Business and sports go hand by hand, but also hi-tech is now stepping in. A group of entrepreneurs from the Silicon Valley, such as Google, Apple, Facebook, PayPal and Yahoo, will start a professional soccer team in San Francisco, The San Francisco Deltas. They hope to use virtual reality to improve athletes’ performances – for example, the goalkeeper’s reflex – first in training and then in the actual game. Their ultimate goal is to have a new format in order to improve the show for the public.
Green energy is great, and so should be the design of its facilities. Most of the current power stations are notorious for their ugly functionality. However, new clean energy infrastructures projects are not only designed to solve the energetic crisis, but also to look beautiful and appealing.
Trees are ready to conquer Madrid. To fight rising temperatures and alarming pollution rates the Spanish capital is investing in nature. The government has recently announced plans, reported on El País, to renew the face of the city, covering it with plants.
Lunar Insurrection is a group of architects that explores the creative possibilities of the moon as a potential territory for human activity and inhabitation. In Vol.2, their approach is based on a juxtaposition of two themes that are generally considered separately: the pastoral and technological science fiction.
Lately Japan is facing an energy and space crisis. It’s been several years since the disaster of Fukushima and looks like Japanese people are still undecided on where to draw the energy they need. Despite the tragedy the government did not retreat from the nuclear path, but on the other hand investments in clean technologies are growing. An example is the new ambitious project of the floating photovoltaic system of Kyocera Solar TC Yakamura that will lie on the waters of a dam, representing the largest solar establishment in the world.
Moving away from the linear ‘Take, Make, Dispose’ production systems, the circular economy promises us a sustainable world where waste is food. The Uncomfortable Watering Can by artist Katerina Kamprani ironically shows that the size of the design cycle does matter. Peculiar object of the week.
An eagle clutching a flying drone is probably not a scene that you see everyday, unless you live in the Netherlands. That’s right, because to defend the safety of citizens, the Dutch police launched an experimental program to test if it is possible to use eagles or other predatory birds to efficiently seize with the maximum promptness any drone out of control or driven a bit too unscrupulously by the owners.