Eco Factor:Off-the-grid sustainable complex plan for Dubai.
Where on Earth do you see the craziest architectural dreams coming to life? Yes, it’s Dubai. After shocking the world with the most outrageous land reclamation projects, Dubai is all set for another shocker, The Food City. Designed by GCLA Architects, the Food City is an off-the-grid structure designed to make people live the greenest possible life.
Taking modern architecture to its utmost limits, the Food City is designed to feature green walls, aquatic farms, artificial roof landscapes and renewable energy generation at a scale no one has ever tried before. The metropolis will generate all the electricity it needs using concentrated solar collectors, towers draped in photovoltaic modules and piezoelectric pads in all pedestrian areas. Additionally, the complex will extract methane from sewage tanks for days when the sun isn’t shining.
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Potable water has always been a cause of concern in Dubai. To ensure that the residents of the Food City never lack freshwater, the architects have envisioned the used of atmospheric water harvesting systems and the use of solar energy to run desalination systems. Moreover, grey water will also be recycled for non-potable uses.
2+ Ultimate City Vehicle has been designed for future megacity. This electric vehicleboasts compact size, spacious interior, super flexible and of course stylish body design. The unique innovative inwheel-motors system allows the wheels to turn 90-degrees in order 2+ to move sideaways. Pretty handy feature to parallel park your car isn’t it?
Niels Grubak Iversen and Marcus Hannibal, two Danish automotive designers who live in Denmark, explain that although 2+ Ultimate City Vehicle looks small, the inside interior is pretty spacious. It’s been designed to carry 2 people with luggage or 4 without, thus the name 2+.
The idea that Mars once had oceans is a controversial one: It’s been proposed before, and formations that look like shorelines have been found in images from a variety of spacecraft.
Now scientists, after analyzing data from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express mission, have concluded that the northern plains of Mars may have had an ocean.
Mars Express’ MARSIS radar, deployed in 2005, penetrates deep into the Martian surface. Scientists from the Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble and University of California, Irvine, say that the first 60 to 80 meters of the planet’s subsurface shows evidence of sedimentary material and ice, indicating that an ocean could have existed there.
Scientists are proposing not just one, but two possible oceans in the same area. The first ocean would have existed 4 billion years ago when Mars was warmer.
The second would have existed 3 billion years ago after Mars sustained an ice-melting impact. It would have been temporary since the water either refroze or vaporized into the atmosphere.
Evidence of oceans in this case doesn’t indicate life, however, the scientists say.The second, temporary ocean probably wouldn’t have existed long enough to sustain life, the French institute’s Dr. Jérémie Mouginot said in a statement. To find life, astrobiologists will have to study parts of Mars’ history when water may have existed for longer periods of time.
For now it’s purely experimental but GM thinks it could change the way we drive by combining a number of interesting features.
First, as you’ve probably guessed, seeing as there’s no obvious place to fit an engine, it’s electrically driven.
On a related note, it’s really, really small. It’s so small, in fact, that it drives on two wheels, using four wheels only to park. While moving, it uses balancing technology taken from the Segway to remain upright.
Third, it’s a networked vehicle sharing information with other cars about its location and speed.
Finally, it can drive itself. That means that you don’t need to go to your car, it can come to you, pick you up and take you wherever you want to go.
GM is planning to experiment with some aspects of En-V technology in cars that will be tested in China’s Tianjin Eco-City, which is currently under construction.
The Chinese test-cars may or may not look like giant Easter eggs.