The globe’s networked ecologies of food, water, energy, and waste have established new infrastructures and forms of urbanism. While these ecologies exist at the service of our contemporary lifestyles, they have typically remained hidden from view and from the public conscience. Infranet Lab
is studying the shifting / changing conditions. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Apr 20, 2009 -
Meta-efficiency is the analysis of efficiency at a more comprehensive level. Metaefficient Review
assesses products considering not only their energy efficiency but also the embodied energy, toxicity, affordability, and usability. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Feb 28, 2009 -
is producing "innovative new homes of remarkable strength, economy, and beauty, brought to life by an elegant new architecture and the discovery of a new source of pollution-free energy." The design took first prize in the Modern Marvels/Invent Now
). In an interview
, the inventor, Michael Sykes, says "he was inspired by the way the earth’s own atmosphere keeps the planet at a relatively constant comfortable temperature despite the frigidity of space." He also notes that his wife calls herself a "homemaker," natch.
posted by pithy comment
on May 17, 2007 -
A kilometre-high solar tower,
to be built in the Australian outback by EnviroMission Ltd
, will become the world's tallest structure when completed in 2006. Designed by Jorg Schlaich of Schlaich Bergermann und Partner
, the solar tower (or solar chimney) operates like a hydroelectric power plant, but uses hot air instead of water
, and it could provide enough electricity for 200,000 homes. Time calls it one of the best inventions of 2002
, and I think it's one of the most ingenious ideas I've ever heard. Another solar chimney project was planned in Rajasthan, India
, but I haven't found any information on its current status.
posted by homunculus
on Jan 6, 2003 -
Let the sun do your cooking for you!
Not just a great way to save electricity, gas, or charcoal... (particularly if you live in California *grin*) it's delicious too! We built the Solar Funnel Cooker
just for the halibut (groan) - cooked it in white wine with shredded zucchini and carrots - and it was the most tender, tasty fish I've ever eaten.
posted by thunder
on Jun 28, 2001 -