Archinect - News 2017-08-19T22:19:42-04:00 How this new gigafactory may popularize residential solar power technology Justine Testado 2016-03-04T21:24:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:56:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When production begins, SolarCity, already the leading installer of residential solar panels in the [U.S.] will become a vertically integrated manufacturer and provider...At a time when conventional silicon-based solar panels from China have never been cheaper, investing in a new type of solar technology is a risky undertaking. However, the potential benefits are huge. The new factory...could transform both SolarCity&rsquo;s business...and the economics of residential solar power.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The MIT Technology Review profiles the upcoming Buffalo-based SolarCity factory and their ambitious plans that could potentially make solar power technology more widely available to consumers.</p><p>More news about alternative energy:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cloud-harvesting skyscraper: renderings of proposed new sustainable Tokyo development</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michigan State University researchers develop completely transparent solar panels</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Could 'quantum dots' be the key to turning windows into photovoltaics?</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms</a></p> Ostim Eco-Park competition entry by ONZ Architects Justine Testado 2013-12-30T20:49:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:29:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>ONZ Architects participated in a restricted competition - among eight other teams - to design the Ostim Eco-Park, a green technological and research hub for the industrial region of Ostim in Ankara, Turkey.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Although <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ONZ Architects</a>' proposal did not come out as the competition winner, we're happy to present it in more detail below.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><em>All images courtesy of ONZ Architects.</em></p> <p> Click the thumbnails below for additional images.</p> Luminous Talks New School Communications 2013-11-01T16:36:00-04:00 >2013-11-01T17:09:07-04:00 <img src="" width="450" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> On November 8, Philips and Parsons The New School for Design will bring together architects, lighting designers and researchers for a symposium on the dualistic relationship between natural light and the latest electric lighting technologies, and the influence these systems have on human well being. The event is part of Luminous Talks, a programming series now in its second year, which was developed by Philips and Parsons to inspire dialogue around relevant topics in the field. This year&rsquo;s theme, Nature and Man-Made, builds on last year&rsquo;s focus on human health and well being to consider the human presence amidst these forces and their psychological and physiological impact.</p> <p> The November 8 event will feature presentations by:</p> <ul><li> George Craford, a research scientist and lighting fellow at Philips, whose work focuses on LED technology, who will discuss the history, evolution and future trends of LED technology the design possibilities they enable for architects and lighting designe...</li></ul> Biobulb turns E. Coli into sustainable light source Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-30T14:29:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:52:51-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ecosystem will consist of several different microbes, each of which plays a role in nutrient recycling and population control. The result is a closed ecosystem that will sustain itself with the addition of just light [...] The result will be a stable, closed, microbial ecosystem that glows in the dark.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Undergraduate researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, are developing a sustainable bacterial ecosystem that will be able to produce light. The "Biobulb" will use a lab-neutered version of the E. Coli bacteria (totally harmless) that has been encoded with the gene for bioluminescence, the same phenomenon that accounts for a firefly's glow. A cocktail of other bacteria will support the E. Coli in a closed ecosystem that needs only light to stay alive -- and the entire thing can fit in a jar.</p> <p> The three undergraduates working on Biobulb (AnaElise Beckman, Alexandra Cohn, and Michael Zaiken, part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frontier Fellows program</a>) are seeking funding for the project through <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RocketHub</a>, an online crowd-sourcing platform tailored more toward scientific and philanthropic ventures than consumer/creative goods. For a donation of $1,000 or more, the team will encrypt a personalized message of up to 40 characters onto the E. Coli DNA.</p> <p> Just how bright the Biobulb will be is unc...</p> AIA Selects 2013 COTE Top Ten Green Projects Alexander Walter 2013-04-22T21:13:00-04:00 >2013-04-29T18:10:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions have been selected by the American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) today. The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program, now in its 17th year, celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>