Ruth Slavid talks architecture

Wind and light

Posted in energy by ruthslavid on October 14, 2010

I like the proposal shown in Gizmag for a farm of’ ‘windstalks’ in Abu Dhabi, produced by Atelier DNA in New York. it takes away the potential noise of wind turbines, instead using piezoelectrics to generate electricity from the pressure as teh wands sway in the wind.wind stalk electricity generators

And, as a bonus, they light up at night!


A glimpse of the future?

Posted in energy, housing by ruthslavid on July 31, 2010

Is this what the products of the next generation of architects will look like?It is a house in Byron Square, Trumpington, Cambridge, which PRP has refurbished as part of the government’s ‘Retrofit for the future’ initiative. The house, which is a steel-framed system building, has been overclad, and has solar and pv panels on the roof (note the care taken to ensure they look the same), as well as heat recovery, new windows etc.

It will be monitored carefully over the next two years. Exemplars like this should point the way to a mass of work that can be done – and needs to be done. But whereas this house involved a large effort from a large practice (at a large price) the idea will be to come up with a solution that is repeatable and affordable. And will offer a very different shape for architectural practice.

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