Three wind turbine blades have been successfully installed on the Bahrain World Trade Center, a twin skyscraper complex. This is the first time that a commercial development has integrated large-scale wind turbines within its design to harness the power of the wind. The three massive turbines, measuring 29 meters in diameter, are supported by bridges spanning between the complex’s two towers. Through its positioning and the unique aerodynamic design of the towers, the prevailing on-shore Gulf breeze is funneled into the path of the turbines, helping to create power generation efficiency.
Once operational, the wind turbines will deliver approximately 11-15% of the energy needs of the building, or 1100 to 1300 megawatt-hours per year — enough to provide light in 300 homes for over a year.
One of the most densely populated metropolitan areas in the world, Hong Kong has an overall density of nearly 6,700 people per square kilometer. The majority of its citizens live in flats in high-rise buildings. In Architecture of Density, Wolf investigates these vibrant city blocks, finding a mesmerizing abstraction in the buildings’ facades.
I love upcycling, and creating art and beautiful objects from found objects and trash. To be creative and to do my part for the environment makes me all tingly inside. I found these cool looking dolls inspirational, I think I will try to make something like it when I get the time.
Created almost entirely of recycled elements. Each comes with its own story. ”
In her dream, Callie heard a knock on a door. It was out of place in the forest she was walking through so she reluctantly shook off the babbling brook and birdsong for a reality check. It was not repeated but she slipped on a robe and went to the back door, the entrance she used when coming in from the beach. Sandy footprints led across the deck, to the door, and down the back steps. Sitting squarely in the middle of the welcome mat was a wooden box. “Colonial Chocolates, Long Beach, California”, she read. No note, no clues, and no one in sight in the peachy dawn…
Wired News: Windmills in the Sky: Australian engineer Bryan Roberts wants to build a power station in the sky — a cluster of flying windmills soaring 15,000 feet in the air — but is having trouble raising enough money to get the project off the ground.
I recently watch a presentation of a prototype for robot-guided kite on ted.com