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REPOST: Portable Architecture You Can Roll, Wear, Tow, or Float

Innovations in architecture are almost limitless, and Dubai’s impressive skyline is a proof to that. However, in an article published on Atlas Obscura, outrageous architectural concepts such as portable saunas and moveable houses may soon become even more ubiquitous. Here’s more about portable architecture:

 

The Ecocapsule can accommodate two people and runs on solar and wind power. (Nice Architects, Slovakia, 2008) TOMAS MANINA

 

Moveable houses, portable saunas, and wearable tents are the subjects—among some 250—of the new book Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move, by Rebecca Roke. It’s both a paean to traveling light and an eye-catching look at all the ways a dwelling can move. The designs range from the functional to the outlandish, and cover an array of forms of transport, from tugboats to tractors.

Some of the examples are ideal for recreation, such as the compact-cute, California-made Golden Gate 2 camper, with a rounded timber frame, portholes, and a spot for a surfboard. For lovers of winter sports, the Nomad Sauna, which was built on a lake in Norway, includes an internal ice-hole for intensely refreshing breaks from the heat.

It is not all fun and games—others are designed for important, practical use. It can also be used to provide shelter during a crisis, or for protection in extreme weather. The Rapid Deployment Module is a temporary dwelling that can be assembled in an hour to provide shelter during a crisis or disaster, while the DesertSeal is an inflatable, lightweight tent that can protect inhabitants from extreme heat.

For portable architecture to actually move, it needs somehow to be stowed, carried, pushed, pulled, or towed, and this is the way that some of the portable shelters featured in the book get really get inventive. The Walking Shelter is like a tent on two legs (yours), and folds up neatly into the heel of high-top sneaker. Many of the designs are pedal-powered or designed to be towed in a more traditional manner. Some of those can be quite luxurious, such as the four-wheeled Collingwood Shepherd Hut wagon, with a shingled exterior and a cozy wood-burning stove.

And there are some creations that just defy categorization. The aptly named Portaledge, for example, is a small tent that rock climbers can affix to a rock face and sleep in (safely)—while dangling high above the earth. The experimental Camper Kart, created by artist Kevin Cyr, turns a shopping cart into a mini-home with a roof, sleeping desk and storage—all of which can be folded right back into the cart. It can also be considered an artistic statement on the perceived association between shopping carts and the homeless.

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Supreme innovation: Mobile tech trends emerging anytime soon

A few decades back, mobile phones used to be those big clunky machines which people would use to communicate with another individual by utilizing radio waves. This was a breakthrough in and of itself because it meant people didn’t have to use wires anymore. They also had those big antennas sticking out of their heads and buttons which were not necessarily easy to press. That form factor is practically nowhere to be seen in the smartphone-dominated world of today. Its quick-paced evolution is definitely mind boggling, but the industry isn’t done innovating just yet. And for technophiles and tech investors alike, this is more than good news.

Experts speculate that one major change in mobile tech this year would be the arrival of speech-to-speech translation. A person only needs to speak into his smartphone using his native language and the phone will take care of translating it into any language that the user desires. Multi-language conference calls without translators of any kind can now become a reality.

Image source: cnn.com

 

Another trend that the world should expect in the very near future are foldable, wearable phones. People want to watch online content on a wide screen but that also means using a device that is larger than their palms. Foldable tech will definitely address this issue. By utilizing the Organic Light Emitting Diode technology, smartphones don’t need to stick to their rigid form anymore. People can switch between phone and tab mode or even wear their smartphones on their wrists. All it needs is some added flexibility.

Batteries dying out has always been one of the banes of the industry. That’s why leaders are putting their effort into developing wireless and speedy charging. This could come in the form of walking, tapping the screen, or by simply coming into contact with body heat.

The future of mobile technology seems overwhelming but at the same time very promising. Tech giants like Apple, Samsung, and Sony are working extremely hard to bring these concepts to life and hopefully, become permanent part of the mainstream culture. Expect the industry to gain further growth within the next decade or so.

Image source: thecoolist.com

 

For more insights into the tech sector and the economics behind it, here is an interesting article from LOM Financial.


REPOST: The climate finance architecture the world needs

Apparently, the world will have to transition to clean and resilient infrastructure to protect communities from the worst impacts of climate change. To do so, however, sufficient funding is needed. Read this GreenBiz article to know more:

 

Which kinds of funds should a country use for its climate investments?

 

The climate finance architecture — the system of specialized, public funds that help countries implement climate mitigation and adaptation projects and programs — is crucial if the world is to overcome the climate change challenge. These funds play a valuable role in everything from deploying renewable energy to helping smallholder farmers cope with drought to restoring degraded forests, and often mobilize even larger volumes of funding from the private sector and other sources.

Yet the climate finance architecture has become too complex. Over the past 25 years, dozens of national, regional and international climate funds have been created. Each new fund responded to needs and gaps that existed at the time, but this has led to a rather complicated system:

Complexity creates two problems. First, contributor countries have a harder time deciding where to put their money for maximum impact, because some funds do similar things. Meanwhile, prospective recipients in developing countries must spend scarce time and effort learning how to navigate this system to access financing. Overlapping roles and inefficiencies among funds mean the current climate finance architecture isn’t fully meeting countries’ needs.

The Paris Agreement on climate change, signed by 193 countries last year, calls for a major realignment of all financial flows towards low-emission and climate-resilient investments. Now is the time to strengthen the public financing architecture to deliver this outcome.

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Super-cities: Skyscrapers of the future

The last two decades were perhaps history’s most ambitious period for architecture. Multi-billion development projects across the globe fuel massive construction booms, pushing design boundaries as well as boosting local or national economies. While the financial crisis of 2008 seemed to have discouraged many developers, building mega-projects—such as skyscrapers—did not stop companies from making history. In Dubai alone, dozens of innovative and groundbreaking structures rose above empty deserts like mushrooms and forever changed the emirate’s cityscape. In the next couple of years, several more revolutionary skyscrapers will hit news headlines. Some of them are as follows:

 

Jeddah Tower

When completed by the end of the decade, this Saudi super-structure will be the tallest skyscraper in the world. It will be more one kilometer tall and will be the centerpiece of a US$20 billion proposed development known as Jeddah Economic City. The project was designed by multi-awarded American architect Adrian Smith, who is also the genius behind the world’s current tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Aesthetically, the structure will resemble desert plant shooting upwards, symbolizing Saudi Arabia’s growth and future.

 

Image source: stuff.co.nz

 

KL118

Consisting of 400,000 square meters (4,300,000 square feet) of residential and commercial space, KL118 will overtake the iconic Petronas Towers as Malaysia’s tallest structure when it opens in 2019. It is currently being constructed within the vicinity of a number of historic landmarks with little modern development.

 

Image source: skyrisecities.com

 

Hydropolis

An aquatic city found right next to a cosmopolitan desert boomtown, this mega-project will be a magnificent underwater hotel that will once again put Dubai on the map. When completed, the hotel will cover an area of 260 hectares, which is roughly the size of Hyde Park in London. The central structure of the Hydropolis is the Lemniscate, a symbol of wisdom. A unique aspect of the underwater building is that it will comprise of different structures that represent various parts of the human body.

 

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Baoneng Shenyang Global Financial Center

Currently under construction in Shenyang, Liaoning, China, this supertall skyscraper is notable for its design emphasis on both simplicity and iconicity. It has conical extrusions at its base, resembling canopies or nomadic tent entrances common during the Qing Dynasty. At the top is a “pearl” that would symbolize the Chinese wisdom, luxury, and purity. Located on a high seismic zone, the tower was designed to withstand strong ground shaking.

 

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These structures are highly impressive in their own right and will go down in historic as architectural marvels. However, regardless of how ambitious a building plan looks, its economic, cultural, and environmental value must be of the greatest importance.  Man’s ingenuity must always be used for the greater good.


How To Invest With Minimal Risk

When it comes to investing, there is no such thing as “no risk involved.” If anyone offers you to invest on something with that kind of deal, I can already tell you not to go with it because that sounds too good to be true. And you know what they say when it’s too good to be true? There is a huge possibility that you are going be scammed.

 

Now that you know about this, it is important to know that risk will always be a part of it. The trick is how you could minimize them and still enjoy the growth of your money in the end. Experts will tell wall streetyou that it is all about lowering or spreading the risk, so you won’t end up losing money completely.

 

I don’t want to scare you with this venture, but the wrong strategy and pretty much a wrong decision could make you go bankrupt. This is why it is crucial to do a lot of researches first and ask tons of tips from financial experts before diving into the world of investing.

 

Believe it or not, risk could be calculated. Everybody in Wall Street is pretty much trained to do it on a daily basis. As an investor, it is your job to figure this out because this is your money you are about to place on the line here. Hire someone to manage the lowering of the risk for you if you must.

One of the tricks to finding out, which investment would give you minimal risk before shedding your money in is viewing the history of the stock or the company. Like does it have any records of completely going broke in the past and how does it cope with fluctuation, just among the things to research on. If of course it is something that has failed in the past, then you will have to think about your retirement money going to waste.

 

Basically, what I’m trying to say here is that the stock market could be a pretty risky place to start an investment. Go for something that you could get results fast like a small business. Think of something that people would buy easily and can’t live without. A good example would be food or a small clothing line. These are necessities, so people would buy them (given the fact that your products are of great quality) whether they like it or not.

 

Now, if you really are adamant about putting your money in the market, you just have to know how long could a stock possibly recover. Knowing this would lessen the risk of your investing. Mixing stocks and bonds is also way to minimize your risk in this industry. The more money you invest in more than one boat, there is a huge chance that you won’t get broke in the future from all the assets you have put out. Follow these tips I have for you today, and you’re on your way to a good investment deal.