The Cloud is the name of an observation tower, designed with glowing spheres, connected to very light transparent towers. The designer behind all this is Carlo Ratti, who heads the MIT SENSEable Cities Laboratory. The tower is going to become a major landmark, and it will be constructed through fundraisers and support from the society.
Some of the other people on the design team are Tomas Saraceno, an artist, Alex Haw – digital designer, and an expert on lightweight structures, Joerg Schleich. Google is also involved in the project, and advertising is handled by Umberto Eco and Antoni Muntadas, professor at the MIT.
The cloud will be accessible for both foot-goers and bicyclists, and the energy that’s necessary to go down in the Cloud is converted into electricity, by using elevators with regenrative breaking – much like the ones found in hybrid vehicles.
The Cloud is a very interesting concept, and we’d love to see it finished – exploring new ways of managing power is one of the main things scientists should be involved with today, and it’s good to see clever solutions like this.
[ Via TreeHugger ]