Renewable energy is generally defined as energy that is collected from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. Renewable energy often provides energy in four important areas: electricity generation, air and water heating/cooling, transportation, and rural (off-grid) energy services.Renewable energy resources exist over wide geographical areas, in contrast to other energy sources, which are concentrated in a limited number of countries. 

Wind Power
Airflows can be used to run wind turbines. Areas where winds are stronger and more constant, such as offshore and high altitude sites, are preferred locations for wind farms.Globally, the long-term technical potential of wind energy is believed to be five times total current global energy production, or 40 times current electricity demand, assuming all practical barriers needed were overcome. This would require wind turbines to be installed over large areas, particularly in areas of higher wind resources, such as offshore. As offshore wind speeds average ~90% greater than that of land, so offshore resources can contribute substantially more energy than land stationed turbines. In 2013 wind generated almost 3% of the worlds total electricity.

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    New Wind, a research and development company in France, has developed this new technology based on the look and feel of a tree. The unobtrusive design is actually pleasing to look at, is reported to be silent, and operates in low wind unlike most wind turbines, and this has the added effect of increasing overall efficiency and power output. The Wind Tree is 36 feet tall and is equipped with 72 artificial leaves which are micro turbines which spin silently on their hubs generating 3100 watts of electricity total.
    The Wind tree is designed by Jérôme Michaud-Larivière, an entrepreneur who while sitting in a park one day looking up as the trees noticed the leaves rustling in the breeze and wondered if he could design a wind turbine in the shape of a tree to capture the energy from the wind.
    We can envision city parks and suburban homes with hundreds of thousands of these wind turbines. A myriad wind tree forests silently and elegantly producing energy for millions.


  • Airborne Wind Turbine

    Altaeros’ Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) is an inflatable, helium-filled ring with a wind turbine suspended inside. It will float at a height of 300 meters, where winds tend to be far stronger than they are on the ground. The altitude of the BAT is about double the hub height of the world’s largest wind turbine.
    The technology can be deployed in under 24 hours, because it does not require cranes or underground foundations. Instead it uses high-strength tethers, which hold the BAT steady and allow the electricity to be sent back to the ground. A power station on the ground controls the winches that hold the tethers and pulls in the power from the turbine before sending it on to a grid connection.

    This innovative design seems to have inspired animators at Disney; Part way through the film Big Hero 6 we see that the city is powered almost exclusively by wind power; not by the wind-farm style turbines we know and love, but by beautiful dirigible airship type turbines that float gracefully and perfectly above the city.

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  • Rooftop Wind Farm

    Venger Wind and US renewable distributor SWG Energy just installed the world’s largest rooftop wind farm atop the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) in Oklahoma City. The project saw Venger Wind construct 18 V2 vertical axis wind turbines on the medical center’s roof as part of OMRF’s sustainability strategy to create a zero emissions research tower.
    The omni-directional wind turbines have been integrated into the design of the building and precisely positioned to collect wind from both the North and South sides of the rooftop farm. The installation of the 18 wind turbines makes the entire project the largest building integrated wind energy system in the U.S.
    Unlike most vertical wind turbines, which are relatively modest in size, the V2 wind turbines are massive. They stand 18.5 feet tall and are rated at 4.5 kilowatts each. Unlike conventional wind turbines that use energy from the grid to start, the vertical turbines start producing electricity at 8.9 mph, which is well below Oklahoma City’s annual wind speed average.

Here’s some visual research for futuristic wind power structures:


See you in 6G – Week 3


In Thierry Cohens ‘Darkened Cities‘ he is depicting a world in which our cities and clear night skies co-exist together. “By combining two realities, I am making a third that you cannot see … but it exists! I am showing you the missing stars,” said Cohen.

The eerie beauty of the images highlights what we are giving up; a lament to the skies city dwellers leave behind in order to live in a metropolis.

Since urban skies are polluted with light from street signs and corner shops, Cohen had to travel to the same latitude in another part of the world to capture a clear view of the night sky. The resulting images are the product of under-exposure and a technique known as day for night. 

I was interested in looking into light pollution as I touched on the subject on a past project I worked on:

challenge 3draft finalscreen-capture-20My utopia would be a city that completely shuts off all lights (except for the gentle glow of the LED lights on the solar paneled roads below) so that the stars can finally be visible to everyone living there.


Nearly 300 million people experience the world without certain colors every day. ‘Color For the Colorblind’ is a short documentary about what happened when Valspar partnered with EnChroma, maker of color blindness-correcting glasses, to help people experience colors for the first time.

While discussing our project, Liam brought up an interesting point about how we all perceive colors differently so I showed him the ‘Color for the Colorblind’ video and we became fascinated by the idea that some colors cannot be perceived by the human eye.


This short film by Tim Walker reminded us of the film Metropolis. We liked the idea of maybe creating a silent film, even using old cameras to film it? still in discussion..


This is a short movie that films an Amazonian tribes’ reactions to our civilisation.
I showed this video to Liam and Zoe when they where telling me about their ‘Tribe’ idea for the project. I had to translate it for them as I could not find a version with english subtitles. We thought it would be an interesting idea to maybe re-create something similar. Showing this ‘tribe’ that we’ve created , images of our current (pretty fucked up) world and show them how maybe they could avoid our fate. Not to sold on the idea yet but we’ll see..

On the 28.2 (sunday) Liam, Zoe and I met with Rosanda to discuss the project and finally come up with an idea we could all agree on for the outcome. We decided we wanted our project to be about how we have the technology and resources and money to start using renewable energy and making our cities and industries green but don’t because oil companies are buying out the government to keep making money even if it costs us our planet.
We’re going to create a box with in it all the hidden plans for an eco/green-utopia that the government has been keeping from us (in the form of blue-prints: blue-prints for the future)
We reviewed this idea with Zac on Monday (29.2) and he liked our concept and suggested we watch City of Ember as it had themes that resembled what we are trying to achieve:

City of Ember is a 2008 American science fiction fantasy film based on the 2003 novel The City of Ember byJeanne DuPrau. In the midst of an unspecified catastrophe, an underground city is constructed to shelter a large group of survivors, with secret instructions to future generations in a small box timed to open 200 years later. This box is entrusted to the mayor of the City of Ember. Each mayor, in turn, passes the box on to his or her successor. Over time, the significance of the box is forgotten, and the succession is broken when the seventh mayor dies before revealing the importance of the box. The box opens at the allotted time, but goes unnoticed. 41 years after the box opens, Ember’s electric generator begins to fail, and the reserves of canned goods and light bulbs are depleted. 
Zac suggested we get inspired by the type of box used in the film:City-Of-Ember-2008-ScreenShot-03City-Of-Ember-2008-ScreenShot-06 We’re looking into either making, or buying some kind of safe box that looks like it could last a long time. (in case anyone was wondering our original idea was to have a transparent box (possibly lazer-cut acrylic) with maybe led lighting at the bottom that would make it look like the box was glowing, but I agree that the box should seem government/military-made and mysterious). Alongside the blueprint book(s?) we’re considering putting a projector inside the box so that once it’s opened it projects our video onto the ceiling (or some other surface).
I found this box on Amazon that we could buy and then maybe paint and scuff up to make it suit the look we want for our project:
Also found a small LED display that we could attach to the lock area of the box that could maybe show an error message or something (perhaps the reason the “secret government” box has mysteriously opened on its own):

After discussing our ideas with Zac we divided up the further research we have to do among ourselves to create the final blueprints. I chose to focus my research on to researching renewable energy (and how they can be incorporated into cities). I already have some research on alternatives to solar panels on my last blog post so i’ll just be continuing that on another post.
(since writing this we’ve agreed on this being the final look for the box so I’ve ordered it along with the LED screen)

SO (brainstorming with liam) IDEAS:


Is English or Mandarin the language of the future?


SAME WITH VIDEO.????? might not end up doing this but maybe???




screen-capture-60Sanitization is the process of removing sensitive information from a document or other message (or sometimes encrypting it), so that the document may be distributed to a broader audience. When the intent is secrecy protection, such as in dealing with classified information, sanitization attempts to reduce the document’s classification level, possibly yielding an unclassified document. When the intent is privacy protection, it is often called data anonymization. Originally, the term sanitization was applied to printed documents; it has since been extended to apply to computer media and the problem of data remanence as well.

Redaction in its sanitization sense (as distinguished from its other editing sense) is the blacking out or deletion of text in a document, or the result of such an effort. It is intended to allow the selective disclosure of information in a document while keeping other parts of the document secret. Typically the result is a document that is suitable for publication, or for dissemination to others than the intended audience of the original document.
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screen-capture-61Damnatio memoriae is the Latin phrase literally meaning “condemnation of memory” in the sense of a judgment that a person must not be remembered. It was a form of dishonor that could be passed by the Roman Senate upon traitors or others who brought discredit to the Roman State. The intent was to erase someone from history, a task somewhat easier in ancient times, when documentation was much sparser.
The sense of the expression damnatio memoriae and of the sanction is to cancel every trace of the person from the life of Rome, as if he or she had never existed, in order to preserve the honour of the city. In a city that stressed the social appearance, respectability and the pride of being a true Roman as a fundamental requirement of the citizen, it was perhaps the most severe punishment.
More modern example:
screen-capture-62A photograph of Stalin with Soviet commissar Nikolai Yezhov was retouched after Yezhov fell from favor and was executed in 1940.

FRIDAY (4.3)

On Friday, The tutors set up workshops for us to develop our ideas for the outcome of the brief.
The first workshop was a costume workshop. We had to create costumes for the residents of our utopia basically (showing a difference between social status with the costumes) using only paper and whatever supplies we had available. Here’s what our group made:

“Hello to the Dystopian discoverer of this box. The content of this box may seem vague, un-believable, almost futuristic. But this technology was available before you destroyed the planet. Many eyes have gazed upon the plans for this Utopian society, yet no one has ever publicised or pushed them forward. They show our world, your world as it could have been. Instead of the environmental crisis still continuing now, that is plaguing our planet. Inside the box you will find the knowledge which people have previously ignored, enabling you to rebuild the world…. a better world. A Utopia to save this planet. There will be balance….. there will be peace…… there will be creation. You are responsible for this planets future now………………………….. Good luck.”

We wrote this together on Friday (4.3) for the video that I’ll be making to go with the box.
The Video will be footage of things happing now(or past) with an automated voice speaking over it (reading the script..think the google translate voice)
Going to use the IVONA website to record the voice for the video.