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Atmospheric River 2



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Electroculture KAI2

This project explores the idea of capturing wind energy as observed in the movement of plants. Initially inspired by the lift wind energy created in birds or bird mimicking inventions like kites, it questions the idea of a turbine and searches for ways to hack into the natural oscillating mechanism of a plant for energy production. More than that, it looks into the idea of contributing to the production cycle that defines Valldaura by inverting the energy directly into the crops. Wind energy is harvested through a plant mimicking machine that gives the energy to growing plants. For this we have done a series of experiments that suggest a different perspective on the production and use of energy. We were interested an application of electricity outside the concept of human habitat.

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This morning at the Valldaura Self Sufficient Labs, the Wind Energy MachinesStudio lead by Javier Peña, Rodrigo Rubio, Oriol Carrasco and Stefanos Levidis, presented their finalised prototypes, designed specifically for the site, to a international jury featuring Manuel Kretzer (ETH Zurich), Josep Lascuraín (SGM Biologist), Jose María Pujol (TECHNOWIND), Pep Mascaró (Chief of Collserola Park Projects), Pep Salas (ENERBYTE), Enric Ruiz Geli (Cloud 9), Manuel Gausa (IAAC Dean) and Areti Markopoulou (MAA Director).

The prototypes studied the ambiguous links between energy and society, through the fabrication of an energy production machine, aiming to activate new social spaces, strategic engagements and community making processes. The machines were deployed in Valldaura, transforming IAAC’s forest campus into a prototype testing field, proving that energy cycles are not only key factors in the current change in the urban paradigm, but that they can also be serious social catalysers.

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Studio “Wind energy machines” visit to the experimental wind labs of TechnoWind

Today the MAA students of the Introductory Studio “Wind energy machines” Tutored by Javier Peña, Rodrigo Rubio, Oriol Carrasco and Stefanos Levidis have visited the experimental wind labs of TechnoWind, located in Sant Guim de Freixenet (Lleida).

Alvaro Ibañez and Josep Maria Pujol showed us the instalations that Technowind use to test their windmills, Technowind by Ficosa Renovables is a young company that offer energy solutions, specialized in hybrid systems composed by solar panel and windmills. The headquarters are located in in Rubí (Barcelona), where they design and fabricate vertical axis windmills .

In Sant Guim de Freixenet, the group has the i+D lab, where they test the new models of wind turbines and new prototypes with different solutions in design . The biggest windmill that is being tested in the wind lab is able to generate 5Kw without any kind of noise.

The visit ended under a horizontal axis wind turbine that allowed students to realize and understand one of the most important concepts of the introductory studio: energy scales.

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INTRODUCTORY STUDIO_Wind Energy Machines_Mid-Term Review

Today the Introductory Studio “Wind Energy Machines”, tutored by Javier Peña, Rodrigo Rubio, Oriol Carrasco and Stefanos Levidis, presented their prototypes and project advancement for the mid-term review, before the Studio tutors, as well as IAAC Academic Coordinator Silvia Brandi, Antonio Sanmartin, and Claudia Pasquero as external jury. Check out their progress!

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