theenergyissue:

Masdar City, Abu Dhabi: Eco-City of the Future

Located in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Masdar City is planned city envisioned as an “arcology”: a self-sufficient, very densely populated habitat in which individual human environmental impact is minimized. A portmanteau of “ecology” and “architecture,” the term was coined and popularized by architect Paolo Soleri. Though he went on to influence generations of architects through his writings, drawings and models, Soleri was only able to partially realize his visions in the experimental town of Arcosanti in Arizona. Masdar City, which began construction in 2006, appears to finally promise the realization of Soleri’s arcology concept, albeit without the architect’s distinct formal treatment. Designed by the British architectural firm Foster and Partners, the city is being built at a cost of $18 billion by Masdar, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, with the majority of seed capital provided by the Government of Abu Dhabi. As the world’s most ambitious eco-city, Masdar relies on solar energy provided by a 22-hectare field of 87,777 solar panels and other renewable energy sources. It will hold 40,000 residents in only two square miles and has replaced cars with driverless electric vehicles. Patrick Kingsley adds in Wired that the design of the walls of the buildings has helped reduce demand for air conditioning by 55 percent. In addition, sensors have replaced light switches, cutting electricity consumption by 51 percent, and water usage by 55 percent. The city is designed to be an internationl hub for cleantech companies, and its first tenant, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, has been operating in the city since 2010. As Kingsley notes, “Masdar is slowly helping to change attitudes about renewable energy and climate change in the Gulf and the Maghreb,” and may become the unexpected role model for sustainability in a region long-reliant on its oil reserves.

Masdar is perhaps the foremost example of science and art integrated at scale.

(Source: youtube.com, via experimentsinmotion)

scienceisbeauty:

Many thanks to @MikeatPrinceton for sending me this tumblr page, that will guide you to “Art of Science”, a  exhibition site from Princeton University that explores the interplay between science and art, exactly the same philosophy who inspire this very blog. So I picked out some nice pictures from the 2013 gallery for this post, precisely these (from top to bottom and left to right):

- Light eddies

- Bridging the gap

- The history of gliding

- Electron turnstile

- Worm water slide

- Conducting path

Blossoming flame

- Hoodoos

- Tropical sunset

Seems that most science art would be categorized as abstract. Does there exist any narrative or representational science art?

shihlun:

David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto in front of the Berlin Wall during the Brilliant Tress recording session, 1983.
Photo by Yuka Fujii

shihlun:

David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto in front of the Berlin Wall during the Brilliant Tress recording session, 1983.

Photo by Yuka Fujii

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actegratuit:

Ocoze

mixed media with plexi dome

The architecture and the human firm

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Alice Lin

Faramita

Who doesn’t like an death swan?

razorshapes:

Javier PérezTrans (formaciones) I (2010)

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xandt:

cataclysmic-chaos:

I don’t think anyone understands my obsession with Claude Monet’s work. These are all absolutely phenomenal.

Yes.


Bound (2014)
Archival chromogenic print on Dibond 30 x 32 inches.
by Ray Caesar


Ray Caesar!

Bound (2014)

Archival chromogenic print on Dibond 30 x 32 inches.

by Ray Caesar

Ray Caesar!

(Source: raycaesar.com, via mirrormaskcamera)

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The good life

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The good life

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