The latest Nature Cot is The Dancing Orchards: a matrix of autonomously moving apple trees and berry bushes. Check it out at NatureCots.fi.
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James Murphy has this great idea of turning the cold NYC subway turnstile beeps into something beautiful. Brilliant!
This great biomimetic water harvesting installation is inspired by Namibian fog-basking beetles, Ethiopian basket-weaving traditions Warka trees. It is made of bamboo, bioplastic and fiber ropes and is easy to build with simple tools. For more information, visit the project’s web page warkawater.it
BIG and Heatherwick Studio have joined forces to design new California headquarters for Google. It will be interesting to see how this Frei Otto meets the Eden Project meets Under the Dome will come to life. It will be quite a challenge to turn vast parking lots and mundane business parks into an ecological, inspiring and flexible neighbourhood as described in the video. It is interesting how different headquarters designs of the contemporary giants are: Facebook+Gehry, Apple+Foster and now Google+BIG&HS are headed into totally different directions with their designs. They share very similar ideas about an ecological campus of the future, but the approach and execution are quite different. Ultimately time will tell which vision transforms into reality the best. Different as they are, certainly all of these companies have the resources to make it work. Let’s just wait and see!
The fabulous One Central Park has been selected as the Best Tall Building Worldwide by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, PTW Architects and Patrick Blanc, this Sydney high-rise hybrid boasts beautiful, large green walls. The building also has an array of motorised mirrors to direct light to the park that would otherwise be overshadowed by the building. Wow!
An ingenious way to enter your treehouse! Maybe the next version could be that you could clip on your normal bike, pedal down and then ride to work?
Graham Hill‘s apartment in Soho packs eight rooms into 39 square meters (420 sq ft) by using transforming furniture and ingenious spatial design. A great way to save space in a city, save energy and save money for the resident. Found on Gizmodo