Why Design Now?: M10 Kite-Power System

Friday July 13, 2012

Why? This kite system harnesses the winds energy with a tethered wing that flies at high altitudes where the wind is both strong and more consistent. As the kite sweeps through a vast amount of area, small wing-mounted turbines extract power from the wind, converting it into electrical power. The tether transmits electrical power to the ground, where special conditioning hardware connects to a power grid.

2 M10 Kite Power System, kite, wind power, renewable energy, turbine, tether, Makani Power, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Why Design Now?: MIT CityCar

Friday July 13, 2012

Why? Mobility on-demand and shared use are alternatives to private car ownership, and CityCar is a concept vehicle that combines the two. This two-passenger electric car can be made available from a network of urban parking zones, where users swipe a card and take the first fully charged vehicle. It provides a non-polluting, noise-free, energy-efficient, and convenient alternative to current modes of short-distance travel.

MIT, citycar, SmartCities, electric car, battery, lithium-ion, transportation, personal mobility, intra-urban, two passenger, William J. Mitchell, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Bill's Design Talks: Walter Hood

Friday July 13, 2012

Walter Hood, landscape architect, professor and author, has been praised as a "community whisperer, creating spaces that have elements the residents want before they even know it." His inclusive and innovative designs transform overlooked sites like street corners and highway underpasses into vital gathering spaces. His approach puts community members at the center of the design process, instead of treating them as an afterthought.

Why Design Now?: Learning Landscape

Thursday July 12, 2012

Why? Learning Landscape is a universal, adaptable approach to elementary math education. This simple grid of half-submerged tires can be built anywhere in the world from cast-off materials. Using chalk to mark numbers on the tires, teachers and students play games that mobilize the natural excitement of group competition and physical movement. The concept comes from Project H Design, a not-for-profit organization that uses design to improve the quality of human life.

Learning Landscape, education, primary, elementary, math, mathematics, GRiD, tires, materials, active, activity, Project H Design, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Why Design Now?: Norwegian National Opera and Ballet

Thursday July 12, 2012

Why? The first purpose-built home of the Norwegian Opera and Ballet is both a bridge and anchor for the Oslo community. As part of the first phase of an extensive transformation of the waterfront, the Opera is a monumental gateway to the harbor. Its most distinctive feature is a white marble roof that serves as a public plaza on which visitors can experience the building without going inside.

Norwegian Opera house, Oslo, Norway, monument, Architecture, building, theater, marble, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Why Design Now?: bioWAVE Ocean-wave Energy System

Thursday July 12, 2012

Why? Ocean waves are an abundant and untapped source of renewable energy. The bioWAVE harnesses this energy and converts it into grid-connected electricity. Mounted on the seabed, the unit is biomimetically designed to adapt to marine life. Each unit is expected to generate up to two megawatts of energy. Farms can harvest enough clean power to meet utility-scale electricity needs.

Bio Wave, renewable energy, ocean energy, biomimetic, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Why Design Now?: Bodyweight Support Assist

Thursday July 12, 2012

Why? This device reduces the load and stress on the lower body, reducing fatigue and injuries and enabling a broader range of activities among the elderly as well as workers who spend extended periods of time on their feet, climbing or descending stairs, or maintaining semi-crouched positions. Weighing less than fifteen pounds, the device supports the wearers weight—when a user bends his or her legs, the assist force adjusts accordingly

Honda, Bodyweight support, device, stress reduction, support, lower body, Wny Design Now, Exhibition

Why Design Now?: Eco-Machine at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living

Thursday July 12, 2012

Why? The Eco-Machine is a carbon-neutral and environmentally safe wastewater-treatment system at the OCSL. In a 10,000-gallon anaerobic tank, microbes digest the sludge, and the wastewater travels to four constructed wetlands, where plants, microbes, fungi, and algae scrub the water. After passing through a final filter, the water is ready for non-potable use.

EcoMachine, carbon-neutral, carbon neutral, wastewater, treatment, Omega Center for Sustainable Living, OCSL, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Why Design Now?: Loblolly House

Thursday July 12, 2012

Why? Loblolly House is comprised entirely of readymade components and elements fabricated off-site, reducing assembly time while increasing energy efficiency. The house comprises four key architectural elements: scaffold, cartridge, block, and equipment. The aluminum scaffold system provides the structural frame as well as the means to join the other three elements, using only a wrench. Smart cartridge panels distribute heat, water, ventilation, and electricity throughout the house

Loblolly House, Process of New Architecture, Readymade, Energy efficiency, assembly, construction, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Why Design Now?: Masdar development

Thursday July 12, 2012

Why? Masdar is a self-contained, sustainable city currently being built on the desert outskirts of Abu Dhabi. Its design pushes new approaches to alternative energy applied to architecture and engineering on an urban scale. A vast experiment, it aims to be the worlds first car-free, carbon-neutral, zero-waste city powered by renewable energy sources.

MASDAR, Abu Dhabi, self-contained, sustainable, city, urban, alternative energy, car-free, Why Design Now, Exhibition