- Producer21/06/2017The Ins and Outs of Coastal EngineeringCoastal engineering is a field of civil engineering that covers exactly what the name implies: coastlines and the protection of surrounding areas. As something that may commonly be overlooked, rising levels of water can directly affect our society...
- 19/06/2017THE WORLD’S FIRST TRULY TRANSPARENT SOLAR TECHNOLOGY
The MIT researchers have created a truly transparent solar panel that can coat any surface, to harvest ambient light and generate electricity.
The transparent photovoltaic (PV) cell absorb only infrared and ultraviolet light. The visible light passes through, unimpeded. Because the material does not absorb or emit light in the visible spectrum, it looks exceptionally transparent to the human eye.
I look forward to seeing its application on tall buildings with lots of windows or glass facade in the near future.
Comments20/06/2017 #5 Phil Friedman#4 Wow, Lada, that is huge. By my calculations an average house here in the U.S. has nearly 1,000 square feet of windows. At 10 watts per s.f. during an 8-hour day, at 50% efficiency that's 40 Kwh per day.in sunny climes. And if the "glass" actually captures infrared light, it will reduce the greenhouse effect and lower the heat loading in the house. That is certainly not anything to sneeze at. Cheers!19/06/2017 #4 Lada 🏡 Prkic#1 Yes, you're right, Phil. It's hard to say how much power could be generated. The power-conversion efficiency is expected to reach over 10% once production commences, but the prototype has an efficiency about 1%.
A rough calculation that I found says that 1% efficiency means about 10-12 watts per square meter or about 1 watt per square foot.
But fully optimized it would generate about 10 watts per square foot!
- 15/06/2017as a material engineer I must share this graphic where you can find the difference between a regular ACM material and a Fire resistant one. this is one of the two cladding materials I found on the website of Harvey facade: Alucobond(r) and Reynobond(r).
only because you manage, shape and install a material does not necessary mean you really know deeply about it; materials behavior is complex and as materials engineer and scientist we studied years to start knowing something about.
ignorance about materials selection is very dangerous because increases the probability of an accident.
the right material selection could help preventing similar tragedy #grenfell #fire #materialsengineering #materialselection
- 11/06/2017Some of the world’s most beautiful/interesting subway/tube/underground stations -5
Next, the Majakovskaja Station (named after the Russian poet Vladimir Majakovskij) in Moscow. It was designed by the architect Aleksej Dusjkin.
- 10/06/2017A miniature replica of the Fallingwater building, at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh
The Frank Lloyd Wright's house was named the "best all-time work of American architecture."
- 08/06/2017One CityTree "eats" the same amount of pollution as 275 real trees ► https://greencitysolutions.de/en/
The CityTree is a mobile and intelligent biological air filter. It’s a free-standing vertical display which is 4 meters high, 3 meters wide and half a meter deep. The display is equipped with IoT technology and filled with a combination of special moss cultures and plants that capture pollutant from the air.
The ultimate goal should be to incorporate technology from the CityTree into existing buildings.
- 24/05/2017UPSIDE DOWN HOUSE, NIAGARA FALLS, CANADA
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- Producer19/05/2017TRANSPARENT CONCRETE IN MODERN CONSTRUCTIONIn 2001 Áron Losonczi – back then a 24 year old student – had the striking idea to make concrete blocks look a bit nicer and visually appealing by mixing concrete with optical glass fibers, and the result was Light Transmitting Concrete. In the...
- 13/05/2017AN ENGINEERING WONDER, THE NEW CROTON DAM
This masonry dam is among the most impressive man-made structures in the world.
When originally constructed in 1906, the New Croton Dam was the largest in the world (91 m high from base to crest). To this day it is the third largest hand-hewn structure in the world, after the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Great Wall of China!!
Its foundation extends 40 m below the bed of the river, and the dam contains 650,000 m3 of masonry.
The original dam was built in 1842. In the 1890s construction on the New Dam was begun to provide more water to New York City. Located near Croton-on-Hudson, New York, the dam has a beautiful waterfall-like spillway and an aerial bridge.
Here is the link to a video about this amazing structure, including a short history lesson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_o2rcMAjLI&t=48s
Comments14/05/2017 #3 Lada 🏡 Prkic#1 Dam engineering has always fascinated me. When you see such massive structure that holds millions of cubic meters of water and hear the roar of the gushing water, you can only respect the ingenuity of engineers who built it, along with the expertise of many skill stonemasons.
I am glad you like the video. This quick look at the dam and its history gives insight into how much the construction is truly magnificent. Thank you for commenting and sharing, Tausif!13/05/2017 #1 Tausif MundrawalaTo marvel at this man made dam I am still coming in terms with my senses. What an excellent creation. I was watching this video along with my younger brother and he was equally astonished to watch it. He can't resist himself praising beBee and it's bees. Thanks my friend for sharing this excellent architectural creation, @Lada 🏡 Prkic
- 10/04/20179 Stunning Buildings That Will Change the Way You Think of Wood.
A beautiful new coffee-table book features 170 dramatic examples of great wooden architecture.
When you think of wooden buildings, you likely think of log cabins or New England clapboard cottages. But thanks to new technologies like treatments for bamboo or cross-laminated "engineered" timber, wood is stronger, lighter, fireproof, and more practical than ever before—an alternative to environmentally problematic materials like steel and concrete. In London, for example, Murray Grove is a nine-story residential building built entirely of wood. Welcome to the era of wooden skyscrapers.
(Evolver, Zermatt, Switzerland, Alice Studio/EPFL, 2009. Photo: Joel Tettamanti/ALICE Studio EPFL) http://www.gq.com/story/9-stunning-buildings-wood-architecture
- 09/04/2017Solar-powered safari lodge offers sustainable luxury digs in Botswana.
If visiting the rich wildlife at the Okavango Delta is on your bucket list, consider a stay at Sandibe Okavango, a sustainable safari lodge in Botsgo simultaneously blends in with the landscape and stands out from lowana that boasts a light environmental footprint. Designed by Michaelis Boyd and Nick Plewman, the recently reopened Sandibe Okavancal architectural typology with its curvaceous timber-clad form. The striking and sculptural 24-bed lodge overlooks the banks of the Sandibe River, a waterway rich with the sounds and sights of animals ranging from frogs to hippos.
Elevated on stilts, the sustainable and cocoon-like lodge takes its inspiration from the pangolin, an endangered scaly animal native to the African bush. The architects clad the curvaceous facade with natural and locally sourced shingles and woven saplings in a bid to minimize the building’s environmental footprint. The building is entirely concrete-free and a solar panel farm powers the electricity.
- 04/04/2017tesla deixando ford na poeiraTesla is now worth more than Ford after delivering a record number of cars for the quarterwww.recode.net Tesla delivered 25,000 cars in the first quarter while Ford’s sales dropped more than 7 percent in...
- 08/04/2017Zaha Hadid Architects 3D prints an experimental structure with the help of robots.
Robots are revolutionizing architecture and Zaha Hadid Architects is hopping on board to show what that technology can do for custom building design. The world-renowned architecture firm unveiled Thallus, a beautifully ornate experimental structure created with the help of robots for Milan Design Week’s White in the City. The sculpture was programmed and executed by the firm’s Computation Design (ZHA CoDe) research group.
Located at Milan’s Brera Academy, Thallus joins a series of temporary installations all created for White in the City, a project that explores the color white as a symbol of health, sustainability, and serenity. Thallus is named after the Greek word for flora and features a tapered shape that opens up at the top like a flower or unfurled leaf.
Comments09/04/2017 #2 Ken BoddieNot sure where this concept is going, Claire. Have you any idea if this sculpture unit, or similar series of robotic curve creations, is to be used within a fundamental structure (hence presenting an obvious design challenge) or as facia units on external or internal walls?
- 07/04/2017Australian experts found a way to incorporate cigarette butt waste into brick making that not only gets that waste out of the environment, but it also makes cheaper and less energy-intensive bricks. When cigarette butts are added to clay bricks, the energy needed to fire them was cut by up to 58 percent. The bricks were lighter and were better insulators, too, meaning they could help cut household cooling and heating demands, all while keeping the same strong properties of traditional bricks.
Comments07/04/2017 #5 Ken BoddieCan't say I've heard of this brick additive concept before. Sounds a great idea, Andela, although It probably needs one of the main brick companies to get on board, along with a means of readily gathering discarded butts, before it'll get wings. Thanks for the tag, @Lada 🏡 Prkic and @Praveen Raj Gullepalli.
- Producer31/03/20173 Most Innovative Building DesignsIt was recently announced that architecture firm, Oiio Studio, wants to create a truly innovative building: The Big Bend. Essentially, the building is shaped in the form of a large, upside-down U. With an incredibly slender and unique design, the...
Comments01/04/2017 #3 Ken BoddieI remember passing by the CCTV building, Bryan, when visiting China, and thinking of the obvious design and construction problems it must have propagated. I am thankful that my roots are below ground, where only the size and direction of the loads to be resisted vary, and that I am not involved in the ongoing 'opportunities' that architects provide for structural engineers in such instances. 😀 Thanks for the tag, @Gert Scholtz
- 30/03/2017Plans Unveiled For Incredible Skyscraper That Hangs From An Asteroid
Just when you thought skyscrapers couldn’t get any taller, a clever group of architects have designed one that reaches space.
But the Analemma Tower isn’t grounded on terra firma, like other buildings.
New concept art for the futuristic structure courtesy of a New York design firm illustrates how the structure would be built on a asteroid that circles the globe from outer space.
The brainchild of Clouds Architecture Office, Analemma would be the tallest building ever created.
The asteroid from which Analemma pierces through the clouds to Earth would travel thousands of miles each day between the northern and southern hemispheres in a figure-of-eight infinity loop.
It’s perpetual journey would culminate in a daily pass over New York City.
Clouds Architecture Office have proposed the tower will house residencies and offices, powered by space-based solar panels, constantly exposed to sunlight due to the curvature of the Earth.
If the proposal ever comes to fruition, the only question remaining will be the matter of who clean the windows on this eco-tower.
This is what the cities of the future will look like – and it’s literally ground-breaking.
- 29/03/2017The Hyperloop One is ultra speed train made for 28 passengers, It ''floats'' on air pillow by using the magnetic accelerator. The transportation system is powered by solar panel. Preliminary analysis indicated that such a route might obtain an expected journey time of 35 minutes, meaning that passengers would traverse the 350-mile (560 km) route at an average speed of around 600 mph (970 km/h), with a top speed of 760 mph (1,200 km/h). In other words, Hyperloop train will travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in 12 minutes. Very impressive technology, isn't it?
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- 10/03/2017Experience the Kondor AX - Advanced System Development Board at the Embedded World Conference and Fair in Nuremberg, Germany.
The Kondor AX will be displayed inside Lattice Semiconductor’s booth, Hall 4-278 from March 14 to 16, 2017.
- 08/03/2017The sun’s rays helped shape this Studio Gang-designed NYC tower.
Solar Carve Tower advances Studio Gang’s ‘solar carving’ design strategy.
When designing a new office building located between Manhattan’s High Line Park and the Hudson River, Studio Gang wanted to protect the views between the park and the river and block as little sunlight as possible. The firm’s solution to this problem was to take on the sun as a freelance designer.
Expanding upon its “solar carving” design strategy, Studio Gang used incident angles of the sun’s rays to sculpt the Solar Carve Tower’s form. The result is a gem-like façade that allows light, fresh air, and river views to reach the park.
At any point during the year, the sun’s rays will be able to pour around the building’s unique façade, which takes the shape of an hourglass made up of smaller diamond-shaped carvings, to reach the surrounding park and green space.
On its website, Studio Gang says, “Solar Carve Tower explores how shaping a building in response to solar access and other site-specific criteria can expand its architectural potential.”
Each of the building’s floors will provide office space ranging from 13,700 sf to 14,200 sf, the New York Post reports. 16-foot-high floor-to-ceiling windows will provide each floor with natural light, views, and connectivity to the natural environment. Solar Carve Tower will also include 17,000 sf of ground floor retail. In total, the new tower will provide 166,750 sf of space.
The project is targeting LEED Gold.
- 07/03/2017The Hanoi Lotus Centre will bloom from the middle of a lake.
The proposed Hanoi Lotus Centre doesn't just pay homage to the national flower of Vietnam in name only; Decibel Architecture has designed the building to physically resemble a series of young lotus blossoms.
The Centre will be positioned along one of the city’s main roads and, per the City of Hanoi’s request, will sit atop a lake that will act as part of the city’s stormwater control system. The building is being designed using a pentagonal grid system. This type of system was selected as a metaphor representing the five points of an outstretched person and because ratios of five are common in nature, especially in the organization of petal structures. Five smaller lotus blossoms will surround a large, main blossom that will become the central node.
The building will house a variety of functions and spaces such as a restaurant, incubator and startup offices, 3D and 4D cinemas, multiple auditoriums, outdoor circulation, and an ice skating rink.
It isn’t just the building’s exterior that will resemble the lotus flower, as the ceiling to the main interior circulation space is inspired by the colors and patterns found on the underside of a lotus leaf. The ceiling will blend into the central auditorium volume where colored skylights and light boxes will be added. The architects say the light that comes in through these fixtures will mimic the experience of being under lotus leaves.
- 07/03/2017Robots construct an art gallery in Shanghai from recycled gray bricks
Archi-Union Architects have completed an unusual art exhibition space in Shanghai with the help of robots. Created for the Chi She artist group, the building in the city’s Xuhui district was built with recycled gray-green bricks salvaged from a former building. Designed with both traditional and contemporary elements, the Chi She exhibition space features an unusual protrusion made possible with advanced digital fabrication technology.
The 200-square-meter Chi She exhibition space was built to replace a former historic building, the materials of which were salvaged and reused in the new construction. While the zigzagging roof has been raised and reconstructed from timber, the most eye-catching difference between the old and new buildings is the part of the wall above the entrance door that bulges out. The architects used a robotic masonry fabrication technique developed by Fab-Union to create the curved wall, which would have been difficult to precisely achieve with traditional means.
“The precise positioning of the integrated equipment of robotic masonry fabrication technique and the construction elaborately to the mortar and bricks by the craftsmen makes this ancient material, brick, be able to meet the requirements in the new era, and realizes the presentation of the design model consummately,” wrote the architects. “The dilapidation of these old bricks coordinated with the stretch display of the curving walls are narrating a connection between people and bricks, machines and construction, design and culture, which will be spread permanently in the shadow of external walls under the setting sun.”
- 05/03/2017Researchers discover bacteria that produces pure Gold.
The gold you see in the photo above was not found in a river or a mine. It was produced by a bacteria that, according to researchers at Michigan State University, can survive in extreme toxic environments and create 24-karat gold nuggets. Pure gold.
Maybe this critter can save us all from the global economic crisis?
Of course not—but at least it can make Kazem Kashefi—assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics—and Adam Brown—associate professor of electronic art and intermedia—a bit rich, if only for the show they have put together.
Kashefi and Brown are the ones who have created this compact laboratory that uses the bacteria Cupriavidus metallidurans to turn gold chlroride—a toxic chemical liquid you can find in nature—into 99.9% pure gold.
Accoding to Kashefi, they are doing "microbial alchemy" by "something that has no value into a solid [in fact, it the toxic material they use does cost money. Less than gold, but still plenty], precious metal that's valuable."
The bacteria is incredibly resistant to this toxic element. In fact, it's 25 times stronger than previously thought. The researchers' compact factory—which they named The Great Work of the Metal Lover—holds the bacteria as they feed it the gold chloride. In about a week, the bacteria does its job, processing all that junk into the precious metal—a process they believe happens regularly in nature.
So yes, basically, Cupriavidus metallidurans can eat toxins and poop out gold nuggets.
It seems that medieval alchemists were looking for the Philosopher's Stone—the magic element that could turn lead to gold—in the wrong place. It's not a mineral. It's a bug.
Read more at http://www.geologyin.com/2016/03/researchers-discover-bacteria-that.html#C5h2YM63F7Dc9sVL.99
- 05/03/2017Parasitic wooden cubes slash Parisian building’s energy consumption by 75%.
Stéphane Malka has designed a clever way of optimizing the energy efficiency of older urban structures while working within the restrictions of Parisian building codes. Malka’s Plug-in City 75 design envisions attaching parasitic wooden cubes to the facade of a 1970s-era building, extending the living space and significantly reducing the building’s annual energy consumption by approximately 75 percent.
The innovative design is slated for a 1970s-era building in the French capital’s 16th arrondissement. Like similar buildings in the city, this one is burdened with low energy performance due to thermal bridges, poor insulation, and permeable windows. However, current building laws are quite restrictive and do not allow for the structures to be raised to make way for better, more efficient space.
Malka’s solution is to incorporate a type of parasitic architecture to improve the building’s energy envelope. According to the design, a series of bio-sourced wooden cubes would be mounted onto the facade, extending the apartments horizontally through openings in the exterior.
Extending the apartments outwards would divide the total energy consumption of the building by four. This would significantly reduce the rehabilitated building’s annual energy consumption from its current 190KWh per square meter to 45KWh per square meter.
The modular boxes, made from wood particles and chips are quite lightweight, which allows for easy transport and on-site assembly. Once mounted onto the building, the cubed extensions would not only add more living space and light to the interior, but would also create an inner garden courtyard on the first floor. The new facade would be draped in hanging greenery, greatly improving the structure’s overall aesthetic.
- Producer03/03/2017Copycat Architecture is Booming in ChinaIt's difficult not to be intrigued by Chinese copycat architecture.... Throughout history China has been incredibly good at absorbing aspects of other countries and cultures and making them their own. ...
Comments04/03/2017 #20 David B. Grinberg#13 @Dean Owen Many 🙏for your informative reply. That's good to know. It appears there has been a lot of sensational China bashing in USA media. Thus, I appreciate hearing your firsthand account to help dispel some of the media hype that runs rampant. Thanks again and good luck with everything over there! 😇👏🌎04/03/2017 #18 Lisa 🐝 GallagherVery interesting to view these and I had no idea China had so many replicas. Actually beautiful to view and of course I love photos! Ken mentioned Las Vegas, so true... multicultural buildings everywhere. We have reduced our smog in the US but still have a long way to go. I remember when we were kids and would drive to Cleveland Ohio with my parents, the closer we got, we were told to roll up our windows (yep before we had a car with electric windows). The smog was so bad you could taste it even with the windows rolled up. I believe there are still cities within the US that have smog issues, San Fransico being one. Thanks for sharing this @Claire L Cardwell!04/03/2017 #16 Claire L Cardwell#13 Thanks @Dean Owen - it's awesome that China has such a proactive environmental policy and I wish it was the same in England. Yes the 'pea souper' fogs are of the distant past, but when I worked in London for a while about 15 years ago I had to walk the long way around from Waterloo to work as if I walked over Waterloo Bridge I would be breathless and about to feel that I was going to have an asthma attack by about half way....04/03/2017 #15 Claire L Cardwell#12 Thanks for the share @David B. Grinberg! Another thing to consider is the often poor quality of the cement, steel and engineering of a lot of Chinese buildings. I've seen many photos of buildings that have collapsed and we have a problem here in SA with cheap Chinese imports of cement etc. which have also caused buildings to fail. I also think it's appalling that people have to venture outside with masks on.......04/03/2017 #14 Devesh 🐝 BhattLoys of copycat architecture on india too. But most of it is not serving its prescribed purpose. Instead it is about disregarding the orignal so that some networked undeservig guy secures a Govt contract loaded with a lot of tax payers money.
I would rather look at the scale at which China has done it to actually improve the Urban Infrastructure and how it improves the basic denominators of a good life for the people.04/03/2017 #13 Dean Owen#12 I look out my window and see a crystal blue sky. I live in the fastest developing city in the world. I read an article last week stating China is now the global leader in climate change reform. Combatting pollution is a priority in the current Five Year Plan. I look at what China has achieved, building cities to accommodate the urbanisation of 400 million, a road and rail network that is the envy of every nation, infrastructure that makes the West look positively archaic. There has been a heavy price to rapid and unprecedented growth, but that is true of every nation. Remember the perception of London as foggy? The Great Smog of London in 1952 killed upwards of 12,000 people, and Churchill responded as is Xi Jinping responding right now. Unlike many Western nations who tend to sweep things under a rug, the Chinese government is proactive and responsible, recently setting up an environmental police force and adopting a whole slew of other measures. Could they do more? Well certainly, every nation could possibly do more except perhaps for Bhutan, the Maldives, and some other smaller nations. But China is heading in the right direction whereas it appears the US has just done a major U-turn with the appointment of Pruitt as EPA Chief. China will remain committed to the Paris Accord even if the US drops out.03/03/2017 #12 David B. GrinbergThanks for sharing this interesting buzz and great photos, Claire, which I've shard in three hives. I agree with you that "the scale of China's architectural copying is breathtaking." It appears that Chinese cities are building and developing so quickly that there are many unintended repercussions, perhaps the most dangerous being the health threat to the Chinese people -- some of whom literally can't breath outdoors without masks. Some Chinese cities don't even see the light of day some days due to terrible smog and pollution, which should be inexcusable. No citizen of any country should have to wear masks to protect themselves from toxic pollution levels whenever they venture outdoors. Thus, the Chinese government would be wise to strike an appropriate balance between massive construction and environmental degradation. The status quo is simply untenable and taking a huge toll on the health of the Chinese people -- which should be priority #1. @Dean Owen, any thoughts on these points?03/03/2017 #10 Claire L Cardwell#8 @Ken Boddie you are so right, all you have to do is walk around most big cities in the world and you will find them choc full of colonial architecture. Architecture in London borrowed a lot from Greek and Roman Architecture. There are a lot of colonial buildings in Johannesburg and Cape Town that look very European in style. There is even a miniature Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomfe in Parys in the Free State. A friend & I discovered it by accident when we got lost.... Will post pics later!03/03/2017 #9 Praveen Raj GullepalliGreat share Claire! I guess it also reveals the appreciation that Chinese have for art and architecture worldwide if they go to such lengths at reproduction. (Of the civil and structural kind obviously ;) Imagine having such miniatures in every country as a celebration of global art and architecture! (With some Augmented Reality and VR headsets thrown in for the visitors to compare with the real thing while on a visit!) I was brwosing through some local architecture links recently and this one on the Kailash Temple had me going for a while (have yet to see it though)...there are enough mysteries already! Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2Jl4HNDixc03/03/2017 #8 Ken BoddieWe westerners are, I suspect, too quick to ridicule the Chinese copy, Claire. Perhaps these architectural clones are evidence of an identity crisis, as a new middle class society emerges from the feudal system and associated magnificent architecture of China's past. China, with its indomitable focus on impressive development, will undoubtedly move through this localised clone phase and emerge into a new and even more magnificent order eventually. Before we scoff let us think of Las Vegas and the many copy cat buildings in the various former colonial countries, including Australia and the USA. Thanks for the thought provoking post, Claire.03/03/2017 #4 Claire L CardwellIt is fascinating I agree @Phil Friedman - it would be awesome to go somewhere like Huaxi, the village of knockoffs or Thames Town.... i found the fact that Chinese Emperors celebrated the defeat of their enemies by replicating their architecture very interesting.... I wonder if China is busy taking over the world by doing the same thing in the 21st century.....03/03/2017 #3 Phil Friedman#1 Thanks, Claire, for the tag. It is fascinating that the Chinese, who have the Great Wall and other timeless masterpieces, are copying architectural notables from the West. Then again, not so strange, I suppose, as disassembling the 1831 London Bridge (not the Tower Bridge) and re-assembling it in the Lake Havasu, AZ area.
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