Friday, 21 January 2011

Water Your Plants With Wet Umbrellas!

Wet umbrellas are a nuisance, aren't they! Well, Merve Sarisin has designed this Cavity Flowerpot, where you can put the dripping water to good use. The flowerpot is designed to hold wet umbrellas, collect the excess water and use it to water the plants. There are four receptacles that hold wet umbrellas, while a dish collects the water that drains off the umbrellas, which is then absorbed by the plant roots. Simple!

Via: Yanko Design

Friday, 14 January 2011

Haiti - 1 Year On

 It has been one year since the horrific earthquake in Haiti. The World Food Programme (WFP) now feeds almost a million Haitian children a day with its school meals programme - thus giving them the strength and incentive to keep coming to school.

WFP - New Book

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Solar City That Produces 4 Times The Energy It Consumes.

I think this is one of the most interesting eco-design stories from 2010. Rolf Disch designed the Sonnenschiff solar city in Freiburg, Germany, which not only doesn't use more energy than it produces but actually makes 4 times the amount of energy that it consumes!

It does this through smart solar design and lots and lots of photovoltaic panels pointed in the right direction. The Sonnenschiff (Solar Ship) and Solarsiedlung (Solar Village) emphasize power production from the start by incorporating a series of large rooftop solar arrays that double as sun shades.

The medium-density project balances size, accessibility, green space, and solar exposure. In all, 52 homes make up a neighborhood anchored to Sonnenschiff, a mixed-use residential and commercial building that emphasizes livability with a minimal footprint. Advanced technologies like phase-change materials and vacuum insulation significantly boost the thermal performance of the building’s wall system.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Each Breath Is A Blessing

Image: YPI

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