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This Conceptual Design Reinvents Power Plants as Mixed-Use Megastructures

09:30 - 10 January, 2016
This Conceptual Design Reinvents Power Plants as Mixed-Use Megastructures, © Kawan Golmohamadi, Shilan Golmohamadi, and Soad Moarefi
© Kawan Golmohamadi, Shilan Golmohamadi, and Soad Moarefi

What if a power plant could also be a home, an office, or even a park? That is the question behind Cypher CO2ling Plant, a conceptual design developed by Kawan Golmohamadi, Shilan Golmohamadi, and Soad Moarefi. Power plants are a ubiquitous and inevitable byproduct of modern lifestyles, but they are typically located in remote areas, far from where the power is actually needed, due to their unsightly appearance and the emissions associated with combustion-fueled energy generation. Cypher CO2ling Plant proposes an alternative scenario that utilizes the infrastructure of the power plant’s cooling towers to support mixed-use development, while also mitigating the less desirable aspects of energy generation.

© Kawan Golmohamadi, Shilan Golmohamadi, and Soad Moarefi © Kawan Golmohamadi, Shilan Golmohamadi, and Soad Moarefi © Kawan Golmohamadi, Shilan Golmohamadi, and Soad Moarefi © Kawan Golmohamadi, Shilan Golmohamadi, and Soad Moarefi +12

Winning Proposals Transform Power Plants into Public Art

00:00 - 5 October, 2014
Winning Proposals Transform Power Plants into Public Art,  First Prize: The Solar Hourglass / Santiago Muros Cortés . Image Courtesy of LAGI
First Prize: The Solar Hourglass / Santiago Muros Cortés . Image Courtesy of LAGI

Winners have been announced for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). The competition, this year sited in Copenhagen, calls on interdisciplinary teams to design large scale site-specific artworks that provide renewable electricity to the city at a utility-scale (equivalent to the demand of hundreds or even thousands of homes). Once constructed, these public infrastructure artworks have the potential to offset thousands of tons of CO2 and provide iconic amenities that will serve to educate and inspire the communities in which they are built.

Check out the winning energy-generating sculptures, after the break.

AZPA Wins Competition To Transform German Power Plant Into a 'Green Mountain'

00:00 - 2 May, 2013
Courtesy of AZPA
Courtesy of AZPA

Although necessary, power plants are typically an eyesore that don't attract much positive attention. As Thomas Heatherwick put it, "we are ashamed of how we generate our energy." Breaking the mold, a competition-winning proposal by architecture firm AZPA (Alejandro Zaera-Polo Arquitectura) plans to transform a German power plant into a densely-forested "green mountain", which will in turn be a landmark public space for a town.

Read more after the break...