Green Architecture Takes Big Leap With Milan’s “Vertical Forest”

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The world’s first vertical forest is rising in Milan. The Bosco Verticale, the project’s official title, will be completed later this year, marking a significant step in development of green architecture. The plan consists of two apartment towers festooned with a series of concrete decks, staggered and offset from each other to give the structures their Jenga-like appearance. Once completed, nearly 2.5 acres of “forest” will have been planted in these balconies, helping to absorb dust—a major problem in Milan—and C02, while shading and cooling the residents within.

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The Amazing Origami House: This Home Unfolds Eight Ways

It all started with Lapland. When David ben Grunberg was an architecture student, he was given the assignment to design a pre-fab home that could work in wildly different temperature extremes. In places like northernmost Finland, the long summer days are hot, and the winters are brutally cold. Grunberg’s solution: an origami-inspired home that can fold itself into eight different forms.

In the winter, thick walls can face outward and insulate the home; in the summer, everything can be flipped inside-out so glazed walls let heat escape. The shape of the home can even change throughout the day. A user could position the house to watch the sun rise in the morning, and continue to rotate it so they stay in the sun all day long. The configuration can change to adapt to weather, too.

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A bike designed by Audi

Audi e-bike is an extremely emotion-inspiring sports machine. The prototype cycle combines an electric drive and muscle power. Head of Design Wolfgang Egger comments: “As a high-performance e-bike for sports and trick cycling, it features the Audi core competences of design, ultra, e-tron and connect.”

Coffee Bench

There’s nothing like a project taking a life of it’s own and creating such a buzz that its being recognized through out the world.   This is what happened to polish designer Karolina Tyika.  She had an issue.  She needed of table for her coffee and newspaper in her garden.  This necessity led to the birth of Coffee Bench.  Coffee Bench, an all in one piece of furniture with rotating elements that converts into a table and chair.  Issue solved.

Laser Bike Indicators

Cycling at night is dangerous. It is widely accepted that a safely zone of at least one meter is required on either side of a bicycle, but this is hard for car drivers to accurately gauge, or even remember to do. Additionally, changing lanes or turning on a bike in the dark has its own dangers, even if the cyclist reaches out an arm to signal his or her intentions. To help minimize the risks associated with both of these. Bike Zone is a pair of laser projectors that create a one-meter safety zone around your bicycle during normal use and animated arrows in either direction to indicate when you intend to turn.

Aparna Rao: High-tech art (with a sense of humor)

Artist and TED Fellow Aparna Rao re-imagines the familiar in surprising, often humorous ways. With her collaborator Soren Pors, Rao creates high-tech art installations — a typewriter that sends emails, a camera that tracks you through the room only to make you invisible on screen — that put a playful spin on ordinary objects and interactions.