Eco Factor: Sustainable pavilion designed for the Shanghai World Expo 2010 designed by Atelier Feichang Jianzhu. The interior spaces of the pavilion will be shaped as a series of free-flowing forms and will not be enclosed by walls of a static kind. The walls will rather make use of a cubic volume of infrastructural network including LED lights and a mist-making system, which has the ability to transform the shape of the building in a moment. The building will feature a 1600m2 solar heat-collection tube on the roof, which will provide hot water and use ultra-low temperature power generation technology to generate renewable electricity using solar energy. The external façade of the pavilion will be made using polycarbonate transparent tubes that are made from recycled CDs. In addition to this, the pavilion will also harvest rainwater and recycle it for daily purposes and for the mist-generating system, which will also regulate temperature and purify the air. Source: ArchDaily
In the week since my last post on this topic,
some significant developments and interesting thinking.
by Alok Jha [The Guardian. 3 Jan 2010]
by Nick Mathiason [The Guardian 1 Jan 2010]
by Ashley Seager [The Guardian 1 Jan 2010]
By Amresh Gunasingham [The Straits Times 4 Jan 2010]
by Jorge Osit [Manila Bulletin. 3 Jan 2010]
Neodymium is one of 17 metals crucial to green technology. There’s only one snag – China produces 97% of the world’s supply. And they’re not selling
By Cahal Milmo [The Independent 2 Jan 2010]
by Charles Cooper [ The Green Eye/CBS News. 4 Jan 2010]
Formula 1 bosses are to investigate ways of promoting the advance of environmentally friendly technology. [BBC. 28 Dec 2009]
Contraception is 'greenest' technology
Are condoms and birth control pills more cost effective than windmills and solar panels as tools to curb global warming? Yes, and by a wide margin, contends a recent study from the London School of Economics asserting that family planning is nearly five times more cost effective in mitigating global warming emissions than green energy technologies like wind and solar power.
by Weston Sedgwick [Green Technology Daily.Com. 22 December 2009]