Good worK: first coal free day in UK, How to build a sacred space, a new way to make lithium-ion batteries.
Some good work to wonder at and drool over this week.
Keep it up.
1. UK's first coal free day.
What a milestone, a sign post for things to come I hope.
Last Friday was Britain’s first ever working day without coal power since the Industrial Revolution, according to the National Grid.
The control room tweeted the milestone on Friday. It is the first continuous 24-hour coal-free period for Britain since use of the fossil fuel began.
Britain became the first country to use coal for electricity when Thomas Edison opened the Holborn Viaduct power station in London in 1882. It was reported in the Observer at the time that “a hundred weight of coal properly used will yield 50 horse power for an hour.” And that each horse power “will supply at least a light equivalent to 150 candles”. - The Gaurdian
2. Building sacred spaces
Our world is paradoxical, we live at the same time with great knowledge and great discoveries and with great mystery. The one needs the other to keep the balance and harmony. This is a great TED talk by Siamak Hariri on the process in designing a sacred space.
3. Lithium-ION Batteries made from RECYCLED glass
store almost four times more energy. How cool is that?
A team of researchers at UC Riverside developed a low-cost way of turning disgarded glass bottles into lithium-ion batteries that store almost four times more energy and can last much longer than conventional batteries. This could mean significantly fewer charges for laptops, cell phones and electric cars, not to mention reducing waste. - InHabitat
Hi beautiful people
This week's three things that I noticed, and think are good work. :)
A vertical farm, a pay it forward card game, and a new instagram account I'm enjoying.
Have a good one!
1. Vertical farms
Vertical Farming is sprouting (pun intended) up everywhere, from a proposed 100 hectare farm in Shanghai to a concept winning the eVolo Skyscraper competition.
International architecture firm Sasaki just unveiled plans for a spectacular 100-hectare urban farm set amidst the soaring skyscapers of Shanghai. The project is a mega farming laboratory that will meet the food needs of almost 24 million people while serving as a center for innovation, interaction, and education within the world of urban agriculture - In Habitat
Polish designers Pawel Lipiński and Mateusz Frankowski have envisioned a conceptual high-rise building that would act as a vertical farm, able to be disassembled and moved to different locations across sub-Saharan Africa.
The Mashambas Skyscraper project won first place in the eVolo Skyscraper Competition, which annually invites architects and designers to conceive futuristic towers. The winner was chosen from a pool of 444 entries. - Dezeen
2. game for humanity
A card game that you play in real life, just noticed it for the first time at my local coffeeshop this morning. It is a deck of 30 cards, each with a random act of kindness task on. Once you have completed the task, you hand the card to the total stranger so they can 'pay it forward'.
Go order yours here and follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get inspired.
3. Instagram: Ed Freeman
My new favorite Instagram account is by Ed Freeman, photographer based in LA. I especially like his shots of buildings / landscapes, and use of colour. Very, very good.
(O, there is some nudity on the account, for the sensitive ones..)
This is by me, Pierre, each week I post three things that grabbed my attention, and that I like. You can also sign up for the newsletter version here