July 14, 2007
Ok, i stand corrected. This one is a much better example for energy crisis induced design. The winner of the Next Generation competition of the Metropolis magazine was the San Fransisco based collective Civil Twilight. with their lunar-resonant street lights. Their idea is, like most good ones, very simple. They basically want to put a dimmer in each streetlight in San Fransisco. Their hightech photo sensor cells would react to the moonlight and thus reduce their brightness according to the lunar cycle.
A very poetic idea, since it would not only significantly reduce energy costs and heat, but would make it bring back the simple pleasure of being able to see the moon and stars again from inside the city.