Back in 2011, we reported on BIG's Amager Bakke project: a waste-to-power station near Copenhagen billed as "the world's cleanest power plant." It should certainly be the world's most fun, as it's due to get a ski slope and an art installation which expels a steam ring each time a ton of carbon dioxide is released. The Danish firm recently turned to Kickstarter to fund development of the steam ring generator.
Physicists at Cornell University have managed to shrink the art of kirigami down to the nanoscale, working with graphene, a material that's just one atom thick. The research could lead to the creation of some of the tiniest machines mankind has ever seen.
Smog affects many major cities around the world and can cause health problems for those breathing it in. To highlight this issue, Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde is building what he calls the world's largest air purifier. The Smog Free Tower is designed to allow people to breathe clean air in a city ... plus it also turns the smog into jewelry.
Most Instagram users probably check their feed with a smartphone or
similar device. New York-based studio Breakfast, however, has created a
machine that displays Instagram images and basic animations using
thousands of spools of thread.
Tiny houses tend to be highly functional and efficient. The shelters at an exhibition in Amsterdam, however, focus less on functionality and more on artistic license. UrbanCampsite Amsterdam features a host of "extraordinary sleeping accommodations" in an "exciting landscape."
Having taken on everyone from chess grandmasters to chefs, computers are further exploring their artistic side with computer scientists demonstrating how artificial neural networks can create works of art reminiscent of William Blake on opium. The surreal images produced by a technique called "Inceptionism" are part of a process to better understand how such networks operate and how to improve them.
A new light by designer Richard Clarkson puts two elements together that are ordinarily kept well apart. The Rain Lamp combines water and electricity, with light shone through a reservoir in the bottom of a large, clear, acrylic globe. The light creates "mesmerizing ripple patterns" on the floor or surface below.
If you're into handwriting, drawing, keeping diaries the old fashioned
way and sipping wine, you may soon be able to merge all those activities
into one. A new device created by Portland-based designer Jessica Chan
adds a bohemian touch to the old fountain pen, by allowing it to be
charged with any type of raw liquid with a staining property, including –
you guessed it – wine. Called WINKpen, it also uses tea, beer, and
anything else that tickles the user's fancy.
A new arts venue in Manchester, UK, not only promises to deliver a world-class program of theater, film and visual art, but is high-tech, sustainable and very clever. Home is a purpose-built facility with exhibition, screening and performance spaces, as well as a bar and cafe.
A remarkable 26 percent of the Netherlands is below sea level. A series
of dikes, dams and waterworks are used to keep the country from being
submerged. But what would happen if those defenses weren't there? An
installation by Studio Roosegaarde aims to show just that.