Architecture

Pacific Areas Turned Protected Monuments by Bush

January 6, 2009 / No Comments

Though George W. Bush is not the best friend of those caring about the environment, he's going to do the right thing days before stepping off. Some 200,000 square miles of the amazingly beautiful and biologically diverse areas in the Pacific, are going to be declared "marine national monuments" preventing oil drilling or other extraction procedures. The protected area which includes ...

Fuel Cells from Human Waste, Cookie Dough

January 6, 2009 / No Comments

Two Japanese companies have come up with alternative ways to get hydrogen for fuel cells - one from dough and the other from human waste. Kajima suggests microbes can created hydrogen from human waste. A prototype has alread been created that generated 130W from a cubic meter of waste. Commercially available by about 2020. [caption id="attachment_3390" align="aligncenter" width="386" caption="Not sure what she ...

10 Amazing Halo Images that Gamemakers Like Halo 3 Can’t Compete with

December 16, 2008 / No Comments

The halos we think are magnificent are not the kind that comes in a box - think Halo 3 - but the ring of light that can be seen encircling and extending outwards from the sun or moon. The halo is created ( I love this word) when the sun or moonlight is refracted when passing through ice crystals. There ...

Grus Nigricollis Protected in Tibet

December 12, 2008 / No Comments

Black-necked cranes (Grus Nigricollis) can be seen flying over the Lhasa river valley near Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. There are around 7,000 Grus Nigricollis perched in the natural reserve this year. Image by Jayanth Sharma Though the bird is endangered its number has been rising by 3.9 percentage annually over the past few years due to a series of protection ...

Pinon House Renovation by Designer Erik Sommerfeld

December 9, 2008 / 1 Comment

This 1950's home - the Pinon House, was reinvented into its modern form by designer Erik Sommerfeld, who carefully used simple design and lighting concepts along with green building material to blend in the old with the new. The wonderful and elegant use of wood along with the traditional concrete in the home helped give the home its modern look ...

Why Do Whales Sing? Underwater Serenades or Biological Sonar?

November 28, 2008 / 1 Comment

Other than being some of the largest mammals in the seas, whales area also known for their "voices". Call it the whale song, it's true that the whales may sing to court mates but not only. The biggest Romeo of them all, is the humpback whale which is known to produce repetitious sounds at varying frequencies. That's a whale song. So ...

Yellow Treehouse Restaurant is Really Up There, in the Tree

November 24, 2008 / 6 Comments

The Yellow Pages approached Pacific Environments Architects Ltd. Of New Zealand to construct a magical treehouse that brought all those fairy tales alive and the architects made a splendid effort in giving the company what they wanted: a Yellow Treehouse Restaurant. Yellow Pages wanted to build the treehouse in order to promote its own business ventures and what has come out ...

New York Times Goes Green With its Lighting Needs

November 21, 2008 / No Comments

The fabulous New York Times building continues to be known for its brilliant green features and great energy saving campaign. Once an energy-guzzling media fort, the building has now turned into a green hub from where we not only get news, views and reviews, but also reduction in carbon emissions and power consumption. The Times Company has installed Lutron's Quantum management ...

Current Economic Downturn to Kill the Electric Car?

November 20, 2008 / 1 Comment

The current economic recession that is taking over the planet could see the story of the electric car turn from a fairytale comeback into a haunting curse, as car makers and automobile industry is experiencing its worst period ever in 25 years. With companies like GM standing in queue for a bailout, it seems that the green cars line-up that ...

The Floating Aerohotel: The Extravagant Green Island

November 19, 2008 / No Comments

Architect Alexander Asadov has created a superb amalgamation of futuristic space-age design and a green hub that preserves nature's most delicate ecosystems. Looking like something that is decades ahead of its time, the floating Aerohotel is a man-made structure that hovers over water bodies like an artificial island, that will house public spaces, gardens, hotels and other commercial spaces without being ...