Architecture

The Makoko floating school for water communities

© Photo by Iwan Baan.

Nigerian-born architect Kunlé Adeyemi from his own NLÉ architect studio, developed the Makoko Floating School as a prototype for building in African regions that have little or no permanent infrastructure, thanks to unpredictable water levels that cause regular flooding. At the same time the impact of climate change is now day to day reality. Particularly…

Floating modular treehouse in a green oasis

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What is more heavenly than hearing and seeing the ocean from a home that perfectly fits into the surrounding green landscape of Costa Rica? The Gooden-Nahome family had bought a rough terrain on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica to create their dream home there. But the terrain challenged them a lot in how to…

Beautiful stranger in the Austrian Alps

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Normally we prefer that new architecture or renovations adapt to the existing and original architecture of the surrounding area. Examples are ‘The hidden villa in the Alps‘ and ‘Old Swiss hay barn transformed‘. Now we came across a beautiful stranger in the Austrian Alps, a construction that doesn’t match the typical architecture of the Alps.…

Dutch transformer bridge

© Photo by Erik Tjallinks

The Slauerhoffbrug or ‘flying’ drawbridge, an automated bascule bridge in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden, is part infrastructure, part Transformer. Built in 2000 to more speedily accommodate the intermix of road and water traffic, the drawbridge is equipped with a structural arm powered by hydraulic cylinders that whisks a 15mX15m square of asphalt road up…

Old Mexican house converted in a stunning library

(© photo by Sandra Pereznieto)

Mexican architect Fernanda Canales and Arquitectura 911sc took an old colonial styles house in Coyoacán, Mexico City and they have turned it into a stunning looking library and social community cultural center. The original house is located in Coyoacán, a listed building, from early 20th century, which has been given a totally new destiny serving…

Ecology

Foldable and sustainable purifying drinking bottle

© Photo by Vapur.us

Having drinkable water near you when going outdoors is very important and in urgent cases also life saving. Clean drinkable water isn’t very easy to find and very often you have to purify the water found in nature without the guarantee that all bacteria are gone. There are some great new products that can help…

Compose your own nondisposable phone

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Nowadays many articles are being made with the idea that they are all disposable. When one part of your device is broken you can better throw it away entirely instead of replacing the broken part. Repair often is much more expensive than buying a complete new device. The result is an increasing and necessary amount…

Perfect green transportation cooperation in Sweden

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Many worldwide projects have shown that cargo-bikes can replace a huge share of motorized goods transport in cities. 32 % of the professional transports and 51 % if also private goods transport (such as grocery shopping) is included in the numbers. This is without any change in infrastructure, regulation or logistic solutions whatsoever, it’s just…

Powerful electronic tuk tuk

© photo by TukTukFactory.com

Many enthusiast entrepreneurs are hitting the road with their own small mobile (food or drink) shop and many of them use practical small vehicles and an even small number use electric cars. One of the most well known tiny vehicles for street vending or low profile transportation is definitely the tuk tuk. When most people…

Harvesting omnipresent electromagnetism

(© photo by Dennis Siegel)

Dennis Siegel, a digital media student, has developed a small wireless device designed to harness the omnipresent electromagnetic fields. The device uses the fields to charge up AA batteries. The use of the ‘Electromagnetic Harvester‘ is straightforward – holding it up to any electrically charged object gives power to the battery. Whether it be static…

Plastic Whale – A boat made from plastic waste

(© photo by Plastic Whale)

It is a well known and world wide problem: plastic waste floating around in the waters of our globe. This problem also occurs in the more than one hundred kilometers of canals in Amsterdam. A number of dedicated, talented and concerned inhabitants and commuters of the city have combined their forces to strive for a…

Unique water producing Billboard for dry areas

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Lima is the second-largest city in the world to be situated in a desert, right behind sand-blasted Cairo. That means the Peruvian capital’s 7.6 million residents have a great and persistent thirst for clean water, which certainly isn’t being fed by the 1.1 inches of rain Lima received during an average year. But there is…

Recycled cardboard bicycle – The Alpha

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There are many creative minds that have used recycled materials in their designs or products. That’s a very interesting and valuable contribution to a sustainable and ecologic society. Previous we have met Buddhist monks in Thailand who built a temple by using recycled glass bottles, an organization that used plastic bottles in the roof of…

South African township’s solar-powered internet cafe

© image by Solar Charger

The South African Township of Alexandra has become the first location in the world to have a solar powered connection center that will transport the township folk through the digital highway to a destination of their choice. The world’s first custom-designed connection center, launched by the young entrepreneur Peter Graham of Solar Charge, is an…