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Category: Sustainable Design

The State of Wind Power … part one

Re-posted by Madeleine Lewis, for Virgin United, June 30, 2014 As an innovative floating wind turbine is launched off the Portuguese coast, and the Germans start touting wind farms to tourists, we asked Morten Albaek, Group SVP & CMO of Vestas about the state of the wind energy industry, and a little about himself too. […]

Light Transmitting Concrete

Concrete has a sometimes-bad reputation as a harsh, rigid, cold-to-the-touch and straight-edged material. Litracon is doing a great deal to change that image of concrete through a score of creative and sustainable applications for their patented light-transmitting concrete. Filled with optical fibers that run from one end of a poured piece of concrete to the other, these […]

Biophotovoltaics – generating energy from photosynthesis

Two Cambridge University departments — the science-driven Biochemistry lab and the design-focused Institute for Manufacturing — have teamed up to dream up biophotovoltaic devices of the future. Biophotovoltaics generate renewable energy (and a few other useful by-products) from the photosynthesis of living organisms like algae and moss. Prototype devices have recently been constructed and tested in […]

Japan’s capsule hotel now a coffin-sized home

January 07, 2010, |by Kyung Lah, CNN Satoshi Miura crawled into his rented room, dropping his bag in the corner. It didn’t take long to get settled — home tonight is a capsule. The rooms are boxes in this capsule hotel about the size of a coffin. But no matter, says 45-year-old Miura. He’s only […]

Lego-style apartment transforms into infinite spaces

Lego style transformable space

Multifunctional space – What else do we really need? This is my idea of a perfect space. The impeccable classy design formed out of moving parts in 258 square feet. The next step to this “Lego-style” apartment would be mobility. Wouldn’t it be great to have this transformable, multifunctional habitat be able to fit perfectly […]

White Goat turns office paper into toilet paper

Reposted from TechCrunch.   What we have here is a machine that automatically turns office paper into toilet paper. It’s called White Goat (seriously) and is made by a Japanese company called Oriental [JP]. The way it works is simple: You just feed the machine with about 40 sheets of office (or whatever) paper, wait for 30 […]

Boxpark: First Shipping Container Pop-Up Mall in London

Boxpark is a new shopping mall built from standard-sized recycled shipping containers. Located in London’s ultra-hip east end, the shops are achingly trendy, with the majority selling tee-shirts, shoes and some jeans. All with attitude, of course. The container village is painted black and white and contains 60 containers which are stacked two stories high and […]

Inauguration of the Molecule space, September 2010

experimental music at molecule

The completed space finally! We opened on September 30, 2010.  The space houses the Molecule Design Store, in the making. The structure is the first shipping container building in Santa Fe, NM. Builder, Borrego Construction; architectural plans, Gerry Chavez Architect; engineering, Bill Druc Engineering;  concept, sourcing and research, Adriana Siso, 3d drawings, A. Siso. For […]