From Science Focus

Ideas about to change our world.

  • Energy Storing Bricks: Pedot coated red bricks turn into energy storing electrodes.
  • Robotic Guide ‘Dogs’: Control Movement Gyroscope (CMG) a handheld device (that doesn’t replace dogs but supplements) that leads people to their stated destination.
  • Sweat to replace electrolytes in conventional batteries?: At a workout the wearer’s own sweat will charge the batteries on their devices.
  • Self-Healing Concrete: More environmentally friendly with structural load bearing capability.
  • Internet for everyone: My personal favorite because accessibility increases knowledge and power.
  • Coffee Power: Turing coffee waste into biofuel
  • Charging car batteries in 10 minutes: Removing the battery degrading heat issue
  • Floating Farms: On rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water near cities to reduce negative distribution effects can provide a large percentage of needed food.

From Medium re Future Living

Ideas for creating affordable and safe living spaces:

  • Involving all citizens of an area in the process to shape their city. Where ideas are worked on as a community not via politics.
  • Density as possibility: As in many cities – ground floors are business and public spaces while above are private spaces.
  • Individually developed living spaces: Residents only receive insulated shell of home and design the inside with flexible building components.
  • Keeping new building components within specs that can easily be interchanged or improved. Adapting the uniformity that arises by facades and colors.

From Design Wanted

Building Sustainability

  • Bringing food into the building design. Allowing residents (whether single homes or apartments) to produce food in vertical farms attached to homes.
  • Modular Floating Cities with food producing sections. Utilizing solar and other green energy for all the needs of the community.
  • An old design turned new: Straw Bale Buildings. Not necessarily only straw but utilizing locally sources materials to create homes designed around the area’s climate.
  • IKEA homes: Flat-pack modular neighborhoods that are expandable and sustainable.  Includes solar panels, networking assemblies.  Sharable as there can be one central kitchen / meeting buildings that reduce the need for individual space.
  • 3-D printed houses using locally sourced material, quick built and economic. Solving the housing crisis in many areas.

From Big Issue

  • Establishing mixed use town centers in residential area.  Decreasing driving and increasing community connections.
  • Sub-terranean building complexes to retain ground level nature.
  • Robot and 3-D printed buildings.  SAM can lay 3,000 bricks a day vs a skilled mason’s 500.  Increasing productivity and reducing costs.  SAM is designed to work with masons, not replace them.
  • New or redesigned materials to increase structural integrity and reduce long-term costs.
  • Land trusts:  People buy the home, not the land.  Keeps housing costs affordable for those who otherwise would be renting.