Big Shots: Amazing image of North Korea at night (the black gap between South Korea and China) via NASA.
What do you think?
Solar mirrors by Martin Andersen
A Norwegian town, deprived of sunlight, has placed giant mirrors on top of mountains that will beam light into the valley.
Let there be light!
Something surprising has happened with many so-called “sustainable” buildings. When actually measured in post-occupancy assessments, they’ve proven far less sustainable than their proponents have claimed. In some cases they’ve actually performed worse than much older buildings, with no such claims. (…)
The lesson is that we can’t deal with energy consumption in isolation. We have to look at the concept of energy more broadly, including embodied energy and other factors.
This algae-powered building in Hamburg is truely green!
The World’s First Algae-Powered Building Opens in Hamburg
The world’s first algae-powered building just opened in Hamburg! Dubbed the BIQ House, the project features a bio-adaptive algae facade and it will serve as a testing bed for sustainable energy production in urban areas and self-sufficient living buildings. International design firm Arup worked with Germany’s SSC Strategic Science Consultants and Austria-based Splitterwerk Architects to develop the BIQ House, which launched as part of Hamburg’s International Building Exhibition.
Better Place Pulls the Plug on U.S. and Australia
The ambitious electric car company is retrenching to focus on Israel in Denmark after investing heavily in technology and charging infrastructure.
Full Story: MIT
Energy Flux | Pipelines are orange; transmission lines are white ; submarine cables are turquoise.
What a great story!
The cover of New York Magazine. The story behind the photo, via Poynter: http://bit.ly/Wo5vts
ENEROPA by OMA:
With a cheeky, provocative tone typical of OMA, they even show a map of Europe redrawn as “Eneropa”, with regions defined by their energy source. Ireland and the western half of Britain become the “tidal states”, while the eastern half forms part of the “isles of wind”. Former Yugoslavia is miraculously reunited as “Biomassburg”. Most of Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece become “Solaria”. OMA shows images of these places, like postcards from the future, with batteries of turbines, or plumes of geothermal steam.