Renzo Piano’s Bulbous Pathé Foundation Headquarters Nears Completion in Paris

June 5, 2014 by  
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Watch this MIT Researcher Triple the Size of a 200-Foot Apartment Using ‘Minority Report’-Like Gestures

June 5, 2014 by  
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MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places team has created a futuristic device that could make your tiny apartment feel more like a spacious penthouse. Introducing CityHome, a motorized and compact “home in a box” that can make a 200 square foot space feel like a room three times larger. Equipped with built-in sensors, motors, and LED lights, this multipurpose invention will even expand and collapse with a wave of your hand or the sound of your voice. Read the rest of Watch this MIT Researcher Triple the Size of a 200-Foot Apartment Using ‘Minority Report’-Like Gestures Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: changing places , cityhome , cityhome apartment , gesture control , hands-free control , kent Larson , LED lights , MIT , MIT Media Lab , tiny apartments , transformable furniture , transforming apartment , Transforming Furniture

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Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds

October 25, 2013 by  
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As we shift away from fossil fuels, many utilities have focused on building the biggest and most powerful wind turbines possible to meet growing energy needs. Architect Renzo Piano has taken a different approach, however, focusing his efforts on a compact, yet super-efficient wind turbine that anyone can erect in their backyard. Called the “ Dragonfly Invisible Wind Turbine ” the two-blade design mimics the delicate dragonfly’s ability to float on the slightest of breezes. Based on the physics of dragonfly flight, Piano’s mini-turbine can harvest energy from winds that blow as slow as four miles an hour. Read the rest of Renzo Piano’s Dragonfly-Inspired Turbine Can Harvest Energy from the Slowest Winds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “wind power” , biomimicry , Design , Dragonflies , ENEL Green Power , italy , renewable energy , renzo piano , wind turbines        

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Jason Ruff Fashions Cool Sneakers from Recycled Cigarette Cartons

October 25, 2013 by  
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Branding is an art that disguises human desire and indulgence as necessity. To this end, artist Jason Ruff constructs high-end sneakers reminiscent of the 80′s and 90′s out of cigarette cartons to represent the unobtainable and even unhealthy wants of his youth. Now as an adult with healthier cravings, Ruff pays homage to his past infatuations while also lampooning fashion, big tobacco, consumerist culture, and himself. + Jason Ruff Via Junkculture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: big tobacco , cigarette cartons , consumerist culture , fashion industry , jason ruff , sneakers , unobtainable objects        

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Dallas Among First U.S. Cities to Mandate Green Building Standards

October 25, 2013 by  
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Dallas has become one of the first cities in the United States to implement mandatory green building standards . As of October 1, 2013, all residential and commercial projects must meet the Dallas Green Construction Code’s minimum requirements or be certifiable under the LEED, Green Built Texas , or other green building standards. Read the rest of Dallas Among First U.S. Cities to Mandate Green Building Standards Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dallas architecture , Dallas energy code requirements , Dallas Green Building , Dallas Green Construction Code , Green Built Texas , leed certified , LEED certified buildings , LEED certified buildings Dallas , U.S. Green Building Council        

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Pedaling Pianist Strikes a Chord With His Homemade Piano Bike

April 12, 2013 by  
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Pianos aren’t generally thought of as the most portable of musical instruments , which makes tickling the ivories almost always an indoor activity — but staying cooped up inside to play wasn’t what musician Gary Skaggs had in mind. A few years back, the San Francisco native had the idea to combine two of his favorite pastimes, cycling and music, by creating what may be the world’s first Piano Bike and offering free on-the-go performances for passing pedestrians. Read the rest of Pedaling Pianist Strikes a Chord With His Homemade Piano Bike Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycles , bike design , bike piano , bikes , creative repurposing , garry skaggs , invention , music , musical instruments , piano , San Francisco , sustainable transportation        

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