Challenged to design two skyscrapers that could energetically handle the infamous heat of Abu Dhabi while still letting in naturally light through its windows, Aedas Architects have devised a clever facade for the Al Bahr Towers that is both culturally relevant and energy efficient.
Stella McCartney’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection demonstrates that ethical and sustainable fashion doesn’t have to resign to formless, potato-sack dresses. Using gentle organic fabrics and vegetable-oil-based faux-leather, McCartney designs form-fitting, draped and pleated styles with confident choppy patterns that resemble the quality and detail expected from similar big name designers.
While we usually consider it to be cold and damp underground, the train tunnels in Europe are a different story. Heat from the train’s engines, brakes and crowds warms the tunnels and continuously escapes through the exits. In November this year the Islington Council announced it will be channeling this lost heat to nearby homes through the Celsius project.
The Villa Kogelhof in the Netherlands designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects is a self-sufficient and energy efficient yet simple and comfortable living space that was built to respect the ecological preserve that it’s nestled in.
The Window Socket by Korean designers Kyuho Song and Boa Oh is a solar powered AC socket that suctions to any window, allowing users to easily harness hours of power for their electronic devices – photovoltaic-conversion expertise not required.
As children play and spin around the carousel, they transform their mechanical energy into electricity through a generator. As they swing and sway, their momentum turn the rotating wheels overhead.
With the help of industrial designer Daizi Zheng, Nokia is yet another company joining the environmental race for sustainability with a pollution-free cell phone battery that is powered only by sugar.