A proposal for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative competition, this concept combines snazzy aesthetics with energy generation. Designed as a floating installation, the sails would be used to harvest wind energy while the platform itself would generate tidal energy, resulting in an art piece that could actually offset the energy needs of more than 1,500 people.
Queen B (Bioshielding) 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mars Apartment
The winner of NASA’s collaborative competition with 3D printing heavyweights Makerbot, this is a proposed design for a human home on Mars. Designed by Noah Hornberger, the apartment is intended to shield its occupants from radiation using depleted uranium-cladded walls, while hot water would be created using an underground exothermic reactor.
Origami Solar Panels
The result of a joint project between NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Brigham Young University, these solar panels resolve the head-scratching challenge of how to transport large solar panels into space. Although the example version is not that large, the scientists plan to create a version that can unfold to 82ft (25m) wide from only 8.9ft (2.7m) when folded.
LED Observation Tower
Designed for the riverside district of Chinese city Shenzen, this design by RMJM is intended as a symbol to mark the intersection of two rivers. With a facade of aluminium backlit by LED lights, the 100m tower is topped by a viewing area offering panoramic views of the surrounding region.
Omote Projected Virtual Makeup
We are breaking our pictures rule by including this, but such a remarkable project has to be seen. Using a projection mapping system that can identify the dots on the model’s face, Omote precisely projects an array of makeup styles to transform her before our eyes. Make sure you watch to the end to see some outrageous transformations.