Despite of the modern technologies that we are currently experiencing, Japan has never forget to keep the environment in mind in designing their buildings and the INCS Zero is just a few of the proofs that they truly care for the environment. The said modern production facility of Japan has green roof as one of its eco-friendly features. With this feature, I assume that the building occupants can now save some amount of money for the insulation expenses, as the green roof will surely serve as one. In addition to the earthy features, the building itself is located overlooking to the Nagano mountains, allowing the occupants to have a strong connection with nature.
An architecture firm from Charlotte, North Carolina called Little Diversified Architectural Consulting has turned a vacant parking lot in Dallas into a self-reliant eco-city called the Entangled Bank. The reason of it being self-sufficient is its features that include a green walled citadel that has solar panels, agricultural field, and a greywater treatment and recycling system that provides the city’s residents a sustainable source for food, water, and energy. The green feature of this eco-city does not end here because the structure of Entangled Bank itself is using photovoltaic panels on the southern façade, a series of vertical axis wind turbines.
While the earth is mostly composed of water, it is nice to see that housing designs that make use of our water environment are now growing in numbers. Recently, a contest called The Self-sufficient City: Envisioning the habitat of the future has an entry that aims to provide sustainable lodging to the 1600 inhabitants of the Halong Bay area in Vietnam. The entry was called the Hexagonal Floating community.
An eco-friendly housing system ADEX is another self-sufficient pre fabricated housing that works out perfectly on an off-grid living. It has the ability to adopt its different site and eventually meets the changing needs of its surroundings. Made from an interlocking system of prefabricated pieces, the ADEX is easy to install anywhere and is capable of collecting renewable resources. The triangular pre-fab pieces are also easily disassembled by the time the owners are willing and ready to move to other places.
What makes this prefabricated housing a sustainable one includes a photovoltaic panels, solar heaters, rainwater storage, and greywater recycling. Aside from that, the system itself is also composed of recycled waste materials.
I just cannot prevent myself from saying that the Hybrid F-Cell Roadster from Mercedes is totally awesome. It has the look of the original Benz motor car, but has the sleek and elegant body. This hybrid car has the ability to reach a speed of 15 mph and has a 217 miles operating range. This unique hybrid car is designed by the Daimler AG trainess at the Sindelfingen plant together with some junior employees from automotive mechatronics, model building, electronics, coating technology, manufacturing mechanics, product design, and interior appointments. This project from the trainees simply represents that sustainable mobility has already become an important part of the vocational training.
Sustainable structures are now seems to be the focus of every designers in the world. Self-sustainable buildings are built everywhere every now and then. This time around, it was Eric Vergne’s spiraling skyscraper called the Dystopian Farm has won the Evolo Skyscraper competition. The building has the ability to bind the building with an innovative technology in providing the city with its own self-sustaining food source. The Dystopian Farm has the aim to provide New York with a sustainable food source and creating a social space integrating producers and the consumers. With the Dystopian Farm systems like airoponic watering, nutrient technology and controlled lighting and CO2 levels will be tied up together to meet the food demands of the coming populations.
Self-sustainability and green is now the most common concept every designer has in their minds. Various green and eco-friendly products are now coming out in the market; many of our fellowmen are now enjoying the benefits of living green and saving large amount of energy consumption. Joining the green loving people are the designers of Kieran Timberlake Associate. They have designed the Cellophane House – a prefabricated home created for the masses. The cellophane house can be built in amazingly 16 days and has a life of around 10 years. Another great feature of this house apart from the sustainable facilities is that, it can grow and shrink as families grow and shrinks as well.
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