UPDATE: Rumors are like balloons: when they get too big, they explode. It turns out, Bill Gates DIDN’T BUY the super-yacht AQUA. It might take longer than 4 years for it to come to life, and by longer, we mean maybe never. Dutch design and technology agency Sinot, which developed the AQUA concept, has stated that “it has no business relationship with Mr. Gates.” If you still wonder what Gates’ mega-yacht would have been like in a parallel reality, scroll down through the image story below.
The futuristic super-yacht run entirely on liquid hydrogen DOES NOT belong to Bill Gates.
Even though this yacht was not bought by Bill Gates, it’s a good opportunity for some of us to get to know what the heck is this mysterious liquid named hydrogen? So, here it is. Liquid hydrogen has been used as a fuel in space technology for several years. It is light and has fewer potential risks when compared to compressed gas. What’s more, it’s getting trendy! The International Energy Agency announced that hydrogen “is today enjoying unprecedented momentum. The world should not miss this unique chance to make hydrogen an important part of our clean and secure energy future.” No wonder NASAcalls it the fuel of choice for space exploration. We don’t want to sound rude but Ferdinand Magellan was missing out on this one.
As urbanites get more and more isolated from the natural world, their desire to maintain some sort of connection has inspired creative new interior design ideas like moss walls to fill their needs. Moss walls are a beautiful and relatively low-maintenance way to bring some beautiful nature into your home.
Though walls like these can be expensive to install, they are easy to maintain – especially if they use lichen instead of moss. As long as you maintain the appropriate indoor humidity and keep them out of the sun, you won’t need to water them.
This 1,800-square-foot loft in Brooklyn almost had it all: an enviable location, ample space, and a solid oak beams that date back to the 1850’s. It just lacked a floor plan to best show off its assets.
“It was a cookie-cutter nightmare,” says interior designer Michael Garvey, referencing long rooms without a rational flow and little natural light. The solution? “I added enormous floor-to-ceiling pocket doors in two locations where the sunlight is strong to create a yoga room and activate the floor plan for greater openness and circulation.”
A palette of spring green velvets, neutral silk rugs, and highly-reflective yet tone-on-tone wallcoverings freshened up the two bedrooms and bathrooms, enlivened by a series of Garvey’s own paintings. For the kitchen area, new clerestory windows and an oversize stainless-steel sliding door offer illumination. And to offset all that brightness, wood floors were re-stained, deepening the patina while retaining a hint of their industrial origin.
What would a world in which fewer people own cars look like? I’d never thought about the consequences until I came across this project: the conversion of a seven-story building in Peckham, London, from a dreadful parking garage into cool local business and community hub.
Carl Turner Architects worked with Makeshift–a company that designs and manages public spaces for local independent businesses–to turn seven levels of the building into creative studios, shared workshops, office space for co-working, 3D printing areas, and even kiln rooms–all useful spaces for small manufacturing companies, entrepreneurs, and artists. They also dedicated two levels of the repurposed space to communal areas accessible to the public, so tenants, neighbors, and visitors can mix and interact inside the space.
The project arose from a request from the neighborhood council, which asked for ideas for repurposing the disused levels. According to the architects, they envisioned the project as a “kunsthaus,” or “house of art,” that could serve as a social hub in the heart of this south London neighborhood. That’s why the common areas also include an event space that is free to use, a children’s play area with obstacle courses and soft surfaces, a music venue, a cafe, a yoga studio, and even a hair salon, plus a variety of bars and restaurants.
The project offers one useful answer to a simple question: what are we going to do with the millions of parking spaces and garages that will be left over, if car ownership drops dramatically due to the rise of shared vehicles or other forces?
I live in Madrid, and I only use electric cars that I rent by the minute through an app. It’s so fast and convenient, and combined with ever-increasing private car restrictions and the emergence of autonomous vehicle technology, I could see it becoming much more ubiquitous around the world–and with it, a future in which parking buildings become obsolete and empty very quickly. Projects like Peckham Levels offer one way to repurpose these buildings, which could bolster the community itself rather than its cars.