Electronics company Samsung has made a $7.04 billion commitment to the government to construct a massive eco-friendly production facility in South Korea. The reclaimed wetland area of Saemangeum has been awarded to Samsung by the South Korean Government for the development of the facility. The green town will boast a wind-power generator, solar battery house, research headquarters and 20,000 employee homes.

The  South Korean Government has big plans for the Saemangeum wetland area, hoping to turn it into a self sustaining green destination. The green town will feature eco-friendly industrial complexes, tourism and agricultural facilities. Samsung will also help outfit it with science and research facilities.

The wetland area was reclaimed back in 2006, with the building of a sea dike to dry the area out. Aside from Samsung, the area has attracted another industry leader, OCI, which produces polysilicon for solar panel cell usage. OCI has pledged a 10 trillion won (just over $9 million) investment over the course of the next 9 years.

The government supported 125 mile wetland area should be transformed into the proposed green town by 2021.

Lemon Skin + squeezer
The lemon Skin + squeezer consists of a food grade silicone cap and a stainless steel screw-in part. Once the metal part is screwed in the lemon can be squeezed effectively and a few drops or the whole lemon can be used. In the case of using just a small amount the cap is replaced to cover and create a seal around the lemon. This allows the lemon to be airtight again and thus protecting it for a longer period of time. The lemon can then be thrown back into the fridge without the concern that it will dry out. The distinctive visual language informs the users that a lemon is already in use

Onion Skin + vase
Similar to the grapefruit Skin, the onion Skin uses a food grade silicone cap to seal a partly used onion. The uniqueness of the onion Skin lays in its shape which allows it to be used as a vase to grow an onion. Most people aren’t aware that an onion can be grown and used for cooking similar to chives.

Skins are caps that allow you to use as little or as much of your fruit and vegetables as you like. As most produce only dries out and degrades once its protective outer layer is broken, Skins complete this barrier to maintain the natural function of a sealed container. This initial range focuses on produce most commonly used in parts, such as lemons, grapefruits or onions. Skins not only extend the life of left over fruit and vegetables but also provide a strong visual cue as to which items are in use. There are four different products that form the Skins range so far. These products are a lemon skin + squeezer, a grapefruit skin, an onion skin and an onion skin + vase.

DaeKyung Ahn

Self-Sustainable Chair - Guerilla Art | Wearble Object | Public Space | Performance

Self-Sustainable Chair, a dress made out of polyethylene, connected to shoes that pump air into an inflatable bubble attached to its rear part on each step. The dress slowly transforms into a chair with each step and holds the person to sit on it naturally. With his or her body weight the chair is slowly deflated and forms back to the original flat dress. Self-Sustainable chair is a conceptual garment that motivates users to consistently switch between walking and sitting as a loop behavior on the street. The balance between exercise and rest would be maintained by wearing this suit. The purpose of this project is to transform the humdrum experiences produced by routine walking commutes into an amusing interactive performance.

A rain coat that is connected to a tree.

Polite Umbrella is a shrinkable umbrella that enables users to morph its shape in order to reduce occupied space and to increase user maneuverability. Users can easily adjust their umbrellas anytime by pulling a handle so that they can protect themselves from harsh winds or bumping into others.

Joo Youn Paek

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