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BMW’s MINI to present its electric concept scooter at Paris Motor Show

12/09/2010 Comments off

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Have you ever seen a MINI on two wheels? This is what MINI, member of the BMW group, asks its 371,288 Facebook fans and showing them a new MINI that will run on two wheels.

No, the company isn’t hiring a new stunt driver to perform the task on a conventional 4-wheeled MINI, but is coming to the Paris Motor Show with a two-wheeled electric ride – a Mini Scooter.

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Daimler’s Smart zero emission electric scooter offers green urban mobility

11/09/2010 1 comment

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A variety of green urban mobility solutions are hitting the news market. After recent confirmation by MINI for its electric scooter concept at the Paris Auto Show, Daimler seems ready to expand its Smart range of electric scooters. Although further details have not been unveiled yet, what seems to be sure is that the eScooter For Two as most likely will be called, it would be powered by lithium ion batteries with a range of 60 miles.

Highest priority is placed on safety and the electric scooter is expected to be equipped with a specially designed airbag to protect the rider against injury in the eventuality of sustaining a hit. The firm has already partnered up with Renault to produce the replacement for the ‘For Two’ in 2012, and will add a larger For Four version soon later on.

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Herzog & de Meuron by Duccio Malagamba

10/09/2010 Comments off

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Herzog & de Meuron has been one of the few practices pushing new forms on architecture. They always start with something vernacular, extracting its inner essence and materializing it into something new that you will immediately understand by looking at the building. A dialog between art and the current state of our society, embodied on industrial facilities, residential projects, mixed use complexes.

A special on Herzog & de Meuron, is presented below from Barcelona-based photographer Duccio Malagamba.


A showroom for Vitra house furniture, using the image that we will associate to a house. The stacked volumes articulate a series of visual relations while containing a clear path for the visitors.


The Guangzhou Opera House designed by Zaha Hadid

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The new 70,000 sqm Opera House designed by Zaha Hadid in ,  is close to its competion stage. The Opera House includes 1,800 seats in the Grand theatre, entrance lobby & lounge, Multifunction hall, other auxiliary facilities & support premises. The main aim of Zaha Hadid is to confirm the city of  as one of Asia’s cultural centres.

Following there is a gallery of photos from the construction process of the Opera House which is almost ready to welcome Chinese citizens. Photos have been taken by Sharwe.

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Atrium House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos in Valencia, Spain

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Fran Silvestre Arquitectos designed an eco House in a urban area of Valencia, Spain, where the key aim was to maximize the feeling of spaciousness.

To perform that two strategies were used. The principal was to release the largest possible in the middle of the house allowing individuals to enjoy a private space with a height and volume incalculable. The concept enhances the perimeter of contact with the outside housing, where land and housing understood as a continuum. On the other hand the existing slope to the ravine has been used to illuminate the basement, which enables individuals to host the program.   Read more…

Europe to promote greener transport through eco-driving

09/09/2010 Comments off

The European Union provided a 13.7 million euro ($16.79 million) grant for a three-year research program that aims to develop and evaluate green transport technologies and applications which will deliver up to 20 percent carbon dioxide emissions reductions.

The eCoMove project aims to integrate the concept of eco-driving with eco-traffic management to help a particular vehicle achieve the theoretical least possible fuel consumption in any given trip, without compromising the quality of mobility of people and goods.

“In reality today, vehicles, drivers and traffic management systems fall short of this ideal, and much fuel is wasted leading to unnecessary [carbon dioxide] emission,” said Jean Charles Pandazis, coordinator of the project.

Road transport alone is responsible for about 70 percent of all transport greenhouse gas emissions, which in turn account for around 20 percent of global emissions. The eCoMove project intends to lessen the sector’s emissions by focusing on two main sources of avoidable fuel consumption: private vehicles and freight vehicles.

The project will apply cooperative information and communication technologies to provide real-time information. It will use vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to integrate systems that will support eco-driving with eco-traffic management.

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Almost 75% of new global PV installations were made in Europe in 2009

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Europe remained one of the most promising markets for solar energy, as 5.8 GW of the 7.4 GW of newly installed photovoltaic systems globally, were installed in that region in 2009 according to the European Commission Joint Research Center reported.

Europe also accounted for 16 GW, or 70%, of the world’s 22 GW total installed photovoltaic capacity, which consists of existing and newly installed solar facilities. One GW of photovoltaic capacity can provide enough electricity for about 250,000 European households during one year.

Germany led the European nations with 3.8 GW of new solar capacity and 9.8 GW of cumulative capacity, of which 2.3 GW were linked to the power grid by the fourth quarter of last year. Italy ranked second in terms of new installed capacity with 0.73 GW, while Spain was second in terms of cumulative installed capacity with 3.5 GW.

However, the European photovoltaic market is still in its infancy stage. The commission estimated that only 0.4% of the total supplied electricity in the European Union came from photovoltaic power in 2009 – representing a mere 0.1% in the world’s total supplied electricity.

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