Tesla’s Solar Roof System to Begin Taking Orders Next Month

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced via Twitter that his company’s fully-integrated solar roof system is nearly ready to be released to the public, and will begin taking orders on the shingles starting next month.

The solar roof project was announced this past October after acquiring energy services provider SolarCity for $2.1 billion. Offered in four different styles – smooth glass, textured glass, French slate and Tuscan glass – the shingles would allow homeowners to make the switch to solar without having to change their aesthetic tastes. Though exact costs have yet to be released, Musk believes the system could be more affordable than a traditional roof.

@elonmusk How are the Solar Shingles coming along? Is there an ETA? Hoping my roof survives till then.

“It’s looking quite promising that a solar roof will actually cost less than a normal roof before you even take the value of electricity into account,” said Musk at the unveiling. “So the basic proposition would be, ‘Would you like a roof that looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less, and by the way generates electricity?’ It’s like, why would you get anything else?”

The solar roof system would link into Tesla’s Powerwall home battery system for onsite energy storage.

Further details of the system have yet to be released, but SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive has said that the company was working towards a 40 cent per watt efficiency. This would make the system competitive with other energy options.

News via Interesting Engineering.

Third-Place Proposal for Turkey’s Bandirma Park Embeds Public Spaces in an Urban Landscape

Third-Place Proposal for Turkey's Bandirma Park Embeds Public Spaces in an Urban Landscape, Courtesy of TARI-Architects
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In the recently concluded Bandirma Park competition, TARI-Architects in collaboration with Derek Pirozzi Design Workshop LLC, were awarded third prize for their proposed revitalisation of the Turkish city’s ecological core. In light of the competition’s vision of Bandirma as a new innovative hub, the proposal by the two practices combines the central Design Institute with excavated public spaces to minimize the architecture’s footprint on the park and its context.

Under the acronym B.R.E.A.K., or “Bandirma Regeneration As Knowledge,” the project’s focal point is the Design Institute – “an operation that will attract a large number of academic gatherings from the Turkish region for hosting exhibitions and research conferences” from its vantage point overlooking the city and harbor.

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“B.R.E.A.K. is an urban heart, a center for the people, a landmark for the city and a symbol for environmentally sensitive resolution,” explain the design team in their project description.

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In addition to the institute, the bulk of public programs are embedded within the landscape by means of canyon-like arteries which form connections between the existing neighboring urban context. The resulting public square hosts concerts, seasonal markets, and various exhibitions, while the carved axes serve as the park’s central commercial and retail area.

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The design stems from the practices’ desire for an “architecture of humility,” which follows the natural characteristics of the land, minimizing the imposition of the manmade.

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Celebrating social interaction and sustainability, the Bandirma Park proposal by TARI-Architects and Derek Pirozzi Design Workshop would offer a means of outdoor recreation, environmental education, and community engagement, coupled with passive design strategies and energy preservation. The proposal’s identity relies on the melding of traditional vernacular and contemporary Turkish ideals, in order to maintain cultural authenticity alongside new urban development.

News via Derek Pirozzi Design Workshop LLC

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