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The Waterhouse design by Giancarlo Zema

 

We are very impressed by the unique eco- design of this floating house.

The eco-friendly floating house WaterNest 100, designed by Giancarlo Zema for EcoFloLife is an enveloping of 100 m2 residential unit, 12 m in diameter and 4 m high, made entirely of recycled laminated timber and a recycled aluminium hull. Balconies are conveniently located on the sides and thanks to the large windows, permit enjoyment of fascinating views over the water. Bathroom and kitchen skylights are located on the wooden roof, as well as 60sqm of amorphous photovoltaic panels capable of generating 4 kWp which are used for the internal needs of the residential unit. The interior of WaterNest 100 can include a living room, dining area, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom or have other configurations according to the different housing or working needs. It is perfect like an ecological house, office, lounge bar, restaurant, shop or exhibition floating space.

More information on this great design is available here: http://www.giancarlozema.com/waternest-100/

 

NASA, JAXA Focus on Maximizing Scientific Output From Space Station

The Japanese Experiment Module, includes an external platform for payloads, an airlock and a robotic arm.

The Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), includes an external platform for payloads, an airlock and a robotic arm for deploying payloads. The module is called “Kibo,” which means “hope” in Japanese.

Credits: NASA

A new program for research cooperation on the International Space Station will enable JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and NASA to encourage researchers and entities from both countries to mutually utilize experiment hardware between the U.S. and Japanese Experiment Module (JEM, or Kibo, which means “Hope” in Japanese).The Japan-U.S. Open Platform Partnership Program was announced by the governments of the U.S. and Japan in December 2015, and will run through at least 2024.

“The Open Platform partnership program developed by JAXA and the Government of Japan represents a very unique opportunity for the world’s researchers,” said William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations. “Exposing a broader group of the research community to the benefits of space based research will yield tangible results for those on Earth.”

 

Spherical 'Growroom' Offers a Delightfully Fresh Solution to Sustainable Urban Farming

A delectably delicious dome has popped up at Copenhagen's Chart Art Fair. Created by “future-living lab” Space10, the Growroom prototype presents a new approach to urban farming.

Space10—an innovative hub launched by IKEA in 2015—serves both as a research lab and as an exhibition space, uniting technology and science with art and design in order to explore the future of urban living. Space10 is a collaborative platform that enables like-minded creatives “to get inspired, gain fresh perspectives, and discover new talents and ideas to invest in and bring forward.”