This public park incorporates recycled tyres for planters and rolling hills and grass cushioned benches for people to sit and read, if they like. [Read more...]
The Cocoon_FS is a plankton inspired building located in Germany. Designed by Pohl Architects, in cooperation with PlanktonTech, the prefabricated building is constructed from lightweight panels that have a high strength to weight ratio. The translucent shell is easy to transport, and use a minimum of materials, making this building truly eco-friendly.
The leaf-like panels are fibre re-inforced and attach to each other to form a super strong, self-supporting dome. Both the interior and exterior have the same variety of pores, ribs, minute spines, marginal ridges and elevations of the slimy brown plankton that the building was based on.
Bridgestone debuted their new air free concept tyres at the Tokyo Motor Show in September 2011. The air free tyres are set to send blow-outs on the highway and canned tyre inflators well into extinction. Made with mesh spokes of a thermoplastic resin, the tyres are flexible, durable and 100% recyclable. These aren’t the first totally air free tyres that have been developed, Michelin began the trend with the Tweel.
In Brazil, in the Urca neighbourhood near the base of Sugarloaf Mountain and the shores of Rio de Janeiro is the EcoHouse, a house designed and renovated by architect Alexandra Lichtenberg. The house is proof that going green isn’t restricted to rich areas or luxury residences or even to backwoods off-grid dwellings.
Going green can be achieved by everyone and anyone. The EcoHouse was a remodeling project tackled by Alexandra, converting a normal residence into a green, sustainable, comfortable home.
With the human population swelling to incredible numbers and our natural resources dwindling at an alarming rate, space is becoming a premium commodity in an ever shrinking planet. This woodland retreat by Torsten Ottesjö takes minimal space and makes it both beautiful and practical & is a favourite place in Sweden to fish, for herring. [Read more...]
During the NordBygg fair in 2010, an innovative product was introduced to the solar energy industry. Something so simple, yet it worked so efficiently, that the developing company, SolTech Energy, won the Gold Award for Hottest New Material. What sets these roof tiles apart from anything their competitors had come up with, is that they are made from ordinary glass and they weigh about the same as their clay counterparts usually used.
That lovely unassuming house you see perched on the hill, surrounded by and looking over some of the most breathtaking scenery, has a secret. It’s almost entirely made from Hemp, a plant that has been banned in many countries, including South Africa, ever since in 1937 when the synthetic fibre producers contributed to the “reefer madness” propaganda. They feared the decline of their own industry in the face of the strength and usefulness of hemp. The Hemporium, a South African company, is on a mission to legalize industrial hemp; the organization aims to educate people about hemp’s potential through the use of innovative products while creating an awareness of all that hemp has to offer. Their long term goal is to promote the cultivation and use of industrial hemp as a sustainable crop in South Africa.