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LUMENHAUS: Chicago

November 23, 2010

Christopher Jobson

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 Decathlon 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 fluorescent and LED lighting, and no electric light is ever required when the sun is up. The roof collects rainwater, 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.

(via fuck yeah chicago)

 

 



Photography

Photographer Andrew McAllister Looks Up in Chicago

November 13, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Photos of downtown Chicago by Ohio photographer Andrew McAllister. More photos over on Behance.

 

 



Photography

Vertical panoramas by Chistoprudov Dmitry

November 10, 2010

Christopher Jobson

See the full-size 8,000px high version and another image of a sunset at his LJ site. And also, the first ever seamless photograph of an entire redwood tree. (via theo)

 

 



Design

Behold: Excalibur, the World’s Tallest Climbing Wall

November 4, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Klimcentrum Bjoeks in Groningen, Netherlands sports the world’s tallest climbing wall at just over 121 feet tall. Here’s a cool photo gallery of how it was built, section by section. My dad would see this and say, “Eh, I’ve seen bigger.” Photos above by Eric Kieboom. (via presurfer)

 

 



Art

Art from Arson in Detroit

November 3, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Salvaged Landscape is the result of a collaboration between artist Catie Newell and the non-profit Imagination Station that is working to reclaim blighted areas around Detroit. Catie transformed a building that was victim to arson into a new, potentially viable space. It sounds as though once they obtain more funding the remaining charred building will be torn down around Catie’s structure and a new building could be erected to incorporate it. (via core77)

 

 



Design

Mazzo Restaurant Identity

October 29, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Interior for Mazzo, a new restaurant in Amsterdam by Concrete Architectural Associates. (via the best part)

 

 



Design Photography

The Anarchitecture of Michael Greaves

September 27, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Several bizarrely striking structures by Michael Greaves, photographed by Swiss photographer Mario Del Curto in Quebec.

About the objects he assembles, he has written, “I very much liked and observed old objects, used objects, objects worn down by the force of time and human history. I am a being that has served, been transformed, an object that wants to be understood and enlightened, and that likes to be used.” He has also built cabins and houses out of wood. Defying the laws of gravity and perspective, they resemble houses of cards on the brink of crumbling and create points of view that border on the fantastic.

(via shewalkssoftly)