Five images that will accompany an article in tomorrow’s issue of Time Magazine about Grant Achatz, the culinary wunderkind behind Chicago’s Alinea (recently named the best restaurant in the world ) and the upcoming Next & Aviary. Next will feature a seasonal menu based on specific times and places, for example everything might be based around the culinary scene from Sicily in 1949 or Achatz and his staff might hop in a time machine and bring back a futuristic dinner from Hong Kong in 2036. When Next opens in the next few months, the first menu will actually be Paris in 1912, and the top image above with the pigeon’s leg is the first image I’ve seen from that menu: from Auguste Escoffier’s 1903 cookbook, Pigeonneau à la St.–Clair. Learn more about the dishes above over at Time. (via @gachatz)
LUMENHAUS is a solar-powered home designed by Virginia Tech students that generates more power than it uses annually. It was one of only two American entries in the 2010 Solar Decathalon Europe competition in Madrid, and was on display in Millennium Park in Chicago up until last weekend. Totally kicking myself for missing this.
LUMENHAUS is designed to respond to changes in temperature and environment, which it does through sliding polycarbonate insulation panels filled with aerogel, creating strong insulation while allowing a soft natural light into the space. They move to create appropriate amounts of sun control, cross ventilation, lighting, and privacy. A stretched fabric ceiling provides enough light at night with dim flourescent and LED lighting, and no electric light is ever required when the sun is up. The roof collects rain water, which is then filtered and used for drinking and for the water plants. The entire system is monitored and controlled by an iPad and iPhone interface that allocates energy to different areas of the system at different times.
Chicago artist Sighn, a member of the Multi Polar Projects art collective, is carving anything you’d like out of basswood (up to 50 characters) from now through December as part of a larger ITSOK project. Place your orders here. For you treehuggers, a tree is planted in conjunction with the Arbor Day Foundation for every piece ordered.