, the tiny camper can sleep two people comfortably and comes with LED lighting installed in the kitchen area and sleeping area. There is 5.5 square feet of countertop for food preparation or work space. Along with various hooks and bungees, two large cubbies provide extra storage space. + Taca Outdoors

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Lexus unveils mind-blowing car covered with 41,999 LEDs

December 9, 2016 by  
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Here’s something you’ve probably never seen before: a vehicle covered with 41,999 LED lights. Lexus engineers were having way too much fun when they created the 2017 LIT IS , a psychedelic vehicle that changes colors in a snap and responds music with a mind-blowing light show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8jSdgT3Drc&feature=youtu.be The funky LIT IS is meant to turn heads. The car is covered with enough LED strips to span half a mile if they were arranged end to end. In numbers, the car has 57 pixels per meter and 55 megabits per second for streaming, and the LEDs on the car generate 175,000 lumens. Related: Lexus shows off the world’s first car with a human heartbeat The LIT IS jams with its surroundings via three modes. One mode simply loops graphics to flaunt the car’s design. Another mode reacts to music , allowing the car to sync to any tune. The third responds to a gaming console controlled by a user. The car looks super cool, but why go to all the effort to apply 41,999 LEDs by hand? Lexus designed the Lexus LIT IS for UK singer Dua Lipa’s “Be the One” music video . “Through this responsive technology and the animations, an expressive car was turned into an actual vehicle for expression,” Lexus said in a statement. The car company effusively describes their LIT IS as a “character and visual anchor” in the music video’s story. Unfortunately you won’t be able to purchase the stunning LIT IS anytime soon. While such a vehicle would be way too distracting on today’s roads, we’ll hold on to the hope that once all cars are autonomous , we’ll be able to trick out our rides with 41,999 LEDS. For now, we’re left with just one question: why didn’t Lexus apply that last LED light to cover the car with an even 42,000 LEDs? We may never know. Via The Verge Images via Lexus

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Singapore is building the world’s largest free-span dome with a retractable roof

October 3, 2016 by  
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The versatile design of the new 55,000-seat stadium will allow it to support a wide variety of events throughout the year. It is the first stadium in the world custom-designed to host athletics, football, rugby and cricket, with the possibility to host concerts, shows and festivals. Related: Dragon-Shaped Solar Stadium in Taiwan is 100% Powered by the Sun The stadium will have the world’s largest free-span dome with a retractable roof that shelters the court from sunlight and rainfall . The roof will feature a network of LED lights that form one of the largest LED displays in the world. Designed specifically for the region’s tropical climate, the structure features an innovative cooling system that significantly reduces energy usage. + Arup + DP Architects + AECOM Via v2com

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Mesmerizing resin table illuminates a Starry Sea with LED lights

September 22, 2016 by  
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Chapelin’s series was born on the island of St. Martin, where he featured his notable “Lagoon” series of tables. Slabs of marble are sourced from the nearby island of Anguilla, each with distinctly different character. The “Starry Sea” is meant to mimic the contours of the Caribbean sea, using blue acrylic to give the stunning impression of varying depth, underwater terrain, and coastal landscapes. Related: Breathtaking new “Lagoon” tables capture the beauty of the ocean An LED light system illuminates the table with the use of a rechargeable battery, giving up to 300 hours of light per charge. A remote control is included, but by downloading the LED Magic Color app onto your smartphone, you can control a wide range of hypnotizing hues and unique luminous effects. Even on the cloudiest of nights, you can enjoy both the visual effect of the sea and glimmering stars right in your living room. + La Table Images via Alexandre Chapelin

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UK opens its first ‘pay-as-you-feel’ food waste grocery store

September 22, 2016 by  
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The first food waste grocery store in the United Kingdom has opened, operating on a “pay-as-you-feel” model to help people on tight budgets obtain vital nutrition for their families. The Real Junk Food Project opened the store in Pudsey, near Leeds, and the warehouse is full of many of the same products found in regular supermarkets, except that they are closer to their expiration dates or have dinged or dented packaging. For whatever price they can afford, people can buy fresh pasta, juice, pasta sauce, fruit, vegetables, and even desserts. Globally, more than 1.3 billion metric tons of food is wasted or spoiled each year and some 795 million people lack regular access to healthy food. Finding ways to divert some of that food waste into hungry mouths has both environmental and public health benefits, so these so-called “food waste supermarkets” are a growing trend. The Real Junk Food Project opened the UK’s first such store after its success with a number of pay-as-you-feel cafes around the UK serving freshly prepared meals made from food destined to be wasted. Related: 400 million meals are wasted every year in the UK alone Since the store’s initial opening on August 29, staff of the Real Junk Food Project have attempted to operate the food waste supermarket (which is awaiting an official name) seven days a week (based on availability) to make food as accessible as possible to the local community. The organizers partner with other local nonprofits working to “rescue” food from the waste stream, stocking the warehouse shelves with all sorts of fresh foods that don’t quite meet the standards of regular grocery stores but are still perfectly suitable for consumption. This is the first such store in the UK, but it echoes similar programs elsewhere in Europe, such as Denmark’s WeFood , which started selling expired food products earlier this year in an effort to reduce food waste and connect people with affordable food. Via The Independent Images via The Real Junk Food Project

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Brilliant graphic shows surface area required to power California with 100% renewables

September 22, 2016 by  
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Cold hard science in the clean energy space has a wonderful way of debunking misinformation fueled by politics and corporate greed, and nobody does that better than the husband and wife team behind the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). Elizabeth and Monoian and Robert Ferry have dished up an illuminating new infographic which demonstrates how much surface area is required to transition California away from energy sources that jeopardize planetary health to 100 percent renewables; take a closer look after the jump. LAGI writes: “Starting in 2009 with the Surface Area Required to Power the World with Solar , we have been making the case that the renewable energy transition, while a huge undertaking, is not any more ambitious in scale than previous human endeavors, and that the footprint on our environment can be designed to be in harmony with nature and provide a unique benefit to human culture.” The graphic depicts a mix of renewable energy technologies and how much land would be required to implement them – based on how much power each county currently consumes. “Much of the infrastructure can be located within our cities—on rooftops and through creative and community-owned applications in public spaces,” they write on their blog . “The rest could easily be located in the places that have already been disturbed by oil and gas extraction—the dark dots on the map.” In other words, the transition need not absorb more land than has already been appropriated to provide California residents with energy, and it is realistic for the State to attain a 100 percent renewable energy economy by 2050. Related: Elon Musk’s idea for powering the entire US with solar energy holds a lot of water In their study The Future of Solar Energy , MIT demonstrates that the same land use principle in California essentially applies to the entire country. LAGI wrote, “We were fascinated to learn across the entire US, the land area required to satisfy 100% of U.S. 2050 energy demand with PV would be no larger than the surface area that has already been ‘disturbed by surface mining for coal’.” They added that given the unprecedented threat of human-induced climate change , the global community can’t afford to pursue a less rigorous stance on climate change than California has done. Indeed, they question whether even that will be enough to avert the worst effects of warming temperatures and its cascade of consequences. “Don’t ask how much it will cost because that is the wrong question,” they said. “What will be the cost to the children born in 2016 if we do not act now? The technology exists to begin today, and the economic stimulus effect of a WPA-scale regenerative infrastructure project for the 21st century will bestow positive benefits for generations.” + Land Art Generator Initiative

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See what splurging on a tiny house on wheels gets you in the beautiful ESCAPE Vintage

September 22, 2016 by  
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Presumably targeted towards retirees eager to travel, the new ESCAPE Vintage prioritizes comfort with a traditional Americana design that, despite its 315-square-foot size, features a first-floor queen-size bedroom, kitchen with a full-size refrigerator, dining area, living area, full-size bath, and upstairs loft/bedroom. The tiny portable home needn’t be used for travel, however. The adaptable ESCAPE Vintage can also serve as a guesthouse, Airbnb rental, writer’s retreat , or backyard office for any age. Craftsmanship and minimal power usage are at the heart of this tiny home on wheels . The 10,000-pound base unit sleeps up to four and measures 25 feet in length (29 feet including the hitch), 8.5 feet in width, and 13-and-a-half feet in height. The cottage-like exterior is clad in cedar lap siding and cedar trim with Corten-style metal accents and protective panels. A 36-inch glazed entry door, as well as a dozen operable low-E and thermopane windows, fills the home with natural light and views of the outdoors. The vaulted interior is lined with sealed three-quarter-inch pine walls, ceiling, and trim complemented by laminate flooring. Closed cell foam made from recycled products, a high-efficiency split system A/C, and an LP furnace with a thermostat maintains comfortable interior temperatures. Warm LEDs are installed throughout the home. Related: Portable ESCAPE Traveler XL home lets you hit the open road in freedom and luxury The first-floor bedroom with a queen-sized bed offers a variety of storage options and is divided from the open-plan kitchen, dining area, and living space by a sliding door. A large butcher-block table folds down for dining and the compact kitchen includes a full sink, cooktop, and full-size refrigerator. The spacious bathroom, located on the far end of the home features a vanity with single-bowl sink, a 30-inch-by-60-inch fiberglass tub and shower, Toto toilet, low-soho exhaust fan, and storage. A loft area accessible via ladder can be used as an extra bedroom or as storage. Water, power, and utility hook-ups are fast and easy. “This is our most classic design yet,” says ESCAPE Homes founder, Dan Dobrowolski. “The vintage oak floors, butcher block kitchen table and counters, and built-in bookshelves conjure up images of that family cabin that generations have enjoyed.” Introductory pricing starts at $59,800 and each handcrafted unit can be delivered within 90 days. The ESCAPE Vintage also offers many additional options available such as dry wall, washer and dryer, and off-grid programs. + ESCAPE Vintage Images via ESCAPE Vintage

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Rooftop garden of 25,000 LED roses light up for love in China

August 8, 2016 by  
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The garden comprises 25,000 waterproof white roses and two customized pink ones-25 roses every 32 square feet-arranged to create a sea of light illuminating the area against the city skyline. It was designed and curated in collaboration between creative agencies AllRightsReserved, PANCOM , and Amherst Inc . Related: World’s largest candy carpet made from 13 tonnes of sweets pops up in Chengdu, China The project started its world tour in Seoul and has recently debuted in Chengdu, its first destination on the Chinese mainland. In Hong Kong , the temporary installation attracted over 500,000 visitors over nine days. The exhibition in Chengdu, the first-ever rooftop light rose garden, will coincide with Chinese Valentine’s Day, Mid-autumn festival and National Day, and become part of various love-themed activities. It will be open to the public between August 5 and October 9, 2016. + Light Rose Garden + AllRightsReserved + PANCOM + Amherst Inc.

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Spectacular modular lamps transform walls into a dazzling work of art

April 14, 2016 by  
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