Raphael Schaad

18 Magazines | 1,228 Articles | 18,286 Followers | 429 Likes | @raphael | Designer & Technologist, MIT Media Lab. Previously Flipboard and iA Writer.

Pachinko balls. #pachinko #japan #대박

Gardens in the sky: The rise of green urban architecture

<b>(CNN) —</b> With its balconies bursting with trees and shrubs, the "Bosco Verticale," or "Vertical Forest" is giving rise to an entirely new take on the traditional idea of the urban jungle.<p>As city dwellers feel the squeeze on their living space and recreational areas, the twin residential towers in …



Virgin With Halo

The Jungfrau (German: “virgin”) is a summit of the Bernese Alps and forms together with the Eiger and Mönch a distinctive wall in the Swiss Alps. The …

Bicycles Built Based on People’s Attempts to Draw Them From Memory

<i>by Staff</i><p>New York City-based photographer Christopher Payne’s series “Asylum” is the culmination of work conducted over 6 years, 30 states and 70 …


Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity

On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point around 1pm the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were supplying about 55 GW of the 63 GW being consumed, or 87%. Power prices actually went negative for several …

SolarCity customers just produced enough energy in one day to charge every Tesla in the world

On March 22nd, SolarCity customers produced 8 million kWh of electricity -- enough energy to give a full charge to all 107,000+ Teslas in the world

The Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan (just between you and me)

<i>Background: My day job is running a space transportation company called SpaceX, but on the side I am the chairman of Tesla Motors and help formulate</i> …


Teens are suing over climate change

WHEN a group of teens took the bold action of suing governments, people laughed at them. They are not laughing now.


Monocultures – the Great Evil of Modern Ag?

One real problem with monoculture is that it is often used as a strong argument but in a poorly defined way. The influential food journalist Michael …


Monarch Butterflies, El Rosario Preserve, Mexico. A recent survey by the World Wildlife Fund in Mexico found that the population of North America's monarch butterflies are rebounding but still well below past numbers. The number of butterflies wintering in Mexico is estimated to now be around 150 million. The recent comeback is credited to more favorable weather and the planting of milkweed on the monarch's migration route. Two decades ago there were an estimated 1 billion butterflies on the migration route. Photo by @peteressick #thephotosociety #auroraphotos


For the 2002 Swiss national exhibition, the medieval town Murten (or Morat in French) had the motto “Moment and Eternity”. French architect Jean Nouvel designed this 34-meter rusty steel cube that appeared to float on the lake just off the shore. The interior consisted of three accessible levels with multiple spaces and hosted art installations such as video projections. Roughly every 25 years Switzerland hosts a national exhibition with the next planned for 2027.

Space Tourism Posters

Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of …


Morocco’s Massive Desert Solar Project Starts Up

Overcoming a series of delays, Morocco started up its Noor I solar project on February 4, marking what many observers call a new era for solar power …



Silos can be cool, too.

#breezeblocks being beautiful. #modernism #midcenturymodern

Capturing the Hauntingly Beautiful Atmosphere of the Dutch Woodlands

Nelleke Pieters’ photographs perfectly encapsulate the haunting beauty of the woods. Based in Holland, the amateur photographer manages to extract a certain poignant atmosphere from the trees and leaves in the forest where she shoots. From fleeting appearances of wildlife, to delicate light streams …

Wood replaces concrete in eco-friendly building projects – in pictures

Elon Musk talks climate change & carbon tax at the Sorbone (2015.12.2)