Concept Airship – floating hotel

10 02 2010

Seymour Powell has developed concept plans for a giant luxury airship – the Aircruise. The scheme is funded by Samsung Construction and Trading. The Airship is 265m tall 270 tonnes, and looks like a skyscraper when docked. It would be able to fly at an altitude of 3500m and would cruise at 100-150Km/h. It’s powered by hydrogen but lets ignore the risks involved with that as it is a concept and it looks cool.

It would take about 37 hours to go from London to New York, which is a long time but it is a floating hotel with a penthouse apartment. Just don’t take Rob’s mum with you as you would be bored after a few minutes, that’s if she can fit into it.

For more info have a look at the source
http://www.seymourpowell.com/#/case_studies/34/

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Dead Polar Bears in an environmental ad campaign

20 11 2009

The new ad that Mother London created for the anti-aviation expansion group Plane Stupid, has been posted online. Its hard hitting, but the message is a bit vague in my opinion, I understand what they are trying to say, but a brief fact at the end of the ad just seems lost.

 





Solar Energy Storage by Ming-Ching Hsueh » Yanko Design

1 10 2009

Very cool Solar Energy Storage Concept

Solar Energy Storage Concept

Solar Energy Storage Concept

The practical application of Some Shine Solar Energy Storage System is quite simple. You hang up the cool looking Solar Curtain on your window, and keep the battery-pack hooked to the base. It soaks in the solar energy during the daytime, stores it and uses it to replenish your gadgets at night. Hook up your stuff via the USB port and you’re done for the night.

http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/10/01/sun-shine-and-a-curtain/





Flight Pictures « 1337arts

16 09 2009

Flight Pictures « 1337arts.

A group of MIT students seeking to share the artistic aspects of science with others. On Sept. 2, 2009,  launched a digital camera into near-space to take photographs of the earth from high up above.





Erasing Darkness

20 07 2009

Steffen Kehrle and Julia Landsiedl have designed a new light device for Moree.

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Dimmer switches don’t work with energy saving bulbs. The light cuboid produces a comfortable light tint and can be slid continuously out of the aluminium body, producing the same effect as a dimmer switch.

Very innovatiove solution, and it looks good whilst creating a pleasant mood light that can be pushed out of its aluminium shell smoothly.

The only issue I have with it is the cable sticking out the side.

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Technical Data:
Shell from anodized aluminium with silver or champagne colouring, anti-slip feet; easily moveable lightcube, consisting of glasslike plastic (PMMA); Light source: energy saving bulb, max. 15 Watt/ E27; Size (closed): 380 x 131 x 208 mm, extendable to a total length of 680 mm.
Certification: CE





Audi’s new “terminal” dealerships

1 05 2009
Audi's new "terminal" dealership

Audi's new "terminal" dealership

Before stepping into a new car, you need to step into a dealership – an experience which has long been characterized as hectic, overwhelming, and disjointed. But what if a dealership was designed like a luxury vehicle itself, where every detail was taken into account – down to the flowers and coffee cups? The Audi commitment to progress goes beyond vehicles to redefining dealerships themselves. But not simply a facelift or surface upgrade. At Audi, progress is redesigning dealerships to encompass the entire Audi exclusive customer experience.

Before stepping into a new car, you need to step into a dealership – an experience which has long been characterized as hectic, overwhelming, and disjointed. But what if a dealership was designed like a luxury vehicle itself, where every detail was taken into account – down to the flowers and coffee cups? The Audi commitment to progress goes beyond vehicles to redefining dealerships themselves. But not simply a facelift or surface upgrade. At Audi, progress is redesigning dealerships to encompass the entire Audi exclusive customer experience.

Like Audi’s vehicles, the new Audi terminal dealerships are crafted with efficiency in mind. The square, stackable design of the showroom efficiently uses space in both a crowded urban downtown setting and an open suburban community. The showroom literally fits as perfectly into the third floor of Chicago sky-rise building as it does off a California highway.

By consolidating space, limiting wasted areas, and using natural light, the new terminal dealerships save 30-40 percent in expenses compared to previous dealerships.

Audi’s ability to combine that kind of efficiency with performance has placed the brand on top of the motor sport world. A homage to Audi’s deep roots in motor sports can also be seen in the terminal design. The back wall of the dealership is a rounded curve simulating the sharp high-speed turns of motor sport racetracks which Audi vehicles are so adept at dominating.

As is clear in the new Audi TDI clean diesel vehicles, Audi understands the need for the automotive industry to be environmentally conscious. Therefore, the new terminal dealerships are designed with the environment in mind. While the showrooms attract and capture natural sunlight, glass amounts have been reduced throughout the building in order to direct the sunlight properly, keeping energy usage and expenses down. The terminal dealerships will individually apply for LEED certification, learning and improving future architecture based on the inspection process.

The Audi terminal dealership does not stop with the architecture. The custom-made furniture and accessories are all designed to fit into the Audi vision and enhance customers’ car-buying experience. Audi encourages consumers to view a terminal dealership for themselves in Los Angeles, Atlanta, or the 30 others set to open by the end of next year.

Each month throughout 2009, Audi is highlighting specific symbols of progress by providing facts, photos, videos, and information about Audi innovation. Learn more about Audi progress in design and other areas at http://www.audiusa.com.

[Source:Audi USA]





Power from the sun in China

16 04 2009
Artist's impression of the 1.5 MW Dahan facility to be built near Beijing.

Artist's impression of the 1.5 MW Dahan facility to be built near Beijing.

Next month sees the start of a new construction in China, an experimental solar-thermal power plant near the Great Wall. The plant will generate clean energy for 30,000 households by 2010. Build costs are estimated at £10m and the entire plant will cover an area equal to 10 football pitches.

The difference with solar -thermal power uses an array of mirrors that focus the Sun’s rays onto a receiver. This is not the first in the world but a first in Asia. There are similar plants in California and Spain.

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/38411