Textured Concrete
June 24, 2010, 11:23 am
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Ceramic designer Eric Barrett founded Conrete Blond in 2002 in reaction to the prevailing conservatism in the use of concrete in interior and exterior spaces. The designer creates permanent wall castings with traditional wallpaper prints embossed onto an entire surface of concrete. The concrete castings come with a variety of sizes, finishes and patterns to choose from. Barrett focuses on interior and exterior wall cladding, flooring and custom concrete castings.

via:: Concrete Blond


Hybrid Solar lighting
June 24, 2010, 11:17 am
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The SolarPoint™ Lighting system, also called hybrid solar lighting, consists of a roof-mounted SolarPoint™ Platform, a 45’ long plastic fiber optic bundle, and a number of special “hybrid” luminaires. The technology concentrates natural sunlight into a small bundle of optical fibers that “pipe” sunlight directly into a building or enclosure. Special lighting fixtures called hybrid luminaires diffuse light throughout the space, delivering up to 25,000 peak lumens. The hybrid luminaires blend the natural light with existing artificial lighting to provide controllable interior lighting. As sunlight levels increase and decrease, a daylight harvesting controller automatically increases or decreases the co-located artificial lighting proportionally, providing significant energy savings during daylight hours.

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Transparent Concrete
June 24, 2010, 10:47 am
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Litracon concrete is a combination of optical fibres and fine concrete. It can be produced as prefabricated building blocks. Due to the small size of the fibres, they blend into concrete becoming a component of the material like small pieces of aggregate. In this manner, the result is not only two materials – glass in concrete – mixed, but a third, new material, which is homogeneous in its inner structure and on its main surfaces as well.

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The human powered energy revolving door
June 24, 2010, 10:29 am
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This revolving door is equipped with a special generator that is driven by the human energy applied to the door whilst the generator controls the rotating speed of the door and makes it safer. The ceiling of the revolving door is made of safety class and gives a clear view of the technology. A set of super capacitors stores the generated energy as a buffer and provides a consistent supply for the low energy LED lights in the ceiling.

via:: Boon Edam

Assymetric Panic Bar
March 10, 2010, 12:30 pm
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Safety is an extremely relevant topic in highly frequented buildings with frequently changing users/visitors. Hewi has developed a special panic device with horizontal bar according to DIN EN 1125 for fitting on emergency exit doors at which panic situations are to be expected. This assymetric design enables easier and more intuitive opening of the door in case of emergency as the door can be unlocked.

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root bridges
February 25, 2010, 3:38 pm
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In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t built – they’re grown. The living bridges of Cherrapunji, India are made from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree. This tree produces a series of secondary roots from higher up its trunk and can comfortably perch atop huge boulders along the riverbanks. The War-Khasis, a tribe in Meghalaya, long ago noticed this tree and saw in its powerful roots an opportunity to easily cross the area’s many rivers. Now, whenever and wherever the need arises, they simply grow their bridges. So unlike our modern bridges, who need regular maintenance this bridge only gets stronger in time.

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December 18, 2009, 2:49 pm
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Dirt particles are unable to hold on the leaves of the lotus plant and simply flow off with the rain droplets that fall on the plant. The Lotusan® exterior coating possesses a highly water-repellent surface similar to that of the lotus leaf. Its microstructure has been modeled on the lotus plant to minimize the contact area for water and dirt. The surface additionally offers enhanced hydrophobic properties.

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