Scientists investigate ways to harvest energy from noise


Farming was a key turning point that lead to the successful growth of human cultures. Today, energy farming is the contemporary equivalent.

Energy is everywhere. It’s dispersed in different forms and we need to find ways to gather it, re-use it, and share again within our ecosystems.

We are harvesting the energy from the sun, from the wind, from ocean waves, human movement, human biochemistry and now we are investigating the energy in random sounds (noise).

Found via NextBigFuture blog: “Energy Harvesting from Noise” (Nov 22, 2012)

Older, related posts in this blog: 

“Harvesting the Energy in Sound” April 13, 2007

“Energy Generating Dance Floor” Oct, 15, 2008


Experimental architecture that can decay while being renewed


“a self-sufficient architectural vision

Phototropia is part of an ongoing series on the application of smart materials in an architectural context and was realized in April 2012 by the Master of Advanced Studies class at the Chair for CAAD.


It merges self-made electro-active polymers, screen-printed electroluminescent displays, Continue reading

Making Sustainable Design a Reality


An interesting blog posting by a civil engineer (Dana Breig Probert),  dealing with the hurdles of developers and other stakeholders in an effort to move towards sustainable design. It’s written for the civil engineering audience but it is still an interesting and relevant posting. This may be a good example of sustainable design beyond products and into the larger scope of architecture. It may also be a good example of how business and sustainability issues can work hand in hand.

Here is a copy of the headings for each of his five points:

1. Get inspired and get involved

2. Realize that everyone is a salesperson and learn to sell your ideas

3. Focus on real value and real issues

4. Find ways to learn and leverage everything you can

5. Make a few simple changes in your site plan

Civil3D RocksFive Simple Things You Can Do To Make Sustainable Design a Reality in Your Lifetime
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Top 10 Green Architecture Projects


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored at the AIA 2008 National Convention and Design Exposition in Boston.

The goals and criteria for evaluation are presented for each project along with the philosophy behind the project.

The top ten projects are:

Link to Original Article:

American Institute of Architects: Top Ten Green Projects >>

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Some of Zaha Hadid’s amazing architecture
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Keyword: Daniel Montano, Dan Montano, user experience design, information architect