The newest decoration (I myself cannot call that humongous structure a “mesh”) that is currently being constructed around a Mexico City hospital, designed by the Berlin firm Elegant Embellishments, tackles the smog problem in two separate ways. First, and most obvious, is its design. As Elegant Embellishments’ co-founder Allison Dring told Co.Exist, the wall’s many oddly shaped holes actually slow down wind and create turbulence to force as much air as possible through the enormous filter. Then there’s the real ‘environmental remediation’ workhorse: a coating of titanium dioxide. When the coating comes in contact with smog, it breaks down the pollutants into simpler, harmless parts like calcium nitrate, carbon dioxide, and water. Additionally, the chemical process itself does not break down the titanium oxide coating at all, allowing the wall to continuously clean up the smog as long as there is sunlight. Though whether or not it is going to keep its clean white appearance would be another matter to think about (unlike the Japanese-made panels shown on SmartPlanet); Personally, I think it should, given that it is going to filter more than 8000 cars’ worth of pollution per day.
Still, it is a good first step for the world to find some anti-smog solution, given how persistent that problem is around the world.
ps. Excuse me for the partial c&p from Giz, its explanation triumphs my own attempts.
Source Co.EXIST via Gizmodo. Additional reference from SmartPlanet.
“House T is a minimal home located in Miyazaki, Japan, designed by Tsukano Architect Office.” (Really, I’m not putting much thought into articles lately.) While it is a surefire way to keep most of the noise from entering a home, it is a (personally) rather depressing house to live in due to the lack of outside world to look out of other than up.
If it actually makes sense in actual use, then I will rest my case.
More images on the source links.
Source: Design Milk (image source) > Tsukano
After years of conspiracy-style ways of either resurrecting or rebuild the Titanic, someone finally has the money and courage to actually do the latter.
Australian businessman Clive Palmer unveiled plans to introduce the ‘titanic II’ by blue star line, along with plans for the infamously named ocean liner cross her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 2016 after being built at CSC JinLing shipyard in China.
With the modernized equipment being included from the start (having enough lifeboats and an actual watertight compartment system should be on the very top of that list…), which includes a streamlined underwater (and welded) hull sections, bow thrusters, along with the switch to diesel power; the interior of the modern Titanic is designed to look identical to the original plans from the original back in the early 20th century.
We shall see if this new version can last more than one voyage. In the meantime, there’s the link below for some very nice renders of the said interior as well as one or two exterior renders.
In all fairness, I think of container buildings as part of an elaborate way of building a tall structure that is completely modular, with the ways it can currently (and could) be added and removed from a stack. However, there are not that many (realistic) concepts of actually trying to add and remove an entire section off from a level of the building and replace it with another, see Gizmag‘s idea for the most recent proposal for one.
On the other hand, the extreme and energy-based revolutions that was stated in the article, a basic plea to move away from the power grid and utilities, is set rather too revolutionary and would be set back by bureaucrats to the point that the entire concept itself would not be realized by 2050 (If you think I’m too pessimistic, see my thoughts on the Avro Arrow, may it continue to struggle valiantly).
The bad reality of the overall proposal aside, the way I would see it would be to have a support structure outside of the building that can in turn be able to support a gantry crane that moves up and down the said structures. Also, instead of me (failing to) describing it, I’ve drawn a sketch…
Of course, it may have some balance
and structural issues but the idea should be better than a jet pack…
ps. I should get it finished within the day instead of withholding it to procrastinate on (while I should be doing something else) later…
With the gradual rise of water levels around the world, some countries strives to block the water from reclaiming their developed areas. Meanwhile, in Netherlands, some architectural firms think otherwise as inutrecht-based BLAUW architecten (link warning: not an english-based site) teamed up with FARO architects (link warning: not an english-based site) to create a residential complex, called ‘water + reed’, that stand out to the crowd.
The houses are designed to be build on the waters of Rotterdam, with elements from the surroundings influencing design and engineering. One of which is employing the wattle-and-daub-technique using local reed to construct the uppermost walls, and holding the weave in place with mud. It allows good insulation and protection from the local weather yet can be done in a lower cost with a lower overall impact to the environment, it also provides unique visual characteristics to each of the nine units that are going to be built. There are also other standards similar to most luxury residences, such as private balconies from the living rooms along with reeds and water courses at the sides to provide some privacy.
Still, the overall design looks to be exclusively done for a single development area, as there aren’t any other areas with such stable water levels – flooding would be a major set back for this particular design.
Source: BLAUW architecten (original image credit), designboom (original article, image source).
Can the iconic F-105 Avro Arrow, started in 1953 and infamously shut down in 1959, even come back to life?
The retired Canadian major-general Lewis MacKenzie thinks so (after he had think about it for a bit, for he was a former skeptic as well), as he had proposed to the Harper government several times during the period of 2010 and early 2012, when the proposal to revive the Arrow (complete with new innovations and electronics developed during the recent years) was sent in twice by Bourdeau Industries, a UK/Canadian company. In late June, the retired major-general received a reply from the then associate defence minister Julian Fantino, stating that the Arrow revival was not a “viable option for Canada’s next generation fighter.”
Personally, I think that the politicians could not take in the cost of doing most of their own development, as the cost for the F-35 Lightning 2 had gone over budget during the course of its development in a similar trend for most projects of the past 50 years. Adding the fuel to the fire, internal politics at the Canadian capital Ottawa continues to fracture as “the auditor general tore a strip off the government, accusing the Department of National Defence of hiding $10 billion in continuing costs for the fighter and the Public Works department of not doing enough homework to justify the purchase.”(quote), along with various other It’s little wonder that the government can get anything done in a timely matter and at budget without any stoppage. The fact that there are people with big enough voice saying that actually think that Canada could and should restart the Arrow for the current era should be enough to warrant a second (and third) look.
In another tangent, can’t we have a stealthy Avro Arrow? It’s not as if integrating stealth into the Delta-wing design is impossible. The fact that the bomber variant of the F- 22 Raptor was actually designed and proposed makes this particular train of thought a very possible, if improbable, scenario.
Source: CBC 1 & 2, started from Gizmodo comment
After seeing buildings after buildings made from containers that are only used by a few people, we may have something that can be used by everyone (that needs to go somewhere near this structure)
The ECOntainer bridge uses containers as the main structural members, with additional steel trusses for support. It allows individual containers to be constructed before being put into place, as well as individual replacements of each segments. It also contains a observation deck, a set of cantilevering observation areas that extends out of the opposing sides, and its own source of power via solar panels on the tops of the containers (for advertisements and other important information). Amusingly, this bridge, designed by Israeli practice yoav messer architects for ariel sharon park (in Israel of course), also allows small amounts of vehicle traffic through as well.
The only thing I have second thoughts on would be the replacement process of the bridge, which looks to be a lot complicated than just using a crane to lift the single offending container off the bridge…
Source: yoav messer architects (original image credit) via designboom (image source)