Hyperloop desert campus imagines futuristic solar-powered oasis

February 22, 2021 by  
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Begum Aydinoglu of  Pada Labs , Mariana Custodio Dos Santos and Juan Carlos Naranjo have been recognized among the 30 finalist teams for their Hyperloop Desert Campus design, a competition entry for a futuristic  Hyperloop  test center in last summer’s Young Architects Competitions (YAC). The competition brief challenged designers to create an eye-catching building in the Mojave Desert in Nevada that would not only help advance one of the most futuristic means of transit but also serve as a “sanctuary of science.” In response, the trio of designers created a visually striking proposal that focuses on resilience in terms of environmental sustainability, future-proofing and knowledge sharing.  In their Hyperloop Desert Campus proposal, the trio reimagined a seemingly inhospitable stretch of the Mojave Desert — North America’s driest  desert  that stretches across four states — into an oasis. Their curvaceous Hyperloop test center design is centered on four courtyards with water elements that support the growth of tall palm trees and other greenery.  “The symbiosis between the rough landscape and the iconic technology, helps The Hyperloop Desert Campus find its form,” the design team explained. “The building was designed to seamlessly rise from the desert ground of Nevada …the building’s design spirals up – inspired by the speed of traveling – large corridors loop around these Oasis, crossing and interchanging levels, resembling complex interchange high-ways in form and function.” Related: First passengers make history on BIG-designed Hyperloop Pegasus pod At the heart of the design is the concept of resilience. The looping building proposal is flanked by solar panel farms that generate renewable energy while the courtyards are engineered for rainwater collection and graywater recycling. The landscaped courtyards would also help promote airflow for natural cooling. Resiliency is further explored through inclusive knowledge sharing with educational tours, multiple technical cores that establish a fail-safe emergency system, and built-in expandability with adaptable interiors to allow for flexible future growth.  + PadaLabs Images via PadaLabs

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Shahar Livne turns recycled ocean plastic into Balenciaga jewelry

February 22, 2021 by  
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Award-winning conceptual material designer Shahar Livne collaborated with fashion design company Balenciaga to create a new line of jewelry made from recycled ocean plastic . Inhabitat caught up with Livne to hear more about the process and inspiration behind the project. “The collaboration took inspiration from my ongoing speculative research project ‘Metamorphism,’ which investigates the future of plastics within the geological record of the Earth and the rebirth of it as a possible future semi-natural material I named ‘Lithoplast,’” Livne told Inhabitat. “In the  ‘Metamorphism’ project, I use different plastics, ocean plastics, or landfill-designated plastics, in developing the new jewelry collection we worked with both, mainly PP and HDPE.” The jewelry line will be available for purchase on the Balenciaga website in May 2021. Related: Nonprofit Washed Ashore crafts art and jewelry from ocean plastic The ocean plastic comes from Oceanworks , a worldwide marketplace for recycled plastic products and raw materials. The company sources plastic materials from all over the world, focusing mainly in Southeast Asia, where it says 60% of the world’s ocean plastic originates. The jewelry line, which consists of bracelets, earrings and rings, also uses marble waste material sourced from a marble processing company as well as landfill-derived plastic from recycling companies. “It was interesting for us to work with OceanWorks-provided materials since we wanted to find the most sustainable and social option,” Livne went on to say. “OceanWorks is a global network that collected plastics from different areas, among them the oceans, with the help of fishermen and other beach cleaning operations, and the connection seemed perfect.” The designer followed a similar process to her “Metamorphism” project, using heat and pressure to create a composite material. The material is then molded by hand into vintage -style shapes designed by Balenciaga, 3D-scanned to create a mold (in order to recreate a coherent style for the entire collection) and then finished by hand by Livne herself. + Shahar Livne Design Via Dezeen Images via Balenciaga and Shahar Livne Design

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Grand Opening! Today, the Mojave Solar Project is officially fully operational

January 23, 2015 by  
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The Mojave Solar Project  has been online and fully operational since December, but today, a grand opening ceremony  celebrates this massive achievement . The plant uses advanced parabolic trough technology that has made the 280 MegaWatt plant one of the most innovative projects in the country and the second-largest plant of its kind in the world. Abengoa, owner of the Mojave Solar Project, is hosting a celebration today to honor the impressive scientific advances and hard work that made this project what it is. Read the rest of Grand Opening! Today, the Mojave Solar Project is officially fully operational Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Abengoa , abengoa solar power , californian desert Desert Sunlight Solar Farm , desert solar farm , desert solar power , Mojave solar , mojave solar project , Mojave Solar Project grand opening , parabolic solar technology , Solana solar , solar plant , Solar Power , solar power plants

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Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

August 21, 2014 by  
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Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

July 25, 2014 by  
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Google Streetview Cars Track Down Stray Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change

July 25, 2014 by  
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Google has added another item to its lengthy list of services , and this one is something you really wouldn’t expect. Google’s Street View cars that map roads across the world are also being used to sniff out natural gas leaks that are surprisingly common in major cities across the U.S. The Huffington Post reports that Google’s cars were outfitted with air monitors and used to take millions of readings on the streets of Boston, New York and Indianapolis over the past two years as part of a program by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) aimed at reducing stray methane emissions that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Read the rest of Google Streetview Cars Track Down Stray Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: car , change , climate , defense , edf , emissions , environmental , fund , gas , Google , Google Street View , greenhouse , lng , methane , national grid , streetview , tracking methane leaks

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BORTOLOTTO’s Daylit King’s Cross House Combines Sculptural Interiors With Energy Efficiency

July 25, 2014 by  
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Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

May 22, 2014 by  
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The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds — Should We Worry?

February 19, 2014 by  
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The world’s largest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System , officially opened for business a few days ago, but not all environmental advocates are happy about that fact. The plant, which consists of 350,000 mirrors spread across 5 square miles works by concentrating sunlight and using it to turn the water in a series of enormous towers into electricity-generating steam. That incredible amount of heat does more than just generate power, however; it also fries any birds that happen to fly over the plant. Read the rest of The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds — Should We Worry? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bird deaths , California , Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System , Ivanpah solar plant , las vegas , mojave desert , nevada , renewable energy , Solar Power , solar power impact on wildlife , solar power killing birds , world’s largest solar plant        

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Aaron D’Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

June 28, 2013 by  
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