Mumbai, India’s financial capital, is a quickly growing city that has begun sprouting up vertical architectural wonders off-late. Most recently, we came across this new development that could soon stand tall in Mumbai’s skyline. Called the Namaste Tower, this high-rise by WS Atkins, is planned to be completed by 2015. Besides its phenomenal shape that depicts two joined hands positioned in the traditional gesture for a “hello”, this tower is green and eco-friendly!
While most of the countries around the world are realizing the true potential of clean and green energy, a few countries are struggling to keep up, including the economic superpower, India. The country is one of the most populated in the world and to keep the lives of its people powered up, the nation continues to resort to coal-fired power plants. However, this has led to the deaths of nearly 120,000 people a year, says a report by Greenpeace!
Holidaying could soon be a not-so-environmentally-harmful affair, thanks to this development by the Dutch design studio, Tjep. A self-sufficient retreat, the concept manages to brilliantly combine technology and integrated design and can be set up in a remote area without the need for grid connections! Called the Isolée, this three-storey structure is designed to cause as less harm to its surroundings as possible.
Skyscrapers in the future will be more than just structures carved out of steel, glass and concrete. These energy-efficient buildings have been envisioned to have a mind of their own, with robots working as the nervous systems. According to the Foresight + Innovation team at architecture/design firm Arup, these futuristic buildings will resemble living organisms and will function on a “synthetic and highly sensitive nervous system.” The buildings will function in a green and environment-friendly way, blending into the surrounding eco-system.
What do a few of us do when our clothes turn old? Well, we stuff it all inside bags and toss them away! H&M wishes to bring a change in this process and has made a significant contribution to the global recycling movement. The fashion retailer recently launched a new worldwide apparel-recycling initiative that helps donators make a few bucks from the recycling of their old clothes, while keeping intact the natural resource reserves.
There is no denying that present-day modes of transport are in for a greener and more eco-friendly transition. In the future, the way we travel will turn more environment-friendly and one of the concepts contributing to this change is the Rinspeed microMAX EV concept, a networked swarm car. An efficient, space-saving mode of urban transport, these network-based vehicles could very well be the taxi fleets of the future.
Citizens in Beijing, China, have been suffering rising air pollution levels and in an attempt to keep their lungs safe from the pollutants, a few people have resorted to somewhat innovative yet amusing ways. Recently, this Chinese man was spotted with a padded bra strapped across his face. A make-shift face mask, this pink color bra seems to have worked its charm on the wearer.
Mass transit systems around the world work as an eco-friendly way to travel, given the fact that these transportation modes encourage people to leave their personal vehicles at home, decreasing the use of fossil fuels and the levels of carbon emissions. Now, bus transit systems are all set to go green with Bombardier’s electric transit technology.
Buying used car over the internet has invariably become the best means to encounter right and desirable deals than in the market. The advantage is not just that it is more expedient and convenient for the buyer to buy used cars online but also it puts forth many options with an immediate effect on the website displays. India is making an effective use of these websites and online pre owned car dealers. The cyber city of Hyderabad is also a witness to innumerable online transactions of buying and selling of used cars in Hyderabad online.
Heat energy is usually given out during the generation of electricity. However, this energy is usually allowed to go waste, without being tapped into as an additional source of renewable energy. Recently, designers Shuguang Li and Xiaoping Chen decided to make the most out of this untapped energy source and came up with a Heat-electricity Conversion Storage Device. This device uses a thermoelectric conversion material to transfer and then store electricity from heat waste.