Is This Windwheel the Future of Urban Energy?

How would that look on the Delaware? | Dutch

How would that look on the Delaware? | Rendering from Dutch Windwheel Corporation

Note to the next Mayor: outsource all green initiatives to the Dutch. Why? They’re constantly creating green-tech solutions with urban application that will floor you, whether it’s floating islands to combat Miami’s rising seas or solar-powered sedans. Or, just look at the rendering above from the Dutch Windwheel Corporation.

That marvelous (conceptual) wonder wheel is a wind turbine. It’s a sleek 570-foot version of those three-bladed pillars that stoically spin in Appalachian cornfields across Southwestern PA, proposed for construction in Rotterdam. Not only does it generate grid power (both wind and biogas), the structure would also serve as a hotel, a London Eye-style attraction and 72-unit apartment building housed within the inner ring. Forget embracing green technology. Try living in green technology. Read more »

Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful Renderings

A detail of one of OLIN's renderings for the New Presidio Parklands Project.

A detail from a screenshot of one of OLIN’s renderings for the New Presidio Parklands Project.

Philadelphia/L.A.-based landscape design firm OLIN not only opened Dilworth Park last week but also unveiled its proposed plans for San Francisco’s New Presidio Parklands project. OLIN is on the shortlist for that project, but here’s hoping these renderings — featured in an A/N blog pictorial — seal the deal.

They’re luminous and beautiful and, well, we simply want to live inside of them. And look at the maps — don’t they have a native Pacific design echo? Brilliant. We had to grab a few screen shots to show you (gallery below), but to see all the renderings for the project, from OLIN as well as the other shortlisted firms, go to the A/N blog for the full pictorial.

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Here’s the Latest on the So-Called Fergie Tower

A new rendering of the proposed tower at 1213 Walnut St

A new rendering of the proposed tower, courtesy of Skyscraper Page

Last time we checked in on the tower planned for 12th and Sansom, developer U3 Ventures, working with Ten Arquitectos, had emerged pretty much victorious from a legal mess stemming from neighborhood opposition to their project. Now we’ve gotten word that Goldenberg Group is working on the project as well, and a new architecture firm, Baltimore’s Design Collective, has been brought onboard to provide a new design.

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Vision of NoLibs That’s More Buñuel Than Blatstein

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Perhaps it’s fitting that renderings of this new construction on Third Street should appear on real estate websites around the time of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s death, when so many are talking about magical realism. These remind me of fantasist animator Hayao Miyazaki too, particularly the night view, which is in a dark rain. You don’t see that too often — usually an exterior night view in a rendering has a building shimmering like a golden palace atop a hill of diamonds. Sparkly and pretty.

One image of the homes recalls the Mario Brothers circa Atari, with bright green levels that make me want to break out the eighth-grade joystick.

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