The current issue of NANO magazine (UK) contains a four-page feature on new material technologies being developed by Martina Decker and Peter Yeadon, at Decker Yeadon LLC. The title of the article is Finding nanotech’s potential for architecture (pp. 16-19). Additionally, there is an article by Sylvia Leydecker in this issue. Leydecker states that innovation-driven materials and products are critical in achieving green construction, which is now at the forefront of much architectural debate. Ms Leydecker believes that nanomaterials have a huge potential in this area, which is yet to be realized, as architects have not yet engaged fully with what is available. As a basic principle, she call for architects, planners and project developers to learn and understand the possibilities offered by nanotech, if they are to meaningfully address sustainability in their work.
Archinect has announced that the very first submission to appear on the Land Art Generator competition website is a flexible photovoltaic ribbon that is 40 kilometers long and features integrated dye-sensitized solar cells. The design, entitled Light Generator : An Empowered Landscape for the United Arab Emirates, was created by Martina Decker and Peter Yeadon, in response to the call for a large public art installation for Dubai that could also generate electricity. Calibrated optimally, the Decker Yeadon installation would use third-generation photovoltaic coatings to generate 4592 megawatt hours (16530 gigajoules) of energy annually.
While the winner of the competition will not be announced until January 2011, numerous publications and blogs have already been commenting on the Light Sanctuary project, including: TimeOut Dubai, Inhabitat, FastCompany, The National (Abu Dhabi), Design Indaba (South Africa), and others. The project will also be among a selection of entries to be featured in a book that is currently being developed by the competition organizers and a publisher. It will also appear in the October issue of INTÉRIEURS magazine, in an article on five global solar energy initiatives.
Peter Yeadon was recently invited to United Nations Headquarters, in New York, to participate in a two-day work session that focused on “How Creative Economies can lead to a Culture of Peace.” This initiative was part of a consultative process to advance resolution A/64/L.5 article 11 of the United Nations General Assembly. The session was promoted by the UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation (SU/SSC), UNESCO, and UN-HABITAT, and will be coordinated and implemented by UN’s Culture of Peace Economic Initiative unit.
Three working groups were organized to focus on the creative economy as an engine for global economic growth. The appointed chairs were: Mrs. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, UN Under-Secretary General, UN-HABITAT Executive Director; Mr. John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, Former President of Ghana (2001-2009); Dr. John Kao, Chairman of the Institute for Large-Scale Innovation (ILSI). Peter was asked to join the working group focusing on sustainable development in cities. By embracing aspects of culture, technology and economics at macro and micro levels, it is thought that the creative economy can open new ways of capitalizing on existing creative capacities of the Global South as a tool for promoting development.
Architect magazine has published an article on new material technologies, which features a nanomaterial that was recently made by Peter Yeadon. Blaine Brownell, author of the well-known Transmaterial books, wrote the essay. Brownell reports on how a thin sheet of carbon nanotubes, called Buckypaper, was synthesized at Peter’s firm in New York City. There is a video of the lab work available on the Decker Yeadon website.
To make the sheet, single walled carbon nanotubes were first dispersed in sodium dodecyl sulfate and deionized water. Because the 1–2 nanometer diameter nanotubes are hydrophobic, the sodium dodecyl sulfate was used as a surfactant that enabled the nanotubes to disperse well in water.
The solution containing the nanotubes was then poured into a vacuum filtration unit, which contained a microporous filtration membrane with 200 nanometer diameter pores. Because each nanotube was just over 20 µm long, the tubes collected on the surface of the membrane as the solution was drawn through its pores, like long noodles collecting on a sieve, leaving behind a “paper” mat that is less than 100 µm thick.
Although Decker Yeadon are the first architects to make Buckypaper, there has been a great deal of interest in the scientific community surrounding Buckypaper research. Like the carbon nanotubes it is made of, Buckypaper has a number of novel properties that could be advantageous for a variety of applications. It is strong, it can filter particles, it can conduct and disperse heat like metals, and it can conduct electricity.
Peter is hopeful that this new Buckypaper can be used as a thin, flexible electrode surface in an artificial muscle for architectural applications. The first prototype of the artificial muscle should be completed and demonstrated later this year, and is being partially funded by a RISD Professional Development Fund grant that he won.
Peter Yeadon has been invited to speak at the upcoming New York City the Future Metropolis event, to be held on June 10th along the East River of Manhattan. A number of distinguished speakers have been asked to present new technologies, research and development projects, and significant design innovations that will enhance the built environment in the next twenty years. Peter will present the work of his firm, Decker Yeadon, with his partner Martina Decker.
“New York City The Future Metropolis” will showcase developments in building-integrated technologies such as nanotech, energy monitoring, solar facades, building-integrated farms and tide turbines. Presentations by distinguished speakers will be delivered in PechaKucha format, open to a public audience. To attend, register beforehand ($10,) or purchase tickets at the door ($15.)
NEW YORK CITY THE FUTURE METROPOLIS
Thursday, June 10 from 6-8pm, plus networking
Solar One, 24-20 FDR Drive, Service Road East, New York, NY
(at 23rd Street and the East River)
On June 24th and 25th, many of the world’s most visionary thinkers and organizations will come together in New York City for the 9th annual World Technology Summit & Awards. The two-day summit is organized by The World Technology Network (WTN) in association with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Time Magazine, Fortune, CNN, Science Magazine, and others, to celebrate the accomplishments of the world’s great innovators and thought-leaders.
WTN Chairman James P. Clark has formally notified Peter Yeadon that he has been nominated for a 2010 World Technology Award. The nominees for the award were first selected by a large group of WTN founding members and fellows, which includes: Bill Moggridge, Chee Pearlman, Issey Miyake, Karim Rashid, Paola Antonelli, Ron Arad, Ross Lovegrove, Santiago Calatrava, William McDonough, Jonathan Ive, Hiroshi Ishii, Yves Behar, and many more.
Peter Yeadon has been invited to participate in Build.Found.Haiti, a collaborative effort in New York City that has been organized to help rebuild part of devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Peter is one of thirteen professionals from a variety of disciplines that have been asked work on a range of problems, from planning and infrastructure to buildings. Their projects include a few schools, a church, playgrounds, housing and medical facilities.
Beginning with tomorrow’s launch at New York’s Center for Architecture, the team will work on these projects over the next four days (May 14-17). On Monday, the participants will present their results to the design community and general public for comments and critiques. The initiative is being sponsored by The American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute for Architects New York Chapter, Engineers without Borders, Habitat for Humanity International, Partners in Health, Partners in Agriculture, Haiti Outreach Mission, and a growing list of NGOs with on-the-ground presence in Haiti.
Peter Yeadon has been invited to deliver a lecture at the upcoming Nano-Sensing: Vision Touch Sound symposium, and participate in its panel discussion. The symposium will be hosted by the State University of New York, May 10-11, at SUNY Buffalo. Invited experts will focus on projects that disseminate information and ideas related to various aspects of nanotechnology: scientific, technological, social, cultural, ethical, political, global, and aesthetic. Peter will present student projects from his RISD advanced design studios that focus on nanomaterials and smart materials, Future Studio and Reactive Matter, along with a selection of works from Decker Yeadon in New York City.
Peter Yeadon was invited to deliver a lecture at the annual LABASH conference, at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Using exemplary works by a range of researchers and practitioners, including projects by RISD INTAR and Industrial Design students, his lecture focused on four ways in which contemporary designers are pursuing innovation through nanotech.
Peter’s presentation in Vegas follows a recent lecture he gave at the Syracuse University School of Architecture, as part of their ongoing Technology Talks series, which exposes students to current advanced building technology research. The lecture series has also included participation from Foster + Partners, Transsolar, Behnisch Architekten, Seele, Accentech, and others.