Living the green life can be made possible in so many ways. With the numerous designers who are into green design today, living sustainably becomes easier each day. Laurent Guillaume is just a few of the designers who aimed to help save the environment through their designs and the INFI Concept is just one of the sustainable designs that Guillaume has. This concept is a sustainable shelter designed for an urban environment. The shelter has numerous green features including the use of solar energy to let the LED lighting system work. It also uses a recycled aluminum for its metallic structure and uses a composite fabric for its canopy.
Like green architecture, green transportation has already started to invade the human lifestyle and Google has just has just announced its investment in the Shweeb and the self-driving-robot car. This futuristic car is still in its early stages and has already set out a few fleets of vehicles across California. The car uses artificial intelligence software that has the ability to sense everything that foes closer to the car. As the software sensed something, the car has the ability to make a decision like any human driver does. According to the engineers behind this project of Google, the car can be lighter and thus, reducing carbon emission and fuel consumption.
Keeping your place cold during hot summer days can cost you a lot and of course, it can caused you to produce too much carbon emission, which is not favorable ideal to the environment. Designers from Studio Kahn have just presented an affordable and eco-friendly way to keep your place cool. Hailed as Ecooler Screen, this one of a kind creation is a concept hollow ceramic cooling system that is made of hollow tiles. It allows users to connect from one to the other, which resulted into a water-filled ceramics. Submitted for IIDA 2010, the Ecooler Screen will keep your place cool during the day through seepage and evaporation.
Displayed on the Paris Auto Show the Townpod EV concept is another eco-friendly vehicle that will soon bridge the world of private and commercial vehicles. The Townpod carries a sleek and elegant external look with its Stratosphere White body paint. The car’s touch screen display that allows the users to cooperate with their PDA’s made the car suitable enough for today’s technology world. And the most interesting feature that I know each one of us are getting excited for especially to those who wants to help save the environment is its zero-emission electric powered engine. In addition, the Townpod is capable for personal and business use.
Eco-architecture can be the best option for architects to help save the environment. Joining with those architects into green architecture is Mikuo Studio who had an eco-friendly proposal of Bottrop Higher Technical College built in Germany. Located in an urban area and with a quiet residential neighborhood, the Bottrop Higher Technical College will have a free large flat roof of photovoltaic panels. Other option in mind Is to have some greeneries planted. If this proposal will come into fruition, it will surely help its residents save on their energy use. The building structure may not be lovely to the eyes, well at least it can help save the environment.
Driving with care to the environment needs not to be traditional and pedal powered. The Pugeot EX1 is a sports car concept that is electric power. With this car concept, drivers can now drive luxuriously without feeling guilty of producing too much carbon emission. Aside from being an eco-friendly car, the Pugeot EX1 also comes with a sleek and luxurious design where one can surely be proud off the moment the step on the accelerator. A 30KWh lithium-ion battery pack juices up the EX1’s two electric motors place in the car’s front and rear part that provides power to the car.
Fresh air is all we need to keep going. However, with continuous abuse by humans and the huge amount of carbon emission produced, the air becomes polluted. To keep the air fresh, many of us have done our part by reducing our carbon footprint through different eco-friendly products or by recycling many of our used and discarded items. However, Korean designer Won Hee Lee has designed a unique tool to keep our air clean. Hailed as the Pollution Eraser, this earth-friendly tool is one of the entries for the Design for All competition. As the name suggest, the Pollution Eraser will rub out the pollution we have in the atmosphere.
When disaster comes, emergency shelters are the only tool that rescue operation must have in standby, for here is where victims can feel safe and comfortable. When designing an emergency shelter, it important to consider the environment. Designing with sustainability in mind is the produces eco-friendly products like the Life Cube. Aside from its ability to allow you to save on energy for assembly, because of its 5-minute assembly requirement, the Life Cube is packed using a recycled plastic container. This eco-friendly emergency shelter contains the basic post-disaster needs like food, water, battery, lights, radio and more making this concepts worth waiting for in the market.
With the various eco-friendly concept designs, I believe that people from all around the globe have done their part in combating global warming. Among various eco-friendly concept designs that has been introduce to the people these days, the King of Urinal is one of the few examples. This Urinal concept has its sink placed on top, thus will allow users to wash their hands right after peeing promoting good hygiene and the water used in washing the hands is the ones to rinse the urinal, thus promotes recycling of water. This concept with environment care in mind will surely help us save the earth.
We have seen numerous designs for eco-friendly bathroom fixtures already including eco-friendly urinal. However, the Eco Urinal by designer Yeongwoo Kim is interesting enough to catch an environmentalist’s attention. The Eco Urinal has a built-in sink on top for washing purposes. By the time men, wash their hands (everyone washes hands after peeing isn’t it?) on the sink, the water used for washing will then be used for rinsing the urinal, which obviously will save on water usage. In addition, the eco urinal has a sleek design that will save on space as well aside from adding some style to any comfort room.
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