It is now undeniable that our cities have been full of buildings and business infrastructures. However, how about having a farm in the building next door? Architects, designers and agriculturists in New York have collaborated that resulted to an idea of creating sustainable urban farms.
Some leaders are now considering of studying the idea in the future, and soon will come into reality. How I wish that this idea would be built soon, so that vegetables will be available immediately, and of course prices will maybe a bit lower, for travelling will not be needed anymore to bring the vegetable right at your doorsteps.
Industrial designer Doron Hadar has created the Eco TreeCity – a public lighting concept. This elegant and ambitious concept uses an integrated freestanding solar element. The lights are randomly put together anywhere to make a unique tree like light. This concept is perfect in any weather, because the interactive system changes its light color according to the weather. It turns into a warm yellowish-white color during cold winter day and into cold bluish-white color during hot summer days. Festive color combinations of lights are also available for the holidays. In addition to that, this concept is maintenance free because the solar panels lasts for about 20-25 years and the battery life is about 5-7 years.
Malaysian-born, UK-based architect Ken Yeang, has designed Fusionopolis. It is an eco-friendly structure to be built in Singapore. This 1.4 kilometer high building is designed essentially as a normal home. The building of this skyscraper is for Ken’s intention in promoting green lifestyle even within the busy streets of the city. We all know that cities are all the polluted already and is somewhat impossible for green living. But Ken Yeang thinks differently. Though he admits that creating a truly green building in a city is to take multiple challenges, from the drainage and irrigation to picking up the right species of trees to be planted and giving them enough sunlight.
X-Architects from Dubai SMAQ from Berline have come to a design of a complex for sustainable living. The complex called the Xeritown is designed for the intention of having a more sustainable mode of development. The complex may have a classic designed, it aims to have a people oriented lifestyle and to minimize energy consumption. X-Architects as the lead consultant, in collaboration with SMAQ (Berlin), Johannes Grothaus with Partners Landscape Architects (Potsdam/Dubai), with the renderings of LeBalto, Marc Pouzol, Reflexion (Zurich) Buri Happold (London/Dubai), and with the commissioner and developer Dubai Properties, the project aims to conserve ecological resources like water, soil, flora and fauna to enhance the bio-diversity.
Another space saver, hybrid prototype has been designed and will soon be on our busy streets. From the idea of designer David Vargas, who designed the three-wheel eco vehicle for Peugeot Design, the prototype was called the Peugeot+. This chic looking two-seater vehicle uses a smaller electric engine compared to most cars of the same sizes. To attain better stability, the designer decided to add a third wheel. The Peugeot+ is perfect for crowded cities with parking space problems. This vehicle might be smaller than a car, but this is way far safer than a scooter. With the Peugeot+’s modern and elegant design, this vehicle will surely be a big hit in the future.
Eco-friendly cars had gone too far these days. Being a hybrid car nowadays is not enough already to become eco-friendly. Most of them are now made of sustainable materials. Just like what the Lotus eco Elise did. This car uses host sustainable materials to form up the body and trim. The materials used include an eco-wool called hemp, sisal and the new and high-tech water based paint. Paints can be applied by hand with the high quality finish. But it doesn’t stop here. The Lotus eco Elise car has a solar panels on the hard top that helps the electrical system of the car, which reduces the drain on the engine and improves its efficiency.
Due to lack of a medical ambulance, and even a motorized vehicle in rural areas of Africa, designer Benoit Angibaud has come to an idea of creating a pedal-car with a stretcher, called The Jaambaaro. This may sound funny to all of us who lives in the city. However, to those people in Africa, this is a big help for them. The Jaambaaro is driven by two person peddling and assisted by electrical power generated from solar energy. Benoit’s pedal-car is made of sustainable materials, which made it earth friendly. What’s not friendly is the design itself. The stretcher is very visible, that made it looks awkward.
Global Green is rebuilding New Orleans, and is working out to get the LEED Platinum certification. To get this, they have created an eco-friendly houses and apartments for their villagers, and this project is called The Holy Cross Project. They have built five affordable homes and an 18-unit apartment building. In addition to that, the project also has a community center that will accommodate a bank, grocery and café, offices for Global Green and the village’s association, and a Climate Action Center. Houses have solar panels to gain 100 percent of its electric needs. In addition, it boasts off its unique green roof.
Having an eco-friendly life had been the focus of many designers nowadays when designing their new product. Just like what Ms Kate Jaclin did. Though she is still a student from the Queensland University of Technology, and is not yet a professional designer, she had designed a sustainable kitchen. The kitchen’s design is very elegant and what has made it even better is that everything in this kitchen is sustainable. Everything in it is recycled, and it uses solar energy. Water is recycled and can be used again, and it has a vegetable garden attached. It can also be refurbished easily because it uses recycled bio-plastic materials.
Volkswagen has now designed the Volkswagen Ego to offer a quick look into the future for Volkswagen vehicles. Ego is a two-seater sports car, and has a futuristic and elegant yet simple body shape. Volkswagen had envisioned the Ego concept as a car of all-electric power source that uses high-performance batteries which is charged by a fuel cell, wherein hydrogen and oxygen reacts to generate electricity. The only emission of this car is water which made it eco-friendly. The Ego’s inner designed is highly sophisticated and elegant. It has an environment recognition system that can detect and warn of an upcoming hazards.
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