Gigantic "vending machine" skyscraper dispenses 3D-printed homes in Tokyo

April 14, 2017 by  
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Could the skyscraper of the future dispense homes like a vending machine? Growing and adapting to the Tokyo’s housing demand, the Pod Skyscraper is designed to be constantly under construction – residents can order a ready-to-use modular dwelling manufactured by 3D printers installed on the top floor of the building. The innovative skyscraper, designed by Haseef Rafiei , received honorable mention at this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition . Tokyo is known for robotics , automation, and minimal living. Drawing upon these qualities, Rafiei created a futuristic variant on the famed Nagakin Capsule Tower . Inspired by vending machines in Tokyo, this vast framed structure houses a large number of pods equipped with basic amenities for residential and commercial use. Related: Incredible farming skyscraper could fight poverty and feed the world The pods are manufactured on-site, transported by cranes and plugged onto the megastructure. An automated system calculates the position for each pod, while disused or faulty pods are dismantled, kept in storage or brought back to the printer – creating a closed loop. Users can choose the amenities included in the design and can purchase several pods to create a larger living space. In addition to residential use, the pods can also function as small office and commercial spaces. + Haseef Rafiei + eVolo

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Nigerian man invents cool jet car that operates on land and water

April 14, 2017 by  
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If you’re ever in Lagos, Nigeria , watch for a quirky aero-amphibious jet car roaming the streets. Self-taught inventor Kehinde Durojaiye transformed a bunch of junk he found into a vehicle capable of operating on land or in water. Durojaiye hopes his invention will one day be a common sight across the country. Durojaiye’s jet car is made with discarded materials, like an old keyboard, an office chair, and a tricycle steering wheel. He also repurposed plastic , wood, and Styrofoam. He said he’s traveled as far away as Ibadan in his vehicle, which is about 84 miles away from Lagos , and that the jet car can reach speeds of around 75 miles per hour on land and six knots at sea. Related: Disabled refugee inventor builds an electric bike to get around camp Durojaiye told CNN, “We want the whole world to know it is possible to have a kind of machine that can move on land, on sea, and fly, and perhaps move under the sea. That’s my ultimate goal.” He invents out of a workshop near a Lagos lagoon dump site, and has already built four prototypes of his car. He also works on other devices like a remote-controlled drone , and has been inventing since childhood. Now married and the father of four children, Durojaiye continues to tinker with his jet car, hoping to make it fly. The jet car has already attracted attention in Lagos; the city is filled with Hyundais and Toyotas so Durojaiye’s vehicle really stands out. He says when he drives people often want to stop and snap pictures of the car on their phones, and have been surprised the vehicle can travel on both land and sea. Lagos is notorious for its congestion, and CNN speculated a flying car like Durojaiye’s could ease traffic. Via CNN Images via screenshot

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The tiny hemp home of our greenest dreams is here

April 12, 2016 by  
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World’s tallest timber skyscraper proposed for London

April 12, 2016 by  
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PLP Architecture and Cambridge University have unveiled plans for London’s first timber skyscraper at the Barbican Estate. If built, the 300-meter-tall wooden building would be the tallest of its kind in the world and the second tallest building in London after the Shard. In addition to the use of renewable materials, the skyscraper’s timber frame could also lock in 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide—equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of 5,000 Londoners. Read the rest of World’s tallest timber skyscraper proposed for London

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Artist creates marvelous motorcycle sculptures made entirely out of spoons!

April 12, 2016 by  
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American artist James Rice is turning the humble spoon into something completely unexpected. He’s giving them a makeover into detailed motorcycle models made entirely from the shimmery utensils. The sculptures have gone viral recently, showing how transforming everyday objects into art can really make you rethink the objects around you. Read the rest of Artist creates marvelous motorcycle sculptures made entirely out of spoons!

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Method launches impressive new line of affordable prefab homes

June 19, 2015 by  
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Swine flu vaccine makes a girl fall asleep 40 times a day

June 19, 2015 by  
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When 13-year-old Lucy Tonge started drifting off in front of the television , her mother chalked it up to being a teen. And when she slumped over when laughing, her mother thought she was just being silly. But when Lucy started to just pass out without warning, her family started to realize that something was really wrong. Lucy has narcolepsy, a chronic condition where the brain cannot properly control sleep and awake cycles. It turns out that a swine flu vaccine Tonge received in 2009 causes the narcolepsy. She received the vaccine a few months before the first symptoms appeared. Read the rest of Swine flu vaccine makes a girl fall asleep 40 times a day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: british dpw , british government department of work and pensions , glaxosmithkline , lucy tonge , narcolepsy , swine flu , swine flu disease , swine flu vaccine , vaccinations

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Burj Khalifa architects selected to design Burj 2020, the world’s tallest commercial tower

June 19, 2015 by  
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Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) have been named by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) as the firm that will design the Burj 2020. The new tower is set to surpass New York’s One World Trade Center as the world’s tallest commercial building. The Burj 2020 will be a “world-class destination” that “will set new levels of efficiency and urban sustainability,” according to a statement by the DMCC. Read the rest of Burj Khalifa architects selected to design Burj 2020, the world’s tallest commercial tower Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “Adrian Smith” , “AS+GG” , “Gordon Gill” , adrian smith and gordon gill architecture , burj 2020 , burj khalifa , Dubai Architecture , dubai expo 2020 , worlds tallest commercial building

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Stylish $4,140 electric Smartscooter available for pre-order June 27th

June 19, 2015 by  
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The next generation electric scooter , by Gogoro , will soon be available to consumers for the low price of $4,140. Made in Taiwan, the Smartscooter will be available for preorder on June 27 th and comes with a host of other benefits, including two years of reusable batteries, free maintenance and roadside service to get moving. Read the rest of Stylish $4,140 electric Smartscooter available for pre-order June 27th Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , electric scooter , Gogoro , green design , green transportation , Smartscooter , sustainable design , sustainable transportation , Taiwan

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Cubitat is a plug-and-play version of a home you can take with you when you move

January 30, 2015 by  
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