The Sears Tower in Chicago is about to undergo a $350 million-dollar retrofit that will add wind turbines to its 110th floor roof and upgrades to windows, lighting and cooling systems. It’s estimated that the retrofit will reduce the building’s electricity demand by 80%. And for a 4.5 million square foot building, that’s a big deal– estimated to be equal to 150,000 barrels of oil a year. Read more details on the renovation on the Sears Tower site.
Archive for June, 2009
Check out this collection of Barack Obama during his freshman year at Occidental College. The photos were taken in 1980 by then photography student Lisa Jack and they are now on exhibit at the M+B Gallery in Los Angeles. Read more about Jack’s photos.
I wanted to see if it would be fun to make a horror movie. My uncle sent me a book called $30 Film School. It taught me how to do lighting and how you set up the camera. I typed the script in red to make it scary. That’s how nine year-old filmmaker Emma Kenney describes how she started to make her movie, The New Girl in Town, which debuted last week at the New Jersey International Film Festival. Read more.
Missouri high school student, Aimee Kick, made her prom dress out of coffee filters. She spent about a month on the entire project; folding and cutting as well as staining, dying, sewing, and hand blow-drying the coffee filters.
Tokyo designer Shunsuke Umiyama has created AC Adapter Midori, a mobile phone charger that looks like a vine.
This week David Lynch launched Interview Project, where he goes on a 70-day, 20,000-mile road trip interviewing random people. New ones are added every 3 days.
I’ve been checking out the exceptional web content of Good magazine more and more lately. And the thing that always pulls me in first is the terrific infographics, they’re usually creative, interesting and fun to look at. Now you can see the entire collection in a Flickr set that gets new updates each Tuesday. The L.A.-based magazine was founded two and a half years ago by Ben Goldhirsh, son of the late founder of Inc. magazine, Bernie Goldhirsh, and it donates its subscription fees entirely to charity.