Transparent Solar Panels Will Turn Windows Into Green Energy Collectors
Feb07

Transparent Solar Panels Will Turn Windows Into Green Energy Collectors

Researchers from Michigan State University developed completely transparent solar panels, which can have numerous applications in architecture, and other fields like mobile electronics or the automotive industry. Researchers have tried to create such a device before as well, but the final results were never satisfying. The team focused on the see-through factor, so they developed a transparent luminescent solar concentrator, or TLSC,...

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These Towers Have Shape-Shifting Sunshades That React To Sunlight
Nov21

These Towers Have Shape-Shifting Sunshades That React To Sunlight

These beautiful twin office towers in Abu Dhabi borrow from ancient Arabic architectural elements to create an innovative way to shield themselves from sunlight. The two towers are overlaid by a mechanized geometric “skin” with triangular panels that follow the sun to block it out. The sunscreen design by Aedas Architects was inspired by the masharabiya, a beautiful form of ornate sunscreen that shields windows in the Arab world from...

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384ft-Tall Apartment Tower To Be World’s First Building Covered In Evergreen Trees
Nov16

384ft-Tall Apartment Tower To Be World’s First Building Covered In Evergreen Trees

Stefano Boeri, an Italian architect with an affinity for innovative green structures, is set to build a 117m-tall (384ft) apartment tower in Lausanne, Switzerland, that will be the first building in the world to be covered in evergreen trees. The 36-story green tower, aptly named “La Tour des Cedres” (The Tower of Cedars), will be home to more than 100 trees, 6,000 shrubs and 18,000 plants spread over roughly 3,000 square meters of...

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