Victorian House on Wheels
The West Brabant Water Line is an early 17th century Dutch defensive line that was created by linking cities and villages with earthen fortresses and walls. An inundation zone to the north provided an area that could be flooded with water deep enough to make enemy advance on foot precarious but shallow enough to rule out the effective use of boats. The line once successfully held Spanish and French invaders at bay.
As part of a recent restoration programme, Fort de Roovere, the largest fort on the line required the addition of an access bridge. The fort is surrounded by a moat and was originally built without a bridge so it was a challenge to create one that would be discreet. RO&AD architects’ solution was to build a ‘sunken’ bridge that follows the line of the fort slope and sits almost flush with the soil and the level of the water, making it practically invisible as you approach the fort.
The bridge is built from Accoya wood sheet piling on either side, with a hardwood deck/stairs in between. Accoya wood’s durability and guaranteed performance in-ground and in freshwater made this possible.
the New York Times has created a new bathroom companion that looks infinitely more entertaining than either of them. Like some of its Snow White-style predecessors, the Times' “magic mirror” prototype uses Microsoft Kinect to detect and follow your movements, while deploying voice recognition technology to execute your commands. With this omniscient slab affixed to your wall, you can surf the web, flip through your wardrobe and send reassuring e-mails to your teenage daughter, whom you should have driven to school a good 30 minutes ago. An RFID reader, meanwhile, can recognize tagged pharmaceuticals or other products, allowing you to instantly access information on your prescription meds by placing them in front of the reflective LCD. You could also use the mirror to browse through the Times' full slate of articles and video content, meaning you can read about extravagant weekend getaways and urban gentrification from the standing comfort of your sink.
Kickstarter is he world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Every week, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.
For example this Multi-Touch Keyboard
The earth’s artificial lungs
One of the problems that is highly ranked on the list of environmental issues is deforestation; the removal of a forest or stand of trees where the land is thereafter converted to a non-forest use. It has been estimated that about half of the Earth’s mature tropical forests —around 7.5 million km2- have now been destroyed. Some scientists have predicted that unless significant measures are taken on a worldwide basis, by 2030 there will only be 10% remaining, with another 10% in a degraded condition. Besides the lost of hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable species, deforestation is a major contributor to the greenhouse effect and thus to global warming. Furthermore, it disturbs the hydrological cycle, increases rates of soil erosion, and affects the biodiversity.
Hence, forests fulfil a very important role on earth, a role that is of vital importance for the human species; photosynthesis. This is a process in which plants convert carbon dioxide into organic compounds, using the energy from sunlight. In plants, algae, and cyanobacteria, photosynthesis uses carbon dioxide and water, releasing oxygen as a waste product. In addition to maintaining normal levels of oxygen in the atmosphere, photosynthesis is the source of energy for nearly all life on earth, either directly, through primary production, or indirectly, as the ultimate source of the energy in their food. Since photosynthesis is vital for all aerobic life on earth, rainforests are sometimes called “the lungs of the earth”. However, as described above, the alarming deforestation rates strongly affect the Earth’s lung capacity, threatening all fauna to extinct.
But do not worry, the solution is here! In collaboration with the Technological University of the Philippines, The Mapua Institute of Technology succeeded in creating an artificial replacement of the tree. The Imung© -a compression of the words ‘imitation’ and ‘lung’- is able to imitate the process of photosynthesis that usually takes place in the plants, and is thus capable of converting carbon dioxide (and water) into oxygen. Important to note is that the Institute certainly did not aim at destruction of all trees, their incentive was to grant the international cummunity more time to come to an unanimous decision on the re-forestation policy.Additionally, the Imung© might also play an important role in the fight against Global warming due to its photosynthesizing capacities.
Nevertheless, a suchlike technology always carries negative implications with. A major, undesirable consequence of the invention of the Imung© involves the consideration between biodiversity and the monetary gain. Even though the aim of the project was not the substitution of trees, the existence of the Imung© eases the government’s decision when it comes to an economic profit versus the biodiverse gain. Since forest conversion is more profitable than forest conservation, the soil can be used in multiple ways once the trees are removed and the threat of oxygen shortage is past, governments might be more inclined to not support the re-forestation program. In order to prevent unequal participation in the program, the importance of unanimity is stressed; every country purchasing Imung©’s should be an active participator regarding the re-forestation and conservation of biodiversity.
The Imung© will be presented at the 2040 World Fair in Mumbai, and the following three pavillions are the last three competitors in a design-competition;
1. A pavillion made out of CO2-compounds
2. A pavillion, representing a leaf
3. A pavillion in the shape of a lung, as a visual representation of the Imung©
A garden in my apartment
Michael Pollan: “growing even some of our own food is one of the best things that we can do for the environment.”
Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles — researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system. Call it distributed DIY. And the results? Delicious.
Metalosis Maligna is a fictitious documentary by Floris Kaayk about a disease which affects patients with medical implants. Sourcing from such implants a wild metal growth ultimately transforms human patients into mechanical looking constructions.
One can watch the documentary here
Turn your sound up. Draw lines on the black screen to bounce the balls.
Adjust drop-rate or gravity to change your melody.
Tiger & Turtle // Magic Mountain
Tiger & Turtle - Magic Mountain is the name of a huge sculpture by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth being built in the south of Duisburg as a stunning new landmark for the Ruhr region. Resembling the shape of a rollercoaster, the sculpture will be located on Heinrich-Hildebrand-Höhe.
The way we perceive time is intimately linked to the situation within we experience it. The distortion of time can be observed when facing a highly stressful situation. People who have been involved in car accidents have often experienced the few seconds before the crash in slow-motion as if their brain likewise a high-speed camera, had taken more shots of the event. In a situation of intense stress and, when experiencing things for the first time, the brain creates much denser memories, giving the feeling that an event lasted longer than it actually has. The prosthesis slowing down the moves aims to reproduce this sort of feelings. It trains the user in ability to experience events more intensively and thoughtfully.
The future according to Microsoft
When Will Salas is falsely accused of murder, he must figure out a way to bring down a system where time is money - literally - enabling the wealthy to live forever while the poor, like Will, have to beg, borrow, and steal enough minutes to make it through another day.