Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Solaqua cleans contaminated water with Sun's rays by Naveen

solaqua 1

Student Designer: Mr Jason Lam, University of New South Wales.

The 2009 finalists for the “Australian Design Awards - James Dyson Award” have been announced. While the winner will be announced at the Australian International Design Awards Presentation Night on Friday 29 May 2009, all the entries in the list are unique in a way or the other. Among the entries is the Solaqua, a water disinfection unit intended to be used in rural sub-Saharan Africa. The device makes use of ultra-violet and infrared rays from the sun to get rid of the pathogens within contaminated water. Raw water is first passed through a sari cloth filter, so that the efficiency of solar water disinfection can be enhanced. A five tap funnel fills five specially designed bottles to get ten liters of water. The transparent bottle surface allows maximum exposure to UV rays when laid down on the ground. The black, back surface of the bottle absorbs heat and the reflective inner surface reflects UV rays inside the water.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Batman Returns! by ZDF

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Nice taste saver!

Fenster schließen

Re-Cover House Wins AIA Award for Renovations Bridgette Steffen

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When the new owners of this beautiful wood-clad home decided they needed to update and add a bit more space to the house, who better to renovate it than the architects who designed the original?>read more

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tent, Backpack and Vassel by JUSTIN GARGASZ

It's a coat, backpack and tent all-in-one.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ceramic Water Filters Win IWA Award for Cambodia

by Alexandra Kain
ceramic water filter, unicef, international water association, 2008 project innovation award grand prize, water and sanitation program, sustainable development, cambodia water filters, green design

As populations in developing nations increase alongside global pollution and the spread of water-borne illnesses, the need for clean and efficient water filtration has never been more urgent. Recently, the International Water Association (IWA) awarded UNICEF and the Water and Sanitation Program with the 2008 Project Innovation Award Grand Prize for providing Cambodia with ceramic water filters. These water purification devices are made and distributed by Cambodian nationals, and have resulted in a 50 percent drop in diarrheal illnesses in the region since their implementation in 2002. read more >

Solar - operatging lightning by IKEA


Ikea brings out solar operating lightning for in and outdoors. It seems the lamps are not really bright, but still ikea brings in our homes a low cost solar kit. Ready to be used or manipulated...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Divine Comedy by Jon Andrew Davis

The Dartboard by jonandrewdavis.
The Dartboard. (Blind Faith Darts)

Ghosbusters Vs. Jesus by jonandrewdavis.
Ghosbusters Vs. Jesus

Something for 3D modelers

World Builder from Bruce Branit on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Surface Values by Eemil Karila @ PROGRAM initiative for art + architecture collaborations

Eemil Karila Surface Values
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PROGRAM initiative for art + architecture collaborations
Eemil Karila
March 5 – April 11, 2009

In Surface Values, Finnish artist Eemil Karila reframes the perpetual question of what lends the institutional receptacle its pristine, unquestionable authority. Dispensing with the cold narrative's all too typical materials: four white walls, stark fluorescent overhead lights – Karila explores the endless recalibration of the exhibition space and the oft-unacknowledged sociopolitical implications in each reapplication of matte white paint. Previously exhibited at Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland and Galerija Vartai (Vilnius), Lithuania, Surface Values marks Eemil Karila’s first solo exhibition in Berlin.

Alternating black light brings the performance of a marginalized actor into focus; the UV inks mixed into a solution of cleaning chemicals trace the motions of the part-time cleaner, a former nurse from the Ukraine with quiet poise. Herself a supportive figure in the ephemeral architecture of PROGRAM's network of collaborators, Ludmila agreed to take part in Surface Values on the conditions that her portrait not be permanently archived on our website, and that her last name not be used.

DISCLAIMERS by Artmarcovici

Past performance is no garantee for future results
"People should be warned !" says Artmarcovici ".. not only from funds, also cash has its risks."
He used an ordinary Canon iP 5300 printer to print the missing disclaimers on the notes.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Origami Solarcell Lamp by Joons design

Theese nice lamps by Joons Design use the Kyosemi Company Sphelar® module to store and give light.

B1 - 9004 REEF MACHINE by Mas Yendo

B1-9004 is a large artificial reef system that maximizes the ocean’s capacity to renew itself and sustain life. It encourages macrobiotic activity by pumping air through nearly 90 miles of pipes that wrap its perimeter. This activity results in the growth of crustaceans and barnacles, which, in turn, leads to habitation by larger organisms. Eventually B1-9004 will be completely lined with living organisms to form a complex eco-environment.

Friday, February 27, 2009

The egg in the woods

Tree Houses Part 1 by bosscofreak.
by boscofreak

Who has got it bigger?

(Picture: Tom Olliver) (Picture: 770) view from the tower

Burj Dubai - the tallest building in the world

The largest and most famous construction project currently taking place in Dubai is of course the Burj Dubai. Opening in 2009, the Burj Dubai is a super duper tall skyscraper set to be the tallest in the world (818 meters or 2,684 ft). Currently it is the tallest man-made structure on Earth but Burj Dubai will not officially gain the title of tallest building in the world until its completion in 2009.

The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about US$4.1 billion and the price of office space had reached $4,000 per sq ft.

Shelter for the homeless made from plastic, wire and packing peanuts


"Max is the Grand Prize winner of the 2008 Trash To Treasure Competition sponsored by Intel™!
He's won $10,000, a Dell laptop powered by Intel™, and a trip to Boston to see his design built."

Great Job!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Peter Fox - Schwarz zu Blau

This is a great video from the new single "Schwarz Zu Blau" from Peter Fox, the singer from SEED. The whole album "Stadtaffe" is about life in Berlin and it's suburbs. It describes greatly many facecs of this amazing city, the sound is great! Big up Peter!!!
- check out for news and tourdates.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


O2 treehouse
Dustin Feider is out to revolutionize not merely treehouses but the entire concept of habitat. For Feider, the treehouse is a symbol of the entire sustainability movement and a beacon of hope for man’s survival. The O2 Treehouse is a combination of formal sculptural sensibilities, functional design and an environmentalist’s passion.

"L'io scuoiato, ossia un amore meno che umano": 2501 a Fragilecontinuo

Artista che elegge gli spazi urbani come luogo privilegiato di interscambio, sperimentatore di video e performance, eclettico divoratore dell'ambiente circostante, che poi ripropone in nuove e sommerse chiavi di lettura, 2501 porta a Fragile Continuo due frammenti del suo lavoro, originali realizzati appositamente per la mostra che sarà visitabile allo spazio dal 14 al 28 febbraio 2009. Filo conduttore l'idea/suggestione del cambiare pelle, la discesa/salita tra i diversi involucri/livelli che compongono la mente e lo stato d'animo, similmente a quanto avviene per il corpo, ma in un contesto che 2051 si augura diventi prima di tutto momento di "play-time" condiviso.

Gardens between apple trees - 3 @ STUDIOMETRICO


After a long trip from Bangalore, India to the North-East of Italy, the Lace Fence Pergola has reached its final destination! Designed by Joep Verhoeven from Demakersvan, is the very first lace fence that is 100% made in India. Few days ago the structure has been delivered and installed on the site it has been conceived for. The Pergola is now part of a 7.500 sqm terrain that studiometrico is transforming step by step into a very special landscape with many features to discover…

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

SunCat: Solar Batteries Powered by Sunshine by Mike Chino

solarcat batteries, solar charging batteries, integrated solar cell batteries, photovoltaic batteries, sustainable design, green gadget, green design, knut karlsen

solarcat batteries, solar charging batteries, integrated solar cell batteries, photovoltaic batteries, sustainable design, green gadget, green design, knut karlsen

Designer and inventor extraordinaire Knut Karlsen recently unveiled an inspired approach to portable power that can’t be beat for its elegant simplicity: a prototype battery capable of charging itself when exposed to sunshine. His slick set of SunCat C-cells are wrapped in flexible photovoltaic panels and will slowly recharge when left to bask in the sun - just like a cat.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Inflatable Diamond Grid Eco-Pavilion by Various Architects by Evelyn Lee

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Various Architects recently designed this striking Renaissance Pavilion for a competition to create a mobile performance space for Yorkshire Forward. Based upon a set of structural concepts perfected in their collapsible stadium, the inflatable event space is ultra-portable, generates all of its own energy, and is 100% recyclable. A gridded diamond facade conceals a faceted interior space reminiscent of the coal mines found throughout Yorkshire. The venue can be easily reconfigured to hold both small and large crowds, and it’s versatile enough to host everything from intimate gatherings to outdoor concerts.

Reclaiming Oil Rigs as Oceanic Eco-Resorts by Bridgette Steffen

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Morris Architects, a Houston-based architecture and design firm, recently took top honors for two of their submissions in the Radical Innovation in Hospitality design competition. The grand prize winner, the Oil Rig Platform Resort and Spa makes use of one of 4,000 oil rigs out in the Gulf of Mexico and transforms it into a luxurious eco-resort and spa. We love how the inspired renovation takes an iconic source of dirty energy and converts it to an eco-haven that generates all of its power from renewable sources.

Drexel @ Brooklynartproject

edouard francois: new club med in senegal

'new club med' suite, senegal by edouard francois - completed project
image © edouard francois

the new club med resort in senegal is comprised of suites designed in the shape
of peanuts. elevated with wooden poles each structure is wrapped and woven using
straw and wood, imitating the skin texture of a peanut.