The Design Of Wooden Motorbike And Tallest Skyscrapers & Inflatable Architecture Designs Transparent Gadgets


    Posted: 29 Sep 2011 05:28 AM PDT
    Babita Sajnani:
    Wooden motorbike
    Wooden motorbikeWooden motorbike designs for a stylish ride
    Wooden motorbikes would make this metallic mean machine an eco friendly alternative as it shuns the metal that leads to non-biodegradable junk in the landfills. Here are five wooden motorbikes that are bound to give you a stylish green ride.
    1. Wooden motorcycle art by Vyacheslav Voronovich
    Wooden motorcycle art
    Wooden motorcycle artWooden motorcycle art by Vyacheslav Voronovich
    Vyacheslav Voronich is a motorcycle enthusiast from Ukraine who has recently developed a hobby of carving wood nearly a year ago. His wooden motorcycle is a fine example of how intricately he has carved the various details of the bike in wood which give it an elegant appearance. The scale of the bike to a real one is 1:12 and he has also produced miniature wooden models of cars and choppers as well. Voronovich has made use of various kinds of wood such as ash, pine, beech, mahogany as well as oak) for creating his models. The intricate details consume a lot of time such as the brake discs, gear shifters, handlebars, as they are fragile and break easily.
    2. Wooden motorcycle: an environmentalist's dream machine
    Wooden motorcycle
    Wooden motorcycleWooden motorcycle is an environmentalist's dream machine
    A wooden motorcycle looks like we are receding back in history as it is based on the initial form and designs that were developed during the creation of this mode of transportation. However, from an environmentalist’s point of view, nothing can beat the pleasure that you get out of riding a biodegradable motorbike, however the petrol engine is probably the only bad element in the design!
    3. The “Biona” future motorcycle made out of wood
    Biona
    BionaThe “Biona” future motorcycle of Wood
    The Biona, designed by Jordi Poblet Pedrol, can be rendered as the motorcycle of tomorrow as it is made out of eco-friendly materials such as wood, rubber and iron. Its electric motor adds to the environmental quotient as it is an emission-free vehicle that can greatly reduce the pollution woes of the big cities. The design of the Biona is such that it is compact, high-tech and lightweight. Wood and lightweight steel are used to create the frame and seat. However, this bike is a concept and it would indeed prove to be an inspiration for other vehicle manufacturers to follow the green path once it is launched.

    4. Wooden Harley-Davidson motorbike
    Wooden Harley-Davidson motorbike
    Wooden Harley-Davidson motorbikeLife-sized wooden Harley-Davidson can be parked in your living room
    We have seen motorbikes made by using all kinds of metals, however a wooden variety is so uncommon. Made out of wood, a green resource, this motorbike is a live-sized replica of the popular Harley-Davidson WLA model which was manufactured in the US during the second World War. Made out of teakwood, this bike is extremely durable. However, it may not be rideable, but you can most certainly incorporate it as a part of your home decor. It took 200 hours to create this wooden beauty!
    5. “Woody” The Wooden Motorcycle
    Woody
    Woody“Woody” The Wooden Motorcycle
    This wooden motorbike was built by a person in Ireland as a challenge to win a bet, but after putting in 700 hours of hard work, this amazing wooden bike was built. The bike is essentially made out of timber from the tank cover to the frame. To top it off, the biker’s helmet is also made out of wood! The only thing that is made of alloy is the rim and the tubeless tires. The person won the bet and if he had incorporated an engine, then he would have also won the best bike award at the bike rally that he had taken it to!






    Posted: 29 Sep 2011 05:13 AM PDT
    Asmita Prasad:
    Tallest skyscrapers in the world
    Tallest skyscrapers in the worldTallest building in the world
    With the staring problem of global population explosion, the cities of the world are increasing challenges for space and most of them have taken the vertical route to accommodate an ever-growing number of businesses and residents. Though the skyscraper trend began in the 1970s in the US, it really came into its own in the new millennium in Asia which now is home to some of the world's tallest structures. Here's a list of the world's tallest skyscrapers according to their height from the ground:
    1. Burj Khalifa
    Burj Khalifa
    Burj KhalifaBuj Dubai was built in 2010 having a record measured height of 828 meters (2,716 feet) along with 162 floors.
    Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the Burj Khalifa was completed on 1st October, 2009 and is currently the tallest building in the world. Standing at an astounding 828 m (2,717 ft) tall, the skyscraper is located near Dubai’s main business district and forms a part of the city's flagship development named Downtown Dubai. The Dubai, United Arab Emirates is named after UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and cost an estimated US$1.5 billion to build. With 163 habitable floors, 46 maintenance levels, and 2 parking levels in the basement, the Burj Khalifa has around 309,473 m2 of floor space.
    2. Taipei 101
    Taipei 101
    Taipei 101It is one of the most uniquely designed and constructed mega structures which reflects the ancient values and technology of Taiwan.


    Located in the Xinyi District in Taipei, Taiwan, the Taipei 101 was awarded Platinum certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system in July 2011. Officially, the world’s tallest building till 2010, the landmark skyscraper was constructed by KTRT Joint Venture and designed by C.Y. Lee & partners. An icon of modern Taiwan, the postmodernist structure was also awarded the Emporis Skyscraper Award in 2004. The tornado- and earthquake-resistant building symbolizes Asian tradition and evolution of technology through its architecture and has become the symbol for Taiwan in the same way as the Big Ben is for London and the Statue of Liberty is for New York. With 5 floors underground, the 101 storey building houses a multi-level shopping mall as well as restaurants, clubs and fashionable stores. The first building in the world to go past the half-kilometer mark in height, the Taipei 101 is owned by the Taipei Financial Center Corporation (TFCC).
    3. Shanghai World Financial Center
    Shanghai World Financial Center
    Shanghai World Financial CenterIt's like one of the best architectural wonders of China and more over it is also the tallest building of China.
    Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, the Shanghai World Financial Center was financed by several multinational firms. The 101-story tower is located in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China and is the second tallest structure in the country. Lauded for its design, the SWFC was named the year’s best completed skyscraper by architects in 2008. Ground-floor shopping malls, hotels, observation decks, offices, and conference rooms span the 381,600 m2 floor space of the mixed-use skyscraper. Boasting of the tallest observation deck in the world, the skyscraper stands at 474 m (1,555 ft) tall and houses the second-highest hotel in the world, the Park Hyatt Shanghai.
    4. International Commerce Centre
    International Commerce Centre
    International Commerce CentreInternational Commerce Centre is one of the most legendary mega structure produced ever.

    Completed in 2010, the 484m (1,588 ft) International Commerce Centre is the tallest building in Hong Kong as well as the fourth tallest building by height in the world and also the second tallest building by floors anywhere in the world. Located in West Kowloon, Hong Kong, the 108-floor skyscraper was jointly developed and owned by Sun Hung Kai Properties and MTR Corporation Limited. Built on top of Kowloon Station, the ICC is a part of the Union Square project. Completed in phases from 2007 to 2010, International Commerce Centre was opened in 2011 and houses a Ritz-Carlton Hotel as well as office buildings.
    5. Petronas Towers
    Petronas Towers
    Petronas TowersPetronas Towers are basically two Towers of the same height connected in the middle of the building and that y we consider both of them as being a single building to explain better.
    The Petronas Towers are super tall high-rises located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which, from 1998 to 2004, were the tallest buildings in the world. Still holding the crown for being the tallest twin buildings in the world, the towers were completed in 1998. Designed collectively by Filipino-Malaysian Engineer Deejay Cerico and Argentine architect César Pelli under the consultancy of Filipino Designer Dominic “Minick” Saibo and J. C. Guinto, the Petronas Towers are built on the world’s deepest foundations (120-meter) because of the depth of the bedrock under it. Also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, the glass, reinforced concrete and steel façade of the 88-floor towers resemble Islamic motifs with the cross section of the towers using another Islamic influence known as a Rub el Hizb.
    6. Nanjing Greenland Financial Center
    Nanjing Greenland Financial Center
    Nanjing Greenland Financial CenterNanjing Greenland Financial Center is located in Nanjing which is one of the most rising cities of China in terms of financial growth.
    Also known as the Greenland Square Zifeng Tower, the Nanjing Greenland Financial Center is the second tallest building in China. Located in Nanjing, China, the 89-story building was designed under the leadership of Adrian Smith by architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill designed. The super tall skyscraper was completed in April 2010. Overlooking the Xuanwu Lake, the mixed-use tower stands at 450-metre (1,480 ft) tall with office space and retail operations in the lower section and a hotel, a public observatory and restaurants near the top.
    7. Willis Tower
    Willis Tower
    Willis TowerIt was constructed in 1974 in Chicago which is one of the most beautiful cities of United States.


    Called the Sears Tower until 2009, the Willis Tower was finished in 1974 and was paid for collectively by Sears, Roebuck and Company. From 1974 to 1996, it was the tallest building in the world and remains the tallest building in North America to date. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the Willis Tower is 442 m (1,451 ft) tall and has 108 levels.
    8. Guangzhou International Finance Center
    Guangzhou International Finance Center
    Guangzhou International Finance CenterIt's a huge skyscraper 438 meters (1,435 feet) high having 103 floors and was built in 2010 in Guangzhou
    Located in the Tianhe District of the Guangzhou city in China, the Guangzhou International Finance Centre was designed by architect Wilkinson Eyre. Completed in 2010, the building features the Four Seasons Hotel, offices and a conference center. Formerly known as Guangzhou West Tower, the 440.2 m (1,444 ft) tall skyscraper has 103 stories and 285,000 m2 of floor space.
    9. Jin Mao Tower
    Jin Mao Tower
    Jin Mao TowerJin Mao Tower is the 9th tallest building of the world. Basically 88 storied concrete, steel and glass giant pagoda dominates Shanghai which is a rapidly growing financial district.
    Literally meaning "Golden Prosperity Building", the Jin Mao Tower is a centerpiece of the skyline of the Pudong district of Shanghai. Located in the Lujiazui area of the city, the super tall skyscraper was the tallest building in the PRC until 2007. Housing the Shanghai Grand Hyatt hotel and offices, the 88-story building was completed in 1999. Designed by architect Adrian Smith at SOM, the landmark is 421 m (1,381 ft) tall and has 278,707 m2 of floor space.
    10. Two International Finance Centre
    Two International Finance Centre
    Two International Finance CentreThe International Finance Centre is an integrated commercial development on the waterfront of Hong Kong.

    One of Hong Kong Island's most prominent landmarks, the International Finance Centre (abbreviated as the IFC) features two famous skyscrapers. With a Four Seasons Hotel occupying the 55-story tower, the other building consists of the IFC Mall. IFC Development, which is a collective front operation consisting of Henderson Land, Towngas and Sun Hung Kai Properties, owns and constructed the IFC. As tall as the former World Trade Center in New York, the Two International Finance Center was designed by Rocco Design Architects Limited and completed in 2003. Currently, the second tallest building in Hong Kong, the 2IFC is 415 meters tall with 88 floors and 185,805 square meter floor space.


    Posted: 28 Sep 2011 10:44 PM PDT
    Aravind Balasubramanya:
    I phone concept
    I phone conceptThe ever innovating Apple at its best
    Cellphones are no longer a functional necessity. They have social, societal, class, strata and fashion implications that simply cannot be ignored. Thus while the race is on to get trendier and classier mobiles, another race has begun to get out ‘glassier’ mobile phones! And if you have come in late, let us assure that the heats for the race have already yielded some amazing results. Here are the ten finalists for the race to the champion ribbon.
    1. LG Transparent Mobile Phone: LG-GD900
    LG-GD900
    LG-GD900Pioneers of transparency in phones
    Here comes the pioneer! The LG-GD 900 was the first phone ever to bring about the transparent revolution in phones. This premium caliber handset comes with a sleek silver body, a sliding keypad which is translucent and has its very own dedicated Bluetooth headset.
    2. The Nokia cellphone concept:
    Nokia see-through phone
    Nokia see-through phoneMake your conversations transparent!
    What appears like a piece of decorative plastic, suddenly lights up into a phone!This cellphone concept has been developed for Nokia by Juan Carlos Garzon, a Colombian designer. It features a cool translucent display. It also has a five megapixel camera embedded along with the amazingly neat touchscreen interface for easy usability. LED lights up the display for use in the dark and the hardware, battery and the on/off button are neatly enclosed in an elegant ‘lower case’! The transparent display is definitely the ‘capital’ selling point here.
    3. Mobiado and Aston Martin:

    Transparent Android phone prototype
    Transparent Android phone prototypeMobiado and Aston Martin show transparent droid phone concept


    When a luxury car maker joins hands with a luxury phone maker, you can definitely expect something awesomely ‘mobile’! That is exactly what Aston Martin and Mobiado have teamed up to produce. The concept phone that has been named ‘CTP002′ is delightful in its simplicity and overwhelming in its features. The android phone concept, integrated with Facebook, Twitter and modern technology, plans to make all your ‘virtual’ life transparent to your friends and loved ones.
    4. Transparent cell phone:
    Second Life mobile phone concept
    Second Life mobile phone conceptAn Android transparent concept phone
    What is amazing about this phone from designers Cho Sinhyung & Jeon Jungjae is the fact that it will automatically alert you as the battery dies down! As the battery life reduces, so does the transparency of the phone! You know its time for a recharge when you hold a piece of grey matter in you hands. They plan to use an E-ink to achieve their goal. The concept may not have much utility value but it definitely scores high on the ‘cool’ value! The designers will have days of bounty ahead if their concept catches the eyes of giants like Apple, Nokia or Sony.
    5. Glassy Glassy:
    Glassy Glassy phone
    Glassy Glassy phoneA classy glassy phone concept
    Now this is what we call true transparency! This mobile phone concept has been developed by a Tokyo based designer, Mac Funamizu. It is so cool that it has to be titled with a double ‘glassy’ to emphasize its absolute transparency. What looks like a simple printed plastic has all the circuitry and features of a full fledged phone!
    6. Fully transparent smartphone based on Windows Mobile:
    Windows mobile
    Windows mobileWindows in Windows? - transparent mobile concept
    Samsung’s transparent smartphone boasts of a feature other transparent phones do not have. They have borrowed the concept of Windows screensavers into this Windows based mobile. While like other phones, it has a transparent display and keypad, it also features a screen that changes the display style based on the weather! So the next time you find dew drops or ice covering you phone, do not panic. It is just the phone’s way of being ready for a rainy day!
    7. Transparent crystal cell concept:
    Transparent Crystal phone concept
    Transparent Crystal phone conceptA Bloodrabbit concept!


    Relax and have dreams. Awake and arise to achieve them. BloodRabbit has got the first part right with its amazing transparent concept phone. The phone is designed to be the size of a credit card and as light as one too. Now, who could have ever thought your credit card and cellphone could both fit into your wallet one day. But how does one fit in all the electronics? That is the “awake and arise” part BloodRabbit is working on.
    8. RFR IPhone Next:

    I phone concept
    I phone conceptThe ever innovating Apple at its best

    Apple is ever on the forefront of innovation with style. And now, powered by a concept from Fabio Merzari, Apple has just brought in another variable into the transparent phone market. The phone can be used, both in an open or closed condition. This means that the user changes the very dimensions of the phone! Quite a bit of ’shape memory’ alloy has gone into the modeling of the phone which also comes with two OLED screens for the transparent display. The phone has been christened, "RFR IPhone Next," and is definitely a next generation phone.
    9. View the world through the 'Eye' cellphone
    Eye cellphone
    Eye cellphoneA transperent cellphone which has all features like our daily usage phone. Looks like glassy phone.
    The designer of the DOT Hybrid Cellphone and Stix cellphone is back and with a bang too! A futuristic cellphone which alludes to Apple with its name, “Eye phone” literally allows you to see the world ahead of you as you look at it! With ability to view movies, hear music, browse the net, connect to Facebook and Twitter, built in camera, a GPS system and many more features, the phone allows you to carry your world along!
    10. Lenovo’s transparent EL panel-totting S800 mobile phone
    Lenovo.
    Lenovo.User privacy with Lenovo’s transparent screen phone.
    While everyone is going gaga over transparent phones, Lenovo recognizes the need for some privacy too! Their concept design allows only a little over 40 percent of the light to pass through the phone. So, while the phone is still transparent, a curious onlooker cannot decipher anything that is on the user’s screen. Now that is a very thoughtful gesture don’t you feel?



    Posted: 28 Sep 2011 03:23 PM PDT
    Sneha Upadhyaya:
    inflatable architecture
    inflatable architectureinflatable architecture designs for instant refuge


    Any citation, allusion or reference to disasters summons up miserable images of debacles, ravage and catastrophe. The entire landscape turns into the screech of breaks and the lives grind to a halt. Where do the people take shelter and how to reallocate them? The need of instant refuge has motivated the inflatable architecture designs. The use of such instant shelter options is not contracted and they fulfill some other purposes also. After the commencement of designing such structures, their moderation was done. These temperate and sensible designs fascinated the innovation creators and inspired them to utilize these designs for other useful motives as well. The inflatable designs and structures ultimately facilitate a distinguished experience for any outdoor events, conferences, concerts, exhibition or any other occasion.
    1. Portavilion
    Portavilion
    PortavilionDubbed Portavilion, the futuristic-looking bubble building sets up in a snap and can be easily deflated and packed up after each event, saving on the manpower and resources required to erect a standard stage.

    An innovative idea of portable occasion space was introduced by Raumlabor Berlin who belongs to a Germon architecture firm. This set up for making a provisional refuge can be created into corner, around plants or under over pass route. The USP of this bubble building is its feasibility and lower cost. It does not ask for too much human or other resource. The packaging and deflating can be done at ease as it is just a transparent bubble which is made of a PVC membrane and air is filled throughout the casing. The concept of provision is ready to explode and host the numerous events in the parks of London.
    2. Inflatable Dome Theater
    Inflatable Dome Theater
    Inflatable Dome Theaterthis 20×20 “Inflatable Dome Theater” by California-based LCW Props goes up in a jiffy


    Disaster release innovations brought an idea of inflatable Dome Theater. This enormous and colossal tent can be arranged in about three hours and are feasible for warm weather conditions. But if we look forward for the portable refuge shelter options for the mass or talk about winter type weather, then such canopy structures require some more alteration or modification. But these designs are still good for outdoor party organizers.
    3. Kitchen Monument by Raumlabor
    Kitchen Monument by Raumlabor
    Kitchen Monument by Raumlaborincredible inflatable project by Raumlabor.

    The Kitchen monument or mobile sculpture design was specified by Raumlabor. This provisional gathering space is utilized to organize diversified programs. Such sculptures are used for ample occasions and purposes like seminars, boxing competitions, cinema, steam bath and for concerting on some vital issues.
    4. The Inflatable House
    The Inflatable House
    The Inflatable Houseinflatable house, it can provide you with the additional room requirement/s which is made from modular and cellular sections that simply zip together.


    Is your expenditure too much on house extension? If yes, then you can go for an idea of inflatable house that possess sectional and cellular design. The design is integrated through zips. Side zips contains ventilation system that makes the interior a suitable living space. This concept facilitates ample light and shed facility as well. The plugging panels provide the convenience for entrance and exit.
    5. Cristal Bubble
    CristalBubble
    CristalBubbletransparent 'bubble tent' and place it just about anywhere in the South of France, from the hilly countryside of Mont Blanc to the beach or even in a tree.

    The bubble tree design is a structure for nights where a translucent membrane is given the shape of hut or house. A bubble of this membrane seems like a magic or dream space. This bubble tree facilitates ultimate landscape and does not incorporate any wall within itself. The installation of such bubble tree design fabulously makes it possible to run an exhibition, conference or product promotion kind of occasions. Accommodation, foodstuff, bed and other facilities make it an ultimate, distinguished and unusual experience.
    6. Kiss the frog
    Kiss the frog
    Kiss the frogThe backdrop of the project is the merging of four, sometimes considered very different, museums.
    The New National museum of Art, Architecture and Design has commenced its first project with the concept of provisional art pavilion. There is a story behind the title or name of this project in which a prince was ensnared within the structure of a frog. After kissing that ensnare, the prince got his real face. The whole endeavor was to create interest among the citizens for artistic events. The celebration was an indirect appeal for integrity and in this way, a holistic design resolution was found. Thus, the National Museum was given a new future. The design structure of the project contains one main and three emergency exits. The covering was constructed through PVC interlace and fire retardant coating. The inside is wisely coated with white color that is used as a projection screen. The frog's structure has given quite enough area of floor. A great work is done for a proper arrangement of dimensions.
    7. Life Cube inflatable home

    Life Cube inflatable home
    Life Cube inflatable homeTemporary housing solution for emergency needs. The Life Cube is a 4X4-foot cube that can be inflated to provide a decent 144 square feet of space for use in disaster relief operations.
    The life cube is another provision while executing relief operations for a temporary survival. This arrangement of mini home incorporates all imperative tools and stuff that are essential for living. For building such temporary cubical home, its corners are turned to make a pedestal. This is arranged in a way that the pedestal remains a bit above the floor. It is water and fire proof structure that is adorned by couch and other decors. It is powered by solar electric system and is outfitted with food-stuff, drinking water, medical and some entertainment facilities.
    8. Lacy Inflatable Mobile Pavilion
    Lacy Inflatable Mobile Pavilion
    Lacy Inflatable Mobile PavilionLacy Inflatable Mobile Pavilion Pops Up Like A Circus Tent for Mobilizarte in Brazil


    The lacy inflatable mobile temporary arrangement is established with some basic units like hot-air or helium filled membrane, prism towers and scaffoldings. This pavilion can be extended and can be set up in parking or unwrapped ground. The membrane is made of UV layer, inflatable beams and waterproof layer. It is absolutely transparent and its features give entrance to the sunlight. It can molded into numerous variations for the pavilion. With the help of extendable scaffold, membrane is used as a covering material. Scaffold is covered through a waterproof canvas and is used to form a box that is known as prism. It is used as storage place for tools and equipments. Some other basic elements include lace, patches, crochet and quilts. The towers are well adaptable and stationary for any sort of land. The entire arrangement and structure facilitate projection screen also.



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