With a projected settlement date of 2025, the Mars One project has received over 200,000 applications for the one way trip to the Red Planet. But creating a living, sustainable community on the distant planet for the select inhabitants will require not only unique technological and engineering solutions, but also novel architectural systems. Bryan Versteeg is a conceptual designer who’s been working with the Mars One team in anticipation of the planet’s eventual colonization. (via SpaceHabs: One man’s architectural vision for colonizing Mars)
emergentfutures: The Future of Air Bus The Sky Whale which is a concept of airplane from Spanish designer has got “self-healing wings,” “virtual reality windows,” room for up to 755 passengers and may just offer a glimpse into the future of air travel. Yet, the innovations do not stop there: if it crashes the passenger section of the aircraft would separate from the wings, to unfortunately limit the number of deaths. Full Story: Gencfuturistler
- A cylindrical matrix of super tall structure centered on an electromagnetic vertical accelerator to eliminate the hydrocarbon dependency of aircraft during takeoff. The radical re-interpretation of the skyscraper format provides hyper density in an organic and adaptive habitat.
Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut writes that in this town, “the precursory inhabitants are linked together by their citizen commitment for a new ecological ideal that is energetically efficient, collective, and sustainable.” It definitely sounds like a cult. A hyper-efficient one with awesome houses, though.
Orproject proposes huge sealed Bubble of clean air for Beijing
According to a report by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, environmental conditions in China’s capital are so bad as to be “almost unfavorable for human living.” Officials have recently passed new laws and set aside billions of yuan to try and curb air pollution in Beijing, which has been recording some of its worst smog levels ever. Architecture firm Orproject has proposed the construction of a sealed canopy filled with clean air. Bubbles would cover a park and botanical garden, providing a healthy, temperature- and humidity-controlled oasis.In addition to providing locals with a clean, green sanctuary, Orproject suggests that surrounding buildings could also be connected to Bubble’s “controlled air system.” Apartments, offices, retail spaces and, in particular, medical facilities could all benefit from the idea, were it created. (via Orproject proposes huge sealed Bubble of clean air for Beijing)
industrytap: 403 of Global 500 Companies Report Carbon Footprints But the System is Still Flawed "Just over a decade old, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has become an integral part of monitoring the world’s carbon footprint by creating the largest corporate database of information on carbon data from nearly 3,000 companies from 60 countries." Keep reading → http://ift.tt/1dAicrd