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June 19th, 2008
As a product designer, Agustin Otegui's has to "think big" about the objects he creates. From novel portable chairs made out of shovels to chrome radiators that look like modern works of art, he recasts the mundane in a modernist and functional new light.
Yet when he got thinking about how he could help with solutions to mitigate climate change he started thinking small. Very small, in fact.
His futuristic concept is called the Nano Vent-Skin (NVS) and the design -- to wrap buildings in an organic lattice skin made up of micro wind turbines -- is radical.
It's an intriguing idea and an exciting confluence of cutting edge science and industrial design.
Back in 1959 American physicist Richard Feynman famously predicted that we'd be creating atom sized machines in the future.
Today, advances in nanotechnology -- the science of impossibly small materials -- are rapid. Scientific discoveries at nanoscale -- one billionth of a meter -- are finding their way out of the lab and into production, creating more efficient computer chips and coatings for glass.
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