Inhabitat’s Week in Inexperienced: Tesla’s Powerwall and the 2015 Milan Expo

Every week our buddies at Inhabitat recap the week’s most fascinating inexperienced developments and clear tech information for us — it is the Week in Inexperienced.

Inhabitat's Week in Green: Tesla's Powerwall and the 2015 Milan Expo

Tesla capped the week off with the announcement everybody’s been ready for — its new $three,500 10kWh Powerwall house battery is coming quickly. All eyes have been on Elon Musk this previous week as he took the stage to point out off the trendy new battery that would assist take your house off the grid. The interior combustion engine has been round for greater than one hundred fifty years, and for many of that point it has run on petroleum, which is not precisely a pal of the setting. However what if we eliminated fuel from the equation and changed it with one thing extra innocent? Audi just lately invented an artificial “e-diesel,” which is made with water, CO2 and electrical energy derived from renewable power sources. The brand new gasoline might revolutionize the automotive business and assist scale back carbon dioxide emissions.

Whether or not Audi’s inexperienced imaginative and prescient turns into a actuality or not, one factor is clear: We have to get critical about getting “clunkers” off the street. A brand new research from the College of Toronto finds that simply 25 % of automobiles and vans on the roads are inflicting ninety % of the air air pollution. In different automotive information, Finnish automotive firm Toroidion has created an electrical supercar with swappable batteries and greater than 1,300 horsepower. A few extremely formidable Lego builders have constructed a life-measurement automotive that is made virtually totally from Lego bricks — and it runs on air. The Lego hotrod took greater than 500,000 Lego items to construct, and it could possibly attain speeds of about 20MPH.

The 2015 Milan Expo simply kicked off and Inhabitat has been on the scene scoping out probably the most eye-catching pavilions, from Slovenia’s mountainous picket prefab to China’s undulating timber construction to the UK’s hive-like creation. Click on right here to see photographs of all of them. Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka just lately accomplished a chic and trendy teahouse in Kyoto, which is made virtually solely from glass. The minimalist construction is a chance to protect the customs of historic tea ceremonies whereas respiration new air into outside areas. Right here within the US, the Oregon Cottage Firm has additionally taken inspiration from Japanese teahouses, producing a Japanese-impressed cottage, full with shoji screens, tatami mats and a sunken tea-warming fireside. And on the cellular design entrance, Dave Moult has constructed a teardrop-formed steampunk trailer that’s decked out with leather-based and metallic and is usually crafted by hand.

America’s homeless drawback is not going away any time quickly, however some enterprising teenagers in Seattle are doing their half to assist present shelter for these in want. The group constructed a tiny house group for homeless Seattle residents, which features a collection of modest, photo voltaic-powered houses created from recycled development supplies. That is not this week’s solely really feel-good story: A group of scholars in Boston reworked a gaggle residence for seniors with Alzheimer’s illness right into a haven that provides its occupants the highest quality of life potential. In different inexperienced design information, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects lately unveiled designs for a brand new earthquake-resistant central library in Christchurch, New Zealand. The library would roughly double the dimensions of the previous one, and it guarantees to offer a vibrant, versatile and welcoming hub for social exercise. One of many largest ongoing design competitions of the yr is the Guggenheim Helsinki museum, which drew greater than 1,seven hundred proposals, and has since been whittled down to 6 finalists. A winner will not be chosen till late June, however in preparation for that, Inhabitat took a better take a look at the proposals that have been drafted by the finalists.

Photo voltaic panels are probably the greatest and cleanest sources of power, however let’s face it: They are not all that fairly to take a look at. Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel seeks to deal with that drawback with the Present Window, a stunning stained-glass window that has photo voltaic cells embedded in its coloured panes of glass. In different power information, ecoLogic Studio is creating the world’s first city algae cover for the 2015 Milan Expo. As soon as it is accomplished, the cover will be capable of produce the oxygen equal of 4 hectares of woodland, together with almost 330 kilos of biomass per day. And on the inexperienced tech entrance, the Romanian designers at Tablo have produced a set of ingenious upcycled lamps which are constructed from sudden home items, together with TV tuner boards, automotive elements and previous pc disk drives.

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