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.
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?
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.
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