Blue Planet Aquarium Kastrup, Copenhagen, DK.
The Danish have a special relationship with wind and water. They are surrounded by both and so naturally, reflect it back in their architecture (especially when designing an aquarium). Danish architects 3XN won the bid with their architechtonic entry, to build one of the world’s largest and most unique aquariums. The aquarium opened in March 2013, and with a 7 million liter tank-capacity, it’s quite literally a staggering work of liquid masterpiece.
Voyager One and Voyager Two have been in space for 33 years, and have collectively traveled 19 billion miles. To put that into perspective, you would have to drive 80 MPH for 9,895,833 days (or 27,000 years). So, what does that mean? We are now officially in the unknown. Interstellar space has been reached. No one really knows what’s next, and wow that’s a beautiful thing.
This is Radical Sustainability. France based architect, Vincent Callebaut’s Farmscrapers, are obviously conceptual, definitely ideal, and sure to catch the attention of investors everywhere. The towering multi-tiered farm enclosures aim to reduce carbon emissions, on a continent with 1.3 billion. They will also function to cleanse water and liquids as well as present massive horticultural potential. Yes. Radical.
They’re not steampunk. They’re not sculptures. They’re not just lamps. They’re certainly not modern. So what are they? They’re steel and brass original machine lights, hand-crafted out of 200 parts. Frank Buchwald, a designer and manufacturer of furniture, lights and objects lives and works out of Berlin Germany, and is by all means, lighting it up. http://www.frankbuchwald.de/custom-made/index_eng.html
They’re calling it a polar umbrella. It’s an incredibly aggressive design for the future, based on the bleak reality that the ice caps are melting, at an alarmingly hyper rate. So there’s actually something we can do beyond minimize CO output? Well that’s the concept. The umbrellas would also feature helipads, observation catwalks, research facilities, solar panels and underwater eco-habitats. Now that’s architecture.
Chinese Designer Yuhan Zhang, 21, created a truly all-terrain vehicle for VW, aptly titled The Volkswagen Aqua. Although this hovercraft-type of Volkswagen is not on the market yet, we could imagine this to be an interesting innovation for future commuters in large-scale metropolitan delta regions. The waterways in these areas could potentially be incredibly broad highways, naturally feeding the urban centers. Hydro’s the new black.
The Columbia Criterium race was held at Grants Tomb this past weekend, pitting some of the top collegiate cyclists against each other. The guys you see in front of the pack? That’s the MIT cycling team. When they aren’t winning cycling races, they’re innovating their respective fields and conducting groundbreaking research.
Ferrari just dropped the their new LaFerrari, and they officially put Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren and all supercar engineers on red alert. It’s perfect aerodynamics, down to the nanometer, precision at 205 miles an hour. Carbon fiber composite body, Formula One Science, a 6.3 liter V12. 950 horsepower. 0-60 you ask? Under 3 seconds. Everyone will be out to beat this car. Everyone.
Russian architect Alexander Remizov has designed a hotel that could withstand earthquakes and floods. Called ‘The Ark’, the floating hotel is self-sufficient, environmentally-friendly, and is able to save about 10,000 people.The windows take full advantage of solar energy, and a specially designed wind turbine at the top captures wind energy. There are even plants and other greenery in The Art, so that oxygen can be produced and the interior areas will get livened up by them. According to Remizov, the hotel of about 151,000 square feet will only take about three to four months to complete.
Is there anything Google can’t do? The tech giants have finally released more details about Google Glass, their top secret eyewear project. Controlled by nothing but your voice, the head mounted computer that fits like a pair of glasses has a built in screen and camera that will make walking down the block feel like a video game. Preorders start now, and for a measly $1500, you can experience the most innovative glasses ever made.