Monthly Archives: November 2012

Highstreet 2050

 

2050: price per litre of water on big signs by the side of the road that you can see from the highway will dominate the city. Water, a commodity no different to the oil market; a necessity which supplies are finite.

Are you ready for water to be a globally traded commodity?

The statistics are staggering. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and UN-Water, water use has been growing at more than the rate twice of population increase in the last century. The world’s six billion people are appropriating 54 percent of all the accessible freshwater contained in rivers, lakes, and underground aquifers.

Water withdrawals are predicted to increase by 50 percent by 2025 in developing countries. By 2025, 1,800 million people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be under stress conditions.

This future globally traded commodity will be the marketplace of poplar, a space for trading both virtually and physically.

Robocop

A Japanese robot is currently in development that detects intruders and fires a web to entangle suspects. These robots could be rolled out through offices protecting assets.

More info here

Tensegrity in architecture

Reassuring myself that it is feasible to use a tensegrity structure in architecture…

Railway Network

 

The idea of situating the hub at the railway station does not limit itself to just the DLR network. Examining the rail networks, The entire London network and the UK has the potential to be connected to Poplar.

Tensegrity form exploration

Tensegrity form exploration was carried out through 3ds max. Linking the struts up to a slider helper, using wired paramenters, and creating a spline that connects the endpoints of each struct to the apex point allowed for a realistic model of tensegrity to be modeled.

 

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The railway as an energy source

Technologies currently being adapted, including thermoelectric generators, have the opportunity to ‘mop up’ waste heat produced by trains. By exploiting temperature gradient between 2 sides of the generator, a voltage can be produced within a thermoelectric generator. This energy source has the potential to provide a sustainable resource of energy, and contribute towards the adaptive facade system.

Other methods of harnessing the wasted energy produced by trains are described here

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Tensegrity Robotic Structural Skin

Further research form Orambra using tensegrity as a structural form, using electrical current to create a dynamic system.

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