'wind heater' by jihae kim iida awards 2010
'wind heater' by jihae kim   iida awards 2010
oct 14, 2010

'wind heater' by jihae kim iida awards 2010

‘wind heater’ by jihae kim

‘wind heater’ by jihae kim from korea is one of the shortlisted entries from more than 4000 participants in the ‘iida awards 2010‘ competition, organized by designboom in collaboration with incheon metropolitan city.

to stop the alarming rate at which trees are getting burned in the desert, the project aims to utilize wind power to give the people an alternative way to heat their homes.

designer’s own words: ‘it can be expected that half of all our land will end up as deserts with this current tendency of desertification. thankfully, the NGO and government bodies are trying to plant trees in deserts and recover of the desert ecosystem looks hopeful. but despite this, the speed of desertification is gettting faster because the main reasons haven’t been solved yet. the easiest way to keep warm during the cold nights is to make fire with the existing trees. no matter how many trees get planted, we cannot stop desertification without solving this problem. this can be solved with our current technology. there is a lot of wind in the desert. we can build a heating system using wind power and the natives do not have to burn branches for neccessary heating.’

'wind heater' by jihae kim   iida awards 2010

'wind heater' by jihae kim   iida awards 2010

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  • Where would this world be without the dreamers, the visionaries, the risk takers? Sure the design is not perfect, but it’s a start. I agree wholeheartedly, Jihae Kim did his job by raising awareness and hopefully this idea will come to fruition in our lifetime. Great concept, Jihae Kim.

  • I think the main point to these competitions is to trigger and generate awareness, which may lead to new and better ideas. People who are hating on all the shortlisted designs seem to be forgetting this.

  • It’s really funny, that jihae kim thinks people in the desert use wood for heating. It’s DESERT, there NO WOOD, exept few drops of oasis. As I now, they burn cowpats for heating. This mean don’t hits ecology and, on my mind, don’t need any upgrade

    olga from russia
  • oh my god, the first picture is so not good. even though I like the idea, you can’t communicate a project in this way.

  • Ok not always, but this kind of products help to generate environmental awareness.
    the only think I disagree for proyect is with the combination of the odors in the roof of the house.
    ¿what will happen with that then?
    It´s a good idea, jihae kim.

    Daniel Ricardo Villa Balbín- (Colombia)
  • @rakqueen+me

  • Dont you think that there is a huge mistake in this project? Don’t you think that if everybody would be living a little more like the people that are represented on the pictures we would not have to create this kind of objects? The communication of this project is hawfull!
    One the main reasons of pollution is all the industrial objects we use for the everyday life. Here is one more that needs (to be manufactured) a lot of energy and plastic… New technologies are not solution for everything…

  • très bonne ide je suis adepte et je le veux bravo on va débarrasse la plante de dèche nucléaire.

    sarbast sewkany
  • I hope such ideas come true as they will change the world around us and give us hope :)))

    Ashley Helmich
  • really nice idea.
    for sure still an utopian vision, but helpful as a staring point.
    maybe there are companies out there who are interested in experimenting for a completely new audience.


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