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Akihisa Hirata to Unveil “Photosynthesis” Solar Ecosystem at Milan Design Week 2012
Posted By Molly Cotter On March 6, 2012 @ 1:34 pm In Architecture,Milan Furniture Fair,Solar Power,Sustainable Building | No Comments
Milan Design Week  is still more than a month away, but we’re already excited about one eco design set to be unveiled at this year’s show – Panasonic’s  dynamic “Photosynthesis”  courtyard installation. The company commissioned Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata  to create a high-tech ecosystem out of their solar-powered  consumer electronics and green gadgets. Part of the fair’s interactive and experimental Interni Legacy  exhibit, the Panasonic courtyard will compare our technological need for the sun to a plant’s process of photosynthesis.
The highlight of Panasonic’s installation is a large floating tree-like structure made of solar panels  in the middle of the courtyard. These solar “leaves” collect sunlight, similar to a plant’s leaves or branches, which then activate fruit-shaped batteries and flower-shaped LED and OLED lights  throughout the outdoor space. The electronic ecosystem is held together with transparent supports, creating a luminous and ephemeral atmosphere day and night. Hirata  sees our green buildings and innovations as technological versions of a plant’s relationship with the sun, bringing architecture and design one step closer to nature.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/the-best-green-designs-from-milan-design-week/
 Milan Design Week: http://inhabitat.com/milan-furniture-fair/
 Panasonic’s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panasonic_Corporation
 “Photosynthesis”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photosynthesis
 Akihisa Hirata: http://www.hao.nu/
 solar-powered: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power
 Interni Legacy: http://www.interni-events.com/the-2012-event
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/milan-design-week-2012-akihisa-hiratas-photosynthesis-is-an-electronic-ecosystem-for-panasonic/akihisa-hirata-panasonic-courtyard-photosynthesis-2/
 solar panels: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_panel
 OLED lights: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OLED
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