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Ferragamo Goes Green

In an effort to preserve the Earth, the luxury brand has created a line of eco-friendly handbags named Eco Ferragamo.

What makes this collection special is that the bags are made from a nontoxic tanning technique, are lined in handwoven hemp, and use dyes from natural elements such as tree bark.

The results are luxurious, biodegradable, and water-resistant bags that retail from $1,190 to $1,890.

Amazing Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali

Looking at these amazing Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali, Indonesia. Designed by Singapore based WOHA and built on 14.4 hectacres, the Alila Villas are a prime example of amazing sustainable architecture.

With Alila Villas Uluwatu, the architects wanted to create more than the usual stereotypical ideas of Bali, creating a design that worked with the dry Balinese Savannah vegetation and gently sloping site, not against it.

These modern contemporary Balinese villas use sustainable wood for construction (old timbre telegraph poles and wood railway sleepers) to replicate the typical dry Balinese Savannah vegetation.

Notable design features include the flat roofs, laid with batu chandi (local volcanic rock). This porous Javanese rock (a product of Mt Merapi’s eruptions) serves a threefold purpose: insulation; as a means of blending in with the local landscape; and for water absorption to support plant life.

Even the jigsaw-like exteriors of the pavilion serve more than an aesthetic purpose. The slats of these exteriors are made from a mixture of recycled wood and bronze, allowing for breeze to circulate yet maintaining privacy in partially shielding its occupants away from prying eyes.

The villas are perched on limestone cliffs with a stunning view over the Indian Ocean, large windows that extend into the natural open spaces. This green resort opens its doors to the public in 2009. Via Contemporist

Island Pilot Hybrid Luxury Yacht Unveiled

Private yachts are somewhat synonymous to luxury, but does that ever mean that they cannot get ecofriendly? No is the answer from Island Pilot LLC, who have unveiled the first ever hybrid luxury yacht dubbed the Island Pilot DSe Hybrid 12m, powered by diesel fuel, solar energy, and electric power.

The vessel is 12 meters long (39.5 feet) and can cruise at 13 knots on diesel fuel and 7 knots when in zero-emissions mode. A zero-emissions level is achieved with a 6 kW solar array and a 20 kWh battery bank.

The yacht is the first-ever production motor yacht with zero emissions in America, according to Reuben Trane, president of Island Pilot, LLC.
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Eco Cars: Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero

The entrants for the 2008 Design Los Angeles Challenge have been officially released, with the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center of North America unveiling the Formula Zero.

Built around the theme of motor sports racing in the year 2025, the Formula Zero concept aims to combine “the thrill of Formula One, the track dynamics of the bobsled or luge, and the grace and efficiency of yacht racing.”

Reminiscent of the Mercedes Benz racing heritage of the 1930’s, the Mercedes Formula Zero Racer concept is loaded with technology designed to extract the maximum thrust from the electric hub motors, aero-efficient solar skin and high-tech rigid sail.
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The world’s first solar speedboat

If you’re an environment friendly sailor and have a passion for speedboats check out Czeers MK1, a luxury designed 10-meter that was launched at the Millionaire Fair in 2007.

The Delft Technical University Solarboat Team built the original platform as an entry in the 2006 Nuon Frisian Solar challenge, which it easily won – and in the process, attracted serious investment power from Rabobank to get a full scale test boat built.

Made 100-percent of carbon fiber with orange leather trim, photovoltaic cells on almost all horizontal surfaces and an LCD touch-screen control system, the world’s first solar speedboat goes up to 30 knots on water.
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5th Peugeot concept car design contest 2008

Voting period for Peugeot design contest 2008 is on the go !

For the fifth time Peugeot is holding their futuristic design competition. Last year the Flux, designed by 20-year old Romanian Mihai Panaitescu, won the competition and was built as a concept car and eventually shown at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.

This year the competition was themed as “Imagine a Peugeot for the Megalopolis of Tomorrow”. The participants should take into consideration Peugeot’s stylistic codes and their projects must contain the following four aspects: environmental awareness, social harmony, interactive mobility and economic efficiency.

Entries were submitted in July and a jury has selected their 30 favorite designs so that the a popularity vote (15 August through 15 September 2008) can be held on the internet.

A top ten will be revealed on 16 September 2008. At the Paris Motor Show on 2 October 2008 Peugeot will announce the winner of the competition so that the concept can go into development for a 2009 Shanghai Motor Show in China global debut.

And now the most interesting part… The finalists with their concept car designs are presented below. Just vote for the concept car you most like on the official Peugeot site. In a week we will get to know the best 10 finalists.

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Title: SVP
Author: Mickael Soubabère
Location: France

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Title: Module
Author: Cristian Fabio Di Filippo
Location: Argentina

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Title: Peugeot 888
Author: Oskar Johansen
Location: Norway

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Title: Streamlife
Author: Liang Tian
Location: China

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Title: Opus
Author: Soheil Ghotbi Ravandi
Location: Iran

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Title: Rugir (Roar)
Author: Onur Guvenc
Location: Germany

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Title: OPENA
Author: Jaroslaw Koziel
Location: Poland

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Title: Peugeot Stylight
Author: Ognyan Bozhilov
Location: Bulgaria

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Title: Peugeot Pure
Author: Pierlot Damien
Location: Belgium

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Title: Peugeot Rayo
Author: Ivan Kraljević
Location: Croatia

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Title: MoVille
Author: Woo-Ram Lee
Location: France

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Title: Ego
Author: Emre Yazici
Location: Turkey

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Title: Globe
Author: Varun Gopinath
Location: India

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Title: Seed by Peugeot
Author: Yann Terrer
Location: France

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Title: OXO
Author: Lou Ke
Location: China

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Title: P.R.O.
Author: Ke Guo
Location: China

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Title: Peugeot Alegro
Author: Alexandre Raad
Location: Brazil

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Title: xtreet
Author: Esteban Peisci
Location: Argentina

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Title: Peugeot 50x
Author: Gustavo Hernandez
Location: Colombia

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Title: Peugeot Blade
Author: Ying Hui Choo
Location: Singapore

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Title: Peugeot Magnet
Author: Tolga Metin
Location: United States

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Title: Facile
Author: Thierry Dumaine
Location: France

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Title: [E cube]
Author: Seung Hoon Yoo
Location: Republic of Korea

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Title: RD
Author: Carlos Arturo Torres Tovar
Location: Colombia

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Title: Echo
Author: Sun Rujun
Location: China

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Title: GALapagos
Author: Igor Yastrebov
Location: Russian Federation

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Title: Peugeot Verde
Author: Michael Witus Schierup
Location: Denmark

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Title: Peugeot 1009 Concept
Author: Edwin van der Mark
Location: Netherlands

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Title: Vision
Author: Shinji Nukumi
Location: Japan

A green building in London

London’s Southbank will feature a new landmark building following the approval of a planning application to redevelop York House.

The new design was initiated after a four-year planning period for the original, smaller design which, by the time planning was granted, had become obsolete.

And Sheppard Robson have eventually designed a bold but beautiful glazed-design which reflects the sun beams in rainbow colors which will create a crystal effect.

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New Gazprom Tower

Russia’s state-controlled energy giant, Gazprom, has unveiled a new design for a major new office building it has been planning for several years in St. Petersburg. The new design proposes to use plants to control the building’s temperature.

It’s been described as the first building to be given a “green fur coat” a glass tower with double walls, in between which hundreds of trees and plants will provide heat in the winter and cooler temperatures in the summer. With temperatures in St. Petersburg rising to 30 degrees Celsius in the summer and plummeting to minus 30 in the winter, the design will be able to regulate the temperature without the need for expensive air conditioning or heating systems.

But according to a recent poll, more than 40 percent of residents thinks that would ruin the skyline of St. Petersburg, designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site. Built by Tsar Peter the Great at the start of the 18th century, its Venetian-style buildings and winding canals attract thousands of visitors every year.

But the architects say the project will revitalize a city that has been in decline since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Construction is planned to start later this year with completion scheduled for 2012.

Ozone concept car

Designed and developed by Istanbul designer Özkan Koral, here is another contemporary automobile design called Ozone : the future concept vehicle designed for Peugeot can be defined as a perfect fusion of accessibility and pleasure.

This eco wary future concept vehicle has created a new standard of excellence in future luxury segment vehicles.

Ozone which has semi transparent glasses runs on hydrogen fuel-cells.
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Most expensive bicycle in Britain

An online contest organized by ETA, a UK-based insurance company, is offering a custom-made 24K gold-plated Charge Plug bicycle complete with customized seat, handlebars and chain as a prize to mark the Green Transport Week.

To enter the contest, You must be eighteen years old, live in the UK, and get a free quote online for cycle insurance in order to enter the contest. The contest will end on October 21st and a random draw will determine the winner.

This amazing bike is worth £9,500 ($18,750) and comes with a security guard!

Dubai’s Rotating Wind Power Tower

Dubai has garnered much attention in recent years with a never-ending supply of architectural wonders being built, or proposed, at a head spinning pace. Mostly these towering structures are grand and tall, but some are also green

An ambitious project by David Fisher’s firm Dynamic Architecture looks set to be yet another new addition to Dubai’s skyline.

The building’s 59 floors will be capable of rotating about a central axis, their continuous motion allowing residents in the tower’s 200 apartments to choose a new view at the touch of a button.
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Scorpion, the green sports car by Ronn Motor Company

Texas based Ronn Motor Company (RMC) has unveiled the Scorpion sportscar that runs on a 30-40 percent blend of hydrogen and gasoline, promising reduced emissions and 40 mpg plus efficiency.

Rather than using fuel cells to power an electric motor, the Scorpion would have an internal combustion engine burning both gasoline and hydrogen, achieving 40 highway miles per gallon.

Unlike with a hydrogen fuel cell car, the Scorpion’s “hydrogen on demand” system wouldn’t require a high-pressure hydrogen storage tank. Nor would a driver need to find and fill up at a hydrogen fueling station.
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Scotland’s supercar

Named after a Scottish demon, the Falen is the creation of Gleneagles-based design studio Dowdeswell and Hardie.

At least it will be, once the vehicle gets off the computer screen and onto the road. Lending credibility is the presence of that Judd engine, the GV 5.5L V10 that’s widely used in Le Mans Prototype class cars.

Serious specifications go along with the gravity of 800 horsepower. The ultra-exclusive Falen – only four will be built – will be constructed of carbon fiber and feature a hinged greenhouse like a jet fighter

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Eco-house sells for £7.2million

An innovative eco-friendly home in a Cotswold nature reserve has been sold for a world record £7.2 million for a country house.

The ‘thoroughly modern manor house’, modelled on a bee orchid found on the reserve, was sold off-plan last week.

The buyer has chosen to remain anonymous but speculation is rife with Brad Pitt having looked at the plans and Kylie Minogue having stayed nearby recently.
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Most Expensive Mansion in the World

In addition to arguably being the most expensive private home in the world ($1 Billion to build), it will also be the tallest–measuring in at 42 stories.

Residence Antilla, though, will only have 27 stories, due to Ambani’s desire for taller ceilings.

Mukesh Ambani is reported to be the 14th richest man in the world, with estimated personal wealth of around $21 billion. He is also one of the more visible men of wealth in India.
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Whirlpool shows green kitchen concept

Whirlpool has shown of its futuristic “green kitchen” concept in which 60% of the water and heat generated from appliances is “diverted” to fuel other appliances or functions in the eco-kitchen.

Through this integrated use of appliances, with the concept taking its model from the cycle of nature, it optimises the use of heat and water with processes that increase energy efficiency up to 70%.

For example, the kitchen allows you to use the heat produced by the fridge compressor, the only appliance to operate 24 hours a day, to produce hot water for the dishwasher.

Simple changes make a difference too – the refrigerator also uses a fridge “drawer”, instead of the normal cabinet. This new design prevents the cold air from slipping out every time the door opens.

As well as being eco-friendly, the average savings that an owner could make from the kitchen eco-system created to adapt, reduce and recycle water, heat and energy are estimated at 24%.

Mile-high London Tower

If this project gets the green light, London’s skyline would have a new addition in the form of the mile-high “eco-friendly” tower, to be located in East London.

Towering 500 stories high, it is expected to house 100,000 people, in addition to having space for schools, hospitals and stores.

This proposed giant skyscraper by British firm Popular Architecture will create 12 new ‘villages’ in the sky and is three times larger than anything built in the capital. And for every 20 stories, there will be ‘holes’ that serve as public spaces containing botanic gardens, ice-skating rinks and swimming pools.

The whole idea of using minimal land to house a large number of people adds an ecological advantage to this project. For now though, this skyscraper remains a pipedream till an interested developer turns it into reality.