À la Jules Verne
A spectacular platform has been designed to drift across the oceans of the world with the aid of the currents and the wind. This unique creation known as the “Sea Orbiter” has been designed by the famous French architect Jacques Rougerie. The design suggests the fantastic world of Jules Verne, and in fact a three-metre high model of the vehicle, built by MARINTEK in Trondheim, has actually been sent to the Jules Verne Exhibition in Paris.
The Amazing Plane of the Future – Designer’s Vision
This concept is really something people have never seen before. It’s called WB-1010 (the abbreviation stands for Wright Brothers) and it is currently only a concept since it will be created from materials that are yet to be developed and with the use of revolutionary technology. The WB-1010 future plane is expected to provide a high speed of around 1,000 km/h, a lot of comfort and space for 1,500 people. The project has been submitted to the KLM Indonesia aircraft design competition.
Our path towards the future is being paved with green technologies, literally! Instead of using asphalt, which is made from petroleum and just makes our roads smoother to drive on, what if we could make roads capable of harnessing energy? That’s the idea that Scott Brusow, founder of Solar Roadways, is currently looking into.
As Sea Levels Rise, Dutch See Floating Cities
The Dutch have long been known for innovative ways of managing water in flood-prone regions. So perhaps it is not surprising that designers in the Netherlands are envisioning floating cities that would make parts of low-lying nations habitable amid dramatically rising sea levels and storm surges linked to climate change. “Floating development cannot solve all issues, but it can be a means of expanding the spectrum of possible solutions,” said Rutger de Graaf, a founding partner of DeltaSync, a Delft-based design and research company that specializes in floating urbanization and that was spun-off from the Delft University of Technology.
Gargantuan NOAH ‘Ark’ Proposed to New Orleans with Straight Face
How do you know when your building plan has gotten unnecessarily crazy and pretentious? When it’s named after a Biblical figure who was fabled to save life as we know it… that might be a clue. NOAH (New Orleans Arcology Habitat) is a massive, 1200-foot city within a building that’s hurricane-proof and can actually float (don’t worry, it’s tethered to something or other). Conceptualized through a mind trust of three architectural firms, green (wind, solar and water) energies would help power the structure’s 20,000 residences, 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space, school, hospital and, just for fun, 3 casinos.