Students collaborate with starchitect Daniel Libeskind to design university building

March 28, 2017 by  
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Dramatic interlocking volumes and sharp angles define the new green-roofed Central Building at Leuphana University in Germany. Studio Libeskind designed the project in collaboration with students at the university, where Libeskind works as a part-time professor. The result is a distinct zinc-clad building that will serve as an incubator for new ideas, innovation and research. The 139,930-square-foot building, located on the university’s main campus in the southern part of Lüneburg, integrates a Research Center, a Student Center, spaces for seminars and an auditorium into a single structure. Interlocking volumes facilitate cross-disciplinary interaction and collaborative learning. Related: Daniel Libeskind unveils spectacularly green physics center at Durham University Upon entering the building, visitors are greeted by a swooping triple-height atrium awash in natural light coming through a half dozen skylights . Stairs and bridges puncture the volume and communicate the complexity of the space. The cafeteria and workshops are located on the ground floor, labs and offices occupy the upper floors, and the three-story Seminar Center with a curved roof forms the main entry. Exposed concrete and canted walls are combined with smoked oak parquet throughout the building, and red-painted walls provide way-finding and orientation. Related: Daniel Libeskind unveils design for the new green-roofed Lithuanian Modern Art Center in Vilnius The building will operate at zero emissions thanks to its remarkably efficient design and the use of renewable energy sources. Sustainable design features include a green roof, a grey water system and an innovative Cobiax structural system. + Studio Libeskind + Leuphana University

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Mysterious Faraday Future is trying to steal Tesla’s thunder by poaching employees

July 16, 2015 by  
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Tesla may be given a run for its money by a mysterious new up-and-comer located right in its neighborhood. Little is known about Faraday Future , which is reported to launch in 2017 and is stationed in Los Angeles, yet the company pledges to produce an electric car to rival all electric cars. The most intriguing part? The FF team is a bona fide Who’s Who of “poached” automotive executives and designers. Read the rest of Mysterious Faraday Future is trying to steal Tesla’s thunder by poaching employees

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7 Futuristic floating cities that could save humanity

April 8, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of 7 Futuristic floating cities that could save humanity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AT Design Office , carbon absorbing city , energy efficient city , floating city project , harvest city , modular city , noah’s oak , overcrowding , rising sea levels , self-sufficient city , silt lake city , the lilypad , vincent callebaut , x sea ty , X-Tu , Zero Carbon , zero emission

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Los Angeles to network all 7,500 miles of LED streetlights through wireless and cloud technologies

April 8, 2015 by  
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Los Angeles has more LED streetlights than any other U.S. city. Massive retrofits in recent years have created some 7,500 centerline miles of energy efficient lighting , all keeping the streets brighter, safer and more pedestrian-friendly. But with this modernized network came a new question: how best to control and maintain the LEDs while monitoring their energy usage and reporting on the savings that the LEDs bring? Now, the city is set to install a system, Philips CityTouch , which will allow L.A. to oversee this huge network of LED street lights remotely using mobile and cloud-based technologies. Read the rest of Los Angeles to network all 7,500 miles of LED streetlights through wireless and cloud technologies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , city infrastructure green , cloud technologies , LED streetlights , Los Angeles , los angeles bureau of lighting , pedestrian safety , philips citytouch , Smart Cities

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Breathtaking Thorncrown Chapel is one of America’s greatest architectural masterpieces

April 8, 2015 by  
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New Fusion Reactor Concept Could Generate Unlimited Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

October 10, 2014 by  
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Fusion energy is often associated with Hollywood fantasy – think Tony Stark’s miniature Arc Reactor in “Iron Man.” But could a virtually unlimited source of zero-emission power actually become a reality? University of Washington engineers have designed a fusion reactor concept that could be cheaper than a coal-fired power plant with a similar electrical output. According to the results of their analysis, which will be presented at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Fusion Energy Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, a fusion power plant producing one gigawatt of energy would cost $2.7 billion compared to $2.8 billion for a coal plant. Read the rest of New Fusion Reactor Concept Could Generate Unlimited Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coal , coal fired power plant , dynomak , fossil fuels , fusion reactor concept , nuclear fusion , radioactive-free , university of washington , zero emission

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Mission Motors’ new electric ride features good looks and better performance

December 20, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Zero-emission motorcycle powered by electric motors. Mission Motors has unveiled a new electric motorcycle that packs a new look and better electric motor that generates a whopping 141 horsepower. Christened the Mission R, the electric motorcycle features 14.4KWh and 141hp in a package smaller than a modern 600cc sportbike

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IKONE all-electric shoe-shaped vehicle for the future

December 7, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Zero-emission vehicle designed to be powered by electric batteries. The IKONE is a concept three-wheeled vehicle designed by Karim Guelmi, a Montreal-based graduate from the University of Quebec in Montreal.

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Norman Foster reportedly selected to design new ‘Apple City’

December 7, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable Apple campus to incorporate renewable energy sources. After collecting land in Cupertino, which included 100 acres of land picked up from HP last month for $300 million, Apple has reportedly selected renowned British architect Norman Foster to design the company’s new campus.

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Pope Benedict XVI keen on getting a solar-powered Popemobile

December 3, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Zero-emission electric vehicle will be powered by solar energy. Pope Benedict XVI has made a point to preach sustainable energy, which he backed up with photovoltaic cells installed on the roof of a Vatican auditorium and solar cooling units at the Vatican cafeteria. Now His Holiness wants to take another step toward a greener footprint with a solar-powered Popemobile.

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