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Putting the Wind to Work

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQbl1c63Ofo[/youtube]

So, this video here is KILLING ME.

Seriously though, we should put the wind to work – why should it be blowin’ around without being productive? My ninjas, please.

::Via greenfab::

Posted: June 19th, 2008
at 7:37pm by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,green arch,my ninja, please,videos

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GreenPix Zero Energy Media Wall

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Installed on the Xicui entertainment complex in Beijing [near the site of the 2008 Olympic Games], GreenPix is a sustainable LED media display applied to the glass curtain wall. with integrated photovoltaic cells.

The largest color LED display in the world, GreenPix will also incorporate the photovoltaic system integrated into a glass curtain wall system in China. The intention is for the building to ‘mirror a day’s climatic cycle’, harvesting energy from the sun to power the LED display after dark.

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Designed by Simone Giostra & Partners Architects along with the ninja masters over at Arup, the LED media wall will “provide the city of Beijing with its first venue dedicated to digital media art, while offering the most radical example of sustainable technology applied to an entire building’s envelope to date” says Giostra. The building opens to the public in June of 2008, marked by special video installations and performances by a number of different artists.

Here’s some additional info:

GreenPix is a large-scale display comprising of 2,292 color (RGB) LED’s light points comparable to a 24,000 sq. ft. (2.200 m2) monitor screen for dynamic content display. The very large scale and the characteristic low resolution of the screen enhances the abstract visual qualities of the medium, providing an art-specific communication form in contrast to commercial applications of high resolution screens in conventional media façades.

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All this information + seriousness aside – is this thing actually green / sustainable? I mean, it’s siiick, sure – you’ve got to love beautiful displays of modern technology, and the integration of digital media in architecture. But, does using all that PV to power a giant LED display really make the project green or is it just a wash? Just a thought…

::Special AMNP thanks to Dan at Susan Grant Lewin Associates for hitting us with the press release::

Posted: June 17th, 2008
at 10:14am by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,green arch,my ninja, please,tech

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Jetson Green: Solar Trees

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Preston, green ninja master over at Jetson Green, writes:

As you can see above and below, Envision Solar plans to make parking lots into beautiful power plants with their Solar Groves and Solar Trees. Envision Solar takes the hassle out of designing structures for solar with their turn-key solutions. Although the company is working on a next generation design for the Solar Tree, the current iteration includes 64 Kyocera solar modules laid out in total measuring 30′ x 40′. The panels sit at a five degree angle and provide shading for six vehicles, too. Envision Solar has found success installing these parking canopies near commercial buildings and retail parking lots because the energy can be sold to businesses through power purchase agreements.

Click here to read read the rest of this article [this is just an excerpt] over at Jetson Green.

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::article written by Preston, founder + editor of Jetson Green – original article entitled Envisioning Solar Trees as Future Energy Stations?. These articles from Jetson Green on MNP’s Green Tuesdays are part of a feature you can find here every week – just click any Tuesday in the calender and enjoy! And for more ‘green’ news + info, head on over to Green.MNP::

Posted: June 17th, 2008
at 4:00am by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,green arch,tech

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[sustainable] Music to my ears…

Yes yes, folks…
While sitting back in the cut meditating, I’m always listening to some brain stimulus. Now I can be environmentally friendly while I’m doing so.

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Audioengine makes a new version of their A5 speaker system with the sustainable wonder wood – bamboo [though technically a grass?]. The A5N‘s casing comes from all sustainable sources and lacks and stains or paints that would otherwise negate its environmentally friendliness. Also, all Energy Star audiophiles need not worry, cause these little ditties meet standard requirements with an automatic standby mode.

Like the predecessor A5, the A5N has onboard an integrated USB port and AC jack specifically for charging your iPod or connecting an AirPort Express to it for your Mac.

::Post by Dubs – info from Macworld Magazine contributor Dan Frakes::

Posted: June 10th, 2008
at 11:50pm by Dubs


Categories: furniture,green arch,tech

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Jetson Green: Flatpack House in Aspen

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Preston, green ninja master over at Jetson Green, writes:

This is a Flatpak house in Aspen, Colorado. I stumbled upon these shots in Flickr, so I don’t have much background on the project. But we’ve featured modern Flatpak homes before in the Goodwin-Wise Flatpak and Lazor’s Flatpak. Flatpak houses each have their own particular and interesting features, but the Flatpak system is the same. It’s a menu of components for living that includes walls, cabinets, bathrooms, kitchen, and various built-ins. The components are pre fabricated and designed to meet the needs of a various owner and/or site.

Click here to read read the rest of this article [this is just an excerpt] over at Jetson Green.

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::article written by Preston, founder + editor of Jetson Green – original article entitled A Stunning Flatpak House in Aspen, Colorado. These articles from Jetson Green on MNP’s Green Tuesdays are part of a feature you can find here every week – just click any Tuesday in the calender and enjoy! And for more ‘green’ news + info, head on over to Green.MNP::

Posted: June 10th, 2008
at 5:00am by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,green arch,housing

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Jetson Green: Nano Vent-Skin

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Preston, green ninja master over at Jetson Green, writes:

Nano Vent-Skin is a building skin [designed by Agustin Otegui] that uses organic photovoltaics to capture sun and micro-wind turbines to capture wind. Otegui envisions nano-manufacturing with bioengineered organisms as the production method for NVS, and because it’s organic, the wall provides the additional benefit of capturing CO2 from the air.

The outer skin of the structure absorbs sunlight through an organic photovoltaic skin and transfers it to the nano-fibers inside the nano-wires which then is sent to storage units at the end of each panel. Each turbine on the panel generates energy by chemical reactions on each end where it makes contact with the structure. Polarized organisms are responsible for this process on every turbine’s turn. The inner skin of each turbine works as a filter absorbing CO2 from the environment as wind.

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Click here to read read the rest of this article [this is just an excerpt] over at Jetson Green.

::article written by Preston, founder + editor of Jetson Green – original article entitled Nano Vent-Skin Demonstrated in Concept Tower. These articles from Jetson Green on MNP’s Green Tuesdays are part of a feature you can find here every week – just click any Tuesday in the calender and enjoy! And for more ‘green’ news + info, head on over to Green.MNP::

Jetson Green: Container Condos

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Preston, green ninja master over at Jetson Green, writes:

A Detroit-based group has a container project in mind for a blighted chunk of land near Wayne State University. News of the project hit the press this morning and local citizens didn’t quite know what to expect (see comments). The project is currently being called “Exceptional Green Living on Rosa Parks” and would feature containers stacked four high with windows and doors cut out into various places. In total, the 17-unit condo project would have units ranging in size from 960 – 1,920 and price from $100k – $190k. Pretty good price for a modern, green pad.

The architect, Steven Flum, designed the condos to be large and open inside. The $1.8 million project has a quasi-industrial, contemporary look to it — the colors aren’t my favorite — but in addition to the design, the container condos will have a green angle as well: insulating paint, high-efficiency water heaters, and energy-saving systems, etc.

Click here to read read the rest of this article [this is just an excerpt] over at Jetson Green.

::article written by Preston, founder + editor of Jetson Green – original article entitled Green Container Condos in Early Planning for Detroit. These articles from Jetson Green on MNP’s Green Tuesdays are part of a feature you can find here every week – just click any Tuesday in the calender and enjoy! And for more ‘green’ news + info, head on over to Green.MNP::

Posted: May 20th, 2008
at 9:36am by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,green arch,housing

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Las Vegas’ “City Center”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV_XfZ6uIcA[/youtube]

Can a building be a work of art? Can a city be a work of art? Can developers be any more full of shit?

Apparently yes.

I’ll leave my overall cynicism/criticism aside on this project [dubbed ‘City Center, Las Vegas‘] and just say this: does Libeskind remind anyone else from Mr. Brady in that Brady Bunch movie? Designing the same thing over and over again and calling it something else – what a hack. We get it Dan, you like arbitrarily pointed + jagged buildings…

Posted: May 18th, 2008
at 9:45pm by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,green arch,my ninja, please,urban/master planning,videos

Comments: 6 comments


VS 18.05.2008: Going Off the Grid

[googlevideo]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3356724352139663774&q=architecture&ei=7kIwSMr9NIOWrgLLoryYCg[/googlevideo]

So yes – this is a documentary by Les Stroud, AKA Survivorman. That aside, it’s an interesting look at a family trying to go “off the grid” and live a life more in-tune with nature and the environment.

Personally, my favorite part was the ‘well witcher‘ – and how ridiculous it was / how it turned out.

::Video Sundays, or VS, is a weekly feature here on architecture.MNP. For more architecture-related videos, click on any Sunday in the sidebar calendar – or on the ‘videos’ category in the ‘archjutsu’ section. Additional videos that have been featured on any of the MNP sites can be found here on our YouTube page::

Posted: May 18th, 2008
at 12:23pm by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,green arch,housing,my ninja, please,videos

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The Solar-Shade

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At first glance these ‘Solar-Shades’ look pretty cool – but after thinking about it for a little while I’ve decided that I’m not convinced they’re not a part of some clever plot by Cobra Commander to take over our power grids…

Melbourne-based Büro North has teamed up with the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab [VEIL] to design the ‘Solar-Shade – “a future possibility for the integration of solar-energy harvesting technologies into a form that is pragmatic (providing shade & energy), evocative and educational”. The project is intended to engage students – making an exhibit out of the PV technology being used.

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The Solar-Shade is meant to function as more than a PV panel – it’s hooded form acts as a shading device, and will create covered areas in schoolyards and playgrounds. A large sail-cloth will extend the shaded area, protecting students from the sun while they learn about PV technologies – or simply lounge outside.

Designed to be rotated during the day, tracking the sun, the structures feature a ‘dynamic visual feedback system’ that indicates the amount of energy being collected at any given time. LED’s embedded in the structures will also indicate proper orientation – green LEDs for correct solar orientation, red LEDs for improper orientation and/or low energy collection.

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::AMNP thanks to Büro North for emailing us::

Posted: May 14th, 2008
at 5:09pm by orangemenace


Categories: architecture,featured ninjas,green arch,tech

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