For those of you who live in a space with no access to windows…you maybe interested in the ANDREA designed by Mathieu Lehanneur and David Edwards. ANDREA is a natural purifier that uses plants to bring fresh air into the space. Not a bad start, but would be interested to see a module version of this within the space to produce a featured wall. Enjoy>>
“Cinderella’s Chair” by Anna Ter Haar, is a follow up of “Buitenbeentje”. Prostheses of glass, like a prosthetic leg, custom made for each chair. Glass is a malleable material when heated, so the glass was blown onto the chair, which provides every chair with its own unique prosthesis. Glass however, is also a very fragile material. It is not often used for purposes of construction. The legs of glass are strong enough to carry weight though. One can easily sit on the chairs, something you do not expect when you see them.
A group of students from the University of Stuttgart have developed a method of using steel tubes and the growth of White Willow Trees to design a free standing 9 meter tall structure. The students were studying the elasticity of the trees along with its ability to be integrated into a synthetic framework to give directions and secondary support. This could be the beginnings of the idea growth of architecture..ie..the likes of John Johansen.
A professor who invented low-cost solar cells that may be incorporated into energy-producing windows has been awarded the Millennium Technology Prize.