design: July 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg An army 4x4 which can change into a helicopter in less than a minute and is capable of flying for 250 miles could soon be used in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The AVX TX has been offered as the futuristic solution to problems faced by the US Army, which asked designers to come up with a vehicle which could fly into location and then proceed on ground.

Designers Texas-based AVX Aircraft Company say the AVX TX could carry four fully equipped soldiers and travel at 140mph in the air and 86mph on the road

They add the SUV could switch between modes in just 60 seconds and cover 250 miles on a single tank of fuel… which is so impressive it almost makes us wish we weren't flower-waving pacifists.

275x250.jpg A grandfather who was inspired to give his humble shed a makeover after seeing Pirates Of The Caribbean has won Shed of the Year 2010.

Reg Miller of Southend-on-Sea in Essex says he's spent years perfecting his ornately decorated shed - which has barrel seats, a flag pole flying a pirate flag and even a parrot.

The 65-year-old - dubbed Jolly Reg - beat off stiff competition from over 1,000 other shed owners for the annual title of Shed of the Year 2010 - which is organised by ReadersSheds.

Reg added that he and his wife love sitting in the shed over the summer - thought he didn't comment on rumours he spends many an hour hoping Keira Knightley will turn up.

275x250.jpg Swimmers would be forgiven for being a bit nervous diving into this pool -- they'e at the top of a 55 floor hotel and it looks like the could swim off the edge.

But they are actually perfectly safe in the Singapore infinity pool and should probably just  try to enjoy the view from the top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel.

The 150m pool - which charges £10 per dip - sits 800ft above the ground and is the highlight of the £4billion development.

Water which spills over the edge of the infinity pool is caught in in a secondary ledge and is pumped back in… though we don't know what would happen to falling swimmers.

275x250.jpg Designers have revealed plans to create a habitable island out of 44,000tonnes of rubbish which is currently floating in the Pacific Ocean.

It's claimed 'Recycled Island' could house up to 500,000 people and would be created by recycling plastics in the North Pacific Gyre into interconnected hollow blocks.

The Dutch team say the island would be able to generate power using solar and wave energy would also help to clean the oceans of plastic pollution.

Different areas of the 3,861 square mile would have designated roles such as accommodation, farming, and tourism… because this sounds like the ideal holiday destination, right?

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