Tag Archives: architecture

Video: ‘Building of the Future’ has swarm-robotic guides, AR, touchscreen walls & more

from Singularity Hub:

Set on the massive 16 hectare compound of Santander Bank outside of Madrid, El Faro awes its guests with technology that transforms their surroundings into a interactive mesh of the physical and digital worlds.

Integrated technologies providing humans with an enhanced environment – welcome to the future, boys and girls.

Concept: Underwater skyscraper is a self-sufficient city at sea

from Inhabitat:

Ocean levels are rising around the globe, so rather than tethering our buildings to the sinking shoreline why not suit them for a life at sea?

That’s the approach behind the Water-Scraper, a futuristic self-sufficient floating city. A special mention in this year’s eVolo Skyscraper Competition, the design expands the concept of a floating island into a full-fledged underwater skyscraper that harvests renewable energy and grows its own food.

GEOtube concept: A building that grows its own weblike skin

from Inhabitat:

It may sound a bit creepy, but wouldn’t it be cool if buildings could grow their own skin? California-based architecture firm Faulders Studio certainly thinks so.

GEOtube, their proposal for Dubai is almost exactly like a normal building – except for the fact that it will have the ability to generate a web-like saline skin that spreads down the façade of the structure over time. [...] When the water evaporates, salt deposits will be left behind forming the tower’s exo-skeleton.

Open-source tech to intelligently inhabit the oceans

from Open Sailing: ( via techn0ccult)

Open_Sailing is an international community trying to develop the International_Ocean_Station as an open-source project, developing hardware and software to enable intelligent human activities at sea.

Open_Sailing is divided into several labs investigating novel technologies :
Instinctive_Architecture : an architecture that behaves like a super-organism, reacting to the weather conditions and other variables, reconfiguring itself.
Energy_Animal : an independent module that generates energy from the waves, wind and sun, providing continuously off-grid energy and being a node for environment and data mesh networking.
Nomadic_Ecosystem : engineering a mobile aquaculture to sustain human long term life at sea.
Openet.org : forum to formulate a global standard for a purely civilian internet, an internet moderated by its users, not by the governments nor the industries nor the militaries.
Life_Cable : a simpler unified standard for energy, water, waste, information in a complex built structure.
Swarm_Operating_System : a customizable decision assisting software, using real-time data about global threats or personal interests.
Ocean_Cookbook : making the experience at sea not of a survival quality but a truly yummy experience.
Open_Politics : think tank about a possible internal organization for a new oceanic urban structure.