DesignBoom has a look at NASA’s prototype greenhouse, developed at the University of Arizona, which may travel to Mars in the near future and help astronauts farm their produce on the Red Planet. The structure is a cylinder in shape and can deploy quickly once at it’s destination. It uses both LED and natural light to grow, and has a sophisticated support system:
The 18 X 7 ft deployable greenhouse can also be used for air revitalization, water recycling or waste recycling. The idea is for carbon dioxide exhaled by the astronauts to be introduced into the martian/ lunar greenhouse, which is then used by the plants to photosynthesize and generate oxygen. the whole process is called a bioregenerative life support system.
Growing lettuce aboard the ISS
4D is the new 3D, it seems. Using a new process called Digital Light Synthesis, Adidas has partnered with Carbon to create a shoe sole that is not so much printed as it is “born” out of a liquid bath. Carbon is revolutionizing the 3D printing world with their technology, which promises to be 10-100x faster than traditional 3D printing, and allows for shapes that have never been seen before. Adidas sees this as an opportunity to explore hyper-customized products that are specially tuned to a customer’s height, weight and size. Pretty awesome stuff. Via DesignMilk:
Science Friday has a great video featuring mathematician and reluctant sculptor John Edmark. His fascination with spirals, and math-based sculptures, has made him somewhat of a legend. Utilizing the Golden Angle and the Golden Ratio, Edmark creates amazing pieces that seem to defy physics with the way they move, open, and spiral infinitely. But the designs are based on math, and nature has been building like this for millions of years. His work is available for purchase through 3D printing company Shapeways. Definitely worth a watch.
In-ground pools are amazing. They’re also incredibly expensive to build out, and once they’re in, removing them is an enormous task. Meet the Modpool, the next best thing to an in-ground pool. Utilizing a shipping container, Modpools transforms the container into a sleek, solid, transportable pool that installs quickly. The pool offers a large side window, and can be temperature controlled with a smartphone. Even better, a divider can turn half of the pool into a hot tub, with a powerful heater able to turn the water temperature up in just an hour. Built-in LEDs add light to the experience. Not cheap at $26,000, but compare that to a full in-ground project, and it’ll start looking quite the bargain. Made in Canada, via Uncrate:
Fort Bourtange is a remarkable star-shaped landmark built in 1593 in Groningen, Netherlands. Controlled by the Spaniards during the Eighty Years’ war, the fort became a village in 1851, and now serves as an historical museum. The star shape is surrounded by a series of canals and lakes that serve as moats. It’s a fantastic reminder of the power of design and engineering that goes back over 400 years.
Photo by Dennis Kopp
This was too fitting not to share. The Moss Hotel is a beautifully designed getaway in where else? Iceland. Located on Iceland’s famed geothermal Blue Lagoon, the rooms look out onto amazingly blue waters and mossy surroundings. Floor to ceiling windows, and a floating design give an amazing feel to this luxury hotel. With only five rooms, this special little gem books up very quickly, plan accordingly. Via Uncrate:
This fantastical design of the Beijing Civic Center has seemingly endless cantilevered arms, and is said to include a sledding hill, utilizing artificial snow. Designed by Aedas architecture from Hong Kong, the public center will house an olympic skating rink, shopping mall, cafes and more. A huge number of trees will be planted on the rooflines, adding some needed green to Beijing’s concrete jungle. Via Dezeen:
Are we surprised that Munich has a sleek, sexy subway system, complete with designer light fixtures? No. But are we wishing more cities embraced good design and a sense of pride with their subway? (ahem, NYC). Note the lack of overt advertising, the cleanliness, the way the lights bring cohesion to the space? Photographer Skander Lhlif captures the space really well, see more on his Behance page.
To be built in a thick forest in Almaty, Kazakhstan, this stunning home is a tall glass cylinder with a tree growing directly up through it. Designed by architect Aibek Almasov, the house is tree focused, both inside and out. We imagine it would be extremely meditative to be in such a beautiful environ. Privacy, not so much, but it seems like the setting alone would make up for that. Via My Modern Met:
Thomas Heatherwick’s studio had a fantastic plan for a pedestrian garden bridge over the River Thames in London. For years, it was going through approvals and funding complications, but seemed destined to be built. Indeed, over £45 million has already been spent on the preparation for the project. Recently, however, the city of London has balked at the idea of a non-vehicle bridge being built at a cost of £200 million. It’s a shame, since the design is stunning, and it would be a beautifully green contrast to London’s recent skyscraper binge. The idea was simple: to connect north and south London with a garden. Now that it’s future is in jeopardy, what might replace it? Let’s hope for something good. Via Dezeen: