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CAA Architects Reveals Futuristic Eco-City Design for the Maldives

Ocean's Heaven. Image Courtesy of CAA Architects Ocean's Heaven. Image Courtesy of CAA Architects

CAA Architects have won first prize in the Maldives Airport Economic Zone competition. Their winning proposal, "Ocean’s Heaven" is a mixed use development made to embrace tropical culture and ocean systems with renewable energy structures in a living belt design. Facing global warming and rising sea levels, the project hopes to create a new model for sustainable development before the Maldives disappear from the world forever.

A Super Transformer - Elering Office Building / molumba

© Tõnu Tunnel © Tõnu Tunnel
© Tõnu Tunnel © Tõnu Tunnel

Text description provided by the architects. Technically, Elering’s (national transmission system operator for electricity and natural gas) office building is a reconstruction, an extension. Although everything is new, the small remaining part of the former structural frame came to define the building’s location as well as its overall height and width. It is actually the old building extended by three times, a simple rectangle with two curious islands in the middle of the offices located along the perimeter. The former atrium has become a secluded inner courtyard balanced by the second enclosed and highly secured control centre in the middle part of the extension.

Out-of-Place Artifacts: The Perpetual Puzzle of Reverse-Engineering Mysterious Objects

[ By SA Rogers in Culture & History & Travel. ]

It can be hard to resist the allure of a mysterious object found in a context that doesn’t seem to make rational sense, suggesting that it’s proof of time travelers, lost civilizations or alien visitors. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist or a cryptozoologist to marvel at a bizarre computer-like device that dates back to Ancient Greece, or a 2,000-year-old battery found outside Baghdad in the 1930s.

So-called “Out of Place Artifacts,” also known as OOPArts, are often said to “baffle scientists,” and conspiracy theorists suggest that scientific efforts to identify their origin and purpose willfully ignore potentially controversial explanations outside the mainstream. After all, it’s true enough that science is constantly evolving, and we still don’t have the answers to many of life’s mysteries.

Venue Hotel / Aline Architect

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki
  • Architects: Aline Architect
  • Location: 24 Tôn Đản, Lộc Thọ, Thành phố Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa 650000, Vietnam
  • Architect In Charge: Le Minh Duc
  • Design Team: Vu Dinh Phuc, Dang Quynh Le
  • Area: 3150.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki

Living Lights: Grid-Free Lamps to Illuminate Cities Using Plant Photosynthesis

[ By WebUrbanist in Design & Fixtures & Interiors. ]

Microorganisms in this Living Light project convert chemical energy from photosynthetic processes into electric current, making these lamps perfect for off-grid and other green, cost-reducing applications.

Dutch designer Ermi van Oers envisions this approach working at scale and used to power smart cities, starting with things like street lamps but eventually providing energy for other applications as well. Plans are already in place with Rotterndam to illuminate a city park unique this process and technology.

“The potential is huge,” the designer says. “Street lights could be connected to trees. Forests could become power plants. Rice fields in Indonesia could produce food and electricity for the local population.”

Forever A Loan: 15 Iffy Car Title Cash Loan Shops

[ By Steve in Architecture & Offices & Commercial. ]

Car title cash loan shops offer help (at a price) to those in dire financial straits but how desperate must one be to get a cash fix at any of these 15 places?

Car Title Loans, Payday Loans and similar businesses have been criticized for taking advantage of vulnerable segments of society by charging exorbitant interest rates… well excuuuse me, the electricity powering those garish neon signs doesn’t grow on trees! Flickr member Andy Sapp captured one such brilliant display (plus a bonus “FREE CANDY”-style advertising van in the parking lot) in Lawrenceville, Georgia back in December of 2014.