Gallery: James Law’s Technosphere is an Eco Deathstar for Dubai

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Like an non evil, sustainable version of the Deathstar, the Technosphere by James Law Cybertecture replicates the Earth as a structural concept. Inside the eco-sphere is an entire world which serves as a vehicle to explore the issues of self-sustaining life on a smaller level. Although not nearly as self-sufficient as the Biosphere 2, the Technosphere is meant to reflect the state of our planet in current and future times. Proposed as an iconic building for the Technopark of Dubai, the eco-sphere would be a carbon neutral tourist attraction as well as a place in which to live and work.

The Technosphere is a mixed-use building providing office and residential space as well as a hotel and public courtyards. This living, breathing building operates in a similar fashion to the Earth itself, providing energy, recycling water, and providing sustenance to its occupants. The exterior forms a shell around the interior spaces and will house solar panels for electricity generation. Inside, sky gardens act to shield the interior spaces from the sun and filter the air to contribute fresh oxygen to the indoor environment. Water will be recycled and efficiently used.

James Law, chief Cybertect of the project, is known for his work in ‘cybertecture‘, which is a combination of advanced technologies, architecture, and multimedia experiences for users. This new design, the Technosphere, was presented at the UltraFuture Conference in 2008, during which the Future of the Built Environment was explored.

+ James Law Cybertecture

Via World Architecture News


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  1. clippernolan June 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    I think ericharper has a point – that sustainability should be in the context of how it can potentially apply to the wider world. Still, I like stories of innovation, even if the word ‘Dubai’ tends to kill credibility for me most times. As Gibson said, ‘the future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed’. So, one never knows

    Cheers for the post.

  2. eriklharper October 29, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I’m sorry, I just don’t see how something like this can ever be sustainable. For one, it’s in Dubai. Two, it’s just to me a tremendous misuse of valuable building materials. I know Inhabitat is about design and cutting edge concepts, but you have to inject reality into what you determine to put on your site. It’s not just about starchitecture, it’s about true sustainability and truly good ideas.

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