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“Light Park Floating Skyscraper”, skyscraper of Ting Xu and Yiming Chen

July 6, 2013 Leave a comment

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The rapid increase of population within the major cities around the world has led to poor development and serious urban design problems, including the lack of infrastructure, housing, and recreational areas. In Beijing, a large portion of the historic center has been demolished.
One way to make scarce green and recreation space available to residents of this crowded city is a skyscraper that floats above the land, taking new development to the sky. The Light Park stays afloat thanks to a large, mushroom cap-like helium-filled balloon at its top, and solar-powered propellers directly below. Programmatic platforms that host parks, sports fields, green houses, restaurants, and other uses are suspended from the top of the structure by reinforced steel cables; the platforms fan in different directions around the spherical vessel to balance its weight. These slabs are also staggered to allow for maximum exposure to sunlight on each level.
Translucent solar panels cover the top of the vessel to power the uses below, and water collectors, also located at the top, direct precipitation towards filters that send clean water throughout the structure.
Though it doesn’t completely solve Beijing’s serious traffic and overpopulation problems, the Light Park can return valuable green space to the public, and also help mitigate the pollution that comes with increased development – with parks and plants floating in the sky above the city, the air is partially cleaned.

Fonte: eVolo

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“Polar Umbrella Buoyant Skyscraper”, super-structure for the prevention of future depletion of Derek Pirozzi

July 6, 2013 Leave a comment

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Polar Umbrella Buoyant Skyscraper Protects and Regenerates the Polar Ice Caps
During the last decades of global warming, the polar ice caps have experienced a severe rise in temperature causing the northern and southern ice shelves to become thin, fractured, and melt into the ocean. Rebuilding the arctic layers is the primary objective of this proposal which cools down the Earth’s surface by reducing heat gain in vulnerable arctic regions.
The Polar Umbrella’s buoyant super-structure becomes a statement for the prevention of future depletion of our protective arctic region. Through its desalinization and power facilities, this arctic skyscraper becomes a floating metropolis equipped with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) research laboratories, renewable power stations, dormitory-style housing units, eco-tourist attractions, and ecological habitats for wildlife. A series of these structures would be strategically located in the most affected areas.
Salt water is used to produce a renewable source of energy through an osmotic (salinity gradient power) power facility housed within the building’s core. In addition, the structure’s immense canopy allows for the reduction of heat gain on the arctic surface while harvesting solar energy. The umbrella’s thermal skin boasts a series of modules that are composed of a polyethylene piping system that pumps brackish water. Finally, the Polar Umbrella also regenerates the ice caps using harvest chambers that freeze the ocean water.

Fonte: eVolo

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“Stratosphere Network of Skyscrapers”, modern skyscraper of Mingxuan Dong, Yuchen Xiang, Aiwen Xie, Xu Han

July 6, 2013 Leave a comment

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As technological innovative and higher latest skyscrapers can be, they still need to rely on the support to the ground. So a higher heights usually means more unstableness as well as weaker capacity to resist disasters.
The project proposes a mega hex grid that evolves around the earth circumference at a stratosphere heigh, the principle that support this hypothesis is that it seem to be that in a building the larger the span is, the scale and the unstableness will proportionally increase. But if the span is large enough within the scale of the earth, the unstableness brought by the size decreases inversely. In this case the network of buildings and bridges connected to each other, covering the entire circumference of the earth, will no longer need structural ground support and can be suspended in the air by the effect of the earth gravity. The elevated bridges and buildings that relate the grid can reach any height with out worrying about overturning, earth-quakes, floods and any other natural disasters.
The earth needs to find a environmental balance. As human over-used the resources the earth is being heavily damaged, eventually approaching to a point in which the earth will be unsuitable for human living.
The modern skyscraper has represent for years the modern urban ideal. But in a non far future the booming population increase will be a catastrophic, being the stratosphere grid the only platform for ensure the continuity of human civilization.

Ring, opera di Arnaud Lapierre su Place Vendôme a Parigi

February 1, 2013 Leave a comment

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Gli specchi creano giochi visivi da sempre oggetto di attenzione da parte dell’arte, tutto questo diventa ancora più interessante se il contesto in cui vengono inseriti è una delle piazze più belle al mondo, ovvero Place Vendome a Parigi.
E’ qui che l’artista francese Arnaud Lapierre ha posizionato Ring, la sua ultima opera, realizzata da cubi completamente specchiati disposti in un cerchio e sfalsati tra di loro; questo crea una gioco tra le riflessioni e le immagini reali che sembra così frammentare il conteso urbano, creando un piacevole senso di disorientamento al fruitore dell’opera.

Fonte: Linea di Sezione

“L’Arca immaginaria di Louis Vuitton”, progetto visionario di Billie Achilleos per il Salone del Mobile 2012

April 20, 2012 Leave a comment

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In realtà non è propriamente così.
Con l’andare avanti delle edizioni, e ogni anno di piu’, al Salone del mobile di Milano, si denotano sempre piu’ opere che rivelano il connubio tra design e moda.
Cani, gatti, porcospini, oche, marmotte ecc.. No non si parla di Braccialini e della sua nuova linea di borse.
Billie Achilleos è un artista inglese con una grande passione per i pupazzi e le materie prime per il riciclo, Louis Vuitton, marchio di lusso da sempre dedito al lavoro artigianale, soprattutto per produrre gli accessori, le ha affidato il compito di realizzare dei Puppets attraverso l’uso dei prodotti della maison, come borse di varia dimensione e piccoli accessori prevalentemente monogrammati.
Queste opere contemporanee sono piaciute anche a chi non ama molto i pupazzi e i brand tutto logo. Per quanto possano essere apparentemente dolci, non si puo’ ignorare una nota teatrale e visionaria alla Tim Burton in questi oggetti/animali di design. Potreste usare queste sculture di pelle, pelliccia, metalli, e passamanerie dentro casa per fare la guardia da eventuali ladri; i rapinatori potrebbero rimanere un po’ impauriti incrociando inizialmente lo sguardo con gli occhi vitrei e infuocati del leprotto o con il cobra. E in un secondo momento riconoscere l’oggetto, pardon, un insieme di vari oggetti griffati, e infilarlo nei propri sacchi neri.
Dico potreste, perchè queste opere non sono in vendita; e se lo fossero chissà a quanto ammonterebbe il loro prezzo.
Billie si è detta felice di aver realizzato questi animaletti divertenti e visionari per il progetto “l’Arca immaginaria di Louis Vuitton” esposta nella boutique di via Montenapoleone a Milano, e devo dire che il risultato dei prodotti è magnifico ed ecclettico. Qui potete ammirare l’artista all’opera. Pollice in su per Billie Achilleos e Louis Vuitton.

Fonte: Noisymag

Jody Brown, architettura in grafici

April 14, 2012 Leave a comment

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Sono molto per addetti ai lavori, ma quando ho visto questi grafici me ne sono subito innamorato, oltre ad averci fatto sopra delle grosse risate; quindi ho pensato di condividerli con voi subito. L’autore di questa meraviglia è Jody Brown, curatore del sito Coffee with an architect.

Fonte: Linea Di Sezione

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Delancey Underground, project of architect James Ramsey and Dan Barasch

February 7, 2012 Leave a comment

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Inspired by the amazing success of Chelsea’s High line, architect James Ramsey and Dan Barasch introduced the Delancey Underground project, aiming to convert an unused trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street (just under the Essex Street Market) into an extraordinary subterranean public park– nicknamed the “LowLine.” Local businesses, residents, community leaders, and political stakeholders alike have voiced considerable enthusiasm for the idea. They are now focused on increasing this broad public support, and are preparing in earnest to make this vision a reality.
But the Delancey Underground is more than an economic revitalization opportunity– it also represents cutting edge design and a new generation of green technology. It is at the heart of a broader global discussion about the potential of remnant urban infrastructure, and the need for cities to re-invent the meaning of space– above and below ground.
The project also envisions a fresh approach to solar technology– using innovative fiber optics to reflect light underground, saving electricity and reducing carbon emissions, and generating the capacity for plants, trees, and grasses to thrive indoors. The “LowLine” is essentially part of the next phase in urban design, in which human scale and increasing resource scarcity force us to imagine smarter, more creative use of public spaces.
What will this underground green space become? As the High Line has proven, a stunning public park can provide tremendous opportunities for creative expression, while challenging assumptions of the way humans work, live, commute, and interact. The Delancey Underground project envisions a year-round programming series, which invites the community into the space in new ways.
From art exhibitions, to farmers’ markets, to educational series, tospecial events and promotions– this space will be more than a space. It will generate community, and it will inspire in the way beautiful environments can inspire.

Fonte: Trendland

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