The world’s first “vertical street” will soon be built in Melbourne, Australia. Every sixth floor of the 35-storey building will have gardens capable of growing trees up to 10 metres tall and the entire building will be boasting the very latest in green technology.
Green over Grey designers have completed planting the largest and most biologically diverse outdoor green wall in North America. It is located in Surrey, Canada, covering the Semiahmoo Public Library and RCMP Facility.
The unique design is nearly 3,000 square feet and consists of over 10,000 individual plants representing more than 120 unique species. It includes ground covers, large perennials, shrubs and small trees.
In downtown Dallas, a former parking lot is set to be transformed into one of the first truly sustainable building blocks in the United States. “Forwarding Dallas” by Portuguese architects Atelier Data and Moov will feature roof gardens and 100% renewable energy supply.
Betacup is a contest that promises $10,000 to the best design to help reduce the 58 billion paper coffee cups thrown out each year. I’ve seen a few great entries, but I think Manueldr’s Coffee Cup, pictured above, is my favorite.
It’s made from coffee grounds, pressed into a vessel by a special machine on the spot. Soy wax, a biodegradable material, would hold it together and provide a waterproof seal. Afterwards, the cup biodegrades quickly and can be added to a compost pile. via Core77
“It’s official, Toronto is getting a lot greener as of January 31st, 2010. On May 26, 2009 Toronto became the first City in North America to adopt a bylaw to require and govern the construction of green roofs on new development (residential and commercial). The bylaw goes into effect at the end of this month and promises to be one more step in the right direction for the city of Toronto.” Photo by The Robertson Building.
“The Mobile Garden concept dreamed up by artist Joe Baldwin just got the thumbs up from the Chicago Transit Authority. The plan is to add some green space to the transit system by transforming a rail car into a mobile garden boasting greenery and native species. The car will help commuters ‘visualize the possibilities for enhancing green space in the city,’”
“Don Eggleston of SERA architects is planting vines on the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland, Oregon. He is doing a high-rise version of the green façade technique beloved of Eduoard Francois. Vines and trees are sophisticated climate control devices, blocking the sun during summer and miraculously falling off and allowing the sun to penetrate in winter.”
MIT research points to a much more efficient way of harvesting electrical power from what would otherwise be wasted heat.
“Such energy conversion can never exceed a specific value called the Carnot Limit, the maximum efficiency that any device can achieve in converting heat into work. But current commercial thermoelectric devices only achieve about one-tenth of that limit. A different new technology, thermal diodes, demonstrate efficiency as high as 40 percent of the Carnot Limit. Moreover, the calculations show that this new kind of system could ultimately reach as much as 90 percent of that ceiling.”
Awesome! In Electronics lab I used to work with peltier devices, which turn heat differentials into electric current, but their efficiency is not high, maybe 5% of the Carnot LImit. I am very please to hear about new discoveries in this area.
Imagine; these could be implemented in the skin of a car to use the engine’s heat to recharge the battery!
“[We] were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and my Taylor guitar was witnessed being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. I discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. They didnt deny the experience occurred but for nine months the various people I communicated with put the responsibility for dealing with the damage on everyone other than themselves and finally said they would do nothing to compensate me for my loss. So I promised the last person to finally say no to compensation (Ms. Irlweg) that I would write and produce three songs about my experience with United Airlines and make videos for each to be viewed online by anyone in the world.” - Dave Carroll / davecarrollmusic.com (4:37)
This is beautiful, haha. United has responded and is going to set things right (only for saving their PR-ass, I’m sure)
Brilliant. I love all the shots when he’s playing with a broken neck (the guitar, not him).
This is AWESOME. More of this kind of stuff please, professional artists.
A plan was revealed today to add a roof to the Gardiner Expressway that could be turned into a park with trees, bike paths, etc. This would essentially be a giant highway sized green roof in the middle of the city. There would be no snow covering the road in the winter time, and there would be no decade long construction project to tear the whole highway down.