Six design hand in_Paul McManamon

Design proposals_Paul M

Urban dwellers are so reliant on their  intensely networked urban society,  that a minor disruption does not merely inconvenience, rather, urban dwellers have got to the point where turning off becomes suicide!

1. The live building feed

2. The alternative supermarket system.

3. The Rocking chair generator.

4. Steam warning facade

5. The urban food factory.

5/6 hand inns at the moment unfortunately, I am still tinkering with the last one which is a infrastructural/religious/ spiritual concoction of some sort.

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7 Responses to Six design hand in_Paul McManamon

  1. Maybe you can look into Urban EcoMap, which is a “Web-based tool that “provides urban communities with relevant data regarding the primary [greenhouse gas] contributors—transportation, waste, and energy.”
    http://thecityfix.com/blog/worlds-first-urban-ecomap-shows-urban-dwellers-how-to-live-sustainably/
    http://gen.ecovillage.org/iservices/publications/articles/CM129UrbanEcovillage.pdf

  2. 20112012sinanp says:

    “We will measure the quality of architecture by its ability to represent the interest and
    programs of others. ”

    Mr. P!
    Design 2 of the supermarket, what about if instead of using standard fluro tubes in supermarkets they use T5 fluro tubes, these are used in hydroponic growing systems, they provide light from the spectrum that plants need to grow (in the absence of sunlight), then the entire inside of a supermarket could become a growing opportunity (tops of shelves, walls etc etc)

    no. 5 have a look at:
    http://www.cityfarmer.info/2008/11/10/tokyo-rooftop-and-underground-urban-farming-lures-young-japanese-office-workers/

    maybe think about interventions at an urban level which are quite simple to achieve but can provoke a wider change? read an interesting article about a city in Canada I think where they turned off street lighting, studies have shown it doesn’t affect crime levels and it allowed local residents to see the stars for the first time in decades, plus saving a shed load of energy…

  3. I like the steam warning system, i think many of us do not realize actually how much energy we waste, the most frustrating for me must be how offices left their light on at night! maybe something could be done about that? I think offices should be producing energies at night rather than consuming it, and day time the workers can use the previous nights electricity…That lead to the rocking chair, maybe all the chairs in the office rocks!!! so during day light hours much electricity can be produced, and at night a massive dance club:
    http://www.geek.com/articles/news/uk-club-gets-dance-floor-that-creates-electricity-20080718/
    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/12/five-green-nightclubs.php
    (but then there’s the danger of workers will never leave the office..??!!??)

    regarding office farming, this site could be of interest, apparently they are a big hit a Japan:
    http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2007/11/underground-farm-in-japan.html

  4. I really like the generator and energy warning systems. In my degree work i looked at ideas of scavenging energy and stuff like this-

    -energy generated from everyday activities and movements. There are some pretty interesting projects using this kind of technology that i found. Maybe you could display energy generated through these means as well as energy used…

  5. Actually- thats a pretty rubbish example of a piezoelectric generator- but there are loads of better ones on youtube…

  6. 20112012paullw says:

    “With approximately 12% of the UKs population, 7,000,000 people live in London, occupying a surface area of 158,000 hectares.
    The area required for food production at 0.2 hectares per person is 8,400,000 hectares. The forest area required by London for wood products is 768,000 hectares. The land area that would be required for carbon sequestration (fuel production) at 1.5 hectares per person is 10,500,000 hectares.
    The total London footprint is 19,700,000 hectares: 125 times London’s surface area. London therefore requires the equivalent of Britain’s entire productive land.”

    Many of your designs make people more aware of the amount of energy/food they consume, and the immediate availability of resources (stock levels in supermarkets etc.), but perhaps they could somehow help to raise awareness of the size and vulnerability of the interconnected global networks that supply them (drought in USA now will raise the price of bread in 2 months time).

    Perhaps consider a city planned to be self-reliant, or at least a self-reliant building within a city. Is it even possible to be completely ‘off-grid’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-the-grid in a modern city?

  7. We will measure the quality of architecture by its ability to represent the interest and programs of others:

    I see the life of urban dwellers community is the same as a nomad community. An article that best describe lifestyle of nomad urban dwellers: http://www.economist.com/node/10950394?story_id=10950394. They travel from one place to another everyday. I’m thinking the idea of simple device/transport by means of wheel to help them move and shelter them from rain or shine. The device must be small enough to fit in their messenger bag. The idea of quick-change attire will be good too as they are moving from a different programs to another in one day. Sorry Paul for not much of helps.

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