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Floating Light Park Skyscraper Uses Solar Power and Helium to Hover Above Pollution-Choked Beijing

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On March 13, 2013 @ 5:26 pm In Architecture,Floating Houses,Gallery,Green Building,Green Transportation,Innovation | No Comments

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As we’ve reported in recent weeks, Beijing has been suffering from staggering air pollution [2]. Light Park is designed to provide infrastructure, housing, and commercial and recreational spaces that are free from Beijing’s traffic congestion and air pollution. It is presented as a utopian city that leaves the over-populated, smog-choked city behind and seeks to start from scratch. The mushroom cap-like structure takes the future of urban development to the sky, offering Beijing’s residents a chance to escape the crowded city.

The technology behind the Light Park is based on existing helium balloon [3] designs. It uses solar-powered propellers, airbags and atmospheric pressure for takeoff and cruise flight. Solar power [4] is utilized to power the uses below, with translucent solar panels located on the top of the aircraft. In order to avoid additional weight and decrease wind resistance, the skyscraper uses a cable-suspended structure to attach the slabs to the mushroom-like cap. The planting slabs are irrigated with rainwater collected on the large cap surface and are distributed in a way which allows maximum exposure to sunlight on each level.

+ eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition [5]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/floating-light-park-skyscraper-uses-solar-power-and-helium-to-float-above-pollution-choked-beijing/light-park-floating-skyscraper-ting-xuyiming-chen-2/

[2] Beijing has been suffering from staggering air pollution: http://inhabitat.com/tag/beijing-air-quality/

[3] helium balloon: http://inhabitat.com/pont-de-singe-is-a-hanging-bridge-suspended-by-helium-filled-balloons-in-the-uk/pont-de-singe-helium-balloon-bridge/

[4] Solar power: http://inhabitat.com/world%E2%80%99s-largest-solar-power-plant-coming-to-arizona-in-2011/

[5] + eVolo 2013 Skyscraper Competition: http://www.evolo.us/featured/light-park-floating-skyscraper/

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