The Open_Sailing project is an international community of scientists, engineers, architects and many others who are trying to develop an International Ocean Station. The open-source project aims to create something similar to the International Space Station on the sea, a place where people can study the ocean and learn to live sustainably in a marine environment. The project began as an apocalyptic design response unit, but has evolved into a voluntary community of amateurs, inventors and scientists who study everything from aquaculture to desalination. The creators of this ocean station are working to develop a truly innovative “city” design that will become compact during storms and sail when winds are favorable. Learn more.
Sustainable Skyscraper Absorbs Carbon Dioxide
This impressive new skyscraper is just a concept but it may soon be added to Taichung, Taiwan’s skyline. Designed by Vincent Callebaut, the Biotic Arch would be a revolutionary and creative skyscraper that would also be one of the most environmentally friendly buildings to date.
The Biotic Arch would acquire electricity from a mix of bio, solar, and wind energies. The Arch also takes in excessive carbon thanks to its living facade and vertical gardens. This would help the Taichung Government reach their overall reduction policies, not to mention, help with their proximity to China and their carbon footprint.
The Biotic Arch is also a creation for Taiwan’s centennial and honors the local architecture while looking towards the future. This proposal is an excellent creative idea that we are bound to see more of as our world continues to grow.
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CHIP is one of the more curious-looking entries in the 2011 Solar Decathlon and certainly the only home in the competition that incorporates a parking space. With its unusual boxy shape and exterior skin made from vinyl-coated fabric mesh, this home’s petite size of less than 800 square feet makes it the ideal candidate for urban infill projects.
2011 Solar Decathlon