Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Primitive Living in Saijo, Hiroshima

11/05/2011 Comments off

exterior view /// photo © Toshiyuki Yano (Nacasa&Partners Inc.)

exterior view /// photo © Toshiyuki Yano (Nacasa&Partners Inc.)

Design: Suppose Design Office, Japan
Lead Architect: Makoto Tanijiri
Site area: 246 m2
Building area: 50.41 m2
Total floor area: 115.51m2

“When I always create, I think that I want to find the charm of the plan,” claims 35 year old talented architect Makoto Tanijiri, chief architect of Suppose Design Office. In the nine year existence of Suppose Design Office they have built more than 50 works of architecture, almost all single-family homes, among other projects. The impressive number of works completed topped up in 2007 with the modern pit dwelling in Saijo, Hiroshima. In Saijo, a town known for it sake, a jet black pyramid unexpectedly stands out; when first seen it seems as if it’s a house from the future. On the contrast, it’s actually inspired by the earliest house in Japanese architecture; the pit dwelling or the “tateana jukyo”. Constructed during the Yayoi era (200 B.C. – 250 A.D.), pit dwellings were built by digging a circular pit (or rectangular one with rounded edges) fifty or sixty centimeters deep and five to seven meters in diameter, then covering it with a steep thatched roof. Not very different from talented young architects Makoto Tanijiri’s modern day pit dwelling! Read more…

Hybrid Generators for the Military Could Cut Fuel Use By 70%

17/04/2011 2 comments


This summer, frontline troops in Afghanistan will begin using two diesel-battery hybrid generators that could cut fuel use by 50 to 70 percent.

The diesel generators currently used at military camps waste a lot of energy because there’s no way to store excess power that’s being produced, but not used.  The new hybrid generators, built by Virginia-based Earl Energy, will not only satisfy energy needs for the camps, but store energy in a bank of lithium-ion batteries.

The diesel generators run until the batteries are fully charged and then the generators shut off and the batteries provide the power instead.  The new generators can provide the same amount of power from running for three to four hours as the old generators would by running 24 hours straight.

The new systems will each consist of an 18-kW diesel generator paired with a 40-kWh bank of batteries.  The system also features a 10-kW solar PV system to cut fuel use even further.

What’s even better is that from a cost perspective, the new systems aren’t that much more expensive to buy, costing over $100,000 each, while the same size diesel generator would cost from $80,000 – $100,000.  The systems are expected to pay for themselves in fuel savings within a year.

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Japanese companies design “smart community” project in Spain

12/04/2011 Comments off

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New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, an association which undertakes the development of new energy and energy-conservation technologies in Japan, selected Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Hitachi Ltd. to help build a Smart Community System Demonstration project in Spain this year.

A “smart community” comprehensively manages all of its energy use, which includes electricity, heat and waste energy, and incorporates transportation and infrastructure into its greening scheme. It will employ highly developed technology such as an advanced smart grid that will help control electricity supply and demand through the use of information and communication technologies.

The project will be done under the Japan-Spain Innovation Program which aims to promote, assist, and fund joint technological ventures that will economically benefit both countries. The smart community will be built in the surrounding area of Malaga City, Andalucía, in Southern Spain.

N.E.D.O. selected the companies because of what they can offer to the development of the project. M.C. will be contributing its global business knowledge, and M.H.I. will give its intelligent transport system which aids in the reduction of traffic congestion and delays, increase productivity, and reduce energy use and environmental damage. Read more…

Zen Contemporary Japanese Residence, The T house by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio

11/04/2011 Comments off

This T House  isn’t just being inspired by the former traditional Japanese house. You can see how the floor plan in this modern Japanese contemporary house is very much the same of the traditional Japanese home. All rooms at this Japanese contemporary home floor plan all comes to one point and that’s the dining place. From the Japanese dining room you can access the bedroom, kitchen and living space.

What differentiate them is that on each room doesn’t have boundary or sliding doors like the traditional Japanese house does. This pentagonal house design is located in Tsuhima and designed by by Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio, a small village in the vicinity of Nagoya, Japan

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This modern contemporary zen home design has the simplest floor plan form supported with not much wall accessories or furniture that is rich in design. The young couples who will be living here wanted a modern home with comfortable features without leaving their Japanese heritage and still have that Zen feeling or aesthetics. It’s also great to find out that with diagonal floor plan you can have various access of views, like the garden and the street.

 Natural light can also come from every angle, thanks to the large windows. It’s a good mix of old and new, and it’s a revolutionary home design that isn’t just have a gorgeous interior design but also fit in well with the surrounding neighborhood.

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Few confident US ready for nuclear emergency

08/04/2011 Comments off

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Most Americans doubt the U.S. government is prepared to respond to a nuclear emergency like the one in Japan, a new Associated PressGfK poll shows. But it also shows few Americans believe such an emergency would occur.

Nevertheless, the disaster has turned more Americans against new nuclear power plants. The poll found that 60 percent of Americans oppose building more nuclear power plants. That’s up from 48 percent who opposed it in an AP-Stanford University Poll in November 2009.

The Associated Press-GfK poll comes as Japan continues to struggle with a nuclear crisis caused by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has leaked radiation into the environment and radioactive water gushed into the Pacific Ocean. Japan was rattled by a strong aftershock and tsunami warning Thursday, but officials reported no immediate sign of new problems.

The poll finds that about a fourth of those surveyed were highly confident that the U.S. government is prepared to handle a nuclear emergency, while almost three-fourths were only somewhat or not confident.

But many people doubt such an emergency will happen in this country.

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Japan stops leaks from nuclear plant

08/04/2011 Comments off

The Fukushima 1 NPP

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Engineers have stopped highly radioactive water leaking into the sea from a crippled Japanese nuclear power plant, the facility’s operator said on Wednesday, a breakthrough in the battle to contain the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

However, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) still needs to pump contaminated water into the sea because of a lack of storage space at the facility.

“The leaks were slowed yesterday after we injected a mixture of liquid glass and a hardening agent and it has now stopped,” a TEPCO spokesman told Reuters.

Desperate engineers had been struggling to stop the leaks and had used sawdust, newspapers and concrete as well as liquid glass to try to stem the flow of the highly-contaminated water.

Japan is facing its worst crisis since World War Two after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit its northeast coast, leaving nearly 28,000 people dead or missing, thousands homeless, and rocking the world’s third-largest economy.

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Earthquake Relief Fashion

06/04/2011 Comments off

Word Apparel has designed the beautiful Help Japan shirt above; 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross. As time passes and the public begins to focus on different news items, we must continue to remind everyone that we still need to help Japan.

Word Apparel is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina and has been gaining a lot of support for its Help Japan shirt. Each shirt is hand-printed by World Apparel owner Rolandas Hauser on American Apparel tees in both men’s and ladies’ sizes.

For the World Apparel design, Hauser focused on the heritage and culture of Japan. In these difficult times, Hauser wanted to remind people of the beauty and pride that the Japanese culture brings to the world.

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