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Here are some examples of bioluminescence being put to practical use. Now is to find out how this can be adapted to suit my concept


Emitting Light

Through researching marine biology i have put together a concept, whether or not it is plausible or even possible is another story. But the idea is that what if the same chemical processes that apply to marine species in order to emit light could be applied to technology, some how through nanotech these processes could be applied to existing or new city structures in order to create natural light without the use of electricity.

From my understanding the chemicals luciferin(a pigment) and luciferase(an enzyme) are needed to produce light. The luciferin reacts with oxygen to create light. The luciferase acts as a catalyst to speed up the reaction.

If some how the chemicals and processes could be extracted and manipulated through nanotechnology, the idea is that by 2040 Wellington could be running of natural light produced from this natural process.

Just an idea

Biological Approach

After todays lecture i have been inspired to do some research into biology and in particular transparent species. I want to investigate whether or not it is possible to abstract the natural processes that are performed by these species in order to create this transparent effect.

and whether or not these same processes can help to produce a new transparent material that can be used to construct and strengthen existing and new architecture within Wellington while at the same time utilizing the natural elements like the sun for natural lighting within the buildings.

Below is a link to some transparent creatures that i am going to investigate further in order to find out how and why these processes are occuring



Norman Fosters Green Agenda

After the initial experiment of looking at alternative possible purposes for various spaces around the CBD. I watched this Ted talk which instead of finding alternative solutions to existing infrastructure, the talk investigates ways in which buildings can be developed to use minimal energy and how these buildings are able to work with the forces of nature. For example providing wide open spaces that utilize natural light, building structures that allow the buildings to ventilate and almost physically breathe. By doing this energy is not required for cooling systems, artificial light is only used when it is required. All of these aspects are key to developing Wellingtons infrastructure in order to create a pollution free quality of life where we are trying to limit the amount of energy used and the amount of resources consumed in order to produce energy required.

Enhancing Interaction in the City

Below is a link to a blog that demonstrates a range of interactive installations worldwide that provide a range of ideas that could be investigated further. The idea behind many of the installations is to improve visual aesthetic, but by  including these sorts of interactive systems into Wellington 2040, i believe that citizens will  have their sensory experience greatly enhanced, people will want to move and interact in the CBD physically instead of being fully submersed in a virtual world, which is where i believe that many cities world wide will be moving towards. Our group strongly believes that one of Wellingtons keys aspects is that the CBD is so central and easily accessible by foot. So looking towards the future anyway to enhance the experience of moving throughouthe CBD will be largely beneficial to our research.


These are some more interesting examples of interactive installations that could be adapted to Wellingtons culture and infrastructure


This was an interactive billboard project that heightens a consumers shopping experience through a personalized advert that is based on the colors of users interacting with the bill board.

This type of technology is worth investigating because in Wellington2040 one of the main aspects will be improving the quality of life both physically and virtually for the residents and tourists that will visit the countries capital. One aspect will be personalizing the experience for users who interact with the city.


Conceptualizing Welly2040

Below are a series of images that portray possible solutions to existing issues and problems that the city will face in the years to come. We have thought long and hard about plausible possible alternative purposes for various spaces inside the CBD to move towards a greener, self sustainable economy.

The issues raised in the images are…

-the need to eliminate transport in the CBD and what the existing areas could further be developed into. ie, parking buildings in the CBD.

-possible solutions to improving information systems in the city. energy consumption, resources etc.

-enhancing quality of life, creating interactive systems for citizens, keeping Wellington alive and Vibrant, attractive

In the photos the black and white represents the existing and the color represents a possible replacement or solution for the existing area.

Existing parking buildings- alternative solutions to infrastructure is transport is eliminated from the CBD, Greener areas, areas that could possibly be used to produce crops and other self sustainable resources. Also alternative sources to producing energy ie. solar panels

Possible future information system looking at the idea of the fully interactive information system where uses could navigate around a virtual map through interaction. The idea is that the map could be projected onto central city icons where users could then come and interact with the object in order to find out required info about the city.

Enhancing Wellingtons unique visual aesthetic, keeping the city vibrant and creating a more attractive areas in some of Wellingtons most common hubs. The image above shows a unique aesthetic created on the waterfront through the use of water projections onto the footpath.


Alternative Energy Concepts

Through some research into alternative self sustainable energy resources, i came across a clean green alternative to an information system. The concept is called mPower which is a system that has been developed to generate huge amounts of energy at minimal effort. The slender body of the device and leaf like tip resembles the structure of a large leaf. The color is green to enhance its organic nature. The steppers at the bottom are also shaped like leaves with the similar designs. Using this unique product you can save the natural resources and a large amount of money spent on electricity at the same time.

mPower Generation is a plant-shaped human-powered unit that produces electricity for immediate and future use. Users access their account using fingerprint recognition, stand on two pads at the base of the unit, and shift their weight from one pad to the other every ten seconds. The system, developed to take up the least amount of a user’s time and effort, can be adapted for the handicapped. A small portion of the electricity generated is used to power the interactive touch-screen at the top of the unit, which offers a broad range of informational services pre-customised by each user. The remaining majority of the electricity generated is sent to the city’s main power plant, to be used or stored. At their convenience, users receive payment for the electricity they generated by accessing their account at mPower Collection.

mPower Collection is a unit that, using the same fingerprint recognition technology, distributes payment and allows for account customisation to users of mPower Generation.

The mPower would be a clean green efficient interactive information system that could be set up in almost any area of the CBD. The concept has the potential to save citizens thousands of dollars and helps them to produce there own electricity, I believe that it is a very interesting area that could be investigated further in order to create a more self sustainable environment.


This article grabed my eye because it its pursuing the topic of sustainable energy alternatives. Sweedish researchers have been working on unique wave powered energy that they claim is now ready to go into production.Claiming that compared to solarpower(1000 hours a year) and wind power(2200 hours a year) wave power is available for up to 4000 hours a year based on Sweedens environment.

As we are investigating possible areas for producing self sustainable energy, i think the idea of wave power is greatly relevant with the cook strait right on our back door step.


After investigating further into the ways in which Sweeden is trying to move towards a more sustainable future, i came across some information about the city Malmo, which is located in the south of Sweeden. This particular city has set itself the target of reducing carbon emissions by 25% between 2008 and 2012. By 2030 the city plans to run entirely on renewable energies.

I found this information to be very interesting because basically this city is taking similar steps to our groups approach to creating a more self sustainable, greener environment.

The city is starting to develop sustainable sources of energy which include… sustainable transport, 42% of buses run on biogas created from the cities waste.

Specifically photovoltaic panels are being deployed all over the city.

About 25% of the cities heating energy comes from the cities incinerator which transforms waste into energy.

And 16% of the city’s heating comes from water warmed by the excess heat released from industrial plants in the area.

These are just some of the key points that i have pulled out of the info. I believe a lot of this technology is worth investigating to see if these ideas can firstly be adopted into the city of Wellington and then further investigated and developed so that Welly2040 can potentially run entirely on renewable energies.




Some more interactive technology that could be adapted into Wellingtons future. The NYC visitors centre allows users to navigate through the city of new york virtually and make print outs of shops or areas they would like to visit. I found the information very interesting and could easily be adapted to becoming Wellingtons number one information hub.


Looking Into the Heart of Wellington

After doing some initial research into Wellington and the aims and views of the Wellington city council, i was able to register a few key ideas and concepts that are clearly being pursued in order to create a greener and more sustainable future.

From looking at the website i was able to establish that Wellington is continuously aiming to enhance and protect the cities environment, including green spaces and also protect the cities distinctive plant, bird and animal life

also… providing more outdoor areas, providing for the cites transport requirements and disposing of waste in a environmentally sustainable way.

Current Actions Taking Place…

-Hundreds hectares of Council land for town belts, gardens, parks and reserves

-Protecting the Coastline

-developing the city green spaces

-promoting sustainable behaviour(public transport)

One issue arose from this research process was the idea of the cities archives being made accessible through fully interactive info systems.

Generalizations realized… the city council needs to look at alternative sources to driving in the central city, needs to improve public transport.

Current Council Projects of Relevance

Developing the northern end of Adelaide Road, it is regarded as a employment and services hub as well as easily accessible to to the hospital, Newtown shops, Basin Reserve, Government House & Massey Uni.

With this area the city council is aiming to create a more attractive and prosperous part of the city.