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Animation Science

WWF: Earth Hour 2011

February 16, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A great new stop motion animation to promote Earth Hour using hundreds of people holding colored panels. The part with the bicycle is particularly special.

From its inception as a single-city initiative — Sydney, Australia – in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a global symbol of hope and movement for change. Earth Hour 2010 created history as the world’s largest ever voluntary action with people, businesses and governments in 128 countries across every continent coming together to celebrate an unambiguous commitment to the one thing that unites us all — the planet.

Learn more at www.earthhour.org.

 

 



Design Music

Cornstarch Headphones by Michael Young

December 23, 2010

Christopher Jobson

These impressive sounding EOps Noisezero i+ Eco headphones were designed by Hong Kong based industrial designer Michael Young. They are constructed primarily from cornstarch and bio-plastics and will come in four colors. Eco-fancy! (via creative journal)

 

 



Design

The Mobile Egg House

December 13, 2010

Christopher Jobson

In an attempt to save money on rent Dai Haifei, a 24-year-old architect in Beijing has constructed a mobile egg-shaped home from bamboo, wood and grass seed.

He moved the house steps away from his office where he would stay until midnight before going to sleep inside the “egg”. There’s only one bed, a water tank and a lamp inside the house.

“I feel good living here though it’s simple, and a bit cold sometimes, what important for me, is – it saves me a lot of money!” Dai told a reporter.

 

 



Design

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)

 

 



Design

Mischer’traxler Made Batteries with Coffee Grounds

November 23, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Love these DIY batteries made from coffee grounds, aluminum, copper and salt water by mischer’traxler. The design was one of three winning entries in a competition entitled SUSTAIN.ABILITY.DESIGN, sponsored by Vienna Design Week organizers Neigungsgruppe Design and Nespresso Austria.

The energy for the movement of the sweep hands is powered by 17 simple, self made batteries. Each battery-block consists of used old aluminium capsules, coffee grounds, strips of copper and salt water. In this mixture between a soil battery and a salt water battery the aluminium functions as the anode, the copper as cathode and the salt water as electrolyte. Due to a chemical reactions a small, but usable, amount of energy is created. Each battery produces about 1,5 – 1,7 Volts of potential and enough power to run a electro–mechanical Quartz clockwork.

Some quick back-of-the-envelope calculations based on my personal coffee consumption over the past decade suggests I could have built a battery large enough to reduce foreign oil dependency in the U.S. by about 15%. (via dezeen)

 

 



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)

 

 



Art Design

Environmental Design by Anna Garforth

November 3, 2010

Christopher Jobson

I hope you’re excited as I am to discover the work of UK artist Anna Garforth who uses recycled and natural media to create sustainable artworks in urban spaces. Living moss into script typography? Leaves into letters? If Colossal bestowed awards Anna would walk away with a heavy post-consumer recycled trophy. (via cmykern.com)