Plant-based water filtration system works like a small Amazon rainforest

July 12, 2017 by  
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We take water for granted far too often. Whole civilizations have fallen as a result of over-exploiting water sources, according to Royal College of Art (RCA) graduate student Pratik Ghosh , so it’s imperative that we treat what we have with care. So Ghosh designed Drop by Drop , a plant -based water filtration system that explores more sustainable methods of obtaining water. The system is capable of cleansing home wastewater , and growing herbs at the same time. Drop by Drop filters water much like transpiration processes in the Amazon rainforest . According to Ghosh, his prototype is a mini biosphere that operates by keeping four factors crucial for transpiration – humidity, light, heat and wind – at optimal levels. “The moisture-laden air is strategically pulled out of the system and condensed to form pure distilled water,” Ghosh said on his website. Related: 6 ways to purify water without expensive technology A glass dome covers a plant in Drop by Drop, and greywater can be added to the system via pipes. Then, purification is up to the plant itself: a light in the system sets off photosynthesis , and the plant gives off water vapor that can ultimately be condensed to become distilled water. A pump controls airflow and helps speed up the process. Added salt can turn the distilled water into drinking water. The system doesn’t require much maintenance. If the owner’s away, Drop by Drop becomes a self-sustaining biosphere after pipes are stoppered thanks to microbes in the soil and insects providing carbon dioxide. The system puts oxygen into the surrounding air. Right now, the prototype takes 12 hours to filter one glass of water. But Ghosh said the system could be scaled up to cover a typical home rooftop, and could then filter around 42 gallons in 12 hours. Ghosh told Dezeen, “The idea is to change the way we procure and consume water at a larger level. In order to do that, there needs to be a change in the value system and what better place to start than the home? One can pour dirty water collected from the kitchen or even the bathroom into the system and the plants help you filter it.” Drop by Drop is his final year project and was recently on display at the RCA Show 2017 in London. + Pratik Ghosh Via Dezeen Images via Pratik Ghosh

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Artist ingeniously turns old plastic bottles into joining material for furniture

January 31, 2017 by  
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Old plastic bottles get a second shot at life in the creative hands of Royal College of Art graduate Micaella Pedros . The London-based designer collected discarded bottles and melted them down into a wood bonding material for furniture. Her experimental project, called Joining Bottles, explores upcycling of scavenged materials found across the city, including bits of wood and different colored plastic bottle waste. https://vimeo.com/172330337 Pedros makes Joining Bottles furniture using a variety of timber types, from wood offcuts to tree branches. To improve the strength of the plastic joints, the artist creates notches and groves in the wood nearest to where the parts will be joined. After cutting off the top and bottom of a plastic bottle, she slips the plastic sleeve over the wood pieces and uses a heat gun to melt the PET plastic until the bottle shrinks and wraps tightly around the wood pieces to create a strong bond. Related: The New Raw turns plastic waste into valuable raw material “Both materials, wood and plastic bottles, are widely abundant in cities and other places,” writes Pedros. “There are lying there as waste, waiting to be reclaimed by people. Joining Bottles seeks to contribute to new beliefs based on what we, as individuals and communities, can do with what is available to us. In some countries, this project can make a real difference, promoting the collect of plastic bottles and wood waste , and helping people to empower themselves.” The plastic bonds are strong enough to create sturdy furnishing capable of supporting an average person’s weight. + Micaella Pedros Images via Micaella Pedros

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This hooded coat can be turned into a shelter for Syrian refugees

February 1, 2016 by  
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A group of students from London’s Royal College of Art  wanted to help make a difference in the Syrian crisis, so they created these ingenious hooded jackets that can be turned into sleeping bags or tents large enough to house an adult and a child. But in order to bring the idea to reality, the students are looking for help. You can make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering. Read on to find out how. READ MORE >

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Artist retreat north of the Arctic Circle clad in “pickled” wood for durability

February 1, 2016 by  
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This sexy faucet saves water while you get your swirl on

March 4, 2015 by  
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Jiavu Liu’s Hypnotic LED Installation is Powered by the Wind of 40 Chinese Cities

July 3, 2014 by  
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Royal College of Art (RCA) student Jiavu Liu designed an LED installation that reacts to wind pattern data collected from 40 Chinese cities. The real-time data visualization installation, entitled Within Invisibility, explores the connection of the invisible force of wind and a city’s climate, landscape and infrastructure. Read the rest of Jiavu Liu’s Hypnotic LED Installation is Powered by the Wind of 40 Chinese Cities Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , data visualization art , Jiavu Liu wind installation , led installation , real-time data visualization , Royal College of Art , student art , wind art , wind-powered installation , Within Invisibility installation

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Bare Conductive Paint Allows You to Draw An Electrical Circuit Almost Anywhere

August 8, 2013 by  
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In an age where food can be assembled by a printer and bacteria can be engineered to produce gold , surely talking billboards cannot be that far away. A team of students from London’s Royal College of Art (RCA) are bringing interactive taking electronics to an entirely new level with their invention; Bare Paint . Their product allows users to literally draw electrical circuits on a wall without the need for sockets or wiring. Able to be used on paper, plastic, fabric, or metal, the paint itself hardens quickly when exposed to the air. It can be used as a as a potentiometer that interfaces with a microcontroller, or for powering devices like LED lights or small speakers. Read the rest of Bare Conductive Paint Allows You to Draw An Electrical Circuit Almost Anywhere Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bare conductive , bare paint , becky pilditch , bibi nelson , calvin harris , DIY , electrical circuit , humanthesizer , isabel lilzardi , led light , London , matt johnson , microcontroller , prix ars electronica , RadioShack , RCA , Royal College of Art , speakers , technology strategy board , wikipedia        

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ASAP Solar-Powered Jet Ski-Paddleboard Hybrid is Designed to Save Lives at Sea

August 8, 2013 by  
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RCA Students Design a Recycled Paper Bike Helmet Strong Enough to Save Your Life

July 5, 2013 by  
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Unbelievable as it sounds, a team of designers has created a strong, durable bike helmet that is made entirely from recycled paper! Royal College of Art students Tom Gottelier ,  Bobby Petersen  and  Ed Thomas designed the paper pulp helmet, which is strong enough to absorb the impact of a crash. Read the rest of RCA Students Design a Recycled Paper Bike Helmet Strong Enough to Save Your Life Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike sharing , Bobby Petersen , Disposable Bike Helmet , Ed Thomas , London. Biodegradable Helmet , Paper Pulp Bike Helmet , RCA Students , road safety , Royal College of Art , Throwaway Bike Helmet , Tom Gottelier        

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MAN’s New Concept S Cargo Truck is More Efficient, Larger and Safer

July 5, 2013 by  
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Articulated trucks are famously inefficient and can be dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. The European Commission recently announced plans to change the rules governing the size of trucks to make them safer, more efficient, and more spacious. MAN ‘s new Concept S meets these qualifications with a slim front, flared wheel arches and curved cab lines, which break the traditional “shoebox” truck design. It also prevents cyclists from being dragged under the wheels in the event of an accident. Read the rest of MAN’s New Concept S Cargo Truck is More Efficient, Larger and Safer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cargo freight , cargo trucks , emissions , European Commission , freight , logistics , lorry , MAN group , S Design , S Design Man , trucks        

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