The BP oil leak has made headlines, and the grave eco-disasters of the leak stare us in the face. Most people are incensed by the damage done to the environment, and environmental groups like Greenpeace are up in arms. According to Greenpeace, BP’s green logo isn’t exactly fit for the company, so Greenpeace UK has a logo redesign competition going for BP. Checkout some of the logos here, and head on to Greenpeace’s Flickr page to see hundreds more of submitted entries.
Old magazines usually don’t have much work to do except sitting in a corner and gathering dust. If they have to gather dust, they may as well do some useful job, like this bookshelf created by Sean Miller. He coated magazines with starch and water, put them under pressure for about a week to harden them, and then used a saw to create this bookshelf. It does have a nice feel to it, and the way I see it, the paper almost looks like wood, giving it an even better finish.
Malls and farms in one place isn’t what we are used to seeing. Innovative minds though, are well versed with finding victory in the face of adversity. When the Cleveland’s Galleria at Erieview started losing money due to unoccupied space, they came up with the idea of an indoor farm. The farm provides fresh produce to businesses and restaurants within the mall. The mall though cannot sustain the temperature or natural light for a variety of produce, so they focus on tomatoes and herbs, which isn’t bad at all.
Japanese construction firm Shimizu Corporation has a giant power plant in mind, for the moon. The LUNA RING concept intends to generate solar energy on the moon, which would then be transmitted for use on Earth. It is clearly no small idea, the design intends to cover the moon’s equator with a 6,800 miles long solar power generation plant. Energy generated by these solar panels will then be beamed to Earth, ideally giving us a huge supply of clean, green energy.
The word Greenbutts doesn’t really bring a pleasant image to mind, and it has little to do with the environment. Greenbutts concept actually happens to be bio-degradable cigarette filters made of organic cotton and natural de-gummed hemp, both held together by a wheat flour and water mixture. Greenbutts don’t contain any chemicals or additives, so they are good for the smokers as well. As an added bonus, these filters have seeds that sprout out into grass or flowers; seeing both of which is infinitely better than seeing mounds of cigarette filters that usually take more than a decade to decompose.
Reports say Bugatti, the creator of the fast, powerful and expensive Veyron is working on a supercar that will go easier on the environment. The brand new supercar will likely have an all-electric, 800hp powertrain inspired by the Audi R8 eTron concept. Since Volkswagen AG is one huge family, the Bugatti prototype has chassis belonging to the Bentley Continental GT. Speculations say that the concept/ prototype actually exists, but is unlikely to be made public. Bugatti’s engineers are working on the prototype to checkout the performance that can be juiced out from an electric car.
Designer Davide Panarella’s IMF concept gives off a futuristic look, and it isn’t just the looks, the car is full of great technology and interesting design cues. It is the futuristic outlook of the car that gives it the name IMF, which stands for I’m Future. Almost the entire car is made of recyclable materials, making it easy on the environment.
We like to call it ingenuity and something on the principles of recycle and reuse, but China’s Xia Yu calls it the Noah’s Ark. It may not be strong enough to carry samples of every species, but Yu’s ark is made of 2,010 plastic cold drink bottles and 50kg of steel wire. The Noah’s Ark is 7 meters long, has seven sails and room for the six man crew.
A few days back, we had a look at a Japanese building with leaf-like exteriors. Turns out, they’ve been doing pretty well with buildings covered in plant pockets too. The plant-clad Organic Building was made by Italian architect Gaetano Pesce.
The 2016 Olympics could have a very unique attraction in the form of a solar powered waterfall. Designed by Swiss architecture firm RAFAA, this Solar City Tower is gunning for a part in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. As an entry to the International Architecture Competition, which aims to present the environmentally friendly future, the tower includes a number of green features.