Controversial climate change-inspired skyscraper could become Czech Republics tallest building

October 18, 2019 by  
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Inspired by the apocalyptic imagery from climate change projections, sculptor David ?erný and architect Tomáš Císa? from the studio Black n´ Arch have proposed a visually striking skyscraper that’s sparked controversy with its inclusion of an enormous shipwreck-like structure. Dubbed the TOP TOWER , the project proposed for Prague rises to a height of 450 feet, which means that if built, the tower would be the tallest building in the Czech Republic. The project is led by developer Trigema who aims to create a multifunctional, LEED Gold high-rise that includes rental apartments, a public observation area and commercial uses on the lower floors. TOP TOWER has been proposed to be located near the metro station Nové Butovice on the new nearly one-kilometer-long pedestrian zone in Prague. This location is outside of the protected urban conservation zone and would be far enough away from the city center that it would not disrupt the historic city skyline. Taking advantage of its height, the building would offer a public observation area at the highest point of the building where visitors can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of Prague .  Rental housing will make up the majority of the mixed-use TOP TOWER, while offices, retail and a multifunctional cultural center will be located on the lower levels. Parking will be tucked underground. The rusty shipwreck-like sculpture integrated into the building will offer opportunities for outdoor spaces and additional landscaping. Related: Computer modeling informed the whimsical design of this experimental home “We have been preparing the TOP TOWER project for more than two years and the final version was preceded by eight other alternative solutions. During this time, we have collected and are still collecting suggestions from experts, state and local authorities, and of course the local public, whose representatives have already been and will continue to hold a number of participatory meetings,” says Marcel Soural, Chairman of the Board of Trigema a.s. Trigema estimates that the construction for TOP TOWER will begin in 2021 and take less than three years complete.  + TOP TOWER Images via Trigema

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Costa Concordia Architecture Competition Rethinks Disaster to Create a New Seaside Park in Italy

December 19, 2012 by  
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intelliPaper Turns a Scrap Of Paper Into a Customized Recyclable USB Drive

December 19, 2012 by  
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Email and social networking sites have led to a sharp decline in the amount of paper used to communicate and store information. But that doesn’t mean paper is completely obsolete in the digital world. A company called intelliPaper has found a way to transform tiny scraps of paper into fully functional USB drive s and programmable documents that could revolutionize the printed materials industry and cut down on the ocean of e-waste currently headed for the landfill. Read the rest of intelliPaper Turns a Scrap Of Paper Into a Customized Recyclable USB Drive Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: e-waste , flash drive , intelliPaper , paper products , printed technology , recyclable , usb

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Atmospheric Vortex Engine Harnesses the Power of Tornadoes to Create Clean Energy

December 19, 2012 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock A tornado is rarely something to be seen in a positive light, but the creators of the Atmospheric Vortex Engine (AVE) hope to harness properties of the extreme weather phenomenon to create cheap, renewable power. Currently under development by AVEtech, the AVE creates a contained wind vortex from which energy can be harvested at an estimated 3 cents per kilowatt-hour. The AVE recently received funding through Breakout Labs , bringing tornado-power just one step closer to reality. AVE creates a controlled wind vortex by injecting warm or humid air into a circular structure. AVEtech, the company behind the idea, estimates that the cost of producing tornado-driven energy would be as low as 3-cents per kilowatt-hour. By comparison, wind power, which is the most cost effective renewable energy source , costs about 5-cents per kilowatt-hour according to the American Wind Energy Association . In addition to being cost effective, tornado power doesn’t require any storage and it produces zero carbon emissions . AVEtech, the company behind the idea, is the brainchild of Louis Michaud, an inventor from Ontario, who says that he created the AVE in order to help alleviate global warming by providing clean energy for future generations. “My work has established the principles by which we can control and exploit that power to provide clean energy on an unprecedented scale. With the funding from Breakout Labs, we are building a prototype in partnership with Lambton College to demonstrate the feasibility and the safety of the atmospheric vortex engine,” he says. + AVE via Clean Technica

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Underwater “Snookie” Robot is Inspired By Blind Fish

March 29, 2010 by  
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Biomimicry strikes again–this time with Snookie, an underwater robot that has an artificial sensory organ inspired by the “ lateral-line system ” seen in blind fish like the Astyanax . Snookie’s artificial organ is so accurate that it can sense obstacles and movements almost directly in front of it and on either side.

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