Here is a lamp shaped like a cereal bowl that will leave many design fans scratching their heads and thinking about the appropriate setting for this product in a home. The lamp turns off and on with a touch to the spoon. The lamp measures 10″ x 5″ and takes a 14-watt fluorescent bulb. The cereal bowl lamp retails for $180 and is available at Ideaka here. Source – PoshPosh.
Buildings account for thirty-eight percent of the CO2 emissions in the U.S., according to the U.S. Green Building Council, and demand for carbon neutral and/or zero footprint buildings is at an all-time high. Now there is a new building material that is not just carbon neutral, but is actually carbon negative. Developed by U.K.-based Lhoist Group, Tradical® Hemcrete® is a concrete substitute made from hemp, lime and water. What makes it carbon negative? There is more CO2 locked-up in the process of growing and harvesting of the hemp than is released in the production of the lime binder. Of course the equation is more complicated than that, but Hemcrete® is still an amazing new technology that could change the building industry.
In a converted warehouse on the outskirts of Ann Arbor (Michigan’s other city), swarms of brilliant students harness conceptual, terrestrial and solar power for unusually racy, million-dollar road trips. Enter the Infinium 2009 solar car. Strips of photovoltaic panels (the space-age, gallium-arsenide kind) absorb the sun’s energy along a sleek and light carbon-fiber shell, and a 16-hp electric motor in one of its three wheels propels the 600-lb coupe up to 90 miles per hour and 98 percent efficiency. Awesome aerodynamics and innovative innards apparently allow the Infinium a driving range of 200 to 300 miles without any sunlight at all.
Revving up for the World Solar Challenge — an 1,800–mile race across Australia this October — the University of Michigan’s Solar Car Team pools academic disciplines, corporate backing and 3-D technology to engineer highly competitive electric vehicles. The Infinium is their tenth sun car in 20 years. In order to produce such a lean, clean and “green” machine, the 150 or so collaborators use CAD and Z Corp for efficient design, and mostly titanium and aluminum parts.
Architects: Blank Studio
Location: Superior, AZ, USA
Principal in Charge: Matthew G Trzebiatowski, AIA
Project Team: Michael Powell + Stefan Richter
Client: Alan + Christine Benoit; Superior C O A L, LLC
Structural Engineer: BDA Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Don Witt Engineering
Mechanical + Plumbing: Kunka Engineering
Constructed Area: 120 sqm + 42 sqm of outdoor dining terrace
Project year: 2007
Photography: Bill Timmerman
The Social Condenser project is located at the base of the Superstition Mountain Range in the Town of Superior, Arizona which was founded in 1882 and has strong ties to mining of copper, silver and gold. The project is uniquely positioned between historic Main Street and Queen Creek. The site consists of two parcels, the project parcel to the north and an open landscaped parcel to be developed into future outdoor dining and music pavilion, and is bisected by an access path from the upper street level and a lower wooden footbridge that spans across the creek.
The rectangle isn’t your conventional bathtub shape, but then again, there’s nothing conventional about the Vision see through bathtub from Gruppo Treesse. This chic new design by Paolo Parea features the minimalist, lightweight look of a white or black enclosure with see-through plate-glass panels on either side. A spacious interior offers plenty of room to stretch out, soft sides and a comfortable built-in headrest, a rejuvenating hydro-massage ease you into relaxation mode as you ease yourself in for a deep soak. Thess cool see-through bathtubs are also available with optional color therapy, radio, and audio jacks for your iPod or CD player. For more information on the modern Vision bathtub, visit Gruppo Treesse.