Vietnam’s longest cable-stayed bridge lights up with 16.7 million colors

July 18, 2017 by  
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A prism of colors bathes the recently completed Nhat Tan Bridge in Hanoi , transforming it into an illuminated work of art. Philips Lighting partnered with Vietnamese construction company the Sun Group to install their cloud-based ActiveSite lighting management system, which can create a staggering 16.7 million different colors. The new Nhat Tan Bridge is Vietnam’s longest cable-stayed bridge . It crosses the Red River in Hanoi , connecting the city to its main airport. Its five colorful spans symbolize the five ancient gates to this capital city. This symbolic quality is further enhanced by Philips’ new lighting system, which can illuminate the bridge in special colors to commemorate events and holidays. Related: Choreographed lights to illuminate New York City bridges and tunnels The new lighting system is for more than just looks, however. Compared to conventional lighting, the new long-life LEDs can deliver up to 75 percent energy savings, significantly cutting operation and maintenance costs. + Nhat Tan Bridge + Philips + Sun Group

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Elon Musk has a simple plan to power the US entirely on renewable energy

July 18, 2017 by  
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With all the talk in the US about bringing back more coal and opening more oil reserves, it can be discouraging for those of us dreaming of a sustainable energy future. But Elon Musk, who is always looking at what we can do, rather than what we can’t, has laid out a feasible plan for moving the US entirely onto renewable energy. Speaking at the National Governors Association meeting this week, Musk talked about how little real estate it would require –  just 100 square miles of solar panels – to power the country. According to Musk, the country could be powered with just 100 square miles of solar panels and one square mile for battery storage. Solar makes the most sense for large-scale deployment, he said, because the sun is essentially a giant fusion reactor in the sky. “If you wanted to power the entire United States with solar panels, it would take a fairly small corner of Nevada or Texas or Utah; you only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels to power the entire United States. The batteries you need to store the energy, so you have 24/7 power, is 1 mile by 1 mile. One square-mile,” he said. Related: Elon Musk reveals his big plan for colonizing Mars Right now, just under 15 percent of the country runs on renewable energy. But with Musk’s plan, that number could be 100 percent. His plan includes combining rooftop solar, like Tesla’s new solar roof , with utility-scale solar. During the transition, Musk says that we’d likely need to rely on transition power like wind, hydro, geothermal and nuclear energy as we make the adjustment. During that time, we’d need to focus on building up infrastructure, along with encouraging local solar power to limit the amount of transmission lines that would need to be laid. You can watch the entire speech below: Via Inverse images via Tesla and the National Governors Association

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Light-filled timber home is a modern zen haven in Seattle

July 18, 2017 by  
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How do you combine countryside tranquility with urban style? MW|Works Architecture+Design strikes a thoughtful balance in Helen Street, a beautiful modern home with handsome craftsmanship and careful attention to detail. Filled with light and views of the landscape, this lovely Seattle home is built largely of wood, from the heavy reclaimed timber cladding to the naturally weathered cedar plank roof. Helen Street was commissioned by clients who had been living on a rural property east of Seattle but found themselves drawn back to the vibrancy of city life. Thus, the architects were tasked to create a home with a smaller footprint than the client’s former house that still retained the peaceful setting of the countryside as well as easy indoor/outdoor living. The new-build is located on an urban corner lot in the walkable Madison Valley neighborhood next to Washington Park Arboretum , and comfortably houses the two clients and their two dogs. Related: Shapeshifting Tent House blurs the line between indoor and outdoor spaces A courtyard is located at the heart of the home, bringing natural light and greenery deep in the interior. “Territorial view corridors helped identify where the building could be very transparent and where privacy was more important,” wrote the architects. “The material palette was simple with a largely glassy main level with solid volumes crisply detailed in cement panels.” Naturally weathered cedar planks clad the roof plane and master suite, while stacked and blackened reclaimed timber clad the exterior. + MW|Works Architecture+Design Images by Andrew Pogue

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Larger-than-life pineapple origami structure pops up on a historic UK landscape

July 18, 2017 by  
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If you love pineapples, prepare to pine over this gorgeous sculpture that’s popped up at the National Trust’s historic Berrington Hall in Herefordshire. Heather and Ivan Morison of Studio Morison designed Look! Look! Look!, a stunning sculptural pavilion in the shape of pineapple origami. The temporary installation is both beautiful and functional, and also draws attention to iconic landscape designer Capability Brown’s final masterpiece, the walled garden at the Georgian mansion. The Look! Look! Look! pavilion was developed as part of the National Trust and Arts Council England’s Trust New Art , a program of projects that brings new art to unique and historic settings. The dusty pink pineapple pavilion is instantly eye-catching and takes inspiration from Berrington’s Georgian history, particularly the use of exotic fruit like pineapples that were thought to have once been grown at the garden as a symbol of the family’s wealth and contemporariness. The pavilion’s delicate folds echo the geometric shapes found in the mansion’s interior. Studio Morison used paper origami to craft the pineapple structure and then worked with structural engineers Artura to bring the designs to life. Set on a sunken metal foundation frame, the 100-square-meter pavilion is made of CNC-milled timber pieces constructed into an intricate jigsaw totaling 90 frames. A special weather-resistant woven fabric, supplied by Mermet, is overlaid atop the timber structure. The interior features a weather-resistant wooden cobbled floor. Related: Luxembourg bar renovation mimics Japanese origami for a low footprint “The final piece looks strong and sculptural from far away, but takes on a translucent appearance from inside,” reads the press release. “The artists have also created bespoke, sculptural furniture housed inside the pavilion which echoes the geometric form of the structure.” Look! Look! Look! is open to the public until December 2019 and hosts a series of programs such as music and yoga. + Studio Morison Images via Ivan Morison

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Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun

January 28, 2015 by  
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Spain will be home to the first public street lighting system powered exclusively by solar and wind energy. Researcher Ramon Bargalló is the man behind the development, and he worked alongside the company Eolgreen to design his autonomous street light system. Although there have been other wind/solar-powered street lights, these will be the first to be installed as public fixtures. Read the rest of Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “wind power” , “wind turbine” , lighting system , lights , public lighting , Ramon Bargalló , solar panels , Solar Power , solar street lamp , solar street light , solar wind streetlight , Spain , street light , streetlight , universitat politecnica de catalunya

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Philips Launches Colorful “Friends of Hue” Lights for Their Smartphone Controlled LED Lighting System

August 6, 2013 by  
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Here at Inhabitat we’re always thrilled to share exciting new  innovations in lighting from our friends at Philips . The company recently announced that this Thursday, August 8th, they will officially launch their newest product line, ‘Friends of Hue’.  As an extension of their existing product line ‘ Philips Hue ‘, a lighting solution controlled by your smartphone, Friends of Hue includes two impressive designs that can be seamlessly integrated into the current system. The products, LivingColorsBloom and LightStrips, provide consumers with the ability to incorporate saturated colors into the way they design, moreover using  LED technology  to transform the way individuals experience light in their homes. Read the rest of Philips Launches Colorful “Friends of Hue” Lights for Their Smartphone Controlled LED Lighting System Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: colored lighting accents , friends of hue , hue philips , innovative led lighting , led colored lighting , led lighting system , smartphone controlled lighting system        

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Turn Your Bike Rims into Running Lights: Aura and Revo

August 15, 2011 by  
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Project Aura: Bicycle Safety Lighting System from Project AURA on Vimeo . If you’re tired of regular ol’ bike lights, and appreciate a clever verb, check out these two ideas for illuminating your bike on the road, via the rims. One is called the Aura system, the other is called Revolights. Not only do they look cool, they allow you to be seen from the side, instead of just the front and back with traditional bike lights. Safe and sharp at the same time. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Vegan Steampunk USB Bracelet is Made from Recycled Linoleum Flooring

August 15, 2011 by  
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All Images Courtesy of Jesse Herbert Designer Jesse Herbert , who also works as a musician, wanted a way to distribute his music to friends and customers that wasn’t as wasteful as CDs . He decided on USB keys, but wasn’t content to just hand out the devices themselves. So he built them into steampunk-inspired, vegan-friendly cuffs, made from a pretty surprising source: recycled linoleum flooring. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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