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“Architect Chetwood Associates has applied for planning for a £2.5 million “wind dam” in Russia.
The dam, which would be located over a gorge at Lake Lagoda in north-west Russia, includes a cup-shaped spinnaker sail, believed to be the first of its kind, which will generate renewable energy by funnelling the wind through an attached turbine.
The spinnaker shape is similar to the mainsail of a yacht, and is thought to be particularly effective in capturing wind.
Project architect Laurie Chetwood, said that the shape of the sail was influenced by functionality and a desire to produce something “sculptural”.
He added: “The sail looks like a bird dipping its beak into the water, which will be much less of a blot on this beautiful and unblemished landscape.”
“But it is also highly effective at capturing the wind because it replicates the work of a dam and doesn’t let the wind escape in the way it does using traditional propellers.”
If granted planning, the dam will be 25m high and boast a 75m span when it goes on site next year. The practice is also looking at applying for planning permission for a similar scheme at another gorge, further up the valley.
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The two photos below are from the Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers book.
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The photo below is the IBM 360 – color coded number crunching – I need this in my house ASAFP.
via – e-architect.co.uk
Bang & Olufsen’s main building in Struer is anchored in the landscape, where the design and production company has its identity. The building was inaugurated in 1998 and is to be experienced as a large showroom for Bang & Olufsen’s company culture and production.
The aimed at dynamics, which manifests itself in the openness and visual accessibility of the building, initiate a conscious decision regarding the users’ needs for individual private spheres in spatial intimacies. This is expressed in the spatial formation, the detailed elaboration of the facades together with the sculptural heaviness, which is brought forward by the design of the furniture.
Bang & Olufsen Denmark – Building PR from KHR 300307
Over the last 18 months I’ve been designing a new Microsoft product – Windows Server code named “Centro”. Today, it’s final name gets shared with the world – here’s a list of articles: