Can Wind Turbines Be Made More Beautiful?

Here at EarthTechling, we think wind turbines are beautiful, but not everyone agrees, as many potential wind power sites are blocked by aesthetic concerns. Frog‘s inaugural Future or Fiction competition seeks to address this issue by challenging its designers to rethink how wind could be harnessed by leveraging existing infrastructure or incorporating it into new infrastructure.

Six concept designs were chosen from among the entries for the competition, which range from collapsible mini-turbines to “wind walls.” Core77 readers were then asked to choose a winner based on which they considered the most realistic.

Pisa

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Will it be the Pisa, a purpose-built wind-harvesting building that also offers shelter to data centers or offices? The Umea wind-harvesting bridge — or the Dusseldorf sculptural turbine, perhaps?

Umea

image via Core77

The winner has not yet been announced, but voting in the competition is now closed. The winning concept design, when revealed, will be refined by Frog’s engineering concept and put through a technical feasibility evaluation, CAD simulation and possibly a proof of concept mockup to create a more realizable final design.

Dusseldorf

image via Core77

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • Foster Lamb

      This IS the best design! u00a0My compliments to the originator! u00a0It also allows for development (solar panel incorporation) One could even consider a range of green colouring!!!nEarthtechling is a great web- u00a0Thanks for positive inspiration !